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Buffalo picks up big man Ikenna Smart

Bobby Hurley picked up his fourth commitment for next year in Ikenna Smart, a 6'10" center from Greensboro, North Carolina. Smart averages a double double, scoring thirteen points and grabbing thirteen rebounds per game. He didn't have many other offers but had interest from Drexel, Longwood and Presbyterian. Hurley's other commitments include top-100 point guard Lamontre Bearden, shooting guard Mory Diane and center Raheem Johnson. The Bulls will have one more scholarship to fill after the graduation of Jarod Oldham, Javon McCrea, Josh Freelove, Auraum Nuiriankh, and Corey Raley-Ross.

Allen Roberts Quits on Penn State, Surprising No One

In news that should surprise absolutely no one, former Miami RedHawk Allen Roberts has quit the Penn State basketball team following a decrease in playing time. (Recall, this is the same guy who talked about throwing all his Miami gear in the dumpster when he graduated, because he wasn't happy with his role in John Cooper's system.)

Khalil Mack Out To Prove NFL Draft Expert Mike Mayock Right

Khalil Mack is a fantastic player. The former Buffalo linebacker tore his way through Buffalo, MAC and NCAA career records this season, and is widely projected to be a Top 10, possibly even a Top 5 pick come May. In fact, one Draft expert believes Mack has the stuff to be the No. 1 overall pick. NFL Network Draft analyst Mike Mayock is a fan of Mack, and while we typically here plenty of stories about how players are out to "prove them haterz wrong" this time of year, Mack it seems is on a different sort of mission; a mission to prove Mayock right. (h/t USA Today, as in, give the article a read.)

Dri Archer Nearly Breaks NFL Combine Record for 40-Yard Dash

Dri Archer came into the 2014 NFL Combine with a goal of breaking Chris Johnson's record time in the 40-yard dash. The time to beat was 4.24 seconds, and Archer almost made good on his goal.

In his first run, he clocked an unofficial time of 4.29 seconds. His second run was even better (4.28 seconds). When the official numbers were announced, his best time was revised to 4.26.

That's right -- Dri Archer was just two one-hundredths of a second slower than Chris Johnson.

The video speaks for itself (and includes both of his runs), but there are two more you need to see.

First, NFL Network compared Archer's run against that of Marquise Goodwin, last year's champ in the 40. To do this, they "simulcast" the two runs, one on top of the other.

Second, NFL Network released a video about Archer's overall performance, with some views of him in the other drills.

You certainly can't say that they're not going him (and the MAC) his due publicity.

As for Chris Johnson, he tweeted about Archer...

Can't lie archer had the boi nervous

— Chris Johnson (@ChrisJohnson28) February 23, 2014

Bowling Green To Play Outdoor Game In Toledo

Welcome to the outdoor party BG! After Miami played at Soldier Field last season, and Western Michigan played in the Great Lakes Invitational at Comerica Park this year, Bowling Green will play an outdoor game against Robert Morris next January. As the article from USCHO states, this will be part of the Toledo Walleye's Winterfest, so they aren't the headline like Miami was, but they'll still be part of one of the growing trends in all of hockey.

Bowling Green State Is Open Today and Students Are Furious

America is in the midst of yet another Snowpacalypse, with frigid temperatures and mounds of that frosty white stuff piling up around the nation, especially the mid-west.

Due to the weather, many college campuses have closed over the next few days, but not mighty bowling Green State University. No, those orange and brown Falcons aren't scared of a little cold weather, so they've left their campus open.

In a status update on the school's official Facebook page, BGSU the university told students that the main campus, in bowling Green, Ohio, is open today. This is despite current highs of just 14 degrees and a wind chill anywhere form -minus 10 to minus 15 degrees today throughout the day.

Understandably, those righteous, safety conscious-college kids are upset about having to trek through the wind and snow to go to class.They've taken to Facebook to vent their frustrations.

The typical "this isn't safe", "the school doesn't care about our safety", "corruption!" complaints are aplenty, but there are a few of the more interesting kind. Here are just some of our favorites:

"My best husky had to be taken to the vet this morning after getting mild frostbite on his paw. How am I expected to get to my next class without my lead dog? My dog sled team is operating at 75% efficiency, I'm concerned for their safety."

"I wanna thank BG for being dumb enough to post this status. The comments, most of which are valid and extremely entertaining (we should be closed), are keeping me quite entertained as I sit in a nearly empty lecture hall."

"Not all of us can jazzercise to class to keep warm. "

"Are the bars open today?"

"TWERKTEAM2014 #DREAM #BELIEVE"

" I'm calling Burt Macklin, this university is under FBI investigation!"

"Does this mean no punch and pie?"

Yes, where is the punch and pie, Bowling Green?

Could Some Ohio Assistants Be Heading To Vanderbilt?

Vanderbilt announced Friday the hiring of Stanford defensive coordinator Derek Mason as its new head football coach, replacing James Franklin who left for Penn State.

Before taking over the Cardinal defense in 2011, Mason spent two seasons in Athens, Ohio as a member of Frank Solich's early Ohio staff, where he worked with several members of Solich's current staff.

It appears, via this tweet sent by Ohio quarterback Tyler Tettleton that Gerry Gdowski, Ohio's current QB coach and assistant OC, Kevin Lightner, Ohio's current offensive line coach, and Jason Grooms, Ohio director of football operations are heading to Nashville with Mason.

LISTEN: The Radio Call From Juice Brown's Buzzer-Beater

Juice Brown. Buzzer-beater. Game-winner. Radio guys lose their minds. Listen. h/t Shaggy Matt.

Jordan Lynch, Keith Wenning Have Solid 2nd Day At Shrine Game Practices

It looks like a pair of former MAC quarterbacks had impressive days today as practice for the East-West Shrine Game continue. Jordan Lynch, the former NIU signal-caller and a Heisman finalist, is on the East's roster and impressed ESPN's Steve Meunch who wrote that Lynch "flashed and made some crisp throws." Lynch is facing an uphill battle that has many questing his passing abilities and throwing mechanics, so for him to have a solid day of showing that he can make NFL caliber throws is key. But Lynch isn't the only MAC quarterback participating in Saturday's Shrine Game. Former Ball State QB Keith Wenning is on the West roster with a pair of BCS quarterbacks; Notre Dame's Tommy Rees and Washington's Keith Price. But according to Muench it is Wenning who stood out amongst the West's QBs.

Intensity Remains Despite Changes To Akron & Ohio Rosters

George Thomas of the ABJ takes a look at tonight's matchup between Akron and Ohio. These two teams have developed into the best basketball rivalry in the MAC, splitting the past 5 MAC Championships. But after last year's memorable three-game stretch, the two teams that face off on the court tonight look vastly different. Gone are the faces of the programs. Akron's Zeke Marshall is in the D-League, Ohio's D.J. Cooper is in Greece. Gone are several key players. But that hasn't changed the intensity we should expect tonight.

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