With his West Virginia roots, it should be of little surprise that there are ties for the Bowden family to the Marshall Thundering Herd football program.
University of Akron football coach spoke about those ties – including his father Bobby’s portrayal in the movie We Are Marshall which told the story of the aftermath of the airplane crash involving the football team in November of 1970 – at his weekly press conference.
The Zips take on the Thundering Herd, a team expected to win Conference USA this year, that comes in averaging 44.7 points and over 600 yards of offense per game this Saturday at InfoCision Stadium.To read more or comment...
According to a University of Akron source, the NCAA ruled today that former Firestone High School standout and transfer from Ohio State, Tommy Brown, will be eliigbile for the season.
Brown, who sought a waiver after transferring to UA just prior to preseason camp, should provide help on the line.
Brown, 6-foot-4 and 310 pounds, is eligible to play against Penn State, but whether he will remains unclear.To read more or comment...
Men’s golf coach David Trainor has received a contract extension through 2017, the University of Akron announced Friday. Trainor has led the team in 2011. Read the full news release below:
AKRON, Ohio -University of Akron men's golf head coach David Trainor has received a three-year contract extension, Director of Athletics Tom Wistrcill announced on Friday. The extension, which is pending approval by the UA Board of Trustees, will keep Trainor at the helm of the program through the 2017 season.
"We are excited about what Coach Trainor has done with the program over the last three seasons," Wistrcill said. "This extension is a reward for that performance and hard work, and shows our commitment to Coach Trainor as he builds our men's golf program towards a MAC Championship."
"I am thrilled with the committment that Tom Wistrcill, the Board of Trustees, and the University of Akron has made in me and our men's golf program," Trainor said. "My family and I have enjoyed our time in Akron, and look forward to leading this program in the future."To read more or comment...
Many thanks to Nate Bauer [@NateBauerBWI] from BlueWhite Illustrated, a Rivals.com site, for taking the time to provide some perspective about Penn State and what the Akron Zips can expect when they invade Happy Valley Saturday for a game that will be televised on ABC (WEWS Channel 5) Saturday.
Q: How does James Franklin differ from Bill O'Brien? Was a culture change necessary? Or were there just tweaks?
A: In terms of personality, they couldn’t be more different. O’Brien liked to have fun, but his general demeanor was typically pretty gruff and hard to crack. His players and staff generally loved him though. Franklin’s players and staff also love him, but his outward persona is effervescent, he’s always got a smile plastered on his face and to the general public, he’s infinitely more approachable than O’Brien.
Within the program, though, both coaches did and do many of the same things. There is a renewed vigor at Penn State that had faded toward the end of Joe Paterno’s tenure, and many of the kicks in the pants O’Brien brought to the program have simply been furthered by Franklin. One area that has seen a dramatic improvement, however, is in recruiting. No doubt, O’Brien was working under the constraints of NCAA sanctions against the program that made recruiting a nearly impossible game both in quality and quantity, but now that there’s light at the end of the tunnel, Franklin has absolutely shot out of a cannon and has made strides in both areas.To read more or comment...
Once again, the Akron Zips will face one of those Power 5 conference teams – Penn State - in a matchup that could raise the program’s profile.
Is there upset potential there? What applies on any given Sunday also is relevant for any given Saturday. Coach Terry Bowden has said that a team grows faster between games one and two than at any other point in the season. Here’s where we see whether that is the case. Here are the primary keys to the game:
Though impressive, ignore Pohl’s numbers [62 percent completions, 308 yards, four TDs] from the win over Howard University. He took a big step toward assuming ownership of the Zips after enduring an extremely lackluster second quarter against the Bison. It was during the lull with UA up by 21and Howard blitzing from all over the place. Yes, they held the Zips scoreless, but in the third quarter Pohl, who took the blame for that period of time, came right back in the second half to put the offense on track. It showed leadership – definitive leadership. However, his offensive line, which is still gelling, will have to solidify faster to take on a defensive line featuring Deion Barnes and Anthony Zettel, who, along with linebacker Brandon Bell, combined for five tackles for loss. As of this posting, there was still no word on right tackle Tommy Brown, who was listed as the No. 1 right tackle prior to the start of the season, and his waiver application from the NCAA.
This is the one area that could be picked apart last week. Take away Pohl’s 48 yards of rushing and the running game – to be generous – was ineffective. The running backs combined for 21 carries for 65 yards. Starter Jawon Chisholm couldn’t get into a rhythm. It could help that he’s going home this weekend – he played high school football in Harrisburg. The reality is he and backup Conor Hundley will have to run well enough to keep Penn State off their game because Bowden is expecting more, telling media he wants prefers five yards per carry to two. He is, however, pragmatic.To read more or comment...