The UA athletics department will honor the late Dan Peters with a Purple Out for Tuesday’s game against the Cardinals.
“I think it’s motivational for us,” coach Keith Dambrot said of the event, “but it also is for them. His [oldest] son [Danny] coaches for them. So they’re going to play too. It’ll be good. It’s an important event.”
Peters, one of Dambrot’s best friends, died after a battle with pancreatic cancer last October.
“It’s really important to me,” he said. “I want people to come to me. It’s important to me to honor him.”To read more or comment...
Akron Zips at Western Michigan Broncos
Time: 2 p.m.
TV/Radio: Akron-IMG Sports Network – SportsRadio 1350 AM (WARF) in Akron (flagship) and for free at GoZips.com/TuneIn. Steve French (play-by-play) and Joe Dunn (analyst) will have the call beginning at 1:30 p.m.
Injury report: Zips: Jake Kretzer , Pat Forsythe.To read more or comment...
Akron Zips (12-5, 3-1 in MAC) at NIU Huskies (7-8, 1-3)
Time: 8 p.m. from the NIU Convocation Center
TV/Radio: ESPN3. Akron-IMG Sports Network – SportsRadio 1350 AM (WARF) in Akron (flagship) and for free at GoZips.com/TuneIn. Steve French (play-by-play) and Joe Dunn (analyst) will have the call beginning at 7:30 p.m.
Injury report: Nothing on Zips in.To read more or comment...
H/T to Hustlebelt.com for discovering this little nugget.
Former Akron Zips forward Demetrius Treadwell is back to playing basketball. Treadwell signed with Estudiantes Concordia of Argentina recently and apparently made an immediate impact.
He put up 19 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in a loss. Treadwell opened the current Zips season on the roster before being suspended and eventually leaving school altogether.To read more or comment...
The University of Akron Athletics Department is expected to add Darrell Funk to its football staff as offensive line coach, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.
He will replace John Peterson who departed for the Pitt Panthers last week.
Funk spent the last four years with the Michigan Wolverines and was with its former UM coach Brady Hoke since the latter coached at Ball State.
“I’m excited for the opportunity to join Coach Bowden,” Funk said, “and the staff at Akron. I’m looking forward to getting started.”To read more or comment...
Sporting Kansas City selected University of Akron senior Saad Abdul-Salaam with the 12th overall pick in the first round Thursday of the 2015 Major League Soccer SuperDraft in Philadelphia, Pa.
Abdul-Salaam, 23, is the 10th Zips player to have his name called during the first round of the MLS SuperDraft.
“I am very happy for Saad, he has worked very hard for this opportunity,” UA coach Jared Embick said. “He had a great season for us and is a very talented player. He will be a great pro. It is a great day for the Akron program to see another player join the MLS.”
Abdul-Salaam, a product of Gahanna Lincoln High School, was a first-team All-Mid-American Conference performer this past season. He started all 21 games for the Zips this season and registered two goals and a team-high six assists.To read more or comment...
Tonight’s win over the Bowling Green Falcons impressed given what happened to the Akron Zips in Toledo last Friday. After the Zips took off on a 15-0 run beginning at 13:23 of the first half with the Falcons leading 11-9, they never had to look back.
Part of the reason: they held Bowling Green to 33 percent shooting and shot 55 percent themselves. It helped that they put the Falcons’ best player Richaun Holmes into foul trouble in the first half, limiting his efficacy. But there were other reasons. Here are points to ponder for the Zips 67-50 win:
The Cheatham difference: Kwan Cheatham’s status was uncertain heading into the game, yet he gutted it out and gave the Zips 19 minutes and was effective, Dambrot noticed.
“I think the one thing that’s really noticeable is with Kwan Cheatham and without Kwan Cheatham. It’s huge having that second defender at the rim and not playing that 6-6, 6-7 guy,” he said. “We got  minutes out of him. He got five points, five rebounds, three assists and two blocks. That’s a good day at the office for a guy that didn’t practice.”To read more or comment...
The University of Akron football team will be on the watch for a new offensive line coach.
John Peterson, who assumed the position last season after the death of Alan Arrington, will be moving to the University of Pittsburgh to join the Panthers staff, according to several reports.
Arrington’s stops included the Ohio State University where he served as tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator for Jim Tressel, Miami (Ohio) and Cincinnati among others.To read more or comment...
Sat., Sept. 5 at Oklahoma
Sat., Sept. 12 PITTSBURGH
Sat., Sept. 19 SAVANNAH STATE
Sat., Sept. 26 at Louisiana-Lafayette
HOME GAMES: *BUFFALO, *CENTRAL MICHIGAN, *KENT STATE, *OHIO
AWAY GAMES: *at Bowling Green, *at Eastern Michigan, *at Massachusetts, *at Miami (Ohio)
The Akron Zips defeated defending Mid-American Conference champions Western Michigan Tuesday night 72-52 and at times it didn’t look that close. The Zips came out from the beginning with a mind to take it to the Broncos and it showed.
Here are points to ponder related to Tuesday’s game:
1.) The Zips were out to make a statement, plain and simple and in two ways. First of all, they blew a huge lead to the Broncos in the MAC Tournament semi-final game last March. Secondly, they do have something to prove in that folks in the conference might be expecting a creamy, gooey disposition without Demetrius Treadwell present to serve as an enforcer. No such thing. Broncos coach Steve Hawkins mentioned the Zips’ “physicality” on several occasions during post-game interviews. Dambrot attributed it to tougher practices that he said showed up in tonight’s conference opener.
2.) If the Zips are missing Treadwell for his toughness, it didn’t show up Tuesday, nor has it really shown throughout the non-conference schedule. It his absence Kwan Cheatham has shown up, but most noticeably, center Pat Forsythe has improved in attitude and on the court. He’s aggressive, confident and doesn’t back down. More importantly, he wants the ball. He wants to put the team on his shoulders. That’s the primary difference that he shows.To read more or comment...