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Mark Alnutt speaks at a press conference in 2018. Alnutt spoke with The Spectrum Monday about dealing with COVID-19 and helping the program.

Mark Alnutt talks postponement of fall sports, why a ‘bubble’ can’t happen and plans for the winter and spring seasons

The Mid-American Conference’s decision to postpone the fall sports season due to COVID-19 concerns sent shockwaves through the sports world. The MAC became the first conference to cancel their fall sports season, with the Mountain West and Big Ten following suit shortly after. UB Athletic Director Mark Alnutt, a member of the NCAA Football Oversight Committee as well as the MAC’s fall sports re-scheduling committee, worked with athletic directors from other schools to determine the fall sports season fate. 

Junior guard Jayvon Graves holds his own during a previous home game this season. Graves has entered his name into the 2020 NBA draft.

Back for more

After declaring for the NBA draft on March 20, Jayvon Graves took his name out of the 2020 NBA draft pool and announced his return to UB for his senior season. 

UB women's basketball players huddle up near mid-court during a game last season.

Recruiting roundup: COVID-19 and the NCAA ‘dead period’

COVID-19 has disrupted some of UB Athletics’ normal operations but it hasn’t prevented the school’s coaches from recruiting, within the confines of the NCAA mandated “dead period,” of course. The program’s 16 head coaches have been busy communicating with student-athletes via phone, email and social media. Some teams have filled out their 2020 classes; others still need to add one or two pieces.


Sports mailbag: NFL Draft, COVID-19, quarterbacks

Last weekend, the NFL Draft gave us a much-needed break from COVID-19. But after tasting live sports for the first time in over a month, our palate is even stronger for something — anything — to come out of the sports world. I don’t profess to know what comes next, but I do have the advantage of being around — metaphorically now — UB Athletics as a sports editor for The Spectrum. Here’s a brief look at the state of UB Athletics, and answers to some of your questions:

McEvans started playing basketball at age five, but she has had to overcome adversity to get to where she is today.

Meet Cheyenne McEvans, the academic athlete

Cheyenne McEvans was born into a basketball family. So it was hardly a surprise when McEvans asked her parents if she could pick up the sport at age five. It was all she knew at the time, bouncing around between the high school gym her mother coached at and family gatherings, where the only thing her cousins wanted to know was when they could go outside and shoot some hoops.

Sports games to play when you're missing sports games.

Top 10 sports video games to play in quarantine

Each passing day reminds sports fans that both the NHL and NBA playoffs should be starting on April 8 and 18, and the MLB season should have started already. With all sports seasons on hold for the foreseeable future, video games have filled a huge void for fans. Twitch’s peak daily users reached 22.7 million in March and Verizon reported that U.S. video game usage increased 75% during the first week of quarantine. 

Chipola College point guard Malik Zachery.

Bringing in the Bulls: Recruiting options for men’s basketball

On March 16, UB granted three-star men’s basketball recruit Josiah Freeman a release from his commitment. Freeman’s departure means that the Bulls have filled just 11 of their 13 scholarships prior to the late signing period, which opens Wednesday. UB has added just one recruit to its 2020 class so far: three-star Louisiana point guard Chanse Robinson.


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