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High School Sports Notes: Carlisle not renewed at Dublin Jerome

Dublin Jerome Basketball Team (djhs)

Chris Carlisle, a former longtime assistant coach to Otterbein Head basketball coach Dick Reynolds, will not have his contract renewed as boys basketball coach at Dublin Jerome High School.

The Celtics ended the season at 4-16 overall after a 1-13 start. They were 4-10 in the Ohio Capital Conference-Cardinal Division, tying Olentangy for fifth place behind champion Westerville South (14-0).

Coach Carlisle’s overall record was 9-33 in two seasons with the Celtics.

Cincinnati will host Weber State on Wednesday in NIT action

Courtesy of Cincinnati Athletics

Deonta Vaughn leads the 'Cats (uc)

Head coach Mick Cronin (uc)

The University of Cincinnati Bearcats men’s basketball team has earned its 10th trip to the National Invitational Tournament ,¬† as they received an at-large bid from the tournament selection committee. The Bearcats will face Weber State (20-10) from the Big Sky Conference at Fifth Third Arena on Wednesday March 18 at 7 p.m.

The Bearcats finished the regular season with a record of 18-15, its second consecutive winning season under head coach Mick Cronin. Cincinnati are led by the three-some of 2010 Big East Conference Rookie of the year Lance Stephenson (12.3 ppg, 5.4 rpg), senior guard Deonta Vaughn (11.1 ppg, 3.4 apg), and sophomore forward Yancy Gates (10.7 ppg, 6.0 rpg).

This is the Bearcats 10th appearance in the NIT and it owns a record of 7-9. The tournament, which began in 1938, is the oldest in college basketball and was the first national postseason collegiate tournament to be played in this country, coming into existence one year before the NCAA Tournament.

Cincinnati’s opponent, Weber State, owns an overall record of 20-10 and claimed the Big Sky Conference regular season championship before falling in the championship game of its league tournament, 66-65, to Montana. Weber State is coached by Randy Rahe who is in his fourth year with the Wildcats. Weber State is making its second straight and third appearance overall in the NIT. The Wildcats rank second in the Big Sky Conference in scoring, averaging 76.6 ppg, and has the league’s MVP and leading scorer, Damian Lillard, who averages 19.7 ppg. Franklin Session leads the team in rebounding with 6.0 rpg.

Illinois (19-14) is a #1 seed in the 2010 NIT, along with Arizona State (22-10), Mississippi State (23-11) and Virginia Tech (23-8).

Cincinnati is in the Illinois Regional bracket which also includes  #8 Stony Brook (22-9) which will be hosting Illinois, #6 Illinois State (22-10) at #3 Dayton (20-12), and Tulsa (23-11) at #4 Kent State (23-9). The top-seeded team plays host in the first three rounds. Should the Bearcats advance, they will welcome the winner of the Illinois State-Dayton game into Fifth Third Arena.

Dayton Flyers earn NIT bid; will host Illinois State on Wednesday

Chris Wright leads the Flyers (Kansan)

The University of Dayton Flyers, one of the top teams in the Atlantic 10 Conference, gets a chance to continue their season.

The National Invitation Tournament has selected the Flyers to receive one of their 32 bids.

Dayton earned the 3rd seed and will host the number 6 seed Illinois State Redbirds in the University of Dayton Arena on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Dayton enters the NIT with a 20-12 record and a 15-2 mark at UD Arena, which is celebrating it’s 40th season and one of the toughest places to play in college basketball for the opposing team.

Chris Wright, an NBA prospect, and first team All-Atlantic 10 selection, leads the athletic and speedy Flyers averaging 14.2 points and 7.2 rebounds per game.

This will be the Flyers 22nd appearance in the postseason NIT. UD’s last appearance came during the 2007-2008 season when they beat Cleveland State, Illinois State and lost to eventual champion, Ohio State.

In the Illinois State game, the Flyers defeated Illinois State in Redbird Arena in Normal, Illinois, 55-48. UD leads the all-time series, 3-1.

Dayton won the NIT in 1962 and 1968, were the runner-up five times and has a 35-20 all-time record. Dayton is 9-4 in the NIT at UD Arena.

The Illinois State Redbirds, which own a 22-10 record on the season, advance to the postseason for the third season in row. The last time ISU made three straight postseason appearances wa in 1995-96 (NIT). 1996-97 (NCAA) and 1997-98 (NCAA).

This is also Dayton’s third straight season in the postseason playing in order NIT, NCAA and now the NIT again.

Browns trade Brady Quinn to Denver for FB Peyton Hillis and 2 draft picks

Brady Quinn a fresh start in Denver (AP)

Brady Quinn will finally get the fresh start he deserves and probably wanted without saying it out loud.

On Sunday, the Browns traded their on-again, Off-again starting quarterback to the Denver Broncos, in exchange for fullback Peyton Hillis, a 2011 sixth-round draft pick and a conditional pick in 2012.

The question is, will head coach Josh McDaniels let Quinn compete for the starting  job, now being occupied by Kyle Orton.

Quinn leaves Cleveland with a 3-9 record in 12 starts after he was drafted with 22nd pick in the first round of the 2007 NFL draft out of Notre Dame.

The Dublin, Ohio native and the brother-in law of Green Bay Packers linebacker A.J. Hawk, was very popular with Browns fans who felt the team should’ve sunk or swam with Quinn because he was an Ohio native and a Browns fan growing up. The fans didn’t care for the team switching him and Derek Anderson at a key position.

In 2009, Quinn completed 53 percent of his passes last season for 1,339 yards with 8 touchdowns and 7 interceptions. His QB rating was 67.3.

The Browns have a fullback in Hillis who is full of potential. He is a 240-pound bone-crushing runner who will run over and through would-be tacklers. He and Jerome Harrison, who led the Browns in rushing with 862 yards, will make a nice backfield.

New York Jets sign LaDainian Tomlinson

Tomlinson goes to the East Coast (wfe)

The New York Jets and the Big Apple have opened their welcoming arms to LaDainian Tomlinson.

The former Chargers star has signed a two-year contract worth about $5.2 million. The Jets signed the aging star to the NFL’s top-ranked offense of 172.2 yards per game to replace Thomas Jones, who was cut and later signed by Kansas City.

The Jets reached the AFC championship game last season, eliminating the Chargers and Tomlinson in the semi-finals.

The 2006 NFL MVP chose New York over Minnesota. The 31-year-old ranks eighth on the NFL’s career rushing list with 12, 490 yards.

Tomlinson chose the New York Jets for another reason. He is familiar with the Jets’ style of offense and coordiantor Brian Schottenheimer, who was the Chargers quarterbacks coach from 2002-2005.

The Jets have already begun to sell $80.00 green and white replica jerseys on their website.

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