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Getting To Know Ball State's Charlie Todd

The 2010 MAC Football season is quickly approaching and as part of its preview, the league would like to give an inside look into the lives of its Student/Athletes.


This is the eighth installment in a series of articles on Student/Athletes from the Cleveland-based Mid American Conference 

July 10, 2010

By Ken Mather
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After playing football for two years at Nassau (N.Y.) Community College, Todd made an immediate impact for Ball State in 2009, starting 11 games.

2010 Football Summer Preview: Getting To Know...
The 2010 MAC Football season is quickly approaching and as part of its preview The MAC would like to give an inside look into the lives of its Student/Athletes. One can find the schedule of Student/Athletes we will preview by scrolling to the bottom of the page or by clicking the "Getting To Know" advertisement on the front of the MAC homepage or football page. Fans can also stay up-to-date with our player features via 
TwitterFacebook or tje new fan blog at MACFootballNation.com

Be sure to visit www.mac-sports.com on Friday, July 30 to watch live video interviews with the league's head coaches and Student/Athletes as it kicks off the season with the 2010 MAC Football Preview at Detroit's Ford Field.

Getting To Know...Ball State's Charlie Todd
Charlie Todd is a senior cornerback for the Ball State Cardinals. After playing football for two years at Nassau (N.Y.) Community College, Todd made an immediate impact for Ball State in 2009, starting 11 games. He made 80 tackles (55 solo), had two tackles for loss, broke up four passes, recovered a fumble and had an interception. Todd, a native of Bear, Del., registered a career-best 12 tackles at Northern Illinois and also scored his first career touchdown on a career long 87-yard punt return at Western Michigan. Below is a closer look at the Ball State CB...

1. What is your greatest accomplishment off the field? 
My greatest accomplishment off the field was making it to Ball State out of Junior College.

2. What do you still hope to accomplish in the future?

My future goal is to make it to the NFL and play at least 10 years.

3. How did you get started playing sports? 
I got started playing sports because I have a very competitive family. I always tried to out do my older brothers David and Joe.

4. Which words or phrases do you overuse? 
The word or phrase I overuse is "jive turkey". I heard it in a movie called Black Dynamite, and now I cannot stop saying it.

5. What are your pregame rituals? 
My pregame rituals are listening to gospel music to stay relaxed and pray that God watches over me, my teammates and the other team, and to help my coaches make good decisions. Then I put on music to get me hyped up about 30 minutes before the game and I am ready to go.

6. What is something people don't know about you? 
People don't know I play the piano and sing....and I play the piano for my church in Delaware.

7. Besides football, what sport would you have pursued for a college scholarship? 

If not football, I would have pursued a scholarship for baseball. I was all-conference as a sophomore but quit to concentrate on football.

8. The artist that takes up most of my iPod... 

The artist that takes up most of my iPod is Ryan Leslie.

9. What actor/actress would play you in the movie of your life? Why? 

The actor that could play me in my life story is Jamie Foxx....He is my favorite actor and he can play piano, sing, be funny and is athletic.

10. What is one movie you could watch over and over again and not get sick of?
The movies I could watch over and over are "Tropic Thunder" and "Ms. March".

Notre Dame College moves one

step closer to NCAA Division

II status

July 10, 2010

By Andy Barch

SOUTH EUCLID -- Falcon Athletics is continuing on its path to becoming a full-fledged member of NCAA Division II.  Yesteday, the NCAA Membership Committee informed Notre Dame Director of Athletics Sue Hlavacek that the College has been approved for Candidacy Year-Two in the membership process.


"This is tremendous news for the College," said Hlavacek. "So much work has been done on this front so far and by so many.  And we're all excited about continuing the work for the benefit of the College and our student-athletes."


Since being approved for the Division II membership process nearly a year ago to the day, Notre Dame was charged with implementing several new items during Candidacy Year One.  The NCAA monitored the school’s progress over the past 12 months before issuing a positive recommendation.


Now, Candidacy Year Two presents further goals to meet in order to be ready to operate as a Division II member. The College’s provisional year would be 2011-12.  Provided it continues to meet NCAA obligations, Notre Dame would become a full D-II member in time for the 2012-13 academic year.


Notre Dame will wrap up a 20-plus year association with the NAIA following the 2010-11 athletics season. 2010-11 will also mark the school’s final year in the American Mideast Conference.


Six colleges and universities in the state of Ohio -- Ashland, Central State, Findlay, Lake Erie, Tiffin, and Urbana -- are active NCAA-II members.  Two other schools from the state in the NCAA membership process include Cedarville and Ohio Dominican.

Olmsted Falls' Sean Kloock Graham 

puts the cap on his high school

career today; set to play tennis and 

study at John Carroll in the fall

July 10, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor



OLMSTED FALLS – Shortly after he started playing tennis at age four, Olmsted Falls’ Sean Kloock Graham knew he wanted to play college tennis and that will become a reality when he trades in the blue and white of Falls for the blue and gold of John Carroll next month


Sean Kloock Graham in his backyard at tonight's graduation party

Kloock Graham was honored today at his high school graduation reception here at Falls Point Lake. He teamed with younger brother Colin as the Bulldogs’ No. 1 doubles team the past two years. The duo was the No. 1 seed in the Division I Sectional Tournament in Oberlin and wound up going in the districts at same site as the No. 2 seed.


His route to University Heights evolved later in the school year. He was interested in playing for the University of Dayton but after visiting came up with the hunch that the Flyers lineup appeared to be set for at least the next couple years.


John Carroll coach Shaun Keenan knew of his first namesake with a different spelling and the communication began. Before the school year was over, Keenan had invited him to the Blue Streak fold and Kloock Graham verbally committed.

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“I like that I will have a college community there, but I will also be close enough to a major city, which gives me the best of both worlds,” said Kloock Graham. “I think I will enjoy playing for coach Keenan and the faculty advisors who have worked with me seem to really care about me as an individual.”

 Becoming a college college-quality tennis player was a natural for Kloock Graham, whose mother, Laura Graham, has been a certified pro tennis instructor for decades. He picked up tennis as a toddler while hanging around the clubs where his mom gave lessons.


Graham is also the Falls High boys’ and girls’ teams coach. She hinted that Colin might also be following Sean to John Carroll when that time comes and that their older brother Ryan might transfer to Carroll from Tri-C to continue his pre-law and psychology programs.


Kloock Graham is looking forward to having the chance to play both doubles and singles in the same match at Carroll, something not available to high school tennis Student/Athletes in Ohio. He is also looking forward to having a fall season in addition to a spring one in college, albeit short in Division II.


“Most of our fall matches will be at Oberlin, which is like a home court advantage to me,” said Klook Graham. “I am also looking forward to our spring trip to Florida.”


Kloock Graham plans to major in communications and marketing.



July 10, 2010

By Harry Plumer

EVANSVILLE, Ind. - The Lake Erie Crushers swept a doubleheader from the Evansville Otters, winning the continuation of a suspended game 5-3 and following it up with a 4-2 win in the scheduled seven-inning affair tonight. 


Joel Collins opened the scoring in the second inning for the Crushers. Eddie Tisdale doubled with one out in the frame and Collins worked the count full against Evansville starter Angelo Morales before parking an offering over the left field wall for his first homer of the season. The Otters answered in the bottom of the inning, tying the game with three straight hits, the last of which was a two-run double off the bat of Brandon Cohen.

The game entered a delay in the bottom of the fifth inning. Travis Risser faced three batters before one of the light towers in right field went dark. The contest was delayed for over an hour before play was suspended. Jeff Cinadr took over on the hill as play resumed today. He allowed a single to the first batter he faced, Jake Rogers, that scored Pat Rose and put Evansville ahead for the first time at 3-2.

The Crushers responded in their first at bat following the suspension. Facing reliever Eduardo Perez, Eddie Tisdale induced a leadoff walk. Joel Collins tallied his third hit of the game, a double to left, to place runners at second and third. Following a walk to Arden McWilliams, Raphael Turner was able to again put Lake Erie on top with a two-run single to left. Wayne Bond executed a squeeze in the ninth to push across the final runs.

Jeff Cinadr won in relief as the All-Star upped his mark to 2-1. J.J. Pacella tossed the final 1.1 for his fifth save. Joel Collins finished 3-for-4 with a pair of RBIs. Drew Saylor and Jodam Rivera recorded two hits apiece.


The Crushers wasted no time in jumping ahead in the second contest. Dom Duggan reached on an error, was sacrificed to second and crossed the plate on a single off the bat of Andrew Davis. Eddie Tisdale followed with an opposite field double, his league best 16th of the year, and Lake Erie led 2-0. Evansville scrathed a run across in the bottom of the frame without a hit as Estee Harris walked, moved to second on a wild pitch and scored on a groundout.

Arden McWilliams drew a two-out walk in the top of the fourth inning. Raphael Turner continued the solid start to his professional career with his first career extra-base hit, a double to right center to score McWilliams from first. Lake Erie starting pitcherJosh Roberts ran into trouble in the bottom of the fifth. He walked three straight hitters with two outs including a bases loaded walk to Derek Wiley to force in a run and bring the Otters within 3-2. Andrew Davis made a leaping catch at third to snare a liner that may have tied the contest to conclude the fifth. 

Davis led off the sixth inning with his fifth homer of the season, tying Arden McWilliams for the team lead by clearing the wall on the first offering of the frame from Otters starter Chad Edwards. Matt Smith pitched the final two innings to record his first save as the team's leader in wins appeared in relief for the third time. Andrew Davis posted hits in all three of his plate appearancesand drove in two.

The Crushers (27-20) will conclude the first half of 2010 with a day game tomorrow against the Otters (16-30). RHP Phil Rummel (2-4, 5.71) takes the ball for the Crushers while Evansville counters with All-Star RHP Nick Sottung (3-1, 2.51). First pitch is slated for 2:05 p.m. Eastern.