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Gill seeks to boost Kansas

---After a rocky first season, former UB coach Turner Gill hopes to jump start Kansas, while new coach Darrell Hazell is trying to do the same at Kent State.

---Here's a 2011 preview on Central Michigan.

---Although coaches and administrators here expressed varying degrees of optimism on the future of college athletics, the consensus was that in order to change the sport’s polluted culture, the NCAA needs to adopt stiffer penalties for its cheaters.

---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


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


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


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




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


School's in for Bulls' secondary

Meeting room

---Pictured above is UB's newly remodeled meeting room complete with over 100 leather chairs, surround sound and projection screen. As for the Bulls on the field, rebuilding the secondary is a priority this spring, a process that will likely continue into training camp in August and may not be complete by the Sept. 3 season opener at Pittsburgh.

---More trouble brewing at Auburn as four former football players will say they received cash from boosters of the school in an HBO Real Sports episode to be aired tonight. A former Auburn player also alleges that there were "money handshakes" from unknown people during recruiting visits and that his official visit to Ohio State not only netted him about $1,000, but also included sex.

---The Fiesta Bowl will be asked to justify its inclusion in the BCS after organizers for the Arizona game fired president and CEO John Junker for "an apparent scheme" to reimburse employees for political contributions and "an apparent conspiracy" to cover it up. The Fiesta Bowl released a a scathing internal report Tuesday.

---Rodney McKissic


Virginia is for hoops

62218_ncaa_vcu_purdue_basketball ---At least for the next few days, Richmond is Hoopstown, U.S.A. Here's an in-depth look at VCU's run to the Swee16.

---UB's season came to an end in the quarterfinals of the CIT.

---According to Coach-K, Kyrie Irving will get a heavy dose of playing time against Arizona.

---The Final Four is still weeks away, but with Duke/North Carolina being a possible match-up, it's just too sexy to ignore.

---It looks like Mike Anderson will stay at Missouri and will receive a hefty contract extension.

---Which underdog team has the best chance to make it to Houston?

---Here's 16 storylines likely to pan out during the Sweet 16.

---Bruce Pearl's had a rough six months. The search for the next coach at Tennessee begin. A look back at Pearl's career.

---Matt Norlander provides power rankings for the 16 remaining tournament teams.

---Eamonn Brennan and Andy Katz debate ESPN's power rankings.

---The first weekend of March Madness received the highest TV ratings in the history of March Madness opening weekends.

---Rodney McKissic


The fun is just beginning

---Here are some winners and losers from the NCAA Tournament as we head into the Sweet 16.

---Score another one for the mid-majors.

---UB finds out how the other half lives.

---Syracuse' Kris Joseph will return for his senior season.

---VCU and Florida State found their identities at the perfect time.

---Vanderbilt has exited the NCAA tournament in the first round three years in a row. Likewise, the Georgetown senior class will graduate with just one tournament win.

---Are the Pittsburgh Panthers the Chicago Cubs of college basketball?

---Ray Mernagh believes fans need to stop worrying about officiating and just enjoy this time of year.

---The CAA is doing well on the court and in the bank accounts too.

---Mike DeCourcy provides four questions regarding the regionals.

---Mike Anderson will stay at Missouri and may even get a contract extension.

---Rick Barnes has been able to recruit talented players to Texas, but talent can only take a team so far in the NCAA tournament.

---Mark Price is interested in the job opening at Georgia Tech.

---The rosters are out for the 2011 Nike Hoops Summit, which includes Syracuse recruit Raheem Christmas.

---Rodney McKissic


Major meltdown


---Once Brandon Triche went down during Sunday's NCAA Tournament game against Marquette, Syracuse's chances of advancing to the Sweet 16 disintegrated.

---The Seattle Times Percy Allen wonders if Venoy Overton was really the best option to take the shot with 5.4 seconds left against North Carolina. The refs said they did the right thing by not reviewing Overton's shot.

---VCU isn't satisfied with just getting to the Sweet 16.

---Kyle Singler will need to get out of his shooting slump if Duke wants to win back-to-back national championships.

---If Fairfield's Ed Cooley becomes the next head coach at Providence, would Rakim Sanders follow?

---Billy Gillespie is back and is the new coach at Texas Tech.

---Ron Hunter, the coach at IUPUI will become the new coach at Georgia State.

---Does Larry Brown want to go back to school ?

---With Butler, VCU, Florida State and Richmond in the Sweet 16, teams like Alabama and Colorado must be pretty upset. Colorado is doing their best to prove the selection committee wrong.

---Despite an appearance in the second round of the NCAA tournament, the level of stress and pressure on UCLA coach Ben Howland remains heavy.

---Bruce Pearl fans rallied near the Thompson Bowling-Arena in support of the embattled coach.

---Four seniors from Ohio State graduated prior to the 32-point smackdown they gave George Mason. One proud father showed off his son's degree to the Buckeye fans at the Quicken Loans Arena and was given a standing ovation.

---Rodney McKissic


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Bob Dicesare

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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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