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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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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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Accuracy counts for preseason annuals

---And Phil Steele is the most accurate. Or so he says.

---Here's a 2011 preview of Syracuse.

---UMass' Together We're One Tour begins in Boston.

---Tony Barnhart writes that coaches need to stop oversigning.

---Rodney McKissic

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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

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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

(www.twitter.com/rodneyjmckissic)

A look at MAC draft numbers

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With the NFL Draft is approaching, Rivals.com 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

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

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

Akron
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

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

UB
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

(www.twitter.com/rodneyjmckissic)

Analyzing the 2011 schedules

---With spring practices coming to an end, Rivals.com 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

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Receivers look to rebound

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---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

(www.twitter.com/rodneyjmckissic)

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

(www.twitter.com/rodneyjmckissic)

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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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