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What’s in a name?: UB community reacts to the new athletics branding and the end of NYBI

04/18/16 12:39am | By Jordan Grossman , QUENTIN HAYNES

Last Tuesday, UB gave an update on a university-wide branding effort for the first time in school history, effectively ending UB Athletics’ New York Bulls Initiative, or NYBI, that was in action for nearly three years. The main goal of the NYBI was to market Buffalo as New York’s college team by boldly representing the name New York rather than Buffalo.

With the new rebranding, the term “Buffalo” is once again the prominent focus.


UB football is looking for the next go-to wide receiver

04/17/16 3:13pm | By MICHAEL AKELSON

When UB all-time receiving touchdown leader Alex Neutz graduated two years ago, no one was quite sure who was going to replace him as the Buffalo football team’s No. 1 wide receiver.

It wasn’t until a previously unknown player named Ron Willoughby exploded for 10 catches, more than 130 yards and two touchdowns in Buffalo’s 2014 season-opener that the team had any idea who its next go-to guy would be.

With Willoughby now having graduated, the Bulls seem to be going for a similar approach this offseason: give every receiver an equal opportunity through the grind of the spring and summer and see who emerges once the season kicks off in September.


UB women’s basketball hopes to add athleticism with 2016 recruiting class

04/17/16 3:28am | By QUENTIN HAYNES

The Bulls bring in three players for next season – one transfer and two high school seniors. University of Massachusetts guard Cierra Dillard joins high school seniors Theresa Onwuka and Summer Hemphill for the recruiting class.

Head coach Felisha Legette-Jack said the new recruits bring another dimension to the roster that was lacking at times last season: athleticism.


UB men's tennis has an international flare

04/14/16 6:15pm | By MICHAEL AKELSON

For senior tennis player Sergio Arevalillo, April 10 was just like any other game day this season. He showed up at the Miller Tennis Center for his singles match and played his heart out, like he always hopes to, and came away with a victory for his team.

He was upset about the Buffalo men’s tennis team’s 5-2 loss to Western Michigan that day. It wasn’t until after the match that Arevalillo found out thathis singles match victory was the 100th victory of his UB career.

“It feels like I just hit 50 wins not that long ago,” Arevalillo said.


UB Bull James O'Hagan adjusts to new weight expectations after high school wrestling career

04/10/16 9:38pm | By QUENTIN HAYNES

Before James O’Hagan became the anchor of the Buffalo football offensive line, he was a wrestler by trade. And he was one of the best.

He held the title of the best heavyweight in the state of New York and was one of the top wrestlers in the country at 285 pounds.

But holding that title also had its limitations. For O’Hagan, it was food.

Hovering around 285 pounds may sound easy, but weight management is a much taller task than many imagine. Now that his wrestling days are behind him, the rising sophomore center’s only focus is maintaining the perfect body for football. And he can finally do something he longed to do in high school.


UB men's tennis is outshining expectations

04/06/16 12:56am | By QUENTIN HAYNES

Despite it being the reining Mid-American Conference champions, Buffalo men’s tennis

head coach Lee Nickell thinks his team has “outshined [its] expectations” so far this season.

After a conference title and NCAA Tournament appearance, the team lost two of its best

players to graduation and another who quit the team to become a model in Europe.

Needless to say, Nickell wasn’t sure what to expect from his team this season.

Yet with four games left in the regular season, the Bulls (9-5, 2-1 MAC) are winners of

four of their last five matches and looking to continue their positive momentum into the MAC


“I think we’ve definitely outshined our expectations,” Nickell said.


UB running back Jordan Johnson finally the starter in a talented backfield

04/04/16 12:40am | By Jordan Grossman

The Bulls’ prosperous history of running backs has been evident for the better part of a decade. It started with current NFL backs James Starks and Branden Oliver, and continued last season with All-Mid-American Conference back Anthone Taylor.

Now, the starting job is in the hands of Jordan Johnson, a local product from Sweet Home High School that has been waiting his turn to take over the starting job.