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  1. Good Day Zips Fans! A quick update on Kwan. He's having a GREAT season over in Spain. He's expecting another son with his wife Emily
    19 points
  2. Here's what I learned Groce says we have 2 more players that will be committing in the next 2 weeks. Once they clear the compliance process announcements will be made. That will bring us to 13 players on scholarship. 4 more football players will be added through the transfer portal in the next few weeks. JoMo is very optimistic about seeing real improvement this season but is realistic about how far the program needs to grow to be a consistent force in the MAC. He totally understands how important it is to beat Kent! Every practice ends with a drill focused on making that happen. Embick says we should see improved scoring this season but we have a young backfield that will need to improve. The rifle team signed 2 freshmen that placed in the top 10 at the junior Olympics recently. Womens golf had their best ever MAC finish this season taking 3rd overall. Track and Field is getting ready for the regionals next week. They feel confident the Zips will be represented at the NCAA meet in Oregon.
    16 points
  3. Bobcat fan here. Just wanted to say good luck out west. Bring that win share back to the MAC!
    15 points
  4. This seems like good news.
    12 points
  5. Yes. But we have a life, and sometimes we misplace trust that our members will act like adults. Jut so everyone knows - when I cut the check to Invision every 6 months to keep this site going it comes out of my pocket. I do it because I feel Zips fans need a nice place to discuss their teams comings and goings. 97% of you "get it," and I appreciate your contributions. If you are a cyberbully looking to inflate your ego, you're in the wrong board. Start your own Zips site and run it as you please. But here, you play by the house rules. It's as simple as that.
    12 points
  6. 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
  7. I hope this works. Zippy Video.mp4
    11 points
  8. Keith’s father Sid passed away yesterday. It was always a cool to see him around and to see their father/son relationship and the influence it had on Keith as a coach. Check out this cool photo of them that was posted on social media
    11 points
  9. I became a Zips fan after moving to Ohio last year. At times, the games were difficult to watch and the incoming recruiting class didn’t provide much hope. Joe Moorhead has quickly changed that outlook. I don’t expect the Zips to win the MAC this coming year, but the 2022 class is a great start towards that goal. My thoughts on the 2022 transfers are below. I’ll give my thoughts on the incoming freshmen at a later date. Transfers: RB - Cameron Wiley = Transfer from Minnesota. Wiley was a backup for the Gophers who flashed at times. He displays patience, vision, and power when running the ball and could develop into an every down back. He may not turn into an all conference player, but should give the running game more production. WR - Shocky Jacques - Louis = Senior transfer from Pittsburgh. Shocky was a part-time starter at Pitt and is a proven receiver at the Power 5 level. He has demonstrated the ability to make difficult catches in his career and will go up and get the ball. He should slide right in as a day one starter. WR - Alex Adams = Transfer from LSU. Adams was an explosive player in high school that hasn’t lived up to his potential. If the staff can motivate and develop Adams, he’ll be an all-MAC player before he graduates. TE - TJ Banks = Transfer from West Virginia where Banks was a backup TE. He mostly played split out as a WR in high school, so learning to be an in-line TE at the D1 level was an adjustment. Banks exhibits a large catch radius and a big bodied target for the QB. If he can pick up the nuances of blocking, he’ll be a weapon at Akron. OL - Max Banes = Transfer from Houston where he was a part-time starter. Banes brings Guard to Tackle value to Akron. He has excellent size, demonstrates great feet, and runs extremely well for an offensive lineman. He should be a starter from day one. DE - Devon Robinson = Transfer from Memphis, where he did not play. Robinson was originally a scholarship player at Mississippi State and then walked on at Memphis. This is the definition of a boom or bust opportunity. It’s worth the staff taking a chance on Robinson as he possesses immense talent and could be an all MAC player if he lives up to his potential. DE - Victor Jones = Senior transfer from Wyoming. Jones played DE and DT during his time at Wyoming. He was a productive backup who will bring experience and provide immediate defensive line depth. DT - Curtis Harper = Senior transfer from Syracuse. Harper was a productive backup who will likely be a starter before the year ends. He’s strong, agile, and should cause problems for interior OL in the MAC. OLB - Tim Terry = Senior transfer from Buffalo. Terry was a multi-year starter at Buffalo and will look to claim a starting spot at Akron to close out his career. Having a player with Terry’s experience can only help the LB corp. CB - Cameron Threatt = JUCO transfer via way of Mississippi State. Threatt is a long and rangy DB that’ll be able to line up anywhere in the secondary. He’ll provide immediate depth as well as push for a starting position. S - KJ Martin = Transfer from West Virginia. Another long and rangy DB except Martin is a true S. He was mostly a backup at WVU, but did start a handful of games. Martin is excellent when coming to help from the weak side, but will need to shore up his tackling technique when facing head on. He’ll provide depth and push for starting minutes.
    10 points
  10. It is way to soon to discuss Guthrie departing UA. He just got here. His most-visible accomplishments so far are marketing some $7 beers in the JAR and filling a hundred or so otherwise empty JAR seats with students. That's Doctoral-level thinking when compared to Larry Williams or Tom Wistercill, but pales in comparison to the re-branding and stadium construction we saw in the early 2000's under Thomas and Waddell. Those guys accomplished some major stuff, and were ready to move on to bigger and better things. Credit for hiring Joe to coach the football team should be tempered. Joe's agent reached out to UA expressing his interest in the job. I do credit Guthrie for swiftly recognizing his good fortune and sealing the deal. I guarantee if Joe's agent had called Larry Williams, Williams would have hung up the phone and still paid buyout money to secure 3-win Tom. The best recent Akron AD's did something major in order to matriculate to the "next level." For Guthrie to make that leap he needs to fill InfoCision to a reasonable capacity every Saturday (17-20k = "reasonable"). If the football team wins ("wins" = 9+ wins, like Toledo has done 11 times in the past 22 seasons), a 10-12k Tuesday night crowd in November game should also expected. The days of 500 butts-in-seats has to be over. I like Guthrie. He seems hardworking, intelligent, personable and genuine. He's not the typical phony, hand-shaking stuffed shirt. He has great synergy with Gary Miller (another desperately-needed breath of fresh air @ UA). With all due respect to the tasks of keeping Groce happy, and getting soccer back to its deep NCAA tourney runs, rallying the community to support Akron Football and making the corner of Spicer and Exchange rock & roll on fall gamedays is Guthrie's measuring stick for success. I hope he can do it. I'll have a beer on ice waiting for him in Lot 9 when he does.🦘🏉🦾
    10 points
  11. 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) 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 Kiawan Murphy, DT, 6-3, 330, East Hartford HS, East Hartford, CT Noah Gettman, P/K, 6-5, 205, Mainland HS, Daytona Beach, FL, Sacred Heart transfer (1 yr. eligibility) Bobby Golden, WR, 5-9, 180, Miami Palmetto HS, Miami, FL Tyhler Williams, OL, 6-4, 305, Milton HS, Alpharetta, GA Ka'Marii Landers, OL, 6-5, 300, Fordson HS, Dearborn, MI Keylen Davis, OL, 6-4, 298, Ben Davis HS, Indianapolis, IN Niko Paxos, P/K, 6-3, 195, Jackson HS, Massillon, OH Bryan McCoy, LB, 6-0, 225, Joliet West HS, Joliet, IL Jourden Hale, OL, 6-6, 330, Sycamore HS, Cincinnati, OH Marquell Darnell, TE, 6-7, 210, Central HS, Erie, PA Anthony Stallworth, RB, 5-11, 185, Farrell HS, Farrell, PA Stefan Monahan, OL, 6-8, 320, McKinley HS, Canton, OH Nate Thompson, S, 6-3, 200, Southern Lee HS, Sanford, NC, Duke University transfer (1 yr. eligibility) Clyde Price III, RB, 6-0, 210, North Kansas City HS, Kansas City, MO, Kansas State transfer (2 yrs. eligibility) Anthony Whigan, OL, 6-5, 300, Great Mills HS, Lexington Park, MD, Penn State transfer (1 yr. eligibility) Caden Clark, TE, 6-4, 255, Archbishop Hoban, Akron, OH, Alabama transfer (4 yrs. eligibility?) Daniel George, WR, 6-2, 205, Oxon Hill HS, Fort Washington, MD, Penn State transfer (2 yrs. eligibility) Noah Perez, K, 5-8, 160, Desert Vista HS, Pheonix, AZ Jaharon Griffin, LB, 6-0, 225, Neshoba Central HS, Philadelphia, MS Ravontae Holt, DT, 6-4, 293, Sheldon HS, Sacramento, CA, Wyoming transfer (1 yr. eligibility) CLASS BREAKDOWN: TOTAL COMMITS: 34 Offense: 20 QB: 1 (Jennings) RB: 4 (Wiley, Kellom, Stallworth, Price) WR: 5 (Jacquez-Louis, Adams, Bone, Golden, George) TE: 3 (Banks, Darnell, Clark) OL: 7 (Banes, Williams, Landers, Davis, Hale, Monahan, Whigan) Defense: 11 DT: 4 (Robinson, Harper, Murphy, Holt) DE: 1 (Jones) LB: 3 (Terry, McCoy, Griffin) DB: 3 (Threatt, Martin, Thompson) Special Teams: 3 P/K: 3 (Gettman, Paxos, Perez)
    9 points
  12. If Ali and his family think that going elsewhere is in his best interests so be it. It's no different really than someone taking what they perceive to be a better job. However, I think he's going to find that being a minor player playing 10 to 20 minutes on a p5 team isn't nearly as rewarding as being a major player on a competitive MAC team for a coach willing to overlook your flaws.
    9 points
  13. 🔥🔥🔥 RATED BY RIVAL DOT COM AS THE #9 DUAL THREAT QB IN THE NATION!!!
    9 points
  14. JoeMo is on 92.3 The Fan with Ken Carman and Anthony Lima. - He was in the parking lot of Hoban during the call. His son is in 8th grade, so they're taking a look at the school. - Stressed local recruiting, but also mentioned that the staff he's building has connections all over the country. - Stated they're not going to do anything in this first signing period for recruiting. Needs time to do a roster assessment. - Brought up the 2005 Snow Bowl against PCCC. Stressed the importance of winning the Wagon Wheel. - Stressed being prepared, being ultra competitive, detail oriented, and playing for all 4 quarters. - Mentioned beating Matt Rhule's Temple program while at Fordham. Also reiterated his success at Mississippi State. The interview started and ended with our fight song. Ken was obviously fired up, and Anthony mentioned how great of a hire this is. JoeMo wrapped it up with, "This interview has me when more fired up. That's a big Go Zips!"
    9 points
  15. We need a coach that can recruit. Period. Irons is a player. He can almost singlehandedly win football games. Dollard was a player. He could almost singlehandedly will football games. Mathison, while not at their level, is a player. After that...all our present players are essentially interchangeable. There's no other Arth-recruited talent on our roster that ANY other MAC program would want, let alone a P5 program. Yeah, you can see flashes of potential here and there from a DB or WR...but we are flat-out woefully short on talent. The proof: 0-4 MAC teams that lost to Duquesne curb-stomp us on our home field. You want linemen that are big, strong and agile. Our lines are small, slow and unathletic. Ditto the linebackers. It isn't will, or scheme, or conditioning that gets us pushed around the field. We're just smaller and less talented than all our opponents. Arth made the decision to build the program predominately with youth. It has hurt. Bowden had the same choice when he arrived, and liberally supplemented his classes with transfers. He once said (paraphrased) - "If we only recruit freshmen, we'll get killed and I'll just be recruiting the next coach's kids. AD's don't wait 5 years for you to win now-a-days." Can't argue with that. Transfers like Williams, Marcus, Davis, Coe and Natson were the types of impact P5 transfers we needed to start winning games at Akron. However, he also recruited NFL talent like Gilbert, Kyron Brown and Jatavis Brown out of high school. Maybe Council lands in the NFL too? I predicted 1 win when this season began. Irons' play made me hopeful we could possibly see two...but it's not going to happen. Lee Owens was a marginal coach (see him sitting at 2-2 at Ashland right now). But with a decaying off campus stadium and zero facilities he recruited the likes of Frye, Hixon, Blackburn, Payne, Hendry, Dwight Smith, Matt Cherry and many other solid, fun-to-watch players. Several landed in the NFL. Bowden once said - "We need to find a way to win at Akron." He also said - "Sometimes the local HS programs know you too well. Kids from Florida don't know Akron from Kent or BG, so that's where we need to recruit until we get better." It's true. I see zero value in making local recruiting a major emphasis right now. Of all the players I listed above as NFL caliber...how many were from Akron? Hendry was from North Canton. That's it. There is a way to win at Akron. It starts with identifying and recruiting talent. Period. Then lather, rinse, and repeat. There's no other option.
    9 points
  16. Since we don’t receive as much news as we should from the Akron outlets, I’m going to do a position by position preview of the roster. All of the previews will be based on my opinion of the player fit within the new schemes, the games I watched on tv last year, and any film I can find online. Feel free to jump in and say where I may have missed something. DJ Irons - (Redshirt Junior, Returning) - The clear cut #1 QB going into spring ball. He has pro style height, a strong arm, and flashes ample ability to be a weapon in the run game. He’s the ideal QB for a Moorhead offense. As with all QBs, the question will be how quickly he can pick up the mental aspects of the offense and then apply them to the field. Ryan Jankowski - (Sophomore, Returning) - Left handed QB, who demonstrates excellent pocket awareness. He doesn’t seem to possess as much natural arm strength as some of the other QBs on the roster and his throwing motion is inconsistent. Dijon Jennings - (Freshman, New) - Great athlete and very elusive. Jennings would most likely develop into a dynamic wide receiver if the QB position didn’t work out. His throwing motion is inconsistent, but he flashes the ability to keep plays alive with his feet. Did not enroll early and go through spring ball. I wouldn’t be surprised to see another QB transfer in - and one transfer out - before the season starts. If Irons goes down, or struggles, will any of the backups be able to replace him effectively for an extended period of time? Edited: Removed Calvin Cloud Removed Joey Marousek
    8 points
  17. This does make you appreciate Kwan's mom. Several years after her son graduated still feels like she's a member of the Zips "family." Guys like Kwan Cheatham, Dru Joyce, Joe Jakubik, Eric McLaughlin, Len Paul, Zeke Marshall, Bruce Weinkein ...they're "Zips for Life." A guy that feels he's too good for the Zips program, and bolts it rather than elevates it, is just a ship we crossed in the night. Next man up...
    8 points
  18. I was speaking to a friend of mine who coaches at the Divsion 1 level regarding the transfer portal. His opinion was - 1.) It sucks. 2.) You combat it with "culture." If the kids like the staff, and like their teammates, they are much less likely to exit your program. Ball State has no culture. They've been floating in mediocrity for over a decade. Maybe Sparks landed there because the extra year of COVID eligibility meant fewer available scholarships at the P5 level? I don't know...but why would you your prime years in Muncie when you are getting scholarship offers from programs guaranteed annual trips to the NCAA's? I see a lot of #2 with Groce. I can't see Enrique ditching Aziz and Ali to chase glory at Xavier, or some other higher-conference program. The Zips players all seem to like each other. They've bought into Groce's culture and system. They're all growing, excelling, having fun and winning. Why leave? You can't bat 1.000 when recruiting 18-22 year old kids. For every Xerius Williams there's inevitably going to be a Trimble. But batting .750 overall is possible if you're consistent in your approach. And not desperate. Groce is too confident in himself and his system, and his contract situation, to be desperate and load up on mercenaries. From the ashes of the Great Dambrot Exodus he's built an OUTSTANDING program. I'll digress for one moment and mention recruiting "stars" as the pertain to the Zips - Ali and Enrique are arguably our most talented players. Neither was recruited by any D1 programs. ZERO! People go gaga over transfers from Florida...St Johns...Wake Forest...Missouri...there's usually a reason these guys are free agents. Groce recognizes talent like few other coaches I've seen. And places that talent in the best positions for team success. Sincere Carry is a tremendous basketball talent, but I really doubt he'd have been anything but a disruption had he played at UA. No player will ever admit they're a "me-first" guy...but it's pretty obvious when a player cares more about playing time, personal statistics and adulation than the good of the team. And, which coaches tolerate those antics. I'm keeping my March calendar clear for 2023. I fully expect the 2022-23 Zips to be dancing. 2024 is promised to no one. If Groce were to be lured away, a lot of the team could follow without penalty. I hope that doesn't happen, because the sky is the limit with Groce captaining our ship, and our "super-sophs"... soon-to-be "super-juniors"... inevitably improving. Enjoy the Zips one-year-at-a-time, as the fan of any successful mid-major should!
    8 points
  19. What's crazy is your ongoing rant about something you assume is not happening and in all likelihood are completely wrong about.
    8 points
  20. Congratulations. The previous record for the farthest anyone has made it into an Arth/Thomas post-game presser was 6:57.
    8 points
  21. Wasn't going to post this season. But... Went to the game and for 1Q I saw a good RB running behind some decent blocking by the O-line. Problem was the when Temple adjusted and shut down the running game Akron didn't or couldn't adjust. All Temple did was sit back in a 2 deep, played a 3 or 4 man front and their linebackers and corners were able to react to stop the run or clutter up the secondary. Akron couldn't pass block, receivers were running into coverage and both Kato and Irons were afraid to throw the ball. Coaching staff didn't help with some of the play calling. I don't think either Nelson or Irons are real comfortable as pocket passers. Seems that maybe if you ran some play action like the Browns do with Mayfield and get them out of the pocket they might be more effective. Defense doesn't look a lot different, still not much pressure. That could have been a nice win for a struggling program. Next week might be the only other chance this season. Gulp!
    8 points
  22. Players Auburn had in the game during DJ's TD drive: NT - Tony Fair - 1st string DE - Derick Hall - 1st string LB - Chandler Wooten - 1st string CB - Roger McCreary - 1st string (who Jonzell beat on his TD catch) CB - Nehemiah Pritchett - 1st string S - Bydarrius Knighten - 1st string DL - TD Moultry - 2nd string DL - JJPegues - 2nd string DL - Zykevious Walker - 2nd string LB - Wesley Steiner - 2nd string CB - Ro Torrence - 2nd string S - Zion Pucket - 2nd string DL - Romello Height - not listed on 2-deep DL - Eku Leota - not listed on 2-deep S - Eric Reed - not listed on 2-deep S - Devin Guide - not listed on 2-deep I'm sure there are others I missed. This is just what I could gather by pausing the ESPN replay feed. But the point is DJ wasn't doing this against scrubs.
    8 points
  23. Spring Ball gets started in a week! Next season starts now! I'm hoping to see a couple in person, but we'll see how my schedule works out. Is @Dr Z planning on taking the camera to any? I haven't been this excited for both Zips football and basketball's upcoming seasons in at least 5-6 years. We've got something special building at UA! GO ZIPS!!!
    7 points
  24. 7 points
  25. Same here, and for me, at least as important, he just seems to be a good guy. I haven't had a lot of interaction with him, but in what little I have, coupled with the way he carries himself, I have come away with the impression that he's just a solid salt of the earth guy you could have a beer with.
    7 points
  26. My initial inclination is to enjoy our opponents losing good players but on second thought good players make for a better MAC and the only way out of the one bid abyss is a better MAC..
    7 points
  27. Good! The university and the city have much to gain by cleaning up Exchange Street and making it more friendly for the public. Look at what Kent has done with redeveloping their main drag. It is very nice and a destination for people after work and weekends. Exchange Street could be the same with forethought and imagination. The university has so many events that can draw people. With a nice Exchange Street with shops and restaurants those people will stay. The street improvement is the first step.
    7 points
  28. Was curious, so I went through the verbal commits portal real quick and slapped together a very non-scientific analysis of the 117 listed transfers with new landing spots as of this morning. Compared the conference prestige with old/new teams for the player. If a conference was within +/- 5 ranking spots, the move was considered lateral. 61 (52.14%) moved down in D1 or to a lower level. 29 (24.79%) moved laterally, to a conference with similar prestige or within the same conference. 27 (23.08%) moved up a competition level or to a higher prestige conference in D1. Moral of the story: Lots of movement still to happen, but if we see similar numbers to this I think a lot of kids will realize it's not worth starting over when they have a >75% chance of moving laterally or down in their final landing spot.
    7 points
  29. I have heard on good authority in the last couple of weeks that Groce got rid of his agent during the beginning of COVID, and hasn't hired one again. Good news for us, as nobody is showing him off and negotiating on his behalf with search firms at other schools. Let's hope it stays this way. While I would be fairly surprised if Groce was still here in 2-3 years, he talks a lot about how he's changed throughout his career. The first time I noticed this was in '19-'20 after clinching a share of the title after the comeback win over OU. He had a Super Soaker water gun in the locker room and was celebrating with the guys after a win like that even though they hadn't clinched the 1 seed and hadn't even beaten Kent yet. In his presser that night, he mentioned that in the past he would've been much more calm and focused on the next step and the next game, but he's learned to appreciate it more in the moment. I'm glad he did then, little did anyone know, that was the true championship celebration that year. Since then, and especially in these last few weeks, you hear him talk about appreciating and enjoying the smaller things. The regular season wins, the wins in the tournament in the first couple rounds, even his daughter's birthday. He said something along the lines of he wanted to focus more on enjoying things in the moment instead of always strictly being on to the next game. You can tell he genuinely enjoys coaching at Akron, at no point has it felt like his foot is out the door. The P6 money will most likely inevitably lure him away eventually, but I think he is starting to see that coaching at a good mid-major for $650k isn't too bad after all. To bring it back to MAC discussion, it's all about the culture. You can't win with culture alone, but I'm giving Akron Culture a lot of credit for these last three years, especially this one (Team 121). I have said numerous times, no other program in the MAC could overcome 2 no-shows from starters at the beginning of the season and do a single thing of significance. They would've given into Walton wanting to be Walton, they would have kept forcing it with Trimble (see: Pinky allowing Carry to lose them a title game), the teams would have fallen apart. It would have been easy to get cocky and let the noise get to you in the midst of a big winning streak going through the conference tournament. It would've been easy to let Kent get under the skin, it would've been easy to fold and pack it in during a trip to the Ypsilanti black hole in the midst of a 3-game losing streak. But Groce got his program of high-character guys to buy in and simply trust their process. They may as well have played NIU in the title game. They just played their butts off regardless of who the opponent was. That was one of my favorite things from the title game, they didn't give a s*** about Kent. They just went out and took what was theirs, and they celebrated for themselves. It was a thing of beauty. Akron Culture. It's a very real thing, that could be dangerous for the rest of the MAC.
    7 points
  30. Before I respond, is the MAC office monitoring this thread?
    7 points
  31. So we get rid of the "Z." If Putin starts placing script Akron on his tanks, howitzers and goon squad T shirts, then what do we do?
    7 points
  32. From the Blue Board Hall of Fame.
    7 points
  33. Groce gave Maishe Daily the longest of long leashes to get on track last season. Towards year's end, he cut his minutes. Same thing with Trimble this year. He's had an incredibly long leash for his incredibly subpar 3-point shooting year. And he brings nothing else to the table aside from his erratic, freakish 3-point potential. I remember a quote from Danny Ainge a few years back. I always felt it was one of the simplest, truest statements regarding players and playing time - "It’s not a coach’s job to give opportunities for everybody. To me, it’s a player’s job to make that coach feel like he needs you on the court to win — because every coach wants to win.” End-of-February/March is winning time. The time to ride out a player's season-long slump has expired. Dawson and Tribble give the Zips the best chance to win.
    7 points
  34. 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
  35. I'm a little concerned that I'm not seeing any Ohio Athletic Conference or Southern Conference experience.
    7 points
  36. Agreed. But I think they probably filmed that at the Cleveland Hopkins airport.
    7 points
  37. If you play the audio backwards you can hear "Akron wins the MAC...beats Brimfield every year..."
    7 points
  38. Arth is a nice guy. A good person. He has been hired to coach. He is a bad coach. He can't recruit. He doesn't work the transfer portal Like Tucker did at Michigan State. He does not improve his team over the course of a season. He hires poor assistants. He has had a thorough evaluation at Akron and it is time to end the contract, stop the bleeding and get someone in who can produce. I hope Guthrie makes the change ASAP even if that means we are rudderless against Kent.
    7 points
  39. Jimond Ivey got drafted in the G League Draft by the Rio Grande Valley Vipers
    7 points
  40. Hello all! First post here, nice to meet you all. I'm a season ticket holder (first year!) and glad I found an online community of fellow Zip fans! Would be a nice win this weekend. Ohio is 0-4, so there is a chance! Starting off MAC play 1-0 would be great! Also, since I am bringing a group of people with me, we want to do some tailgating. What are the best lots? Thank you. GO ZIPS!
    7 points
  41. The top drawer poll is out. The Zips are up to #6. https://www.topdrawersoccer.com/college-soccer-national-rankings/men
    7 points
  42. Overshadowed this past weekend by Dyson Clapier's heroics was a (no exaggeration) perfectly executed FK goal by WAN KUZRI WAN KAMAL. Foul was committed about 23 yards from net, slightly shaded to the left of center. A standard five man wall. Referee spotted the ball a little too close to easily lift over the wall and drop on frame. WKWK positioned himself at an obtuse angle to goal, telling everyone that this would definitely be a right footed shot. He backed off the the ball a standard four step run-up. But at the whistle, the ball never took flight. He bent the ball around the far side of the five man wall, banging off the inside of the far post for the score. The ball was never more than three inches off the ground! We were all momentarily too stunned to cheer. Very technically difficult!
    7 points
  43. A few thoughts about the Zips core moving forward into 2022-23...Admittedly, I have not read the entire thread so apologies if someone already said something similar! I thoroughly enjoyed watching the Zips down the stretch in the MAC and NCAA tourney and thought they played well as a unit (especially defensively), but realistically I think that X, Ali, and Freeman are the only players I would put down in ink as starters for next season. X and Freeman looked the part against UCLA. Even as the lead slipped away, I was thinking how great it was that X got the experience against a player like Tyger Campbell (likewise w/ Freeman and Jaquez!). Don't get me wrong, Dawson and Tribble are key pieces but could contribute from the bench just as well most nights. I always root for Ali Ali, but I never really bought into his pro potential. ESPN+ and CBSSN commentators would use his potential as a talking point, but those are just media notes and not really based on scouting or the eye test imo. I don't think we need Ali to average over 15 ppg to make a deep tourney run in the coming years. I would like to see his 2PT field goal % go up and his assists as well next season. I.e. I think we need more efficiency out of Ali and not necessarily a lot more production. If that happens, Freeman improves even more, and we can find a lights out wing player (either the incoming guards or a transfer), the Zips will be a tough out next season. Parting Shot: I was surprised to see a post like that from Trimble as I imagined he left on bad terms. I guess it's possible that he got the yips in terms of his outside shooting and totally lost confidence? Honestly, he doesn't really have DI athleticism, so if his shot went bye bye that's a done deal. Hopefully, he finds his stroke and ends his college career somewhere on a high note.
    6 points
  44. We made it to the end. Thank you @clarkwgriswold for always being on top of it and getting game threads up, and thank you to Zipsnation for giving unreasonably enthusiastic Akron fans like me a place to come discuss this disaster every day. I feel terrible for the coaches and players that are left and have to suffer through this trip. I’d like to say thank you to all the guys that played and coached their asses off all year, whether they were any good or not. At the end of the day, most of the guys still here are coaching knowing they’re about to be out of a job. That sucks. I’m laying 28.5 today, but I’d love to see some fire to end the season on some kind of high note. That was my hope last week, and we know how that went. New coach should be named in a couple of days, the future starts now! Go Zips!
    6 points
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