FYI fellow UMass alumni; the television schedule for the first FBS season in the history of the football program has been released. Like any self-respecting alum of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, you should know when and where you can watch the five games that will be televised, provided of course that you can't make it there in person.
The Minutemen era that's been decades in the making will kick off in East Hartford, Connecticut as the maroon and white take on UConn in the season-opener on August 30th. If you've been watching the Minutemen from the comfort of your own home in the past, you're already familiar with ESPN3. The online network will be streaming the game live starting at 7:30pm.
The second game of the season will mark the first time UMass hosts an FBS home game when Indiana comes to Gillette Stadium on September 8th. The first-ever FBS home opener for Minutemen football will kick-off at 3:30pm and also be shown on ESPN3.
UMass will then take on another Big Ten opponent on September 15th when they head to Michigan. The game, which kicks-off at 3:30pm, will be aired on the Big Ten television network. The following week, UMass heads to Ohio to go up against Miami U's RedHawks on September 22nd at noon eastern. That game will be broadcast on ESPN Plus, ESPN Game Plan, as well as ESPN3.
There won't be another televised game until the season finale on November 23rd when Central Michigan comes to Gillette. The kick-off time is yet to be announced but the game will be broadcast on ESPNU and ESPN3.
It's worth remembering that UMass is not eligible for postseason play at any level this year, so November 23rd will be your last chance to see the team compete.
Taurus Londono graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 2007.