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Akron Zips football: Gilbert selected pre-season MAC Defensive Player of the Year

By George Thomas Published: July 21, 2017

University of Akron linebacker Ulysees Gilbert added more pre-season football honors to his name Friday.

Gilbert was selected pre-season MAC Defensive Player of the Year and is a pre-season first-team all-MAC selection.

Third-team all-MAC choices included: placekicker Tom O’Leary, junior kick returner Van Edwards, and senior safety Zach Guiser.

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University of Akron football: Two nominated for Wuerffel Trophy

By George Thomas Published: July 18, 2017

A University of Akron department of athletics news release contributed to this report:

University of Akron football seniors A.J. Coney, a wide receiver, and defensive back Zach Guiser, were placed on the Wuerffel Trophy watch list Tuesday.

The award honors community service by a college football player and the watch list contains 108 nominees selected by members of the players’ sports information staff.

Coney, a wide receiver, played in all 12 games with three starts last fall. He had 15 receptions for 173 yards and a touchdown on the season and also saw action on the kickoff return unit.  Coney was named the team’s offensive MVP in the weight room following spring drills.

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Gambling site weights in on Akron Zips upcoming season

By George Thomas Published: July 18, 2017

Online gambling site Bovada released its win total over-under odds Tuesday.

According to the sites oddsmakers the University of Akron football team over-under number is five meaning, gamblers can bet whether the team will surpass or fall short of that margin.

Some other numbers for Mid-American Conference schools – Bowling Green (five), Central Michigan (6.5), Buffalo (3.5) and Ohio (7.5).

As for the Ohio State Buckeyes:  they’re listed at 10.5.

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Two Akron Zips football players make pre-season watch lists

By George Thomas Published: July 13, 2017

Two University of Akron football players were named to pre-season watch lists Thursday according to UA news releases.

Linebacker Ulysees Gilbert III was named to the Bronko Nagurski Watch List by the Football Writers Association of America and the Charlotte Touchdown Club.

The award is presented annually to the country’s best defensive football player.

Gilbert earned first-team MAC honors last season as a sophomore leading the team with 122 tackles, 11.5 TFL, eight hurries, four sacks, and two forced fumbles.

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University of Akron football: LaVonne Gauthney named to Rimington Watch List

By George Thomas Published: July 11, 2017

University of Akron football’s starting center LaVonne Gauthney was named to the Rimington Trophy Fall Watch List Tuesday by the Rimington Trophy Committee.

The Rimington Trophy honors the outstanding center in Div. 1 college football.

Gauthney started his Zips career as a defensive lineman before moving to tight end then eventually center last season where he started 11 games.

The watch list contains at least one candidate from each conference.  The Mid-American Conference can claim 10.

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Mid-American Conference football: A lesson in Scheduling 101

By George Thomas Published: May 19, 2017

I’ve made the blanket statement more than a few times in talking to people in casual conversation:  “television controls sports scheduling – especially football.” 

After participating in an exercise sponsored by the Mid-American Conference Wednesday the perspective has broadened just a wee bit.

A group of MAC beat writers participated in said exercise led by officials of the conference, including commissioner Jon Steinbrecher, deputy commissioner and COO Bob Gennarelli and associate commissioner media and public relations Ken Mather.

How did it help modify my views?  A little education is a helpful thing.

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University of Akron men's basketball: Well, someone's got a prospective coaching list

By George Thomas Published: April 3, 2017

Generally, if I can't confirm it, I won't write it. 

But the news regarding a replacement for Keith Dambrot as head coach of the UA men's basketball team hasn't even trickled out. 

The athletics department is rigged for silent running regarding this process. But one list did make its way to Twitter in recent moments. Whether it's accurate remains to be seen:

Guys in the mix for the Akron Job:
John Groce
Russell Turner
Jimmy Christian
Anthony Stewart
Jamion Christian
John Loyer

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Mid-American Conference announces Akron Zips 2017 football schedule

By George Thomas Published: March 1, 2017

From a University of Akron Department of Athletics news release:

CLEVELAND:  The Mid-American Conference announced the 2017 football schedule on Wednesday, and the University of Akron football team will play on national television a minimum of three times.

Under the guidance of sixth-year head coach Terry Bowden, Akron opens the 2017 season at Penn State (Sept. 2). Non-conference games include: at home against Arkansas Pine Bluff (Sept. 9) and Iowa State (Sept. 16); and at Troy (Sept. 23).

The Zips open MAC play at Bowling Green on Sept. 30. Homecoming is slated for Oct. 7 against Ball State. UA then travels West Division foes Western Michigan on Oct. 14 and Toledo on Oct. 21.

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