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Coles adds Lickliter to staff at Miami (Ohio)

---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.

---Saint Peter's John Dunne received an extension from the school.

---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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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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RB coach Daniels leaves UB

---UB running backs coach Mike Daniels is leaving the program for family reasons, the school just announced. He just completed his first year under Jeff Quinn and came to UB staff from Cincinnati where he served as an assistant coach on the offensive staff. Daniels was a four-year letterman (2003-07) at Cincinnati as a wide receiver, running back and return man. He served as the team captain in 2007.

Last year, Daniels married Dr. Yelandra May-Daniels, the daughter of former Major League first basemen Lee May. May, along with Johnny Bench, played for the Buffalo Bisons in 1966 and '67 when the Bisons were a farm team for the Cincinnati Reds.

The Bulls' rushing offense, however, finished tied with Akron for 101st in the country at just 113.4 yards a game.

“Coach Daniels did a great job coaching our running backs,” UB coach Jeff Quinn said. “I’ve coached with him since 2007 when we were at Cincinnati. I am sorry to see him leave and I wish him and his family all the best."

---Rodney McKissic

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Martelli leaves Niagara for Delaware

---Phil Martelli, Jr., is ending a five-year with Joe Mihalich and Niagara, and is joining the staff at Delaware.

While at Niagara, Martelli was a part of the 2007 NCAA Tournament team and the 2009 NIT squad which won 26 games, the second most in school history. Martelli also mentored point guard Anthony Nelson, who leaves as the school's career leader in assists.

“It was a really tough decision,” Martelli said. “It was a lot of hours thinking, a lot of lists being put together, reasons to stay, reasons to come to Delaware. It was real hard because I’m leaving a great place, but more importantly, a great person in coach (Joe) Mihalich.”

---Rodney McKissic

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Williams set to retire

Williams

---In a stunning announcement, Gary Williams, who led the Maryland men’s basketball team back to national prominence and the 2002 national championship, is retiring after 22 seasons, the school announced Thursday. Williams, 66, will speak at a press conference with Maryland AD Kevin Anderson and school president Wallace D. Loh at 1 p.m. Friday.

Here are some the names mentioned as possible replacements.

---Rodney McKissic

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Hobbs fired at GW

---Karl Hobbs has been fired after 10 seasons as coach of the George Washington basketball team. The school hired new athletic director Patrick Nero last week. He told Hobbs, whose teams left school records in overall and conference wins, about the decision early Monday afternoon. The highlight of Hobbs' time at George Washington was a 27-3 record in the 2005-06 season, during which his team went 16-0 in the A-10 conference. The season remains the winningest in the school's history and earned Hobbs conference Coach of the Year honors.

---Rodney McKissic

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Lanier returns to Texas

Lanier ---Buffalo native Rob Lanier is leaving his position at Florida and returning to Texas where he was an assistant from 1999-01. Lanier replaces Rodney Terry, who left coach Rick Barnes’ staff last week to become the coach at Fresno State. Lanier left Texas to become the coach at Siena, where he spent four seasons before getting fired in 2005. Lanier was then an assistant at Virginia for two seasons before spending the next four at Florida.

---Rodney McKissic

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Kuwik named assistant at Dayton

---Lackawanna native Kevin Kuwik has been named an assistant coach at Dayton under new coach Arch Miller. Kuwik had been on Ohio State’s staff as video coordinator for the last two years and before that, he was the director of basketball operations for Butler and spent seven years as an assistant at Ohio University under Tim O’Shea. The Notre Dame grad has a military background, having done one tour of duty in Iraq as part of the Indiana National Guard.

---Rodney McKissic

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Lanier back to Texas?

---Now that Texas assistant Rodney Terry has taken the Fresno State job, Buffalo native Rob Lanier could be headed back to the Longhorns staff as an assistant.

The St. Bonaventure grad has been with Billy Donovan at Florida since 2007 and was at Texas from 1999-01. While with the Longhorns, Lanier signed point guard T.J. Ford, starting a pipeline of NBA caliber players to Texas that continues to this day.

---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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Rodney McKissic

Rodney McKissic

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.

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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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