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Join UMass Director of Athletics Ryan Bamford and various guests for exclusive discussion on current topics in college athletics, higher education and the intersection of college sports and business.

Join UMass Director of Athletics Ryan Bamford and various guests for exclusive discussion on current topics in college athletics, higher education and the intersection of college sports and business.


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Join UMass Director of Athletics Ryan Bamford and various guests for exclusive discussion on current topics in college athletics, higher education and the intersection of college sports and business.




PFT: Quarantine With Ryan Bamford Part 2

Part two of our conversation last week with Athletic Director Ryan Bamford. We talk Hobey Baker, program expectations and more.


PTF: Quarantine With Ryan Bamford Part 1

How do you prepare for a pandemic? What role, if any does athletics play in where we are in the world today? As UMass hopes everyone stays safe, we visit with Athletic Director Ryan Bamford to get his perspective on what the effects of Covid-19 have had and will continue to have on the department and society.


Plant the Flag; On to Brooklyn

Head Coach Matt McCall reflects on a tough, one-point loss to rival Rhode Island and looks ahead to the Atlantic-10 tournament in Brooklyn. Coach also chimes in on the all-world performance from Tre Mitchell and his thoughts on the All-Conference team.


Plant the Flag; Full Dose of Randall West

From the moment he stepped on campus, Randall West Jr., has embodied what it means to be a Minuteman. New Jersey star QB turned basketball walk-on and UMass athletics icon, Randall West Jr. sits down with his father, Randall West Sr. and Jay Burnham to reflect on his time in Amherst, his future and his past. This pod features a strong family bond, student-athlete dedication and some important lessons about sliding into DMs.


Plant the Flag; Student-Athletes in the Digital Age

What does it mean to be a student-athlete in the digital age? What are some of the challenges and hurdles that student-athletes have to navigate? On this episode of PTF Jay Burnham sits down with Alan Pandiani (External Operations), Sam Breen (Women's Basketball) and Kolton Mitchell (Men's Basketball) to discuss life on campus, culture and in the public arena.


Plant the Flag; Matt McCall Feb. 11

UMass Basketball has won three of the last five games and we break it all down with Head Coach Matt McCall. The Minutemen are gearing up for a matchup against a No. 6 Dayton at the Mullins Center.


An Oral History of UMass Hockey

An oral history of hockey at the University of Massachusetts with Brock Hines and Tom Dougherty (TD).


UMass Football National Signing Day

Feb. 5, 2020 the UMass Minutemen football program announced 25 new members to the team on the National Signing Day Show. We have taken the TV show and dropped it into podcast form. Learn about the newest players from Minutemen coaches and staff!


Plant the Flag; Coach Greg Carvel

UMass Hockey is gearing up for a big contest on Friday against BC and Coach Greg Carvel stops by to dissect and discuss. A matchup of two of the top teams in the country is set for Friday on the ice and the 1st place Minutemen look to stay atop of Hockey East standings. Also, a quick look back at the unstoppable Tre Mitchel and how his performance boosted UMass to a win over a very good Duquense basketball team.


A-10 Talk With Dr. John Giannini

Former La Salle Basketball Coach-turned TV broadcaster Dr. John Giannini stops by the pod to discuss the Minutemen, the Atlantic-10, changes in college basketball and modern-day program building.


Matt McCall Post Game vs. La Salle

Coach Matt McCall post game conversation following the win over La Salle.


Happy New Year; First Pod of 2020

Happy New Year from the Mullins Center. Atlantic-10 play has begun for the Minutemen and Head Coach Matt McCall joins us to cover a close, gritty overtime loss in St. Louis. UMass Hockey gears up for a big weekend against BC and Women's Hoops is off to a 1-0 start in conference play. As always, please rate & review the show!


NSD 2020; Head Coach Walt Bell

National Signing Day 2020 is here and the UMass Minutemen football staff have worked tirelessly to bring in one of the best recruiting classes in program history. Head Coach Walt Bell jumps on the pod to recap and rundown the initial wave of recruits (more recruits set to join as well). A happy holiday listen for your drive to grandma's house.


Eleven Games In; Deep Dive with Coach Matt McCall

Ater a 5-0 start, the Minutemen basketball team has hit a snag with a six-game losing streak. The team fought hard in an overtime loss against Yale and Head Coach Matt McCall does a full autopsy on the contest and the season so far. From practice drills to the golf course, McCall lends an open and earnest approach to where the program is and where it is heading.


Fireside Chat with Athletic Director Ryan Bamford

Pull up a chair, pour yourself a holiday-related beverage and enjoy an in-depth conversation with UMass Athletic Director Ryan Bamford. The AD spans the world of college athletics from basketball schedules to transfers and Ivy League admissions. Insightful, passionate and funny. Also, Jay Burnham is in it too, for what that's worth, who knows.


Mohegan Recap With Matt McCall

UMass Basketball fought hard in a pair of losses against top-tier competition at Mohegan Sun. We break down the contests and dissect with Coach Matt McCall. TJ Weeks pours in 17 first half points vs. St. John's and Tre Mitchell showcases a double-double in the defeat.


Hard 8; Matt McCall Show For Mohegan Sun

A quick primer for the Mohegan Sun showdown with the National Champion Virginia Cavaliers. We visit with Coach Matt McCall to talk about the 5-0 start to the season, the win over Rider Universituy and what's to come vs. UVA.


Nice Start; The Matt MCall Show Ep 2.

The UMass Minutemen are off to a 3-0 start and are coming off a solid victory over intrastate rival Northeastern. We sit down with Head Coach Matt McCall to talk about the team, Sean East's ridiculous full-court shot and a pair of players signing their NLI to play at UMass next year.


Tip Time; The Matt McCall Show

UMass and Western Massachusetts are synonymous with basketball and nothing can beat the start of the College hoops season. The Minutemen cleared their first hurdle of the year with a win over UMass Lowell and we break down the contest and outcome with Head Coach Matt McCall.


Hoops Preview with Tyson Wheeler; Women's Soccer Hosts A-10 Tourney

The UMass Minutemen basketball season is finally here and on this episode of Plant the Flag we visit with Assistant Coach and former A-10 standout and NBA guard Tyson Wheeler. Coach Wheeler is in his first seasons on Matt McCall's staff and brings plenty of experience to the program. Tyson talks about his time in pro basketball, his journey abroad and his return to the conference. Also, UMass Women's Soccer has made the A-10 tournament and will host as a No.3 seed at Rudd Field on Sunday at...