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Source: UConn-UMass To Play In Football In 2016

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UConn will play UMass at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough in 2016, a source confirmed. The story was first reported by the Daily Hampshire Gazette.

UConn hasn't signed a contract but will do so, according to the source.

The Gazette report also said the meeting is part of a UConn-UMass series that has the Minutemen playing at Rentschler Field in East Hartford in 2017. Discussions about the series began a couple of months ago.

The last time that UMass visited UConn was in 2012. It was the Minutemen's first game as an FBS member, and the Huskies won, 37-0. UMass leads the series between old Yankee Conference foes, 36-34-2.

The Minutemen open their 2016 season at Florida and also play at Boston College that season. UMass moved to the FBS and the Mid-American Conference two seasons ago as a football-only member, which the league no longer wanted. So the 2015 season will be the Minutemen's last in the MAC.

In 2016 and '17, UMass could be playing as an independent, a tough walk for any school not named Notre Dame.

Huskies Nab TE From N.J.

Ian Campbell, a 6-foot-5, 225-pound tight end from New Jersey, has committed to UConn.

Campbell, of Pequannock Township, who visited earlier this month, said he liked the campus and the coaching staff.

Campbell also visited Rutgers, which is about a half-hour away from him, Temple and Virginia. He visited Rutgers on Saturday. He had been there several times and said he probably would have gotten an offer from the Big Ten-bound Scarlet Knights.

"I liked the school and [Storrs] campus," Campbell said. "The coaching staff at UConn was great, they made me feel welcome. They really wanted me there. The facilities, the weight room, locker room, were really impressive."

UConn now has eight commitments for 2015.

Events

Coach Bob Diaco is scheduled to speak at the Super 100 All-Star Game luncheon at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Rentschler Field. Tickets are $25. Pregame tickets for the 4:30 game, featuring Connecticut high school seniors, are $8. Tickets at the gate are $10. For tickets and information, call John Fontana at 860-628-4122. ... The Women's Football 101 Clinic is Wednesday night from 5:30-9 p.m. on campus. It is sold out, and among those participating will be UConn President Susan Herbst.

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