Just Take A Minute: Dec. 15-19
Just Take A Minute: Dec. 15-19

Dec. 22, 2008

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  • PODCAST: Bud Light UMass Basketball Show - 12/18
  • PODCAST: Interview With Julius Erving

      Friday, Dec. 19

    Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow. As everyone prepares for the first major snowstorm of the winter season, the Mullins Center will be heating up on Saturday as UMass hosts a basketball doubleheader with the women taking on Northeastern at 2 p.m. followed by the men against Hofstra at 4 p.m. We hope to see everyone at the Mullins Center after digging out. JTAM has a stories from the Boston Herald including a feature on Tony Gaffney and one to watch on Sunday morning about Julius Erving (ESPN's Outside the Lines at 9 a.m.). There are also stories on UMass football coach Don Brown, who will be staying with the Minutemen.

  • Basketball Hall of Famer Julius Erving will be the subject of an interview on ESPN's Outside the Lines on Sunday at 9 a.m. During the interview, Erving is wearing a UMass basketball hoodie where he discusses when he met his 27-year-old daughter, pro tennis player Alexandra Stevenson, for the first time. The Philadelphia Daily News has a story on the piece including a photo where you can see Erving supporting his alma mater.

  • The Boston Herald's Dan Duggan (a UMass alum) has a lengthy feature on Tony Gaffney and his breakout season.

  • Masslive.com has its weekly Atlantic 10 notebook.

  • On NBADraft.net, UMass' win over Kansas is mentioned near the end of the column.

  • UMass opponent Jacksonville State is feature on ESPN.com as a mid-major to watch this season by Kyle Whelliston.

  • Don Brown has withdrawn his name for consideration for the open head coaching job at Yale and will be staying with the Minutemen. Here are stories on the news: Springfield Republican, Daily Hampshire Gazette, WWLP NBC22, New Haven Register, Yale Daily News.

  • Former UMass star tailback Steve Baylark was released from the Broncos practice squad this week.

  • UMassAthletics.com Feature To Check Out: Time is winding down on the auctions for many of the items rrom UMass' win over Kansas last Saturday.

  • Don't miss this: The best place to keep warm on Saturday is the Mullins Center. Check out two basketball games: the women at 2 p.m. vs. Northeastern and the men vs. Hofstra at 4 p.m.

      Thursday, Dec. 18

    Thursday means its time for the Bud Light UMass Basketball Show. Send your fan questions for both coaches Derek Kellogg and Marnie Dacko. Join us at the Hangar Pub & Grill at 7 p.m. or listen on 100.9 FM or here on UMassAthletics.com. Thursday's JTAM brings more news on UMass basketball and the return of Luke Bonner as the Minutemen prepare for 8-1 Hofstra this Saturday at 4 p.m. Get Your Tickets Now.

  • The Republican's Ron Chimelis writes about Luke Bonner's return for Saturday's game against Hofstra. UMass is 1-0 with Bonner playing and was leading at Southern Illinois when he was injured.

  • In his column the Boston Globe's Dan Shaughnessy mentions UMass' win over Kansas and what a great day for Newton North alums Anthony Gurley and Lex Mongo it was: Nice day for Newton North basketball alums last Saturday. Corey Lowe (now a 1,000-point scorer) went for 19 in Boston University's narrow loss to 12th-ranked Notre Dame, while Anthony Gurley played 27 minutes and scored 5 points in UMass's upset of defending national champion Kansas. Lex Mongo is also on the UMass roster. Lowe, Gurley, and Mongo were teammates on the North squad that won back-to-back state championships (53-1) in 2005 and '06.

  • Check out ABC40's video preview of the Hofstra game.

  • Former Minuteman basketball star Gary Forbes continued to play well in the D-League for the Sioux Falls Skyforce as they beat the Colorado 14ers on Wednesday night, 99-98. Forbes had a game-high 26 points including two free throws with 4.5 seconds left to secure the win. The Skyforce homepage has a picture of Forbes on it.

  • From Toledo, here is a note from the Toledo Blade which Rocket coach Gene Cross talks about UMass: "UMass is much better than [its] record indicates, and I feel that we're better than our record indicates," Cross said. "I mentioned to our guys today about Kansas and UMass. I said, we beat a pretty good team. That probably means we're a pretty good team, but you have to believe it. If you don't believe it, then you're not."

  • From Alabama, Jacksonville State's 6-game win streak ended on Wednesday in a 75-48 loss to UAB.

  • UMass punter Brett Arnold was named the Associated Press first-team All-American punter in FCS on Wednesday.

  • Former UMass football player Brandon London is quoted in an AP story about the Miami Dolphins' "Cold Road To Make The Playoffs" having to play its final two games at Kansas City and the Jets.

  • UMassAthletics.com Feature To Check Out: Today is the last day to purchase an item in the Official UMass Online Store and ensure it will be received before Christmas if the order is going East of the Mississippi. Overnight shipping is available until Dec. 22.

  • Don't miss this: Join us at the Hangar Pub & Grill for the Bud Light UMass Basketball Show tonight at 7 p.m. Listen to men's coach Derek Kellogg at 7 p.m. and women's coach Marnie Dacko at 8 p.m. Player guests will join both coaches.

      Wednesday, Dec. 17

    Wednesday is your chance to come out and listen to head coach Derek Kellogg speak at the weekly Sports Luncheon. Kellogg will recognize the UMass/Dinn Brothers Athlete of the Week Ricky Harris and talk about the Kansas game and this weekend's tilt with 8-1 Hofstra. Also on the docket is women's head coach Marnie Dacko and Associate A.D. for Media Relations Jason Yellin. The luncheon starts at 12 Noon in the Campus Center Room 1009.

  • UMass alum Andrew Merritt has a Salute To Toot in his weekly column in the New England Hockey Journal. Its a must-read story of head coach Don Cahoon's reclaimation project at UMass.

  • The Springfield Republican's Ron Chimelis has a nice feature on Tony Gaffney and his marked improved play.

  • Best wishes to UMass alum and former coach Bill Bayno. The head coach at Loyola Marymount is taking a leave of abscence because of what he says is "a serious medical condition" related to job stress. The 45-year-old Bayno signed a five-year deal to coach the Lions in April after an eight-year absence from college basketball. He began a leave of absence on Nov. 23.

  • On FoxSports.com, Tony Gaffney is mentioned for his breakout season: Speaking of triple-doubles from big men: After three subpar seasons, UMass center Tony Gaffney is having a breakout year, posting 12.4 points, 12.9 rebounds, and 5.4 blocks. His latest performance of 13 rebounds and six blocks led UMass to an upset over Kansas.

  • Masslive.com has an Atlantic 10 notebook with several references to UMass including early-season stars Tony Gaffney and Ricky Harris.

  • Remember Jacksonville State? Well the Gamecocks are now 6-1 this season including a win at UMass back on Nov. 24. Tonight JSU takes on UAB in a chance to show how good they are. The Gamecocks are riding a 6-game win streak and are off their best Division I start ever.

  • As Montana and Richmond get ready to battle for the FCS this championship this Friday night in Chattanooga there is a strong connection to the Spiders. Richmond head coach Mike London is the father of former UMass stadnout receiver Brandon London. The Great Falls (Mont.) Tribune has a short story on Montana coach Bobby Hauck's recollections of London from UMass' 2006 NCAA Semifinal win in Missoula.

  • In hockey news, UMass' next home opponent will have one of its top guns in the lineup as Cornell welcomed back forward Riley Nash, who was among the final 16 cuts for Team Canada's team for the upcoming World Junior Hockey championships. To participate in the tournament, Nash would have had to miss both of Cornell's games at the Florida College Classic and a tough non-conference road game at UMass on Jan. 4.

  • The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette has a note on local star and UMass standout Stefanie Gerardot and her success at UMass after the Brown Bear Classic last weekend.

  • UMassAthletics.com Feature To Check Out: Need a last-minute gift idea? Purchase a UMass Hockey Stocking Stuffer. Fans can purchase four tickets for just $30 to either the Jan. 4 game against No. 10 Cornell OR the Jan. 9 game against Hockey East rival New Hampshire. Both games will offer some of the best collegiate hockey in the country! To order the Stocking Stuffer Ticket Package, stop by or call the Mullins Center Box Office at 866-UMASS-TIX (866-862-7784).

  • Don't miss this: Join us for the UMass Sports Luncheon on Wednesday at the Campus Center Room 1009. The guest speakers are basketball coaches Derek Kellogg and Marnie Dacko along with Associate Athletic Director for Media Relations Jason Yellin. The cost is $10 for a full lunch.

      Tuesday, Dec. 16

    Final exams are in full swing at UMass. Check out news from the Atlantic 10 as the first media conference call was held on Monday morning. The A-10 has five top 50 teams in the RPI. JTAM has some more stories on the Kansas game from Saturday.

  • Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette reports Luke Bonner will play Saturday vs. Hofstra.

  • From the Berkshire Eagle, Howard Herman has a column focusing on two new eras in Western Mass sports starting well.

  • The Dayton Daily News has a segment of its A-10 column on Derek Kellogg and the Minutemen.

  • From the Springfield News Sun in Ohio, here is a notebook on the early-season success of the A-10.

  • From out in Kansas, the NCAA has ruled technically the UMass-Kansas game held in Kansas City doesn't break Jayhawks homecourt win streak as the game wasn't played at Phog Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence. Check out the details.

  • The Hockey East Power rankings, according to the Republican put UMass at eighth in the league.

  • UMassAthletics.com Feature To Check Out: Bid on new UMass has many new auctions including several items from the historic win over Kansas.

      Monday, Dec. 15

    Coming off the first non-conference win over a ranked team outside of the state Massachusetts since the 1996 NCAA Elite Eight, the UMass men's basketball continues to gain national attention -- being named The Team Of The Week by ESPN's Andy Katz on Sunday. The Minutemen captured a 61-60 thriller over No. 25/23 Kansas on Saturday before an ESPN audience. Head coach Derek Kellogg was interviewed nationally by ESPN's Fran Fraschilla after the game as well as on ESPN Radio and Fox Sports Radio. The basketball team is featured in numerous articles on today's JTAM.

  • On Monday, Ron Chimelis had an interesting column on Derek Kellogg, mentioning all of the calls, texts and messages he had after the win.

  • Let's look at the game recaps of UMass' win over Kansas, the Minutemen's second win a row in the series: Boston Globe, Springfield Republican, Daily Hampshire Gazette, Boston Herald, Worcester Telegram & Gazette, Kansas City Star, Topeka Capital-Journal, Lawrence Journal World, Wichita Eagle, Daily Kansan, Scout.com, KSN.com (with video), My Fox Kansas City (with video) and the Sports Network.

  • In Andy Katz' ESPN.com "Weekly Watch" UMass is featured as the "Team Of The Week." It also includes ESPN's highlights of the game. Katz begins: The Minutemen turned their season around with a stunning one-point win over Kansas in Kansas City on Saturday. With a 3-6 start, UMass has a ways to go to get an at-large berth. But once Luke Bonner returns from a knee injury, this squad could be dangerous for Xavier, Temple and Dayton -- the new projected top three in the Atlantic 10 race.

  • In the Springfield Republican, Larry McDermott writes about how Springfield needs to support its native son Derek Kellogg especially after the win over Kansas.

  • The Republican also has a notebook on the game.

  • In Kansas, The Lawrence Journal World has various additional sidebars and features: Notebook, Sidebar on Sherron Collins, KU's Freshman Struggle, Jayhawks Floored.

  • More stories out of the midwest: Jason Whitlock of the Kansas City Star wrote about Kansas' Sherron Collins play, An editorial from the Kansas City Star, Kansas City Star Notebook.

  • More mentions come in various places. In Red Sox Monster by UMass alum Dan Lamothe, Watercooler Chat blog and FanHouse.com.

  • Here is the weekly A-10 Notebook from the league. It features snipets on the Minutemen's win over Kansas as well as some info on Tony Gaffney, who has opened his senior year in grand style. He has recorded five double-double performances - the first of his career - thru the Minutemen's first nine games.

  • In the Republican, Dick Baker recaps the final hockey game before the break, a 4-0 shutout win over AIC.

  • UMassAthletics.com Feature To Check Out: Trying to plan your winter break and want to take in a UMass game, check out the composite schedule which shows all UMass games in a calendar format.

  • Don't miss this: Monday brings the selection of the UMass/Dinn Brothers Athlete of the Week. Also on Monday, the Atlantic 10 holds its first media teleconference for basketball coaches. Be sure to check back on UMassAthletics.com for a full transcription.

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