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Staying in school can pay off

---Some players, like like UConn star Kemba Walker, blossom later than others.

---The surreal senior season for Seton Hall star Jeremy Hazell took another bizarre turn.

---What will Mississippi State do with Renardo Sidney?

---Who's hot (UB) and who's not (Ohio) in the MAC?

---Who are the worst teams from the power conferences?

---Rodney McKissic


Gross' message reaches NYC

---Thanks to the hiring of Doug Marrone, pictured above, Daryl Gross' vision of Syracuse football is finally taking shape.

---Is Andrew Luck staying in school?

---New Ball State coach Pete Lembo has never lived or coached in Indiana, but intends to make recruiting of players from the Hoosier state and the Midwest vital to the development of his program.

---Baylor's recent run of success has visions of a new, $175 million stadium on the banks of the Brazos River dancing in athletic director Ian McCaw's and coach Art Briles' heads.

---Rodney McKissic


Another game, another overtime

Virginia+Tech+St+Bonaventure+Basketball ---Unsettled and vulnerable in the first half of its matchup against Virginia Tech, St. Bonaventure looked like a different team after halftime -- a team, as we already know, loves extending games a little while longer. Some believe the recent play of Andrew Nicholson, pictured right along with Virginia Tech's Jeff Allen and Bonnies, who know how to put on a good show in Rochester, also deserves some national attention.

---Hours after returning from a one-game suspension, Renardo Sidney may face a far worse fate at Mississippi State.

---The father of Kentucky freshman center Enes Kanter, who is awaiting a final ruling on his eligibility from the NCAA, said he will guarantee that if his son is asked to serve a one-year suspension over amateurism issues he will not enter the 2011 NBA Draft and will play college basketball next season.

---Rodney McKissic


Ohio State pays the price

107209736_display_image ---Ohio State will be whole for the Sugar Bowl, but its prospects for the 2011 season now are in question after the NCAA suspended Terrelle Pryor and five other players. Pryor, pictured left, sold his 2008 Big Ten championship ring, 2009 Fiesta Bowl sportsmanship award and 2008 gold pants. He has to repay $2,500. Pat Forde writes how the NCAA's decision defies common sense, while the prospect of a suspension lasting through as many as the first five games of the 2011 regular season certainly changed the discussion about the NFL futures of the Ohio State juniors.

---USC's hearing before the NCAA's Infractions Appeals Committee will take place Jan. 22 in Indianapolis . The Trojans are appealing sanctions handed down last summer that included a two-year bowl ban and the reduction of 30 scholarships over three years.

---No matter how many carries Oregon's LaMichael James got, no matter how many thunderous tackles he absorbed, he always got back off the turf and was ready for more.

---ESPN’s documentary “The Best That Never Was,” about Marcus Dupree’s abbreviated career did more than revive the legend of Marcus Dupree. It restored his connection to Oklahoma.

---Central Michigan's Dan Enos has a unique approach to recruiting.

---No MAC title game for Toledo, but the Rockets reached Ford Field anyway.

---Brady Hoke's coaching profile is on the rise.

---Rodney McKissic


Virginia Tech-St. Bonaventure game analysis

Game analysis: We might as well get used to St. Bonaventure being a team that’s going hang around long enough so the game can end in some kind of last-second drama or – better yet- in overtime. The Bonnies played four overtime before beating Ohio University last Saturday and played one more Thursday night in Rochester against Virginia Tech. This time Bona came out on the losing end, 76-68.

Why St. Bonaventure lost: After Ogo Adegboye sent the game into OT with a three-pointer, the Bonnies couldn’t locate the basket, shooting 1-for-5 in the extra period. Yes, star big man Andrew Nicholson went down for the final time with leg cramp with 38 seconds left in OT, but the Bonnies were already down by eight points. Bonnies coach Mark Schmidt said Nicholson had been bothered by leg cramps for most of the game.

Turning point: Da’Quan Cook scored the Bonnies final points of the game at the 2:09 mark in overtime with Virginia Tech leading 70-68. Tech scored the game’s final six points to secure the victory.

Player of the game: Tech's Malcolm Delaney didn’t shoot the ball well (5-for-15) and missed a huge free throw in regulation, but still finished with 19 points, five assists and a steal in 43 minutes.

Who is that guy?: Virginia Tech coach Seth Greenberg said he inserted Manny Atkins into the game in overtime because he figured he would come up with a rebound or two. Instead, he scored five points in overtime after playing just four minutes in regulation.

Stat of the game: Virginia Tech recorded 11 steals in the game.

Welcome back: St. Bonaventure’s Marquise Simmons, who missed the first nine game of the season with a hand injury, checked into the game at the 7:38 mark of the first half. The 6-foot-8, 220-pound sophomore forward, expected to provide depth along the frontline, was scoreless in three first-half minutes.

’Cuse in the house: Former Syracuse point guard Adrian Autry is a Virginia Tech assistant.

He said it: “Whoever scheduled this game the day before we break for Christmas should be fired. And that’s me.’’ – Virginia Tech coach Seth Greenberg, who more than likely won’t fire himself.

What it means: The Hokies were picked to finish second behind Duke in the ACC so the Bonnies performed well, at least in the second half, against a quality opponent. The question now is can St. Bonaventure put together 40 minutes once conference play rolls around?

In the house: The sign on the outside said BlueCross Arena, but the 5,285 sure made sound a lot like the Reilly Center.

Next up: The Bonnies host Siena at 7 p.m. at the RC on Dec. 28.

---Rodney McKissic


Pryor, Ohio State sanctioned by NCAA

---Five Ohio State football players, including quarterback Terrelle Pryor, must sit out the first five games of the 2011 season for accepting improper benefits, the NCAA ruled Thursday. This will likely impact Pryor's decision on entering the NFL Draft.

---Rodney McKissic


Rankings of MAC coaches salaries

USA Today has come up with a chart on coaching salaries highlighting the pay of assistants. The 2010 salary chart shows who some of the top-compensated assistants are in the Mid-American Conference which shows UB had two of the highest paid assistants in the conference:

1. Phil Snow, Eastern Michigan: $210,000
2. Morris Watts, Miami (Ohio): $135,000
3. Greg Forest, UB: $135,200
4. William Inge, UB: $135,200
5. Curt Mallory, Akron: $135,000
6. John Latina, Akron: $130,000
7. Joe Tumpkin, Central Michigan: $129,300
8. Carl Reese, Miami (Ohio): $125,000
9. Dave Cohen, Western Michigan: $125,000
10. Bill Elias, Miami (Ohio): $120,000

Here's the salaries for the Bulls coaches:

1. Greg Forest, offensive coordinator: $135,200
2. William Inge, defenisve coordinator: $135,200
3. Ernest Jones, associate head coach/cornerbacks/recruiting coordinator: $104,000
4. Juan Taylor, wide recievers/passing game coordinator: $88,910
5. Jappy Oliver, asst. head coach/defensive line/pro liaison: $88,410
6. Mike Dietzel, safeties/co-special teams coordinator: $83,200
7. Adam Shorter, offensive line/run game coordinator: $83,200
8. Marty Spieler, tight ends/special teams coordinator: $57,200
9. Mike Daniels, running backs: $48,880

---Rodney McKissic


Bona, Nicholson travel to Rochester

---St. Bonaventure is looking for an encore in Rochester against Virginia Tech and junior Andrew Nicholson will more than likely play a key role.

---The losses are starting to pile up for Niagara and Joe Mihalich and the Purple Eagles are growing frustrated while Tomas Vazquez-Simmons came up big in the second half for Canisius on the road against Lamar.

---After they learned that the NCAA Committee on Athletic Certification denied Presbyterian's application to become a full-fledged Division I member in 2012, three players with NCAA Tournament dreams decided to remain at the school.

---Andy Glockner looks at 2010's biggest stories.

---Rodney McKissic


Temple gets its man

---If you like offense, you might like new Temple coach Steve Addazio.

---Ohio State is investigating whether several of its football players traded signed memorabilia for tattoos and perhaps other favors from the owner of a Columbus tattoo parlor, actions that could put their eligibility for the Jan.4 Sugar Bowl and beyond in jeopardy .

---Ralph Friedgen said he would prefer not to address his firing from Maryland until after the game in an attempt to better control his emotions and focus, even as he acknowledged such a task has proved difficult in recent days.

---Playing in bowl games might not be worth it.

---Rodney McKissic


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Bob Dicesare

Bob DiCesare

Western New York native Bob DiCesare covers UB football, Big 4 basketball and writes an occasional column. He still holds a grudge against Chris Ford who, he's convinced, cost St. Bonaventure the 1970 NCAA basketball championship.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered colleges for The Buffalo News since 1999. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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