---Charlie Coles made it official what has been long rumored: Former Iowa and Butler coach Todd Lickliter is joining the Miami (Ohio) staff as an assistant coach. Lickliter coached Butler to NCAA Sweet 16 appearances in 2003 and ’07 which means Coles is adding a quality assistant. One can also speculate that - given Coles age - Miami has already hired its next head coach.
---Former UB assistant coach Chris Hawkins has been hired as an assistant at Radford, his alma mater. A strong recruiter, Hawkins was part of the staff when UB advanced to the MAC Tournament finals for the first time in 2005.
---UB received its second verbal commitment in as many days, landing Sweet Home quarterback Jordan Johnson.
Johnson, who attended the second session of the Bulls Jr./Sr. Camp at UB Stadium on Sunday informed the staff of his intentions Monday afternoon.
“I felt like they gave me the best opportunity to play Division I football,’’ Johnson told the News. “”It’s close to home and my family can watch me play football and show what I can do on the field. The have a good academic program and academics come first.’’
Johnson, who plans to major in broadcasting or sports management, received interest from Syracuse University, Connecticut and Boston College among others. UB considers Johnson an athlete, much like Niagara Falls quarterback Dale Stewart who is a true freshman for the Bulls.
“It’s really not determined which position I will play,’’ Johnson said. “We’ll know by the team next season starts.’’
One of the more exciting players in Western New York, the 6-foot-1, 200-pound Johnson passed for 1,042 yards, rushed for 1,182 yards and 25 TDs as a junior.
Johnson’s commitment comes on the heels of the Bulls landing linebacker Adrian Lindsey from South Paulding High School in Douglasville, Ga., who verballed to UB on Sunday. Coach Jeff Quinn, recruiting coordinator Ernest Jones and the rest of the staff is once again striking early on the recruiting trail. Johnson is the fourth prospect to commit to UB joining Lindsey, Depew offensive tackle Jaden Cotton and Canisius guard Corey Madlock.
The Bulls also had four commitments this time last year including Williamsville South quarterback Joe Licata.
---UB received its third commitment from the Class of 2012 in linebacker Adrian Lindsey from South Paulding High School in Douglasville, Ga., according to a source. Lindsey was a teammate of Bulls true freshman quarterback Tony Daniel.
Lindsey joins Depew offensive tackle Jaden Cotton and Canisius guard Corey Madlock who have committed to the Bulls. The 6-foot-3, 230-pound Lindsey, who also plays tight end, participated in a camp the Bulls held Sunday at UB Stadium and committed shortly thereafter.
---The Jonny Flynn to Houston NBA Draft Day trade apparently hit a snag when the Rockets' team doctors raised issues with Flynn’s hip injury, Yahoo is reporting. To prevent the deal from falling apart, Minnesota sent a 2012 second-round pick to the Rockets, according to Yahoo.
The issues wouldn’t have kept the former Niagara Falls and Syracuse point guard off the court, but did raise some concerns for the long-term. Whether Minnesota had been forthcoming with the information prior to the trade is unclear.
McCrea had made the original cut from 21 players to 13 players and coach Paul Hewitt indicated McCrea was the last player cut from the team.
“The selection was harder than I expected," Hewitt said. “The young man we decided not to keep, Javon McCrea, it was really just a numbers situation, he played more than well enough to make the team. We just didn’t feel comfortable going over there without three point guards.”
Said UB coach Reggie Witherspoon: “This experience will benefit Javon in three ways; exposure, competition and instruction. When you add up these three things, it will result in great experience moving forward.”
---The long simmering, “Is Brett Roseboro leaving or staying’’ story can finally be put to rest with the announcement by St. Bonaventure that the sophomore big man is leaving the program.
Roseboro is a decent player who would have contributed next season but playing time was an issue. Coach Mark Schmidt rotation is seven deep – which means plenty of playing time for the top players – and Roseboro averaged just 8.5 minutes a game. Schmidt started the same five in all 31 games last season.
“We appreciate Brett’s efforts with our program for the past two years and wish him well in his future endeavors,” Schmidt said in a statement released by the school.
Roseboro played in 44 games during his career and averaged 1.2 points and 1.8 rebounds in 29 appearances last year. There's no word on where Roseboro might land.
---Phil Steele examines which teams he thinks can go 12-0 or 11-1 this season, a few of which are UB opponents.
---With an $11.4 million cut in state appropriations looming, regents will vote on Eastern Michigan's annual budget. Combined with a possible $12 million increase in expenses, the school could face a $23.4 million shortfall.
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.