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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. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. Akron with a 66-53 win over Miami. Dawson led the way with 25 points.
    4 points
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. You just confused me, there are a couple weekends of official visits. They could be committed for a year but they come for an official visit. Your other game day or practice visits are not official. Your official visit has all the commits in during the couple weekends they have set up where parents come as well. All the commits get to meet each other, parents & complete staff. It’s standard. I hope that made sense They can have uncommitted players as well. Your only allowed 1 official visit where they can pay the expenses of travel and hotel for a weekend so it’s nice to have commitments before official visit but if they aren’t committed it’s obviously late in game & if you have them here you have offered and really want and think you have a chance as we don’t have the endless budget P5’s do.
    3 points
  11. Things I would like to see going forward: 1. Consistency in individual performances. So far the only consistent player has been Freeman. 2. More aggressive offensive play from Castaneda. 3. Somebody to step up as a team leader. 4. More under control play by Ali. He's really grown as a player but he just occasionally appears to want to put everything on his shoulders and gets out of control. 5. Tribble to use his athleticism to become a lock down defender. 6. Continued growth from Aziz. 7. Trimble to look to score from mid-range and drive when pressed off of the 3 point line. 8. Clarke to stop going backwards and build on last year. 9. More mixing up of defenses 10. More movement on offense and use of the big man in the pick and roll. The big man NEVER gets the ball in the pick and roll. 11. Michael Wynn to show us something...Just something.
    3 points
  12. Any time we lose to Kent it's a bitter pill to swallow. Unfortunately, this time we got out hustled, out-coached and out-played. The hustle is on the players and sometimes you just don't play as well as you can, but JG can do something about the coaching. The team has no confidence in the offense. Ali forces too much, Tribble has no outside shot or free throw, Trimble is a streak shooter and Clarke doesn't shoot while being prone to turnovers. Yet I agree with another poster that this team has some semblance of balance. Still JG has not installed an offense that the team can go to for points. How many times did our guards come down the floor and waste 10 seconds standing at the top of the key dribbling and watching with no movement to be found? JG is too good of a coach to let that continue. The makeup of this team is compatible with moving the ball around until someone gets free. Let that player shoot. Simple. We are too good to be playing like this. The coaches must solve it. I believe Groce will. This is a wakeup call.
    3 points
  13. Wynn - waste Clarke - negative minutes Ali - tries to do way too much Tribble - zero outside shot Trimble - as streaky as streaky gets Bandaogo - freshman Castenada - thank God Freeman - a walk-on we blind-lucked into. (Do Groce & Co. deserve credit for that?) This is a deeply flawed team. Nonetheless, go Akron.
    3 points
  14. I also checked their website and picked up 2 tickets in the chair back section lower court 3rd row. They were expensive $50 but I think Akron is going to win tonight so well worth the money although I have gone to this game close to 10 times and came home disappointed nine times. I would love to see Trimble have a game like Tuesday where he drove to the basket and shot short jump shots. It really adds another dimension to this team.
    3 points
  15. Criteria I used to make suggestions ……………………….. 4. Still available according to TP on 247sports. 3. High rating (yea, yea, I know stars don’t matter). 2. Gut feeling they might commit if offered. and 1. Confuse the heck out of MDZip.
    3 points
  16. Tyroil Smoochie-Wallace L’Carpetron Dookmarriot D’Glester Hardunkichud Ozamataz Buckshank Jackmerius Tacktheritrix
    3 points
  17. Wouldn't shock me if someone is out. Hopefully they can be at full strength by the end of the week. If they can beat Buffalo without Trimble, by double digits even, they should be able to take out Balls Tate without another key contributor. I like the make up of this team, it's far less dependent on getting scoring from one guy like last year. I don't know if I saw anything come out about the MAC updating its protocols to 5 days of isolation + negative tests for positives. I'm hoping they did, since whatever cases popped up last week did on Thursday. That would make today or tomorrow the day that whoever that is would be back available. Hope everyone's okay. Go Zips!
    3 points
  18. After so many great acquisitions via transfer portal and high school recruiting, we have gone like 3 days with no activity. I continue to be eagerly awaiting more additions to the team. Let's go coaches, close more deals. In Joe We Trust!!!
    3 points
  19. 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
  20. This could be bad. If it goes unchecked we might have a school playing in their 8th national championship in 11 years or something crazy like that
    3 points
  21. First truly bad game since Florida and the sky is falling on good ol’ ZN. I call it the Sendy Special. It’s what won his sorry-a** a MAC title. He throws a darn good player at you and he miraculously beats you with absolutely nothing else. The Zips win that game 8/10 times. How many times does Freeman get out rebounded by a group of crappy bigs like that? It doesn’t happen very often. I’m disappointed as everyone is. The Zips are far better than they showed tonight. But at the end of the day this is just another loss in Portage County. Trimble has these games, we’ve seen it plenty. Ali was disappointing, I’ll give you that. And Freeman was getting destroyed on the boards, albeit with BS put backs and rebounds on loose balls after great defensive possessions. I am not sold on this Akron team as MAC Champions, but I’m still happy to buy stock. Groce out coached Pinky tonight. Don’t let 50% of his teams’ points coming from one Doo-Cane transfer fool you. It was neck and neck until the last few minutes and UA was playing it’s worst game since before Thanksgiving! It just came down to execution and Akron wasn’t able to tonight. On to the next one. It’s a marathon, not a race.
    2 points
  22. I like Groce's vest. That's about where I'm at with this game.
    2 points
  23. 2 points
  24. I was there that day and it was glorious
    2 points
  25. Great read, thank you for posting!! One thing that excites me is I feel confident Joe is here for the long haul and not leave after a first winning season. Family being close seems really important to him so I could see him being really content with staying in Akron and building success here and not really giving into the temptation of a big school coming after him, especially if it is further away from home. That is very good news for us Zips fans!
    2 points
  26. HAHA! That's fantastic. How has he not been canned yet? Side note: Real tough guys do this as an intimidation tactic...
    2 points
  27. GaTech is probably going to get one more year out of that staff before they're canned. Collins is 9-25 there with 3 wins in each season. That's probably going to be a big selling point by the UA staff on 1/28. The only thing I remember Collins for is before his first game there, which was @ Clemson, they were lifting weights out on the field during warmups, which is something I have never seen anyone do before. That's such a boneheaded BS fake tough guy thing if I've ever seen one. I am hugely biased of course, but I'm buying stock in Akron right now before I am GaTech. He'll be in a better situation with an offensive coach and will make a far more immediate impact. What a get this would be!
    2 points
  28. We’ll have to pray for an unseasonably warm January 28th.
    2 points
  29. Wow. What a performance on offense in the second half. The first half was brutal to watch, just awful. But the Zips were really sharp in the second half with very few mistakes. Groce managed the bigs well with foul trouble which was huge. X and Trim absolutely phenomenal in the mid range, that’s great to see and very important. That changes all the dynamic. The three headed monster of Ali, X, Trimble has a lot of potential, I like it. Ball State came out playing great D and they played harder and made more plays the first 30 minutes. Sparks and Cochran are a pain. I thought Cochran looked familiar and then I realized he was from NIU and he gave us a ton of trouble in the game here with them last year. Overall, nice win. This team has a long way to go until it’s a well oiled machine. Friday win would be massive. Kent will come ready to play. In Groce we trust! Go Zips!
    2 points
  30. 4.49 forty time, so he has some quickness. I am guessing that he was recruited as a WR and not DB, but I could be completely wrong. If so, that will start filling the future pipeline. As I state with all of these recruits: In Joe We Trust!!!!
    2 points
  31. I like that Trimble is shooting shots other than just the 3 tonight. Opens up the game for him and makes him tougher to defend.
    2 points
  32. Wayyyyy too long in coming. I'd sure like to know how they've accomplished it and who's responsible. They deserve a pat on the back.
    2 points
  33. Only two career receptions but a SEC player coming to Akron is always a good sign.
    2 points
  34. Getsy pumps... He throws for Hixon and it is... CAUGHT! FOR A TOUCHDOWN! ARE YOU KIDDING ME?! Good luck to Luke in this interview process!
    2 points
  35. I'm interested to see Luke Brown play. His high scoring game so far this year was 6 points -v- Illinois State.
    2 points
  36. Dude; I'm cool. You have taught me that there is an i in team.
    2 points
  37. I think you can remove all of the directionals and Ball State from any chance of being there at the end. Right now, OU and Toledo are at the top of the MAC, with PCCC, Akron, Buffalo a little behind, and BG and Miami not that far back. Any of those seven could beat the other on any given night and it wouldn't be an upset. I think Buffalo will eventually come around and be a factor in the standings, seedings and tournament. If I had to seed them today: 1. OU 2. Toledo 3. PCCC 4. Akron 5. Canada 6. BG 7. Miami 8. Ball State 9. EMU 10. NIU 11. WMU 12. CMU
    2 points
  38. "Ire" is simply defined as anger. I was not angry. I am tired, sick and damn tired of this debate taking over forums. You'll note that this is apparently a popular view given the likes for the post. Apparently, you've taken it as a personal attack as you see the post as directed at you. That wasn't the intent as I actually agree with your position. I fear now that this "debate" has now become the second most frustrating series for this thread. To get things back on track, this weekend's MAC results: OU- 80, PCCC- 72 BG- 87 MIami 83 Ball State- 78, EMU- 82 Toledo- 94, NIU- 63
    2 points
  39. If you put their names together, you can spell MAC CHAMPIONSHIPS, BOWL GAME VICTORIES, and KENT STATE SUCKS. Sam Popper is the Director of Player Personnel/Recruiting. He comes from Oregon, where he was the Asst. Director of Recruiting/Offense.
    2 points
  40. Complete staff is out https://gozips.com/sports/football/roster
    2 points
  41. Except Bubba Walther.
    2 points
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