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  1. 6 points
    Clickbait like this is always interesting. I spent most of my adult life traveling for work and I can tell you Akron is better than half of the cities ahead of them....probably more. I moved away 14 years ago after living there almost 20 years after high school. Anyone who lives in northeast Ohio and tells you they don't like it because it is boring is a boring person. It's a great place to live and I hope the people who live there know that.
  2. 4 points
    Which nut would you have surrendered...left or right...to have had 6' 10" Deng Riak be money from 2-feet-and-in?
  3. 4 points
    TripleDoubleProspects dot com on Nate Johnson Please click the link. But the gist: "Big, strong and hyper athletic combo guard with a great feel for the game... As his jump shot gains consistency he has a much upside as anyone in Ohio's 2021 class."
  4. 4 points
    6'10" forward. 3 star recruit according to 247. He supposedly had offers to UCLA and Rutgers.
  5. 4 points
    Holy crap! This guys' highlight film from MaxPreps is amazing! So smooth! 6-3 combo guard from Lakota East. 24/7 Sports & Rivals.com rank him as a 3-star recruit.
  6. 4 points
    Another likable kid. When you see things like this it is easy to understand why they enjoy each other so much. So much different than that hastily assembled squad in Groce's first year. It also makes it clear that chemistry is something Groce looks at in putting together a team. As I recall, Wynn is not eligible this year due to the transfer rules.
  7. 4 points
    https://www.instagram.com/tv/CG8CwbvHSZz/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link
  8. 4 points
  9. 4 points
    I have been a season basketball ticket holder for over 30, mostly (expensive) floor seats. Steve French is the best. Another dumb move from a university that is in the survival mode. I m looking forward to finding out who made the decision and why. This is another reason for Akron fans to to show up! Very Bad move!!
  10. 4 points
    If we don't allow fans at football games, we have an excuse for not having fans at football games. It's genius. Akron Football - Social Distancing Before It Was Cool. Now that's a slogan. ______________________________________________________________________ Any update(s) on the schedule? Any rumblings?
  11. 4 points
    Well, I cannot intelligently discuss our first opponent, so I'll jot down what I think the starting offense will look like (note: except for X & Bryce Petersen, I'm simply talking out my @$$ concerning the OL). Our OL has the potential of being huge... but awfully young. Many of these guys haven't played a snap of D-1 ball before, so even though I think there's potential there, my expectations are low. RT: Owen Murphy (6-6, 275, R-Fr.) RG: Jordan Daniels (6-5, 300 R-Fr.) C : Bryce Petersen (6-2, 280 Sr.) LG: Caleb Herring (6-7, 320 R-Fr.) LT: Xavior Gray (6-9, 300 R-Fr.) Huge... but inexperienced. But I'm projecting a lot of new, young starters this year simply by considering how poorly the OL performed last season. No idea what our transfer RB's (Dollard & Gest) are bringing to the table but, just like the OL, they simply have to be better than what we saw last year. I'll go with Teon Dollard (5-11, 200 Jr.) as the starter and Cole Gest (5-9, 195 R-Sr.) as the #2. Kato (Sr.) will definitely be the #1 QB with Zach Gibson (R-Fr.) as the backup. [Even after the departure of Jonah Morris], We're [still] stacked at WR & TE. TE: Maverick Wolfley (6-3, 240 R-So.), & Brycen Yarmo (6-5, 250 R-So.) WR: Julian Hicks (6-3, 200 R-Jr.) & Kevin Walls (6-6, 215 R-Fr.) WR: Nate Stewart (6-2, 205 R-Sr.) & George Qualls (6-2, 185 R-Jr.) WR: Jeremiah Knight (5-11, 190 R-Jr.) & Timothy Scippio (6-2, 210 Jr.) WR: Andre Williams (5-10, 185 R-Sr.) & Michael Mathison (5-10, 160 So.) This gives our offense a potential 2-deep looking like: QB: Kato Nelson... Zach Gibson RB: Teon Dollard... Cole Gest RT: Owen Murphy... Austin Sample RG: Jordan Daniels... Hunter Corne C : Bryce Petersen... Tony Georges LG: Caleb Herring... Ryan Beckman LT: Xavior Gray... Vincent Fonte TE: Maverick Wolfley... Brycen Yard WR: Julian Hicks... Kevin Walls WR: Nate Stewart... George Qualls WR: Andre Williams... Michael Mathison WR: Jeremiah Knight... Timothy Scippio Another player I'm anxious to get a look at is R-Fr WR Kevin Walls. Kevin stands 6-6 & was all-state in track. His hudl highlight film was impressive. And, to nip any tiresome comments in the bud [sigh], yes, there are 12 listed due to the potential TE -v- WR combo. [Edited after LZip posted about Jonah Morris entering the Transfer Portal.]
  12. 3 points
    I don't have an issue with WRs...exciting about the future of Qualls as well as Mathison if he can stay healthy. Tony Grimes is a freshman walk-on and more than holding his own. Dollard is a beast. Had the second most yards in program history in the game last night. I think Gibson can be a pretty good MAC QB if he can cut down on the turnovers. O-Line is playing a bunch of freshman and is already better than the hand we were dealt last year. Defense needs a whole lot of work, but we have also been quite shorthanded. Bryce Wilson, Corey Thomas, MIchael Scott, and Jacquize Cross are starters who haven't played since week 1. Quevan Lawson and Demetrick Watts are other guys I was expecting to see, but haven't seen them on sideline/field at all. Looks like Demarkus Glover got his first action of the season last night. Perspective is important. I think the team is actually watchable this year and there are bright spots. I am seeing some development. Still plenty of work to do though. I'm just a guy on the internet, but if I were the staff, I'd bring in at least a P5 transfer at each level for next season. Taking the weakest link at DL, LB, and DB and replacing them with a Se'Von Pittman, Darryl Monroe, or Avis Commack type could allow us to make a big jump.
  13. 3 points
    The line opened at 22½, it's at 24½ on some sites. Fearless Forecast™: Dollard breaks a late run for a TD, and the Zips cover.
  14. 3 points
    I got this creepy image of iCoach sneaking in my head when I listen to Loeffler. ?
  15. 3 points
    This is a huge recruiting class! On paper this is our best overall recruiting class ever. Outside of Zeke we will now have our 4 highest rated recruited players in Zips history all on the same team. Tribble, Clarke, Nate Johnson and Kalle. Also don’t sleep on Kobe Mitchell his HS is small and in the middle of nowhere Ohio which doesn't get much attention. He could very easily be rated a 3 star recruit before the year is over. Obviously stars are stars and play on the court in college is what matters but this is an extremely exciting time to be a Zips Basketball fan. We have a VERY bright future. Now can I talk myself into thinking we could somehow land Chris Livingston in 2022 and wanting to stay in Akron? One can dream.
  16. 3 points
    He wasn't picking a fight. An OU player knocked the ball out of his hands then gave Gibson a shove - which Gibson didn't take too kindly.
  17. 3 points
    Turnovers killed a great chance for a W tonight. Definitely saw some reasons for hope. It was nice to watch a competitive effort and some promising individual performances.
  18. 3 points
    I'm just glad he's more than 100% committed. That's apparently very important these days.
  19. 3 points
    Two Top 60 guys at their respective positions in the class. Wow. Won't be long before Groce is picked off again... The good news is that means we'll be making noise in March. Two outstanding gets it looks like. The level of this program seems to be rising more and more with each commitment! Go Zips!
  20. 3 points
    I'll do you one better, I'm a proponent of the comma splice (seriously).
  21. 3 points
    Our TE's are more likely to throw a pass than receive one.
  22. 3 points
    Our competition for Anderson's services are New Mexico State, Cleveland State, and Lamar. I'm a proponent of the Oxford Comma.
  23. 3 points
    Last year, with the transition, I expected nothing. That's exactly what I got. This year, I expect reasonable improvement. That would entail a couple of wins. I don't think the team I saw last night is capable of a couple of wins. I get that they looked better in some aspects of the game, but............58-13. Disappointing.
  24. 3 points
  25. 3 points
  26. 3 points
    The CBS NFL pre-game show had a segment on Matt and Hair Love today! Outstanding!
  27. 3 points
    I’m rooting for a running back to gain 100+ yards in a game this year, and the offensive line to give the QB a chance to get to a second read a few times on a drive. Anything after that will be a bonus.
  28. 3 points
    While the Buckeye 8 is not on the level of some of the leagues in Northeast Ohio, its definitely a few steps above the Malvern-like competition B&G mentioned, which is where Graves came from prior to SVSM. There have been players go to Michigan, WVU, and Purdue, as well as MAC schools, for football in recent years. One of them is actually in the NFL (Colton McKivtiz). Some other players that came from these schools include Nate Davis, Jose Davis, Tim Spencer, Joey Galloway. There are some athletes that come out of there, though not so much on the basketball side. I assume Ford being from Cambridge tipped us off to him and he did enough in AAU to warrant an offer. Could be a sleeper type of prospect who went under the radar, could be a bust. Here's to hoping he's a hidden gem..i know I'll be rooting for him being a fan of the Zips and a native of the area.
  29. 3 points
    http://www.verbalcommits.com/players/kobe-mitchell
  30. 3 points
    If I left you with the impression that I want this staff gone I apologize. I do not want to see change. I am comfortable with the situation we are in, namely we go with who we have during the length of their contract. It is my fervant hope that during that contract we see substantial proof that the staff can coach. I was just lamenting the fact that at present we have no evidence of that. I hope it comes, sooner rather than later would be preferred.
  31. 3 points
    Well that's not a very good Social Distancing policy... (insert the vintage tomato-hitting-the-face emoji) Laugh, people. It's good for the soul. Go Zips!
  32. 3 points
    I liked Frenchy. He bled blue and gold and that made up for his announcing shortcomings. If he is gone he deserves a night of recognition at the JAR or in a big bar.
  33. 3 points
    I'll miss Frenchy. Maybe it's just familiarity but I do like him. I can also always tell in about two seconds how the game is going from the tone of his voice.
  34. 3 points
  35. 3 points
    Xeyrius Williams's team won the Göcsej Cup preseason tournament. In July 2020, Williams signed with BC Körmend of the Hungarian NBIA and FIBA Europe Cup. Never heard of this but...
  36. 3 points
    Very Zip-centric article from the San Fran Chronicle here with stories from his Akron teammates. Apparently he was an early-day Rec Center Wonder of the hoops. "A second-team All-Mid-American Conference closer, he was drafted in the 16th round in 2011 by the White Sox and debuted three years later as the fourth Zips player to reach the majors. He also flashed his athleticism on the rec basketball court, where, Romick confirmed: “He can throw down.” " https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.sfchronicle.com/athletics/amp/A-s-Chris-Bassitt-fueled-by-energy-drinks-15620507.php
  37. 3 points
    That would be more in attendance than a regular Zips Game before the pandemic
  38. 3 points
    He is smooth. Not to knock Cheese and Banks, but I feel like our back-court will be very fluid this year. Cheese had a bit of Duvivier in him (bulldozer) and could be a bit wreckless, and Banks was more of a defense-first, pure SG on offense and wasn't able to really run the offense or handle the ball TOO well if needed. I think we'll be able to beat our opponents off the dribble more and create more opportunities, both open beyond the arc and down low for closer baskets.
  39. 3 points
  40. 3 points
    Roster sorted by Position/Height. Class also included. Guard Loren Christian Jackson 5'8" - SR Scott Walter 5'10" - SO Garvin Clarke 6'0" - FR Greg Tribble 6'1" - SO Bryan Trimble Jr. 6'2" - JR Mikal Dawson 6'5" - SO LePear Toles 6'6" - SR Tre Edwards 6'6" - RFR Michael Wynn 6'6" - JR Forward Jermaine Marshall 6'6" - SO Maishe Dailey 6'7" - SR Camron Reece 6'7" - SR Enrique Freeman 6'7" - SO Ali Ali 6'8" - SO Taylor Currie 6'8" - SO Center Aziz Bandaogo 7'0" - FR ________________________________________________________________ Some observations/thoughts... - I forgot about Trimble and Wynn. Trimble is eligible after sitting out last year when he transferred from St. John's. Is Wynn sitting out this year after transferring from Wake Forest? - We are big and physical at Guard, with speed/quickness between Clarke and LCJ. - Speaking of Clarke, I think he'll be a phenomenal backup PG, even as a freshman. - Our 2 guard is LOADED with Dawson, Tribble, and Trimble (Wynn, too, if he's eligible, and I don't know much about Edwards). We will be creating a lot of matchup-nightmares for opponents at Guard. - Forward is the unknown with this squad. I think Dailey is the obvious pick to step into the leadership role for not only this position group, but the team as a whole (along with LCJ). Marshall and Reece will have to play bigger than their height (we've seen that already with Reece). Currie could be the key. - Aziz, I think, will have an easy job this year: simply develop. We've seen how dangerous this team can be when they go "small" and athletic, so I don't think we'll need to rely on a true-freshman 7 footer for TOO much. Having him for 4 years could be awesome. ________________________________________________________________ I think the Depth Chart looks like this... PG - LCJ/Clarke/Tribble 2G - Tribble/Trimble/Dawson/Edwards/Toles SF - Dailey/Reece/Ali/Marshall/Freeman PF - Reece/Currie/Marshall C - Currie/Reece/Aziz * If Wynn is eligible, plug him into the middle of the 2G and SF slots.
  41. 3 points
    The union gambled and lost. Say goodbye to $12,000 severance payments and free tuition for the kids. https://www.beaconjournal.com/story/news/2020/09/18/university-akron-faculty-lose-arbitration-case-67-still-laid-off-union-aaup/5824384002/
  42. 2 points
    I can remember people here calling for Bowden's head after embarrassing losses to P5 schools and I don't recall even them putting up 69 points.. This guy shouldn't even make it through the rest of the season. 69 from Can't? With the backup playing for Q4?
  43. 2 points
    Bassett 8th in the cy young voting.
  44. 2 points
    I think that's the sign of a sound plan by Groce, one that we hoped for early in his stay here. Build it quickly to a successful program with transfers and jucos in the mix making it more and more attractive to top notch high school seniors that stay with the program for four years. I don't think he'll ever stop turning over rocks for top notch talent, but the math is pretty simple- 4>1 or 2.
  45. 2 points
    Okay. 11+ years in this stadium. Can we get a camera angle that isn't on the moon? And on the 50? Is it that hard
  46. 2 points
    Some Jermaine Marshall for our viewing pleasure-
  47. 2 points
    this should answer one part of your question.... no ncaa soccer tourney in the fall ncaa soccer tourney will be in the spring https://www.ncaa.com/news/ncaa/article/2020-09-16/ncaa-di-council-approves-moving-fall-championships-spring
  48. 2 points
    I understand social distancing and limiting the volume and location in the stadium of fans but not sure I understand there being no fans admitted at all. Other conferences are limiting their numbers and even Ohio high schools are allowing 15% of stadium capacity. If a Zips game at Infocision reached 15% capacity wouldn’t that be close to the usual in-game game day attendance we are used to anyway? I hope the attendance guidelines are modified a bit although I do agree you don’t want to be rubbing elbows with strangers at any events in 2020.
  49. 2 points
    This decision was very calculated. Calculated in the way that the conference leadership looked at all of the decisions other conferences made this year and supplied an answer to a very basic question, "How stupid can we make ourselves look?".
  50. 2 points
    referencing Canada's newest and shortest-lived recruit.
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