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Walther, OU in trouble?

By mrasor Published: January 19, 2006

Men's basketball


An inside source told me there is much more to the Bubba Walther situation than what has been reported. In the events leading up to his transfer, a major NCAA violation -- one of Troy Smith, Chris Webber proportions -- may have happened between Ohio University and Walther.


Walther was an All-MAC First Team selection last year. It was initially assumed that Walther transferred to Ohio because of a lack of playing time. A Buchtelite story that will come out later this month will report Walther's "real" reason, as he tells it.


As I mentioned earlier, Walther had some not-so-kind things to say about coach Keith Dambrot to the Buchtelite's Mike Hixenbaugh.


Track


Coach Dennis Mitchell told me that John Russell's 18-1 pole vault during the Akron Quad is the highest in collegiate and professional competitions so far this season. TrackWire.com ranks Russell No. 3 in the country for the event.


Beata Rudzinska, meanwhile, is expected to take first in the 800 meter national championship. Can you imagine a national champion at Akron? TrackWire.com also ranks the Akron women's track team as the 20th best in the nation.


Some of you might be wondering, "Why is Rasor so gung ho about track?" People asked the same thing when I wrote a column about the soccer team earlier in the fall for the Buchtelite. The track team is another hidden gem of success.


Football


CollegeFootballNews.com published its list of "also-rans" for 2006. It included Miami (93rd best team in the nation), Bowling Green (97), Western Michigan (99) and Ohio (100).


That makes a total of nine teams that this site believes will be in the worst 37 in the nation. In other words, every single MAC team, save Toledo, Akron, Northern Illinois and Central Michigan,will be awful. From the MAC East, only Akron will be decent. That confirms something I've been saying ever since Bowling Green's Omar Jacobs declared for the NFL Draft.


  • While scoping out commitments for MAC teams, it appears the leaders in the clubhouse are Miami, Toledo, Bowling Green, Northern Illinois and Akron. Quite a surprise, huh?

  • Also, recently ESPN.com Insider listed the 23rd best fullback in the nation, Ben Stoper from Medina, to have interest in Akron. His options are Akron, Kent State and Buffalo College, in that order. That the 23rd best fullback would be so lightly recruited makes me raise an eyebrow. Actually, a lot of ESPN.com's recruiting info seems incorrect and not updated. The scouting report says Stoper is a high school running back who is quick, strong and has good hands. He was an All-Ohio Honorable Mention as a junior. Scout.com and Rivals.com do not list Stoper at all. Hmmm...

Miscellaneous


The athletic department signed an important deal that will increase the Zips' prominence across the state. In the next five months, Ohio News Network will televise nine games on television in five sports: men's basketball, women's basketball, softball, baseball and football (the Blue-Gold Scrimmage). It is a multi-year deal between ONN and the university.


I hear you saying, "Who wants to watch the softball team play Kent State?" I'm not sure if I can answer that. However, I know that it's a big deal to tell recruits that their parents can watch them twice a year from across the state. However, the men's basketball games and the spring football scrimmage should get decent ratings.


  • If you're a video gamer, this might interest you. EA Sports' NCAA Baseball 2006 left out Akron. In fact, the game left out the entire MAC. And so my EA Sports boycott begins.


  • Since I put a lot of opinion in the blog, I think it should be accompanied by my headshot. So in case you were wondering what I look like, here is my Buchtelite column picture.


  • Often I add notes to posts after they already are published. So just because you've read a post doesn't mean there isn't new content.


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I Wanna Talk About Me - Toby Keith


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