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.