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Linda Hill-MacDonald reunited herself with one of her former players when she hired Cara Pearson to join her staff at the University at Buffalo. She replaces Evelyn Thompson, who left UB to take a similar position with Michigan State. Pearson played four years for Hill-MacDonald at Minnesota, graduating in 1995. She spent the last four years as an assistant coach at North…

It seems that landing yourself on the all-time scoring list at Canisius College is a good resume builder for a coaching career. Recently, former Golden Griffin Heather Fiore (1997) was named the varsity girls coach at Colonie High School just outside of Albany. Fiore ranks second all-time for the Griffs in scoring (1,949 points). Her appointment now means that four of t…

Abuses by prep schools have caused a stir in the NCAA men's basketball world, prompting the governing body to create new academic standards for collegiate eligibility. That means attending a year of prep school -- essentially a fifth-year of high school -- to get academics up to par is no longer an option for aspiring college players. One problem: Nobody seems to have expl…

Deposed Bowling Green coach Dan Dakich won't have to cry about the officiating at UB anymore because he's returning to his alma mater to serve as Kelvin Sampson's director of operations at Indiana. Dakich is best known nationally as the guy who held Michael Jordan to 13 points in the Hoosiers' 1984 NCAA Tournament victory over North Carolina. Around here, we'll never forg…

The regular season series between the women's basketball teams representing Tennessee and Connecticut has officially came to an end. Published reports state that while UConn signed an agreement to continue the series through the 2008-09 season, Tennessee declined to extend the deal. ESPN tried to intervene to keep the series going but couldn't get the parties to agree. O…

Cozy Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse in Philadelphia is easily one of my favorite road venues to visit in the Northeast, and the 3,200-seat campus home of Saint Joseph's University is about to get a huge face lift. The school is expanding it to around 5,000 seats and adding a full concourse as part of a $25 million campaign to improve its athletic facilities. When it's done, pr…

Here's the latest on the move of the three-point line, which is going to be made for the 2008-09 season so schools have time to revamp their floor markings: The NCAA rules committee has approved the change from 19 feet, 9 inches, to 20-9 for the men's game but will be keeping it at 19-9 for the women. What's left to be decided is if there will simply be separate lines on …

Rydell Brooks started 30 of 35 games as a freshman for a Niagara team that went to the NCAA Tournament but announced Tuesday he's leaving the school for "personal reasons." Normally, you'd be very concerned about losing a season-long starter but not in this case. I'm betting this is about nothing more than playing time. Brooks, who didn't show a lot of offensive …

It looks like Rob Lanier doesn't have anything to worry about anymore. His new job as an assistant coach at Florida appears safe because Billy Donovan is expected to officially do an about-face on the Orlando Magic this week. Like I said Friday, this was a money grab and Donovan was ruining his legacy. It will certainly be embarrassing to all involved if this goes down bu…

The party line is that Billy Donovan has always been intrigued by the NBA. My feeling is that the Florida coach was just intrigued by his bump in salary and perks. That's why he's getting introduced today as the new head man of the Orlando Magic. Other than Larry Brown, no one has been successful going from college to the pros. The NBA is littered with star college coache…

Now that Billy Donovan is reportedly headed to the Orlando Magic, what happens to newly hired Florida assistant coach Rob Lanier? The Buffalo native and former Bona guard left Virginia for Florida just last week to become Donovan's second assistant. But will Donovan take Lanier with him to Orlando, despite Lanier having zero NBA experience, or will he leave him in a lurch?…

I got an up-close look at the silky-smooth talent of Kansas guard Brandon Rush a couple months ago when the Jayhawks met Niagara in the NCAA Tournament in Chicago. The Naismith Award finalist, who declared for the NBA draft out of high school before enrolling at Kansas, pulled his name from the draft again this week but coach Bill Self may have to wait a few games to reap …

When we last saw Florida A&M coach Mike Gillespie, he was making an impassioned speech after his team lost the NCAA Tournament's opening-round game to Niagara in Dayton, Ohio. Gillespie was upset that his Rattlers were denied a "real" tournament experience and he was right. But Gillespie has a much bigger problem now. Check out this story, which details his …

Heard from new Florida assistant Rob Lanier late Thursday night and one of the nicest guys ever to come out of the Big 4 is ecstatic about his move to the Gators from Virginia, even though he admitted it was a tough decision because he's close to Virginia coach Dave Leitao and loved living in Charlottesville. Lanier was in transit between the two schools Wednesday so I did…

If you loved watching Greg Oden and Kevin Durant all season, Tuesday night's NBA draft lottery dealt a blow to fandom. Oden and Durant are going to be in Portland and Seattle (or Seattle and Portland) and you've got to figure the NBA suits in New York and the folks who run ABC/ESPN's television packages are pretty bummed the way the ping-pong balls bounced. Not to mention …