Tuesday, 05 December 2017 17:14

AUDIO Football Today: Do We Even Recognize It?

After last night's physical game between the Bengals and Steelers, Sam and Brad talked about the state of football today and if it will ever be the same moving forward. 

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Thursday, 02 February 2017 15:02

AUDIO Bowden Pleased With 2017 Recruiting Class

University of Akron Zips head football coach Terry Bowden spoke with Sam and Brad Thursday to talk about his 2017 recruiting class.

Some local talent headlines this year's haul including Ellet's Marquise Bridges,  Jemarulin Suggs and De'Andre Brimage from East, and Cobie Booker from Barberton.

 

For the full interview, click here.

 

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Friday, 23 December 2016 12:57

AUDIO Coach Teevens Talks MVP Mobile Dummies

Buddy Teevens, the head coach of Dartmouth and inventor of MVP Mobile Dummies spoke with former NFL linebacker Jay Brophy to talk about minimizing concussions by practicing with these dummies at all levels of football.

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Monday, 07 November 2016 17:39

KSU Football Player Suspended

A Kent State football player has been suspended from the team after kidnapping charges.

Senior Nate Holley is off the team indefinitely facing first degree felony kidnapping charges, in a case involving a female last week in Franklin Township.

That's according to the Record Courier.

Cleveland.com reports that he's posted 10 percent of a $50,000 bond and has been ordered to stay at Akron's Oriana House.

Holley has a preliminary hearing set for Thursday in Ravenna.

Kent State has confirmed the suspension, and say they are taking the matter "very seriously".

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Tuesday, 04 October 2016 19:25

AUDIO Dr. Chad Stephens Talking Concussions

Dr. Chad Stephens spoke with our own Brad Russell about concussions, football, the NFL concussion protocol, and what is being done to make the game safer.

"The difficult dichotomy is how do we keep the game physical enough to attract attention, but yet to make it safe for the players," he said.

 

For the full interview with Dr. Stephens, click here.

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Tuesday, 20 September 2016 07:45

Hoban HS, Coach Hit With Penalties

The Ohio High School Athletic Association has announced the penalties issued against Archbishop Hoban High School and Knights football coach Tim Tyrrell over recruiting violations.

The investigation is ongoing, but OHSAA released the initial findings and penalties against the school. In a statement, OHSAA interim commissioner says Tyrrell "was aware his actions were in violation of the OHSAA's recruiting bylaw."

The initial penalties include a postseason coaching suspension for Tyrrell if Hoban qualifies for the 2016 playoffs. Hoban also will be placed on probation for the remainder of the 2016-17 school year and all of the 2017-18 school year. Tyrrell will also be limited to a total of five days of contact with the Hoban football team during the summer of 2017.

The OHSAA is expected to announce the end of the investigation and any additional findings and penalties at a later date.

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Saturday, 03 September 2016 10:19

Goodyear Commercial Voiced By The Blimp

The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company is boasting a new commercial campaign that will run during games throughout the 2016 NCAA college football season. 

It's been dubbed "Blimpworthy" and features the voice OF the Goodyear Blimp. The commercial chronicles the storied 60-plus-year career of the Goodyear blimp, recapping some of college footballs most celebrated moments. 

Read more about the new ad campaign from Cleveland.com, and watch the commercial below: 

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Monday, 08 August 2016 10:31

Browns Name RGIII Starting QB

After a two-touchdown performance in the Brown and Orange Scrimmage at Ohio Stadium in Columbus Saturday, the Browns have officially named Robert Griffin III the team's starting quarterback. Griffin signed with the team this offseason after four years with the Washington Redskins. 

Below is the official press release from the Cleveland Browns regarding Griffin: 

Robert Griffin III has been named the Browns starting quarterback, Hue Jackson announced Monday.

 

Griffin III, who signed with the Browns in March after four seasons with the Washington Redskins, emerged from a four-man competition that included veteran Josh McCown, Austin Davis and rookie Cody Kessler. He’ll receive his first startFriday in Cleveland’s preseason opener at Green Bay.

 

Jackson believes Griffin’s best football is ahead of him.

 

"It's time. Robert has earned the right to be named the starting quarterback of the Cleveland Browns," Jackson said. "Since he was signed back in March, Robert has made it clear through his actions that he is willing to do everything that has been asked of him to earn this role. Throughout this process he has gained the respect from his teammates, the coaching staff and the entire organization that is necessary for him to lead our offense and really the entire team. Pep (Hamilton) has done an outstanding job with that room to get us to this point so we can make this decision at what I feel is the optimal time which enables us to best prepare for the regular season. It's now on Robert to show the organization and our fans that this is the right decision. Throughout the offseason program and training camp, Robert has shown improvement every day and we expect him to continue to ascend as he becomes more and more acclimated to the offensive system we will employ this season. I've been crystal clear on what we expect from Robert. He fully understands the responsibility and I feel he is ready to handle this role."

 

"I would be remiss if I didn't also commend Josh, Austin and Cody. Josh in particular has been outstanding throughout this process and all of our quarterbacks have worked well together. Their play, professionalism and work ethic has pushed the room to really improve the level of play at the position for our team."

 

Since training camp opened last week, Griffin has primarily worked with the first-team offense. At Friday’s live, 11-on-11 scrimmage in Berea, he connected with rookie wide receiver Corey Coleman on multiple long passes, including one for a touchdown, and tossed a short touchdown pass to tight end Connor Hamlett. On Saturday at the Orange and Brown Scrimmage in Columbus, Griffin consistently moved the offense down the field and threw two touchdown passes.

Griffin (6-foot-2, 218 pounds) is entering his fifth NFL season out of Baylor. Originally selected by Washington with the second overall pick in 2012, Griffin has appeared in 37 games with 35 starts. He has completed 679 of 1,063 passes (63.9 percent) for 8,097 yards with 40 touchdowns, 23 interceptions and a 90.6 rating and added 1,480 career rushing yards with eight scores.

 

Griffin set NFL rookie records for passer rating (102.4), interception percentage (1.27) and rushing yards by a quarterback (815) en route to being named 2012 Associated Press Offensive Rookie of the Year and a Pro Bowl selection. He led the Redskins to a 10-6 record and their first division title in 13 years.

 

Starting 13 games in 2013, Griffin recorded a career-high 3,203 passing yards and became the fifth quarterback in NFL history to record 3,000 passing yards in each of his first two seasons. He started seven games in 2014 and registered 1,694 passing yards. Last season, he was inactive 15 games and dressed but did not play in another.

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Sam continues talking to St. Ignatius head football coach Chuck Kyle on being named the Browns Youth Football Advisor. Kyle talked about some of his goals as the new youth advisor saying that repairing the fields is going to be important. Safety is also a concern on Kyle's list saying "We need to make sure kids start out young in flag football." Kyle believes that putting an emphasis on flag football will build the confidence of young players as they grow and move up to tackle football.

 

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The legendary St. Ignatius head football coach joined the Sam Bourquin Show to disscuss his recent hire as the new Browns Youth Football Advisor. Kyle talked about how his meeting with Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and his wife Dee helped him with his decision saying he took it as a great honor in being asked to be directly involved in helping the community and youth athletics. Coach Kyle said after the meeting that he was very excited about the idea, "I really got excited about the idea, in my small way contributing to the community and certainly for youth delopment."  

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Wednesday, 20 January 2016 17:15

OSU Recruiting: The Rich Get Richer

With National Signing Day just around the corner, the OSU Buckeyes football team had another impressive haul. 

Tim Shoemaker from 11 Warriors joined the Average Sports Show to talk about the class of 2016 and the impact they will make for coach Urban Meyer.
 
"It was a pretty eventful day on the recruiting trail for Urban Meyer this year," Shoemaker said. "Wide receiver is a position of need considering the Buckeyes are losing Jalin Marshall, Michael Thomas and others to the Draft."
 
  A couple of the young men who will make their way to Columbus include Austin Mack, who is enrolled already in school, as well as Binjimen Victor, a big red-zone target out of South Florida.

 The class is ranked #1 in the country and with OSU losing a number of underclassmen to the NFL, a strong talent pool is needed to stay atop the college football polls. 
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Wednesday, 13 January 2016 22:47

AUDIO Former Marshall Coach Speaking In Dover

Many people remember the tragic events surrounding November 14, 1970, in which Southern Airways flight 932 crashed en route to the Marshall University campus in Huntington, WV.

The crash killed all 75 members on board, including the team, coaches, support staff, and boosters for the football program.

Former Marshall football assistant coach Red Dawson was one of a handful of members from the staff not on the plane that day. Dawson joined the Sam Bourquin Show Wednesday to talk about his book, "A Coach in Progress: A Story of Survival and Revival."

   "It was hard times, for a long, long time," Dawson said.  "It didn't leave for a while, we tried to go forward, and that's what we've tried to do."

The story was depicted in the 2006 film We Are Marshall. The Thundering Herd have bounced back on and off the football field, and the community of Huntington has embraced them fully.

Dawson will be at the Dover Public Library in Dover, OH Friday January 15 at 7 p.m.

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