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UAB fires basketball coach Mike Davis


Alabama-Birmingham, a member of Conference USA, has fired head basketball coach Mike Davis after six seasons.

Davis led the Blazers to a 15-16 season this year and lost six of its first seven games.

The former coach of Indiana, Davis posted a 122-73 at UAB and had one year remaining on his contract.

Mike Davis (courtesy of UAB athletics)

UAB athletic director Brian Mackin said in making the decision to part ways with Davis, stemmed from ” decline in attendance, ticket revenue and a growing apathy among the fans.”



Info compiled from UAB athletics, Radio & TV news

Former UCLA, Memphis State, UAB coach Bartow dead at 81


Gene Bartow (Memphis State photo)

Gene Bartow, who is best remembered as succeeding John Wooden at UCLA and later in his career started up the Alabama-Birmingham basketball program, has died of stomach cancer at age 81.

Bartow coached the Memphis State Tigers from 1970-74 and led the school to the 1973 national championship game, where the Tigers lost to Wooden and the UCLA Bruins.

Bartow was one of the winningest coaches in NCAA Division I with 647 victories over 34 seasons.

He replaced the retiring Wooden as UCLA’s head coach in 1976 and led the Bruins to the Final Four.

Bartow left after just two seasons to start the basketball program at Alabama-Birmingham. He was UAB’s coach from 1978-96 before handing over the coaching job over to his son, Murry, who currently is the head coach at East Tennessee State University, where he is thriving with a record of 162-97 overall and 101-45 in the Atlantic Sun Conference.


Info compiled from UCLA. UAB & University of Memphis, Radio & TV news

NCAA FIRST FOUR GAME, Dayton, Ohio: Brownell makes return to Dayton successful as Clemson advances

Photos courtesy of Clemson athletics

Clemson University head coach Brad Brownell was excited Sunday when he found out that his team was in the NCAA Tournament. He was equally as excited when he found out that the Tigers would be playing in Dayton, Ohio.

Brownell, for four years previous to coaching at Clemson, was the head coach of the Wright State University Raiders who are located 15 miles to the north in the Dayton suburb of Fairborn. He had always wanted to play an annual game against the Dayton Flyers, but could never get a deal done.

Brad Brownell

Jerai Grant

He did get a win on the Flyers’ home court, UD Arena¬† Tuesday night as the Clemson Tigers won an NCAA Tournament game for the first time in 14 years, 70-52 over UAB.

Jerai Grant scored a career-best 22 points and the Tigers got off to a quick-start with a double-figure lead and never let up in beating Alabama-Birmingham, the regular-season champions of Conference USA.

Grant canned 10 of 15 shots from the field and also grabbed seven rebounds.

Jamarr Sanders had 19 points and Dexter Fields 12 for UAB.

The Tigers (22-11) will now turn their attention to fifth-seeded West Virginia (20-11) on Thursday afternoon in Tampa, Florida.

compiled from University of Dayton & Clemson University news

2010 OHIO STATE BUCKEYES FOOTBALL: Week 1 Marshall Thundering Herd from Conference USA


The 2nd-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes will kickoff their 2010 football season by hosting the Marshall Thundering Herd on Thursday night at Ohio Stadium. Game time is 7:30 p.m. EDT in Columbus.

The game will be televised by The Big Ten Network. Ohio State is 11-1-1 against Conference USA teams.

Marshall head coach Doc Holliday (MU)

Marshall QB Brian Anderson (MU)

Conference USA is divided into two divisions, East and West. The East Division is Central Florida, East Carolina, Southern Mississippi, Marshall, Alabama-Birmingham and Memphis. The West Division consists of Houston, Southern Methodist, Tulsa, Texas-El Paso, Rice and Tulane.

The teams to beat are Central Florida, East Carolina, Houston and Southern Mississippi.

The Marshall Thundering Herd coming off a 7-6 overall record and 4-4 in the conference, have been picked to finish fourth in the East Division.

The Herd returns 14 starters.

Team Strengths include: overcoming a season of turmoil in 2009 to become bowl-eligible. Head Coach Mark Snyder, who used to be a Jim Tressel defensive coach, never pleased the people in Huntington, West Virginia or the athletic administration and thus resigned under pressure. interim coach Rick Minter took over the team after the regular season ended. He rallied the troops and led them to a win against a very good Ohio University team in the Little Caesars Bowl and they hope to carry that momentum into the new season.

The running attack will be lead the offensive unit.

The defensive front is very strong with the return of several players: linebacker Mario Harvey and defensive ends Vinny Curry and Michael Janac.

Mario Harvey is a player to watch according to pro scouts. He is all over the field on every play.

Team Weaknesses: Any time there is a head coaching change, there is a transition period and no one knows how quickly the team will pick up the playbook and get a feel for the new coach. Doc Holliday is the man and he will have his work cut out for him with a tough schedule.

Herd Quarterback Brian Anderson will try to hang to keep his starting job after having an inconsistent season in 2009 when he threw 14 touchdown passes with 13 interceptions.

The offensive line had several injuries during spring football and is a major concern even now in fall camp.

The secondary play is also an area that needs improvement.

We’ll have more on the Ohio State-Marshall matchup every day through Thursday.


Sarikopoulos tells Buckeyes he will not return

Telling head basketball coach Thad Matta that he had struggled for several weeks with his decision to return to Ohio State for two more years or to go pro, Junior center Zisis Sarikopoulas will not be returning but will remain in his native Greece and play professional basketball.

Zisis Sarikopoulos (courtesy of Ohio State Athletics)

The 7-foot Sarikopoulos played just one season for Ohio State after transferring from Alabama-Birmingham (UAB) after the 2007-2008 season. He sat out the 2008-2009 season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules before playing in 14 contests for the Buckeyes last season.

But with the Buckeyes having a glut of talented frontcourt players coming in as freshman, Sarikopoulos figured his role and playing time wouldn’t change much.

compiled from staff, wire and Ohio State news

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