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Rhoades will stay at Akron

By mrasor Published: February 26, 2009

Athletic director Mack Rhoades will remain at Akron, as Rutgers chose its radio announcer to be the new AD.
The winner, Tom Pernetti, is also a vice president at CBS. He played tight end at Rutgers. Scarlet Knights' football coach Greg Schiano was Pernetti's high school coach for a year. The Big East nearly chose Pernetti as its commissioner in the fall.
With all of these connections, Rhoades faced a clear uphill battle. His consideration should be a testament to the direction in which Akron's athletic department is heading. A lot of credit, of course, also is due to Mike Thomas' administration and the undying support from president Luis Proenza.
Also this...
I am one of three statewide finalists for the Associated Press' award of Best Blogger.
The award includes the biggest newspapers in Ohio -- ones with a daily circulation of more than 75,000. My competitors are both from the Columbus Dispatch: Aaron Portzline, who covers the Blue Jackets; and Darrel Rowland, who covers public affairs.
I will know the results in May. I am really excited. I'll use this opportunity to give a shout-out to this blog's creator, Mike Waddell, who might find a new AD job before Rhoades.
Men's basketball
Akron tips off against Buffalo tonight at 7.

    News and notes...
    Buffalo is between a 1- and 1.5-point favorite. The over-under is 123.5.
    The Buffalo News pinpoints the Bulls' problems over their current three-game losing streak: defensive intensity and focus.
    Tom Gaffney explains the practical effects of a win or loss tonight. A win would put Akron in first. A loss would put Akron two games behind Buffalo, with the Bulls also holding a tiebreaker. Nate Linhart said the team's goal is to match Buffalo's intensity.

I think this will be a low-scoring, physical game that will come down to free throws. In January, it came down to free throws, and Buffalo made them. This time, the pendulum swings and the Zips retake first place.
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