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Ruthenberg breaks down national bowl outlook

By mrasor Published: October 31, 2008

Football
Dave Ruthenberg from MACReportOnline.com wrote a fascinating column that breaks down the national bowl outlook.
I don't want to steal his thunder, but he basically talks about the conferences and teams that need to fail in order for MAC teams to have a chance at one of the 68 bowl slots. The column also calls J.D. Brookhart one of the conference's best coaches this season.
On that topic, I wholeheartedly agree. Brookhart has transformed a lot of raw talent into good players. Like I have said several times, Akron has usually shown its thuggish underbelly at inopportune times since I started covering the team. This season, the team appears to have better character. And it is probably no coincidence that it is Brookhart's first year of having his own recruits as seniors.
Miscellaneous
Indians president Paul Dolan visited our Sports Law class on Wednesday.
He facilitated a fascinating, candid discussion. One Zips-related point: His network, Sports Time Ohio, is looking for sports teams to cover. Considering that STO is as widespread in Ohio as any other cable network, wouldn't it be great for Akron to link up with STO for maybe five games per year?
I haven't talked to Mack Rhoades in a while, but someone should suggest that he gives Dolan a call about that.

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