Get ready to roll
The Greater Buffalo USBC Association's 49th annual George A. Obenauer Masters Tournament will get under way tonight at Transit Lanes with the first of two nights of qualifying.
The first qualifying shift will begin at 6:30 p.m. Former Obenauer champions Dan Patterson and John Meczynski are among the 60 bowlers in the early squad.
Another 63 bowlers will bowl in the second squad, including former champions and PBA Tour pros Brad Angelo and Joe Ciccone on lanes 33-34 and Jack Jurek on lanes 19 and 20.
Ryan Ciminelli won the 2011 Masters, his second straight title, but is not entered this season.
Qualifying will continue Wednesday at Transit. The top 32 will begin double-elimination match play Thursday. The finals will be Sunday, starting around 3 p.m.
Obenauer lane assignments and pairings are on Page D7.
FSU ponders next move
The president of Florida State University says moving the athletic program from the Atlantic Coast Conference to the Big 12 has several drawbacks to be considered.
FSU president Eric Barron sent an email to those who have asked him about the possibility of the Seminoles switching conferences. The email was obtained by several other news organizations.
He writes that negotiations between the school and the conference are not taking place. While he lays out both possible pros and cons for a move, he makes a strong case for staying in the ACC, where the Seminoles have competed since 1992.
Meanwhile, Colonial Athletic Association Commissioner Tom Yeager says he has not been contacted by Virginia Commonwealth University with any news that the Rams are leaving the conference.
CBSSports.com cited "industry sources" and reported Monday that VCU is joining the Atlantic 10 in 2013.
Coach K thinks ahead
Mike Krzyzewski says he thinks the London Olympics will be his last coaching the United States.
The Duke coach was brought in before the 2008 Games to revive a struggling Olympic team, which had finished a disappointing third in Athens. Krzyzewski and USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo established a player pool to help give the program structure, and the result has been a return to the top of the international game. The Americans won the gold medal in Beijing behind Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade and LeBron James. Two years later, they won the world title with a completely different roster.
Krzyzewski says coaching the U.S. team has been "the ultimate honor," and he'll continue to be involved with USA Basketball after stepping down. Colangelo, meanwhile, said Monday he would stick around after London to provide the continuity that's been so key to the Americans' resurgence.
From News Staff and wire service reports