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With so many returning starters at the University at Buffalo, there are only a few spots where true freshmen can potentially make an impact, but three days into the preseason camp a few could find their way onto the depth chart.On defense, defensive back Houston Glass from Kentwood, Mich., and linebackers Solomon Jackson from Stone Mountain, Ga., and Brandon Crawford from …

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Lou Tepper’s coaching career spans nearly half a century, but last season, his first as defensive coordinator at the University at Buffalo, may have been his most challenging. Implementing his scheme — which is at first glance simplistic yet complex to teach — was not an easy proposition. “I probably worked more hours last year than any year in my 46 years prior to that,” …

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As training camp approached, UB head coach Jeff Quinn was chided about the embarrassment of riches he has at running back this year. It all begins with senior Branden Oliver, who as a sophomore set the school single-season yardage record. It continues with Devin Campbell, who had an impact as a true freshman, with James Potts, a speedster, and with Brandon Murie, who made …

O Little Town? Actually, Bethlehem, Pa., isn’t all that little. It totals about 70,000 residents and from that mix it turns out more than its share of Division I football players. Two of them – sophomore defensive back/linebacker Okezie Alozie and true freshman receiver Boise Ross – are expected to be contributors this year at UB.This is new territory for Okezie and Ross. …

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If he played in the SEC or one of the other major conferences the temptation might have been too much for Khalil Mack to resist. Excelling against that kind of competition would have elevated his status for last April’s NFL Draft. He might have been projected as no worse than a second-round pick instead of someone likely to go by the end of the fourth. But validation’s har…

UB head coach Jeff Quinn never has been shy about commiting scholarships to specialists. Show him a kicker or a punter he can rely upon for three or four years and he’ll tender an offer. The same goes for long snappers, a vital cog in the kicking games. Quinn made just such a move this offseason, bringing in a freshman long snapper he sees giving the team four years of pro…

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Twenty years ago, Bobby Hurley sat on top of the basketball world, UB resided with the dregs and any thought the two might someday meet qualified as absurd.Hurley oozed discipline, grit and success. A slight 6-foot point guard self-driven to extremes, he guided Duke to two national titles and set the NCAA career record for assists, accomplishments that helped convince Sacr…

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A year ago at this time, University at Buffalo football talked a good game. Coaches and players went on about competing for the Mid-American Conference championship and becoming bowl-eligible. They gushed about the program again being primed to turn the corner. Truth is, there were too many holes to fill, too many uncertainties, to construe last year’s enthusiasm as anythi…

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Reggie Witherspoon’s move into an administrative position at Erie Community College remains on hold and could be in jeopardy pending resolution of a contract dispute between the former basketball coach and the University at Buffalo.Sources say that ECC president Jack Quinn had hoped to name Witherspoon to the position of special assistant in charge of athletics by Aug. 1. …

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Joe Licata was looking for the proper frame of mind going into the football season, so earlier this week he spent a few days connecting with two of his deepest passions: history and football. New England is rich with both, so the UB quarterback made the seven-hour drive to Boston with his father and cousin.Licata visited the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum,…

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The worst kept secret in Buffalo sports officially went public Tuesday morning.Canisius College and the Buffalo Sabres announced a partnership that will have the Golden Griffins hockey team playing in downtown HarborCenter starting with the 2014-15 season.Canisius becomes the first tenant of the multipurpose hockey and entertainment complex currently under construction acr…

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The worst-kept secret in Buffalo sports officially went public this morning.Canisius College and the Buffalo Sabres announced a partnership that will have the Golden Griffins hockey team playing in downtown HarborCenter for the 2014-15 season.Canisius becomes the first tenant of the multipurpose hockey and entertainment complex currently under construction across the stre…

Canisius College and the Buffalo Sabres will formally announce a partnership today that will have the Golden Griffins hockey team playing in the downtown HarborCenter facility.The Griffs will call HarborCenter its home rink beginning in the 2014-15 season. The hockey complex, which will have two NHL-sized rinks outside of First Niagara Center, is scheduled to be completed …

CHICAGO — Penn State senior linebacker Glenn Carson expected nothing short of a informative and motivational speech.His teammate, John Urschel, was giving the keynote address on behalf of the players at the Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon later that day. Urschel, a 2009 Canisius High graduate, doesn’t shy away from breaking the mold of the typical offensive lineman.In his fifth s…