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Monday, Sept. 9, 2013: Canisius running back Ollison picks Pitt

   Leading off today: Canisius senior running back Qadree Ollison became the state's 13th member of the Class of 2014 to commit to a BCS college program when he announced Monday that he will attend the University of Pittsburgh next fall.

   Ollison visited the Pitt campus during Labor Day weekend and canceled an expected visit to Penn State this past weekend. He said he had a good relationship with the coaches and anticipates an opportunity to play early.

   “When I went on my visit there, I’ve been there two or three times, it felt like a great place to be,” Ollison said. “I had a really nice relationship with the coaches, I had a really nice feel for the campus."

   His other four finalists were Penn State, Rutgers, Syracuse and Wisconsin. Ollison can sign his binding letter of intent next Feb. 5.

   One other senior on the list of New York commitments, Newburgh safety Jalen Williams, has also selected Pitt.

   Speaking of Buffalo RBs: There was a great story out of State College, Pa., on Saturday, where 1973 Heisman Trophy winner John Cappelletti and teammates were honored as part of the 40th anniversary celebration of Penn State's 12-0 team.

   Cappelletti’s No. 22 jersey was retired during a ceremony, making him the first Nittany Lion in any sport to be so honored.

   However, there was a detail for the legendary player and AD Dave Joyner to hammer out. You see, redshirt freshman Akeel Lynch, the former Buffalo St. Francis star, currently wears that same No. 22.

   According to Cappelletti, Joyner asked, "What do you want to do? I said, ‘Don’t tear that number off the kid. Let him have it. Let him be the last one to wear it. Maybe that will give him some incentive.’"

   Naturally, Lynch's debut was memorable. He rushed 13 times for 108 yards and a touchdown vs. Eastern Michigan after not carrying the ball in the opener vs. Syracuse. Lynch was almost giddy discussing Cappelletti's pregame speech to the team.

   “He called me out in the locker room and said, ‘Where’s Akeel Lynch?’” Lynch said. “He said ... 'I want you to carry No. 22 for the rest of your career. Just make sure you give it back when you’re done.’” football site

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   More football: In case you missed some New York football results over the weekend, scores from Week 1 can be found here.

   National news: The national girls cross country landscape changed dramatically over the weekend with a report that 2012 Foot Locker champion Anna Rohrer has a broken navicular bone in her left foot, which could shut her down for much of the remaining season.

   The South Bend Tribune reported doctors estimate the injury will keep Rohrer sidelined for at least eight weeks. The Mishawaka (Ind.) junior said that an MRI showed evidence that the bone had been breaking gradually for an extended period.

   "I hadn't been feeling any pain up until about two weeks ago when I started to really monitor it," Rohrer told

   Rohrer had a similar injury to her right foot as a freshman.

   Cleared: Felony charges filed against two teens accused of robbing a man at gunpoint last month have been dismissed, the Democrat and Chronicle reported. A Monroe County assistant district attorney confirmed that charges of first-degree robbery and fourth-degree grand larceny against Kyron C. Allen and Chad L. Cole, both 17, were dismissed after they were no-billed by a grand jury.

   Allen was a key player last winter for the Aquinas basketball team that reached the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Class A quarterfinals.

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