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GJGood

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  1. If the players on the floor are not going to play hard on D in the second half, put in different players. If the players are getting tired, put in different players. As the season has gone on the Zips rotation has been getting smaller yet they seem to have good first halves and terrible second halves. Should this team be giving more guys more minutes? Would that serve as a wake up call to those who get the most minutes now?
  2. I agree with this. I remember when the CBI was created that Romeo/Dru Akron team was one that was used as an example as to why the tournament was necessary. The CiT took it a step farther by being mid-major only. I agree these lower tournaments were more of a waste for those less interested Dambrot teams you mention. I don’t, however, think with good coaching that teams should not want to prove themselves in the postseason somewhere. I would hope that if the Zips fall short of the NCAA and are not selected by the NIT that the team would still want to continue to play and make a run at a tournament title.
  3. I wouldn’t mind seeing the NIT expand as long as they don’t keep their “good ole boy” selection committee. If the NIT ever merged with the CBI and the mid- and low-major only CiT then I would want to see the two latter tourney selection committees be added to the NIT committee as well.
  4. My hope for this year's team is that they are playing games beyond the MAC tourney in Cleveland. We'd all love a title and NIT usually only goes to the regular season champ but I'd even be OK with CBi or CiT this year as we climb back up.
  5. Had some time this evening and thought I would look up some top FBS assistants and coordinators. A name I would like to see Akron take a look at is Ryan Silverfield at Memphis. His trengths seem to be exactly what the Zips weaknesses have been lately, namely offensive success through a varied running game and excellent offensive line play. https://gotigersgo.com/coaches.aspx?rc=1528 Anybody have any thoughts on him? FWIW Of the resumes I have seen I like Getsy first followed by Maine HC Joe Harasymiak then Silverfield. Of course there has only been any speculation at all about Getsy and the other two may be way off everyone else’s radar.
  6. Just wondering...How important is a northeast Ohio connection if the prospective coach has been successful in the past in more geographically talent deprived areas?
  7. Zips didn't seem too confident or comfortable defensively to me in their last game and it was against an "up tempo" opponent. I don't think that bodes well for the Marshall game. Although the point of view could be taken that the Zips have now seen and played against a team like that and will be more prepared this time around, especially with so much time to prepare between games.
  8. Arth and Kehres May be excellent coaches and fantastic hires. I don’t know. I guess my concern is that they may have built up such stellar records in D3 because JCU and MU simply always have vastly more talent than their opponents. Is the reason for the success the talent? How much of it is/was coaching? I guess I don’t see the Zips having the talent to overwhelm their opponents in the way Arth and Kheres have done in D3 with their squads. I am not saying they coulsn’t do it, only that it is a long way from D3 to FBS and Akron has not exactly been a perennial power at their level. I will be behind whoever is hired 100% but I wanted to hear what others thought about transitioning from a D3 power to the MAC and how important everyone thinks it is that the coach have a northern Ohio background.
  9. If coaches like Arth are the type the Zips are looking for I still think they should look at Joe Harasymiak at the University of Maine. Of course, they probably can't talk to him yet because his team is still playing in the FCS playoffs. He may not have the NEO ties that Arth does but if you can recruit to Orono, Maine I would have to think you can recruit to Akron. Maine was the surprise regular season title this year in what is generally considered the top FCS conference. He seems like the type that really connects with his players. He is definitely an up and comer.
  10. Duquesne has made the FCS playoffs frequently the last few years. Is there anybody there worth looking at?
  11. Chip Lyndsey, Ironically the OC at Auburn, is leaving the Tigers. Rumors have him becoming the OC at Kansas but could he be persuaded by a head coaching offer in the MAC?
  12. If this is the model that the University wants to pursue then I want to throw a name onto the candidate list. I would gauge the interest from Joe Harasymiak the current head coach at the University of Maine. He is one of the youngest coaches in all of Division 1 and has galvanized a program that had mediocre at best expectations and turned them into conference champions this year in what is likely the top conference in FCS football. Also, it cannot be as easy to recruit to Orono, Maine as it would be to get talent in the Akron program. If looking for someone with a bit more seasoning but still proving to be a quality head coach at the FCS level after serving in many coaching capacities in the FBS we could take a look at Columbus-born Jeff Choate who is a bit of a throwback as a run to set up the pass (although he loves to confuse defenses with multiple formations) and play strong defense coach as the current head man at Montana State. Just wanted to put those names out there to see what people think.
  13. Who is the OC at Duquesne? Can he be brought in to replace Millwee? I do not think wholesale changes are needed, just specific ones. I think we could get an up and coming coordinator without spending a boatload of $$$ and one with success from somewhere not too far away geographically would also be a plus.
  14. I do not think there is a lack of depth. I do think this staff is entirely too deliberate at developing most of their depth.
  15. I actually believe that Bowden has put us in position to compete with the middle and upper echelons of the MAC when everything goes as planned. We have beaten the likes of WMU and Ohio with Bowden, as well as having some bigger name wins over Pitt and Northwestern. We also can claim a division championship and a bowl victory. The problem as I see it is the inability of the team to adjust once the unexpected happens. Once we lose a player to injury it seems like the "next man up" is almost always a dramatic step down. It doesn't seem like it works that way for the upper echelon MAC programs. That is clearly on the coaches and how the players are being developed, or more precisely how quickly they are being developed. I do not understand what happened to the offense but something needs changed. Bowden's first year the team was abysmal but the offense was actually quite good. At that point we had every reason to expect that, if nothing else, we would have an entertaining offense. it has worked out completely the opposite though. We actually have had some pretty darn good defenses the last few seasons. I don't understand why we can't get back some of the offense that was present when the Zips had less offensive talent. I am not in favor of firing Bowden because I think most of the coaches will follow him wherever he goes and I do not want to lose this defensive staff. Changes do need to be made on the offensive coaching staff though and I hope we see them sooner rather than later.
  16. As long as we are talking about little guys with tremendous speed that are game changers, I saw one in the first week of the high school playoffs that really impressed as well. He is Savon Edwards Jr. of Columbus Eastmoor. Looking at his stats he will be one of the top statistical performers in the history of Eastmoor (Academy) High School in Columbus. He has even surpassed marks set by Archie Griffin when he went to the school. If the Zips were to look at a scat back/ athlete like Parks they should probably throw Edwards in that same mix as well. www.dispatch.com/sports/20181011/eastmoors-savon-edwards-jr-runs-with-chip-on-his-shoulder Also of note, his dad was also undersized and played in the MAC at EMU.
  17. I have not really been in favor of trying to buy a home game against an FCS school to get a 12th game. If it is not in the budget to host an FBS school then I would look at road FBS options for a 12th game. I don't know who is out there in FBS without a 12th scheduled game though. I brought up UNC before as a potential Power 5 road opponent but if they aren't in bowl eligibility territory then they probably wouldn't want to do it.
  18. How many of those last four games will the Zips be favored to win? I only see one. The team is capable of winning them all but they won't be expected to. Any planning for a 12th game needs to happen now.
  19. Should there not be enough bowl eligible teams to populate all of the bowl slots, I believe a 6 win team with two FCS wins would be higher in the pecking order than 5 win teams with a standard 12 game schedule. That being said I wish we would get another FBS team on the schedule just in case.
  20. I don't know how much UNC normally pays to opponents for out of conference games or if an end of year scenario for bowl eligibility would carry the same amount anyway. I was just spitballing names of teams playing 11 games and UNC is one that is also a power 5 that would replace the P5 we didn't play in Nebraska. UNC may not make it to the 5 win mark though,
  21. I believe UNC is also looking at an 11 game season. Your point is well taken though. Is it worth it if we don't have much chance to win? The other side of that is could going to a place like Chapel Hill be similar to a bowl game as far as playing a power 5 school at the end of the season?
  22. I thought there would be more available due to hurricane cancellations. As far as the FCS thing goes I believe you are correct that two FCS wins to get to 6 does not equal the first round of bowl eligibility but I thought there was a second level where if there were more bowl slots than eligible teams that 6 wins with 2 over FCS game in ahead of things like APR scores. Maybe I am mistaken. Of the teams mentioned above, do any of them look to be headed for a record around 5-6? To get it scheduled the opponent would have to want to play too.
  23. I understand that sentiment but if adding a twelfth means a potential 13th then this program should do it.
  24. Agreed. If you are sitting at 6-6 that means your team can certainly use the extra practices and game to prepare for next season
  25. Is anything being done, or even considered, to schedule a fourth non-conference game at the end of the season if it is needed to acquire bowl eligibility either for the Zips or whomever a perspective opponent might be? I know there was talk about this after the Nebraska cancellation and they have since scheduled Bethune-Cookman, should Akron have a tentative 12th game?
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