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  1. 2019-2020 Akron Zips Basketball- Looking Forward

    Would anyone else be doing any better? Akron is a pretty difficult job to begin with and throw in the fact that it was like starting over, and I just doubt there are many guys out there that could be doing better than this right now. Maybe they would have won a couple more of the close games and played into a bye in the tournament, but the results would largely be the same. I'm not championing Groce as a great coach for Akron yet and I may never be able to, but I have a hard time imagining any of the other guys they were looking at would have us any better.
  2. 2019 Predictions!

    As much as I'd love to be an optimist and say that last year's group would have been leaps and bounds better than they actually were, I'd expect this to be a pretty tough season. I have faith that this staff will eventually have us competing for the division annually at some point, but I also realize that almost everyone is still new to FBS ball and it could take them a year or two to get a feel for what success looks like at this level. And that's going to be especially hard to do at a place that's won very little in its history. But again, even after a couple of months, the program has a different feel to it and the culture is a lot better than the previous staff had. BUT, WE WILL SEE!!!! @Illinois--L, Even though Lovie is totally out of place, he does have them moving in the right direction. This would have been winnable in the past couple of years, but I have a hard time believing a completely re-tooled team that lost a lot on the defensive side of the ball will go on the road and beat a Big Ten team in August. I'd love to see a 2-game win streak against Big Ten teams, but I just don't see it happening. vs. UAB--L, I don't know anything about UAB going into 2019, but they have had a couple of nice seasons since bringing the program back. It's pretty hard to hang 37 on NIU and they did it in the bowl game last year. I'll be conservative and call this one another loss. @ C. Michigan--W, I'm taking a risk predicting a win here, but that CMU team last year was absolutely miserable. We're sandwiched in between trips to Wisconsin and UMiami for them, and they open with Albany. The thing that worries me is they've got a damn good coach (IMO) and he knows that this one could be one of very few chances to win. It should be a damn good game. vs. Troy--L, The Davern Williams bowl goes to the Trojans. This is a good program and we should've won at their place in 2017, but we crumbled when it counted most. Anyway, I again don't know too much about their squad for this coming season, so I'm going to make my prediction based on the fact that Troy is a really good G5 program and we're not ready for them. Again, we'll see. @ UMass--W, They just lost their best player on offense and they just suck in general. That 2012 loss still pisses me off to this day. Plus, we may be one of the hardest games on their schedule by the time they get to us. Just win. vs. Kent--W, Kent didn't make any real progress last year despite what that cocky bald dumbass coach of theirs thinks. Make it 5 in a row. vs. Buffalo--L, As much as UB loses, Leipold's done a nice job recruiting there and I think they'll be pretty good once again. Good enough to get him a better job? Probably not. But certainly enough to avenge their 2017 loss at InfoCision that could have been a win if he wasn't an idiot and simply kept running the ball. (Our former coach got into it with GT in the post game presser because he wouldn't admit that we stopped them because they stopped running) @ N. Illinois--L, I don't think NIU will be very good this year and I'm not sure Hammock was a great hire for them. But, it's still the defending MAC Champions and they've got players. @ BGSU--L, I kind of wish we had Loefler, but I'm not complaining too much. Pelini, though he left, showed the league these guys can play if they're motivated and I think they will be as they're at home and we may be one of few shots at a win. vs. E. Michigan--L, Creighton's done a great job here. They play hard, they play pretty good defense, they play disciplined, they just haven't made the jump to "contender" yet, and I think we'll see them take a nice step this year. For the first time ever since moving to InfoCision, no shame in losing to EMU at home. @ Miami--L, Who knows. Martin's done enough to hang onto that job somehow and even though they aren't great, they also don't suck. So they'll win this one. vs Ohio--L, I hate Ohio too, but I also acknowledge that they're really good and they have the best quarterback in the league. At this point in the season, we can win this one, but I'd be surprised if we did. So for me its: 1) 3-9 2) Kato Nelson 3) Alvin Davis 4) Ohio
  3. Game 28- Buffalo Bulls

    What the hell is Banks doing? He's been awful tonight.
  4. Game 25- Ball State Cardinals

    Worst loss of the season.
  5. Game 18 - MIAMI (OH) REDHAWKS

    I just don't get it. These players are so much better than this. There's no reason they should be blowing leads like this constantly.
  6. Game 16- Northern Illinois Huskies

    Gross (Groce)
  7. Game 16- Northern Illinois Huskies

    I just don't get it. They can't shoot anymore. Flat out. Tuesday won't be any easier so we need to get our s#!t together before we end up paying this guy $650k to compete for the 8 seed.
  8. Game 16- Northern Illinois Huskies

    This team is miserable to watch when they can't hit a three. So, they're usually miserable to watch. Especially with NIU getting a bucket on every damn trip.
  9. Game 15. Central Michigan

    Ain't gonna have many opportunities to win like that on the road with this group. smh.
  10. Not shocking. I've got a feeling sh*t like that won't happen anymore.
  11. Welcome Tom Arth!

    Official https://twitter.com/ZipsFB/status/1073707319739990018
  12. Critiquing Coach Bowden

    You seem to have glossed over my point of the "last couple years." And players don't openly complain about coaching at practice where they know donors and fans are present or on social media. I never said anything about players hating the guy or them being miserable playing for him, they just didn't look up to him like so many players on well-coached teams do. I don't want a "bro" coach that isn't professional, but I also don't want someone that constantly calls his players the wrong name in the media or just lets time outs sit in his pocket against the worst defense in the conference. How can you expect effort out of your kids if you don't put effort into them? (That also applies to the non-existent development of players but that's another discussion)
  13. Critiquing Coach Bowden

    Whether Kato's a damn Heisman trophy contender or the worst QB in Division I has nothing to do with the effort displayed on the field that day. The offensive line doesn't just give up to pass rush like that no matter what the talent difference is on any level. They simply didn't care anymore. Again, because their coach quit on them. Think about some of the successes the team's had the past couple of seasons. When Akron won big games or just won games in general, did you see any players running over to hug their coach or celebrate with him? Did he go out of his way to put the focus on them or did he just forget their names and talk about his time at Auburn instead? I used to see a connection between the players and coaches here, but that was back in the first couple Bowden years. I've yet to see or hear from any players about how great a leader and inspiration he was to them since he got fired Sunday. No, that's not a scientific measurement of what a coach meant to a player. BUT, I find it very, very odd that so few (if not none) current or former players have come out and said anything of that nature. If I'm wrong, someone please share these testimonials so I can eat my words.
  14. Critiquing Coach Bowden

    The team also rolled over down two scores to the 2-8 Bowling Green Falcons on Senior Day this year. You can't tell me the team was playing hard if they can't find the end zone against one of the bottom 5 defenses in 1A. Also, Terry let two timeouts sit in his pocket in the final eight or so minutes of that game down just 15 points...again, against one of the worst defenses in college football. I give the team credit for the final two games of the year, as they were in fact worth tuning into based on the fact that there was some desire. But to say that across the board the effort and desire was there is just false.
  15. Possible Candidates

    Take Loeffler off the list. BG announced his hiring this morning.
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