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Out this week is Sports Illustrated's annual season preview. It's also available on-line including the ranking of every team in the nation, which like nearly every other preseason publication, doesn't rank the Bulls high overall. SI has the Bulls at No. 96 overall ahead of Northern Illinois, Temple, Ohio, Eastern Michigan and Akron. SI picks the Bulls to go 4-4 in MAC E…

Toledo better hope that the point-shaving scandal involving Sammy Villegas doesn't mushroom into something bigger that could potentially rock the foundation of the entire athletic department. Villegas was charged by federal authorities in Detroit on Tuesday with accepting bribes for point shaving in a 2006 game. The felony charge against Villegas, the 2003 MAC Freshman of …

ESPN lists Kent State's Eugene Jarvis among college football's 10 best secrets. Jarvis has been getting a lot of pub lately and I received a few e-mails from UB fans wondering if he deserves the hype over Bulls tailback James Starks. Lost during last season's finale at Kent State - which included the Turner Gill to Nebraska saga and the Bulls winning a share of the MAC Ea…

UB coach Turner Gill announced Sunday that junior defensive end Orlando Toussaint has been suspended for the remainder of the season because of academics. Gill said Toussaint is still enrolled in school and will have a chance to return to the team in 2009 provided his academics improve. Toussaint, who is from Brooklyn, played well in the spring and was expected to challen…

Junior tailback James Starks suffered a small fracture in his right hand during off-season workouts in July but should be ready for the Bulls' season opener against UTEP on Aug. 28. The Niagara Falls High product practice on Saturday, the opening day of training camp at UB, with a cast covering his right hand but competed in all drills. Starks has to wear the cast for the…

The USA Today coaches poll was released today and Georgia is the preseason No. 1 followed by USC, Ohio State, Oklahoma and Florida. It's interesting that Georgia is tops nationally, but was picked second in the SEC East behind Florida. Missouri, UB's opponent on Sept. 20 is No. 7, while Pitt, who plays the Bulls on Sept. 6, was among others receiving votes. Surprisingly, …

Count Hall of Famer Jim Kelly as a UB fan. The former Buffalo Bills QB started getting excited about the Bulls' prospects during his annual football camp. "I asked, 'How many guys are Notre Dame fans?' We had about 250 kids in the room and half of them raised their hands,'' said Kelly, who was the keynote speaker at UB's annual luncheon on Friday. "I said 'How m…

Here's yet another coaches hot seat listing that includes Syracuse coach Greg Robinson, this one courtesy of Phil Steele. Things are not looking good for the Cuse as they were picked to finish in last place in the Big East and it looks like they will be without Mike Williams, their best offensive player, for the entire season.  Still, they could get off to a quick sta…

As the title indicates ... ---The UB Bulls are taking their new-found success in stride. ---Like UB, having any kind of expectations are new for Temple, writes the Philadelphia Daily News.  ---The Akron Beacon Journal writes that predictions of Akron's last place finish only inspire the Zips. ---In the Toledo Blade, Ball State coach Brady Hoke thinks Toledo can p…

Multiple media outlets are reporting that the player to be named later in the Ron Artest to Houston Rockets deal is former Syracuse small forward Donte Greene. If that's the case, it would be Greene's third team since leaving SU after his freshman year. He was drafted by Memphis and traded to Houston on draft night. ---Rodney McKissic

DETROIT - Caught up with Bowling Green coach Gregg Brandon at MAC Media Day and he is pleased with the work of Jim Hofher, the former UB coach, who was hired as the Falcons quarterbacks coach during the off-season. "It's been awesome, not only for me having another head coach on the staff, but having him as our quarterbacks coach,'' Brandon said. "He's a great t…

DETROIT - Nothing really earth-shattering from the Bulls contingent at media day at Ford Field which included coach Turner Gill, quarterback Drew Willy and defensive tackle Ronald Hilaire. Sophomore linebacker Fred Branch is out for the season after undergoing back surgery, which cuts into the depth at that position. Branch started three games last season as a true freshm…

The official MAC Media poll is out, and UB is third in the East Division while Bowling Green is picked to win the division. Central Michigan is picked to win the West and take the MAC Championship Game. Here's the poll EAST DIVISION (7-6-5-4-3-2-1)1. Bowling Green            2062. Miami         &nb…

Doug Worthington's starting spot at Ohio State could be in question after the former high school All-America defensive lineman at St. Francis was arrested Saturday and charged with driving under the influence. Worthington, 20, was pulled over at 3:13 a.m. Saturday for driving 41 in a 25-mph zone next to Ohio Stadium in Columbus. He faces a first-degree misdemeanor DUI ch…

The Mid-American Conference media poll will be out on Tuesday, so time for me to unveil mine - as well as provide a space for you to present yours, as well. So go ahead and give me yours below and I'll tally them up and provide a consensus. As for my poll, faithfully submitted to the MAC recently, here it is: East Division1. Miami2. Bowling Green3. UB4. Ohio5. Kent State…