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Spring football dates

---I've recieved a few emails about the start of spring practice for football at UB, which opens March 23 and ends with the Blue and White game April 16. Here is the complete list of practice dates:

Wednesday, March 23: 3-5 p.m.
Friday, March 25: 3-5 p.m.
Saturday, March 26: 9-11 a.m.
Tuesday, March 29: 3-5 p.m.
Wednesday, March 30: 3-5 p.m.
Friday, April 1: 3-5 p.m.
Saturday, April 2: 3-5 p.m.
Tuesday, April 5: 3-5 p.m.
Wednesday, April 6: 3-5 p.m.
Friday, April 8: 3-5 p.m.
Saturday, April 9: 9-11 a.m.
Tuesday, April 12: 3-5 p.m.
Wednesday, April 13: 3-5 p.m.
Friday, April 15: 3-5 p.m.
Saturday, April 16: 2 p.m. Blue and White Game

---Rodney McKissic

(www.twitter.com/rodneyjmckissic)

Live from Koessler: Canisius vs. Niagara

It's bound to be an emotional night in the Koessler Athletic Center as tonight's women's basketball game combines "senior day" with the rivalry contest between Canisius and Niagara.

For the Golden Griffins (9-18, 5-11 MAAC), three seniors will be honored in the final game in the KAC -- guard Tauralee Tenn, forward Caitlin Krull and guard Micayla Drysdale. Drysdale has harnessed that senior sense of urgency, averaging 11.7 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.3 assists over the last six games. 

Also being honored for Canisius is senior manager Jeff Rinus.

Niagara (1-26, 0-15 MAAC) is still looking for its first conference win of the season and to end a 21-game losing streak.

Canisius won the earlier meeting, 56-49 in the Gallagher Center on Feb. 12.

Check back for updates throughout the game.

Final: Canisius wins, 55-27 as Micayla Drysdale scored a career-high 23 points.

Second half

16:00 left: Canisius starts the half on a 9-0 run to take a 32-17 lead. Niagara calls timeout.

11:02 left: And sloppy ball continues to reign supreme. The Griffs hold a 37-19 lead. Drysdale now has 15 points.

7:43 left: Another three-pointer for Drysdale and the Griffs lead, 40-21.

3:10 left: Canisius is ready to sweep Niagara in the regular season series for the fifth time in the last eight years.

Halftime: Canisius leads, 23-17.

First half

7:08 p.m.: Tip-off!

14:49 left: Canisius takes a 13-8 lead thanks to a pair of three-pointers from Drysdale and a three from Jen Morabito. The Griffs are controlling the pace of the game, though Niagara has hit some shots to stay in the game.

2:23 left: Canisius leads, 23-14. It's been an ugly first half, but Drysdale decided to take over. She has 10 points this half.

--- Amy Moritz

It's Wonderful for UB

---UB had one scholarship remaining from the Class of 2011, and used it Thursday on Wonderful Terrific Monds, a 6-3, 212-pound outside linebacker from Fort Pierce, Fla.

Monds had an offer from FCS Youngstown State and Alabama and Nebraska showed interest as late as January. His father, Wonder Monds, was an All-American at Nebraska in the early 70s and was also a baseball prospect. His uncle, Mario, played for the Cincinnati Bengals and Miami Dolphins.

---Rodney McKissic

(www.twitter.com/rodneyjmckissic)

NCAA unveils plenty at Tennessee

---The Notice of Allegations revealed the NCAA enforcement staff’s interpretation of half-truths, lies and violations committed within the Tennessee men’s basketball program. It looks like coach Bruce Pearl is going to bear the brunt of the NCAAs wrath.

---It could have been so easy for St. Bonaventure to sleep on lowly Fordham. And they didn't.

---Jeff Goodman writes about Fairfield coach Ed Cooley.

---The updated player of the year standings from Ann Arbor.

---Rodney McKissic

(www.twitter.com/rodneyjmckissic)

NFL prospects on display

Newton+Workout+Football ---General Manager Buddy Nix and the rest of the Buffalo Bills' scouts and coaches get their first up close look at the prospects in the 2011 NFL draft starting today in Indianapolis where QBs like Cam Newton, pictured left, and defensive linemen are the talk of the town.

---USC AD Pat Haden says Lane Kiffin has his support in face of allegations the football coach 'failed to promote an atmosphere of compliance' at Tennessee.

---Former Michigan coach Lloyd Carr says new Wolverines coach Brady Hoke knows what he's doing.

---It's official: Former Super Bowl MVP Doug Williams returns to Grambling.

---Rodney McKissic

(www.twitter.com/rodneyjmckissic)

Fordham at Bona

End of the game -- St. Bonaventure records a convincing, 82-63 victory over Fordham at the Reilly Center. The Bonnies improve to 15-11 and 7-6 in the Atlantic 10, moving them into a tie with Dayton for seventh in the jumbled conference standings. Demetrius Conger scored 18 points, a conference season high, to lead Bona. Brett Roseboro, a sophomore forward, had a career-high 12 points.

Andrew Nicholson, plagued by foul trouble for most of the evening, had 16 points for the Bonnies, who play next at St. Joseph's on Saturday afternoon at 4.

1:26 left in the game - Bonnies lead, 81-61. Subs are in for the home team. Sophomore Brett Roseboro extended his career scoring high by driving baseline for a three-point play to give him 11 for the night. His previous high for the season was five and he hadn't scored more than two in any other game.

5:16 left in the second half -- Andrew Nicholson returned and hit two free throws to give the Bonnies a 70-54 lead. It looks like garbage time is upon us. It's been a solid effort by the favored team. You need to take care of business against the bottom-feeders and they're doing that. This Fordham team lost by 11 at Temple and seven at Xavier. They're bad, but still dangerous.

Nicholson's dunk makes it 74-56.  

9:00 left in the second half -- Nicholson picked up his fourth foul on a drive by Lamount Samuell and goes back to the bench with the Bonnies leading, 61-48. Still plenty of time left. Chances are we won't see Nicholson unless things get a little hairy. Bona failed to notice a wide-open Michael Davenport down the court on the ensuing possession and wound up throwing the ball away. The Bonnies better be careful. Don't want to allow a team that hasn't won a conference game in two years to sense a little hope.  

10:49 left in the second half -- Fordham cuts the deficit to 13, 57-44, on three-point shots by Alberto Estwick and Lamount Samuell. Bona coach Mark Schmidt called a timeout to settle things down and get Andrew Nicholson back on the floor. Nicholson, the third-leading score in the Atlantic 10, has been sitting since picking up his third foul on a technical early in the half.

11:53 left in the second half -- Bonnies up, 56-38. Freshman Matt Wright nailed a three-pointer after making a steal and a nice feed up the floor. Wright is a nice-looking prospect, out of Toronto. He's a 6-4 guard who can play either backcourt position, which will be helpful next year when Ogo Adegboye leaves.

13:45 left in the second half -- The Bonnies are still comfortably in front, 50-33, despite playing without Nicholson. It's certainly good for Bona to get more playing time for its bench, especially with the A-10 Tournament looming. And boy, it's easy to see how Fordham lost 37 straight league games. 

17:00 left in the second half -- Andrew Nicholson must not have been happy with one of the foul calls against him in the opening half. Early in the second, Nicholson was called for an obvious travel and was whistled for a technical after reacting angrily to the official. Bona coach Mark Schmidt pulled Nicholson from the game after the tech, which was his third foul -- and a silly one for a team leader.

Fordham is trailing by 11, 42-31, after a three-point hoop by Kervin Frazier.

Halftime -- St. Bonaventure leads Fordham, 37-23, after 20 minutes at the Reilly Center.  A three-pointer by Ogo Adegboye gave the Bonnies their biggest lead of the night, 34-23. Then they made a strong defensive stand on the Rams' following possession to force a shot clock violation. Then Demetrius Conger nailed a three-pointer just before the buzzer to extend the lead to 14.

Conger, a sophomore forward, has three 3's, equaling his season high. He leads the Bonnies with 11 points. Andrew Nicholson has eight, despite missing a lot of time with two fouls. Brett Roseboro, a 6-10 sophomore from Quakertown, Pa., added a career-high six points and four rebounds, a team high. Roseboro has played sparingly in the A-10 this year and had seven points in the conference all season before tonight.

Bona needs to beat the Rams, who have lost 37 straight conference games, to keep pace in a tight A-10 race. The Bonnies entered the game  in a tie for eighth at 6-6. Five teams are separated by one game, however. Rhode Island (7-5) plays at Duquesne tonight. George Washington, also 7-5, hosts Charlotte. Dayton is 7-6 and idle. UMass, which is tied with Bona at 6-6, hosts St. Joseph's.

The big game of the night, of course, is Temple, the 24th-ranked team in the country, playing on ESPN2 at No. 1 Duke. Temple (11-2 in the A-10, a game behind Xavier) has won eight in a row, but the Owls have their hands full tonight at Cameron Indoor.

2:40 -- It's the Brett Roseboro show at the Reilly Center. The seldom-used sophomore forward has a career-high six points as the Bonnies lead Fordham, 29-23. Andrew Nicholson is on the bench with two fouls -- not one, as previously reported here on the blog.  

3:31 left in the first half -- Bona is still ahead, 27-22, despite a pretty shoddy performance under their defensive backboard. With Nicholson on the bench for an extended rest (he has only one foul), the Bonnies have been repeatedly beaten for rebounds. They got a nice tip-in from Brett Roseboro, whose four points off the bench are one off his season high.

You can see how much the Bonnies depend on Nicholson, a top A-10  player and NBA prospect. He is the key to their defense, a strong rebounder and shot-blocking presence. Without him, they're on Fordham's level. Good thing he has another year of eligibility.

7:08 left in the first half -- The Bonnies have surged to a 23-16 lead, thanks largely to a couple of three-pointers by sophomore forward Demetrius Conger. Bona got a boost from Brett Roseboro, another soph forward, who came on for Andrew Nicholson and canned a 15-footer.

Incidentally, the last Fordham win in the A-10 came here in Olean, in January of 2009.

OLEAN -- Allen Wilson and I are down in the Reilly Center for the St. Bonaventure men's hoop matchup with Fordham. The Bonnies have a chance to get to 7-6 in the Atlantic 10 tonight. Depending on what happens elsewhere on a busy night in the league, they could wind up the evening tied for fifth place -- or alone in ninth.

This is a game they can't afford to lose if they're truly on the upswing. Fordham is 0-12 in the A-10 and has lost a stunning 37 straight games in the conference. The Bonnies are off to a sloppy start, but took a 15-13 lead on a dunk by Michael Davenport. Andrew Nicholson has eight points for Bona.

--- Jerry Sullivan

 

Pearl cited for unethical conduct

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---Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl, pictured above, was officially cited by the NCAA for unethical conduct for improper hosting of recruits at his home and misleading investigators about who attended the event. The NCAA officially released a report of its 22-month investigation that details the notice of allegations against the Vols men's basketball and football programs Tuesday. Tennessee posted the release on its website which can be found here.

---Rodney McKissic

(www.twitter.com/rodneyjmckissic)

Reactions from Calhoun ruling

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---Jim Calhoun, pictured above, and UConn finally received their punishment from the NCAA stemming from a Yahoo! report in March, 2009 by St. Bonaventure grad Adrian Wojnarowski and Dan Wetzel. Calhoun was suspended for three Big East games next season, and the program was placed on probation and handed down recruiting restrictions. Here's some reaction from across the country:

Pat Forde writes the penalties assessed to Bruce Pearl and Jim Calhoun are incremental proof that the Cult of the Head Coach isn’t the ivory tower it used to be. Gary Parrish says all Calhoun really got for cheating was a three-game suspension. Jeff Jacobs said Calhoun has treated this entire sordid affair like it was another basketball game. Here's more reaction from TSN's Mike DeCourcy, The Dagger's Jeff Eisenberg, ESPN's Dana O'Neil, and AOL Fanhouse's David Steele.

---The NCAA will now focus on Tennessee who could release its notice of allegation as early as today.

---The race is on for the No. 4 seed and opening round bye in the Atlantic 10 Tournament, and a handful of teams are in the running. Meanwhile St. Bonaventure hopes to gain ground in the league.

---Utah State has only one win against a team inside the RPI 100 but the Aggies aren't worried about the public's perception.

---Rodney McKissic

(www.twitter.com/rodneyjmckissic)

Big-money boosters want their say

---Colleges have come to rely on wealthy donors to fund its athletic programs.

---Q&A with Cam Newton.

---The National Football Post examines all of the top QB prospects headed to the Combine while Bodog.com has a list of bets for the Combine. Here's a look at the top 64 prospects for the NFL Draft.

---Early 900 athletes tested this past weekend at the Nike SPARQ combine, including some outstanding prospects that have already emerged on BCS schools' radars.

---Rodney McKissic

(www.twitter.com/rodneyjmckissic)

NCAA suspends UConn's Calhoun

---UConn coach Jim Calhoun will be suspended for the first three Big East games of the 2011-12 season after the NCAA found him guilty of failing to promote an atmosphere of compliance and failing to monitor the program in areas of phone calls, text messages and inducements provided by a booster.

Terms of the self-imposed university sanctions such as probation and recruiting travel and phone call restrictions were generally accepted, but extended. Probation and a scholarship reduction from 13 to 12, for instance, will be over a three-year period, not two as UConn had suggested. But the most visible and embarrassing penalty will be the Huskies opening conference play next winter without Calhoun on the bench.

---Rodney McKissic

(www.twitter.com/rodneyjmckissic)

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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.

@TBNDicesare | bdicesare@buffnews.com


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.

@amymoritz | amoritz@buffnews.com

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