---UB running backs coach Mike Daniels is leaving the program for family reasons, the school just announced. He just completed his first year under Jeff Quinn and came to UB staff from Cincinnati where he served as an assistant coach on the offensive staff. Daniels was a four-year letterman (2003-07) at Cincinnati as a wide receiver, running back and return man. He served as the team captain in 2007.
Last year, Daniels married Dr. Yelandra May-Daniels, the daughter of former Major League first basemen Lee May. May, along with Johnny Bench, played for the Buffalo Bisons in 1966 and '67 when the Bisons were a farm team for the Cincinnati Reds.
The Bulls' rushing offense, however, finished tied with Akron for 101st in the country at just 113.4 yards a game.
“Coach Daniels did a great job coaching our running backs,” UB coach Jeff Quinn said. “I’ve coached with him since 2007 when we were at Cincinnati. I am sorry to see him leave and I wish him and his family all the best."
---St. Francis product Doug Worthington, pictured above, has been implicated in a memorabilia-for-tattoos scandal at Ohio State that forced Buckeyes coach Jim Tressel to resign on Monday.
Sports Illustrated.com reported late Monday night that Worthington, who played at Ohio State from 2005-09, is one of 28 players – 22 more than the university has acknowledged – involved in the scandal. According to SI.com, Worthington traded or sold Ohio State memorabilia before his eligibility expired according to a source who is referred to in the story by the pseudonym Ellis. Worthington is mentioned on page 3 in the article.
Others named by Ellis as players who traded or sold memorabilia before their eligibility expired are defensive ends Robert Rose and Thaddeus Gibson, wide receivers Lamaar Thomas and Ray Small and running back Jermil Martin.
Through his agent, Worthington declined to comment to SI and attempts by the Buffalo News to reach Worthington this morning were unsuccessful.
In this article published by the ozone.net on May 4, Worthington supports Tressel: “He looked out for his players, and rightfully so. Obviously, they got him where he’s at. As far as the whole FBI situation, he did what’s best for those kids. They didn’t tamper with the FBI situation. There’s a lot more than sports writers and other people could really fathom that’s a lot higher than sports.”
Worthington was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 7th round of the 2010 NFL Draft and was signed to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers practice squad last November.
---Ohio State's Jim Tressel, who met with coaches and players this morning to announce his resignation, was encouraged to resign, sources told The Columbus Dispatch.
Less than three months after President E. Gordon Gee and Athletics Director Gene Smith said they fully supported their embattled coach, mounting pressure, a pending NCAA disciplinary hearing and new revelations about the culture of the program forced the university to act on their once-revered coach, sources said. University officials wouldn't confirm that Tressel was asked to resign.
This will set a chain reaction that will open up at least two BCS coaching jobs. Here's one thought: Nebraska's Bo Pelini goes to Ohio State which clears the lane for Turner Gill to freturn home to Nebraska. That leaves Kansas to go after a rising star like Toledo's Tim Beckman. The Rockets would then hire a hot BCS assistant. See? Simple.
---Here's what UConn coach Jim Calhoun says about a potential split in the Big East:
“My own personal opinion – and I won't probably see this – in the next couple of years, four or five years down the road, I think you'll see a separation [of the football and non-football membership]. I think it's inevitable.”
The Big East currently has 16 members, including eight football members. Next season with the addition of TCU, that number inflates to 17 all-sport members and nine football members.
That number could increase even more in the next couple of years with the league looking to expand its football membership by as many as three teams, which conceivably could result in a 20-member conference, including 12 football members. This has been rumored for the better part of the last decade and picked up steam the last time the league expanded in 2005.
- A look back at the 2010-11 season for Canisius.
---Below are the APR numbers for the MAC, MAAC and Atlantic 10 which were released on Tuesday. Akron’s football team was docked four scholarships, while Toledo’s men’s basketball program had two scholarship taken away and placed on public notice.
Northern Illinois: 987
Western Michigan: 963
Central Michigan: 943
Ball State: 942
Kent State: 942
Bowling Green: 941
Eastern Michigan: 937
MAC men’s basketball
Western Michigan: 981
Eastern Michigan: 964
Kent State: 953
Northern Illinois: 944
Bowling Green: 928
Central Michigan: 923
Ball State: 892
La Salle: 970
Rhode Island: 957
George Washington: 950
Saint Joseph’s: 949
Saint Louis: 925
St. Bonaventure: 894
St. Peter’s: 922
---UB's Marcus Rivers, Terrell Jackson, Khalil Mack and Steven Means were named to Phil Steele's preseason All-MAC team.
Rivers and Jackson, who are senior wide recievers, and Mack, a sophomore linebacker, were named to the first team while Means was selected to the second team. Jackson was honored on the first team as a kick returner.
---For the second time in as many years, Steve Addazio has been given the keys to a program. Only this time, he'd be taking more than a test drive as the coach at Temple.
---Welcome to the modern Eastern Michigan football, where money is being spent as the Eagles attempt to leave their longest and darkest era.
---Dakar, Senegal native Youssou Ndoye has officially signed with St. Bonaventure after verbally committing to the Bonnies last weekend. The 6-9 Ndoye averaged seven points, seven rebounds and two blocks this past season for Lee Academy (Maine) and brings some much needed size to the lineup.
Here's a scouting report from ESPN.com:
Ndoye is a long and active five-man who makes his biggest impact on the defensive end of the floor where he blocks shots and alters others. He has good agility for a player his size with the sturdy frame to eventually have a very good body. He runs the floor very well, has pretty good hands, and a decent touch inside the paint.
Ndoye's offense is very limited and raw at the moment. He doesn't show any type of post-game outside of work-outs and isn't a threat to score unless at the rim. Athletically, he isn't quite as bouncy as he looks and lacks explosiveness around the rim as his reaction time can be a second or two behind the play.
Ndoye is an intriguing post prospect because of his long frame, high motor, and ability to impact the game at the defensive end of the floor but he is very raw and a few years away from making an offensive impact.
---The NCAA officially announces updated Academic Progress Rate numbers this morning. These are the numbers for which schools can be penalized with the loss of scholarships if they don't meet certain academic thresholds which can be found here.
It's not expected that anyone in the Big 4 is in any danger although UB football and St. Bonaventure men's basketball had APR issues in the past. UB football lost scholarships in the past but in 2010 increased its number to 949, 24 points higher than the cutoff score of 925. UB lost three scholarships five years ago, and accepted two of its penalties during the 2006-07 academic year and one scholarship for 2007-08. Raising the single-year number one point, however, could make UB coach Jeff Quinn a little richer. His contract calls for a bonus of $5,000 if the APR is 950 or higher.
Last year, St. Bonaventure men's basketball team had an APR of 952, 48 points higher than two years ago. The Bonnies met the guidelines of a waiver filed with the NCAA in 2009 that included making significant progress toward the 925 objective. Three years ago, St. Bonaventure scored 897 and was placed on public notice by the NCAA for failing to meet the organization's APR standards.
---Good links are hard to come by these days but here's one from Mid-Major Madness previewing St. Bonaventure. The story includes an interesting chart on the Bonnies' offensive distribution from last season which indicates Andrew Nicholson contributed 25 percent of the team's offense.