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What's up with the stadium plan

By mrasor Published: July 19, 2007

For more than a month, the university has fed me semi-truths as to why I cannot have the stadium plan.
First, it was, "They aren't complete, so you can't have them." Then, it was, "The board of trustees hasn't seen them, so neither can you." Last, it was, "It doesn't constitute a public record."
During this battle, I was fully aware of the real reason: UA wants a big party in early August where fans can feast their eyes upon the new stadium for the first time.
Finally, the university admitted to me today that the entire stadium plan is mine if I want it. UA also said that it has big plans to "surprise" people on Aug. 1 with some exciting details about the stadium.
Because there is no real journalistic purpose in spoiling a surprise, I had no problem with a compromise. I will have one new rendering for you in the coming days (possibly today).
I suppose it would've been nice to be taken seriously before I threatened legal action.

    Some updates on local recruits...
    Hoban safety Will Fleming picked up a second offer, and it's not one you would expect unless you've followed his recruitment. Hawaii and Akron are dueling -- possibly for the first time ever -- to get the Zips' defensive coordinator's son. says Akron North's Larry Dawson is starting to attract recruiters' attention. The running back still has just one offer, and that's from the Zips. Teams who could offer in the future include Kansas, Connecticut, Oklahoma State, Pittsburgh and Ball State.
    Buchtel cornerback Johnny Adams now has six scholarship offers: Akron, Syracuse, West Virginia, Michigan State, Indiana and Purdue. "Mr. Excitement" has visited Pitt, Michigan State, Ohio State and Akron so far.
    Garfield defensive end Whitney Mercilus says Illinois, Purdue and Michigan are his top three. Eight teams, including Akron, Illinois and Purdue, have offered scholarships to the No. 12 weakside defensive end in the nation. Michigan has not.


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