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Jerry Boyes doesn't have to worry about what to do in his spare time. He doesn't have any.

When he's not at some staff meeting, he is neck high in paper work or answering telephone calls. After all that is finished, it's off to the football field for practice.

"There are days when I ask myself, 'What have I gotten myself into?' " joked Boyes, who has taken on the dual role of football coach and athletic director at Buffalo State. "It's hectic and time consuming, but it's also fun and exciting."

Boyes is well aware of the challenge wearing two hats presents. Instead of just football to worry about, he now oversees more than 300 student-athletes, coaches and support staff in 19 sports (eight for men, 11 for women).

But Boyes is determined to do for the athletic department what he's done for the school's highly successful football program.

"You're only as good as the people you surround yourself with," he said. "You look at my (football) staff, and I have a lot of good, experienced people. I think the same thing applies with an athletic director. I'm fortunate to have people around me who do a great job."

Even with a good staff, Boyes admits he has to learn how to be a better delegator.

"When I came here as football coach I did everything, so it's tough to release some things because you feel no one can do it better than you can," he said. "But you've got to have faith and trust in your people to do the job. Maybe they could do it better, if you just let them do it."

One thing Boyes won't change is his emphasis on academics. He used to be Buffalo State's assistant AD in charge of academics and has coached four academic All-Americans.

With the AD job comes the added responsibility of making evaluations on every facet of the athletic department. But Boyes doesn't plan any big changes right away.

"I'm sort of like a rookie at this, so it's going to take some time to get a handle on things," he said. "With this job, you have so much to deal with that you have to prioritize and be organized. All my focus has been on the football program. Now I have to get better acquainted with all the other teams."

"The ultimate service that we're here for . . . is enhancing the experience for our student-athletes."

MAAC football lacks parity

Fairfield, which visits Canisius Saturday, is the best football team in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. But the Stags won't be able to defend their title.

Fairfield is the third team in as many years to be ineligible for the league crown because of recruiting violations. The other rule-breakers were St. John's and Iona.

Griffs coach Chuck Williams has long been in favor of the MAAC establishing a universal policy with regard to admissions and financial aid policies. He doesn't think teams currently can compete on an even playing field.

"The conference is young and there are a lot of things that need to be smoothed out," Williams said. "But until they can solve the different mandates and be able to get everyone on the same page with respect to procedures, it sets up a three-tier conference. You'll have some people who will always be near the top, you'll have people always at the bottom and there will be others floundering in the middle.

"Of course, everybody's admission procedures and financial aid policies are different. But things have to be more uniform if we're ever going to have equal representation."

Misguided Leone second

When running cross country, it's probably a good idea to know where you're going. With a 50-meter lead, Pat Leone of Canisius figured he had victory in hand last Sunday at the Orange Classic in Syracuse.

That is until a course marshal -- who also happened to be an SU student -- sent him in the wrong direction. After returning to the course, Leone found himself between 20th and 30th place.

But to his credit, Leone worked himself back among the leaders and eventually finished second.

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