Just Take A Minute: Nov. 17-21, 2008
Just Take A Minute: Nov. 17-21, 2008



Nov. 24, 2008

Boomer bytes

  • PODCAST: Bud Light UMass Football Show - 11/20
  • PODCAST: Bud Light UMass Basketball Show - 11/19
  • PODCAST: Interview With John Calipari - 11/17

      Friday, Nov. 21

    The huge weekend of UMass action gets underway tonight as the No. 16 UMass hockey team begins its home-and-home with defending National Champion No. 4 Boston College, in Chestnut Hill. Then its a "Super Saturday" with a trio of big UMass games in Amherst. The men's soccer team begins its play in the NCAA Tournament against Harvard at 12 Noon. Then its off to McGuirk Stadium for the final football game of the season against Hofstra. Finally, its over to the Mullins Center for the hockey rematch with BC at 7 p.m.

  • Matt Vautour has a preview of the hockey team's two clashes with BC this weekend in a home-and-home.

  • In Tony Gaffney's neck of the woods on the Southcoast of Boston, the senior is featured after his huge game at Memphis where coach John Calipari called him the best player on the court with the the No. 13 Tigers.

  • In the Springfield Republican, Ron Chimelis has an update on the injury to Matt Hill with some comments from former AAU teammate David Gibbs with the Connecticut Basketball Club. The Daily Hampshire Gazette also has coverage of the Hill injury.

  • John Calipari and his Memphis Tigers are in San Juan for the Puerto Rico Tip-Off where they received a visit from Edgar Padilla, the former UMass point guard. Padilla was on hand to watch the Tigers beat Chattanooga, 83-71 on Thursday.

  • USA Today has a blog about ESPN's 24 Hours of Basketball with some comments about the UMass-Memphis game.

  • Also in the Republican, Jeff Thomas has a story on UMass football's senior day including quotes from Liam Coen.

  • In the Daiy Hampshire Gazette, Matt Vautour writes about some injuries the Minutemen have suffered as several players will miss the finale.

  • Erik Gallant from Masslive.com has a piece on Liam Coen which includes a photo gallery of Coen's career at UMass.

  • WWLP NBC22 has a video feature on the UMass men's soccer team, as they prepare for the NCAA Tournament for the second year in a row.

  • CollegeSoccerNews.com has previews of the NCAA First Round match-ups and files this info on UMass: Massachusetts struggled early on in the season but they seem to have righted the ship and have been playing very well of late. Minuteman goal keeper Zack Simmons is clearly among the best at his trade in the country.

  • In our continuing look at the CFL's Grey Cup featuring two former Minutemen, the Calgary Sun has a story on the Montreal Alouettes Keron Williams who used to play for the Calgary Stampeders and Shannon James.

  • The Daily Collegian has a preview of the women's basketball team's game in Maine against the Black Bears. The Collegian also takes a look at the younger players who are stepping it up with great opportunities.

  • UMassAthletics.com Feature To Check Out: Anytime you are trying to find out when UMass teams are playing check the composite schedule with every team listed. Its the perfect way to plan your UMass attendance.

  • Don't miss this: Saturday is one of those special days in Amherst with three games on tap: men's soccer in the NCAA Tournament First Round vs. Harvard at 12 Noon followed by the football team's finale vs. Hofstra at 2:30 p.m., and finally the hockey team's showdown with Boston College at 7 p.m.

      Thursday, Nov. 20

    Tonight is the final Bud Light UMass Football Show With Don Brown. Guests will be seniors Liam Coen and Courtney Robinson. Please send your questions for Coach Brown for the final time to: Ask The Coach. If you can't make it out, you can always listen on 100.9 FM or online at UMassAthletics.com. JTAM includes stories on UMass basketball's signing of Sampson Carter to an NLI along with news on men's soccer, football, hockey and women's basketball. There are features on football's Liam Coen and hockey's James Marcou.

  • The Springfield Republican's Ron Chimelis has a story on the NLI signing of Sampson Carter who is finishing up his prep school playing at Winchendon.

  • Matt Vautour in the Gazette writes about Carter following Derek Kellogg to Amherst from Memphis.

  • Former UMass All-American basketball player Gary Forbes is preparing for his D-League debut in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The Argue Leader has info and a quote from Forbes who hopes the league is a stepping stone to the NBA: "You're trying to show where you're at," said Forbes, a 6-7 swing from UMass who has impressed with his scoring ability. "These guys are definitely teaching little things, little tricks of the trade. I'm taking everything in."

  • Also from the Republican, soccer goalkeeper Zack Simmons was named the National Academic All-American of the Year, Jeff Thomas writes.

  • The Daily Collegian looks at the UMass-Harvard NCAA First Round match-up.

  • In the Western Mass Sports Journal, columnist Marty Dobrow writes about senior quarterback Liam Coen.

  • If you get a chance visit the the Learning Commons on the Lower Level of the Du Bois Library on campus during normal library hours through December 19, 2008. Exhibit: "UMass Football Memories" features an array of photographs, brochures, artifacts, and other football-related materials from the Special Collections and University Archives Department at the UMass Amherst Libraries.

  • The Collegian has a preview of Saturday's football game against Hofstra.

  • Down in Florida, former Minutemen Brandon London is talking about his Miami Dolphins' poor job on special teams in the Palm Beach Post. "He's fed up with it," London said of coach Tony Sparano. "We're fed up with it. Every guy in this locker room is fed up with how we look right now."

  • London is also mentioned in UMass alum Mike Reiss' Patriots notebook in the Boston Globe, writing: London has fit in nicely with the Dolphins, according to Sparano. Calling him "an arrow-up" player because he keeps improving.

  • In Canada, as the Montreal Alouettes prepare to play the Calgary Stampeders, UMass alum Keron Williams was selected to the CFL Players Association All-Star team after racking up 10 sacks. The Gazette in Montreal has a story on Williams. He talks about the honor saying: "This definitely means more to me from a football perspective, although I don't know if this one gets all the publicity. This one shows more accomplishment ... the respect you have."

  • The Collegian has a preview of UMass' clash with defending NCAA champion Boston College this weekend.

  • The Daily Collegian provides a feature on hockey's James Marcou.

  • The women's basketball win over New Hampshire received some coverage in the Daily Collegian and Boston Globe.

  • UMassAthletics.com Feature To Check Out: Today is the last day of UMass' Official Auctions. You can still bid on the big item of sitting on the UMass men's basketball team bench for the Boston College game on Dec. 6.

  • Don't miss this: Tonight is the final Bud Light UMass Football Show With Don Brown. Guests will be seniors Liam Coen and Courtney Robinson. Please send your questions for Coach Brown for the final time to: Ask The Coach. If you can't make it out, you can always listen on 100.9 FM or online at UMassAthletics.com.

      Wednesday, Nov. 19

    The first-ever Bud Light UMass Basketball Show With Derek Kellogg takes place tonight at the Hangar Pub & Grill at 7 p.m. Be sure to join us for DK's first radio show. You can send questions for him as part of Ask The Coach. You can listen on 100.9 FM or at UMassAthletics.com. The show moves to its new regular night, Thursday, after Thanksgiving. Also catch the women's basketball team at the Mullins Center at 7 p.m. vs. New Hampshire.

  • From the Boston Globe, Adam Kilgore has a follow-up story on UMass' loss at Memphis as Derek Kellogg prepared to move past his first coaching experience against his mentor John Calipari.

  • Ron Chimelis of the Springfield Republican writes about how Derek Kellogg wants better effort from his players after the loss at No. 12 Memphis.

  • Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette takes a look at UMass having a week off to prepare for next Monday's home opener vs. Jacksonville State.

  • From Memphis, here is the Commercial Appeal's post-UMass-Memphis story.

  • The Berkshire Eagle has a column leading with ESPN's coverage of the UMass at Memphis game.

  • The Daily Collegian has a notebook on Atlantic 10 basketball.

  • The Daily Collegian files this preview of the women's basketball game vs. UNH tonight.

  • With its win over No. 1 Boston University, the hockey team has risen to No. 5 in the Hockey East Power Poll of Masslive.com.

  • Here is a Hockey East notebook from the Daily Collegian.

  • The Collegian has a story on the football team and how their struggles kept them from the playoffs.

  • The Daily Collegian has a story on the women's cross country team and their season improvements.

  • UMassAthletics.com Feature To Check Out: There is a little more than a day left in this round of UMass' Official Auctions. You can still bid on the big item of sitting on the UMass men's basketball team bench for the Boston College game on Dec. 6.

  • Don't miss this: Tonight is the first episode of the Bud Light UMass Basketball Show With Derek Kellogg. Join us tonight at 7 p.m., at the Hangar Pub & Grill. You can send your questions for Coach Kellogg as part of Ask The Coach. Make sure to join us there, have some wings, and hear coach preview the big weekend on tap! You can always listen on 100.9 FM or online at UMassAthletics.com. The show will move to its new permanent night of Thursdays after Thanksgiving. Also catch the women's basketball team at the Mullins Center at 7 p.m. vs. New Hampshire.

      Tuesday, Nov. 18

    zzzzzzz....It was a late night staying up to watch coach Derek Kellogg and the Minutemen face former bench boss John Calipari and his Memphis Tigers, but it was well worth it. Monday also featured the announcement of the NCAA men's soccer field, which UMass cracked for the second-consecutive season. Congrats to Sam Koch and the Minutemen as they try to duplicate last year's magical run to the College Cup. They host the Harvard Crimson at 12 noon on Saturday at Rudd Field, leading into a sensational tripleheader day (football hosts Hofstra in the season-finale at 2:30 and hockey plays host to defending national champion Boston College at 7 p.m. at the Mullins Center). Hockey bench boss Don "Toot" Cahoon will have his weekly radio show at the Hangar Pub & Grill tonight at 7 PM. Special guest host Brock Hines will join coach along with player guests Jordan Virtue and Will Ortiz. Make sure to join us there, have some wings, and hear coach preview the big weekend on tap!

  • Here is coverage on the UMass-Memphis game: Boston Globe, Boston Herald, Memphis Commericlal Appeal, The Tennessean.

  • Here is a sidebar notebook on the hoop game: Memphis Commercial Appeal.

  • While Matt Vautour was in Memphis, he filed this long piece on John Calipari for Tuesday's Daily Hampshire Gazette which was printed before the game ended.

  • In the new USCHO national rankings that came out on Monday, the Mass Attack, coming off a huge win over the top team in the nation (Boston University), jumped four spots to #16 .

  • The Springfield Republican included a brief story about men's soccer hosting Harvard in the NCAA Tournament on Saturday at 12 noon at Rudd Field.

  • The Harvard Crimson (Student Newspaper) had a story about the upcoming game. IvySports.com also had a mention of the game on Saturday with a full paragraph scouting the Minutemen. The Collegian also files this report on the soccer bid.

  • The Gloucester Daily Times had a special feature on field hockey senior Katelyn Orlando, who just finished her stellar four-year career on Saturday. The feature is titled Top Dog .

  • The Republican's Ron Chimelis has a story on Freddie Riley, who committed to the UMass men's basketball program (as announced on Monday). Matt Vautour has this story on Riley. The Daily Collegian also has coverage.

  • Chimelis also had a story on sophomore Matt Hill, who is looking to have a much bigger role on this year's squad.

  • Tony Gaffney was included on the honor roll of Scout.com's A-10 Notebook. As it reads, "Massachusetts senior forward Tony Gaffney averaged 11 points, 11 rebounds and 4.5 blocks in a pair of contests in the 2K Sports Classic."

  • Interesting note from New Hampshire, the Division III Plymouth State Panthers have made the NCAA Playoffs. The last time they made it UMass' Don Brown was their head coach in 1995.

  • The Vermont Cync included a story on the Catamounts women's basketball team, who opened their season with a win over the Minutewomen on Friday.

  • Five Boro Sports in New York mentioned UMass women's basketball's comeback 71-68 win over Manhattan on Sunday afternoon at the Mullins Center.

  • TSN had stories previewing Sunday's CFL Grey Cup which includes two former Minutemen, Shannon James for Calgary and Keron Williams for Montreal. It is titled Keys to a Calgary Victory in the Grey Cup and has a mention of James.

  • UMassAthletics.com Feature To Check Out: Check out UMassAthletics' Memphis game blog from Monday night/Tuesday morning.

  • Don't miss this: Hockey bench boss Don "Toot" Cahoon will have his weekly radio show at the Hangar Pub & Grill tonight at 7 PM. Special guest host Brock Hines will join coach along with player guests Jordan Virtue and Will Ortiz. Make sure to join us there, have some wings, and hear coach preview the big weekend on tap!

      Monday, Nov. 17

    Tonight UMass basketball will be in the national spotlight as the 2008 NIT National Finalist Minutemen take on the 2008 NCAA National Finalist Memphis Tigers at midnight from the FedEx Forum. The game will air on ESPN and there are plenty of storylines to follow, most notably Derek Kellogg coaching his alma mater against the coach who tutored him at UMass and then mentored him as an assistant at Memphis, John Calipari. The team arrived in Memphis on Sunday on a charter flight and and had a busy day. After a lunch of southern fried chicken from Gus', the Minutemen practiced at the Finch Center on Memphis' campus, ate some famous BBQ for dinner and checked out the site where Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated.

  • Here is ESPN's article on its marathon of basketball. It includes that fact that the UMass-Memphis game will be simulcast on the ABC SuperSign in Times Square in New York City. If you are in the Big Apple check it out.

  • With the UMass-Memphis game upon us there are various articles across the nation. In the Boston Globe, Adam Kilgore files this preview from Memphis. In the Springfield Republican, Ron Chimelishas a story focusing on the match-up of Kellogg vs. Calipari. From Memphis, Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has this preview. Chimelis also had a column on how good UMass basketball could be this season. CBS Sportsline has a preview of the game. The Daily Collegian also has a preview of the game.

  • The Memphis Commercial Appeal has a sensational piece on how Kellogg is trying to mirror many of the of Calipari's methods in his first head coaching job.

  • In Memphis, here is a great article on John Calipari and how he has taken the city of Memphis by storm.

  • From Sunday, here is a story by Ron Chimelis where he looks as the relationship between Kellogg and Calipari.

  • From upstate New York, Tyrell Lynch's hometown newspaper the Niagara Gazette has a story on the freshman who is expected to draw his first college start against Memphis.

  • Here is a brief injury update on Luke Bonner, who will miss a month with a sprained left MCL.

  • The UMass men's soccer team is hoping for its second straight NCAA Tournament berth and first-ever as an at-large team. The Minutemen suffered a 1-0 loss to Dayton in the A-10 title game on Sunday. Here is coverage of the game: Daily Hampshire Gazette, Springfield Republican, The Dayton Daily News

  • The Boston Globe's Stan Grossfeld, a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist, wrote a feature on men's soccer back-up goalkeeper Chris Piekos who served in Fallujah, Irag as a Marine Special Forces Recon Team Leader. The article is entitled Called to protect: In Iraq or Amherst, Piekos has mates' backs and is the bulk of the the sports section front page.
    "The Marine reconnaissance team leader, now 24, is a walk-on this year after completing two tours of duty in Fallujah, Iraq, where some of the fiercest fighting in the Iraq War takes place. Piekos, a sophomore, hasn't seen any game action this season because he's behind an All-American, Zack Simmons. But he was in the middle of a lot in Iraq, hunting down Al Qaeda operatives and killing, by his own count, 50 insurgents."

  • With the UMass football team's hopes of a playoff berth vanished, here are the recaps from several newspapers: Boston Globe, Daily Hampshire Gazette, Springfield Republican, Worcester Telegram & Gazette, Boston Herald, The Daily Collegian, Union-Leader, Concord Monitor, Portsmouth Herald, Rutland Herald and Foster's Daily Democrat.

  • Matt Vautour of the Gazette also has a notebook leading with Courtney Robinson setting the school record for kickoff return yardage.

  • Up in Canada, two UMass alums will be playing for the CFL Grey Cup on Sunday Nov. 23 as Shannon James and his Calgary Stampeders will take on Keron Williams and his Montreal Alouettes. The Stamepders beat the BC Lions, 22-18 in the West final on Saturday. James had four tackles in the win and leads his team with a team-best 73 tackles for the year. Montreal beat Edmonton, 36-26 in Saturday's East final. Williams had a solo tackles for the Als.

  • The Springfield Republican has a recap of the field hockey team's loss at Syracuse in the NCAA First Round. Here is the recap from the Daily Hampshire Gazette, The Collegian also has a recap. Up at Syracuse, here is coverage from the Daily Orange.

  • Check out the Daily Hampshire Gazette's story on the UMass hockey team beating No. 1 Boston University, 5-1 and losing to UMass-Lowell, 2-0.

  • The Daily Collegian has a recap of the hockey team's split weekend beating No. 1 Boston University before losing to UMass-Lowell on Saturday.

  • The Collegian also has a recap of the women's basketball late rally for a win against Manahattan, 71-68.

  • UMassAthletics.com Feature To Check Out: There five new UMass Auctions with more than three day remaining. Most notably you can win a chance to sit on the actual team bench for the Boston College basketball game on Dec. 6. Also, you can win a chance to ride on the zamboni at a hockey game. They are also auctions for autographed John Calipari and Stephane Lasme items.

  • Don't miss this: Two big events on Monday. First at 6 p.m., the NCAA men's soccer tournament bracket will be unveiled at 6 p.m. on ESPNEWS. After losing the A-10 championship to Dayton, UMass is hopeful of an at-large berth. Then at midnight eastern, the big match-up of UMass at Memphis begins ESPN's college basketball marathon. The Minutemen led by UMass alum Derek Kellogg take on the Tigers guided by former UMass coach John Calipari. He sure to watch on ESPN or listen on the UMass Sports Network.

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