By MIKE SMITH
A couple months have passed since March Madness was felled by the Coronavirus. At least for now, our lives have been changed in so many ways. More changes, it seems, are in the offing, even as we struggle to collectively get back on our feet.
Sports -- both professional and amateur -- are a part of the changing landscape, and MAC officials this week announced a plan designed to help member schools navigate the tumultuous waters churned up by our pandemic environment. Days later, Akron announced it is dropping three sports.
Health and/or finance issues are . . .
More MAC players ink UDF contracts
By MIKE SMITH
The NFL draft is now history. This one, of course, was different than any before it -- and hopefully different than what we may see in the future!
Just a few months ago, fans were anticipating an over-the-top presentation that would fit the host site (Las Vegas) image, with thousands of people jammed in front of the main stage to watch it all. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, of course, we ended up with a “virtual” presentation format.
Draft-wise, it was . . .
Associate HC Clayton Bates replaces Steve Hawkins
KALAMAZOO, Mich. – Western Michigan University today has promoted Associate Head Coach Clayton Bates to the position of 14th head coach of the men’s basketball team.
“I decided to change leadership of our program days before the COVID-19 crisis emerged. A comprehensive national search in this time of anxiety, despite exceedingly strong national interest in the position, just didn’t sit well with me,” said WMU Director of Athletics Kathy Beauregard. “Our student athletes, and the whole program, is fortunate, in this difficult time, to have a strong leadership in Clayton Bates, a 20-year veteran of the program. I know that Coach Bates will do an excellent job leading these young men during the 2020-21 season.”
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By EVAN MEYER
CLEVELAND – The Mid-American Conference announced on Thursday afternoon that it is cancelling both the 2020 Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournament due to the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak. It marks the first time in 40 years of MAC tournament play that there will be no MAC tourney champion.
When asked about . . .
Cleveland, Ohio - Akron’s Loren Cristian Jackson and Zips coach John Groce garnered two of the league’s top awards, according to the Mid-American Conference, which announced the 2019-20 awards Wednesday.
Buffalo also filled two spots, with Davota Jordan earning Defensive Player of the Year honors,while Ronaldo Segu was named Sixth Man of the Year. Ball State’s Jarron Coleman picked up Freshman of the year honors.
2019-20 MAC Men’s Basketball Postseason Awards
Coach of the Year: John Groce, Akron
Player of the Year: Loren Cristian Jackson, R-Jr., G, Akron
Freshman of the Year: Jarron Coleman, G, Ball State
Defensive Player of the Year: Davonta Jordan, Sr., G, Buffalo
Sixth Man of the Year: Ronaldo Segu, So., G, Buffalo
All of the awards were . . .
Decision follows official recommendations
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Following consultation with Ohio governmental and public health officials, and at the recommendation of Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, the Mid-American Conference Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournaments will be played, however a restricted attendance policy will be implemented at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse this week.
GAMES, YES! FANS -- NOT SO MUCH!
The Tournaments will continue as scheduled on Wednesday, March 11th through Saturday, March 14th, however only credentialed institutional personnel, student-athlete family members, credentialed media, television and radio crews, and official team party members will be permitted for attendance for the tournaments. The MAC tournaments will be closed to the general public.
This decision was . . .
TOLEDO, Ohio – The Toledo Rockets fought off a feisty Western Michigan squad and punched their ticket to Cleveland on Monday evening with a 76-73 victory in a first-round Mid-American Conference Men's Basketball Tournament matchup in Savage Arena.
The No. 7 seeded Rockets' victory . . .
ATHENS, Ohio – For the first time since 2017, the No. 8 Ohio Bobcats (17-15) punched their ticket to Cleveland for the Mid-American Conference Quarterfinals after defeating No. 9 Central Michigan (14-18), 85-65, in the MAC First Round Monday night (March 9) inside the Convocation Center.
Ohio will now . . .