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Tuesday, January 26, 2021
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Former Bulls quarterback Joe Licata, with "New York" featured prominently on his jersey, walks off the field during a loss to Nevada at UB Stadium in September of 2015. Licata preferred the jerseys with the "Buffalo" patch that the team wore during his freshman season. 

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

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.

The women's basketball team huddles during a 51-43 upset victory over Ohio on Feb. 3. 

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

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.

Freshman center James O'Hagan prepares to snap the ball for the Bulls football team. O'Hagan gained 20 pounds by cutting out unhealthy foods and changing his diet. 

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

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.

Senior Sergio Arevalillo returns the ball back during Friday's match vs. Binghamton. The Bulls host Western Michigan on Sunday, April 10. 

UB men's tennis is outshining expectations

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

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The Buffalo women's basketball team practices in the St. John Arena Thursday afternoon to prepare for its matchup with No. 3 seed Ohio State. 

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