BREAKING NEWS: @MACSports is happy to announce the addition of Missouri, Northern Iowa and Old Dominion to the #MACWrestling family.
BUFFALO, NY – University at Buffalo defensive end Colby Way was named the Mid-American Conference East Division Defensive Player of the Week on Monday after a standout performance against Georgia on Saturday.
The junior defensive end had six tackles (four solo) and a pair of solo sacks against the sixth-ranked Bulldogs. He had a key sack late in the first half that enabled the Bulls to get the ball back and drive down for a field goal in the final seconds to cut Georgia's lead to 24-16 at the half.
The two sacks were a career high for Way who had three all of last season.
Buffalo will host Morgan State in its home opener on Saturday at 6:00 pm at UB Stadium.
Capping off a career that saw him leave his name all over the Buffalo baseball record books, junior catcher Tom Murphy was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the third round of the 2012 Major League Baseball first-year player draft, 105 overall. He is the highest of the three players taken in the draft since the program's reinstatement, and in the program's history, he was the earliest drafted player since Peter Grimm went 56 overall in 1983.
The University at Buffalo Division of Athletics announced today that Linda Hill-MacDonald will not return as women's basketball coach after seven seasons leading the Bulls.
Former UB football player Jamey Richard signs with the Patriots. Will join former teammate Trevor Scott.
Kanzler added a sacrifice fly in the sixth that brought home Andy Smietana, and the Bulls tacked on three runs in the ninth which proved to be crucial in the home half of the final inning. Scahill drew a 3-2 walk and was moved over by a single by Murphy. Baldock brought them both in on a double off the wall in left field, and Scarcello then hit a soft line drive to center field that would score Baldock and give the Bulls a 10-2 lead.
Western Michigan would certainly not go quietly in the ninth though, piecing together seven hits and six runs to make the Bulls sweat it out. Despite being up on the count to many of the WMU batters, the UB pitchers could not get that final call and allowed four two-out runs before Dan Ginader secured the win. The sophomore, who will now get the start tonight against Kent State, retired the only batter he faced for his first career save.
BUFFALO, NY – University at Buffalo forward Mitchell Watt has been selected to play in the Reese’s College All-Star Game. The game features 20 of the finest senior college basketball players from Division I playing on the NCAA Final Four floor at the Louisiana Superdome on March 30.
"It is a tremendous honor for Mitch, for his teammates, for our program and for our conference to have a player get the level of recognition that comes along with playing in this game," head coach Reggie Witherspoon said. "I think it’s a tremendous opportunity for Mitchell to expose his talents and skills on a big stage in front of college basketball fans and NBA types who are sure to be there."
Watt, who was named the 2012 Mid-American Conference Player of the Year, averaged 16.3 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2.2 blocked shots per game – all career highs. He ranked in the top four in the conference in five different categories, including scoring (3rd), rebounding (4th), field goal percentage (3rd), blocked shots (2nd) and defensive rebounds (3rd).
The Goodyear, AZ native finished his UB career ranked 15th in school history in scoring (1,061 points), seventh in rebounding (565) and second in blocked shots (196).
Watt is the first UB player invited to play in the game.
BUFFALO, NY – University at Buffalo senior forward Mitchell Watt was named an honorable mention All-America by the Associated Press on Monday. He joins Turner Battle as only the second player in Buffalo’s Division I era to earn the honor.
Watt had a breakout season en route to being named the Mid-American Conference Player of the Year. The Goodyear, AZ native averaged 16.3 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2.2 blocked shots per game – all career highs. He ranked in the top four in the conference in five different categories, including scoring (3rd), rebounding (4th), field goal percentage (3rd), blocked shots (2nd) and defensive rebounds (3rd).
Watt was the only player from the MAC to be named an All-American.
Battle was also an All-America honorable mention selection in 2005.
The acquisition of defensive end/outside linebacker Trevor Scott adds depth to the Patriots’ pass rush, and gives them some insurance should they lose either Mark Anderson or Andre Carter in free agency. A 6-foot-5, 255-pound defensive end/outside linebacker who was taken in the sixth round of the 2008 draft out of Buffalo, his best season came in 2009 when he had 43 tackles (38 solo) and seven sacks for the Raiders. In all, the converted tight end has 13.5 sacks in four seasons with Oakland.
MAC ANNOUNCES AGREEMENT FOR TEMPLE TO WITHDRAW FROM CONFERENCE
For Immediate Release—Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Cleveland, Ohio – The Mid-American Conference (MAC) announced today in conjunction with Temple University that the two parties have reached an agreement for Temple to leave the Conference immediately. Temple spent five seasons (2007-11) with the Conference.
Statement from MAC Commissioner, Dr. Jon A. Steinbrecher regarding Temple:
"Temple University requested to be released from its obligation, as a football-only member of providing two season’s prior notice before departing the Mid-American Conference. As a result the Conference and its member institutions engaged in a dialogue with Temple regarding an appropriate resolution. We have come to an agreement that is fair to the parties involved."
"As a result, the Mid-American Conference has adjusted its football divisional alignment. Bowling Green State University will compete in the East Division that will consist of seven member institutions. The West Division will have six members. The eight-game Conference schedule should be released within several weeks."
-The negotiated exit fee for Temple to leave the Mid-American Conference is $6 million.
-2012 MAC Football Divisional Alignment
East Division: Akron, Bowling Green, Buffalo, Kent State, UMass, Miami, Ohio
West Division: Ball State, Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Northern Illinois, Toledo, Western Michigan.
-Since 2007, the MAC has operated under a 13-member football membership model.