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UMass football: Minutemen cancel 10 future games to make room for MAC schedule
05-14-2024 6:43 PM

By GARRETT COTE

AMHERST — With the UMass football team’s return to the Mid-American Conference (MAC), the Minutemen have canceled 10 future football games to make room for their built-in conference games – FBSchedules.com reported on Monday.Those games, four of which...

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UMass football: Spring Game closes one chapter for Minutemen, 2024 season fast approaching
04-27-2024 5:27 PM

By GARRETT COTE AND CONNOR PIGNATELLO

AMHERST — For a coach who’s been in the business for as long as UMass football head coach Don Brown has, it’s hard to find something he hasn’t already seen.But during the Minutemen’s month of spring practice, they impressed the longtime coach with...


UMass’ leading rusher Kay’Ron Lynch-Adams re-enters transfer portal
03-28-2024 8:21 PM

By CONNOR PIGNATELLO

Kay’Ron Lynch-Adams, UMass’ leading rusher in 2023, announced he is re-entering the transfer portal on Thursday. Lynch-Adams’ announcement comes in the first week of full spring practice for the Minutemen.In 2023 as a redshirt junior, Lynch-Adams...


UMass football: Record number of players participate in Minutemen’s pro day
03-26-2024 7:52 PM

By CONNOR PIGNATELLO

AMHERST — The UMass football program held its annual pro day on Tuesday afternoon in front of scouts for the New England Patriots and Jacksonville Jaguars. The Minutemen held their first spring practice of the year in the morning.UMass had 10 football...


UMass football: Minutemen back to work, ‘good feeling to be back’ for Don Brown as spring practice opens
03-26-2024 5:15 PM

By GARRETT COTE

AMHERST — Prior to the UMass football team’s first spring practice of the season on Tuesday morning, head coach Don Brown addressed his team regarding the Minutemen’s current standing with the Mid-American Conference.Brown looked at his players and...


Breaking down the financial implications for UMass athletics after move to the Mid-American Conference
03-19-2024 6:17 PM

CONNOR PIGNATELLO

When UMass joins the Mid-American Conference for the 2025-26 academic year, athletic director Ryan Bamford expects the school will bring in more revenue than it did when competing in the Atlantic 10.“This will allow us to grow our revenues to the...


Two Amhersts? UMass, Buffalo eyeing potential rivalry in MAC
03-19-2024 3:29 PM

CONNOR PIGNATELLO

Amherst versus… Amherst?They say yes.With UMass’s entrance into the Mid-American Conference for the 2025-26 academic year, the Minutemen are going to need some new rivals. And the athletic directors at UMass and Buffalo are already working on...


UMass football, basketball recruits talk school’s move to the MAC
03-16-2024 10:41 AM

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With UMass’ move from the Atlantic 10 to the Mid-American Conference for the 2025-26 academic year, recruiting for football and men’s basketball is sure to change.The Daily Hampshire Gazette caught up with Dajoure Hollingsworth, a football commit who...


Miami University football coach Chuck Martin says getting to play for a MAC title should motivate UMass: “That is our big dance”
03-08-2024 5:59 PM

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AMHERST – One of the benefits for the UMass football program’s transition to the MAC will be potential entrance into a conference championship game, something the Minutemen have not been able to play for in eight years as an FBS independent.The Daily...


Move to the MAC a relief for Don Brown, UMass football schedule-makers
03-08-2024 5:58 PM

By GARRETT COTE

AMHERST — Don Brown moseyed his way up to the table in front of a packed house inside the Martin Jacobson Football Performance Center adjacent McGuirk Alumni Stadium.The UMass football head coach cracked a smile as he gave his opening remarks about...


Exploring the timeline of events that ultimately led UMass to the MAC
03-07-2024 6:53 PM

CONNOR PIGNATELLO

AMHERST – Though UMass only officially announced its transition from the Atlantic 10 to the MAC at Thursday’s press conference, it’s a move that’s been in the works for months, if not years.UMass athletic director Ryan Bamford came into the job in...


UMass Hall of Famer, ESPN broadcaster Rene Ingoglia on move to MAC: “for some years now, there’s a bus, and football drives the bus”
03-01-2024 9:43 PM

CONNOR PIGNATELLO

UMass Hall of Famer and ESPN college football analyst Rene Ingoglia spoke with the Daily Hampshire Gazette to share his thoughts on UMass’ move to the MAC for the 2025-26 academic year, ending its short-lived and unsuccessful experiment as an FBS...


Colleges notebook: UMass hires Shane Montgomery as new offensive coordinator
02-15-2024 3:19 PM

By GARRETT COTE

Following the departure of offensive coordinator Steve Casula, the UMass football team had perhaps the most important decision of its offseason when choosing who was going to fill the hole.Casula left to take the tight ends coaching job for the...


UMass football opens fall camp in sweltering July
07-28-2023 7:16 PM

By HANNAH BEVIS

Friday dawned bright and hot without a cloud in the sky, and UMass football coach Don Brown was ecstatic to see the weather forecast. With the first game of the season at New Mexico State, Brown wants his team used to playing in high temps. “It was a...


UMass basketball: Sam Breen signs with Finnish professional team Vimpelin Veto
06-28-2023 8:06 PM

By KYLE GRABOWSKI

Somehow, Sam Breen will play basketball next season somewhere other than UMass.The two-time reigning Atlantic 10 Player of the Year signed a professional deal with Finland’s Vimpelin Veto Koripallo, the team announced on Instagram on Monday. Breen, a...


UMass football running back Ellis Merriweather signs with New Orleans Saints
05-16-2023 11:48 AM

By KYLE GRABOWSKI

Former UMass running back Ellis Merriweather carved a place in the NFL.He signed an undrafted free agent deal with the New Orleans Saints on Monday after attending the team’s rookie mini camp. It was his second camp invitation along with the Green Bay...


Green Bay Packers mini camp invite exactly what UMass running back Ellis Merriweather asked for
05-02-2023 3:17 PM

By KYLE GRABOWSKI

Once Ellis Merriweather steps on the Green Bay Packers practice field, it won’t matter that he wasn’t drafted.It won’t matter that he went to junior college or UMass. Or that the team hadn’t contacted him much during the draft process.He’ll have a...


UMass notebook: RB Ellis Merriweather receives invite to Green Bay Packers rookie mini-camp
05-01-2023 9:23 PM

By KYLE GRABOWSKI

Ellis Merriweather never took the easy path to the NFL.The former UMass running back began his college career at Garden City Community College after a standout career at Alpharetta High School in Alpharetta, Ga. Garden City reached the NJCAA National...


‘We've got to be the best group on the field’: UMass defense wants to be even better than bright spot
04-27-2023 2:21 PM

By KYLE GRABOWSKI

AMHERST — The brightest spot of the past UMass football season wants to crank up the lumens even more.One of the best pass defenses and stingiest third down defenses is only getting better.“We’re a lot better than we were last year at this point, I...


UMass football: Offense has ‘shown real progress’ in offensive coordinator Steve Casula’s second spring 
04-25-2023 2:59 PM

By KYLE GRABOWSKI

AMHERST – Steve Casula examined every aspect of the UMass football team’s offense in the offseason.The Minutemen finished last in the country scoring just 12.5 points per game and were third from the bottom gaining just 265.8 yards per contest. They...


For Jerry Roberts Jr., UMass football is a family affair
04-20-2023 4:47 PM

By KYLE GRABOWSKI

AMHERST – Jerry Roberts Jr.’s family and football family converged at UMass, so he met both there.His younger brother Jyree Roberts signed with the Minutemen during the early signing period, pledging to play for the coach that gave the elder Roberts a...

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