AARON MANSFIELD

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"From tales we've told to ones we've made, a transformative journey"
A friend recently interviewed me for one of his classes. "So, how did you wind up in your position and what do you like about The Spectrum?" he asked. I chuckled quietly, thinking, Do you have a few hours? This is my final column, and I spent some time debating which direction to take it.
Top 10 of the D1 Era - No. 1: Khalil Mack
For Najja Johnson, it happened during a scout team scrimmage in 2009. For Jeff Quinn, it was during 2009-10 winter conditioning. For Fred Lee, it was during a game at Tennessee in 2011. Everyone who's been around the University at Buffalo football program the past four years has had a moment of epiphany: the sudden realization that Khalil Mack was Khalil Mack.
Former UB coach Witherspoon signs as assistant at Alabama
As Reggie Witherspoon answered the final question and his in-home press conference concluded, the friends, family members and former players sitting behind Witherspoon in support proclaimed, "Roll Tide." Wednesday, Witherspoon announced he is heading to the SEC to become an assistant coach at the University of Alabama.
Top 10 of the D1 Era - No. 6: Turner Battle
Reggie Witherspoon and Mark Bortz vividly recall their first interactions with Turner Battle - both phone calls. When Witherspoon and an assistant rang, Battle, who had never heard of UB, had a question: Do you play in Division I? "When we said 'yes,' his polite way of saying 'are you sure?' was to say 'who else is in your conference?'" Witherspoon said. Several months after Battle committed to UB, Bortz visited campus.
Top 10 of the D1 Era - No. 6: Turner Battle
Reggie Witherspoon and Mark Bortz vividly recall their first interactions with Turner Battle - both phone calls. When Witherspoon and an assistant rang, Battle, who had never heard of UB, had a question: Do you play in Division I? "When we said 'yes,' his polite way of saying 'are you sure?' was to say 'who else is in your conference?'" Witherspoon said. Several months after Battle committed to UB, Bortz visited campus.
Emboldening style in the pursuit of truth
When I consider the things I love about college (and there are many), style emerges among the foremost. I'm not talking about fashion sense; I'm talking about style.
The Others
I only saw Khalil Mack get any semblance of frustrated during an interview once this season. Reporters ask athletes - especially stars like Mack - all sorts of weird and probing questions, but I asked the only one that bothered him, from what I observed. Context: When the Bulls defeated Ohio 30-3 Nov.
"716 to get a taste of Hopsin's eccentric, educated 'madness' Tuesday"
Hopsin, the deep-thinking, name-calling hip-hop artist best known for his haunting white eye contacts and "Ill Mind of
"A big, tough loss for UB, but the team's potential is immense"
Almost everything about Saturday's men's basketball game was promising through the first 33 minutes.
"Police find air pistol, not suspects after robbery near North Campus"
Update: 1:25 a.m. -- Police have finished their search of the campus and lifted the shelter-in-place warning for North Campus.