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Weis firing costly for Notre Dame

---Notre Dame made an initial "termination payment" to Charlie Weis of more than $6.6 million and will continue to cut smaller checks to its former football coach for the foreseeable future, according to federal tax documents obtained by the Chicago Tribune. Weis' apparent buyout is revealed on the Form 990 Notre Dame must submit to the IRS. Weis' total severance pay — which was subject to debate as his tenure drew to a close — won't be fully clear for years, though.

---Rodney McKissic


Johnson wants to expand his game

---Gus Johnson felt sad that CBS, his home for 16 years, had declined to match the offer he accepted from Fox; excited about the future; relieved that an unexpected turn under the microscope had ended.

“I’m tired of thinking. Weighing. Grappling with my thoughts. You’re giving up something to gain something,'' He said. "But you’re still giving up something. I’m leaving something that I love. And I love that thing. That was my thing. Sometimes, you’ve just got to walk away.”

---Rodney McKissic


Last shot for Fab Five

---Juwan Howard, pictured above, is the Fab 5's last chance to get a championship ring.

---The one-and-done rule isn't going anywhere.

---A top ten list of the schools that will benefit the most from JuCo transfers, including St. John's, who signed ECC's God's Gift Achiuwa.

---Mike DeCourcy provides his list of winners and losers from the 2011 recruiting battles. DeCourcy also ranks his top ten recruiting classes.

---Georgetown transfer Vee Sanford has decided to attend Dayton.

---Bill Self believes his job is better than most NBA coaching gigs, and is not likely to leave Kansas any time soon.

---Zeke Chapman, the son of former NBA guard Rex Chapman, has committed to Ball State.

---Rodney McKissic


Edwards leaving Niagara (update)

Edwards---Niagara forward Kashief Edwards, pictured left, has been released from his scholarship and will transfer to another school, according to sources. Edwards, who would have been a fifth-year senior next season, will earn his degree this summer and is eligible to play for another school immediately.

Edwards visited Northeastern last week and New Hampshire and Delaware State have also expressed interest, according to sources.

“Kashief Edwards will graduate this summer and has decided to use his last year of eligibility at another school,” Niagara coach Joe Mihalich said in a statement released by the school.  “We are extremely proud of all that Niagara University has done for Kashief on and off the floor and wish him well in his future endeavors.”

A native of Philadelphia, Edwards averaged 12.4 points, 6.6 rebounds and 1.1 blocks as a junior in 2010-11. He was the Purple Eagles leading rebounder and third leading scorer.

Edwards was expected to be one of four starters returning for 2011-12 but wanted the opportunity to play on the wing at small forward, according to a source. Edwards will likely be replaced in the lineup by junior college transfer Ali Langford, a 6-foot-6, 215-pound forward from Salt Lake City, Utah, who averaged 21.6 points and 12.8 rebounds for Hancock (Ca.) College.

---Rodney McKissic


Early NBA mock draft

Irving ---The Cleveland Cavaliers are the big winners in this year's draft lottery and here's an early mock of the first 14 picks:

1. Cleveland: Kyrie Irving, PG, Duke - It's time for The Recovery in Cleveland.
2. Minnesota: Derrick Williams, SF, Arizona: Could jump to No. 1.
3. Utah: Brandon Knight, PG, Kentucky: Coach Cal develops NBA ready PGs.
4. Cleveland: Enes Kanter, PF, Turkey: Difficult to contain in the low post.
5. Toronto: Jonas Valanciunas, PF, Lithuania: Has grown four inches in four years and is now 6-10.
6. Washington: Jan Vesely, F, Czech Republic: Would have been a top 10 pick last year.
7. Sacramento: Kemba Walker, PG, UConn: Another Ben Gordon.
8. Detroit: Tristan Thompson, PF, Texas: Needs to find a position.
9. Charlotte: Donatas Motiejunas, C, Lithuania: Add weight and you'll have Pau Gasol.
10. Milwaukee: Alec Burks, SG, Colorado: Very athletic guard prospect.
11. Golden State: Bismack Biyombo, PF, Congo: Best rebounder/defender available.
12. Utah: Chris Singleton, PF, Florida State: Can defend multiple position.
13. Phoenix: Jimmer Fredette, PG, BYU: Perfect for the Suns offense.
14. Houston: Marcus Morris, PF, Kansas: Could be selected higher.

---Rodney McKissic


O'Brien lands Division III job

---One-time St. Bonaventure coach Jim O'Brien is back on the sidelines after being named the coach at Division III Emerson College.

O'Brien also coached at Boston College and Ohio State and took the Buckeyes to the 1999 Final Four before being fired in 2004 for giving $6,000 to Yugoslavian recruit Aleksandar Radojevic. He was given a two-year show-cause penalty by the NCAA, although he eventually win a $2.4 million lawsuit against Ohio State for wrongful termination.

O'Brien coached the Bonnies from 1982-86. He was Atlantic 10 Co-Coach of the Year in 1983, when he led Bona to a 20-10 record and a berth in the NIT.

---Rodney McKissic


Martelli leaves Niagara for Delaware

---Phil Martelli, Jr., is ending a five-year with Joe Mihalich and Niagara, and is joining the staff at Delaware.

While at Niagara, Martelli was a part of the 2007 NCAA Tournament team and the 2009 NIT squad which won 26 games, the second most in school history. Martelli also mentored point guard Anthony Nelson, who leaves as the school's career leader in assists.

“It was a really tough decision,” Martelli said. “It was a lot of hours thinking, a lot of lists being put together, reasons to stay, reasons to come to Delaware. It was real hard because I’m leaving a great place, but more importantly, a great person in coach (Joe) Mihalich.”

---Rodney McKissic


Not much payout from this Lottery

---Duke's Kyrie Irving and Arizona's Derrick Williams are the top prospects available for the NBA Draft, which holds its Lottery tonight, but the rest of the field has a lot of murkiness.

After the past four drafts produced Kevin Durant, Derrick Rose, Blake Griffin and John Wall, 2011 isn’t expected to offer any can’t-miss stars. Whoever wins the lottery can’t be sure they’ll receive a franchise-changing player.

---Rodney McKissic


Life of a recruiter never ends

---SI's Bruce Schoenfeld provides a look at the life of college basketball recruiters.

---A look at Syracuse's potential dance-partners in next season's Big East/SEC Challenge.

---Dana O'Neil profiles piece former Villanova forward Will Sheridan, who openly admits that he is gay.

---In a surprising move, Xavier assistant Pat Kelsey is leaving the coaching profession because of personal issues.

---Coach-K made $4.7 mil during Duke's 2010 National Title run. Worth every penny.

---Rodney McKissic


Accuracy counts for preseason annuals

---And Phil Steele is the most accurate. Or so he says.

---Here's a 2011 preview of Syracuse.

---UMass' Together We're One Tour begins in Boston.

---Tony Barnhart writes that coaches need to stop oversigning.

---Rodney McKissic


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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, 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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