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By mrasor Published: December 1, 2006

Men's soccer

Sinisa Ubiparipovic will attend Major League Soccer's combine in early January.

He is one of only 58 college seniors to receive that opportunity.

  • Ubiparipovic and Jon McClain landed a spot on the All-Great Lakes Region team. To this point, McClain is my favorite for UA Athlete of the Year to this point although both of his teams tanked. (Yes, I just made up that award.)


Zips starting pitcher Tom Farmer, who earned national name recognition for his performance in the Cape Cod League this summer, recently underwent arm surgery.

He will probably miss a good chunk of the season, a few players told me last night.

Regardless, the team's attitude is high and they expect to seriously improve in Pat Bangtson's second season.


I also spoke with a football player last night, who told me I was correct to say the team's problem was a lack of leaders.

"Everybody was out playing for themselves," he added.

Selfishness inevitably will arise when the players forget they are playing for each other, not against each other. Only leaders on the field can inspire that kind of cohesiveness.

It's good to hear that John Mackey wants that job next season. You'd like to see someone on offense also step into a leadership role. Maybe Kris Kasperek or Jabari Arthur can do it.


Way off topic, but thanks goes out to any alumni who may have pulled strings to get me admitted into UA's law school.

If I choose Akron instead of Case Western (my other option), I should keep blogging for years to come. Unless the athletic department tries to kill the blog again, that is.

Men's basketball

Coach Keith Dambrot told the ABJ's Tom Gaffney that his defense thrived against Niagara because they didn't really take any chances.

Read about that, and the rest of his preview for the Oral Roberts game.'s preview says this game is part of a "round-robin" deal that also includes Loyola Marymount.

I'll have more on this game tomorrow. If you missed them, check out my preview and the Buchtelite's preview as well.


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