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UB Connection

By Bob DiCesare

Paul Dietzel, coach of LSU's undefeated 1958 national championship team, died Tuesday at 89. He is the second cousin of UB safeties coach Mike Dietzel.

Talk about a storied football journey. As reported by the Associated Press, Paul Dietzel played under Sid Gillman at Miami (Ohio) and was an assistant under Gillman at Miami, West Point and Cincinnati. He became Bear Bryant's offensive line coach at Kentucky in 1951. The turning point of his head coaching days at LSU came when he recruited the great Billy Cannon.

Cannon won the Heisman Trophy in 1959. Who finished second?

That would be Penn St. quarterback Richie Lucas, the first player ever drafted by the Buffalo Bills.

And No. 3? SMU QB "Dandy" Don Meredith.

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UB Renews Emphasis on Run

By Bob DiCesare

UB finally got its running game going in the second half against Stony Brook Sept. 14, and the Bulls are looking to build off that improvement with running back Branden Oliver a go for this Saturday's game against visiting UConn. 

"Absolutely," coach Jeff Quinn said on this morning MAC coaches teleconference. "We talked about it again this past week in terms of controlling the line of scrimmage with our big guys up front along with our tight ends and fullbacks. The things that I saw out of them this week, there was a concerted effort to get in and watch more film, understand the little detail things that make an effective run-blocking offense."

UConn (0-3) has been overpowered at the line by all three opponents -- Towson, Maryland and Michigan. The Huskies have yielded 598 yards on the ground while managing just 156 themselves.

UB (1-2) got 118 yards from backup Anthone Taylor and another 30 from James Potts after Oliver sat out against Stony Brook with a sore knee. 

"I think the approach this week has been about running the ball and that's what we're going to continue to do," Quinn said. "Our guys are excited about that part of the game plan. But there's going to be some times we're going to have to throw the ball. They're a big Cover 1 team. They're going to press, get up in your face, so there's going to be some tight-window throws in addition."

The 3:30 kickoff will follow a pregame concert featuring country music recording artist Randy Houser. 


Crowley no longer at Niagara

by Amy Moritz

Niagara University said it has had a change of leadership in its athletic department. Tom Crowley is no longer the school's athletic director, said Tom Burns, the university's associate vice president for publications, communications and marketing.

Burns said the school is not issuing any statement or giving any comment.

Steve Butler will be acting as interim AD for Niagara. He currently is the associate director of athletics/external relations. He has served as interim athletic director before, when Ed McLaughlin left Niagara to take the top job at VCU.

Crowley was hired by Niagara last October. 

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UB-Stony Brook Mussings

By Bob DiCesare

Back on Monday Stony Brook coach Chuck Priore said on the CAA teleconference that when a FCS team meets an FBS team early momentum can be the difference between a competitive game and a blowout. That makes sense. The longer the underdog can hang around the more uncertainty it instills in the favorite and its fans.

Given that basic truth, one might have expected UB to come out Saturday determined to re-establish its identity by shifting the run game into gear. Instead, the Bulls abandoned the run, passed 30 times the first two quarters and allowed the Seawolves to hang around. It almost cost them dearly.

Has a UB offensive game plan ever strayed so far from the norm? And what possibly could have been the rationale? Head coach Jeff Quinn said that was the opening script whether or not Branden Oliver was in the lineup (he wasn't). If so, that means the Bulls were out-thinking themselves all week. If it takes such an extreme deviation of approach to ready for an FCS team then what does that say about their chances of confronting MAC East rivals like Ohio and Bowling Green straight up?

UB came out five-wide and the backfield empty. Again, if they want to throw BG a curve or mess with Ohio, OK, variety has its place. But in this game? After a resounding defeat at Baylor? And in the home opener? Those were the doings of a team that isn't sure what it is.

"We're multiple in our personnel groupings," Quinn said. "Alex Wood, my offensive coordinator, my entire offensive staff felt good about that. It had nothing to do with Bo. We were going in with with five wide. We want to spread them out and to create an understanding that we were going to get out there and throw the ball a little bit at the beginning of the game, try and back them up a little bit, which opened up the run game, which it did at certain times."

Fact is, UB went to overtime tied at 10 so its doubtful their pass-happy attack had much if any impact on what transpired in the second half. The deviation probably had more to do with the Seawolves being in the game the whole way.


Quinn said Oliver tweaked his knee in warmups. I have to wonder. Oliver sat out the second half of the Baylor game and Anthone Taylor took more first-team reps than normal leading up to Stony Brook. Oliver looked OK jogging out to the field before the game and after the half. My guess he is had soreness after Baylor and the feeling was they could get the job done without him against Stony Brook and give him two weeks of rest (UB byes this coming week).

Like a lot of football coaches, Quinn isn't exactly forthcoming when it comes to injuries so it's a cloudy situation.


Adam Redden and Okoye Houston were all over the field but I didn't realize they combined for 31 tackles (17 by Redden). Those are monster numbers. Khalil Mack was in on 10 stops playing mostly off the edge and often double-teamed. His motor never stops. More of a few of those tackles caught runners from behind after his initial burst at the line.

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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

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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