With seven of J.D. Brookhart's known targets for 2008 residing in Northeast Ohio and 11 more in other parts of the state or Pennsylvania, the coaching staff hopes playing at Cleveland Browns Stadium against Army will help recruiting, the ABJ's David Lee Morgan writes.
ESPN will televise the game, and that could lure in other high school players from North Carolina, Florida, New Jersey, Georgia and Maryland, as well.
In the story, Army's athletic director says he thinks his team is America's No. 2 sweetheart, following Notre Dame. Kevin Anderson, originally from Cleveland, also believes the Black Knights can sway the crowd at Browns Stadium.
Sorry, Kevin. The next time most of America watches an Army football game will be the first. All I know about the Knights is they were part of the ugliest football game I've ever watched -- a 20-0 slop-fest at the Rubber Bowl.
Anyhow, I do like the Patriot Bowl. 1) It gives Akron more visibility in Northeast Ohio. 2) It gives the Zips publicity across the nation. 3) It's one less game sitting on those broken benches at the Rubber Bowl.
In fact, I applaud Akron's entire 2008 schedule. It's not really favorable this year, but it's smart to move the Indiana home game to 2009 when Akron can invite two BCS schools to Summa Stadium, or whatever they will call it. (Kentucky also is slated to come to town.)
It's good to think long-term in that regard. Consider the publicity the Zips will get in this area with a brand new stadium, third-year quarterback, two BCS home games and a winnable third BCS matchup at Syracuse.
p.s. It's good to talk about football again. I'm getting tired of this down time in Zips sports.