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Former Syracuse star Griffin joins Dayton basketball staff


Allen Griffin (courtesy of Dayton athletics)

New Dayton Flyers head coach Archie Miller is continuing to reshape the coaching staff.

The newest member is 32-year-old Allen Griffin, who has 11 years experience in Division I basketball, including four seasons as a standout point guard at Syracuse University under Jim Boeheim.

His responsibilities over the years included recruiting, on-court coaching, travel planning, scheduling, game preperation and assisting in monitoring academics.

Griffin captained the Orangemen as a senior in 2000-01, when he averaged 10.8 points and 6.5 assists, ranking seventh all-time in school history for assists in a season. He had 409 assists in his career. Griffin played 133 games for the Orangemen and was a part of four NCAA Tournament teams. His Syracuse teams combined for a 98-36 record in that span, a .731 winning percentage.

After graduating from Syracuse in 2001, Griffin played professionally in Slovenia for a year, and worked as a teacher and girls basketball coach at Christian Brothers Academy for one season. In 2003, he returned to Syracuse to work on Boeheim’s staff as an administrative assistant. After two years in that position, he took an assistant coaching position at St. Francis (NY) for the 2005-06 season.

Following his first year at St. Francis, Griffin coached at Providence for two seasons before returning to St. Francis for another two years. Last year, he coached at Hofstra under former Flyer assistant coach Mo Cassara, helping the Dutchmen to a 21-12 record and a return to the post season.

Griffin and his wife, Tiffany, have two sons, Allen Jr. and Trey.


Info courtesy of Dayton athletics

NCAA FIRST FOUR, Dayton, Ohio; VCU shows CAA belongs by beating USC game coverage

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Jamie Skeen (courtesy of VCU athletics)

Virginia Commonwealth University is a member of the NCAA Mid-major conference, Colonial Athletic Association.

The CAA is often disrepected by the national media, but it is a solid conference with VCU, Old Dominion, Northeastern, George Mason, Delaware, Drexel, Georgia State, Hofstra, James Madison, North Carolina-Wilmington and William & Mary.

The 11th-seeded team Rams used a suffocating defense to corral the taller and stronger USC Trojans in winning 59-46. The Rams up their record to 24-11.

Jamie Skeen scored 16 points to lead VCU into a showdown against sixth-seeded Georgetown (21-10) on Friday in Chicago.

Jio Fontan scored 14 points and Nikola Vucevic 11 for USC (19-15), which managed only one field goal over the final 9 minutes of the game.

The Rams shut down Vucevic, a first-team All-Pac-10 performer, was double and triple-teammed and never got into a rhythm.

The halftime score was 22-22.

In the 2nd half, the Rams found their shooting shoes to go up 34-27. USC came back  to 44-43 but VCU pulled away never to give up the lead ever again.

Shaka Smart, the VCU coach was making a return to UD Arena. He used to be on the staff of the Dayton Flyers under Oliver Purnell as the head of basketball operations in the last decade.


46 553 Bradford Burgess VCU How hungry was the team going after loose balls, steals

46 555 Jamie Skeen VCU Getting an first NCAA win as a senior

46 556 Joey Rodriguez VCU On Colonial Athletic Association being disrrespected

46 557 Shaka Smart VCU coach Was he happy the game was 59-46

46 559 Shaka Smart VCU coach On game by Gahanna product Rob Brandenberg

46 562 Shaka Smart VCU coach Team handling NCAA exposure well, 1st win

46 565 Shaka Smart The First Four Games has been criticized his thoughts

46 566 Shaka Smart VCU coach He used to work for the Dayton Flyers, likes UD Arena atmosphere


46 539 Kevin O’Neill USC coach On loss, making NCAA, His Seniors

46 540 Nikola Vucevic Could not run offense thru him like planned

46 541 Nikola Vucevic USC This style of VCU is tough trying to stop 3′s and in foul trouble

46 542 Jio Fontan USC Why they lost, frustrations and emotions

46 545 Kevin O’Neill USC Did VCU want it more, was it their experience in NCAA before

46 547 Kevin O’Neill USC Did the lack of depth catch up with you tonight

46 548 Kevin O’Neill Stressing Tempo all year but couldn’t against VCU

Wright State will host Hofstra on ESPNU during BracketBuster weekend

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Ervin J. Nutter Center (file photo)

The Wright State men’s basketball team will be hosting Hofstra on Saturday, February 19, at 11 am Eastern time on ESPNU as part of the annual BracketBuster event.

The game will be one of 11 games televised on the ESPN family of networks. WSU has been chosen for an ESPN format game for the fourth time in the last five years.

The Raiders are 17-9, 10-4 in the Horizon League, while Hofstra is 14-8, 8-3 in the Colonial Athletic Association.

Wright State is 3-3 all-time in BracketBuster games, having won the first three over Northern Illinois in 2005, Bowling Green in 2006 and Cal State Fullerton in 2007. They have lost the past three years to Illinois State in 2008, Northeastern in 2009 and Ohio in 2010.

Info courtesy of Wright State athletics

Joe Gardi, former Hofstra football coach dies at 71

compiled from staff, wire and Hofstra Athletic Communications

Former Hofstra head football coach Joe Gardi is dead at age 71. The university posted on its website, that he died Wednesday after suffering a stroke.

Gardi, who coached Hofstra from 1990-2005, helped shape the NFL careers of Wayne Chrebet, Marques Colston and Tampa Bay coach Raheem Morris.

Joe Gardi (courtesy of Hofstra Athletic Communications)

Gardi compiled a 119-62 -2 record in 16 seasons at Hofstra, which is located in Hempstead, New York. He ranks second in school history in wins and winning percentage (.650). Under Gardi, Hofstra, which has since dropped football, upgraded from Division III to I-AA and earned its first NCAA playoff victories.

He served as an assistant with the Jets from 1976-1984 before taking the Hofstra job.

Gardi is survived by his wife, two children, one daughter-in-law and four grandchildren.