Some readers have expressed interest in the Buchtelite's 24-page Welcome Back issue.
The paper hits the racks Monday morning, but I'll give you an early sniff.
Here is the PDF of the sports page.
I could start this note with a reference to Rocky IV or the Red Scare, but I won't.
As coach of the U.S. Track and Field Team, Akron coach Dennis Mitchell's American team took second place at the Norwich Union International Match. The Russians won.
The men, whom Mitchell coached, actually beat the Russians, 177-146. They won 11 of 16 events. However, once the men's and women's scores were combined, the Americans fell just short, 349-312.5.
"Unfortunately, the day before the competition they decided to combine the score," Mitchell said. "I think this was for television purposes. The loaded and well-rested Russian womenÕs team was too much for our women."
Regardless, the Zips coach said he enjoyed the experience.
"This was one of the most exciting coaching experiences of my life," he said. "It felt like a conference championship trying to rally and coach the team to try to beat Russia."
Let me put this in perspective for some of you who don't care about college track: Akron matters, and the Zips coach is a big name in the track world. Mitchell's honor should be a huge boost to recruiting, which already is outstanding.
The Battle/Massacre for the Wagon Wheel will be on television.
It is one of Fox Sports Net's MAC Games of the Week. The network has not yet decided the other games.