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MAC Bowl Quintet


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The secondary agreement with the Papajohns.com Bowl, located in Birmingham, Ala., will see the MAC serve as the back-up to both the Southeastern Conference (SEC) No. 8/9 and Big East No. 5/6 selections.  The MAC will serve as the second back-up in the Dallas Football Classic in 2010 and 2012, a new bowl game played in the Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas, Texas.  The Dallas Football Classic’s primary agreements are Big Ten No. 7 vs. Big 12 No. 8.


The Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl/Poinsettia Bowl/New Mexico Bowl secondary agreement for 2011 and 2013 is as follows:  the MAC will back-up Army in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl (2011) and Poinsettia Bowl (2013) with the understanding that if Army is not bowl eligible, the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) will vacate the New Mexico Bowl and provide a team to the Kraft Fight Hunger and Poinsettia Bowl.  The MAC will then provide a team to the New Mexico Bowl against a team from the Mountain West Conference (MWC).


Last year, the MAC placed five teams in bowl games for only the third time in conference history.  In 2009, the MAC had three primary relationships (Ohio in Little Caesar’s Pizza Bowl; Northern Illinois in the International Bowl; and Central Michigan in GMAC Bowl) and no secondary agreements.  However, the conference was able to place both Temple (EagleBank Bowl against UCLA) and Bowling Green (Roady’s Humanitarian Bowl against Idaho) as at-large selections. 


2010 Football Bowl Agreements

Roady’s Humanitarian Bowl, Saturday, Dec. 18, 2010, 5:30 p.m. ET (ESPN)

Little Caesar’s Pizza Bowl, Sunday, Dec. 26 or Monday, Dec. 27, 2010, TBA (ESPN or ESPN2)

Dallas Football Classic, Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011, 11:30 a.m. ET (ESPNU)

GMAC Bowl, Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011, 8:00 p.m. ET (ESPN)

Papajohns.com Bowl, Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011, Noon ET (ESPN)



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His interaction with former Longhorn standout quarterback Colt McCoy has him feeling good about the Cleveland Browns' third round draft choice.


"Colt is a blue collar kid," said Ackerman. "He's just a small town kid who grew up around his grandfather's ranch. Being from Cleveland, I know what type of person Browns fans respect and Colt is just that guy."


Ackerman has been working with McCoy in Austin, Texas since he returned from the NFL Combine in Indianapolis the first weekend in March. Even though McCoy has four years of tape on film and had good results at the combine, Ackerman said McCoy didn't slow down for a minute throughout this draft process.


"Colt's just a worker. I have to sometimes tell him to slow down and stop working so hard, and that's rare," Ackerman said. "He would fly around the country working out for teams and come back and resume working out right away. I have to tell him that the human body isn't made to do that, and I need to tell him to rest. There aren't a lot of guys that you have to tell to slow down."


As for playing in Cleveland, a town that tends to let its emotions about their quarterback be well known, Ackerman said McCoy is well prepared for that.


"Playing at Texas, you can't really play on a bigger stage," he said. "He came in and started as a freshman, so he can handle anything."


McCoy had the unenviable task of replacing former Longhorn standout Vince Young the year after Young almost single-handedly won the national championship for Texas in the 2005-06 season. He handled that with poise, and went on to win more games than any quarterback in the history of college football.


Now, McCoy will face the challenge of trying to turn around a franchise that has struggled since their re-incarnation in 1999.


Ackerman let it be known that he would never bet against McCoy to do anything.


"He's just a special guy to be around and his work ethic is contagious, and you can count on him to work his tail off. I think he'll do great."

(Editor's Note: While Ackerman would never bet against McCoy doing anything within reason, as a true mentor of Student/Athletes, he is rest assured wagering that McCoy will graduate from UT at Austin despite getting drafted and as such becoming a minority in the NFL.) 

Oberlin track


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Leading the distance crew was Piper Nash who won the 3000m Steeplechase. Her time, 12:56.66, was seven seconds better than her seedtime.

On the men’s side sophomore Shawn Chrapczynski led the way, winning the 200m with a time of 22.07 seconds, just ahead of Oberlin teammate Seth Wimberly.

The distance runners also performed well as Joe Dawson took first in the 1500m stopping the clock in 4:09.14. Senior Sam Ghitleman finished second in 4:17.91, besting his own seedtime by nearly four seconds.

Gators Upend Yeowomen
Story Reported by Mike Mancini
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Box Score

Oberlin, Ohio –
 Strong Offense by the visiting Allegheny College Gators lifted them past the Oberlin College women’s lacrosse team 19-11 on Friday evening. 

Oberlin (3-11, 0-6 NCAC) had a fine offensive game of its own, but just couldn’t keep pace with the Gators. 
Alice Zicht led the OC attack with three goals and two assists, while also scooping up a game-high seven groundballs. First-year standout Molly Bloom also cashed in three scores in the game. 

Fellow rookies 
Grace Amber and Ilyssa Meyer each had a pair of goals on the night. 

The Yeowomen couldn’t take advantage of some early opportunities as three 8-meter attempts within the first five minutes of play were turned away by Gators’ keeper Rebecca O’Shurak, who finished with eight saves in the first 30 minutes of play. 

Unfortunately the Yeowomen struggled on 8-meter attempts throughout the game – ending just 1-for-7. 

The slow start allowed the Gators to build a 5-0 lead before the Yeowomen got on the board. Oberlin fought back to within three, 7-4, with 12:31 left in the opening half. However, Allegheny closed the frame with four straight goals to take a 13-5 lead at the break and eventually lead by as many as 12 in the second half. 

Despite being out-shot 32-23, Oberlin won the groundball battle 25-15 and draw controls were even at 16 each. 

Oberlin will conclude its 2010 season on Sunday against North Central College. The Yeowomen will honor senior 
Maddie Fierstein before the game. The opening draw is set for 11 a.m.
Strongsville's Resek

B-W/Hiram Softball


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Hiram answered with two runs on five hits in its half of the third then scored the eventual winning run in the sixth.

For the game, Resek was 2-for-3 with two runs and a run batted-in. Saunders was 2-for-4 with a stolen base.

On the mound, sophomore Sarah Baker (Mentor/Lake Catholic) pitched her 18th complete game but fell to 16-9 for the year. She allowed five earned runs on nine hits and struck out five.

The Yellow Jackets were scheduled to play an Ohio Athletic Conference doubleheader at Wilmington College tomorrow afternoon, but the doubleheader has been postponed due to pending inclement weather. An official make-up date has yet to be announced.

B-W also wraps up the home portion of its schedule with Seniors' Day on Wednesday, April 28 versus Otterbein College. First pitch from Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds Field is set for 3:30 p.m.

Phil Brua


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Brua (6-2) was simply sensational as he took a no-hitter into sixth as he tossed 5.2 innings of hitless ball before giving up a single. The Avon, Ohio, native would allow just one more hit the rest of the way and register eight punchouts in the gem. 
Phil Brua

The Yeomen managed to get Brua the lone run he needed in third inning as a two-out single by number nine hitter Matt Fish marked the Yeomen’s first hit of the game. This brought Ben Puterbaugh to the plate, who was batting in the leadoff spot for the first time all season. The junior from Canton, Ohio, would not disappoint as he made Head Coach Eric Lahetta look like genius with line-up switch - belting a single to centerfield and miss play in the outfield allowed Fish to score all the way from first base for the lone run of the game. 

The pitching was at premium on both sides as Matt Dishong was the tough-luck loser with 13 strikeouts and just three hits allowed. 

In the lid-lifter, the Yeomen scratched out a run in to the top of the first, but Allegheny responded in the home-half of the inning with three straight two-out singles that resulted in three runs. 

Once again the Yeomen would add a single tally in the second, courtesy of single by Fish to score Brua Unfortunately, the Yeomen lead was short-lived as the Gators used four hits and one Oberlin error to post four runs in the bottom of the third. The big hit in the inning came courtesy of Phil Morrissette who belted a three-run home run. 

The Yeomen were threatening in the fourth with three straight singles start the inning that led to one run. However, following a sac bunt to move runners to second and third, Gators’ pitcher David Strawser was able to strikeout the next two hitters to get out of the jam. 

OC took advantage of an Allegheny error to plate another run and make it a 7-4 game with two innings left to play, but the Gators would add two insurance runs in the sixth, while Oberlin would add just one more run in the seventh on a double by Brandon Cantrill.

Tossing his second complete game loss in a row, Cantrill gave up 12 hits and eight earned runs.