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University of Massachusetts coach Walt Bell had an opportunity to take a breath on Wednesday afternoon. Bell and his staff wrapped up their football recruiting class by receiving seven National Letters of Intent by sundown to play for the Minutemen.

UMass coach Matt McCall will take his team to Richmond, Va., in March for the Atlantic 10 Conference men’s basketball tournament. Richmond and VCU will share hosting honors.

In two weeks, Division I-FBS college football teams will have wrapped up much of their recruiting for the fall 2021 season. Until Feb. 3, however, schools like the University of Massachusetts will continue to try and fill up their rosters.

The quiet from college gymnasiums and ice rinks in Berkshire County has been deafening this winter. Williams College and the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, along with their respective college sports conferences, fielded no teams in any of the winter sports.

Sundays in The Bronx could be a good thing. Taking care of business against a Fordham team that has won once in five games could be a game that the University of Massachusetts basketball team might be looking past. That would make this Sunday in The Bronx not so good.

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