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Another disappointing game

By mrasor Published: November 2, 2007

Football
Another week, another beatdown.
The Zips' season officially slipped away with a 44-20 loss at Bowling Green. It was a game where the Falcons did exactly what they wanted on offense, and the Zips' critical errors kept their decent drives from showing up on the scoreboard.
Bowling Green scored on every drive except two. The Falcons taught the Zips a lesson in running the spread offense. You have to have a quarterback with great field vision and a strong arm. Tyler Sheehan played a very effective game in that sense.
Carlton Jackson played instead of Chris Jacquemain, who was suspended for breaking team rules. As a rusher, Jackson looked outstanding. Problem is, his Johnny Damon-style lollipop throws resulted in two interceptions.
Still, Jackson ran the offense well enough to give Akron a chance to score. However, the redzone ineptitude continued, as the Zips failed to convert due to two turnovers on downs and a fumble.
Here's where good coaches earn their money. Not every season ends in a bowl game; at some point, the team has nothing to play for. Will he "lose" the team? Or will it play with pride and discipline? His job might depend on it.
Men's basketball
My buddy Kiel Fleming rhetorically asked: Can't we just combine the basketball and football coaching jobs and ask Keith Dambrot to do both?
In that vein, Akron got two votes in the preseason AP poll. (Yet, they're not even the MAC media's favorite in the East division.)
Two votes is the same amount as Illinois and one more than George Mason.

    Notes...
    Captain Kangaroo -- a moderator on ZipsNation.org, ardent Akron fan and good guy -- is reporting that Akron has obtained verbal commitments from Andrew Parrish (a PF/C ranked in the top 150 in all players of the 2008 class) and Nikola Cventinovic (a Serbian big man with a skill set similar to Anderson Varejao). Props to CK for the scoop.
    I plan to chat up some of the coaches in the near future. As it is, I hardly have time to eat and sleep. So we'll see.
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