Kristin Hill earned medalist honors at the Cardinal Classic last week.
Today, the MAC named her Golfer of the Week.
Hill shot an even-par 144 to lead the Zips to a second-place finish in the tournament that Ball State hosted and won. That is quite impressive for a team of six freshmen and one senior that did not compete at all this time last year.
I'm writing a term paper about Title IX, and how new regulations have made the gender-equality law easier to skirt (no pun intended). However, it's nice to see the law giving new opportunities and for women to take advantage of them, like Hill apparently has.
The ABJ's Tom Gaffney wrote a neat story about how the offensive line is gelling.
J.D. Brookhart said that the unit doesn't always get a great push, but it rarely misses assignments, which keeps Chris Jacquemain on his feet more often than not.
Random on the game...
Zips outcomes are difficult to predict nowadays with the uncertainty at quarterback. If Jacquemain plays conservatively and lets the running backs shine, the Zips can put up 35 points any Saturday they want. If Jacquemain gets
Brett Favre syndrome and throws a bunch of interceptions, who knows?
forecast soured on us the past week. It went from "sunny" to a 30 or 40 percent chance of precipitation. This is not good for attendance. Luckily for the university, however, attendance is not so important. Why? The NCAA only steps in once you've had consecutive seasons of attendance below 15,000. Last year was fine, so this year is a free-bee, assuming the new stadium draws the crowds that we think it will draw. In previous years, football marketing has dominated the Zips attention in the fall. Today, however, I saw a bus advertisement for men's basketball.
Oh yeah, I'm supposed to be talking about the Cincinnati game. Akron will need to win the turnover battle to have a chance. It will probably require a clean effort by the offense and a few picks/fumble recoveries by the defense. Otherwise, the Bearcats will beat Akron if the teams go punch-for-punch.
Players to watch: Keep an eye on
Deni Odofin. The sophomore's career began with a
car crash that killed his friend, a young soldier. Odofin is cleared to play, and I bet he's motivated, too.
I think we need to get
Matt Rodgers a series to two. If this game gets ugly, there is no harm in sending the freshman out. It will let the coaches see how he can do, and it will give him a little experience in case Jacquemain gets hurt or regresses.
Brookhart has talked a lot about replacing
John Stec as punter. I don't see the point in talking about it, unless it's a motivational tool. Slipping in the backup punter,
Andy Hildreth, is a seamless process. Give him a few punts. If he's better, he stays. If not, go back to Stec.
says Akron is not to be taken lightly.