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Dismuke, Long out at UB

---Projected starting cornerback Romel Dismuke and junior safety Ray Anthony Long have been declared academically ineligible and are no longer with the University at Buffalo football team, The Buffalo News has learned.

Dismuke sat out all of last year after transferring from Cincinnati and was slated to start at corner opposite sophomore Cortney Lester. A native of Cleveland, Dismuke is believed to be the first player to transfer to UB from a BCS school.

To offset the loss of Dismuke, the Bulls added to their defensive backfield late with the signing of Georgia corner Matthew Thomas-Quick but losing Dismuke is still a major blow to a secondary that must replace four senior starters.

“It’s very disappointing,’’ UB coach Jeff Quinn said. "To have someone out there all spring and to put a lot of time and effort and then to turn around and not fulfill his responsibilities academically is very disappointing but it provides opportunities for someone else.’’

This isn’t the first time the 6-1, 215-pound Long suffered academic missteps as he sat out the entire 2009 season after being declared ineligible. A Texas native, Long appeared in nine games as a reserve last season and totaled 11 tackles. As a freshman in 2008, he appeared in 12 games as a reserve linebacker and recorded 10 tackles. Long was not listed on the team’s two deep after the spring.

It was announced last week that Niagara Falls recruit Dale Stewart, the brother of former UB tailback James Starks, was not admitted into UB and will attend Iowa Western Community College.

---Rodney McKissic


Change of plans for Falls' Dale Stewart after UB says no

There’s been a change of plans for former Niagara Falls football standout Dale Stewart, who less than a week ago was training for the Lions All-Star High School Football Classic and preparing to enter the University at Buffalo football camp under an athletic scholarship on Aug. 8.

Stewart received a letter from UB’s compliance offices Wednesday informing him that he was academically ineligible to attend the university.

Ready to follow in the footsteps of older brother and UB career rushing leader James Starks, Stewart will now embark on a different path, attending Iowa Western Community College, where he will begin camp on Aug. 1.

UB’s associate athletic director for communications Paul Vecchio said Stewart’s scholarship offer was rescinded after the university’s compliance department determined Stewart had failed to qualify and be eligible for the National Letter of Intent. “He didn’t meet University standards and NCAA standards,” Vecchio said Friday.

Stewart said that he was told his standardized test scores were not high enough to gain admission.

“In my head I was thinking, I worked so hard trying to get in,” Stewart said by phone from the home of Starks, who is now with the Green Bay Packers. “When you fall short you feel like you’re at the end of your road, but when you don’t make a qualification for the NCAA you have to have a Plan B.”

Stewart, who is training in Green Bay until he leaves for Council Bluffs, Iowa, said his Plan B includes getting back to UB. “I believe in my talent and I know what I can do for their school,” he said.

Stewart played quarterback, running back, wide receiver, kick returner, punt returner and safety for Niagara Falls High School, but said he'll focus on being a slot receiver and kick returner in college.

He’ll be taking with him a new plan has the same old attitude.

“I have the same mindset I had before,” said Stewart. “It doesn’t matter what school I’m going to. I’m going to be real focused. I’m not scared of anyone. It’s smaller than D1, but I’m going to work ten times harder to get back to D1.”

--Lauren Mariacher

Schunk to coach D'Youville hoops

D'Youville College named veteran high school coach Earl Schunk to head its men's basketball program and serve as assistant athletic director with primary responsibility for game management for fall sports and recruitment coordinator.

Schunk was a coach at Grover Cleveland High School from 1995 to 2010 leading the varsity basketball team to championships in 2004 and 2008. He also coached baseball, track and field, girls' cross country and softball at the high school. He spent 33 years in the Buffalo Public Schools system teaching mathematics and technology integration in addition to coaching.

His basketball coaching record at Grover was 165-64 from 2000-2010 and the Presidents won the Section VI Class A championship in 2004 and advanced to the state Final Four.

As varsity coach at Tapestry Charter School last season, Schunk led a young team to a 17-4 record and the finals of the Class C playoffs.

In other college news, Allison Daley, a three-time All-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference selection as a goalie, with remain with Canisius College's women's lacrosse team as an assistant coach, head coach Scott Teeter announced. Daley is the most decorated player in Canisius history. The Peterborough, Ont., native was 2010 MAAC Defensive Player of the Year and was MAAC Tournament MVP last season, leading the Griffs to the conference title.

---Milt Northrop

Bulls add another Georgia prospect

---Fresh off the news that quarterback Chazz Anderson is transferring to UB, the Bulls added another late recruit in Georgia cornerback Matthew Quick, The Buffalo News has learned.

Quick is a product of Westlake High School which lists Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton and Adam “Pacman” Jones as graduates. Quick, who also excels in track and field, was originally slated to join Georgia as a preferred walk on but Bulls’ recruiting coordinator Ernest Jones began recruiting him heavily in June.

Quick signed scholarship papers with UB on Saturday and will open with the Bulls when training camp begins Aug. 8.

“During the last week of school, Coach Jones came down to my school and said he wanted to offer me,’’ Quick said. “Coach [Jeff] Quinn gave him the ok and they flew me up here [on Friday] and showed me around. It was great. They care more about the person you’ll become after you graduate and not just the person you are on the field.’’

UB is creating a nice pipeline into the talent-rich state of Georgia. Peach State natives on the Bulls' current roster include sophomore Najja Johnson (Atlanta), redshirt freshmen Cordero Dixon (Suwanee), Devon Hughes (Tyrone) and Kendall Roberson (Decatur) and true freshman Tony Daniel (Hiram). The Bulls also have a verbal from linebacker Adrian Lindsey (Douglasville), who was a teammate of Daniel's at South Paulding High.

The Bulls play at Georgia in 2012.

---Rodney McKissic


State of athletics: UB

In today's Buffalo News is the first of four parts about the state of athletics at the Big 4 schools. Today's installment, which deals with the University of Buffalo, features five stories:

On vacation

---The Campus Watch will slow down a bit over the next two weeks while I'm on vacation. I'm currently sitting at the airport in Charlotte waiting for my connecting flight to Dallas where I'll be visiting Rosemary Carter, my 91-year aunt, for the next few days. She used to make the best fried chicken, hands down!

Anyway, check with me in a few weeks.


---Rodney McKissic


Former UB AD takes job at Coast Guard Academy

---Former UB athletics director Bob Arkeilpane has been named the AD at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. Arkeilpane, a Sweet Home and Syracuse graduate and the former deputy AD at Cincinnati, will succeed Dr. Ray Cieplik who will retire this summer after having served the Coast Guard Academy for more than 40 years.

Arkeilpane was the AD at UB from 1999-03.

---Rodney McKissic




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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.

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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.

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