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St. Bonaventure to honor 1970 Final Four Team

  • Posted on January 11, 2010 at 2:37 pm

St. Bonaventure fans will get a chance to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the men’s basketball program’s Final Four appearance with the historic team that accomplished the feat on Saturday, Jan. 16.

The 1969-70 Final Four team that finished with a 25-3 overall record will be honored at halftime of the Brown and White’s A-10 contest against Saint Joseph’s. Gametime at the Reilly Center is slated for 7 p.m.

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Billboard up, but will it matter?

  • Posted on January 11, 2010 at 9:32 am

Buffalo fans wanting Bill Cowher were ready to pony up their own money to pay for a billboard, and now the message is up for everyone to see.  The billboard made its debut on the I-190 North early Monday morning.

But will it matter?

All indications are that Cowher will not be roaming the Bills sideline come autumn 2010.  Several NFL “insiders” including Adam Schefter of ESPN have claimed Cowher will not come to Buffalo.  Schefter took to his twitter publicly on Sunday afternoon and sent me a direct message personally claiming his arrival is anything but imminent.

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Four potential Bills coaching interviews to ponder

  • Posted on January 11, 2010 at 8:46 am

The search for the next head coach of the Buffalo Bills continues, and as the search enters its second full week, the interview process is expected to pick up steam. With Buffalo only having conducted two interviews to this point - one with Perry Fewell and one with Leslie Frazier - Buffalo needs to pick up the pace in the spirit of due diligence.

Peter King of Sports Illustrated reported that the Bills would try to conduct interviews with four or five more candidates this week. Here’s how it works: assistants working for the 24 teams that are not currently still playing football can be interviewed at any point. Names such as Sean McDermott, Mike Zimmer and Mike Nolan - all of whom have been mentioned by different reporters, by the way - fall into this category.

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Buffalo Sabres: The Weekly Plus/Minus

  • Posted on January 11, 2010 at 8:38 am

The Sabres played one of their best weeks in recent memory to start the New Year, winning four of five (and earning nine of ten available points), and earning the “w” in every possible way.  Buffalo showed resiliency in a three goal comeback against the Thrashers, defensive prowess when they shut out the Canadiens 1-0 at the Bell Center and explosive offense when the team scored the fastest opening three goals in Sabres’ history and prevailed 5-3.  Thursday against the Toronto Maple Leafs was the Ryan Miller show, as the best goaltender in the league made forty eight saves despite Toronto’s best effort to crash the crease.  Buffalo ended the week at home against the Avalanche, and again displayed their resilience, coming back from a two goal third period deficit, although they could not prevail in an eleven round shootout.

The biggest plus of the week without a doubt has to go to the varied ways in which the team managed to rack up points.  From comebacks to shutouts to blowouts, the Sabres were able to do it all; and extend their lead in the Northeast Division to ten points over the beleaguered Boston Bruins.  They don’t have the complete game of the 05/06 team yet, or the star power of the 06/07 President’s Trophy winning squad, but this current version of the Sabres is finally starting to shed its losing baggage and carve out a niche for itself as a team that just gets the job done.

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Schefter tells me directly Cowher won’t coach here

  • Posted on January 11, 2010 at 12:25 am

Unless the billboard slated to go up on the Buffalo thruway Monday morning magically changes his mind, Bill Cowher will not be the next head coach of the Buffalo Bills.

At least according to Adam Schefter.

After admittedly harassing him, I finally got to communicate individually to ESPN’s Adam Schefter this evening.

He told me to formally scratch Cowher off the list of candidates for the Buffalo Bills head coaching position.

I asked Schefter if he’s willing to put his reputation on the line and be publicly embarrassed should he be wrong.

“Sure am.  He won’t be there next season.” Schefter told me personally.

He said he doesn’t know if Cowher will coach in the NFL in 2010 or not, saying it would depend on the situation, but reasserted Cowher won’t be on the Buffalo sideline.

Of course, Schefter publicly tweeted today that the Bills wouldn’t land Cowher.

Anyone who reads Buffalo Sports Daily knows this isn’t fun to report, as I personally provided the vehicle to put up the Cowher billboard.

It will remain up until either Cowher, one of his representatives or the Buffalo Bills organization confirm.

Fortunately, money is also going to charity. Over $500 has been raised for Hunter’s Hope, and that drive will stay open until Valentine’s Day.

I also spoke to a source Saturday, who told me all his Cowher sources tell him “no way” about his prospects of coming to the Bills.