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Does UB have a chance at Kelly?

---Syracuse, Alabama, Clemson, Florida State, Michigan State and Purdue are all recruiting St, Joe's quarterback Chad Kelly, so it would be shocking if he selects hometown UB, right?

While it would be a major upset if the Bulls land Kelly, a source said UB has a chance and is one of the seven schools he's considering. Kelly will announce his college pick at a press conference Thursday at 3 p.m.

“UB offers a unique scenario for Chad because it’s close to home and he’s really close with his family,’’ a source said. “”They run a wide open offense so UB poses some aspects to really think about.’’

---Rodney McKissic

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Source: Stewart resignation at WVU 'imminent'

---The resignation of West Virginia football coach Bill Stewart is "imminent," a university source told ESPN.com's Ivan Maisel on Friday.

Earlier Friday, ESPN's Joe Schad reported that WVU leaders were pondering whether terminating the coach-in-waiting scenario it created this year with offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen would be in the best interests of the program. Holgorsen is scheduled to succeed Stewart after the coming season.

---Rodney McKissic

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Kelly ranked in ESPNU's Top 150

---St. Joe's quarterback Chad Kelly, who is being recruited heavily by UB, ranks 80th on ESPNU's Top 150 rankings. Kelly, the nephew of Bills Hall of Famer Jim Kelly, is the No. 5 ranked QB on the list.

Kelly is also being recruited by Syracuse Clemson, Alabama, Florida State and Michigan State among others. Kelly and Rochester offensive tackle Jarron Jones are the only New Yorkers mentioned. Jones has already verballed to Penn State.

---Rodney McKissic

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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

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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

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Teachable moment for coaches

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---Big 4 coaches, like Canisius' Tom Parrotta, view the Ohio State scandal as a time to educate student-athletes about off the field issues.

---These assistant coaches will be head coaches soon.

---Doug Flutie a head football coach?

---Is Thursday night the right night for Syracuse's opener?

---Army to the Big East?

---Rodney McKissic

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Calhoun says Big East will split

Acalhoun ---Here's what UConn coach Jim Calhoun says about a potential split in the Big East:

“My own personal opinion – and I won't probably see this – in the next couple of years, four or five years down the road, I think you'll see a separation [of the football and non-football membership]. I think it's inevitable.”

The Big East currently has 16 members, including eight football members. Next season with the addition of TCU, that number inflates to 17 all-sport members and nine football members.

That number could increase even more in the next couple of years with the league looking to expand its football membership by as many as three teams, which conceivably could result in a 20-member conference, including 12 football members. This has been rumored for the better part of the last decade and picked up steam the last time the league expanded in 2005.

- A look back at the 2010-11 season for Canisius.

---Rodney McKissic

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Last shot for Fab Five

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---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

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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

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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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