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Bowden's contract

By mrasor Published: December 30, 2011

Football

Click below to read Terry Bowden's agreement with the university.

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Bowden the cheerleader

By mrasor Published: December 30, 2011

Football

In case you missed it from last night:

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Live updates: Akron vs. Virginia Commonwealth

By mrasor Published: December 29, 2011

Men's basketball

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Zips Football: Transcript of Terry Bowden Press Conference

By gthomas Published: December 28, 2011

Q.  Talk about just the culture change you want to try to enact, what are some of the things you want to change philosophically from the outset?
TERRY BOWDEN:  Well, the only thing that can change that is winning, now I can create an expectation of success, I can talk about success I've had somewhere else or the success I've experienced and vicariously you would hope they would be able to feel some of that and buy in.
But until we win, you can't completely sell the culture of success or the culture of losing.  I think you've got to show them something.  We have got to go knock somebody off that we ain't knocked off lately.  We have to go play a little better than we've played and do something a little better than we've done.
But the first thing you've got to do is be a little bit bold in your presentation and you've got to create an expectation of success that these players will buy into and they will get excited about, and that they will believe that if they will just go with us, if they will go with our staff and go with me, that we together are going to have a successful level.
So I think all I can say is that you want to create a great expectation of success, and get the players to invest and buy into that and then ultimately, I don't think you can ever win anybody over until you actually have some success.  I think you've got to at some point generate that success.

Q.  It's been a roller coaster for fans and alumni the last month, can you take us through the past couple of weeks to tell us how you became head coach of the University of Akron.
TERRY BOWDEN:  Todd Turner with the search committee, and I want to appreciate Todd how good he was to me when he called me and told me that the University of Akron was interested in me as their head coach.  I don't think he realized the knowledge I had of the university.  Not just because I had been here; he knew I had been here, but just fact that when I was broadcasting, when he left at 42 years old, I had been a head coach 15 years, and I left coaching to go to broadcasting.
But right before I turned 50, I hit that point where I looked in the mirror and said, is this what I want to do the rest of my life.  I want to go coach again, and I was looking at schools even then identifying schools that I felt were on the verge.  This is a place that's on the verge of something special happening.  And there were about three or four but Akron was one of them.  It was one that you just identified at that point and so I had had my eye on them.
And so when Mr.Turner called that they wanted to interview me, I said, are they really interested in me, are they really interested in me, because I'm interested in Akron.  And I wanted him to know, I'm interested in Akron, are they interested in me.  And he said yes.
And we came up and we met and you know, I sold my heart out, because I want to be here.  I think I might have touched a few chords, and the next day, they offered me the job and I'm here.
So it was?? the process of meeting and face?to?face, was very quick, was over a couple of days, but my knowledge and my experience of getting to know about Akron was really way back before four or five years ago.

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Liveblog: Press conference announcing Terry Bowden

By mrasor Published: December 28, 2011

Football

I'm covering the Terry Bowden press conferences from the seventh floor of InfoCision Stadium. It's not open to the public, but most of the school's bigger supporters are in attendance.

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Jason Taylor to retire

By mrasor Published: December 28, 2011

Football

Akron's greatest football alumnus will retire from the NFL after Sunday's game.

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Bowden confirmed as new coach

By mrasor Published: December 22, 2011

Terry Bowden to be named next football coach

By mrasor Published: December 22, 2011

Football

If you were looking for a "name" coach, you got it.

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Live updates: Akron vs. North Carolina A&T

By mrasor Published: December 21, 2011

Men's basketball

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More Tressel talk

By mrasor Published: December 20, 2011

Football

Facts aren't getting in the way of this columnist's plea for Akron to offer the job to Jim Tressel (both sides have already said Tressel won't take the job).

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Darren Mattocks signs to play in MLS

By Michael Beaven Published: December 20, 2011

University of Akron men’s soccer player Darren Mattocks is going pro.

Mattocks signed a contract with Generation adidas and will enter the 2012 Major League Soccer SuperDraft.

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Live updates: Akron vs. Youngstown State

By mrasor Published: December 19, 2011

Men's basketball

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Winters staying at Wayne State

By mrasor Published: December 19, 2011

Football

Paul Winters has announced that he will remain at Wayne State.

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Paul Winters signs extension with Wright State University

By Michael Beaven Published: December 19, 2011

By Michael Beaven

Paul Winters has withdrawn his name from consideration for the University of Akron head football coaching position and has signed an extension to remain the Wayne State University head football coach through the 2016 season.

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Mich. St. defensive coordinator no longer a candidate for HC job

By mrasor Published: December 18, 2011

Football

Pat Narducci will not be the next head coach at Akron, according to Bruce Feldman of CBS.

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Live updates: Akron vs. Florida A&M

By mrasor Published: December 17, 2011

Men's basketball

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Live blog: Akron vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff

By mrasor Published: December 15, 2011

Men's basketball

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UA will break news of new coach via Tweet

By mrasor Published: December 14, 2011

Football

Akron is capitalizing on what's otherwise grim news (replacing a coach, again!?) by requiring its fans to follow the athletic department on Twitter if they want the first scoop on who the next Head Roo will be.

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Akron targeting former Zips to take over football program

By mrasor Published: December 11, 2011

Football

Mike Johnson and Paul Winters, two former UA players, are serious candidates for Akron's head coaching vacancy.

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Liveblog: Akron at Cleveland State

By mrasor Published: December 10, 2011

Men's basketball

Keep refreshing your browser for live updates from the Wolstein Center...

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Zips face difficult test at Cleveland State

By mrasor Published: December 8, 2011

Men's basketball

With due respect given to West Virginia and Mississippi State, Cleveland State will be Akron's biggest nonconference challenge.

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Can Ianello teach Geography?

By mrasor Published: December 6, 2011

Football

I strongly, strongly doubt anything like this will happen, but the ABJ points out a contractual possibility -- that Akron could ask Rob Ianello to continue working in a different capacity.

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New writer on the beat

By mrasor Published: December 6, 2011

Miscellaneous

If you get a chance, say hi to George Thomas, the new beat writer for the Zips.

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Point guard play hurts Zips in another loss

By mrasor Published: December 5, 2011

Men's basketball

The Zips need to get better production from their point guards, and now.

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LeBron, Durant and friends play flag football at UA field house

By mrasor Published: December 1, 2011

Football

Click here to watch the SportsCenter clip.

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Terry Pluto weighs in on coaching search

By mrasor Published: December 1, 2011

Football

Terry Pluto believes Akron should hire Paul Winters as head coach.

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Former Zips QB Jacquemain dies

By mrasor Published: December 1, 2011

Football

Chris Jacquemain, who quarterbacked the Zips for parts of three seasons, died in his home Wednesday afternoon.

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