Tim Graham - The Buffalo News

Share this article

print logo

Tim Graham

Tim Graham has covered the NFL since 2007 for The Buffalo News, ESPN and the Palm Beach Post. He was the Sabres beat reporter for seven years and served two terms as Boxing Writers Association of America president.


As Jon Kleidon grew up in suburban Chicago, he couldn't stand the Detroit Pistons. He hated Bill Laimbeer, Dennis Rodman and Rick Mahorn for beating up his Bulls.But if those three would ever catch a University at Buffalo basketball game, they'd love watching Kleidon.UB's senior co-captain is cut from their blue-collar cloth, and he now takes pride in that. Making it easie…

Ed Argast's first impression was of Dick Vermeil.After hearing his new employers laud his arrival at Wednesday's coming-out press conference, Argast stepped to the podium for his first appearance as Canisius' new head football coach. He already was on the verge of tears."I get a little emotional, so I might cry," Argast said, his voice cracking. "It's like on Christmas mor…

Canisius was to name Colgate assistant Ed Argast the 12th head coach in 54 years of Golden Griffins football this afternoon at a press conference.Argast replaces Chuck Williams, who went 16-34 in five seasons at the helm. Williams resigned after going 1-10 last year.The past seven of Argast's 12 seasons at Colgate were as defensive line coach. He also was the Red Riders' r…

Bounce. Bounce. Bounce.Swish.Bounce. Bounce. Bounce.Swish.Those sounds were courtesy of Clive Bentick, who nailed clutch foul shot after clutch foul shot Tuesday night to help Canisius beat Niagara, 85-82, in overtime at the Koessler Center.The junior point guard made two free throws with 1.2 seconds left in regulation. He was perfect in six attempts inside the final 1:33 …

The University at Buffalo men's basketball team finally found a source of pride when it went on a home winning streak.The three-game run came just in time for the Bulls to go on the road for four straight.After losing all four, the Bulls finally return to Alumni Arena tonight at 7:30 -- just in time to welcome Kent, the Mid-American Conference's best and most relentless te…

One team has developed a reputation for squandering big leads. The other has been known to erase monster deficits but fall short in the end.Guess what happened when they met Wednesday night.Canisius climbed back from 20 points down early in the first half and trailed by four with 2:33 left to play before losing to Xavier, 87-78, in front of an announced 2,331 fans at Marin…

Skip Prosser would rather his team not play this game.The Xavier coach has watched his Musketeers stagger down the homestretch, and traveling to Buffalo in February to play a non-conference game is nowhere on his to-do list.But Xavier will have to play Canisius tonight at 7 in Marine Midland Arena.It's a matchup between two struggling programs, both trying to straighten up…

How significant will the 2000 football season be for University at Buffalo head coach Craig Cirbus?Significant enough that he could lose his job if the Bulls don't produce.Athletic Director Bob Arkeilpane won't come out and say this will be a do-or-die season for Cirbus, but he gave a strong impression the standards will be much higher.UB went 0-11 in its first Division I-…

When Rock Eisenberg reaches out to greet someone, his hands slip and shuffle with the agility of a three-card monte dealer.Friends, strangers, it doesn't matter. Every aspect of Eisenberg's flashy interaction is about having a good time. The University at Buffalo assistant men's basketball coach is an out-and-out extrovert.He was the one wearing the basketball head after R…

Craig Cirbus knew what he wanted to recruit, but the University at Buffalo football coach has trouble explaining exactly what that was.Truth is, no coach in the country can say with certainty what makes up the type of player Cirbus was searching for. But they likely were looking for the same thing, too.Speed, agility, strength, power. All of that can be measured and evalua…

A whistle stopped play late in the second period, and Chris Gratton skated behind the Sabres' goal in disbelief.And then he smashed his stick on the crossbar.It wasn't the first time Martin Biron had aggravated an opponent this season."I heard the crack," Biron said. "And then I looked to my right and saw the blade."Anytime you can frustrate somebody, it's a good sign."Buf…

It was beyond the point of frustration.University at Buffalo basketball coach Reggie Witherspoon was well aware his team's collective state of mind had reached the danger zone.But UB showed a champion's heart Monday night with a thrilling 84-83 victory over first-place Akron in front of 914 fans at Alumni Arena.Mike McKie won the game with 6.1 seconds remaining after Louis…

Cheryl Dozier often bangs the press row ad boards with her fist to get her team's attention.But the University at Buffalo women's basketball coach might as well be whipping a war horse as she rides the Bulls for everything they're worth.With only six scholarship players and nine overall in uniform Thursday night, UB gutted out a 66-61 overtime victory over Eastern Michigan…

Even the most ardent University at Buffalo football supporter might have a difficult time seeing the glass as half-full.A third full, maybe.But as Craig Cirbus' staff heads down the recruiting homestretch, the sixth-year Bulls coach thinks the water pitcher finally could be on the table.Cirbus insists a full season of Division I-A play -- even though his team was one of on…