Massachusetts Rumors & News

  • UMass guard: It was come out, or quit hoops

    ESPN.com "UMass guard Derrick Gordon told ESPN that he would have quit basketball if he did not come out publicly as gay last April. The 6-foot-2 junior, who averaged 9.4 points last season for a UMass team that lost to Tennessee in the NCAA tournament, said he was beyond miserable and was on the verge..." October 10

  • Judge rules against NCAA in revolutionary O'Bannon case

    ESPN.com "In a landmark decision, a federal judge ruled Friday that the NCAA is in violation of the nation's antitrust laws by restricting the compensation that major college football and men's basketball student-athletes can receive for use of their names, images and likenesses. U.S. District Court..." August 08

  • Idaho adds ex-UMass HC Molnar to coaching staff

    College Football Talk "Nearly seven months after getting his head-coaching knees lopped off, Charley Molnar has landed on his assistant-coaching feet. The Idaho Vandals announced via a press release Wednesday that Molnar has been hired as the wide receivers coach for first-year head coach Paul Petrino. It will mark..." July 11

  • Providence, UMass interested in Kansas transfer Naadir Tharpe

    College Basketball Talk "More than three weeks after announcing his transfer from Kansas, two potential suitors have reportedly expressed interest in the rising senior point guard Naadir Tharpe. Providence and UMass are both pursuing Tharpe, according to a report from Jeff Borzello of CBS Sports on Tuesday afternoon...." May 27

  • UMass' Derrick Gordon is first openly gay male D-I basketball player

    CBSSports.com "Massachusetts guard Derrick Gordon became the first openly gay male player in Division I basketball on Wednesday morning, telling his story to ESPN's Kate Fagan. Gordon and UMass head coach Derek Kellogg subsequently had interviews on ESPN to discuss the announcement. Fagan asked Gordon how..." April 09

  • Vols make it look easy vs. UMass, 86-67

    Tennessean "Jarnell Stokes scored 26 points and had 14 rebounds to lead Tennessee past UMass 86-67 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The Vols (23-12) will play Sunday against Mercer, which upset Duke earlier Friday, for a place in the Sweet 16. Mercer beat the Vols in the NIT last..." March 21

  • Tennessee earns date with UMass

    Boston Herald "Jarnell Stokes dominated inside as Tennessee finally caught up in the closing minutes of regulation, and then opened overtime with a three-point play that got the Volunteers headed to a 78-65 victory over Iowa last night in the NCAA’s First Four in Dayton, Ohio. The Volunteers’ late comeback..." March 20

  • Carter’s been waiting at UMass

    Boston Herald "Sampson Carter’s buildup to the Big Dance was six years in the making. The redshirt senior got the good word Sunday night when the NCAA Division 1 men’s basketball tournament selection committee awarded UMass a No. 6 seed in the Midwest Regional. The Minutemen will take on the winner of..." March 19

  • Derek Kellogg returns UMass basketball to prominence

    Boston Globe "The journey that has brought the UMass Minutemen back into the NCAA Tournament after a lengthy absence didn’t start with three fifth-year seniors, or a beefed-up nonconference schedule, or a blistering 16-1 start, or even frustratingly close Dance calls the past two seasons that became..." March 19

  • Looking for Cinderella? Try the A-10

    USA Today "AT THE WATER COOLER: Every year, we search for it. That diamond-in-the-rough team that we dub Cinderella. If we're trying to find a team to become this year's NCAA tournament darling, look no further than the Atlantic 10 Conference, a league that hasn't skipped a beat in spite of losing..." March 12

  • St. Louis nabs A-10 crown with 64-62 win at U-Mass

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "SLU snapped a three-game losing streak and won the Atlantic 10 Conference title outright with a dramatic 64-62 win over Umass on Sunday. Jordair Jett, who has been practicing through a knee contusion suffered against Dayton on Wednesday, drove to the basket and scored with 3.4 seconds left to..." March 10

  • UMass gets needed victory

    Boston Herald "It wasn’t pretty, but when the time comes to fill out the NCAA tournament dance card, UMass’ gritty, 70-67 win against pesky Rhode Island last night won’t hurt its chances to punch a ticket. “I’m happy with the win. We picked up at the end of the half, and it was nip-and-tuck the rest of the..." February 28

  • Coaches talk a good game to boost bid

    Boston Herald "A Division 1 men’s basketball coach’s campaign for his team to be included in the NCAA tournament has become nearly as much of a rite of passage as conference tournaments and Selection Sunday. It’s a chance to stand on a soap box and tout the accomplishments of said team or conference as it..." February 24

  • Chaz Williams, UMass steal big win

    Boston Herald "UMass finally got the old-school atmosphere back into the Mullins Center it has been seeking for almost two decades, and the Minutemen responded with a win that reminded many of the golden age of this program. Chaz Williams scored a game-high 20 points, with 14 coming in the second half, and..." February 22

  • Minutemen block Rams’ upset bid

    Boston Herald "The road woes for UMass have subsided, at least for a day. Chaz Williams exploded for 11 of the team’s final 18 points, and Raphiael Putney stretched all of his elastic-like limbs as far as they could go with a game-saving block in the final minute as the Minutemen came back from a seven-point..." February 11

  • Questions remain as UMass hits home stretch

    Daily Hampshire Gazette "After 10 weeks in the one or both of the top 25s, the University of Massachusetts men’s basketball team is unranked again after three losses in its last four games. With nine regular season games and the Atlantic 10 tournament still to go, the focus shifts to seeding in the conference tournament..." February 04

  • St. Joseph's defeats No. 21 Massachusetts 73-68

    Philly.com "St. Joseph's made its biggest basketball statement of the season, but it wasn't without plenty of anxiety. After taking a 16-point halftime lead, the Hawks held off a late Massachusetts surge to defeat the Minutemen, 73-68, on Saturday in an Atlantic Ten game at Hagan Arena. St. Joseph's is..." February 02

  • St. Bonaventure Bonnies Take Down #21 UMass, 78-65

    GoBonnies.com "The Short Story: For the first time since 2000, St. Bonaventure has a win over a ranked opponent. Using balanced scoring, superb free throw shooting and a feisty defensive effort, the Bonnies defeated #21/19 Massachusetts 78-65 on Wednesday night in front of a raucous Reilly Center crowd. St...." January 30

  • UMass responds with rout of Fordham

    Boston Herald "There haven’t been many opportunities for UMass to display its ability to bounce back from a loss this season. This was certainly one way to do it. Chaz Williams scored a game-high 18 points with eight assists and the 13th-ranked Minutemen trounced Fordham this afternoon, 90-52, at soldout..." January 26

  • Spiders bite Minutemen

    Boston Herald "Kendall Anthony scored 21 points and Richmond hung on in the final minute to beat No. 13 UMass, 58-55, last night in Richmond, Va. UMass (16-2, 3-1), which had won six straight since a 60-55 loss to Florida State on Dec. 21, fell for the first time in Atlantic 10 play. Anthony made his first..." January 24

  • Spiders Upend No. 12 UMass At Robins Center, 58-55

    RichmondSpiders.com "Junior Kendall Anthony scored 21 points as Richmond defeated No. 12 ranked Massachusetts 58-55 Wednesday, sending a ranked team away from the Robins Center for the fifth time in the last six visits. Richmond won its 10th game against a ranked team since 2008, and it was the fifth home win in..." January 23

  • Wooden Award releases midseason list; Joel Embiid snubbed?

    CBSSports.com "The Wooden Award released its midseason list of 25 players on Wednesday, and most of the usual suspects are on the list. Creighton's Doug McDermott is the favorite heading into the final six weeks of the season, but the talk of the sport for the past two weeks has been Kansas big man Joel..." January 23

  • UMass off to blazing start under Calipari pupil Derek Kellogg

    USA Today "Kentucky coach John Calipari has watched former player and assistant coach Derek Kellogg grow — like a proud parent. Kellogg, the Massachusetts point guard turned head coach, served on Calipari's staff at Memphis for nine seasons before taking over at his alma mater in 2008. The way Calipari..." January 21

  • College Basketball Talk’s Latest Top 25

    College Basketball Talk "Last week, the thing I got the most heat about in these rankings were where I had Syracuse situated: sitting at No. 3, sitting directly behind a Michigan State team that has a loss to a North Carolina team that the Orange have already beaten. So I figured this week I would explain my reasoning..." January 20

  • Whipple ‘excited’ to return to UMass helm

    Boston Herald "Mark Whipple is a 56-year-old coaching lifer. If he required any reassurance that being a coach remains one of the most rewarding tasks in his daily regimen, he needed only to glance at all the smiling faces inside the Mullins Center’s aptly named Massachusetts room for his official..." January 17

  • Appreciating the underappreciated

    ESPN.com "North Carolina State forward T.J. Warren can’t catch much of a break. Even when I was ready to talk about how underappreciated he is nationally, he got overshadowed by Wake Forest guard Codi Miller-McIntyre. Miller-McIntyre made the game-winning basket to cap off a 20-point performance in the..." January 17