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Eastern Michigan fires Ramsey

---Eastern Michigan coach Charles Ramsey was relieved of his duties today after six years at the school. Potential replacements include Rice coach Ben Braun, Morgan State's Todd Bozeman, Minnesota assistant Vince Taylor and Michigan assistant Bacari Alexander.

---Rodney McKissic

(www.twitter.com/rodneyjmckissic)

Rim Shots

Naturally, a lot is being made about how poorly Butler and UConn shot the ball in Monday's national championship game. I have one question: Who set the rim tension at the Final Four? THe USGA? Was this a U.S. Open?

There were an inordinate number of in-and-out shots during the Final Four. There was layups that almost died on the rim. The ball reacted in ways you just don't see during any other games. Remember that Kentucky had only 21 points at the half in the semifinals.

Something's amiss when it's easier to make a shot at the state fair with a teddy bear on the line.

-- Bob DiCesare

 

A thing of beauty for UConn

 

---Jerry Sullivan writes that while UConn isn't a great team, it's a worthy champion.

---Butler's Matt Howard enjoyed quite a career.

---Butler could not buy a bucket last night and shot a record low 18 percent.

---Kemba Walker will be able to graduate after just three years at UConn. But that might not mean he's leaving for the NBA. Walker's halftime speech lifted the Huskies to the top.

---Will Jim Calhoun go out on top, or return to UConn and face his suspension?

---Nate Miles has apparently changed his mind about speaking to the NCAA.

---Here's 16 years worth of "One Shining Moments."

---Here's a preseason Top 25 list for 2011-12.

---Fairfield has hired Princeton's Sydney Johnson as its new coach, while Towson hired Pitt assistant Pat Skerry.

---Wichita State's Gregg Marshall has become one of the many coaches to turn down the North Carolina State job opening, including Cincinnati's Mic Cronin, who recieved an extension from the Bearcats to remain their head coach until the end of the 2016-17.

---Ohio State assistant coach Jeff Boals is the leading candidate for the Fresno State opening.

---Lon Kruger, the new coach at Oklahoma, does not believe his program needs to rebuild, and who will UNLV hire to replace him?

---North Carolina's Harrison Barnes and John Henson will decide on their futures in the next week or so.

---With a potential NBA lockout, many prospects are uncertain about their futures.

---Steve Kerr wants to see some changes with the First Four.

---Rodney McKissic

(www.twitter.com/rodneyjmckissic)

Longhorn Network unveiled

Ncf_longhornnet_300 ---The 24-hour TV network that ESPN and the University of Texas are set to launch in August will have a familiar ring: the Longhorn Network. The name and the network's logo were unveiled Sunday during Texas' spring football scrimmage in Austin.

A new website, GetLonghornNetwork.com, will enhance the network's reach online, providing an "initial resource to fans looking to learn more about where and how to get Longhorn Network," according to a news release.

---Rodney McKissic

(www.twitter.com/rodneyjmckissic)

One defining moment

Webber ---Tonight's national championship game between Butler and UConn may produce a shot for the ages like Keith Smart's or a gaffe that can never be forgotten like Chris Webber's, pictured left.

---Jerry Sullivan writes UConn's Jim Calhoun is an underdog in his own way. On the heels of a successful season, should Calhoun consider retirement? Dan Bickley says Calhoun Calhoun is a complicated genus.

---Rick Bozich writes how the Butler Way is the right way for college basketball. Mike Wise writes that the Bulldogs are on the verge of turning myth into reality. David Woods says a Butler victory would cap the greatest basketball story ever told.

---Barry Tramel writes how paying Lon Kruger $2 million to coach Oklahoma, doesn't make much cents.

---For CBS, the three-man booth works.

---Rodney McKissic

(www.twitter.com/rodneyjmckissic)

Miles now open to speak with NCAA

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---Nate Miles, the center of an investigation that eventually landed UConn on three years probation, now says he is ready to tell the full story of his journey from cherished prospect to Huskies star recruit to leading man in a significant university scandal to homeless young father.

“I’d probably be open to talk to them, and, you know, get some things straight,” Miles told The New York Times.

The NCAA is taking Miles seriously; a representative of the organization went to his grandmother’s house on Friday.

---Rodney McKissic

(www.twitter.com/rodneyjmckissic)

'We wanted to go back to Luther'

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---A year after Jennifer Hudson's disasterous version of One Shining Moment, CBS is going back to using the Luther Vandross rendition of the song, which it used from 2003-09. Vandross' montage was the longest run of any singer since the tradition began following the 1987 NCAA tournament.

Hudson's version was universally panned by critics but in her defense, is nearly impossible to match the versions of Vandross, who died in 2005, and Teddy Pendergrass, who died last year.

"Both versions are great. She [Hudson] did a great job," said Harold Bryant, CBS Sports' vice president for production. "We just felt like we wanted to go back to Luther."

 

 

---Rodney McKissic

(www.twitter.com/rodneyjmckissic)

Time for an NCAA pay cut?

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---One day after PBS skewered the NCAA for not sufficiently compensating the players who help make March Madness profitable, NCAA president Mark Emmert, pictured above, said that he may look into giving NCAA players a cut of the revenue stream.

---Syracuse assistant Rob Murphy is being considered for the coaching vacancy at Kent State

---Here's a list of the salaries for every coach in the NCAA tournament.

---Shaka Smart is a star now.

---74 year old Denny Crum would be interested in listening to North Carolina State aboout its opening.

---Here's a list of player transfers.

---Just like old times, SMU is being placed on probation for two years stemming from recruiting violations.

---St. Mary's Randy Bennett has turned down the job opening at Utah.

---Larry Shyatt will begin his second stint at Wyoming.

---The CAA can make the leap from a mid-major to a high-major if the conference depth can improve.

---Nate Miles was the player at the center of the NCAA investigation of UConn's basketball program. Slam magazine had a solid story on Miles' post-invetigation career.

---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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