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University of North Carolina Chancellor Carol Folt addresses members of the media regarding an investigation into academic irregularities at the University during a press conference following a special joint meeting of the University of North Carolina Board of Governors and the UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees in Chapel Hill, N.C., Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Lax oversight worsened NC academic fraud

Thursday, October 23, 2014

RALEIGH, N.C. — An alarming lack of institutional oversight at the University of North Carolina allowed an academic fraud scandal to run unchecked for nearly two decades and has the school reeling from the scandal’s fallout. The latest investigation found that university leaders, faculty members and staff missed or just ignored flags that could’ve stopped the problem years earlier. More … 0

UMass racks up second straight, 36-14

Sunday, October 19, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — After 28 losses in its first 30 games of Division I FBS football, winning — and doing it convincingly — is suddenly a contagious feeling for UMass. The Minutemen broke through last week with their first victory of 2014, by 23 points at Kent State, and turned it into a winning streak Saturday with another powerful two-way showing. Shadrach Abrokwah ran … 0

Jaywalking: Hall calls Doton

Monday, October 13, 2014

When she was in grade school, Kelly Doton had dreams of playing sports later in life just like any other young athlete. The Greenfield native excelled in the sport of ice hockey as a youngster and thought that if she worked hard and continued with it, she might be able to play in college. When she moved on to Greenfield Middle School, she … 0

LLWS star Mo’ne Davis ‘sad’ about UConn NCAA violation

Friday, September 5, 2014

NEW YORK — Little League star Mo’ne Davis says she’s “sad” Connecticut received a secondary NCAA rules violation for coach Geno Auriemma’s congratulatory phone call to her during the Little League World Series. Davis said they talked last … 0

Questions for FSU, Bama after Week 1

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Overrated or over reactions? Maybe it’s a bit of the former, but probably far more of the latter after the first weekend of the college football season, which is notorious for setting off way-too-early alarms. No. 1 Florida … 0

Keeping Score: Whipple effect

Friday, August 29, 2014

Good morning! The Mark Whipple Show debuts today at Gillette Stadium, where the UMass Minutemen are 17-point underdogs against Boston College. UMass athletic director John McCutcheon took his mulligan the day after Christmas when he fired Charley Molnar with three years and $836,000 remaining on his contract. “There … 0

Eagles take down Minutemen

Sunday, August 31, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Any fan hoping to treat Saturday’s season opener as a barometer of how much UMass football had improved entering 2014 got to see a lot of the Minutemen’s defensive unit on the field, but far too … 0

College Football Playoff era begins

Thursday, August 28, 2014

A new era in college football is here. After years of deriding the BCS, fans will finally get what they — well, most of them — wanted with the new College Football Playoff. It’s new, it’s exciting and, … 0

‘Robot march’ to protest Iowa’s pink locker room

Thursday, August 28, 2014

IOWA CITY, Iowa — A University of Iowa professor who donned a robot costume to heckle Bill Clinton and Michele Bachmann has now set his sights on one of his school’s famous quirks: the visiting team’s pink locker … 0

Georgia, Clemson trying to make an early splash

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

ATHENS, Ga. — College football’s inaugural playoff is more than four months away. Still, it’s never too early to start impressing the selection committee. For No. 12 Georgia and No. 16 Clemson, that opportunity comes the very first … 0

Ballot breakdown: FSU tops in preseason poll

Sunday, August 17, 2014

The Associated Press preseason Top 25 is out. Take a look at how the ballots break down, and find out what to watch for when the college football season begins this month: ’Noles Nation domination Finish No. 1. … 0

Report: Notre Dame dismisses 4 players

Friday, August 15, 2014

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — For decades, Notre Dame has tried to balance its desire to be one of the most prestigious academic institutions in the country while still maintaining a football program that could compete on a national level. In the last year, those two dynamics have never … 0

Teams to watch from outside 5 major conferences

Friday, August 15, 2014

The BCS may be a thing of the past, but there’s still room in the new system for a variation of the traditional “BCS buster.” College football’s new postseason format guarantees one team from the American Athletic Conference, Mountain West, Conference USA, Mid-American Conference or Sun Belt a … 0