Wednesday, 18 October 2017 16:32

AUDIO: Zips Football Off To Hot MAC Start

It took a bit longer than the Zips would have liked, but Akron beat Western Michigan 14-13 on Sunday to improve to 3-0 in MAC play. The game was delayed from Saturday after rain flooded Western Michigan's stadium. The win leaves Akron just two wins away from bowl eligibility with six games to play.

Akron head coach Terry Bowden joined Jasen to talk about the game, the challenges involved with a postponed game, and this week's game against Toledo at the Glass Bowl.

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Friday, 23 September 2016 10:45

Zips Football Player Charged With Assault


Akron Police say formal assault charges have been filed against 19-year-old Brian Bell, a University of Akron student and football player. 

The charges stem from an incident at a party during last school year in May. A report filed by the victim, Jason Watkins, claims Bell sucker punched him and then hit him in face a few more times. Watkins went to Cleveland Clinic Akron General Medical Center and was treated for a cut on his nose and swelling above his left eye. 

Bell, who plays likebacker for the Zips, is from Valdosta, Georgia, and was originally offered a football scholarship to Florida State University. The university retracted the scholarship after Bell was investigated in the death of a high school classmate back that happened back in January of 2015. A grand jury was convened in that case and the student's death was ruled accidental

Bell is scheduled to make his first court appearance on September 30. 

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Wednesday, 31 August 2016 19:15

AUDIO Zips Set For VMI In Opener

George Thomas from the Akron Beacon Journal caught up with Sam Bourquin on 1590 WAKR Wednesday to talk about managing expecations and the season opener with VMI on September 3.


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Thursday, 21 April 2016 17:45

AUDIO Raised Expectations For Zips Football

The Zips have wrapped up spring practice, and coming off their bowl win against Utah State, the Akron football team is looking to build off of last year's success.

George Thomas, who covers the Zips for the Akron Beacon Journal joined the Sam Bourquin Show to talk about the team's mindset and strengths after their strong spring.

Thomas said that the wide receivers looked strong, and it wasn't just Jerome Lane who stood out this spring.

"They looked very good," Thomas said. "I'm talking Austin Wolfe, I'm talking Michael Means, Jo Jo Natson, who stands about 5 foot 8, but if you give him daylight, he's gone." 

 There were some other bright spots including the defensive backfield and the offensive line, but one of the key takeaways was that incumbent starter Thomas Woodson must work on his accuracy in order for his playmakers to get the most out of their ability.

  The Blue squad squeaked by the White squad 20-17 last Saturday at Infocision Stadium-Summa Field to wrap up spring practice. 


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The new Mid-American Conference football schedule for the upcoming season has one big change affecting both area MAC teams.

The 2016 schedule has the Wagon Wheel showdown between the University of Akron Zips and the Kent State Golden Flashes scheduled for October 1st at Kent State.

The 2015 "Wagon Wheel" battle was played the Friday after Thanksgiving, on so-called "Black Friday".

The Zips also have a non-conference game against Appalachian State on September 24th. The Golden Flashes play at Penn State and Alabama, both in addition to MAC conference games.

Both teams have later games listed on ESPN2, ESPNU and the CBS Sports Network.

(Mid-American Conference, news release) The Mid-American Conference announced the 2016 football schedule today. Highlighting the schedule will be 17 nationally televised games during late October and November slated for national television on ESPN2, ESPNU and CBS Sports Network as the conference race unfolds in both the East and West divisions. ESPN3, which is available in more than 99 million homes, will also stream a select number of games late in the season.

An updated release of the MAC 2016 football schedule will be released in June with kick times and a television schedule for the first three weeks of the regular season and midweek games during late October and November. All other game kick times and television will be announced 12 days prior to the scheduled game.The regular season will conclude with the 20th Marathon MAC Football Championship game on Friday, Dec. 2 at 7:00 pm ET at Ford Field in Detroit on ESPN2. This will mark the 13th Marathon MAC Football Championship game at Ford Field, home of the Detroit Lions, Super Bowl XL, and the 2009 NCAA Men's Final Four. For the ninth year in a row, league schools will face a formidable non-conference slate of opponents from the following Football Bowl Subdivision conferences – ACC, Big Ten, Big 12 and SEC. In addition, the conference will also face opponents from the American Athletic Conference, Conference USA, Mountain West Conference, Sun Belt Conference and Independent Army and BYU.

MAC programs will face eight non-conference foes that finished in the final AP Top 25 poll: Alabama (1), Ohio State (4), Iowa (9), Oklahoma State (20), Wisconsin (21), Tennessee (22), Northwestern (23) and Western Kentucky (24).

A total of seven non-conference games will feature a Big Ten opponent (Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Northwestern; Ohio State; Penn State; Wisconsin). The MAC will face foes from the ACC (2—Boston College, Virginia), SEC (3—Alabama, Missouri, Tennessee), Big 12 (2—Kansas, Oklahoma State); and Independent Army and BYU.
The MAC will also face opponents from the American Athletic Conference (3— Cincinnati, Memphis, South Florida), Mountain West (6—Fresno State, Nevada, San Diego State, UNLV, Wyoming (2)), Conference USA (5—Charlotte, Florida Atlantic, Marshall, Middle Tennessee, Western Kentucky) and Sun Belt Conference (5—Arkansas State, Appalachian State, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Texas State).

This season the MAC will host 10 games against FBS non-conference opponents.

MAC Home Games vs. FBS Non-Conference opponents:
-Texas State (Sun Belt) at Ohio on Sept. 3;
-UNLV (Mountain West) at Central Michigan on Sept. 17;
-San Diego State (Mountain West) at NIU on Sept. 17;
-Fresno State (Mountain West) at Toledo on Sept. 17;
-Middle Tennessee (Conference USA) at Bowling Green on Sept. 17;
-Western Kentucky (Conference USA) at Miami on Sept. 17;
-Wyoming (Mountain West) at Eastern Michigan on Sept. 24;
-Georgia Southern (Sun Belt) at Western Michigan on Sept. 24;
-Appalachian State (Sun Belt) at Akron on Sept. 24;
-Army (Independent) at Buffalo on Sept. 24.

MID-AMERICAN CONFERENCE Founded in 1946, the Mid-American Conference is an NCAA Division I, 12-member conference that sponsors 23 championships and is one of ten members of the Football Bowl Subdivison (FBS). With total enrollment of nearly 300,000 students, the league represents institutions of higher learning in five (5) states - Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, New York, and Ohio.Current MAC schools that hold full membership and the year they joined are -- East Division: University of Akron (1992), Bowling Green State University (1952), University at Buffalo (1998), Kent State University (1951), Miami University (1947), Ohio University (1946). West Division: Ball State University (1973), Central Michigan University (1971), Eastern Michigan University (1971), Northern Illinois University (1975-86, rejoined in 1997), University of Toledo (1950), Western Michigan University (1947). The conference office is based in Cleveland, Ohio.

2016 MAC Football Schedule (composite by date)
All times listed ET
*Conference Game

Sep. 1 – Thursday
Presbyterian at Central Michigan

Sep. 2 – Friday
Ball State at Georgia State (or Sept. 3)

Sep. 3 – Saturday
Albany at Buffalo
Ball State at Georgia State (or Sept. 2)
Bowling Green at Ohio State
Kent State at Penn State
Miami at Iowa
Mississippi Valley State at Eastern Michigan
NIU at Wyoming
Texas State at Ohio
Toledo at Arkansas State
Virginia Military Institute at Akron
Western Michigan at Northwestern

Sep. 10 – Saturday
Akron at Wisconsin
Ball State at Indiana
Central Michigan at Oklahoma State
Eastern Illinois at Miami
Eastern Michigan at Missouri
Maine at Toledo
NIU at South Florida
North Carolina A&T at Kent State
North Carolina Central at Western Michigan
North Dakota at Bowling Green
Ohio at Kansas

Sep. 17 – Saturday
Akron at Marshall
Buffalo at Nevada
Eastern Kentucky at Ball State
Eastern Michigan at Charlotte
Fresno State at Toledo
Middle Tennessee at Bowling Green
Monmouth at Kent State
Ohio at Tennessee
San Diego State at NIU
UNLV at Central Michigan
Western Kentucky at Miami
Western Michigan at Illinois

Sep. 24 – Saturday
Appalachian State at Akron
Army at Buffalo
Ball State at Florida Atlantic
Bowling Green at Memphis
Central Michigan at Virginia
Gardner-Webb at Ohio
Georgia Southern at Western Michigan
Kent State at Alabama
Miami at Cincinnati
Western Illinois at NIU
Wyoming at Eastern Michigan

Sep. 30 – Friday
Toledo at BYU

Oct. 1 – Saturday
*Akron at Kent State
Buffalo at Boston College
*Eastern Michigan at Bowling Green
*Ohio at Miami
*NIU at Ball State
*Western Michigan at Central Michigan

Oct. 8 – Saturday
*Ball State at Central Michigan
*Bowling Green at Ohio
*Kent State at Buffalo
*Miami at Akron
*NIU at Western Michigan
*Toledo at Eastern Michigan

Oct. 15 – Saturday
*Ball State at Buffalo
*Bowling Green at Toledo
*Central Michigan at NIU
*Eastern Michigan at Ohio
*Kent State at Miami
*Western Michigan at Akron

Oct. 22 – Saturday
*Akron at Ball State
*Buffalo at NIU
*Central Michigan at Toledo
*Eastern Michigan at Western Michigan
*Ohio at Kent State
*Miami at Bowling Green

Oct. 27 – Thursday
*Akron at Buffalo, TBA (CBS Sports Network/ESPN3)
*Ohio at Toledo, TBA (CBS Sports Network/ESPN3)

Oct. 29 – Saturday
*Kent State at Central Michigan
*Miami at Eastern Michigan

Nov. 1 – Tuesday
*Bowling Green at NIU, TBA (ESPN2/ESPNU)
*Western Michigan at Ball State, TBA (ESPN2, ESPNU)

Nov. 2 – Wednesday
*Toledo at Akron, TBA (ESPN2)

Nov. 3 – Thursday
*Buffalo at Ohio, TBA (CBS Sports Network)

Nov. 4 – Friday
*Central Michigan at Miami, TBA (CBS Sports Network)

Nov. 8 – Tuesday
*Eastern Michigan at Ball State, TBA (ESPN2/CBS Sports Network)
*Western Michigan at Kent State, TBA (ESPN2/CBS Sports Network)

Nov. 9 – Wednesday
*Bowling Green at Akron, TBA (ESPN2/ESPNU)
*Toledo at NIU, TBA at Chicago's U.S. Cellular Field (ESPN2/ESPNU)

Nov. 12 – Saturday
*Miami at Buffalo

Nov. 15 – Tuesday
*Kent State at Bowling Green, TBA (ESPN2/ESPNU)
*Ohio at Central Michigan, TBA (ESPN2/ESPNU)

Nov. 16 – Wednesday
*Ball State at Toledo, TBA (ESPN2/ESPNU)
*NIU at Eastern Michigan, TBA (ESPN2/ESPNU)

Nov. 19 – Saturday
*Buffalo at Western Michigan

Nov. 22 – Tuesday
*Akron at Ohio, TBA (ESPNU/ESPN3)
*Ball State at Miami, TBA (ESPNU/ESPN3)
*Central Michigan at Eastern Michigan (ESPNU/ESPN3)

Nov. 25 – Friday
*Buffalo at Bowling Green (TV TBD)
*NIU at Kent State (TV TBD)
*Toledo at Western Michigan (TV TBD)

Dec. 2 – Friday
East Division Champion vs. West Division Champion
Marathon MAC Championship Game, 7:00 pm ET (ESPN2)
At Ford Field in Detroit, Mich.

2016 MAC Football Schedule (composite by school)
All times listed ET
*Conference Game


3Virginia Military Institute
10at Wisconsin
17at Marshall
24Appalachian State
1*at Kent State
15*Western Michigan
22*at Ball State
27*at Buffalo, TBA (CBS Sports Network/ESPN3)
2*Toledo, TBA (ESPN2)
9*Bowling Green, TBA (ESPN2/ESPNU)
22*at Ohio, TBA (ESPNU/ESPN3)

Bowling Green
3at Ohio State
10North Dakota
17Middle Tennessee
24at Memphis
1*Eastern Michigan
8*at Ohio
15*at Toledo
9*at Akron, TBA (ESPN2/ESPNU)
15*Kent State, TBA (ESPN2/ESPNU)
25*Buffalo, TBA (TV TBD)

17at Nevada
1at Boston College
8*Kent State
15*Ball State
22*at NIU
27*Akron, TBA (CBS Sports Network/ESPN3)
3*at Ohio, TBA (CBS Sports Network)
19*at Western Michigan
25*at Bowling Green, TBA (TV TBD)

Kent State
3at Penn State
10North Carolina A&T
24at Alabama
8*at Buffalo
15*at Miami
29*at Central Michigan
8*Western Michigan, TBA (ESPN2/CBS Sports Network)
15*at Bowling Green, TBA (ESPN2/ESPNU)

3at Iowa
10Eastern Illinois
17Western Kentucky
24at Cincinnati
8*at Akron
15*Kent State
22*at Bowling Green
29*at Eastern Michigan
4*Central Michigan, TBA (CBS Sports Network)
12*at Buffalo
22*Ball State, TBA (ESPNU/ESPN3)

3Texas State
10at Kansas
17at Tennessee
1*at Miami
8*Bowling Green
15*Eastern Michigan
22*at Kent State
27*at Toledo, TBA (CBS Sports Network/ESPN3)
3*Buffalo, TBA (CBS Sports Network)
15*at Central Michigan, TBA (ESPN2/ESPNU)
22*Akron, TBA (ESPNU/ESPN3)


Ball State
2 or 3at Georgia State
10at Indiana
17Eastern Kentucky
24at Florida Atlantic
8*at Central Michigan
15*at Buffalo
1*Western Michigan, TBA (ESPN2/ESPNU)
8*Eastern Michigan, TBA (ESPN2/CBS Sports Network)
16*at Toledo, TBA (ESPN2/ESPNU)
22*at Miami, TBA (ESPNU/ESPN3)

Central Michigan
10at Oklahoma State
24at Virginia
1*Western Michigan
8*Ball State
15*at NIU
22*at Toledo
29*Kent State
4*at Miami, TBA (CBS Sports Network)
15*Ohio, TBA (ESPN2/ESPNU)
22*at Eastern Michigan, TBA (ESPNU/ESPN3)

Eastern Michigan
3Mississippi Valley State
10at Missouri
17at Charlotte
1*at Bowling Green
15*at Ohio
22*at Western Michigan
8*at Ball State, TBA (ESPN2/CBS Sports Network)
22*Central Michigan, TBA (ESPNU/ESPN3)

Northern Illinois (NIU)
3at Wyoming
10at South Florida
17San Diego State
24Western Illinois
1*at Ball State
8*at Western Michigan
15*Central Michigan
1*Bowling Green, TBA(ESPN2/ESPNU)
9*Toledo, TBA at Chicago's U.S. Cellular Field (ESPN2/ESPNU)
16*at Eastern Michigan, TBA (ESPN2/ESPNU)
25*at Kent State, TBA (TV TBD)

3at Arkansas State
17Fresno State
30at BYU
8*at Eastern Michigan
15*Bowling Green
22*Central Michigan
27*Ohio, TBA (CBS Sports Network/ESPN3)
2*at Akron, TBA (ESPN2)
9*at NIU, TBA at Chicago's U.S. Cellular Field (ESPN2/ESPNU)
16*Ball State, TBA (ESPN2/ESPNU)
25*at Western Michigan, TBA (TV TBD)

Western Michigan
3at Northwestern
10North Carolina Central
17at Illinois
24Georgia Southern
1*at Central Michigan
15*at Akron
22*Eastern Michigan
1*at Ball State, TBA (ESPN2/ESPNU)
8*at Kent State, TBA (ESPN2/CBS Sports Network)
25*Toledo, TBA (TV TBD)

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