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Chaz Williams big enough to handle load at UMass

Point guard feels up to the challenge

AMHERST - The business of returning University of Massachusetts basketball to its wildly successful days of a decade and a half ago is a methodical process for coach Derek Kellogg. It’s an assignment that has turned into a personal crusade, because the coach was part of that renaissance in the early 1990s.

Three non-winning seasons, a 19-29 Atlantic 10 record, and a slide into regional insignificance have warmed the seat for Kellogg, who fully realizes that the fan base expects a winner, and the fact that the Minutemen have been lapped by Xavier, Temple, and Dayton has turned them impatient.

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