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Stadium a little closer to reality

By mrasor Published: June 22, 2006

Football


Were you wondering about how planning for the new stadium is going?


Me too.


The ABJ's Carol Bilickzy wrote an very informative story about where the process is, and where university officials hope it is headed.


VP of planning Ted Curtis said he is optimistic that five years is the timetable.


The big question is money.


If you ask me, it's time for an Akron corporation to step in. I remember Goodyear's CEO Bob Keegan talking about turning the tire company into a marketing company, or at least in philosophy.


Mr. Keegan, imagine Goodyear Stadium, where one of the nation's most up-and-coming college football teams plays.


Almost every large city has its local corporations' names on the stadiums, i.e. Miller Park, the United Center, Comerica Park, Safeco Field, etc. Northeast Ohio has none of that. (Quicken Loans is based in Michigan.)


In a way, it's nice to have teams devoid of commercialism. In the Zips case, the university could really, really use the money.


  • The Zips continue to recruit from Florida. They recently offered a scholarship to a running back from the Sunshine State, Scout.com says. Brian Sumlar, from Orange Park, Fla., is 5-foot-9, 185 pounds and runs the 40-yard dash in 4.55 seconds. Sumlar is weighing other offers from Duke and Wyoming. He also is considering Florida, Florida State and Florida Atlantic. Rivals.com throws Miami (Fla.) into the mix as well. Neither site has ranked Sumlar.

  • CollegeFootballNews.com ranked the top 50 coaches in America. J.D. Brookhart was left off. Still, it's a good read if you have the time.
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