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With the addition of Gardner-Webb, Rhode Island and Stony Brook, UB's non-league football schedule the next three seasons looks like this with the games at UB Stadium in CAPS: 2009Sept. 5 - at Texas El-PasoSept. 12 – PITTSBURGHSept. 26 – at Central FloridaOct. 10 – GARDNER-WEBB 2010Sept. 2 – RHODE ISLANDSept. 11 – at BaylorSept. 18 – CENTRAL FLORIDASept. 25 – at Connect…

Former Niagara University forward Juan Mendez was named to the 12-man Canadian Senior men's basketball team on Sunday. Syracuse University guard Andy Rautins is also on the team which will be coached by his father, Leo, the former Orange All-American. Mendez and his teammates will play a series of exhibition games this week in Hamilton and Toronto in preparation for their…

It's late June and that means its time for the Heisman Trophy hype to begin. West Virginia is first with a promo web site for quarterback Pat White. ---Rodney McKissic

The Sporting News College Football ’08 edition is now in bookstores, and UB is picked fourth in the MAC East Division. Other than that, it’s a pretty optimistic forecast for the Bulls. UB is listed with a green “up’’ arrow, signifying teams that TSN thinks are getting better. UB is also listed in the ascending section which reads, “Third-year coach Turner Gill injected …

I guess it's never too early to look ahead, and ESPN's Chad Ford has already put together his top 100 list. Syracuse's Jonny Flynn and Paul Harris are listed in the top 50. Personally, I think UConn's Hasheem Thabeet will emerge as the top pick in 2009.---Rodney McKissic

Conclusion: The Bulls are big winners, simply because of Derrick Rose and Miami could be a playoff contender again with Michael Beasley, Shawn Marion and DWade in the lineup. Rose, Beasley and O.J Mayo will make immediate impacts on their teams. I always felt that Jason Thompson was a lottery pick and if he played in the Big East or ACC, he would have been selected higher.…

Looks like Ohio State assistant John Groce is taking over in Athens. Groce is credited for recruiting Greg Oden and Mike Conley, Jr., for the Buckeyes. ---Rodney McKissic

Look who's back in coaching, albeit in the minor leagues. Former St. Bonaventure coach Jan van Breda Kolff has resurfaced with the Nashville Broncs of the ABA. It's VBK's first coaching job since 2004 when he was an assistant with the Charlotte Hornets. Maybe the ABA will be kind and schedule Nashville on the road against the Buffalo Sharks in the Koessler Center. ---Ro…

Tonight, someone will make a costly draft mistake that will set their franchise back for five years, maybe longer. You know what they say about hindsight, and opinions for that matter, but here are 10 of the worst draft picks since 1998: 1. Nikoloz Tskitishvili - 5th overall by the Nuggets in 2002Passed on: Amare Stoudemire and Caron Butler 2. Darko Milicic - Taken 2nd…

1. Chicago: Derrick Rose, PG, Memphis2. Miami: Michael Beasley, PF, Kansas State3. Minnesota: O.J. Mayo, G, USC 4. Seattle: Russell Westbrook, PG, UCLA 5. Memphis: Kevin Love, PF, UCLA 6. New York: Danilo Gallinari, SF, Italy 7. Clippers: Eric Gordon, G, Indiana 8. Milwaukee: Joe Alexander, SF, West Virginia 9. Charlotte: Brook Lopez, C, Stanford 10. New Jersey: Jerryd Bay…

It looks like UB will close out Akron's Rubber Bowl - by far the worst football facility in the MAC - on Nov. 13 on ESPNU. The Zips move into their new home, InfoCision Stadium, for the 2009 season. Also, and this is a real shocker,the Zips basketball team will be outfitted next season in Nike and LeBron James “LJ23” Trademarks. Akron coach Keith Dambrot was James coach …

WIVB-TV Ch. 4 reported today that Mike Williams has returned to the Syracuse University football team, but a university spokesperson confirmed Sunday night that his status is unchanged. The spokesperson said, however, that Syracuse coach Greg Robinson is working with the Riverside product to get him enrolled at Onondaga Community College. That could pave the way for his e…

Carmelo Anthony is tired of hearing his name in trade rumors and has initiated a meeting with the Denver Nuggets to clarify the matter according to this report by ESPN's Chris Broussard. The former Syracuse All-American has been unable to lift the Nuggets out of the first round of the playoffs for five straight years. ---Rodney McKissic

Is Siena headed for a special season? Noted Syracuse basher and ESPN personality Doug Gottlieb seems to thinks so, including the Saints in his list of teams that shouldn't be overlooked next season. Siena should be one of the best teams to come through the MAAC in years and one of the top mid-major programs in the country. ---Rodney McKissic

Rumors about Paul Harris dropping out of Syracuse University because of academics are not true, Orange coach Jim Boeheim told me today. In fact, he couldn't be happier with the former Niagara Falls High All-American's development on and off the court. "Paul just had his best sememster academically since he's been here,'' the Hall of Fame coach said. "I think a …