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A mock draft Bills fans will love

Barkley ---During our NFL Draft chat last week, Bills fans were begging for the team to select a quarterback and tight end. offers a 2012 mock draft that has the Bills taking both, including USC quarterback Matt Barkley.'s list of the top football/basketball programs during the BCS era.

---Here's a list of all the bowl games for the 2011-12 season.

---Rodney McKissic


Feds: Why no playoff in college football?

---The Justice Department wants to know why the NCAA doesn't have a college football playoff system and says there are "serious questions" about whether the current format to determine a national champion complies with antitrust laws. In a letter this week, the department's antitrust chief, Christine Varney, asked NCAA president Mark Emmert why a playoff system isn't used in football, unlike in other sports; what steps the NCAA has taken to create one; and whether Emmert thinks there are aspects of the BCS system that don't serve the interest of fans, schools and players.

---Rodney McKissic


Gift wrapped for St. John's

ACHIUWA+NWORA ---Opportunity brought God's Gift Achiuwa, pictured left with his coach Alex Nwora from his home in Nigeria to ECC and that's what will take him next year to St. John's. Here's more stories about Gift from the New York Post and Daily News. Meanwhile, Washington is scrambling after losing out on Gift.

---Adam Zagoria expects Iona's Mike Glover to have a breakout year.

---Jonathan Givony, evaluates all of the early entrant decisions, while Andy Katz reacts to the new names released on the NBA draft list.

---Kevin Ware has decomitted from UCF.

---Gary Parrish believes that despite the addition of Colorado and Utah, the Pac 12 will remain the weakest power-six conference.

---John Rothstein provides a list of teams on the rise next season.

---Rodney McKissic


A look at MAC draft numbers


With the NFL Draft is approaching, put together a chart of draftees by conference dating back to 2000. Miami (Ohio) leads all teams in the Mid-American Conference with nine draft picks and the league had four first-round draft picks in the last decade, including Northern Illinois' Larry English, pictured above, in 2009.

UB had four draft picks since 2000 in Drew Haddad (2000), Trevor Scott (2008), Jamey Richard (2008) and Niagara Falls native James Starks (2010). CB Josh Thomas is expected to be drafted on the third day of this week’s draft. I re-arranged Rivals MAC chart to show in order of number of draftees:

Miami (Ohio)
Draft picks: 9
Last first rounder: Ben Roethlisberger, QB, 2004

Northern Illinois
Draft picks: 7
Last first rounder: Larry English, LB, 2009

Central Michigan
Draft picks: 7
Last first rounder: Joe Staley, OT, 2007

Draft picks: 6
Last first rounder: Dan Williams, DE, 1993

Draft picks: 6
Last first rounder: Paul Palmer, RB, 1987

Draft picks: 6
Last first rounder: None

Western Michigan
Draft picks: 5
Last first rounder: Jason Babin, LB, 2004

Ball State
Draft picks: 5
Last first rounder: None

Kent State
Draft picks: 5
Last first rounder: None

Eastern Michigan
Draft picks: 4
Last first rounder: L.J. Shelton, OT, 1999

Bowling Green
Draft picks: 4
Last first rounder: Bernie Casey, WR, 1961

Draft picks: 4
Last first rounder: Art Lewis, T, 1936

Draft picks: 4
Last first rounder: None

Also from that story, is the list of the most draft picks among all schools:

1. Ohio State 73
2. USC 69
3. Miami 67
4. Georgia 61
5. Tennessee 60
6t. Florida 59
6t. Florida State 59
8. LSU 55
9. Virginia Tech 52
10t. Michigan 49
10t. Oklahoma 49

The most first-rounders:

1. Miami 26
2. Ohio State 16
3. USC 15
4t. Florida State 14
4t. Texas 14
6t. Florida 12
6t. Oklahoma 12
6t. Tennessee 12
9. Georgia 11
10. Penn State 10

---Rodney McKissic


Fiesta officials meet with BCS

---The Fiesta Bowl made a strong case to stay in college football's prestigious Bowl Championship Series, hoping that promises to clean up self-disclosed financial mismanagement, potentially illegal conduct and lax board oversight will be enough to keep it in play.

---Gridiron 365 has UB at No. 113.

---A new NCAA restriction will force AAU tournaments to look for new tournament host sites.

---Rodney McKissic


Analyzing the 2011 schedules

---With spring practices coming to an end, breaks down the 2011 schedules across the country. UB is one of three MAC schools that hosts a BCS opponent (UConn) and one of 10 non-BCS schools with at least three BCS opponents on its schedule (Pitt, UConn and Tennessee).

---Rodney McKissic




A thing of beauty for UConn


---Jerry Sullivan writes that while UConn isn't a great team, it's a worthy champion.

---Butler's Matt Howard enjoyed quite a career.

---Butler could not buy a bucket last night and shot a record low 18 percent.

---Kemba Walker will be able to graduate after just three years at UConn. But that might not mean he's leaving for the NBA. Walker's halftime speech lifted the Huskies to the top.

---Will Jim Calhoun go out on top, or return to UConn and face his suspension?

---Nate Miles has apparently changed his mind about speaking to the NCAA.

---Here's 16 years worth of "One Shining Moments."

---Here's a preseason Top 25 list for 2011-12.

---Fairfield has hired Princeton's Sydney Johnson as its new coach, while Towson hired Pitt assistant Pat Skerry.

---Wichita State's Gregg Marshall has become one of the many coaches to turn down the North Carolina State job opening, including Cincinnati's Mic Cronin, who recieved an extension from the Bearcats to remain their head coach until the end of the 2016-17.

---Ohio State assistant coach Jeff Boals is the leading candidate for the Fresno State opening.

---Lon Kruger, the new coach at Oklahoma, does not believe his program needs to rebuild, and who will UNLV hire to replace him?

---North Carolina's Harrison Barnes and John Henson will decide on their futures in the next week or so.

---With a potential NBA lockout, many prospects are uncertain about their futures.

---Steve Kerr wants to see some changes with the First Four.

---Rodney McKissic


One defining moment

Webber ---Tonight's national championship game between Butler and UConn may produce a shot for the ages like Keith Smart's or a gaffe that can never be forgotten like Chris Webber's, pictured left.

---Jerry Sullivan writes UConn's Jim Calhoun is an underdog in his own way. On the heels of a successful season, should Calhoun consider retirement? Dan Bickley says Calhoun Calhoun is a complicated genus.

---Rick Bozich writes how the Butler Way is the right way for college basketball. Mike Wise writes that the Bulldogs are on the verge of turning myth into reality. David Woods says a Butler victory would cap the greatest basketball story ever told.

---Barry Tramel writes how paying Lon Kruger $2 million to coach Oklahoma, doesn't make much cents.

---For CBS, the three-man booth works.

---Rodney McKissic


Wanna keep your coach? Pay up

Smart ---As the wins mount, money follows. But where the formula grows complicated for the administrations at schools like VCU and Butler is when they attempt to fend off power-conference schools from poaching their rising stars like VCU's Shaka Smart, pictured right.

---Andy Katz gives his take on who could end up replacing Jim Calhoun at UConn.

---A league just for elite mid-majors?

---The NBA is looking into Jay-Z's venture into the Kentucky locker room after they made the Final Four.

---Buzz Williams got a new deal to stay at Marquette.

---Boston College's Reggie Jackson has declared for the NBA Draft.

---Jonathon Givony over at Draft Express takes you through everything you need to know about the early entry draft process.

---Oregon tied up Creighton in the CBI series final.

--- Santa Clara won the CIT.

---Rodney McKissic


Receivers look to rebound

---While quarterbacks Jerry Davis and Alex Zordich struggled in the passing game for UB, neither received many favors from from a receiving corp that suffered through lapses of concentration and dropped passes. Terrell Jackson, pictured above, wants to help change that.

---If anything is clear after watching HBO, it's this: The NCAA enforcement staff is not finished with Auburn. Coach Gene Chizik called the report pathetic and pure garbage.

---Jim Tressel's character is on trial.

---ESPN filed a federal lawsuit against Conference USA alleging the league failed to fulfill its contractual obligations when it signed a new contract with Fox Sports Media Group.

---The college football business has blossomed.

---Rodney McKissic


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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, 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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