Buffalo coach Turner Gill will introduce the newest members of his football team at 6:30 p.m. today inside Alumni Arena.
The free event will also give fans a chance to meet selected players, purchase Bulls merchandise and pose for pictures with the Mid-American Conference Championship trophy.
Video of the event will stream live at BuffaloBulls.com.
Gill’s fourth recruiting class at UB will include at least one local. Grand Island’s Alex Neutz will sign his letter of intent at 2:15 p.m. at Grand Island High School.
• Drew Willy, the Bulls’ all-time leading passer, has been invited to participate in the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis beginning Feb. 18.
“I’m really excited,” said Willy, the third Bull in as many years to get a combine invite. “This is what I’ve been working towards, trying to get that opportunity. I’ve been working with some great people as well as with Jerry Rhome — who has worked with Troy Aikman, Warren Moon, Kurt Warner and a bunch of other quarterbacks to get me ready. Jerry has taught me so much about protections, really picking up where coach (Danny) Barrett left off, just getting into a little more complex stuff.”
UB names new coach
Todd Kress, the former Florida State coach, has been hired to replace Jim Lodes, who was let go in December.
Kress has taken three different teams to the NCAA Tournament, including Florida State, in 2002. He coached Northern Illinois to a MAC championship in 2001, and led Fairfield to Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference titles in 1997 and 1998. Kress’ career record is 255-156-4.
“We are delighted to welcome Todd to the Buffalo athletics family,” UB Athletics Director Warde Manuel said. “His success at three different programs speaks to his coaching and recruiting ability and we feel he was the experience to make Buffalo the fourth program he takes to the NCAA Tournament.”
Mercyhurst-NE 102, NCCC 93
The Trailblazers, down to just eight healthy bodies, fell into a tie with Mercyhurst for fourth-place in the Western New York Athletic Conference. Six team make the playoffs.
Franklin Harris led the way with 26 points, nine rebounds, five assists, two blocks, and two steals. After struggling from the foul line in recent outings, Harris hit 14 of 16 free throws.
Queran Walker added 26 points and 19 rebounds, while Dyrell Dolson (Niagara Catholic) had 17 points, nine rebounds, three assists and three blocks. Eric Johnson added 15 points, and Mike Maritato chipped in six points, three assists and two steals. Both Johnson and Maritato were playing with the flu, coach Frank Rotundo said.
Mercyhurst-NE 76, NCCC 40
Arlene Andrade (Roy-Hart) led the Trailblazers (3-17, 0-6) with 18 points and 15 rebounds. Jeanette Dumais (Starpoint) added 12 points and nine rebounds.