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Justin Weiss is the senior sports editor for The Spectrum. In his free time, he can be found hiking, playing baseball or doing both at the same time. His words have appeared in Elite Sports New York and the Long Island Herald.


Athletic director talks COVID-19 disruptions
Athletic Director Mark Alnutt has led his program to new heights. And now, he’s tasked with guiding it through COVID-19 and the various financial, logistical and communicative hurdles that come along with it.
Draft dreams: Jayvon Graves mulls NBA future
Two weeks ago, Jayvon Graves walked into head coach Jim Whitesell’s office with a surprising announcement. He would be entering his name into the 2020 NBA Draft.
UB amends grading policy for spring semester
UB will allow students to resign classes and elect to have their grading changed from a letter grade to satisfactory/unsatisfactory (S/U) through the last day of spring 2020 exams, the university announced Saturday.
Jayvon Graves to enter name into 2020 NBA Draft
Men’s basketball junior guard Jayvon Graves announced on Friday that he is planning to declare for the 2020 NBA Draft, with the ability to return to college next year if he withdraws his name no later than 10 days after the scouting combine.
‘Crushed:’ Graduating wrestler loses chance at NCAA title
Troy Keller was preparing to make a presentation in his field ecology class last week when he discovered some shocking news: the NCAA canceled its Division-I college wrestling championships. Keller, a back-to-back 165 lb. Mid-American Conference champion, was looking forward to competing for the school’s first All-American honor since 2004. But instead, he was told that his career would be ending, but “not on his own terms.”
UB grants release to three-star recruit Josiah Freeman
Three-star men's basketball recruit Josiah Freeman asked for a release from his commitment to UB and UB granted it, according to UB Athletics. Freeman signed his national letter of intent with the Bulls in November, after turning down offers from nine other schools, including Old Dominion and Siena.
Mid-American Conference cancels all remaining competitions
The Mid-American Conference canceled all remaining regular season and championship competitions for the remainder of the 2019-20 academic year, commissioner Jon Steinbrecher announced Thursday. “During this unprecedented health crisis that continues to evolve daily, we fully support the decision made today by the Mid-American Conference and the NCAA,” UB Athletics Director Mark Alnutt said in a press release. “While we are disappointed for our student-athletes, coaches and staff who have worked diligently to prepare this spring and have had their seasons cut short, their health, safety and well-being will always be our top priority.”
UB lands three players on MAC awards list
The UB men’s basketball team had three student-athletes earn Mid-American Conference postseason honors, the league announced Wednesday morning. Senior guard Davonta Jordan was named the MAC Defensive Player of the Year, while sophomore guard Ronaldo Segu was named the MAC Sixth Man of the Year and junior guard Jayvon Graves was named first-team All-MACAll-MAC.
‘This is unprecedented:’ Students react to UB’s move to ‘distance-learning’ model
Students were confused Wednesday as Gov. Andrew Cuomo and UB announced a move to a “distance-learning” model on March 23 for the rest of the spring semester.
Rebounds make Bulls tournament-bound
As the regular season ended Friday for UB men’s basketball and one stat stood out among the rest. UB led the nation in rebounding during the 2019-20 season, despite fielding a smaller lineup than some of its competitors.