► Jahwan Edwards and Da’Ron Brown have been invited to the NFL Scouting Combine. The event will be held at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind. Feb. 17-23.
Among other players headed to the combine are D.C. Celisar (DB, Western Michigan), Titus Davis (WR, Central Michigan), Greg Mancz (OL, Toledo), Thomas Rawls (RB, Central Michigan), Quinten Rollins (DB, Miami) and L.T. Walton (DL, Central Michigan).
Edwards is Ball State’s all-time leading rusher (4,558 yards). He also set the mark in rushing touchdowns (51), total touchdowns (51) and rushing attempts (884). Her ranks fifth in Mid-American Conference history in career rushing yards and rushing touchdowns, while he is sixth in rushing attempts. The 5-10, 219-pounder rushed for 100 or more yards six times in his final season and 18 times in his career.
Brown led NIU receivers with 1,065 yards (4th in MAC) on 68 receptions. The 6-0, 190-pounder had a career-high nine receptions in the 2014 MAC Championship game and was a Second Team All MAC selection.
► Former University of Akron men's basketball coach Kenneth G. "Coach" Cunningham passed away on Monday at the age of 71.
Cunningham coached the Zips for four seasons after being hired in 1976. He posted a 42-61 record and was the last coach for the Zips as a Division II program. Cunningham was a key part in helping the Akron program make the jump to the Division I level and entering the Ohio Valley Conference.
"I have known Ken Cunningham for many years and was saddened to hear about his passing," men's basketball head coach Keith Dambrot said. "I have a lot of respect for him as he took many bumps and bruises during our program's transition to Division I basketball. His hard work and dedication helped set the groundwork for the success of our program, and our thoughts and prayers go out to his family."
► One of former Miami head coach Charlie Coles’ favorite games on the schedule each year was anytime MU met Ohio University. Consequently, it’s particularly appropriate that Miami will be retiring Coles No. 10 basketball jersey Saturday when the RedHawks and Bobcats meet at Millett Hall.
It’s part of a double header, with the Miami women battling Ohio at 1 p.m. and the men following at approximately 3:30 p.m.
Coles was a standout guard for Miami from 1962-65, earning three letters and averaging in double figures all three season. He was a member of MU’s 1964-65 MAC championship team and earned Second-Team All-MAC honors as a junior and senior. His 15.4 ppg career averages ties for 10th all-time at Miami.
Coles went on to a coaching career that spanned almost five decades. Nearly half of that was in the MAC, where he was a head coach at Central Michigan (1981-91) and later at his alma mater. He was head coach at Miami from 1996-2012 and became the MU men’s basketball all-time wins leader. In his 22 years at a MAC coach, his teams posted a cumulative 218-155 mark, giving him more conference wins than any other coach in league history.
Among his coaching highlights was an NCAA Sweet 16 appearance in 1999, when MU knocked off Washington and Utah in tournament play. Miami finished that year ranked No. 20 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll.
Coles, who passed away in June of 2013, was highly respected in the coaching community and is in several hall of fames, including Miami and the MAC.