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Kickers, Kennedy and quarterbacks

By mrasor Published: August 12, 2006


The ABJ's David Lee Morgan wrote some interesting notebook items from Zips camp. He talked about Akron's iffy kicker situation, the coaching staff's impression of Dennis Kennedy and who will win the No. 2 quarterback job.

  • Here are some notes from Akron's sixth day of camp from

  • Coach J.D. Brookhart shuffled his staff a bit. Mouri Monz comes from Duquesne to become Akron's new director of football operations. That was Reno Ferri's position. Ferri moves on to become wide receiver coach. Joe Moorhead, meanwhile, officially took control of the offensive coordinator job.

Men's soccer

Evan Bush and Sinisia Ubiparipovic earned a spot on the Premier Development League's All-Central Conference Team.

Women's soccer

The Zips began practice this week, and will try to improve on a 5-11-2 record with solid players Jacque Pitchford, Donna Swift and Amee Thompson.

The Zips will host an exhibition match against Wright State on Thursday at Lee Jackson Field.

  • Akron also announced the hiring of assistant coach Railene Thorson, who comes from Cleveland State.

  • This might be my first-ever post about women's soccer. That's not to say this sport is unimportant. It just hasn't made much news since October, when I began blogging.


A lot of you have asked how my internship as a sports writer at the Indianapolis Star had been going. To most of you, I said fine, without really elaborating.

Well, now that it's over, here are five of my most memorable moments from my debut in sports reporting...

  1. At Indianpolis Colts training camp on Tuesday, the media relations people threw a fit because I interviewed a player outside of the interview zone. What's funny is that their own person told me I could do it. Thankfully, the Browns people are much less anal.

  2. Andy Roddick called me out. After one of his matches at the RCA Championship, the most famous American tennis player walked into the interview room. He immediately said, "Rasor, you now write for Us Weekly." (I had written a short story about what Roddick does when he's in town in that day's paper.) Looking back, I wish I had a pithy comeback, but I was left pretty speechless.

  3. Two minor league baseball players big-timed me on Wednesday. Terry Adams and Scott Strickland said they preferred not to participate in an interview about the Triple-A Indianapolis Indians' veteran bullpen. Why? Because the Star does not cover the Indians on a daily basis. Here is the story if you are interested.

  4. One of my Indians stories consisted of me tracking each baseball used during a game. The story was basically all about the life of a baseball. The fun part was watching each ball in the dirt to see if the umpire put it in his pouch, or tossed it to the ball boy, which is a baseball's death sentence.

  5. I drove home Friday with a blown transmission, proving a legion of mechanics wrong. They said, "There's no way you'll make it back to Ohio." Wrong! Unfortunately, that doesn't change the fact that my gas-guzzler is due for a $2,000 fix-up this week.

While we're on the topic of my life, the ABJ's Jim Carney wrote a great story about how Joe Tomci's friends have dealt with the Stow Marine's death in Iraq. I attended private calling hours for Joe today, and it was great to talk to everyone about him.

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