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  1. I have yet to meet the new AD. One seemingly small, yet impressive thing he's implemented is displacing some lower-reserved season ticket holders in the JAR and creating a lower-reserved student section. That idea was suggested here years ago and was dismissed as impossible. Likewise, selling beer at the JAR was suggested here years ago, and dismissed as absolute lunacy. Now we have a basketball student section as engaged and full as I've seen it in decades. And during a pandemic, no less? And I can have a $6 beer at my seat and watch the game, and shockingly...nobody has died because of it. There was a General Electric commercial a few years ago which contained the phrase "Ideas are frightening because the threaten what is known. They're the natural born enemy of the way things are." There are way too many people within UA that had clung to "the way things are" for decades. And believed issues like football game day attendance is just "the way things are." Why? It is a lot easier to say "I wouldn't have built that stadium" than it is to fill it. You're off the hook scot-free...it was the fault of the guys preceding you. It seems like UA may have finally lucked into an ambitious, engaging AD who can pull it out of it's decades-long death grip on the past. He made a great hire with Joe Moorhead. He's implementing changes that are seemingly simple, but on UA's conservative scale, are groundbreaking. I look forward to seeing InfoCision butts-in-seats increase appreciably over the next several years. Based upon the student involvement at the JAR this winter, I expect an immediate uptick in student attendance at football games this fall. Great things are going on at UA. Thanks to Guthrie for pulling us Zips fans off the ventilator. After a 3-24 three year stretch, I was ready to flat-line. Now I'm ready to party! 😁
    11 points
  2. I hope this works. Zippy Video.mp4
    10 points
  3. ROOCREW22: Cameron Wiley, RB, 6-2, 210 Las Vegas, NV, Minnesota transfer (2 yrs. eligibility) Devon Robinson, DL, 6-5, 300, Memphis, TN, Miss. St. & Memphis transfer (2 yrs. eligibility) Cam Threatt, DB, 6-0, 170, Lewisburg, MS, Mississippi State & Miss. Gulf Coast CC transfer (3 yrs. eligibility) Kerry Martin Jr., DB, 6-1, 185, Charleston, WV, West Virginia transfer (3 yrs. eligibility) Curtis Harper, DL, 6-2, 285, McKeesport, PA, Syracuse transfer (1 yr. eligibility) Will Dixon, TE, 6-5, 220, Hillsborough HS, Hillsborough, NJ TJ Banks, TE, 6-5, 255, Duquesne, PA, West Virginia transfer (2 yrs. eligibility) Dijon Jennings, QB, 6-0, 180, Reynoldsburg HS, Reynoldsburg, OH Charles Kellom, RB, 6-0, 190, St. Xavier HS, Cincinnati, OH Tim Terry, LB, 6-2, 230, Central Catholic HS, Pittsburgh, PA, Buffalo transfer (1 yr. eligibility) Shocky Jacquez-Louis, WR, 6-0, 190, Dunbar HS, Fort Myers, FL Pitt transfer (2 yrs. eligibility?) Max Banes, OL, 6-5, 310, St. Thomas HS, Houston, TX University of Houston transfer (2 yrs. eligibility) Vic Jones, DE, 6-4, 245, Inderkum HS, Sacramento, CA Wyoming transfer (1 yr. eligibility) Alex Adams, WR, 6-1, 195, South Pike HS, Osyka, MS, (LSU transfer, 3 yrs. eligibility) Clayton Bone, WR, 6-1, 190, Avon Old Farms HS, Avon, CT CLASS BREAKDOWN: TOTAL COMMITS: 15 Offense: 9 QB: 1 (Jennings) RB: 2 (Wiley, Kellom) WR: 3 (Jacquez-Louis, Adams, Bone) TE: 2 (Dixon, Banks) OL: 1 (Banes) Defense: 6 DL: 3 (Robinson, Harper, Jones) LB: 1 (Terry) DB: 2 (Threatt, Martin)
    7 points
  4. Tremendous praise for him via a Google search. LSU, Wyoming, Kansas, and Pitt experience in recent years. Hardly misguided. The greatest coaches of all time had to come from somewhere, and that somewhere almost always includes being a GA at the beginning of their respective careers. I'm not saying we have the next Nick Saban or Urban Meyer on this staff, but I do believe we have the right guy at the top to identify and develop bright football minds & leaders. Coaching starts at the top, and JoeMo is about as good as it gets at the G5 level. If you look at the staff, the GAs are surrounded by quite a bit of experience. Fessler, for example, will be directly under JoeMo, and surrounded by Reno Ferri and Terry Richardson (multiple decades of experience). On defense, DeLattiboudere and Bell will be under Toth. Not to mention all of the experience on the staff includes P5. It's the perfect mixture of experience and youth in my opinion.
    7 points
  5. I'm a little concerned that I'm not seeing any Ohio Athletic Conference or Southern Conference experience.
    7 points
  6. Amazing that all these kids are getting offers without an email address out there for our staff 😂
    6 points
  7. I made the mistake of going to the game tonight thinking the Zips would play well. I indicated how I hoped Trimble would learn how good he could be by driving to the basket and taking short jump shots. Well throw that right out the window. He missed 3 ball after 3 ball. I watched him shoot at the half and with nobody guarding him I watched him miss 12 in a row. He stayed on the court and kept shooting and finally made one. I thought this is not his night to shoot the 3 ball. Within 30 seconds in the 2nd half he shot and missed another 3. Groce should coach Trimble and tell him you hit 5 of 6 on Tuesday from short distance. Stop shooting the 3 ball you are killing our chance to win. That did not happen. I was also disappointed with Groce. Our full court press was pathetic. Why bother? Also, on one possession he had Trimble guarding Carey and it was ugly. Carey blew past him. Also, as somebody noticed, Clarke was terrible at the point. He dribbles the clock away, forced up a 3, turned the ball over, and just looked bad. Did not see him in the 2nd half. He was really good last year backing up LCJ. Where did his game go. Groce indicated we were not tough enough. Look at the stats on the 3 point shooting. We could not shoot the 3 ball. I hope this is not a trend that this team is going to suck on the road. Very disappointed in the game.
    5 points
  8. There's one thing I hate worse than losing to PCCC. It's a Covid policy debate in a sports forum. Maybe I am in the minority but I come to this forum to get away from a world where Covid policy and debates overwhelm the daily news narrative.
    5 points
  9. FAR too many years of #ZippersDown !!!
    5 points
  10. Dambrot made it to 7 straight MAC championships. It seems a bit of an exaggeration to say he wasn't equipped for the MAC. Now to say he isn't equipped for the A10 is a very fair statement. I feel Dambrot is quickly realizing that at-large bids are given to teams, not conferences. You still have to put a talented enough roster on the court to get resume building wins. Without those it's actually more challenging to make the tournament in the A10 compared to the MAC as its easier to beat an Ohio, Buffalo, Toledo in the conference tournament to secure the auto-bid than it is to beat St Louis, VCU, Dayton. I have no ill will against Dambrot and am overall pleased we managed to get Groce. Without Groce this program could have turned south quick. This is now year 5 of Groce. If you're going to criticize Dambrot for making it to 9 MAC finals (winning 3) in his 13 years as head coach, you need to start considering criticizing Groce for having yet to make it to a Saturday in Cleveland. Edit: To clarify this post isn't meant to be anti-Groce. I just think the downplaying of Dambrot era is unwell. The only reason Akron had expectations was he built the basketball program have them.
    5 points
  11. Just popped over to say that was a fun game to watch. Exciting final 10 minutes. Definitely felt like a MAC tourney game. Freeman is an easy kid to root for as an opponent. Had some really very friendly Akron fans sitting around me and my wife. Should be a fun one in Athens. Hopefully with full rosters next time. Good luck and stay healthy!
    5 points
  12. Nothing official yet but he changed his profile picture to Akron Football
    5 points
  13. I'll weigh in since this thread has nearly completed a full swirly at this point. I have my vaccine and booster and regularly mask. I am confident I could survive the virus, but I don't do these things for me. I do them for my immune compromised spouse, my co-worker battling cancer, the senior that volunteers for me.... Like NWAkron said, there's a middle ground. Also, I opt to rely on the scientists as opposed to talk show hosts, grandstanding politicians and internet whackos. To get us back on topic, the current MAC Standings: Ohio 1-0 Akron 1-0 Miami 1-0 Ball State 1-0 CMU 1-0 Toledo 1-1 Brimfield 1-1 EMU 0-0 N. Illinois 0-0 BG 0-1 Buffalo 0-2 WMU 0-2
    5 points
  14. I've heard that Coach M sticking around Oregon to finish the season is generating positive opinions of him in high school coaching circles. Coaches want to believe a new coach is committed to a program when they advise a recruit to consider a school. His commitment to Oregon makes high school coaches believe he will be committed to Akron. Anything can happen, but this is a good start.
    5 points
  15. Washington State and Central Michigan were both in Arizona to play in separate bowl games. Both their opponents canceled out because of covid so they just decided to play each other. :-)
    5 points
  16. Perfect! He doesn't say there is a "building process". Building what? Ever notice over the past 25 years nobody ever defined what the building process was supposed to entail? Saying there is a building process is a fancy way of saying, "I have no idea what in the heck I'm doing and I'm hoping something good happens before the public figures that out." John Madden had only three rules: be on time, pay attention and play like Hell when I tell you to. Why only three? The more rules you put out, the more a person is able to break the rules so you spend all of your time trying to get the person to follow your rules instead of playing football. I like JMoorhead only has four rules. It's very simple and is how you establish a solid base in a program. There is also discussion about making the program something people in the community can look to as a source of pride through winning. Presenting a good product and winning is something the university can control. There is some discussion of attendance. Attendance is something the university can have influence over, but cannot control because it's hard to control people in a free society. It's why winning on the field isn't enough. The university has to put a full-ass effort into, on game day, making the University a cultural center point for the players, students, alumni, fans and general community. The presentation of the University as more than a football game on game day is something the University can control and needs to control. Finding ways to benefit these five groups on game day needs to be the foundation of success for the University and athletics has to be a part of it but not the only department owning this responsibility. Lastly, it's encouraging to see the University is putting various people in a forward facing position to the citizens of NE Ohio in a way that highlights the positive things going on at UofA.
    4 points
  17. It's 8:33am and... CAN'T STATE STILL SUCKS! The above is from their recent Famous Idaho Potato Bowl appearance. Truly living up to the marketing tagline "Can't Read, Can't Write, Can't State."
    4 points
  18. Akron with a 66-53 win over Miami. Dawson led the way with 25 points.
    4 points
  19. He has to be good; he's already in the UoA athletic Hall of Fame. based on this, he may be out of eligibility
    4 points
  20. GT: “This is going to sound like a weird question, did you have to get used to having Bryan in the starting Lineup?” Xavier: “No.” GT: “Not at all?” X: “No.”
    4 points
  21. Wow this is a big get!! Probably will be or one of the highest ranked players coming out of highschool to suit up for Akron. I know, I know it's a transfer and I know, I know stars don't always equal success. Nonetheless this is huge! Joe is really turning this roster up a talent level.
    4 points
  22. Max Banes, OL, 6-5, 310, University of Houston transfer with, I believe, 2 years of eligibility remaining. Coming out of HS he was ranked the #79 OT in the nation by ESPN.
    4 points
  23. It took a year for them to figure out how bleak things were without Ianello.
    4 points
  24. Shocky's offer list coming out of HS Pitt, Kentucky, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Tennessee, Appalachian State, BUGS, CMU, Cincinnati, Coastal Carolina, UConn, FIU, Georgia, Indiana, Louisville, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, Oregon, Oregon State, Rutgers, South Carolina, Syracuse, UCF, USF, and Virginia 🤯
    4 points
  25. If all that Marketing blather means "script Akron" is not on our football helmets, I'm all for it.
    4 points
  26. Hopefully all our future opponents get #CaughtInTheZipper
    4 points
  27. Zips take a bus trip to Portage County on a day’s notice and somehow hold on to win an ugly one. Big game for Dawson. Great win! Bleep Kent!
    4 points
  28. Also keep in mind all these colleges have a ton of offers out there. They may have 5 WR offers out but only 2 WR spots & depending on who they get to commit they pull offers and players don’t announce that info as the more offers the better you look but it’s possible at this point the options where no longer available
    4 points
  29. In no way have I ever downplayed Dambrot's accomplishments and trips to the final and championships in any way. I simply found the end of it to be embarrassing to have by far the best team for the last two years yet be completely out-toughed and out-classed by far inferior coaches, teams, and programs in back to back seasons, with the second coming to Senderoff of all coaches. And my view of that whole situation would be far different had KD not walked off the court without having the fortitude to shake Pinky's hand after the game. That was about as pathetic an act I have ever seen from a coach in this athletic department, and I still get to hear about it from my friends who are Kent people. In no way is that discounting his success he had at Akron, it was simply very disappointing to see from a coach that is the most AKRON person to ever coach at the school. With that said, Akron was not the same program it was in 2017 as it was in 2013. Josh Williams and Noah Robotham were transferring whether KD was going to leave or not. That is a problem that has now followed him to Duquesne. As for Groce? He took over a completely gutted program and has made it about values that I consider to be more favorable, but it's just flat out different and that has appeal in my eyes. There is no ego allowed. You must practice hard. You must take care of yourself. You must play defense. We may not have a Tree, but we also don't have a Harney. KD could develop a player better than most MAC coaches I have ever seen, but coaching isn't so much about that any more as it was ten years ago. Groce recruits a lot better than he develops, again the opposite of Dambrot, but the best MAC teams now are the ones that recruit, not necessarily the ones that develop the best players for 4 years. It is a discussion of nuance. I can love Dambrot and be thankful for what he did her while also pointing out his deficiencies. I love Groce and love what he's got going, but unfortunately it did take 3 seasons to meet expectations and I do think they could be better than they are. Like @Captain Kangaroo has said before, this situation has worked out pretty well for all sides thus far. Duquesne is a better, still not great A10 program, Akron is still a great MAC program, and both coaches seem to be happy.
    4 points
  30. What a damn ball game. I would have been a lot more upset losing a game like this a few years ago, but I try to keep cool now. Groce hit the nail on the head. They outplayed Akron tonight. Plain and simple. That would have been an all-timer of a stolen win had Akron come out on top, that’s for sure. With that said, it was great to see the fight from UA because it felt really hopeless at about 53-39. The Zips played tougher than them down the stretch to tie it up with 2 minutes to go and the Zips didn’t score again. I wasn’t a fan of any of those possessions down the stretch either. They played their scouting report on the Akron bugs to a T for the first 30 minutes then Freeman started to loosen up and figure it out a bit. Also fitting that as soon as Clarke plays his best game as a Zip on Saturday he turns his ankle in that one and wasn’t very good today, especially on defense. Dawson was a tremendous glue guy again and played very well outside of the dumb blocked three, he just got beat on the layup by Sears at the end. Total BS that Trimble couldn’t play tonight, but that’s above our pay grade. Fun game between the teams and coaches. It was nice to have the arena come to life the last 6 minutes or so. On to (maybe) Miami Saturday, which will be no easy feat. This is a marathon, not a sprint. Trust the process. Go Zips!
    4 points
  31. I heard he's going to be an unpaid grad assistant at Clemson.
    4 points
  32. Arth may well land a decent position in football and be very successful. Being a D1 football coach was just not right for him. Wherever he ends up I wish him well as he does seem to be a good guy.
    4 points
  33. Classic example of bringing in a sub that makes the starter look bad.
    4 points
  34. TEAMISM. That’s a culture win if I’ve ever seen one, and Groce said as much. One of the toughest wins since he’s been here, I can’t believe the Zips put up the point total they did after the first ten minutes or so AND without their best shooter. Zips got Williams out of the game and forced the rest of that mess of a team to beat them, and they couldn’t do it. Tuesday won’t be any easier. Put the team on your back, Ali! Go Zips! Happy New Year to all!
    4 points
  35. Now if you had this detail with bigjim's suggestion to group the assistants under their respective coordinators and got the post located on the first page of this thread you may be in line for some kind of award. I don't know whether it would be a Pulitzer, a Nobel, one of them buy-one get-one-free coupons from Mickey Ds, or something else but it would definitely be something cool you would want to include on your vitae.
    4 points
  36. The "common cold" isn't one virus, it's a series of viruses that tend to spread seasonally and have similar symptoms, as I listed above; and all have different characteristics such as HMPV which mostly impacts children, and appears to have been circulating for 200 years. The Human Coronavirus that you suggest was discovered in 1965 was actually discovered in 1961 by a Common Cold research laboratory. That doesn't mean it qualifies for being registered as a "common cold" virus, nor that it was the "original virus" for the common cold. It was a virus identified after samples from a patient with general symptoms. That doesn't mean it's classified as a "Common Cold Virus". I know this might sound arbitrary, but to researchers it isn't. Symptoms do not equal classification. The inability of Kendal et. al. to cultivate the virus was what led to the discovery of the new clade of viruses. Simply producing a fever (aka cold) is not good enough for combating disease. This is why the first SARS-CoV-2 patient identified in a hospital in Wuhan was labeled as "SARS?" because the symptoms pointed to an upper respiratory virus, but all tests (even SARS-1 tests) came up negative and could not be identified by viral analysis. The only evidence they had of infection was the chest X-Rays...the same method that SARS-CoV-1 was originally identified in 2003...and something researchers had been warning about for the nearly 2-decades since. The 60-odd years later...and the advent of RNA analysis, we've been able to trace viruses and their evolutionary clades. Clumping coronaviruses in with the viruses I listed in the previous post, as if to suggest they are something to be ignored or "common", is incredibly ignorant. SARS and MERS demonstrate exactly why they are a clade of viruses that should not be so ignorantly ignored or brushed aside as "common" because they jumping to humans are far from "common". From RNA analysis we know all Coronaviruses, evolutionarily speaking, originate from Bats. Which is why researchers became increasingly concerned about the encroachment of domesticated animal farms in rural China, India, Pakistan and SE Asia because of the overlap with wild bat populations. Ironically this is where Pangolins, the most trafficked mammal on the planet, come into our little story...but that is a story for another time.
    4 points
  37. Please stop comparing SARS-CoV-2 to influenza and flu-like viruses. It's not even close to a similar comparison. Rhinoviruses, RSVs, and Parainfluenza viruses are responsible for "the common cold" and comparing them to Coronaviruses is laughably ignorant. Like, not even the same phylogenetic branches of the viral clades, or in how they interact with our cells and how the immune system develops antibodies for them. Having similar symptoms does not equal similarity.
    4 points
  38. I can't imagine that our Zips beat reporter won't bring us up to date on this soon. 🙄
    4 points
  39. My life is already better. I feel like a brand new man.
    4 points
  40. The Jags overcome a 22-point first half deficit to defeat Portage County Community College 78-76 at the MAC Center with a layup at just over a second to go.
    4 points
  41. I also offer good luck to Zach. I do not believe that GT gave him a scholarship. Preferred walk-on maybe, but little else. He just wanted to get the hell away from Akron and he succeeded. He should have stayed and benefited from a good, competent coaching staff, which he never had. But that's his decision. I do not share the attitude that he could have led us to better days. His improvement over the last 2 years has been admirable, but not to the level that we could win big. If he doesn't want to stay, thanks for your time here.
    4 points
  42. Transfer Portal. Great topic. Horrific idea. The TP is a microcosm of society. No rules, no laws, no morals, not about working hard, doing the right thing, it’s about quitting and it’s all about me, me, me. The team concept is gone. Ditto for NIL. That said, it’s here to stay and we need to be the first to hire a Transfer Portal coach and hopefully Mr. Leaf Filter can fund our NIL account. Clearly, I side more with CK than GP1 on this topic, but we need to deal with it and figure out a way to at least make the rules neutral for UA. The NCAA would never institute new rules or policies designed to help out the G5, so while the TP does give us more flexibility to fill gaps, how much fun is it to root for a team full of one- year players? Furthermore, the thought of developing guys for two or three years and then they wake up one day and decide to leave just because they can is bs. Hell, it’s been 30 years since Anthony Buford left the hoops team to follow Huggins to UC and he actually had to follow the rules, sit out a year and he followed his coach, but I’m still pissed that after three years with UA he left. I still don’t consider him a Zip. Zips are forever or is it Forever a Zip? I think the TP will help teams like Purdue to get a player or two that they would not have had a chance to recruit out of high school, and of course it gives P5 schools the opportunity to fill gaps with older and hopefully more mature players but it will not impact the top 10 teams at all. For every 4 star player OSU might lose, they can fill the gaps with another teams 4 star upper classmen. As for the Zips, I hate to see Gibson, Mathison and Mumpfield go. Personally, I thought Gibson had great MAC upside and I said this after the shortened ‘20 season. He and his mom will be missed. Are there any Zip fans out there who has the time to create a spreadsheet and follow the Zips-out versus the Zips-in via the portal to see if we are benefiting from the portal or is the portal a detriment. Lastly, @bigjim, is that you?
    4 points
  43. Please get out of your mom's basement and learn to talk Zip sports. That's what we are all here to do. You have become so boring. 😴
    3 points
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