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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

(www.twitter.com/rodneyjmckissic)

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

(www.twitter.com/rodneyjmckissic)

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

(www.twitter.com/rodneyjmckissic)

Life of a recruiter never ends

---SI's Bruce Schoenfeld provides a look at the life of college basketball recruiters.

---A look at Syracuse's potential dance-partners in next season's Big East/SEC Challenge.

---Dana O'Neil profiles piece former Villanova forward Will Sheridan, who openly admits that he is gay.

---In a surprising move, Xavier assistant Pat Kelsey is leaving the coaching profession because of personal issues.

---Coach-K made $4.7 mil during Duke's 2010 National Title run. Worth every penny.

---Rodney McKissic

(www.twitter.com/rodneyjmckissic)

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

(www.twitter.com/rodneyjmckissic)

The Sporting News predictions

---This year’s Sporting News College preview just arrived at my door – I received a free copy since I wrote the MAC preview – are here is the predicted order of finish for the league:

East
1. Temple
2. Miami (Ohio)
3. Ohio
4. Akron
5. UB
6. Bowling Green
7. Kent State

West
1. Northern Illinois
2. Toledo
3. Western Michigan
4. Central Michigan
5. Eastern Michigan
6. Ball State

In the Rating the MAC section, UB’s Steven Means is the best interview, while linebacker Khalil Mack is all-league. The recruiting roundup, written by TSN’s Brian McLaughlin, ranks the Bulls class 11th in the conference.

Big East

1. West Virginia
2. South Florida
3. Pitt
4. Cincinnati
5. Louisville
6. Syracuse
7. UConn
8. Rutgers

In rating the players, Syracuse DE Chandler Jones was named the player with the best instincts while the Orange’s recruiting class was rated seventh. Jones, OL Justin Pugh, and DB Phillip Thomas were all named All Big East.

Top 10
1. LSU
2. Oklahoma
3. Bama
4. Stanford
5. Oregon
6. Boise State
7. Florida State
8. Ohio State
9. Texas A&M
10. Nebraska

---Rodney McKissic

(www.twitter.com/rodneyjmckissic)

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

(www.twitter.com/rodneyjmckissic)

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)

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

(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)

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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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