Miscellaneous There were no moments that really stood out, so the ranking process was imprecise. Feel free to add your own if I forgot anything.
The Top 10...
1) Men's basketball --
Zeke Marshall verbally
commits to Akron.
2) Men's basketball -- Akron
wins in overtime at Florida State in NIT
3) Men's soccer -- Akron twice
achieves No. 2 ranking.
4) Football -- Akron
knocks off Kent State in double-overtime.
5) Men's soccer -- Zips
beat Ohio State to advance to Sweet Sixteen.
6) Track -- Men and women
earn dual MAC Championships for first time in school history.
7) Football -- Akron
wins at Syracuse, and nearly
beats Orange Bowl participant Cincinnati.
8 ) Football --
Andy Hildreth and
Dennis Kennedycarry Zips into division lead with win at Eastern Michigan.
9) Men's basketball -- Zips win in
Athens -- two difficult MAC venues.
10) Men's basketball -- Akron
takes No. 20 Dayton to double-overtime on the road.
Men's basketball I have been so obsessed with the football recruiting industry (yes, it's an industry) that I have neglected to keep up on how
Jeff Boals & Co. intend to fill the 2010 class.
The team appears to have two available scholarships from
Chris McKnight and
shooting guard/small forward, Louisville, Ky.
Offers: Akron, Miami (Fla.), Virginia Commonwealth, Dayton, Middle Tennessee State, Ohio, Bradley and Marshall
Notes: Other schools of interest include Kentucky, Louisville, Stanford, Butler, Miami (Ohio) and Wright State. Sewell has a "mature" and "long" body and he has improved his shooting and ball handling. He can dominate a game by driving or shooting. A few weeks ago, Sewell
told Scout.com that Akron, Marshall, Butler and Western Kentucky are the schools showing him the most interest at this point. Sewell
visited an Akron practice in mid-October.
small forward, Cincinnati
Offers: Akron, Dayton, Penn State, St. Joseph's, West Virginia and Bowling Green
Notes: Rivals.com gives Payne three stars. As a sophomore, he averaged 12.5 points and six rebounds. Payne does not have an offer from Michigan, but he really enjoyed his visit to New York City to watch the Wolverines beat UCLA at Madison Square Garden. It appears Michigan will offer soon, and that might end Payne's recruitment.
small forward, Jackson, Tenn.
Offers: Akron, Vanderbilt, Virginia, Alabama, Miami (Fla.), Mississippi, Wake Forest, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Minnesota and Southern Illinois
Notes: Scout.com gives Prather three stars. Rivals.com gives him four stars and calls him the No. 7 small forward in the nation, but
the site does not list Akron on his profile. Although Akron has been involved with Prather from the beginning, his statements do not show any indication that he is considering the Zips.
shooting guard, Beckley, W.V.
Notes: Mensa would be a project. A native of Canada, he has only been playing basketball for a few years. Scout.com says the athletically gifted guard has great potential as his knowledge of the game improves. Teams of interest include Mississippi, St. Joseph's, Virginia Tech, Marshall and West Virginia. He caught many recruiters' attention after big games against The Patterson School (29 points) and Oak Hill (20 points and eight rebounds). This would be a solid addition to the class.
Football The MAC should be proud that its teams now employ three of the six black head coaches in Division I-A.
close to hiring
Mike Haywood, the African-American offensive coordinator at Notre Dame.
Ron English at Eastern Michigan and
Turner Gill at Buffalo also are black.