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Mount Holyoke’s decision to cut tennis program “really shocking,” according to players
05-31-2024 4:03 PM

By GARRETT COTE

SOUTH HADLEY — Earlier this month, the Mount Holyoke College tennis team say they were blindsided by an email from the school’s administration announcing that the program is being dropped.On May 13, exactly two weeks following the end of the Lyons’...

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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...


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

CONNOR PIGNATELLO

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...


Men’s basketball coach Frank Martin supporting UMass’ decision to join MAC: “They believed in me, and they haven’t lied to me since I’ve been here”
03-08-2024 2:38 PM

By GARRETT COTE

AMHERST — From a basketball perspective, Mid-American Conference commissioner Jon Steinbrecher said it was a no-brainer to add UMass to his conference.The men’s basketball program was perhaps the most appealing of the school’s athletic teams given its...


What made UMass an appealing option for the MAC to offer its first full membership spot since 1998?
03-08-2024 12:43 PM

By GARRETT COTE

AMHERST — About a decade ago, the UMass football program wrapped up its four-year stint (2012-2015) in the Mid-American Conference having started, and finished, as one of the least successful programs during its time in the conference.Given that the...


MAC basketball coaches hope the addition of UMass raises the bar for rest of the league
03-07-2024 9:30 PM

By CONNOR PIGNATELLO

AMHERST – UMass director of athletics Ryan Bamford confirmed on Thursday that UMass will increase its men’s basketball budget upon entrance to the Mid-American Conference for the 2025-26 academic year. UMass spent $4.5 million on men’s basketball last...


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...


A moving MAC moment: UMass formally introduced as 13th member of the Mid-American Conference
03-07-2024 5:54 PM

By GARRETT COTE

AMHERST — After more than a week since the news first broke, University of Massachusetts athletic department officials held a press conference Thursday morning to celebrate their joining the Mid-American Conference.UMass Chancellor Javier Reyes,...


UMass’ NIL Collectives excited about move to the MAC: “If we get this right, we have a bright future”
03-02-2024 5:05 PM

By GARRETT COTE

AMHERST — All signs pointed to something happening soon, but Corey Schneider had no idea it would be that soon.At a Feb. 22 event held at the UMass Club in Boston, nearly the entire UMass Board of Trustees was in attendance – which is fairly unusual,...


Local briefs: NEWMAC becomes second NCAA Div. 3 conference to sign media rights deal
02-29-2024 5:33 PM

By GARRETT COTE

The New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) this week announced a five-year media rights agreement with FloSports, a global independent sports media company and streaming platform that will become the exclusive media partner of the...


UMass confirms move to the Mid-American Conference (MAC) as 13th member
02-29-2024 4:09 PM

By GARRETT COTE

AMHERST — As of Thursday afternoon, it’s officially official.The UMass athletics department released a press release at 3:30 p.m. confirming its move to the Mid-American Conference (MAC) as a full member, as the baseball, men’s and women’s basketball,...


Atlantic 10 Commissioner Bernadette McGlade responds to UMass’ decision to leave the Atlantic 10: “This news does not alter the mission of the A-10”
02-27-2024 3:14 PM

By GARRETT COTE

AMHERST — For nearly half a century, University of Massachusetts athletics have been an integral part of the Atlantic 10 Conference in a variety of sports – ranging from basketball, to lacrosse, to swimming and much more. The institution was one of...


Local roundup: Balanced Smith College routs Clark, into NEWMAC semifinals
02-21-2024 9:43 PM

Behind five players with double-digit points, the Smith College women’s basketball team cruised to a 95-40 victory over Clark in the quarterfinal round of the NEWMAC Tournament on Wednesday night at Ainsworth Gymnasium in Northampton.Ally Yamada led...


Taking up long-form fiction: Acclaimed short-story writer Kelly Link is set to debut her first novel
02-09-2024 12:33 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

Kelly Link has piled up quite a few accolades and honors over the years: a MacArthur “genius grant,” a Pulitzer Prize nomination, several awards for fantasy fiction — a Hugo, a World Fantasy, and three Nebulas — and the kind of praise writers dream...


Amherst College women’s basketball coach G.P. Gromacki becomes fastest in NCAA history to reach 600 career victories
02-06-2024 5:29 PM

By GARRETT COTE

Dynasty isn’t a term that gets thrown around loosely – that word holds a ton of weight in the sports world. It takes a lot of success over an extended period of time to call something a dynasty.But that’s exactly what South Deerfield native G.P....


UMass hockey: Lucas Mercuri’s third period tally lifts Minutemen past Merrimack 3-2
02-02-2024 9:54 PM

Lucas Mercuri came through in the third period for the No. 10 Massachusetts hockey team on Friday against Merrimack. Tied 2-2, Mercuri smashed home a shot off a dish from Scott Morrow with 16:03 left in regulation to give UMass the lead. Minuteman...


UMass hockey returns to action against Merrimack, Maine this weekend
02-01-2024 6:11 PM

By THOMAS JOHNSTON

After a week off to rest and recharge, the UMass hockey team is back on the ice this weekend. It comes with a twist, however.Unlike most weekends in Hockey East where UMass will play a home-and-home series with one opponent, the Minutemen will be...


The Real Score: Busy Times for Hockey Fans, New Fans and PWHL Boston
01-18-2024 5:21 PM

Hockey fans — are you ready for a busy few months? The Bruins sit in first place in the Eastern Conference. UMass continues its quest for a top seed in Hockey East – plus a spot in Springfield’s NCAA DI Men’s Ice Hockey Regional. And PWHL Boston...


Women’s basketball: Smith College locks down late, holds off WPI 82-78 (PHOTOS)
01-14-2024 11:10 AM

Clutch baskets and timely defense down the stretch propelled the Smith College women’s basketball team to a wild 82-78 victory over WPI in the Pioneers’ NEWMAC opener on Saturday afternoon at Ainsworth Gymnasium in Northampton.Smith improved to 12-2...


Women’s basketball: Hot start propels Amherst past New Jersey City University, 70-55
11-27-2023 9:17 PM

By HANNAH BEVIS

AMHERST – The Amherst College women's basketball team stayed perfect on Monday night, riding a strong three-point performance and their usual airtight defense to its fifth consecutive win to open the 2023-24 season. The Mammoths rocketed out to a 15-2...

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