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Massachusetts head coach Mark Whipple talks to his players during a timeout in the first half of an NCAA football game against Mississippi State, Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

UMass football vs. Coastal Carolina

UMass rested, ready to go vs. Coastal Carolina

After much-needed bye last week, Minutemen and coach Mark Whipple (one-game ban) return to action Saturday at McGuirk Stadium.

Princeton QB John Lovett #12 in action against Columbia during an NCAA college football game on Friday, September 28, 2018 in New York. Princeton won the game. (AP Photo/Gregory Payan)

Harvard faces a challenge in powerhouse Princeton

The 18th-ranked Tigers are 5-0, and are cruising behind a high-octane offense.

Brooke Matherson has learned the Eagles’ system.

CAMPUS ANGLE

Walpole’s Brook Matherson sticking with BC field hockey for final run

She had plans to pursue law school after graduation. But this fall, in her final season of eligibility, she is the only graduate student on the Eagles’ roster

Boston College tight end Hunter Long (80) extends for a touchdown against Louisville cornerback Rodjay Burns (10) during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Boston, Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

BC 38, LOUISVILLE 20

BC football gets past Louisville without AJ Dillon

David Bailey (28 carries, 112 yards) and Ben Glines (17 carries, 107 yards) made up for the absence of star running back Dillon.

Harvard 33, Holy Cross 31

Harvard tops Holy Cross on Jake McIntyre field goal as time expires

McIntyre’s 25-yarder highlighted Harvard’s game-ending, 11-play drive.

Boston College running back AJ Dillon (2) rushes with the ball ahead of Temple linebacker Shaun Bradley (5) during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm)

AJ Dillon’s status up in the air as BC prepares to play Louisville

The Eagles could use Dillon because Louisville allowed 542 yards and eight TDs on the ground last week.

FILE - In this Oct. 4, 2018 file photo, Brian Bowen Sr. arrives at federal court in New York. Bowen, the father of a blue-chip college basketball recruit, has testified that an assistant coach at the University of Louisville gave him a secret cash payment of $1,300 as part of a deal to get the son to sign with the school. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

College basketball corruption trial

Former Western Mass. AAU director says he made cash payment in college basketball corruption trial

Thomas ‘‘T.J.’’ Gassnola made a secret $40,000 payment to the inner circle of a North Carolina State recruit through an assistant coach at the school.

Shelby Hogan

CAMPUS ANGLE

Franklin’s Shelby Hogan a keeper for Providence soccer

The reigning Big East co-Freshman of the Year is putting together a stellar sophomore year in goal for the Friars..

Boston MA 10/09/18 Boston University new men's hockey coach Albie O'Connell during practice at Agganis Arena. (photo by Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff) topic: reporter:

2018-19 COLLEGE HOCKEY PREVIEW

Albie O’Connell steps up into the spotlight at Boston University

The longtime assistant gets his first head coaching job after stints at six other colleges.

Mr. Gagliardi coached for 60 years at St. John's University in Collegeville, Minn.

John Gagliardi, college football’s winningest coach, dies at 91

Mr. Gagliardi spent 64 seasons as head coach at Division III powerhouse St. John’s.

After sexual misconduct allegations, Harvard diving coach resigns

Harvard University had placed Chris Heaton on leave following sexual misconduct allegations made against him in a federal lawsuit.

BC Football Football at Conte Arena in Chestnut Hill, MA on October 8, 2018. Photo: Mike Gridley

BC to wear ’80s-style uniforms Saturday to honor the Flutie era

The throwbacks are meant to recall a time when the BC program returned to prominence nationally.

Cole Tracy is a graduate transfer student from Assumption College playing for LSU.

Stan Grossfeld

How a kicker from Assumption ended up at one of the top football programs in the country

Cole Tracy went from playing in front of 818 fans to hitting a game-winning field goal before nearly 6 million TV viewers.

SOUTH FLORIDA 58, UMASS 42

UMass defense can’t stop South Florida

The Minutemen allowed 574 yards of total offense, including 302 yards rushing by USF’s Jordan Cronkrite to set an AAC single-game record.

CORNELL 28, HARVARD 24

Cornell rallies late to turn back Harvard, 28-24

Harold Coles ran 34 yards for a touchdown and Dalton Banks hit Owen Peters for a 33-yard score to rally Cornell to the Ivy League win.

RALEIGH, NC - OCTOBER 06: Taj-Amir Torres #24 of the Boston College Eagles tackles Ricky Person Jr. #20 of the North Carolina State Wolfpack during their game at Carter-Finley Stadium on October 6, 2018 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

N.C. STATE 28, BC 23

BC rally falls short in loss to N.C. State

The Eagles (4-2) were missing star running back AJ Dillon, who suffered an ankle injury last week.

Boston College running back AJ Dillon has been ruled out for Saturday’s game against No. 23 NC State.

Boston College running back AJ Dillon ruled out against No. 23 NC State

Dillon injured his left ankle last weekend.

Julia Palin is adjusting well to Division 1 competition.

CAMPUS ANGLE

Norton’s Julia Palin has hit the ground running at LSU

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Names -- Boston College's 6 Olympians: From left, Cayla Barnes '22, Kali Flanagan '19, Brian Gionta '01, Emily Pfalzer '15, Megan Keller '19 and Haley Skarupa '16 (Haley Skarupa)

WOMEN’S COLLEGE HOCKEY PREVIEW

Olympian Cayla Barnes eyes new prize at Boston College

The 5-foot 1-inch defenseman helped Team USA capture gold in PyeongChang and now hopes to lead the Eagles to their first national championship.

South Florida Bulls wide receiver Terrence Horne (80) returns a kick off for a touchdown during the first quarter of an NCAA football game against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Jason Behnken)

UMass faces a challenge against undefeated South Florida

Defensive coordinator Ed Pinkham will steer the Minutemen as head coach Mark Whipple serves a suspension.

Cambridge, MA - 10/08/2016 - Cornell Big Red quarterback Dalton Banks (7) scrambled out of the pocket and is brought down by Harvard Crimson linebacker Luke Hutton (35) during the first half. Harvard hosts Cornell in Ivy League football. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: Michael Everett Cooke, Topic: 09Harvard-Cornell, LOID: 8.3.247044399.

Harvard tries to bounce back against Cornell

The Crimson are coming off their first loss of the season last Friday against Rhode Island.

CHESTNUT HILL, MA - SEPTEMBER 29: AJ Dillon #2 of the Boston College Eagles sits on the sideline after an injury during the second half of the game between the Boston College Eagles and the Temple Owls at Alumni Stadium on September 29, 2018 in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

A.J. Dillon’s status a huge factor for BC against North Carolina State

The Eagles’ standout running back will be a game-time decision against the 23rd-ranked Wolfpack.

FILE- In this Feb. 21, 2018 file photo, former Louisville basketball Hall of Fame coach Rick Pitino talks to reporters during a news conference in New York. A recruiter, a coach and a former Adidas executive are scheduled to go on trial in New York in a criminal case that exposed corruption in several top U.S. college basketball programs. It also led to the firing of Pitino and sidelined the playing career of standout recruit Brian Bowen Jr. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

Opening of criminal trial spotlights dark side of college basketball

Big-time college basketball was cast as a corrupt enterprise, paying cash to struggling families of top-tier high school athletes to guide them to their doorstep.

Massachusetts head coach Mark Whipple talks to his players during a timeout in the first half of an NCAA football game against Mississippi State, Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

UMass AD still sees Mark Whipple as ‘the leader of our program’

AD Ryan Bamford suspended the coach one game for using a comparison to rape in postgame comments last Saturday.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Former NU standout Jean Bain named men’s basketball coach at Brandeis

Bain replaces Brian Meehan, who was fired in April for unprofessional behavior.

Boston College running back AJ Dillon (2) sits on a training table with a wrapped ankle during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Temple, Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm)

BC’s offense is in high gear, but no word on AJ Dillon’s status

The running back injured his ankle against Temple, and coach Steve Addazio said he hopes Dillon can play Saturday.

UMass football coach Mark Whipple’s comment: ”We had a chance there with 16 down and they [officials] rape us.”

UMass football coach suspended after comparing official’s call to ‘rape’

Mark Whipple will not coach Saturday’s game against visiting South Florida, the school announced Sunday.

Tennessee State and Vanderbilt players and coaches gathered after Saturday’s game. They said a prayer for injured Tennessee State player Christion Abercrombie.

Tennessee State linebacker in critical condition after suffering head injury

Christion Abercrombie collapsed on the sideline during a game Saturday, and he later underwent emergency surgery.

09/27/2018 Newton Ma - Boston College #2 AJ Dillion (cq) during one of his runs during game action. Boston College vs Temple College Football. Globe Staff Reporter:Topic:

BC 45, TEMPLE 35

BC football wins shootout over Temple

The Eagles scored 25 straight points in improving to 4-1.

OHIO 58, UMASS 42

UMass football squanders early lead, loses to Ohio

Nathan Rourke threw for three touchdowns and ran for another for the Bobcats.

RHODE ISLAND 23, HARVARD 16

Rhode Island holds off Harvard rally

Rams quarterback JaJuan Lawson was 12 for 16 through the air for 153 yards and a touchdown and ran for another score.

FILE - In this Feb. 20, 2018, file photo, LSU forward Wayde Sims (44) defends against Vanderbilt forward Jeff Roberson (11) during an NCAA college basketball game, in Baton Rouge, La. LSU basketball player Wayde Sims has died after he was shot near the campus of another school in Baton Rouge. Police say in a news release that the 20-year-old Sims was shot around 12:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 28, 2018, near the campus of Southern University. Sgt. Don Coppola Jr. said Sims was taken to a hospital with an apparent gunshot wound and died. (Hilary Scheinuk/The Advocate via AP, File)

SPORTS LOG

LSU basketball player Wayde Sims shot to death

Police said the 20-year-old was shot around 12:25 a.m. Friday near the campus of Southern University in Baton Rouge, La.

Chestnut Hill, MA - 9/08/2018 -Boston College football team celebrate in the end zone after a win over Holy Cross at Alumni Stadium on Saturday, September 8, 2018. Boston College finished the game with a score of 62 to 14.(Michael Swensen for The Boston Globe) Topic: (sports)

BC launches a major initiative to improve its sports programs

A $150 million fund-raising campaign will back the effort to make BC a national contender, especially in football and basketball.

Massachusetts' Marqius Young returns the opening kickoff for 93 yards for a touchdown against Charlotte in an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018, in Amherst, Mass. ( J. Anthony Roberts/The Republican via AP)

UMass will try to make it two wins in a row

The Minutemen look to get back to .500 as they go on the road to take on Ohio Saturday.

Boston University senior Ally Hammel (20) leads from the back as a captain and league Defensive Player of the Year.

CAMPUS ANGLE

Duxbury’s Ally Hammel racks up field hockey honors at BU

As a junior, Hammel became the first back in program history named to the National Field Hockey Coaches Association All-America first team.

Purdue cornerback Antonio Blackmon (14) goes over teammate Derrick Barnes to intercept a pass intended for Boston College tight end Tommy Sweeney (89) during the second half of an NCAA college football game in West Lafayette, Ind., Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018. Purdue defeated Boston College 30-13. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

BC is poised to rebound after flat showing against Purdue

The Eagles believe they have learned from their mistakes and will regroup against Temple.

Rhode Island wide receiver Marven Beauvais (18), left, and Rhode Island wide receiver Isaiah Coulter (81) during an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, in East Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

Harvard will face a test when it hosts Rhode Island Friday night

The Crimson (2-0) have momentum coming off a win over Brown, but the Rams are ranked.

Boston College defensive back Lukas Denis (21) during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Purdue in West Lafayette, Ind., Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018. Purdue defeated Boston College 30-13. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

BC safety Lukas Denis has been driven to excellence since school days

The senior’s ability and work ethic were apparent at a young age, and he hasn’t disappointed at The Heights.

Boston College quarterback Anthony Brown (13) throws against Purdue during the first half of an NCAA college football game in West Lafayette, Ind., Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

AP Top 25 poll

Boston College bounced from Top 25

The Eagles (3-1) suffered their first loss of the season Saturday at Purdue

UMass 49, Charlotte 31

Third-string QB kick-starts UMass

The Minutemen led, 28-0, just over six minutes into the game as they ended their three-game losing streak.

WEST LAFAYETTE, IN - SEPTEMBER 22: Rondale Moore #4 of the Purdue Boilermakers runs downfield for a 70-yard touchdown after catching a pass in the second quarter of the game against the Boston College Eagles at Ross-Ade Stadium on September 22, 2018 in West Lafayette, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Purdue 30, BC 13

‘What else can go wrong here?’ Boston College hit with first loss

In its first game since rising into the Top 25 polls, Boston College was manhandled Saturday.

Harvard 31, Brown 17

Harvard steamrolls Brown once again

Harvard has won the last eight games in the series, holding an 86-30-2 advantage dating to 1893.

FILE - In this Sept. 16, 2016, file photo, McDonogh high school football lineman Jordan McNair watches from the sideline during a game in McDonogh, Md. An independent investigation into the death of University of Maryland football player Jordan McNair has determined that trainers on the scene did not follow proper procedures after he collapsed on the field. McNair was hospitalized on May 29 after a team workout and died June 13. The family attorney said the cause of death was heatstroke. (Barbara Haddock Taylor/The Baltimore Sun via AP, File)

SPORTS LOG

Maryland found culpable in Jordan McNair’s death

Independent investigation finds that trainers on the scene did not follow proper procedures after the offensive lineman collapsed on the field after a May 29 team workout.

In his first two seasons at Boston College, Travor Davock scored 23 points, including three game-winning goals.

CAMPUS ANGLE

Medway’s Trevor Davock looks to come back strong at BC after ankle surgeries

Davock redshirted his 2017 season at Boston College, and after a grueling spring and summer of rehab, is ready to take on the ACC again.

Boston College's AJ Dillon (2) leaves the field after rushing for 185 yards against Wake Forest during an NCAA college football game, Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018, in Winston-Salem, N.C. (AP Photo/Woody Marshall)

Rather than relish its ranking, BC is focusing on Purdue

The Eagles cracked the top 25 this week for the first time since 2008.

Florida International wide receiver Maurice Alexander (1) runs for a touchdown in the second quarter as Massachusetts cornerback Brian Roberts Jr. (43) defends during an NCAA college football game in Miami, Fla., Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018. (Alan Diaz/Miami Herald via AP)

UMass looks to regroup after rugged road stretch

The Minutemen return home to face Charlotte after being outscored, 152-58, in three road losses.

Ohio State NCAA college football head coach Urban Meyer gestures while speaking at a press conference in Columbus, Ohio, Monday, Sept. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Mitch Stacy)

Sports Log

Urban Meyer: ‘I should have done a better job’

In return from three-game ban, Ohio State football coach acknowledged mishandling sexual assault allegations against former assistant.

AJ Dillon and the Boston College football team are ranked nationally in the Top 25 Coaches Poll for the first time since 2008.

Boston College football team breaks into Top 25 polls

It’s the Eagles’ first appearance in the national rankings since 2008.

MIAMI, FL - SEPTEMBER 15: Napoleon Maxwell #23 of the Florida International Panthers runs with the ball past the attempted tackle by Cole McCubrey #46 of the UMass Minutemen at FIU Stadium on September 15, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

FIU 63, UMass 24

UMass roughed up on road for third straight week

It was the third straight road loss by UMass of 21 points or more, following defeats at BC (55-21) and Georgia Southern (34-13)

Cole Tracy, a postgraduate transfer who last year kicked for Assumption College in Worcester, is carried off the field after kicking the a field goal as time expired to beat host Auburn.

LSU 22, Auburn 21

LSU wins on last-second FG by Assumption transfer

Cole Tracy kicked a 42-yarder on the final play to give No. 12 LSU a 22-21 victory over No. 7 Auburn.