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Justin Weiss is an asst. sports editor at The Spectrum


Former UB basketball player arrested in drug bust
Former UB basketball player Rodney Pierce was one of four people arrested Tuesday in a Buffalo drug-trafficking bust. Pierce, 32, was arrested and charged with conspiring to distribute 500 grams “or more” of cocaine. If convicted, he faces a mandatory minimum sentence of five years and maximum of 40 years in prison.
Head women’s basketball coach Felisha Legette-Jack on a trying season, pushing her young team
Felisha Legette-Jack is taking a holistic approach to her team’s struggles this season. The UB women’s basketball head coach, now in her eighth season at UB, is trying to salvage what has been a rather uninspiring 2020 campaign.
Double trouble
Madelyn Hickingbottom and Alexis Lucyshyn have a lot in common. They’re from the same country. They play the same position.  And they both committed to UB as freshmen in 2018.
Lance Leipold agrees to contract extension through 2024
Football head coach Lance Leipold signed a contract extension that could keep him in Buffalo through the 2024 season, UB announced Friday morning.
Murchie family makes largest donation ever to UB women’s basketball
Tunney Murchie made the single largest donation in UB women’s basketball history on Tuesday. Murchie –– a 1975 graduate of UB and former player and assistant coach for the UB hockey team –– donated $100,000 to help fund the team’s summer tour to Spain.
Jock of all trades
By the time Ronaldo Segu reached ninth grade, he had a scholarship offer from Florida State University and an Instagram following that numbered in the tens of thousands. And by the time he graduated high school, Segu had earned 20 Division-I offers and became something of an online sensation — videos of his signature HESI move have been viewed millions of times. 
Quick hits: Transfers, errors and turnovers
Jim Whitesell ‘perplexed’ by turnovers Over the past five games, men’s basketball is 2-3 and has dropped contests to Kent State and Eastern Michigan. During this period, the Bulls have turned the ball over 86 times. “To me, it’s perplexing,” head coach Jim Whitesell said. 
Bulls in the pros — football
UB has nine former football players in the professional ranks. For the first installation of a three-part series on former UB athletes, The Spectrum takes a look at the UB grads who excel on the gridiron:
Football hauls in 131st-ranked recruiting class
The numbers are in, and they aren’t pretty. The 2020 UB football recruiting class ranks 131st in the country, a 25-place drop from last year, according to 247Sports.
‘Grow and mature’
UB men’s basketball coach Jim Whitesell is stressing consistency as his team encroaches on the MAC Tournament in March. The 2020 Bulls have been characterized by a lack of consistency, stemming from inexperience and occasional lapses on defense.