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  1. Ohio has 14 Public Universities, serving a population of around 11.6M people. As far as public universities per capita goes, there are only five states with fewer public universities per capita than Ohio (Iowa, Illinois, Washington, California, and Arizona). I don't think closing schools is the answer. Eight of the public universities are full FBS Div 1 schools, despite the fact that OSU out-earns everyone else in the state combined. Ohio is a sports-crazy state, and the number of school trying to compete in the small arena of revenue sports is staggering, especially with the giant in the room that sucks the wind out of everyone else's sails. I sincerely hope that there is an identity for Ohio's public schools outside of sports. Akron has (or have had) excellent Engineering, Polymer Tech, Psychology, and Law departments. There are some programs that basically need to be at every university - Education (and all associated traditional teaching subjects), Nursing, and Business. It might take the University System of Ohio to step in and close or consolidate some colleges within Universities regionally to keep all of these schools viable, but as long as sports are such a major driver of budgets and the conversations on school's viability, I don't see that happening.
  2. Aaron

    eSports

    Only in one of the esport games - Rocket League. The University sponsors teams in seven esport games
  3. I can relate - I thought the final was on Sunday because March 14th wasn't clear enough
  4. One correction to the initial post - they're still playing these at the Rock, right? As awesome as it would be to have our fanless game at home, I don't think they moved to campus sites? OU starts VERY fast, but burns out just as quick. The last time they didn't win the first half was back on Feb 18th, but the only second half they won was against Kent. I hope that tired legs keeps them a little down in the first half, because if we can survive that in good shape, I'm confident in the Zips ability to shut down their game in the last 20.
  5. In the magical land where the MAC re-seeds between campus rounds and the Rock, you could have had Akron v Miami, NIU v Kent, BG v Ohio, and BSU v Toledo. I think I actually prefer it the way the MAC has it now, since it keeps Kent on the bottom of the bracket
  6. Recovery time is personally my biggest worry. We have not relied very much on bench contributions through the season, and fatigue (should we make it to Sunday) could really hurt a team like this. I think this is a very talented, well-coached Akron team, but I have questions on our depth. Any thoughts?
  7. Akron's least successful sports programs are in Men's and Women's Golf, Women's Soccer, Softball, Baseball and Women's Volleyball. Any of those on the chopping block? I don't know that we can cut any women's programs due to title IX, Baseball isn't really funded by the University anymore, so maybe you would cut Golf?
  8. Thanks - I just updated the wiki page with the latest info.
  9. Glad I'm not the only one to see that... houses in the background look like pre-fab, and the transformers there weren't invented until the teens. I would guess that pic is post WW1 - maybe 1920s?
  10. I was back in town for this game, and genuinely excited to have homecoming on a beautiful October day against Kent. The team's poor execution on the field left me with a sick feeling (or perhaps it was the food trucks at the alumni tailgate). It reminded me how low the floor is for teams in the MAC - not only do you not win games, but you don't even really compete. Unlike the Ianello years, I think the Akron players had a lot of talent, they just weren't working to their potential nor working with each other as one unit. Arth has a lot to work with, but unless he figures out how to bring them up to FBS Gameday speed, it's going to be a couple of long winless years. I don't expect miracles with a coaching change, but the quick reversion back to how we looked pre-Bowden gives me a new appreciation for everything Terry was able to accomplish at the University. Is Hoban's coach available at a price the University can afford? They played Saturday night and looked like they would give these Zips a run for their money - maybe Arth could use him on the staff.
  11. FF : The Akron Alumni Band outnumber Kent State's Marching Band
  12. Akron has won the Wagon Wheel Challenge again this year, as they have every year since dropping baseball. After eight years of the 'all sports' challenge, Kent won the first four, and Akron has won the most recent four. Has this promotion now run its course? In every year except 2013-2014, the team that won the football game won the all sports challenge. Most of the sports are not competitive at all, with one school winning 7 or 8 of the last eight years. Kent domination : Baseball (before 2015-16), Men's Golf, Women's Golf, Women's Soccer, Softball Akron domination : Men's Cross-Country, Men's Indoor Track and Field, Men's Outdoor Track and Field It was a nice idea to get other sports involved in the wagon wheel rivalry, but ultimately it comes down to the football game anyways. If Akron had not dropped baseball (and you assume a Kent win in every season), the two schools would have been tied the past four years, with Kent retaining possession of the challenge trophy.
  13. Aaron

    2018 T & F

    The wagon wheel competition only counts team scores at the MAC championships on Feb 24th. Thankfully, the dual meet won't count against us. I keep the wikipedia page updated, and included the dates that points will be counted this time around : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wagon_Wheel_(trophy)
  14. Balsy, Toledo was last in the MACC in 2004, but have more appearances than anyone except Marshall and NIU. They've cracked their share of berths Akron is now the only team to be in the MACC exactly two times - from current members, Buffalo, Ball State, and Kent have been in once, and EMU has yet to make it. East leads the West 11-9 since the first MACC back in '97
  15. There are four of us with the right guesses on Ball and Chapman - @zzx, @Lee Adams, @Aaron, and @blueandgold. Surprisingly, between the four of us, we cover all possibilities on wins and sack totals. There WILL be a winner as long as Chapman stays leading receiver: zzx - 7+ wins, 20+ sacks Lee Adams - 6- wins, 19- sacks Aaron - 6- wins, 20+ sacks blueandgold - 7+ wins, 19- sacks Good luck and Go Zips!
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