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AUDIO Zips Primed For 2017 Football Season

Football season is just around the corner and the Mid-American Conference got things started with their annual Media Day Wednesday at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton.
 
If you're wondering about the change in venue, it was moved from Detroit, where there's construction at Ford Field.
 
The Akron Zips are looking to get back to a bowl game, and sixth-year coach Terry Bowden discussed how the quarterback depth heading into 2017 helps his ballclub.
 
"That's why I say competition is the key," Bowden explained. "Tommy Woodson if he's healthy, he'll be hard to beat out, but we've got some good people in a position to compete for that starting position."
 
There's 5 scholarship quarterbacks heading into fall camp including last year's starter Tommy Woodson, who missed some time last year with injury.

 Defensively, linebacker Ulysees Gilbert will be expected to bring leadership on the field this upcoming season for the Zips.

"Ulysees Gilbert is our leader by example, our leader by hard work, and leader by exceptional talent," Bowden said. "He speaks more with his actions than by his mouth."
 
Gilbert was named to the Nagurski watch list and led the team with another 100-plus tackle season in 2016.
 
Coach Bowden says he's confident about his team's chances this upcoming season, for him it comes down to playing hard and staying healthy.

 

Zips running back Warren Ball also discussed his excitement to get things going this football season.  A transfer from Ohio State, Ball said his journey to Akron has been one with challenges, but he relishes his leadership role with the team.

"I just want to make those around me better and help this team win," Ball said.

 The Zips finished 5-7 overall and 3-5 in MAC play in 2016.

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Tuesday, 28 March 2017 06:57

AUDIO: Dambrot Leaving Akron For Duquesne

After 305 wins and four trips to the NCAA Tournament in 13 years, Keith Dambrot is heading eastbound on Interstate 76. Dambrot, the now-former head coach of the Akron Zips, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to talk about his decision to guide the Duquesne Dukes. Duquesne is familiar territory for Dambrot, as his father played there and his mother is from the Pittsburgh area. According to Dambrot, leaving the University of Akron was “the toughest decision I’ve ever made in my life, to be perfectly frank about it.” He said he was not looking around for other jobs, but the timing was right to try to turn another program around. It will be a seven-year, $7 million contract for the 58-year-old Dambrot.

Dambrot is 59 and says he doesn't want to be coaching into his 70s or 80s, and looks at the rebuilding of the Duquesne program as a great opportunity. "The timing was right and I would take one more fling to turn another program around," Dambrot said.

LISTEN to the full Dambrot interview with WAKR's Ray Horner below.

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Wednesday, 04 January 2017 08:37

AUDIO: Dambrot Becomes Zips Winningest Coach

The winningest coach in Akron hoops made some time with 1590 WAKR.

Keith Dambrot took home win number 11 on the season on Tuesday night, which happened to be victory number 289 at Akron, and he joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to talk about the journey. That journey includes recruiting and trying to compete in the parity-filled Mid-American Conference. Though he remains humble, Dambrot does feel honored to be included in the elite group of coaches and players who have made their way through the program over the years.

Dambrot joined the Zips as an assistant coach in 2001, and was named head coach in 2004. He began his head coaching career in 1984 with Tiffin, and most notably coached LeBron James at St. Vincent-St. Mary High School.

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Fans from either team may not be pleased with their seatings in the lowly NIT, but all eyes in Ohio will be on the Schottenstein Center tonight. Well, at least sports fans’ eyes.

Paul Keels, the voice of the Ohio State Buckeyes, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to preview the NIT matchup between the Buckeyes and the Akron Zips. Paul spent some time researching the Zips, saying they have a chip on their shoulders after their last-second loss to Buffalo on Saturday. The perimeter defense for the Buckeyes will have to step up, as Akron is a dangerous team from three-point land.

Keels also mentioned the interest the Buckeyes may or may not have in this game. The last time Thad Matta’s team had missed out on the NCAA Tournament was in 2008, when the Buckeyes took home the NIT title.

Buckeyes and Zips will be heard tonight on 1590 WAKR, with tipoff happening at 7 o’clock.

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