---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.
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.
---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.
---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.
---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."
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.
Rodney McKissic began his journalism career in 1989 after graduating from the University of Cincinnati and has worked for The Buffalo News since 2001. A proud father of four children, he enjoys reading in his spare time.
Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, hhas 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.