Mike Waddell wooed the people of Cedar Falls, Iowa, turning his trip to campus into a political stump, according to the local newspaper.
The University of Northern Iowa decided not to hire the former Akron associate athletic director to its AD job. Rather, the Panthers went with Troy Dannen, whose experience entails being executive director of a statewide girls' sports organization.
Although Mack Rhoades was probably more qualified to get the Akron AD job, Waddell should be UNI's AD, instead of this Dannen fellow. Despite this rant, rest assured, The Wad will get his shot.
As I was walking through the Summit County Courthouse, I saw Manny Nemer and Ted Curtis about 20 yards away from each other.
I thought: This is either a major coincidence, or the eminent domain proceedings have begun. The answer is the latter.
It is not Manny's property that is at stake in the first trial, however. First is his relative Joe Nemer, who owns Joe's Sun Bar and Grille.
After you hear the verdict, remember how much the university offered: $1.038 million. Joe would have to get at least $2,000 more than that to make his fight worthwhile.
Manny's trial begins June 16.
The university says InfoCision Stadium is on schedule, despite the lousy weather in Ohio this spring.
The webcam shots don't show a whole lot of progress. However, it is fascinating to watch the workers scurry around like ants.
Coach Dennis Mitchell talked to the ABJ's Tom Gaffney about the great win over the weekend.
Despite the women's dominance in the past, those meets felt like half victories to Mitchell.
An Akron alumnus almost conquered one of America's favorite reality shows.
Jason Taylor came up just short, as Kristi Yamaguchi won the competition.
Taylor impressed the judges at each stage, and he definitely improved his chances at becoming an actor when his football career concludes.
Zips guard Rydell Brooks was charged with attempted murder of a police officer, stemming from an incident Saturday night.
Brooks sat out last season after transferring from Niagara University.
Prosecutors said police approached Brooks' SUV and "were greeted with gunfire." Police found guns and masks inside the SUV, which carried Brooks and another Akron man. Brooks allegedly fled from the vehicle after the shots.
Brooks' grandmother said the Buchtel graduate had never been in trouble before.
This is the second embarassing event in as many years for Akron, as walk-on Andrew Moss was arrested for armed robbery last fall.
With a crowded, youthful backcourt, Brooks wasn't likely to see much playing time.
I would have written about this sooner, but I have been in class all day.
Akron can confidently boast one of the best track programs in the Midwest, and it's certainly the MAC's elite.
This weekend, the men joined the women as MAC champions, consummating a rise that seemed always to fall a few points short in past seasons.
Last year, the men lost by one point to Eastern Michigan, despite a four-point lead heading into the final event. This championship almost went the same way, but the Zips sprinters performed just well enough in the final event to beat EMU by one point.
It was the men's first ever conference championship -- indoor or outdoor. Cadeau Kelly was MAC Male Field Performer of the Year. He won the long jump and triple jump competitions.
The women's win was a blowout. The Zips beat Western Michigan by 55.5 points. Stevi Large earned MAC Female Field Performer of the Year.
Zips fans have come to expect such dominance, but Dennis Mitchell deserves mountains of credit for the consistency at which his women's team wins. The women have won three straight outdoor championships and four straight indoor championships.
Mitchell was named MAC Coach of the Year. It was an easy decision, considering the male/female sweep has only been done three times in conference history, and not since 2000.
About 18 Zips will head to Fayetteville, Ark., for the NCAA Regional Meet at the end of the month. If the individuals are successful at the national level, this could be the most successful season any program has enjoyed in school history.
The coaching staff has returned from a post-spring break. Now is where you will see recruiting really pick up.
If you have never followed recruiting as a fan, it is pretty exciting. There is always a chance Akron will pick up a player or two who seemed destined for BCS spotlight.
At this time of the year, I like to see J.D. Brookhart and his staff target unknown players and build a relationship from Day One. It worked for Keith Dambrot and his staff when Zeke Marshall's stock exploded.
It seems like Akron coaches are developing a recruiting base in Georgia. First was Manley Waller. The next guy goes to high school in Tucker, Ga. -- just 15 minutes away from Waller's DeKalb High School in Decatur.
Tevin Holliman, weakside linebacker, Tucker, Ga. Offers: Akron Height: 6-foot-3 Weight: 235 Speed: Not listed Notes: Holliman has interest in a lot of the SEC schools. Rivals.com lists him as a defensive end. In the 3-3-5, he would be restricted to linebacker.
Akron's coaching staff notched the biggest recruit in program history with 7-footer Zeke Marshall choosing the Zips over Virginia Tech, Pittsburgh, Virginia, Xavier, Duquesne and George Mason.
The Scout.com story says that Marshall -- the nation's No. 11 center -- fell in love with Akron's coaching staff and campus.
Marshall will be the interior defensive presence that Akron lost with the departure of Romeo Travis. Eventually, he could be dominant on offense, as well. Marshall is the kind of talent that can elevate a program into an elite mid-major status.
In today's edition of ZipMail, Jodi Kest sent out a recruitment notice to male students who want to practice against the team.
Maybe this is common, but it seems bizarre to me. I'm sure there is an imminent need for extra players -- what with Kest axing a third of the team.
To apply, you must have high school basketball experience and be a full-time student.
In a press release, Mack Rhoades said he anticipated the low APR score and the university already self-imposed part of the penalty.
The Zips lost five scholarships as a result of failing to meet the NCAA's Academic Progress Rate requirements.
Three other MAC football teams also suffered a penalty (Buffalo, Toledo and Temple).
No team can be penalized more than 10 percent of its scholarship base. Akron will get 80 instead of the required 85 for the next recruiting season.
No Zips team earned a Public Recognition Award.
I know a lot of you were interested to see how I would vote in the race for chairman of the Republican Party.
I cast my ballot for Alex Arshinkoff, who built the party from scratch. As much as Arshinkoff hated the pressure of competition, I think it was a good check on his power. Arshinkoff won, 260-115.
Still, the party is better off with such a strong leader, even if he rubs some people the wrong way.
Speaking of strong, innovative leaders, Mike Waddell is a candidate for the athletic director position at Northern Iowa. Waddell is an associate athletic director at Cincinnati. He previously held the job at Akron.
Good luck to The Wad, who's probably ticked that I mentioned him in the same blog entry with Arshinkoff. Deal with it, pal. Also, I second Captain Kangaroo's suggestion of a home-and-home deal with the men's basketball programs.
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