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Christian staying put

By mrasor Published: August 10, 2006

Men's basketball

Jim Christian isn't going anywhere -- at least this offseason.

Nebraska will skip over Kent State's head coach in favor of UTEP's Doc Sadler, ESPN reports.

This is great news for Kent State, which would have been a mess next year without Christian. The Flashes lost four rotation players who ran out of eligibility. They also lost two men's basketball scholarships because some players left the team without being in good academic standing.

I stand by my opinion, whether Kent State is with the MAC Coach of the Year or without him.


Akron hired a new head coach.

Surprise! He has a history of success at another Division I program.

Tom Porten was the 2006 Horizon League Coach of the Year at Cleveland State University. Last year's Vikings won the conference championship. In 2003, Porten was the Horizon League's women's Coach of the Year.

Yeah, the guy can coach.

He joins a list of other new Akron coaches who have proven that as well...

  • Jeffrey Wyshner, tennis. He comes from Fairfield University with an impressive resume.

  • Julie Jones, softball. She took Cleveland State to the Horizon League championship last season.

  • Jodi Kest, women's basketball. She was a winning coach at Texas A&M Corpus Christi.

That's not to say athletic director Mack Rhoades has tunnel vision. He also has hired promising assistants away from leading programs...

  • Nittaya Klim, swimming and diving. She was an assistant at Penn State, who won back-to-back women's Big Ten titles.

  • Caleb Porter, men's soccer. Porter served as the top recruiter and assistant at Indiana, which won the 2004 and 2003 national championships.

Men's soccer

Speaking of Porter, he is very proud of his Zips after the first practice of camp.

It's hard to tell whether he is just an optimistic person or is seriously impressed. Seeing how Akron's recruiting class is outstanding and returns seven starters (including All-American Sinisia Ubiparipovic), Porter should be happy.

Other key returners including All-MAC players Evan Bush, Ossie Michalsen and Jonathan McClain.


My car was on its death bed today, so I left it overnight in the shop to get some fixin'.

Anyhow, that meant I had to walk from a minor league baseball game to the WNBA game in downtown Indianapolis.

While doing so, I saw a man in a Charlie Frye jersey.

That man, who remains unnamed because I'm not a big enough creep to ask him, made my day.


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