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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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Akron Zips men's basketball: Dambrot signs two for next year's class

By George Thomas Published: November 15, 2016

From a UA athletics department news release:

The Akron men's basketball program added a pair of student-athletes to the 2017-18 roster during the early signing period, announced by head coach Keith Dambrot on Tuesday. Signing national letters of intent to play for Akron were Eric Parrish (Cypress, Texas) and Jaden Sayles (Cincinnati, Ohio).

"We like the diversity of the two players we signed," Dambrot said. "We think both, Eric and Jaden, have the ability to increase our level of play at both ends of the floor."

Parrish, a 6-6, 185-pound wing, played for Cypress Springs High School in 2015-16 and will spend the 2016-17 playing for Sunrise Christian Academy in Wichita, Kan. In 30 games during his senior season, Parrish nearly averaged a double-double from the wing position, scoring 18.4 points and pulling down 8.2 rebounds per game. In addition, he added three assists, two steals, and 1.6 blocks on average per night. During his four-year high school career, Parrish eclipsed the 1,000 point scoring threshold, recording 1,132 points while earning back-to-back team MVP awards. In addition, Parrish was a two-time all-district award winner as well as a two-time academic all-district recipient.

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Akron Zips football: UA (4-2, 2-0) vs. Western Michigan Broncos (6-0, 2-0)

By George Thomas Published: October 14, 2016

Akron Zips (4-2, 2-0 in MAC) vs. Western Michigan Broncos (6-0, 3-0)

Time: 3:30 p.m.

Where: InfoCision Stadium

Television/Radio/Internet: CBS Sports Network: John Sadak (play-by-play), Randy Cross (analyst), Taylor Rooks (sideline); Akron-IMG Sports Network: Steve French (play-by-play), Brad Detwiler (analyst), Joe Dunn (sideline) WARF 1350 AM (flagship), WHK 1420 AM, WHKZ 1440 AM; iHeart Radio, TuneIn.com/Akron Zips

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