From a UA athletics department news release:
On the strength of a breaking the collegiate indoor pole vault record, Akron junior pole vaulter Shawn Barber (Kingwood, Texas) has been selected by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association as its Division I Male National Athlete of the Week, the organization announced on Tuesday.
The accolade is the second of the season for Barber and represents the third time during his distinguished Zips' career in which he has been so honored by the USTFCCCA.
"It was his most impressive jump to watch," Akron head track and field coach Dennis Mitchell commented. "He is starting to get consistent and acclimated to the big bars. Of course he is staying focused and making sure he is ready for the most important bars at the championships."To read more or comment...
Akron Zips (16-7, 7-3) vs. Kent State Golden Flashes (16-7, 7-3)
Time: 7 p.m., Rhodes Arena
TV: Time Warner Cable SportsChannel, ESPN3 via the WatchESPN app on supported devices such as Roku, Apple TV, Xbox One, assorted smartphones, tablets and smart TVs. The Zips and Golden Flashes will play on TV for the 28th-straight game, the longest streak in the MAC between two league programs.
Radio: Akron-IMG Sports Network – SportsRadio 1350 AM (WARF) in Akron (flagship) and for free at GoZips.com/TuneIn. Steve French (play-by-play) and Joe Dunn (analyst) will have the call beginning at 67:30 p.m.To read more or comment...
From a University of Akron athletics department news release:
Former University of Akron men's basketball coach Kenneth G. "Coach" Cunningham passed away on Monday at the age of 71.
Cunningham coached the Zips for four seasons after being hired in 1976. He posted a 42-61 record and was the last coach for the Zips as a Division II program. Cunningham was a key part in helping the Akron program make the jump to the Division I level and entering the Ohio Valley Conference.
"I have known Ken Cunningham for many years and was saddened to hear about his passing," men's basketball head coach Keith Dambrot said. "I have a lot of respect for him as he took many bumps and bruises during our program's transition to Division I basketball. His hard work and dedication helped set the groundwork for the success of our program, and our thoughts and prayers go out to his family."To read more or comment...
Limited tickets remain for tonight's game between Akron and Kent State at Rhodes Arena.
The two Mid-American Conference rivals play for the first time this season at 7 p.m. and carry the same records. Both are 16-7 overall and 7-3 in the MAC. The winner of tonight's game will at least be in a tie for the lead in the MAC East division.To read more or comment...
It’s getting real now.
Want to know how? Cable companies are sniffing around Mid-American Conference games for broadcast and given the fact that the University of Akron’s men’s basketball team is currently tied for first in the league’s East Division, they’re a beneficiary.
UA’s athletic department announced that two more Zips games would appear on the Time Warner Cable SportsChannel. Joining Saturday’s airing of their game against Buffalo will be Tuesday’s contest against rival Kent State and the Feb. 18 season rematch against the Toledo Rockets. The Zips will play both of those at home with 7 p.m. starts.
For those with Time Warner Cable, viewing should not be a problem. Those without Time Warner should be able to stream the game via any number of devices that have the WatchESPN app. They include: Roku, Xbox One, smart TVs, assorted smartphones, tables, Apple TV and others.To read more or comment...
Akron Zips (15-4, 5-4 in Mid-American Conference) vs. Kent State Golden Flashes
Time: 2 p.m., Rhodes Arena
TV/Radio: SportsRadio 1350 AM (WARF) in Akron (flagship), for free at SportsRadio1350.com and on iHeartRadio. Bill Morgan will have the call beginning at 1:45 p.m.
Streaks: Zips, lose 1; Kent State lose 4.To read more or comment...
Akron Zips (14-6, 5-2 in Mid-American Conference) at Bowling Green Falcons (13-2, 5-2)
Time: 7 p.m. at Stroh Center
TV/Radio: Akron-IMG Sports Network – SportsRadio 1350 AM (WARF) in Akron (flagship) and for free at GoZips.com/TuneIn. Steve French (play-by-play) and Joe Dunn (analyst) will have the call beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Injury report: None.To read more or comment...
Akron Zips (15-3, 5-2 Mid-American Conference) at Ohio Bearcats (15-3, 6-1)
Time: 7 p.m.
Radio: SportsRadio 1350 AM (WARF) in Akron (flagship), for free at SportsRadio1350.com and on iHeartRadio. Bill Morgan will have the call beginning at 6:45 p.m.
Streaks: Akron win 1; Ohio win 5To read more or comment...
It proved to be a typical tale of two halves for the Akron Zips against the Ball State Cardinals.
A great second half preceded by a sucky first half. But there’s reason for optimism and reason for concern for fans who believe the rest of the Mid-American Conference should fear the roo.
With Ohio reeling (2-5 in the MAC), the league could come down to a familiar foe. Hello there, Kent (6-1 in conference). Perhaps this young Zips team learned something against the Cardinals. Ultimately time will tell, but here are those points to ponder.
Feed the near seven-foot guy: It’s a simple premise. If you have a big man with big man skills you treat him thusly. Exhibit 1: Pat Forsythe. Forsythe, who returned from a concussion to play in Tuesday’s 59-47 victory over Ball State, produced a career-high 17 points and tacked on five rebounds in the effort. In the first half Forsythe showed an inability to fumble the ball when given the opportunity and hit 2-of-4 shots and finished with six points in the first period.To read more or comment...
From a UA athletics department news release: Nine University of Akron football players earned Academic All-Mid-American Conference honors for the 2014 season, the league office announced on Tuesday.
In total, the MAC honored 128 football student-athletes from its 13 schools. Central Michigan and Northern Illinois led all programs with 14 honorees, followed by Bowling Green and Ohio with 13 each.
The Zips who made the list are:
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