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With the abrupt resignation of Niagara women's basketball coach Bill Agronin athletics director Ed McLaughlin is in the spotlight with his first high profile hire on Monteagle Ridge. Long time associate head coach Christie McGee should be a solid candidate. A former player at Hilbert who spent four years as an assistant coach at the University at Buffalo, McGee has been a…

Mark Wade is the former UNLV guard who starred under Jerry Tarkanian and still holds the Final Four record for assists in a game with 18 against Indiana in 1987. In Olean, he's remembered as being an assistant coach under Jan van Breda Kolff in the dark days of 2003 -- and being star Marques Green's preferred choice as a head coach for the job that eventually went to Antho…

Talked to new St. Bonaventure coach Mark Schmidt today about the death of Wake Forest's Skip Prosser, his former boss at Xavier, for a story in Sunday's paper. Schmidt, who was in Orlando at a recruiting camp, was emotional when speaking about his longtime mentor. "In this business, he was my best friend, he was my mentor," Schmidt said. "Everything that I…

The Tim Donaghy scandal has clearly rocked the NBA and it should serve as a major warning to the NCAA as well. No event could be more prone to fixing than the NCAA Tournament, given all the money that's wagered on it every year. Seriously, do you know anyone who is NOT in a bracket pool? All the way through the Final Four, teams sit through anti-gambling lectures so you…

I like the trend that's developed of naming your court after a famous former player or coach -- and thankfully many schools are going that route rather than selling the name to a corporate sponsor. And with curiosity building in St. Bonaventure's program around new coach Mark Schmidt, who has done a good job of recruiting and hand-shaking so far, this is a terrific time to…

Niagara University and Houston Rockets icon Calvin Murphy is apparently interested in the opening at Texas Southern, according to several reports, including this one from the Associated Press in Houston. ---Rodney McKissic

St. Bonaventure is the first of the Big 4 schools to officially announce its nonleague schedule and the 14-game slate, its first under new coach Mark Schmidt, is an intriguing one. Here's the rundown of all the games and then we'll offer some comments. Nov. 9 at Boston University Nov. 12 vs. Binghamton Nov. 16-17-18 vs. Presbyterian, Loyola Marymount and New Mexico at …

Deposed Iona coach Jeff Ruland, who was keenly interested in the St. Bonaventure job that went to Mark Schmidt in April, is back in coaching as the head man of the Albuquerque Thunderbirds in the NBA Development League. Ruland endured a 2-28 circus last year at Iona and was sent packing despite a 139-135 record and three NCAA Tournament berths, including one secured over…

Defending Big East Tournament champion and Final Four participant Georgetown is one of three home-and-home opponents for Syracuse as the conference has announced its new schedule rotation for the 2007-08 season.  For the first time since Cincinnati, DePaul, Louisville and Marquette were added to form a 16-team league, each school will play an 18-game league slate by m…

Akron tied a school record with 26 wins last season but that wasn't good enough for either the NCAA or NIT committees so the Zips sat at home during March. They shouted about getting robbed but looking at their non-league schedule that included the likes of Tiffin, Binghamton, Winston-Salem State, St. Francis (Pa.) and Youngstown State, Akron didn't deserve a postseason be…

Amber Witt has left the Canisius women's basketball program and transfered to Akron. As a freshman with the Griffs, Witt started 12 games and played in 30. She averaged 2.2 points in 11.7 minutes a game but struggled at times with ball control. She will sit out the 2007-08 season per NCAA transfer rules and be eligible the following year. -- Amy Moritz

Funny I should follow Rodney's excellent post on loyalty at UB with this one. But you just never know what you'll stumble across when you start browsing through YouTube. Alanzo George is a 6-foot-8 New York City high school star who was planning on attending Manhattan College and thus giving Canisius and Niagara trouble in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. But Geor…

The hiring of Turner Battle was a mild surprise among the coaching ranks because of his lack of college experience. But hiring a former player is common in college basketball. Mike Hopkins played professionally overseas before Jim Boeheim gave him his first coaching job at Syracuse. Now he's in line to replace the Hall of Fame coach when he retires. Miles Simon broke in t…

With the official recruiting season open for business Friday, Canisius locked up its women's head basketball coach this week. Canisius and head coach Terry Zeh agreed to a contract extension which will keep him in charge of the Golden Griffins' program through the 2010-11 season. He is the third Big 4 coach to get an extension this offseason. Bill Agronin at Niagara and …

There will be a familiar visitor to the Koessler Center next season when former Clemson and Auburn coach Cliff Ellis comes to town as the new coach at Coastal Carolina. The Chanticleers will be playing Canisius in the return game from last year's BracketBusters contest in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Ellis replaces former North Carolina player Buzz Peterson, who left Coastal to wor…