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1970-1971 Buffalo Bulls Womens Basketball

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1970-1971 Buffalo Bulls Womens Basketball

Front row: Gail Wallen, Arlene Norman, Cynthia Anderson (coach), Shirley Goldin, Sue Patterson
Second row: Kathy Maichrzak, Diane McMahon, Sue Glanville, Leslie Simmons, Holly Hite
Third row: Mary Ellen O’Malley, Deborah Widzieczny, Alice Gayles, Kay Richard, Emily O’Neil, Shannon Manry

1970-1971 Buffalo Bulls Women’s Basketball Season

Home Team Score Visiting Team W-L-T Location
Buffalo  19 – 47 Genesee Community College L Buffalo, NY
Rochester  49 – 46 Buffalo L Rochester, NY
D’Youville College  31 – 37 Buffalo W Buffalo, NY
Brockport State  56 – 32 Buffalo L Brockport, NY
St. Bonaventure University  39 – 32 Buffalo L Olean, NY
Buffalo  43 – 26 Buffalo State College W Buffalo, NY
Canisius College  35 – 46 Buffalo W Buffalo, NY
Buffalo  37 – 17 D’Youville College W Buffalo, NY
Buffalo  46 – 24 Fredonia State W Buffalo, NY
at New York State Tournament  Unknown Unknown W Unknown
at New York State Tournament  Unknown Unknown L Unknown

Home Court: Clark Memorial Gymnasium
Coach: Cynthia Anderson


1955-1956 Buffalo Bulls Basketball

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1955-1956 Buffalo Bulls Basketball

The 1955-1956 Buffalo Bulls basketball season was Mal Eiken’s 10th year and last season as head coach of the basketball Bulls.  On February 7, 1956, he announced that it would be his last year in Buffalo.  After 10 seasons, he was heading back to his native Minnesota to enter into private business.

Although graduation took a heavy toll on the 1955-1956 team, the undersized Bulls surprised many.  One of the highlights in the successful season was a 70-66 upset win over a towering Akron squad. (see “UB Defeats Akron, 70-66, for 12th Victory of Cage Season” Buffalo Courier-Express, 18 February 1956)

It was hoped that the win over Akron would propel the Bulls into the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) tournament. The NAIA basketball tournament featured 32 small-school teams playing in a single-elimination format.  Unfortunately, the NAIA invite never came.

The Bulls finished the season 17-3.  Mal Eiken’s career record at Buffalo (1946-1956) ended at 140 won and 73 lost for a .657 winning percentage.

For more information on basketball at the University at Buffalo, visit the UB Sports History Collection website.

1955-1956 Buffalo Bulls Basketball Season

Date Home Team Score Visiting Team W-L-T Location
12/1/1955 Brockport State 57 – 65 Buffalo W Brockport, NY
12/3/1955 Cornell University 83 – 73 Buffalo L Ithaca, NY
12/7/1955 Buffalo 83 – 72 Hobart W Buffalo, NY
12/10/1955 Alfred University 78 – 80 Buffalo W Alfred, NY
12/14/1955 Buffalo 66 – 46 Buffalo State College W Buffalo, NY
12/16/1955 St. Lawrence University 82 – 68 Buffalo W Buffalo, NY
1/6/1956 Buffalo 74 – 88 Cortland State L Buffalo, NY
1/9/1956 Buffalo 73 – 44 Toronto W Buffalo, NY
1/11/1956 Buffalo 77 – 63 Puerto Rico W Buffalo, NY
1/13/1956 Buffalo 65 – 66 Colgate University L Buffalo, NY
1/18/1956 Buffalo 68 – 60 Brockport State W Buffalo, NY
2/4/1956 Buffalo 67 – 65 Western Ontario W Buffalo, NY
2/10/1956 R.P.I. 67 – 58 Buffalo W Troy, NY
2/12/1956 Buffalo 98 – 61 McMaster University W Buffalo, NY
2/17/1956 Buffalo 70 – 66 Akron W Buffalo, NY
2/22/1956 Hobart 46 – 50 Buffalo W Geneva, NY
2/25/1956 Rochester 71 – 73 Buffalo W Rochester, NY
2/28/1956 Western Reserve 86 – 88 Buffalo W Cleveland, OH
3/1/1956 Buffalo 86 – 60 Alfred University W Buffalo, NY
3/3/1956 Buffalo State College 68 – 58 Buffalo W Buffalo, NY

Home Court: Clark Memorial Gymnasium
Coach: Malcolm S. Eiken


UB Defeats Akron, 70-66,
for 12th Victory of Cage Season

Annable And Levitt Star For Buffalo

The University of Buffalo basketball team won one for its coach, the retiring Mal Eiken, as it nipped towering Akron, 70-66, in a tingler last night in Clark Gymnasium.

Bill Annable, senior center from Middleport, played the game of his career to help make the Bulls’ record 12-3. He made 18 points and swept the boards against opponents three and four inches taller. Next highest scorer for UB was Kurt Lang, with 17 before going out on fouls with five minutes to play.

A most significant contribution was that of Dave Levitt who came off the bench for a 12-point night. During the final 1:50 Levitt dribbled magically and went six for six from the free throw line. Akron, coming in with a 17-2 mark, was led by Dick Ondecker, a clever forward, with 16, and sharpshooting Joe Wood, with 15.

UB trailed 6-0 against Akron’s zone and was down 11-3 when Art Cholewinski tapped a rebound. Annable followed suit, Lang hit two free throws and Chuck Daniels found the mark with a jump. The Bulls went on to a 38-34 advantage at halftime.

Zippers Rally

Akron, which closed the gap to one point in the second period, called time when trailing 57-47. and closed in again on Wood’s leap and Larry Ondecker’s two free throws. The Zippers had abandoned the zone by this time.

The Bulls slashed the man-for-man setup with drives off the post by Daniels, two by Lang and another by Roy Fowler, with only Wood’s side push shot as an answer.

Akron rallied a bit later on a push by Johnny Economou and a jump by Wood, but the Bulls protected the ball well to hold their margin the rest of the way.

The victory enhanced UB’s chances of competing in the NAIA regionals next month. An invitation would be a fitting climax to Eiken’s career. He will leave UB in June.


Buffalo Courier-Express, February 18, 1956

Doc Urich Named UB’s New Head Football Coach

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On this date in 1966, Richard W. (Doc) Urich was introduced as the University at Buffalo’s new head football coach. Urich was the offensive line and receiver coach at the University of Notre Dame.  The 37-year-old Urich, No. 1 aide to Ara Parseghian for 16 years at Miami of Ohio, Northwestern and Notre Dame, succeeded Dick Offenhamer who resigned on January 8, 1966.

Below is an article on the Buffalo Bulls football team that first appeared in the Buffalo Courier-Express on February 18, 1966. For more information on football at the University at Buffalo, visit the UB Sports History Collection website.


Richard W. (Doc) UrichUrich, New UB Coach,
Likes to ‘Throw Ball’

Richard W. (Doc) Urich made his debut as the University of Buffalo’s head football coach Thursday at a press conference in the Park Lane and appeared to come off with his first conquest. The former assistant at university of Notre Dame faced a battery of lights and cameras and handled a barrage of reporters questions with the poise of a “big-timer.”

“I’m very pleased to be in Buffalo and to have been afforded the opportunity and challenge as the University of Buffalo’s head football coach.”  “The University is a growing institution and I’m sure the football the program will grow with it.” he said in his opening remarks. For nearly 90 minutes the 37-year-old former aide to Ara Parseghian mingled with reporters and UB officials and was impressive in his response to hundreds of questions. Here’s how he handled some of them:

SYSTEM – “I believe in throwing the ball. If we are gifted with a quarterback who can throw and even one receiver, we’ll try to run a wide-open offense. I believe that today you have to throw the ball to win.”

STAFF – “I have several people in mind and have contacted some of them about the possibility of their joining me. I believe it is of principal importance for a football coach to surround himself with a top level staff. I’m not going to rush into this, however, I want people that Buffalo wants and who want Buffalo.”

STUDENT SUPPORT – “I don’t know the situation at UB, but if there is any student apathy I certainly will do everything I can to resolve it.  I am for a very close relationship between the athletic program and the student body. I’ll make myself and my staff available whenever possible to bring this about.”

PEP TALKS – “Sure, I believe in pep talks.  It is a part of coaching winning football. There is more to winning football than just getting ready physically and mechanically for a game. Motivation plays a big role in this game. And I believe that signs that remind a player of his responsibilities are useful when strategically located in and around the football area.”

PRIME NECESSITY – “Speed! That’s the first thing I look for in a football player. It makes all the difference in the world. Then, too, there is the coaching task of determining the correct alignment of personnel. It sometimes becomes a frustrating process, for the coach and the player, but getting the player in the best place where his best suited for the team is all-important.”

RECRUITING – “We’ll be a little late in our program this year. It might have to suffer a little, but that doesn’t mean we’ll forget about it. There are just so many other things that have to come first. But when I think about that 1967 schedule, I really worry. We should be recruiting for that season right now.”

SPRING PRACTICE – “That’s where you really get your football team started; where you find out what you are going to be able to do. It will especially be important this year and I’m really looking forward to it.”

Urich, who was with Parseghian for 16 seasons, starting in 1951 at Miami of Ohio –their alma mater– is enthusiastic about his new assignment and he left his interviewers with that impression.

UB President Clifford C. Furnas did not attend the conference. Dr. Anthony S. Gugino, chairman of the Faculty Committee on Athletics and Athletic Policy which recommended Urich to the president, was the ranking UB official. Athletic Director James E. Peelle ushered the new coach through the introductions.

Returns to South Bend

Urich returned to South Bend shortly after the confab to “clean up my business there.” He said his wife, Patricia, and two children, Cynthia. 13, and Danny, 10, would move to Buffalo “as soon as we can sell our house.” The new coach said he was hopeful he could be back in Buffalo by Saturday to begin “a lot of hard work.”

He said one of his first tasks would be to review movies of UB football games, picking out those players who will be eligible for the 1966 season. He’ll meet with his squad “at least before the first of next month.”

As of today, Coach Urich has 211 days before he puts his product on the line. The opening game of UB’s 1966 schedule is set for Sept. 17 at Kent State. “That’s a tough one to start with,” he said with a statement ending whistle.

Buffalo Courier-Express, 18 February 1966

1924 Buffalo Bulls Football

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Russ Carrick - Buffalo Football Coach - 1924

Russ Carrick – Head Coach

Lester Knapp - Buffalo Team Captain - 1924

Lester Knapp – Captain

In 1924, for the fourth season in a row, the Buffalo football team started the season with a new coach. At the end of the 1923 Buffalo season, U.B. coach Jim Bond resigned.  Bond was quickly replaced by Russell Carrick. (see “Russ Carrick Chosen as Football Coach” The Bee, 23 December 1923) Carrick played football at Colgate University and coached high school football with great success. It was hoped that Carrick would bring much needed stability to the U.B. football program.

The season opened with a training camp at Angola, N.Y.  Only 25 men registered, many of whom had little or no experience with the pigskin. Coach Carrick and his assistant Jim Wilson developed the under-manned team as best as they could. Team captain Lester Knapp and halfback George Metz led the team.

The only win of the season came in week 3 when Buffalo upset a heavily favored St. Lawrence University team. Unfortunately only a handful of students were present to witness the best game of the season.

Buffalo’s final game of 1924 was against a new opponent, George Washington University.  The game was played in Buffalo at Rotary Field.  Buffalo would return the favor the following year making a trip to D.C. to play George Washington University in 1925, the last time the two teams have played each other.

For more information on football at the University at Buffalo, visit the UB Sports History Collection website.


Buffalo vs. Westminster on October 4, 1924.

Buffalo vs. Westminster on October 4, 1924.


Buffalo vs. St. Lawrence on October 18, 1924.

Buffalo vs. St. Lawrence on October 18, 1924.


Buffalo vs. Clarkson on November 1, 1924.

Buffalo vs. Clarkson on November 1, 1924.


1924 Buffalo Bulls Football Season

Date Home Team Score Visiting Team W-L-T Location
Sat, 10/4/19241 Buffalo 7 – 16 Westminster College L Buffalo, NY
Sat, 10/11/19242 Buffalo 0 – 9 Alfred University L Buffalo, NY
Sat, 10/18/19243 Buffalo 7 – 0 St.  Lawrence University W Buffalo, NY
Sat, 10/25/19244 Davis & Elkins College 48 – 0 Buffalo L Elkins, WV
Sat, 11/1/19245 Buffalo 0 – 26 Clarkson University L Buffalo, NY
Sat, 11/8/19246 University of Rochester 21 – 7 Buffalo L Rochester, NY
Sat, 11/15/19247 Buffalo 6 – 13 Hobart College L Buffalo, NY
Sat, 11/22/19248 Buffalo 0 – 6 George Washington University L Buffalo, NY


Home: Rotary Field, Bailey and Winspear Avenues;
Coach: Russell Carrick


  • 1 – “U.B. Eleven Loses to Westminster in Closing MinutesBuffalo Courier Buffalo, NY, 5 October 1924.
  • 2 – “Alfred’s Eleven Walks Over Bulls, Despite Game TryBuffalo Courier Buffalo, NY, 12 October 1924.
  • 3 – “Worm Turns for U.B. Gridmen With Win Over KawsBuffalo Courier Buffalo, NY, 19 October 1924.
  • 4 – “U.B. Encounters Stiff Beating by Davis Elkins TeamBuffalo Courier Buffalo, NY, 26 October 1924.
  • 5 – “Clarkson Tech Has Easy Time In Defeating BullsBuffalo Courier Buffalo, NY, 2 November 1924.
  • 6 – “Callaghan Dashes Aid in  U.B. Defeat by Rochester, 21-7Buffalo Courier Buffalo, NY, 9 November 1924.
  • 7 – “U.B.’s Gritty Game Holds Hobart to 13 to 6 VictoryBuffalo Courier Buffalo, NY, 16 November 1924.
  • 8 – “U.B. Gridders Drop Final Game to Washingtons, 7-0Buffalo Courier Buffalo, NY, 23 November 1924.