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Top 10 moments of 2008

By mrasor Published: December 23, 2008

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 Kennedy carry Zips into division lead with win at Eastern Michigan.
    9) Men's basketball -- Zips win in Oxford and 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 Jimmy Conyers.
    The offerees...
    Josh Sewell, shooting guard/small forward, Louisville, Ky. Offers: Akron, Miami (Fla.), Virginia Commonwealth, Dayton, Middle Tennessee State, Ohio, Bradley and Marshall Height: 6-foot-4 Weight: 210 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.
    Allen Payne, small forward, Cincinnati Offers: Akron, Dayton, Penn State, St. Joseph's, West Virginia and Bowling Green Height: 6-6 Weight: 200 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.
    Casey Prather, small forward, Jackson, Tenn. Offers: Akron, Vanderbilt, Virginia, Alabama, Miami (Fla.), Mississippi, Wake Forest, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Minnesota and Southern Illinois Height: 6-5 Weight: 180 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.
    Kofi Mensa, shooting guard, Beckley, W.V. Offers: Akron Height: 6-4 Weight: 185 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.
Miami is 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.
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