Happy Friday! The end of the week is here and UMass is getting ready for a slew of big games this weekend. The #3 football team takes on #7 James Madison in Virginia on Satuday at 3:30 p.m. The field hockey team hosts #5 UConn on Friday at 6 p.m., at Garber Field. The defending A-10 conference champion men's soccer team travels to the highly-competitive ODU STIHL Classic at Norfolk, Va., where the Minutemen face the host Monarchs Friday at 7 p.m. Sunday features home games for field hockey against Harvard and women's soccer vs. Holy Cross at 2 p.m.
Looking ahead to next week's football opponent Texas Tech, the Raiders will be playing their game against SMU as planned on Saturday at 6 p.m. The threat of Hurricane Ike is not to hit near Lubbock, which is in the northwest corner of Texas. The game will air on XM Radio with the re-shuffling of the several other college games.
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Don't miss this: With UMass football out of the state of Massachusetts for the first time this season, be sure to listen is on the UMass Sports Network including 100.9 FM WRNX, 830 AM, 95.9 FM or here on UMassAthletics.com. Listen in to the broadcast trio of Josh Maurer, Matt Goldstein and Adam Frenier starting with the pregame show on Saturday at 3 p.m. The game will be shown on CN8.
Thursday, Sept. 11
First off, please take a moment to remember the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. This is a day that changed our lives forever ... In looking at today's news on UMass' teams, there are various stories on the UMass-James Madison football game. Tonight be sure to check out the Bud Light UMass Football Radio Show at the Hangar Pub & Grill in Amherst, starting at 7 p.m. You can also listen live online and 100.9 FM WRNX. Send your questions for Coach Brown. Tonight's guests are expected to be two of the heroes from the win at Holy Cross: kicker Armando Cuko and receiver Jeremy Horne.
In Andy Katz' blog, he mentions John Calipari and UMass assistant Vance Walberg will hold their Dribble Drive Motion coaching clinic again in Tunica, Miss., on Sept. 19-21. Calipari said that 400 coaches went to hear about the offense last year, and he's expecting a similar turnout.
Don't miss this: Look for some news on a new UMass Sports Network radio affiliate before the end of the week.
Wednesday, Sept. 10
The UMass Sports Luncheon takes place this afternoon at the Campus Center at 12 Noon. There will be three guest speakers: women's swimming coach Bob Newcomb, men's soccer coach Sam Koch and football coach Don Brown. Co-UMass/Dinn Brothers Athletes of the Week Liam Coen and Katie Kelly will be honored at the luncheon. Just Take A Minute has more stories on UMass' big battle with James Madison on the gridiron on Saturday.
From Tuesday, the Salem News has a feature on Armando Cuko, from Beverly, Mass. Mike Grenier writes about how Cuko has waited his time since last kicking as a regular in 2005.
The NFL Draft Bible has a snipet on Liam Coen and his big week against Holy Cross. Josh Buchanan writes: "Most NFL scouts consider Coen a free agent value but due to his experience in a pro style offense and the ability to light it up through the air should have many scouts taking notice early this year."
UMassAthletics.com Feature To Check Out: The UMass football roster now features updated player profiles and statistics for the 2008 season.
Don't miss this: The UMass women's basketball schedule will be released today including all of the Atlantic 10 conference games. Also, don't forget to join us at the Campus Center for the Weekly Sports Luncheon.
Tuesday, Sept. 9
The #3 UMass football team is prepping for a Top 10 match-up down at #7 James Madison on Saturday at 3:30. The game will air on CN8 up and down the east coast. Liam Coen continues to pile up honors from all over. Former UMass alums are in the news in various venues from Shannon James playing football in Canada, Rashaun Freeman getting ready to play hoops in France and KJ Kelley getting hired to coach softball at Vermont.
In news from down in James Madison country, Dukes head coach Mickey Matthews said on Monday that JMU's tailback Eugene Holloman is "doubtful" for the UMass clash on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. The Daily News-Record has a column by Chris Simmons on the JMU-UMass clash.
In his Monday press conference Miami Dolphins head coach Tony Sparano spoke about UMass alum Brandon London. Here is a transcript of his media briefing from the Florida Sun-Sentinel He said: " (Brandon) London went out there, played 20 plays in the game and played pretty good on special teams. He did a nice job down there on special teams." London wore No. 17 in the Dolphins' 20-14 loss to the Jets.
UMass alum and former American International Athletic Director Bob Burke is being honored by the ECAC with the James Lynah Distinguished Service Award. He is one of four honorees. A native of Holyoke, Mass., Burke earned his bachelor's degree in physical education from the University of Massachusetts in 1965. At UMass, Burke was a member of the most recent undefeated football team in school history when the then-Redmen went 8-0-1 in 1963. He went on to earn All-Yankee Conference First Team honors as an offensive tackle as a senior.
Up in Canada, here's a check on some former football stars. The Calgary Stampeders and Shannon James beat the Edmonton Eskimos, 38-33. The UMass All-American had seven tackles, an interception, a sack and a forced fumble. It was his first pick of the year and he returned the ball 27 yards for a touchdown. James is in the top 20 in the CFL in tackles with 39 for the year. The Calgary Herald called James, "Mr. Everywhere, Mr. Everything, Stampeder defensive back Shannon James."
The Saskatchewan Roughriders beat the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, 34-31, as Anton McKenzie had three tackles on Sunday. Keron Williams and his Montreal Alouettes beat the Toronto Argos, 45-19, as he had two tackles and a sack.
Former UMass basketball star Rashaun Freeman has moved up to the A Division in France. He will be playing for the BCM GRAVELINES DUNKERQUE GRAND LITTORAL (which means GRAVELINES DUNKIRK GRAND COAST) after leading Nantes in scoring and rebounding in 2007-08. Gravelines plays its first game on Oct. 5 against Dijon.
Don't miss this: Look for the UMass women's basketball schedule to be released this week. The non-conference portion is set.
Monday, Sept. 8
Another exciting (and perfect!) weekend for UMass Athletics is in the books. Football, field hockey, and men's soccer combined to put up an impressive 4-0 record over the weekend. The wins included football's last-second 45-42 win over Holy Cross and a late goal by Chris Brown to give men's soccer a 1-0 victory over Siena. Field hockey added a pair of wins, over Dartmouth and Northeastern. In fact, UMass teams haven't lost in eight games, dating 10 days back to Aug. 29! Along with the action-packed weekend of games, Friday was also highlighted by men's basketball working out at the southwest horseshoe. Check out Monday's Just Take A Minute for articles from a variety of media sources. Mid Day Update: UMass football has jumped to #3 nationally in the Sports Network FCS College Football Poll
Ron Chimelis of the Springfield Republican covers men's soccer's home-opening in_the_games.html"> 1-0 win over Siena on Saturday with a game story on the team's first game at Rudd Field since last year's 2-1 win over Illinois-Chicago in the National Quarterfinals.
The Springfield Republican features UMass Hall of Famer and former field hockey and women's lacrosse standout Judy Strong, focusing on her time at UMass along with her 1984 Olympic experience.
ESPN's Andy Katz's blog about former Minutemen men's basketball coach John Calipari and the Memphis Tigers includes a number of UMass connections with mentions of Derek Kellogg, the newest member of Calipari's staff Jason Walberg (son of current UMass assistant Vance Walberg), and more.
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Don't miss this: The This Week in UMass Athletics podcast will be posted during the day on Monday. Also, look for some honors to be bestowed on football players, like Liam Coen!