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Akron Zips football - Source: OSU RB to enroll, play at UA after graduation

By George Thomas Published: February 12, 2016

Warren Ball, a 6-foot-1, 224-pound running back, will leave the Ohio State football program after graduating this spring and enroll at the University of Akron for his final year of eligibility, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.

Because he will have graduated, Ball, a former Columbus high school standout and four-star recruit, will be eligible to play for the Zips this fall.  Given the loss of running backs Conor Hundley and Donnell Alexander, the opportunity for Ball to seize the starting job will be there.  In his time at OSU, Ball rushed for 189 yards on 41 carries.  He excelled at St. Francis DeSales High School and was ranked as the No. 13 running back by Scout.com and No. 16 by Rivals.com in 2012.

Even with running back Ezekiel Elliot leaving for this spring’s NFL draft, Ball was projected to sit behind Curtis Samuel and Mike Webster for the 2016 season.  If the NFL is an aspiration, should he win UA’s starting job he will receive the opportunity to showcase his skills.

He will join other former Buckeyes on the UA roster, including defensive end Se’Von Pittman and linebacker Jamal Marcus.  Another former Buckeye, Akron native Tommy Brown, finished his eligibility this past season.  

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UA athletics department announces bobblehead series to close basketball season

By George Thomas Published: February 11, 2016

From a UA news release:  

The University of Akron men’s basketball, in conjunction with the LeBron James Family Foundation (LJFF), will give away a limited-edition bobblehead series featuring former Zips’ Dru Joyce, Romeo Travis, and NBA Champion and MVP LeBron James.

 “It’s a very special bobblehead series for three guys who are dear to my heart,” head coach Keith Dambrot said. “We were all together in high school, and I coached two out of three of them in college. Rome and Dru helped jumpstart our program, which has led us to where we are today. LeBron has shown great support for the University and provides our program with one of the nation’s best shoe deals.”

The three-piece collection will be released at separate games, starting with the Dru Joyce bobblehead at the Tuesday, Feb. 16, contest against Buffalo.

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Akron Zips men's soccer: Recruiting class receives high ranking

By George Thomas Published: February 8, 2016

From a UA athletics department release:

The University of Akron men's soccer received national attention as TopDrawerSoccer.com has tabbed the Zips' 2016 signing class as the second-best in the nation.

"This is a very talented class that has a lot potential to make an immediate impact," Akron head coach Jared Embick commented. "We will be a deeper team that is capable of causing many problems for our opponents. We will need all these players as we work to get back to the College Cup and win our Second Star."

Donning the Akron uniform this fall will be Nick Hinds (Plantation, Fla.), Reggie Laryea (Toronto, Ontario (Canada)), Jonathan Lewis (Plantation, Fla.), Alex Mapp (Medina, Ohio), Jesus Perez (Waukegan, Ill.), Emmanuel Sabbi (Columbus, Ohio), Tor Saunders (Bothell, Wash.) and Marcel Zajac (Mississauga, Ontario).

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Akron Zips football: Signing Day at hand for UA

By George Thomas Published: February 3, 2016

UA signees announced so far:

 

Alvin Davis, safety, , 5-10, 170, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

Cedric McCoy, OL, 6-4, 343, Palatka, Fla.  (Ellsworth CC)

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Scout box: Akron Zips at Toledo Rockets, 7 p.m., Savage Arena

By George Thomas Published: January 15, 2016

Akron (13-3, 2-1 in Mid-American Conference) at Toledo Rockets (10-6, 1-2 in MAC)

Time: 7 p.m., Friday

Where: Savage Arena, Toledo

TV/Radio/Internet: CBS Sports Network; WARF (1350-AM) for free at SportsRadio1350.com and on iHeartRadio. Steve French and Joe Dunn will have the call beginning at 6:30 p.m.; view at gozips.com for webcast and live statistics.

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Akron Zips football: 2016 opponents announced

By George Thomas Published: January 13, 2016

Thurs., Sept. 1 VMI
Sat., Sept. 10 at Wisconsin
Sat., Sept. 17 at Marshall
Sat., Sept. 24 APPALACHIAN STATE

 


HOME GAMES:
*BOWLING GREEN
*MIAMI (OHIO)
*TOLEDO #
*WESTERN MICHIGAN #

 

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Scout box: Akron Zips at Central Michigan Chippewas

By George Thomas Published: January 12, 2016

Akron (13-2, 2-0) vs. Central Michigan (8-7, 1-1)

Time: 7 p.m., Tuesday

Where: McGuirk Arena, Mount Pleasant, Mich.

TV/Radio/Internet: American Sports Network/ESPN3 Mike Gleason (play-by-play) and Murry Bartow (analyst); WARF (1350-AM) for free at SportsRadio1350.com and on iHeartRadio. Steve French and Joe Dunn will have the call beginning at 6:30 p.m.; view at gozips.com for webcast and live statistics.

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Scout box: Akron Zips vs. Western Michigan Broncos

By George Thomas Published: January 8, 2016

Akron (12-2, 1-0 in Mid-American Conference) vs Western Michigan Broncos (6-8, 0-1)

Time: 7 p.m., Friday

Where: Rhodes Arena

TV/Radio/Internet: ESPNU with Bob Picozzi (play-by-play) and Malcolm Huckaby (Analyst) , WARF (1350-AM) for free at SportsRadio1350.com and on iHeartRadio. Steve French and Joe Dunn will have the call beginning at 6:30 p.m.; view at gozips.com for webcast and live statistics.

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Akron Zips fans can take pictures with Famous Idaho Potato Bowl trophy

By George Thomas Published: January 8, 2016

From a UA athletics department news release:

Zips' fans will have two opportunities at upcoming men's basketball games to view and take photos with the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl trophy.

The first opportunity is Friday, Jan. 8, when the Zips take on Western Michigan at 7 p.m. Additionally, fans can take photos with the trophy on Tuesday, Jan. 19, prior to the game with Eastern Michigan. Both games will be played at James A. Rhodes Arena.

The trophy will be on display on the upper level in the Northwest corner of the arena, near the student section.

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Stanford ousts UA 8-7 on penalty kicks in NCAA soccer semifinals

By Marla Ridenour Published: December 12, 2015

KANSAS CITY, Kan.: For what seemed like an interminable time, Nate Shultz sat at midfield, a coach watching over him as he agonized over a blocked penalty kick that ended the University of Akron's NCAA tournament run one game shy of the championship.

The sophomore forward from Mayfield was overcome by the weight of a fleeting few seconds. Stanford goalkeeper Andrew Epstein stopped Shultz's ball just after the Cardinal's Corey Baird chipped one over the head of Zips goalie Jake Fenlason to eliminate UA 8-7 after 10 rounds of penalty kicks.

Fourth-seeded UA (18-3-3) and eighth-seeded Stanford (17-2-3) had played to a scoreless draw after two overtimes in their semifinal match Friday night at Sporting Park.

At stake was a spot in Sunday's title game against second-seeded Clemson, which ousted sixth-seeded Syracuse 4-1 on penalty kicks after another scoreless draw.

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