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By Mark Gaughan » 12:38 PM

University at Buffalo freshman quarterback Chris Merchant hails from Calgary, Alberta. How did he wind up in Buffalo? UB coach Jeff Quinn did not spot him on the ski slopes during a winter vacation to Banff. Merchant, 6-foot-2 and 193 pounds, came to UB by way of greater Toronto. After… Read more »

By Amy Moritz » Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Senior defenseman Doug Jessey was named captain of the Canisius College men’s hockey team while senior goaltender Keegan Asmundson was named assistant captain. Jessey set career highs last season with 22 points on eight goals and 14 assists. He was named to the 2014 Atlantic Hockey All-Tournament Team, recording seven… Read more »

By Mark Gaughan » Tuesday, September 16, 2014

How do you pick up the pieces after a 63-21 defeat? Just ask University at Buffalo coach Jeff Quinn, who was his high-energy self at the Bulls’ weekly news conference today in advance of Saturday’s game against Norfolk State. It’s Quinn’s job to get his team focused, thinking straight and… Read more »

By Mark Gaughan » Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The University at Buffalo’s home game against Norfolk State should serve as a tune-up for the start of Mid-American Conference play the following week. Norfolk State is a Football Championship Subdivision school, like UB’s opening-game opponent Duquesne. Norfolk State was picked to finish sixth out of 11 in the Mid-Eastern… Read more »

By Amy Moritz » Monday, September 15, 2014

A new award from the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) has been named in honor of Buffalo native Mark Rudolph. The second-year conference will award the Mark Rudolph Officiating Achievement Award at the end of each season. The honor will go to a referee, linesman or supervisor in the NCHC who “through… Read more »

By Amy Moritz » Monday, September 15, 2014

After building Medaille men’s basketball into a regional Division III force, Mike MacDonald will look to do the same for Daemen as the Wildcats continue their move into NCAA Division II. Daemen will introduce MacDonald as its next men’s basketball coach in a press conference on Tuesday. MacDonald transformed the Mavericks into… Read more »

By Mark Gaughan » Saturday, September 13, 2014

HOW THE GAME WAS LOST Baylor 63, UB 21 How Baylor won: The eighth-ranked Bears jumped to a 35-0 halftime lead and outgained UB, 432-78, in the first half to end any suspense. Baylor outgained UB for the game, 669-394. Turning point: On its first possession, UB quarterback Joe Licata… Read more »

Friday, September 12, 2014

By Bucky Gleason For a brief moment early in the game, with the ball airborne and headed for the waiting arms of Marcus McGill down the right sideline, UB made you think the unthinkable. The Bulls had a sure touchdown that would have tied the game with Baylor, but McGill… Read more »

By Mark Gaughan » Friday, September 12, 2014

The University at Buffalo made a major position change in advance of tonight’s meeting with Baylor, switching promising sophomore receiver Boise Ross from wide receiver to cornerback. The move is intended to be permanent, and it addresses a cornerback roster that is thin in experienced, top athletes. At the same… Read more »
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About the reporter

Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and covered the Bills from 1992 through 2014. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America.

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered colleges for The Buffalo News since 1999. She has a bachelor's degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master's degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.