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By Mark Gaughan » Thursday, August 25, 2016

ESPN play-by-play man Michael Reghi has worked Mid-American Conference games for 30 years and can rattle off thrilling MAC moments as if he’s calling a desperation, two-minute drive. “Right off the top, there was the game in the early 2000s, Marshall at Akron,” Reghi said. “Byron Leftwich broke his leg and came... Read More

By Mark Gaughan » Thursday, August 25, 2016

The University at Buffalo football team has eight fifth-year seniors returning this season. Ohio University has 14. So does Northern Illinois. That’s one important target coach Lance Leipold is shooting for as he tries to turn the Bulls into a winner. “We want to build this for the long term, not just for the... Read More

By Mark Gaughan » Thursday, August 25, 2016

There’s little doubt a team of Mid-American Conference all stars would have a chance to win the Super Bowl, thanks to the presence of superstars Ben Roethlisberger and Khalil Mack. Of course, you could say that for most college conferences. Here’s a rundown on the current best NFL players from the MAC at each... Read More

By Mark Gaughan » Thursday, August 25, 2016

UB FOOTBALL PREVIEW: DEFENSIVE BACKS (This is the third of eight position previews that will run this week. The full Buffalo News college football preview runs in Sunday's paper.) Overview: UB has two quality starting cornerbacks. Safety was a weakness last year and must improve if UB’s defense is going to meet... Read More

By Mark Gaughan » Wednesday, August 24, 2016

St. Bonaventure has finalized a contract extension for men’s basketball coach Mark Schmidt that runs through the 2021-22 season, the university announced Wednesday. Schmidt, 53, led the Bonnies to their fifth winning season in the last six years last season. Bona claimed its first-ever share of the Atlantic 10... Read More

By Mark Gaughan » Wednesday, August 24, 2016

UB FOOTBALL PREVIEW: LINEBACKERS (This is the second of eight position previews that will run this week. The full Buffalo News college football preview runs in Sunday's paper.) Overview: Expected to be upgraded from last year and a position of strength for the Bulls, with five veteran players battling for playing... Read More

By Mark Gaughan » Tuesday, August 23, 2016

St. Bonaventure's men's basketball team announced Tuesday it has signed 6-foot-8 forward Josh Ayeni. Ayeni, a native of Nigeria who came to the United States in 2011, averaged nearly 24 points a game last season at Impact Academy, a prep school in Sarasota, Fla. Ayeni will be the fourth new forward on the roster,... Read More

By Mark Gaughan » Tuesday, August 23, 2016

UB FOOTBALL PREVIEW: DEFENSIVE LINE (This is the first of eight position previews that will run this week. The full Buffalo News college football preview runs in Sunday's paper.) Overview: This is the Bulls’ deepest, most talented position. UB is counting on its defense to keep it in games this year, starting with... Read More

By Mark Gaughan » Monday, August 22, 2016

The University at Buffalo took a step toward making a new fieldhouse for its football team a reality Monday. The school has hired an architecture firm to design the facility, the university announced. The move is another sign UB is confident the project will happen in the forseeable future. However, UB still has... Read More

By Mark Gaughan » Monday, August 22, 2016

(UPDATED 7:50 p.m. Monday) One of the University at Buffalo's Mid-American Conference opponents lost projected starting quarterbacks last week. It looked like Army - another UB foe - was out a QB, but that proved to be a false alarm. Ohio lost senior J.D. Sprague, who quit the team due to difficulty in coming back from... 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.

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