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Niagara great Sinicola passes away

---Niagara great Emilio "Zeke" Sinicola passed away on Monday morning, the school just announced.

Sinicola became the first Niagara player to pass the 1,000 career-point mark and finished his career with 1,188 points, which was then a Western New York record. Sinicola played for Niagara from 1948-51 where he was a member of Niagara’s first NIT squad, accomplishing the feat as junior in 1950.

As a senior, Sinicola earned All-American honors from the Sporting News (second team), Helms Foundation (third team) and Converse Yearbook (fourth team). Sinicola’s No. 19 jersey is one of five retired numbers hanging from the ceiling at the Gallagher Center.

Sinicola was drafted by the Fort Wayne Pistons with the No. 4 pick overall in the 1951 NBA Draft where he played until 1954. That draft also included St. Bonaventure's Fred Diute, who was drafted by Rochester in the third round.

---Rodney McKissic

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On Regan to UB

Let's get this out of the way right from the start. Just because former Nichols star Will Regan is transferring from an ACC school (Virginia) to a Mid-American Conference school (UB) doesn't mean he's guaranteed to light it up. Remember, he didn't get a lot of playing time with the Cavs and departed because Virginia is looking at a glut on the front line beginning next season. Plus the MAC has seen a dramatic upswing in quality post players the last couple of years and seems to be transitioning, at least temporarily, from a guard-dominated league.

That said, if Regan finds a comfort zone playing in his own backyard (that's often assumed but not as easily accomplished), the Bulls are looking pretty on the front line the next four seasons. Don't forget that UB already has signed Parade third-team All-American Xavier Ford, a 6-8 forward out of Colorado Springs.

-- Bob DiCesare

 

Regan signs with UB

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---It's official: Will Regan, the former Nichols standout, has signed a scholarship agreement to attend UB, the school just announced.

Regan, a two-time Buffalo News Player of the Year, will have to sit out the 2011-12 season and have three years of eligibility remaining. A 6-foot-8 freshman forward, Regan played in 20 games for the Cavaliers, scoring 25 points with 18 rebounds. Regan, who is transferring from Virginia, made an official visit to UB May 31-June 2.

UB offered Regan a scholarship as an eighth grader and he made an unofficial visit to UB before selecting Virginia. Regan cancelled a scheduled visit to Niagara University.

"I think it's a good fit for Will," UB coach Reggie Witherspoon said. "He's grown up watching us and he's familiar with us. He's a terrific student. He compliments the things that we like to do. It's a good fit for both parties and we are really excited to have him home again."

Signing Regan is a major coup for Witherspoon and his staff. The Bulls lose two senior big men next season in Mitchell Watt and Titus Robinson and Regan figures to slide into a starting role on the frontline in 2012-13.

---Rodney McKissic

(www.twitter.com/rodneyjmckissic)

Chambers brings energy to Penn State

Chambers ---Pat Chambers, pictured left, believes he can change the perception that Penn State is a bad coaching job. Why Chambers got into coaching is a good story.

---Gary Parrish hopes that no coach patterns his coaching career after former Kelvin Sampson.

---Bob Knight calls some NCAA rules idiotic.

---Jason King previews the top junior transfers in 2011-12.

---Here's a list of the 12 most-hyped recruits ever.

---The movers and shakers from pre-draft workouts.

---Rodney McKissic

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It's getting messy at West Virginia


CREDIT: KDKA-FM PITTBURGH by sportsxbrooks

---West Virginia is searching for anonymous contributors to stories it says contain "blatant inaccuracies" about the football team's coach-in-waiting and offensive coordinator, Dana Holgorsen.

They might want to start with head coach Bill Stewart. Colin Dunlap, a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reporter and the paper's former West Virginia beat writer, told 93.7 The Fan in Pittsburgh that Stewart called him on Dec. 18 and asked him to dig up "dirt" on Holgorsen. Holgorsen was hired and given the coach-in-waiting title on Dec. 15.

Dunlap recalled: "He tried to flame-throw the guy in December by calling me and at least one other reporter because the other reporter and I discussed it. [Stewart] said, can you get the word, I think it was scumbag or something, tattooed on the front of the sports page? You need to dig up this dirt; you need to get it out on this guy. And I said, 'Hey man, I'm not a part of some witch hunt.' But I understood the guy was like backed in a corner and was in a tight spot."

On May 28, the Huntington Herald-Dispatch wrote that Holgorsen was involved in six alcohol-related incidents that the university tried to cover up. The paper cited sources for some of his information and it was later speculated that those sources could have been Stewart or his wife, Karen.

Either Stewart or Holgorsen won't be at West Virginia much longer and in the future ADs should look at this situation as a prime example on why coach-in-waiting scenarios are a bad idea.

---Rodney McKissic

(www.twitter.com/rodneyjmckissic)

BCS strips USC of '04 national title

---The BCS announced today it has stripped USC of its national championship in 2004, marking the first time a football or men’s basketball championship has been vacated since the polls began.

The BCS vacated the title based on the NCAA’s findings that tailback Reggie Bush was ineligible for the game. The NCAA ruled last year that Bush received improper benefits throughout his three-year career with the Trojans.

The Trojans crushed Oklahoma 55-19 in the 2005 Orange Bowl to win the championship and Bush rushed for 75 yards and has two receptions for 31 yards in the game. Last year, USC was banned from a bowl game for two years and given scholarship reductions as a result of a lengthy NCAA investigation.

The BCS waited until the school’s appeal was denied two weeks ago before its presidential oversight committee officially stripped USC of its championship. The oversight committee is chaired by Penn State’s Graham Spanier and includes presidents from the 12 major conferences and Notre Dame.

“The BCS arrangement crowns a national champion, and the BCS games are showcase events for post-season football,” BCS executive director Bill Hancock said in a statement released by the organization. “One of the best ways of ensuring that they remain so is for us to foster full compliance with NCAA rules. Accordingly, in keeping with the NCAA’s recent action, USC's appearances are being vacated.’’

The Associated Press earlier said it would not change its decision on crowning the Trojans national champions for that season.

“The BCS alerted us today that their presidents have voted to vacate USC’s 2005 BCS Championship Game victory,” USC athletics director Pat Haden said in a statement. “This was not an unexpected outcome. We will comply with all requirements mandated by the result of this BCS vote.”

---Rodney McKissic

(www.twitter.com/rodneyjmckissic)

A look at all FBS teams

---With the 2011 season slowly arriving, the Bleacher Report takes a peek at all 120 FBS teams.

---This is a few days old, but UB associate head coach Ernest Jones talks about former Bull Josh Thomas.

---UB athletic director Warde Manuel joins Allen Wilson, Joe Major and myself on The Sports Insiders at 6:30 tonight on www.weck1230.com.

---Rodney McKissic

(www.twitter.com/rodneyjmckissic)

McCrea invited to U-19 World Championship team training camp

---UB's Javon McCrea has been invited to attend the 2011 USA Basketball Men's U19 World Championship Team training camp. The sophomore from Newark is one of 21 of the country’s best 19-and-under players invited to the camp.

The camp will be held June 17-24 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., will be used to select the 12-member team that will represent the United States at the 2011 FIBA U19 World Championship. The finalist will be announced June 19.

The FIBA U19 World Championship will be held June 30-July 10 in Valmiera, Liepaja and Riga Latvia.

---Rodney McKissic

(www.twitter.com/rodneyjmckissic)

Bonnies highlights from SBU-TV

Remembering Shaq

 

---Shaq, who announced his retirement from the NBA on Wednesday, gave us a taste of his greatness with this dunk in the 1989 McDonald's All-American Game.

---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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