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New Orleans Saints sign Chris Manhertz

By Nick Veronica

Chris Manhertz, the former Canisius basketball player turned NFL prospect, was picked up by the New Orleans Saints Monday night after being released by the Bills last week.

The Saints had success with their last basketball-playing tight end, Jimmy Graham, and were willing to give Manhertz a shot, cutting third-year veteran Michael Egnew.

Manhertz should get a bump up the depth chart, too: after being as deep as the seventh tight end with the Bills, Manhertz is now the fifth TE on the Saints’ 90-man roster, behind Ben Watson, Josh Hill, Orson Charles and Alex Smith.

Manhertz did not play in Bills’ preseason opener against Carolina and was released on Aug. 19. He went unclaimed on waivers and was a free agent for about four days. The Saints have two remaining preseason games: Aug. 30 vs. Houston and Sept. 3 at Green Bay.

Canisius to face former Niagara coach Mihalich

By Nick Veronica

Canisius basketball will open the 2015-16 season against former Niagara coach Joe Mihalich at Hofstra on Nov. 13, the Griffs announced Friday in their nonconference schedule release.

CCLogobigThe Griffs get return games against Lehigh and Cornell at the Koessler Athletic Center in November before going to St. Bonaventure on Nov. 24 on UB on Nov. 28. Boston University comes to the KAC on Dec. 19. The Griffs close the nonconference schedule with a Jan. 12 return game at Dartmouth, which Canisius beat in last year’s CIT, 87-72.

Opponents for the Las Vegas Classic were announced last week.

Full Canisius nonconference schedule

Friday, Nov. 13 at Hofstra, TBA
Monday, Nov. 16 vs. Lehigh, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 21 vs. Cornell, TBA
Tuesday, Nov. 24 vs. St. Bonaventure
Saturday, Nov. 28 at Buffalo, TBA
Thursday, Dec. 10 at Penn State*, TBA
Saturday, Dec. 12 at Kent State*, TBA
Saturday, Dec. 19 vs. Boston University, 2 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 22 vs. Louisiana-Monroe*, 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 23 vs. Nicholls State or Hampton, TBA*
Tuesday, Jan 12 at Dartmouth, TBA

*Las Vegas Classic games

More to come.

Griffs’ Las Vegas Classic games released

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By Nick Veronica

Canisius’ opponents for the Las Vegas Classic were revealed Friday: Penn State, Kent State and Louisiana-Monroe.

IAGS confirmed last month that the Griffs would be playing in the December event.

Each team in the Classic plays four games, with two at campus sites and two at Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. The Griffs will be on the road for both games played at campus sites, as was expected. Here are Canisius’ games:

  • Tuesday, Dec. 10 at Penn State, time TBD
  • Saturday, Dec. 12 at Kent State, time TBD
  • Tuesday, Dec. 22 vs. Louisiana-Monroe at Orleans Arena, Las Vegas, 5:30 p.m. ET
  • Wednesday, Dec. 23 vs. Hampton or Nicholls State at Orleans Arena, Las Vegas, time TBD

SMU and Colorado round out the eight-team field. Fox Sports 1 will air the championship and third-place games, but with Canisius’ final opponent already known to be either Hampton or Nicholls State, it would appear the Griffs can’t qualify for the championship.

Canisius’ full schedule will be released in the next few weeks.

Jimmy Baron to Knicks Summer League; won’t play against Billy

By Nick Veronica

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Jimmy Baron was named to the New York Knicks’ Summer League squad this week, but he won’t get to play against Billy’s Detroit Pistons.

Jimmy, the oldest son of Canisius coach Jim Baron, will head to the Las Vegas portion of NBA Summer League next week. Billy’s Pistons have been playing this week in Orlando.

Billy Baron has played in one of the Pistons’ three games so far, scoring eight points.

Billy’s Pistons schedule


Saturday, July 4
vs. Orlando (White) – L 87-76, 8 points on 2 of 8 shooting, 2 of 7 on 3-pointers, 1 assist, 3 rebounds, 12:43
Sunday, July 5 vs. L.A. Clippers – W 77-69, did not play
Monday, July 6 vs. Miami – L 78-73, did not play
Wednesday, July 8 vs. Indiana
Friday, July 10, Playoff TBD

Jimmy’s Knicks Schedule


Saturday, July 11
vs. San Antonio, 1:30 p.m.
Monday, July 13 vs. L.A. Lakers, 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, July 14 vs. Philadelphia, 2:30 p.m.
July 15-20, Playoffs TBD

UB saw big attendance gain in 2014-15, but Bonnies still top draw

By Nick Veronica

UB saw the largest increase in average men’s basketball attendance of any local Division I team in 2014-15, drawing an extra 150 fans per home game as it earned a share of the MAC’s regular season title.

That’s according to the NCAA’s official attendance figures, which were released Monday.

St. Bonaventure led the Big 4 in home attendance again, drawing an average of 3,889 to the Reilly Center, but saw its lead shrink as UB gained and the Bonnies lost nearly 40 fans per game from 2013-14.

2014-15 Big 4 home attendance

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Niagara saw the biggest drop in average attendance, losing 360 fans per night as the team won just four of its first 25 games. Canisius lost an average of 78 fans per game after MAAC MVP Billy Baron graduated.

Update: Niagara’s attendance numbers seem to have omitted the Big 4 Classic game against St. Bonaventure at First Niagara Center — attended by 7,191 fans — where Niagara was the home team. Had Niagara counted that game, its home attendance would’ve jumped to 1,502, an increase of almost 50 fans per game from 2013-14. Judging by number of reported home games, Canisius’ numbers do include its Big 4 Classic game against UB, and UB counted its FNC game in 2013-14. Niagara did not count its FNC game against Davidson in 2013-14, either.

Syracuse led the NCAA in attendance, drawing 26,253 a night, while North Carolina State saw the largest gain, drawing 2,795 more fans per game than in 2013-14.

The Atlantic 10 was 10th in attendance by conference, with an average of 5,107 fans at each home event. UB’s Mid-American Conference was 13th at 2,885 while the MAAC was 21st at 2,130. The MAC and MAAC each gained one place from the 2013-14 rankings while the A-10 remained in 10th.

Arizona State, where Bobby Hurley now coaches, drew 5,985 fans per game last season, which was good for 89th nationally.