After a ground-breaking 2006, the university athletics almost universally let its fans down.
Still, there were plenty of exciting moments. And, as you all know, 2007 promises greater prospects...
1. NIT appearance -- In its first postseason game in 17 years, Akron ended the John Cheney era at Temple, downing the Owls 80-73 and delivering the program's first-ever Division I postseason win. It was a coming-of-age game for Quade Milum, who showed what he had in store for next season by dropping 13 points and five rebounds over a taller front line. Akron then traveled to Nebraska to play Creighton, who outshot the Zips to win, 71-60.
2. NC State victory -- Dennis Kennedy barely crossed the goalline before time expired, giving Akron its first win over an ACC school. J.D. Brookhart could have kicked a field goal for the tie, but he made the right call. Unfortunately, Akron forfeited all its momentum the next week when turnovers and poor kicking prevented Akron from winning at the eventual MAC Champion Central Michigan Chippewas.
3. NCAA Track championships -- Akron sent six athletes to the national championships and four left as All-Americans. As a team, the men finished 49th and women came in 70th. Coach Dennis Mitchell lost three of those All-Americans, but three other NCAA qualifiers, Auston Papay, Randall Hafner and Natalie Sako, will return.
4. Kest's torrid streak -- When Jodi Kest arrived at Akron, who could have expected Akron to run off six straight wins and be 7-5 at this point in the season? Her rebuilding Zips have made progress each game this season. Two questions remain: Will they play this well during the MAC season? And will anyone show up at Rhodes Arena?
5. Resigning coaches -- Mack Rhoades achieved his main goal in the first year of his term as Akron's athletic director when Brookhart and Keith Dambrot signed similar extensions keeping them in the Rubber City until the next decade. Brookhart has excelled in recruiting. Dambrot has proven to be a defensive expert. Both certainly earned their raises.
Honorable mentions --