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Pride not pigeon-holed

By mrasor Published: July 28, 2006

Football


Zips recruit Gary Pride might play running back or wide receiver, according to his high school coach Kerry Coombs.


  • Congratulations to Domenik Hixon, who signed his first NFL contract. The Broncos drafted the former Zips wide receiver in the fourth round of the 2006 draft.

  • Buchtelite sports editor Dan Kadar had a one-on-one interview with Charlie Frye yesterday. He said the former Zips quarterback has bulked up noticeably. His story will appear in the Buchtelite's 24-page Welcome Back issue.

  • Since we're on the topic of the Buchtelite, we have planned an extensive series on the athletic department's finances. Look for that to start sometime in the fall.

Men's basketball


I must say, ESPN.com really impressed me today.


The Worldwide Leader wrote extensively on the MAC with a summer update. Not surprisingly, the package focuses mainly on Akron -- its clear favorite to win the conference.


But will this be the year two MAC teams reach the Big Dance? Mid-major guru Kyle Whelliston says maybe, with Akron and Ohio being the frontrunners. Bracketologist Joe Lunardi says Akron will win the MAC, with Kent State receiving an at-large bid.


Here is a really interesting quote in that article from coach Keith Dambrot:

"Our players have all pretty much played with LeBron (James) or tried to guard him," Dambrot said. "He's kind of adopted us. He's so huge right now. It's amazing how we can get in the door (of recruits) with that connection. It's not all that different than with what (John) Stockton's done with Gonzaga."

When I've talked to Coach Dambrot, he's always been very honest. Rarely will he be more optimistic or pessimistic than how he really feels. This quote is all the more reason Akron needs to lock him up long-term.


I haven't spoke with Mack Rhoades since softball coach Julie Wright quit, but I hope he is still devoting his energy toward a new contract for Dambrot and J.D. Brookhart. Heck, lock up track coach Dennis Mitchell and rifle coach Newt Engle while you're at it.


The athletic department has already shown that it won't tolerate losing and poor leadership in asking women's basketball coach Kelly Kennedy to resign. Now Akron needs to tell its coaches that the university will be just as adament in awarding success.

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