UMass: UMass announces the cancellation of the fall sports season

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August 11, 2020

UMass announced this morning that they will not be playing fall sports in 2020. That means that the Minutemen will not be playing football. The did say that they will contemplate playing the fall season in the spring. After consulting with university, state and public health officials, we have made the decision to cancel the 2020 @UMassFootball season. https://t.co/yUyzuuILKN — UMass Athletics (@UMassAthletics) August 11, 2020 Athletic Director Ryan Bamford…

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UMass: For the Minutemen, a season of uncertainty brings an opportunity to get better

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August 7, 2020

The UMass Minutemen opened up training camp on Wednesday with a lot of uncertainty. As of now, the Minutemen are still playing this season. They are scheduled to play nine games although by all accounts, it is too early to tell if the Minutemen will actually play nine games. As of today, UMass must find replacements for UConn who is not playing for his season. Albany and Auburn. Losing the…

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UMass: Walt Bell and his staff pick up two big commitments on Wednesday.

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May 21, 2020

Walt Bell and his staff picked two big commitments yesterday in quarterback Zamar Wise and athlete Jamir Roberts. Dear friends, family, an coach’s throughout my highschool years an prep i wanna thank all of you for having faith in me an being patient throughout this long process 🤞🏾. Big thank you to my head coach❤️ …new journey begins 🙏🏽📝 @UMassFootball @CoachTUMass @CoachPaschall pic.twitter.com/FftugQ8nMQ — Zamar Wise (@ZamarWise11) May 20, 2020…

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UMass: Minutemen focus on getting bigger up front with their 2020 class

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February 20, 2020

Natick’s Josh Atwood could play right away for the Minutemen. UMass signed 21 three star recruits in what is shaping up to be a good class for the Minutemen. Walt Bell and the UMass coaching staff emphasized getting bigger and stronger up front on both the offensive and defensive lines. They also wanted to upgrade the defense particularly at linebacker. They accomplished both. The staff also focused on adding some…

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UMass: Blueshirt bungle could come back to hurt UMass later

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February 9, 2020

Photo courtesy of Jim Young, Associated Press UMass lost three local commitments last week when quarterback Brady Martin, offensive lineman Andrew Nee and defensive back Joe Lusardi all decommitted from the program. The three players reportedly decomitted because UMass was attempting to blueshirt them. The players committed knowing that they were going to possibly have to blueshirt but they were now essentially going to have to walk on. When a…

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UMass Preview: BYU Cougars (6-4) at UMass Minutemen (1-10)

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November 23, 2019

UMass will wrap up the 2019 season today when they take on the BYU Cougars at McGuirk Stadium. It has been a long first season for head coach Walt Bell and the Minutemen program. Nothing has gone right in a season marred by losses, injuries and player defections. A win today would be a major step forward for the Minutemen but it is an unrealistic expectation given how bad the…

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UMass: UMass Minutemen (1-9) at Northwestern Wildcats (1-8)

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November 16, 2019

UMass travels to Evanston, Illinois to battle Northwestern. Both programs have struggled mightily this season. UMass’ defense has been historically bad. Northwestern’s offense has been one of the worst in program history. Something has to give right? Here are three keys to the game for the Minutemen. 1. Defense needs to get a three and out to start: If the Minutemen can get an early three and out, that would…

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College: Ten Thoughts on the week that was in D1 football in New England

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November 14, 2019

Dartmouth’s upset win over Princeton all but locked up the Ivy League title for the Big Green. 1. While Steve Addazio‘s seat is getting warmer at the Heights after Saturday’s loss to Florida State, the Eagles still have a shot at going 6-6 or 7-5 (long shot) and gaining a bowl bid. It will be a fascinating three weeks in Chestnut Hill. 2. Harvard suffered a terrible 17-10 loss in…

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UMass: UMass Minutemen (1-8) at Army Black Knights (3-6)

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November 9, 2019

UMass travels to Miche Stadium in upstate New York to battle Army. The Minutemen continue to struggle in all three phases of the game, particularly on defense. Army will present a new set of challenges today with their flexbone triple option offense. UMass has to stop the run first and foremost but they also have to find a way to not give up big plays. Here are three keys to…

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UMass: UConn Huskies (2-6) at UMass Minutemen (1-7)

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October 26, 2019

The Minutemen had a bye last week so they have had two weeks to prepare for the Huskies. UMass beat UConn last season. It was a huge program win especially when you consider both programs recruit the same players in New England. Here are three keys to the game. 1. Defense must give UMass a chance: It is well documented that the Minutemen defense is among the worst in the…

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