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Posts posted by clarkwgriswold

  1. 9 minutes ago, bigjim said:

    First, I agree with 94zipgrad regarding the questions.  But that is not the issue that bothers me the most about this interview.  If you watch the video, Arth is very somber for most of the interview.  He does talk positively about the wide receivers.  However, the only time that he got excited is when he was talking about the Suckeyes.  He stated that he grew up in Ohio and talked about the shoe with passion and excitement.  This makes me sick.


    I have been a critic but also a vocal supporter of Arth since he got to Akron.  I have reported in the past that a friend of mine's son was all state in high school, went to John Carrol and did not see the field with Arth as coach.  After Arth left, he made all conference.  This situation caused me to question his coaching and talent evaluation abilities.  


    Based on Arth's passion for the $uckeyes, I now am an ardent supporter that he he must be fired immediately.  Or if that will not happen, the AD  and President of the U must leave him in Columbus next weekend.  Go Zips.  

    I think he's referencing the historic nature of the stadium and how kids in Ohio grew up wanting to play there.  I had friends who played in a state championship game there and it was certainly an honor for them.  I don't know of many kids who grew up watching UA games on TV and dreaming of playing in the Rubber Bowl.  There's plenty in that presser to dislike but his reference to OSU wasn't one of them for me.   

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  2. 8 hours ago, 94zipgrad said:

    Worthless, they must lay the groundwork before these things cause there’s no way no one asked about QB status and outlook for that position this week.


    Well, coach can count the games and knows the days of the week.  He seems to know more about the Duquesne/OU game than the UA/Temple game or the UA/Bryant game.


    Is GT the only reporter there?  I'd send in fake reporters just to make it look like a real presser.

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  3. 4 hours ago, Hilltopper said:

    Guthrie told me that anything less than 6 wins per season is not acceptable. I assumed he meant that included this season. Miller and Guthrie are on the clock now. They expect results and so do I.

    Hell, I would be happy if they were competitive in 6 games.  I hope and pray for 6 wins but can't expect it based on what we've seen.


    The Zips are now 125/130 teams in the USAToday poll, having fallen 4 spots.  Temple's outstanding performance moved them to 110.  The MAC has 4 schools in the bottom 15- Miami, OU, BG and the Zips. Yikes.


    Arth isn't going anywhere.  With the school's finances they're not going to put themselves in a position again to be paying two head coaches.  Also, if you can him mid-season you pretty much have to appoint someone from within as the interim and who on this staff has the experience to do that job?


  4. An alum at Pitt gave the school $20M to get the naming rights of the head coach position. The head coaching position at Pitt is now named the "Chris Bickell '97 Head Football Coach."  Given Akron's history of coaches maybe RLD Relocation and Logistics would want to step up and do this at UA.  

  5. I've tried to remain objective and balanced with respect to the Zips under Arth.  I was not a Bowden fan for a number of reasons and thought it was a good time for a change when Arth was hired.  While the team struggled through the transition I urged patience and asked others to not pass judgment on Arth prematurely.  I sat back and hoped we would see steady improvement as Arth built his vision of the program.  After yesterday, I think I've seen enough.


    The Zips were up 14-0 with 4:26 left in the first quarter.  Over the next 43 minutes in the game they gave up 45 points while scoring only three.  From Arth's postgame comments he thinks the long early Temple TD demoralized the team and impacted the rest of the game.  If that's true, it's not a positive reflection on the staff that a single play can have that kind of impact.  Rather than a demoralized team, I saw a team with less talent and worse coaching than a bad team playing a backup freshman QB.  I could come to no other conclusion than that Temple's players were bigger, stronger and faster than the Zips players.   I regularly saw Zips dominated at the point of attack and players out of position.


    I didn't expect vast improvement.  I didn't even expect a win yesterday.  I just wanted them to show some heart and be competitive.  It doesn't help that while I await this improvement, our rivals to the east continue to improve their program in just the manner I hoped for the Zips.  I realize that it's not necessarily an accurate comparison, but John Groce came into a completely dismantled program after KD left but with him we saw signs of steady improvement.  Certainly, a basketball programs can be turned around much faster than a football program but we should seeing some signs of progress and improvement on the field 33 months into Arth's tenure.  

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  6. Did any of you suffer the misfortune of hearing Arth's postgame comments with Joe Dunn.  Other than a lot of old tired cliches and looking on the bright side, Arth thought that the turning point was the long jet sweep for a TD.  He thought that the players lost their confidence and positive attitude as a result of that play.  That tells me that you are recruiting or training the weak minded, neither of which is a good reflection on the staff.  No mention of failing to use a challenge on the real momentum changer.  I shut it off pretty quick as the Dunn-Arth positive "some good will come out of this" was making my stomach churn. 

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  7. The faculty union was strongly in favor of football going to D2 or D3.  They appear to have gotten there wish without all of the formalities.


    Arth is ours for the foreseeable future unless he walks away and waives the balance of his contract.  That's not happening.


    I'll save the rant for tomorrow when I am calmer.

  8. 24 minutes ago, Blue & Gold said:

    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.


    Nice work B & G.

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  9. 46 minutes ago, Zipmeister said:


    How are you aware of his two head coaching recommendations?

    Were they both positive recommendations?

    I find it incredible to even see their two names in the same sentence.

    Personally, I wouldn't want Gase as Akron's head coach because the air would be filled with so many flying pigs it would be impossible to walk outside without getting pooped on.




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  10. 9 hours ago, NWAkron said:

    Yep.  My issue is with conflating the firing of Bowden and the hiring of Arth.  I see those as separate decisions.  I thought it was time for Bowden to go.  However,  I think Arth with his movie star looks, NEOhio background, and the blue blood Catholic school pedigree masked some fatal flaws in his coaching ability. 

    I'm aware of two head coach recommendations by Peyton Manning-. Arth and Adam Gase.  Ouch.


    At this juncture, our only alternative is to take the Auburn game as an expected loss in hope to see some improvement going forward.

  11. I think this is a vital game to maintaining the faith of many Zips fans in Arth.  As for me, I have been patient with the build and encouraged others to give it time but my patience is waning.  It's time to start seeing results from this staff.  For me. the jury's still out, but 11 have already voted to convict and the last one's about to cave.  An ugly performance Saturday may end the deliberations.

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  12. 1 hour ago, bobbyake said:

    Or it’s time to hold those accountable for destroying our “average” football program that could surprise you on any given year with a bowl game. The decision makers behind hiring Arth and firing Bowden should be let go, including the board. The Zips, or should I say script Akron, are an embarrassment. I feel bad for the students that have to pay extra fees to support this garbage. And the person that decided to change the logo to script Akron, what the heck were you thinking? Also, the majority of Akron Alumni that watch football are most likely watching the Buckeyes every Saturday. The decision makers do not have the correct formula to turn Akron into another Cinci. 


    Agree.  John Green and Greg Williams have to go.  Oh....wait.


    By the way, I agree with most of your post (high student fees; script Akron).  I just think there's a possibility that Bowden AND Arth both suck.

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