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.
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.
Akron tips off against Buffalo tonight at 7.