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Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015: How not to draw attention to yourself

   Leading off today: Friendly advice for student-athletes being recruited by major colleges: Don't post pictures like this on social media after flipping your commitment from one school to another, especially when your new suitor (and its conference, by the way) doesn't enjoy a squeaky-clean reputation:

   Florida prospect Tim Irvin, the nephew of former Dallas Cowboys great Michael Irvin, flashed the above wad of cash shortly after de-committing from Texas to Auburn over the weekend. Irvin posted it on Snapchat with the caption: "money baby."

   Later, The teen tweeted the same picture with the caption, "Wanna thank my Aunt and others who gave me my graduation gift" followed by another tweet that stated, "Lol it's crazy how ppl worry about me I do have family." Both tweets have since been erased, reported.

   Back to our regular programming: Hauppauge's 55-19 wrestling win over East Islip on Sunday marked coach Chris Messina's 436th dual-meet win, tying him with Huntington legend Lou Giani for the Section 11 record.

   "Any time you're mentioned in the same sentence as Giani, it's pretty incredible," Messina told Newsday. "I've looked up to him. To put it in perspective, there are certain guys that are way above the rest. He's a legend. He's probably the greatest coach Long Island's ever had. It's a true honor to be alongside him."

   Messina, 60, can take possession of the record Wednesday when Hauppauge hosts Deer Park.

   Messina said the addition of his son Mike to his coaching staff last season has given him a boost to keep going. "As long as I'm healthy and my son stays at my side," he said, "500 looks like a pretty good goal, but that's a number of years away."

   More milestones: Buffalo East's Starling Bryant racked up his 300th boys basketball win Monday in the Panthers' 59-42 win vs. Rochester Franklin in the Martin Luther King Classic at Monroe Community College.

   Bryant coached Buffalo Traditional to three NYSPHSAA championships before taking over at East. He's been in Buffalo schools for 19 seasons and is approaching Larry Veronica's Yale Cup record of 303 wins. Bryant played for Veronica at Buffalo Bennett.

   News from the diving well: Mexico diver Noah Galluzzo set the Section 3 record for an 11-dive meet, scoring 580.70 points Saturday at Liverpool. Galluzzo broke the previous mark of 577.55 held by Dan Roche.

   Warwick senior diver Nick Rusek has committed to the University of Tennessee, a perennial NCAA power.

   "It was everything," Rusek said of his visit to the Knoxville campus. "Academics, they had the major I was looking for and the facilities are amazing there; it's awesome. The coaches, the training schedule; it all seemed perfect for what I was looking for."

   Rusek is the two-time defending Section 9 diving champion. He recently broke a decade-old sectional record with a six-dive score of 343.40 and will be chasing the 11-dive mark of 548.75 that has stood since 1992.

   State competitions: It appears the stalemate has been broken and most of the NYSPHSAA volleyball tournament will remain at the Glens Falls Civic Center.

   The most recent NYSPHSAA Executive Committee meeting ended without arriving at a decision between Glens Falls, Corning High and Onondaga Community College. Based on the latest information, the girls volleyball committee has affirmed its support for staying in Glens Falls for 2015-17, while the boys are expected to split off and hold their semifinals and finals at Suffolk Community College the next three years.

   Also, the third and final edition of NYSPHSAA Competitive Cheerleading regionals is being broken into three competitions rather than the previous two -- Feb. 21 at Guilderland, Feb. 28 at Bay Shore and March 7 at Rochester Institute of Technology.

   The sport will consolidate into a single championship event beginning in 2016, with Onondaga CC expected to beat RIT and Ithaca College for the right to host when the Executive Committee meets next week.

   Coaching changes: Dowling College assistant Mike Taylor has been appointed boys lacrosse coach at Shoreham-Wading River, replacing Justin Arini, who resigned last month for personal reasons, the Riverhead News-Review reported.

   The Wildcats won a 2012 NYSPHSAA championship and the Long Island title in 2013 under Tom Rotanz, who was not rehired last spring.

   Matt Benton, who guided the team to its first Section 2 playoff appearance in 11 seasons, has resigned as football coach at Johnstown. The school board voted Thursday to appoint assistant Ryan Baldock as his replacement.

   Benton took over in 2010 and guided the Sir Bills through a rebuilding that included cutting the 2012 season short due to injuries. The team has since posted back-to-back 4-5 seasons.

   Nanuet wrestling coach Carmine Serra said he will step down after this season, his 30th as an assistant or head coach. He took over at Nanuet in 2008 and guided the Golden Knights to three straight Section 1 Division 2 titles from 2011-13.

   Serra is publishing a book entitled, "My Dad Is The Wrestling Coach," which was inspired by his three daughters, The Journal News reported.

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