The Palm Beach Post has a Miami Dolphins notebook with a nice segment on Brandon London After his first catch with the Phins last week, London said: "It shows how hard work pays off. Looking back at the road it took for me even to get that one catch, you can sit there and sigh relief a little bit. Now it's time to get No. 2."
UMass basketball guard Anthony Gurley has been named the No. 3 Impact Transfer by Rivals.com Here's what Andrew Skwara wrote: This athletic wing was the only Wake Forest player to transfer following the death of former Wake coach Skip Prosser in July 2007. Gurley chose to move close to his home in Boston. The former four-star recruit had scholarship offers from a number of ACC schools coming out of high school. He'll add some scoring punch - he averaged 6.4 ppg in 14.5 mpg in his lone year at Wake - and new Minutemen coach Derek Kellogg already has said he expects him to be one of the top defenders in the nation.
UMass will face two teams in the Preseason USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll: Memphis, which hosts the Minutemen at midnight Nov. 17 is No. 12, while defending champion Kansas, which faces UMass in Kansas City on Dec. 13, is No. 23. Xavier and Vanderbilt are also among others receiving votes.
USCHO.com has its Hockey East notebook where the Minutemen are feature as being "Under The Radar." The story quotes Toot Cahoon: "I'm thinking that we've got a pretty good team in a very good league. We just take it day by day and stay in the present."
Over the weekend check out the Springfield Republican as the paper is expected to run a pair of major features on UMass. The men's basketball offense featuring the dribble-drive motion will be the subject of a huge story by Ron Chimelis. In men's soccer news, Jeff Thomas' extensive and intense feature on goalkeeper Chris Piekos is expected to run as well. Piekos spend four years in Iraq with the Marine Special Forces (Reconnaissance).
UMassAthletics.com Feature To Check Out: The UMass men's basketball profiles for 2008-09 have been updated for the new season by visiting the roster page. Each player as a feature called "A Few Minutes With" with some personal and fun information.
Don't miss this: Its a big weekend for UMass athletics. Friday night the hockey team finally makes its home debut on the new Mullins Center ice. Also be sure to listen to the football game on Saturday at Rhode Island. In fact three UMass teams will be in the Ocean State on Saturday with the football team at noon, the field hockey team playing at Providence at 1 p.m. and the ice hockey team finishing up the night also at PC against the Friars. The women's soccer team wraps up its home schedule with games against Saint Louis and Charlotte at Rudd Field on Friday and Sunday, respectively. Finally look for the announcement of the 100 Seasons of UMass Basketball All-Time Teams for th 1990s on Friday and 2000s on Saturday.
Thursday, Oct. 30
Thursday's Just Take A Minute brings you stories on men's basketball, football and hockey. Be sure to stop by the Hangar Pub & Grill for the Bud Light UMass Football Show at 7 p.m. tonight. The expected players guests are senior cornerback Courtney Robinson and junior receiver Joe Sanford. You can also send a question for Coach Don Brown as part of "Ask The Coach." JTAM has a few time changes on the UMass men's basketball schedule for a trio of road games. the game at Toledo on Dec. 3 is now a 7 p.m. start. The game at The Palestra against Saint Joseph's on Feb. 22 will be a 2 p.m. start and the March 1 game at La Salle will be a 5 p.m. tip-off in a game that will be televised nationally on CBS College Sports.
Here are few time changes on the UMass men's basketball schedule for a trio of road games. the game at Toledo on Dec. 3 is now a 7 p.m. start. The game at The Palestra against Saint Joseph's on Feb. 22 will be a 2 p.m. start and the March 1 game at La Salle will be a 5 p.m. tip-off in a game that will be televised nationally on CBS College Sports.
On opening night in the NBA, former UMass star Marcus Camby was inactive for the Clippers, his new team after a trade from the Nuggets. Camby, out because of a bruised right heel. He spoke about his frustration in missing his first opening night in 13 years.
UMassAthletics.com Feature To Check Out: Looking to join a UMass Sports Club or Intramural team, check out their webpage.
Don't miss this: The 1980s All-Time Team as part of the 100 Seasons Of UMass Basketball will be announced. Listen to the Bud Light UMass Football Show tonight at 7 p.m. on 100.9 FM WRNX or here on UMassAthletics.com. You can also send a question for Coach Don Brown as part of "Ask The Coach."
Wednesday, Oct. 29
It feels like winter is here, doesn't it? ... Well that means hockey season should be in full swing and tonight is your chance to meet the members of the Minuteman hockey squad at a Meet & Greet at Union Billiards in the student union. Fans wishing to hear the latest on the hockey team from the head man Toot Cahoon should come to the weekly Sports Luncheon at 12 noon in the Mullins Center's Massachusetts Room on the third floor. Don Brown will also speak as he does weekly. The Minutemen football received some bad news as All-American cornerback Sean Smalls is expected to miss the remainder of the season with an injury.
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Don't miss this: The biggest event on Wednesday is the Meet & Greet with the UMass hockey team at Union Billiards from 6-8 p.m. Also, on Wednesday the UMass Sports Luncheon takes place in the Massachusetts Room on the third floor of the Mullins Center. Football coach Don Brown and hockey coach Toot Cahoon will be the guest speakers. The 1970s All-Time Team will be announced in the afternoon.
Tuesday, Oct. 28
Tuesday brings us cold nasty weather in New England, but basketball season is just around the corner and Atlantic 10 Media Day takes place via video conference. You can watch both men's coach Derek Kellogg and women's coach Marnie Dacko at 11:45 a.m. and 12:05 p.m., respectively today. The preseason A-10 polls and all-conference teams will be announced as well. Additionally, Just Take A Minute has stories on UMass football, hockey and other sports.
The FCS polls have been released and the UMass Minutemen are No. 15 in both polls. They have finally evened out in the polls after having very different rankings according to the media and the coaches for the last few weeks. In the Sports Network media poll five CAA teams are ranked and in the FCS Coaches Poll the same five schools are ranked.
Happy Monday! UMass Athletics had another impressive weekend highlighted by football, field hockey, and men's soccer, who combined for a perfect 5-0 record! Not to be forgotten, the Mass Attack hockey team played No. 4 New Hampshire to a 1-1 deadlock Friday night. Also of note, both men's and women's swimming and diving teams defeated Army in a home meet on Saturday. It was a weekend to remember, so be sure to check out Monday's Just Take A Minute for a jam-packed edition with a ton of articles on everything from football to hockey to swimming, and even some baseball!
Michael McAuliffe of the Springfield Republican wrote a great article on the more than 3,500 band members at McGuirk Alumni Stadium who traveled to Amherst for the annual
Band Day .
The unbelievable story of a halftime field goal contest winner turned varsity kicker keeps getting media attention, as it is mentioned in the Lawrence Journal-World & News and Chicago Sun-Times . Matt Williams kicked a 30-yard field goal to win a contest at halftime of UMass' game in Lubbock on Sept. 20.
Hockey goaltender Dan Meyers' strong start to the season (along with his movie blog on UMassAthletics.com!) is mentioned in a piece from The Berkshire Eagle's titled
The region between the pipes.
In good news from the American Hockey League, former UMass All-American goaltender Jon Quick picked up his first win of the season with the Manchester Monarchs on Friday, stopping 31 of 33 shots in a 3-2 win over Wilkes-Barre Scranton.