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  1. Outdoor Track and Field

    The West Coast is doing wonders for the Zips track athletes, as Hesham Eldesouky breaks the school record in the triple jump! This has been a nice swing the last week and still wondering if we'll see the Zippers at home for their traditional Campbell/Wright Invitational, somewhere in Northeast Ohio! Maybe a twin outdoor MAC Championship would convince the school to do something with the track, but with the railing falling off Infocision, I don't see that happening.....But way to go Zips Track!
  2. Outdoor Track and Field

    So, the outdoor season got off to a great start down in Teh-Has, with Jordan Latimer (LJ) picking up where he left off indoors, and Lucy Bryan did as well (PV), and Curtis Richardson High Jumped over 7’ 2” for a PR. Beam threw javelin great, and they compete in Texas again this weekend...still nothing posted on first home meet....but evidently the athletes aren’t phased by the broo-ha-ha...or if they are they’re “rising above”...
  3. Columbus Crew SC

    If I was the Haslams right about now I'd be second guessing my purchase. I have watched three Crew matches on FoxSports Ohio and have been appalled by the fanbase who made such a fuss about saving them and staying in Columbus, only to see more yellow seats in the stadium than ones filled with real live fans. I was assured by Columbus fans that the fanbase would come out in force....where are they? Right now watching vs. Portland, and that's the best you can do Columbus? The entire upper deck is empty, and other than about 50% in the middle, the last third of each end is empty on the bottom....What gives?
  4. Outdoor Track and Field

    Zips T & F soldiers on...out west at Mt. St. Mary's Tevin Brown breaks school record in the 10,000 meter and Mackenzie Andrews sets new school record in the steeplechase! It's been a while since we've had strength in the long distances....way to go Tev and Mack!
  5. Baseball's Coming Back

    I had the same reaction as Zipmeister....I have scoured the internet and talked to a few coaches of other ncaa sports, and can't find anything anywhere about a fee to decommit, let alone a significant one...anyone else know anything??
  6. Baseball's Coming Back

    Just throwing this out there for you to think about. I’ve been at the MAC Baseball Championships the last three years, and if you like college baseball, it is a blast. Played at Sprenger Stadiumin Avon Lake (was All-Pro Freight Stadium before name change) which is only a little over an hour from campus. The stadium is super fan friendly, with several micro brews on tap and high top tables and chairs on the mezzanine. Kinda strange to watch ball on a fully artificial surface, even the mound, but still fun. With Buffalo dropping out the new format is better, with 2 games the first day, then 3 the next two, and the Saturday and Sunday dependent on outcome. It’ll give everyone a chance to see what we’ll be up against in 2020. It’s even worth an overnight stay in the area with a HUGE number of pubs in the area after-game. The staff and the MAC do a great job of this one. Wednesday thru Saturday/Sunday May 22-26.
  7. 2017 G Eric Hester - Florida Transfer

    Who? Dre? We KNOW where he is....Trollsville!
  8. 2019-2020 Akron Zips Basketball- Looking Forward

    HA! Found my old media guide and...December 1993, 3rd game of the season. lost 71-43....
  9. 2019-2020 Akron Zips Basketball- Looking Forward

    It wouldn’t be the first time I’m wrong here. I swear it happened, but...I’ll do some homework...
  10. 2019-2020 Akron Zips Basketball- Looking Forward

    I remember when Penn State played at the JAR to crickets....one if my most PISSED off moments towards casual Zips fans, and especially the ABJ for their lack of content and building up the game....
  11. eSports

    Wow...I mean, not to take a singe thing away from these young student/e-"athletes" (sorry if I triggered anyone). Maybe this is the track and field team's answers! e-track!
  12. Outdoor Track and Field

    Had some doughnuts and coffee and watched a little of the football scrimmage on a beautiful morning, then wandered over the Lee Jackson, as the throwing events for the pieced-together NEO Quad track meet was underway. At YSU Friday on a crappy day, there were some okay performances by the looks of things, but talking to some of the runners and jumpers who were there yesterday to cheer on their throwing teammates, there's a real "downness" to their psyche. There's a lot of young talent coming up, like Nuh Andu in the HJ, Eldesouky in the LJ and TJ. Some nice young throwers as well. Coaches are really trying to keep things positive it seems, and the fact they were able to pull off this weekend says a lot. Then I wandered over nd watched little of the soccer match, and it struck me how, between InfoCision and FES-CCF sits this decaying facility where it seems no one in power at UA gives a hoot about. No wonder these men and women are a little disheartened. I did see Larry Williams on the track talking to coach Mitchell, which was a small positive for the day, other than the outcomes of the events.
  13. Hey guys and gals, remember when the Western Michigan match was cancelled due to an electrical outage at FES-CCF? Remember how mad we all were, how outraged at the U and the Athletic Office? Remember some were even moved to e-mail and write letters about the situation? Well, I know all of your are soccer fans, but I also know you are Zips fans as well. I don’t know if you follow the other Forums on ZNO, but there’s a grave situation happening to one of our 3 Nationally ranked teams, the track and field squad. The outdoor facility has degraded to a point where it is unsafe to host meets, and so, the two outdoor meets that Akron hosts annually are actually going to be hosted - at Youngstown State. Embarrassing? In a nutshell, the team has been asking for repairs but they have not occurred, and the reigning MAC men’s indoor champs and women’s defending outdoor champs have to go to YSU. Also, some of the athletes have revealed they don’t even have locker room facilities, and have to change in a public restroom! The coaches and athletes obviously deserve better, and are trying to make the best of a bad situation, but if ALL Zip fans would voice that same displeasure we felt on that Saturday night last Fall to the administration, it will at least let them Know someone cares and that the program, which by the way is a net revenue producer, is important enough to do something so next year this doesn’t happen. Thanks for “listening”.
  14. MAC Hoops 18-19

    WAS an Akron Company....
  15. Duquesne Basketball Coach Keith Dambrot

    I like Daniel a lot, but after watching their team the last few weeks, I don't see him fitting into a playing-time position there.....
  16. UA's Direction

    I look for the administration to drop track and field at the end of 2019 school year. Both men and women and cross country. No title Ix fears in this, no million plus to repair track, convert Stile to just soccer, lacrosse and football practice. Saves on travel budgets for trips west and south for top-tier meets. I don’t think anyone in the current admin gives a hoot they’re nationally ranked and constant MAC contenders/champs. Plus, you could probably eliminate a marketing position and possibly an SID position, more savings. Hope I’m wrong, but have a strange feeling about this one.
  17. Big Buyouts at U of Akron

    I thank all of you for this discussion. I am/have learned a lot, and it is being discussed in a very civil discourse. Thanks to all posters so far....
  18. ZipsNation.org Spotlights Josh Ward

    They have a bank inside Speedway? More Drollery.....
  19. 2019-2020 Akron Zips Basketball- Looking Forward

    I like to think of it as a total "drollery", or if you will, a total "gambol"....
  20. 20018-19 Women's Bball

  21. What Captain said about the new staff is so true. I had a chance to interact with several of the coaches (and players) when they volunteered as timers at the MAC Swimming and Diving Championships last month and they are great - young, enthusiastic, seem to be already liked and respected by the players who were there. Great attitudes, great senses of humor....
  22. MAC Tournament Game 2: Buffalo

    zippy5, they fell for the trap!
  23. MAC Hoops 18-19

    The fact that monrowe is a new poster here and his tag is from Washington DC tells me he's one of those elected officials that sure knows a thing or two about what they're talking about! Heck, let's legislate change to the whole damn N-C-A-A to make it easier for anyone to identify as whatever conference they feel like being in today! Either that or he's a 23 year old living in his elected official Mom or Dad's basement, just trolling to get attention....sad....
  24. Bad News for Track and Field

    Okay, this week Akron sends 6 individuals to the NCAA DI Indoor T & F Championships. top 16 in the nation in each event get to compete. No other non-P5 school can even come close to those numbers. But word on Buchtel Avenue is the outdoor meets for 2019 are being cancelled due to the condition of Lee Jackson's track. No confirmation of that, but it seems to be out there. And that the U of A can't afford to or doesn't want to fix. Hopefully this is temporary, as a lot of expenditures for a new football coach, budget increases for men's soccer and Cub Cadet Field and new programs in baseball and women's lacrosse are hitting the coffers at the same time. I get it. I have no issues with that spending or those programs. And if the track is that bad, then the time to address it was last Fall not this Spring, as the resurfacing isn't just a one-week job. I'm guessing anywhere from $80K to $250K will be needed, depending on how bad it is. Have they thought of these items? the team can continue to train on the surface I assume, but for how long and what injuries may be caused by poor conditions? recruiting might suffer if recruits see an indoor-only program from a home meet side of things. if they fix it this summer, then why not go after the City Series meets and get some revenue off the use of the facility like we do at the Natatorium? Pay for itself quickly, I'd think. Host a few high-level High School Invitationals as well, as pick up concession revenue too. The meets they are cancelling aren't exactly barn-burners. Low-quality teams and lack of numbers make for lightly attended and supported meets. So if you do it, make sure you offer the fans something in return. Kent State did away with their outdoor meet program a few years back for the same reasons, and their programs have gone downhill ever since. Are sponsorships or naming rights allowable, and if so....????? You have three nationally-ranked NCAA DI teams at Akron....how would you treat the other two if their facilities suddenly were unsuitable? Bring back outdoor track meets in 2020, and more (quality) ones at that!
  25. Bad News for Track and Field

    Kudos to the coaches for trying to piece something together for this season's home meets, but it sure sounds kinda pathetic. So the first meet of the season, a "quad" meet with three other teams, will be "hosted" by Akron, but it will be held at Youngstown State University, (and YSU will be competing!) with all the running events on Friday afternoon, as well as most of the field events. Throws will be back at Akron then on Saturday. . And the second meet, the Wright-Campbell, to honor two past T & F standouts at U of A, is still in limbo. So, let's say I'm a senior miler from Indiana who is top 10 quality, and I'm considering Akron as my only non-P5 offer to attend and compete....do I want to go where I can't even practice on the track for fear of injuries....this could go downhill quickly, sadly.