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First, Dawn Staley left Temple. Now, mainstay Joe McKeown is out of George Washington as its women's basketball coach. McKeown took the head coaching job at Northwestern this week. He had been the preeminent coach in the Atlantic 10, with the Colonials for 19 seasons and taking the program to 15 NCAA tournaments while enjoying national rankings. And as Philly writer Mel…

UB's James Starks and Davonte Shannon were named to the first team, while Jeff Niedermier was named to the second team. Here's the complete list: FIRST TEAM ALL-MAC OFFENSEQB Dan LeFevour Central MichiganRB Eugene Jarvis Kent StateRB James Starks UBWR Dante Love Ball StateWR Bryan Anderson Central MichiganTE Darius Hill Ball StateOL Robert Brewster Ball StateOL Alex Deren…

Al Horford was a two-time national champion at Florida and a first-round pick of the Atlanta Hawks, who nearly knocked off the Boston Celtics in the first-round of this year's playoffs. Instead of spending the off-season relaxing and counting his millions Horford, who turned pro after his junior season, has returned to the University of Florida in hopes of earning his degr…

That was the question posed this week by CollegeOTR.com (or College On The Record). Some fans in Central New York may not be so amused. Also, here's a list of the site's best dressed college football programs: 10. UCLA9. Texas8. Alabama7. Florida6. Clemson5. Georgia4. Miami3. USC2. Florida State1. Michigan ---Rodney McKissic

Looking for a good tailback for your fantasy team? Brian McDonald from collegefootballfantasyinsider.com likes the University at Buffalo's James Starks as a sleeper. ---Rodney McKissic

Here's an interesting Q&A with Heisman Trophy winner Mike Rozier, Turner Gill's former teammate at Nebraska. ---Rodney McKissic

University at Buffalo quarterback Drew Willy has been named a candidate for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award. The award is presented annually to the nation's top senior collegiate quarterback by the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Educational Foundation, Inc. Going into his senior season, Willy is already tied for the UB career mark in completions (545) and needs 2,035 yards t…

Niagara hockey coach Dave Burkholder's run to the NCAA tournament this season earned him two more years at Monteagle Ridge. Burkholder received a two-year extension to his contract. With two years remaining on his current deal, that puts him at the helm of the Purple Eagles for four more years. Over his seven seasons as Niagara's head coach, Burkholder has a 128-107-22 o…

Summer time doesn't mean the end of college season. Items of interest for Big 4 fans: Canisius freshman pitcher Shane Davis has racked up five national baseball awards. He earned Louisville Slugger All-America and Freshman All-America honors and recently was named to the Ping! Baseball Freshman First Team and Ping! Baseball Third Team. Davis also was a Pro-Line Athletic …

John Maddock, Canisius College's Associate Athletics Director shot me an e-mail about a picture of former Griffs star Mike Smrek in this week's Sports Illustrated. It's in the article about the Lakers-Celtics rivalry and in a photo of Pat Riley there's Smrek, the former Laker, right behind him on the bench. Sorry, no link so you have to shell out some lute to buy the maga…

This link from CakeRocksTheParty.com gives one reason to like every single team in Division IA. Check out what the author has to say about UB and Syracuse. ---Rodney McKissic

Carmelo Anthony, who helped Syracuse University to the 2003 NCAA Championship, is scheduled to return to the Carrier Dome for an NBA preseason game between the Denver Nuggets and the Phoenix Suns at 7:30 p.m., on Oct. 17. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m., on Saturday. Here's the link to the press release from Syracuse. It should be noted that Anthony is involved in several …

The University at Buffalo's schedule, which includes non-league trips to Pitt and Missouri, is the 79th toughest in the nation according to Phil Steele, who released his rankings on his website today. Syracuse University, which opens its season with four of its first five games at the Carrier Dome, has the 11th toughest schedule. Washington comes in at No. 1 followed by Ar…

ESPN.com Chad Ford drops some knowledge on the first round of the upcoming NBA Draft. Underclassmen have until next Monday to withdraw from the draft. A couple of observations: --- Kansas State Michael Beasley stands 6-7 without his shoes and a little more than 6-8 with his shoes on, making him an undersized power forward. Some scouts insist Beasley will have to play smal…

The MAAC recently announced that the Times Union Center in Albany will host the 2009 tournament, not the Sovereign Bank Arena in Trenton. Turns out Sovereign Bank officials pulled out of the agreement for fear of losing money and a low turn out. Shout out to colleague Bud Bailey for providing his link from The Times in Jersey about the deal. ---Rodney McKissic