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

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October 30, 2019

1. Boston College looked like an FCS team Saturday night against Clemson. I want to believe that the 59-7 score was not indicative of the talent difference between these two programs right now but I am afraid it is. B.C doesn’t have the athletes to match up with Clemson. 2. The Globe’s Julian Benbow wrote a story on Sunday that Rutgers might be interested in hiring Eagles coach Steve Addazio….

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UMass Preview: UMass Minutemen (1-5) at La. Tech Bulldogs (4-1)

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October 12, 2019

The Minutemen face an uphill battle tonight when they travel to Ruston, Louisiana to take a good Louisiana Tech team. The Bulldogs are 4-1 but their wins have come against Grambling, Bowling Green, FIU and Rice. All four of those teams however are better than UMass right now so this will be another challenging week for the boys in maroon and white. Here are three keys to the game. 1….

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UMass Preview: UMass Minutemen (1-4) at Florida International (1-3)

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October 5, 2019

After finally getting a win last week over Akron, the Minutemen will look to build on that performance when they hit the Sunshine State to battle FIU today. The two schools have put together a nice little rivalry in recent years that has featured some close games. This is the fifth meeting between the two schools. Here are three keys for the Minutemen in this game. 1. Defense must continue…

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UMass Preview: Akron Zips (0-4) at UMass Minutemen (0-4)

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September 28, 2019

The Minutemen will once again look to get in the win column for the first time this season when they host the Akron Zips of the Mid-American Conference at McGuirk Stadium. UMass played tough in the first half last week at home against Coastal Carolina but the defense fell apart in the second half as the Chanticleers rolled 62-28. The Minutemen will hope for a better performance today from their…

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UMass: Coastal Carolina Chanticleers (2-1) at UMass Minutemen (0-3)

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September 21, 2019

The Minutemen return home to host Coastal Carolina. It was ugly last week for UMass in a 52-17 loss to Charlotte. Defense continues to be an issue as the Minutemen try to find the right pieces to put on the field. It is not easy. The roster is limited from a talent standpoint, particularly on the defensive side of the ball. Offensively, the Minutemen need to find a way to…

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