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In the News Archive: March 2016

Follow the Zips in local and national publications with "In The News," updated regularly with links to stories about Zips Athletics, the University and Mid-American Conference.

Thursday, March 31
SB: UA softball team sweeps doubleheader against Cleveland State, by Akron Beacon Journal
MSOC: Ex-Zip DeAndre Yedlin part of U.S. Soccer coach Jurgen Klinsmann’s shifted alignment in 4-0 victory against Guatemala, by Marla Ridenour, Akron Beacon Journal

Wednesday, March 30
FB: Promoted offensive line coach Brett Ekkens excited to get started with new set of starters, by George M. Thomas, Akron Beacon Journal
MBB: UA’s Isaiah Johnson, Keith Dambrot earn district honors, by Akron Beacon Journal

Tuesday, March 29
GENERAL: Akron Ranked Third Among Ohio's Division I sports programs by size of budget, by Rich Exner, Cleveland Plain Dealer
FB: Akron's Bowden focuses on football, not controversy, by Joe Scalzo, Canton Repository

Monday, March 28
T&F: UA’s Clayton Murphy wins 1,500 meters at Raleigh Relays, by Akron Beacon Journal
SB: Eastern Michigan sweeps softball doubleheader from UA, by Akron Beacon Journal

Friday, March 25
FB: Terry Bowden stays in-house for new Akron line coach, by John Taylor, NBC Sports
FB: East Kentwood grad Brett Ekkens, 26, named assistant coach at Akron    by Peter J. Wallner

Thursday, March 24
WBB: UA women’s basketball player Anita Brown receives accolades, by Akron Beacon Journal

Wednesday, March 23
MBB: Akron Zips look to reload for 2016-2017 basketball season    by Elton Alexander, Cleveland Plain Dealer
SB: Zips softball splits doubleheader with Youngstown State, by Akron Beacon Journal

Tuesday, March 22
SB: Flyers post two shutouts in doubleheader sweep of Akron, by Steve Miller, Flyer News
MSOC: World Cup: Former Akron soccer players make U.S. training camp roster, by Canton Repository
MSOC: Former Akron soccer players added to U.S. roster for Olympic qualifier, by Canton Repository

Monday, March 21
FB: University of Akron linebacker Jatavis Brown stands out for NFL scouts at Zips pro day, by George M. Thomas, Akron Beacon Journal
S&D: UA’s Luka Szynal fails to qualify for 200 backstroke final at NCAA Championships, by Akron Beacon Journal

Friday, March 18
FB: After a strong finish to sophomore season, quarterback Thomas Woodson taking more of a leadership role for Zips, by George M. Thomas, Akron Beacon Journal
WBB: Zips’ rally falls short in 74-70 loss to Bucknell in WNIT first-round game, by George M. Thomas, Akron Beacon Journal
T&F: TV Graduate, Clayton Murphy, wins NCAA Indoor 800 Meter, by Clinton Randall, Early Bird Paper
T&F: Shawn Barber finishes 4th in men's pole vault at indoor world championships, by CBC Sports

Thursday, March 17
WBB: Zips still able to achieve milestones in WNIT first-round game against Bucknell, by George M. Thomas, Akron Beacon Journal
MBB: MAC Basketball needs to schedule for NCAA Tournament success, by Elton Alexander, Cleveland Plain Dealer
MBB: Akron Men’s Basketball knocked out of NIT by Ohio State’s overtime run    by Daniel Cermak, The Buchtelite
WBB: Women’s basketball to host NIT game tonight    by Terry Rabbitts, The Buchtelite
T&F: Former UA standout, Shawn Barber, pushing limits at indoor world championships, by CBC Sports

Wednesday, March 16
MBB: Ohio State sinks Zips 72-63 in overtime in NIT first round, by George M. Thomas, Akron Beacon Journal
WBB: UA announces start for Women’s NIT game against Bucknell, by Akron Beacon Journal
MBB: LeBron James picks Akron to beat Ohio State in NIT game, by Dan Kadar, Akron Beacon Journal
MBB: Ohio State basketball trumps Akron 72-63 in overtime for first-round NIT win    by Bill Landis, Cleveland Plain Dealer
MBB: Akron and other mid-majors received a raw deal from NCAA selection committee    by Terry Pluto, Cleveland Plain Dealer

Tuesday, March 15
MBB: Zips hope to use victory over Ohio State in NIT to soften NCAA disappointment, add big win for program, by George M. Thomas, Akron Beacon Journal
WBB: Zips will play Bucknell in NIT, by George M. Thomas, Akron Beacon Journal
MBB: Zips face five key questions as spring practice begins, by George M. Thomas, Akron Beacon Journal
T&F: Murphy wins NCAA indoor 800    by Marc F. Pendleton, Dayton Daily News
MBB: Akron Zips look to get back on track in NIT game at Ohio State    by Elton Alexander, Cleveland Plain Dealer

Monday, March 14
T&F: Favorites Deliver As UA Clayton Murphy Has To Fight For It, by Lets Run
MBB: Akron Zips to face Ohio State in NIT opener, by Alex Alvarado, Hustle Belt
MBB: Buffalo upsets top-seeded Zips 64-61 in MAC Tournament title game, by George M. Thomas, Akron Beacon Journal
MBB: Top-seeded Zips advance to MAC Tournament title game with 80-66 victory over Bowling Green, by George M. Thomas, Akron Beacon Journal
WBB: Zips’ late rally falls short in semifinal loss to Bulls, by George M. Thomas, Akron Beacon Journal
MBB: Isaiah Johnson emerges as Akron Zips' biggest asset, by Matthew Florjancic, WKYC

Friday, March 11
MBB: When Zips 3s fail to fall, UA coach Keith Dambrot pretends he has LeBron James, by Marla Ridenour, Akron Beacon Journal
MBB: Zips rally to clip Eagles, advance to semifinals, by George M. Thomas, Akron Beacon Journal
FB: Zips Football to March in Akron St. Patty’s Day Parade, by Akron Beacon Journal
MBB: Akron Zips defeat Eastern Michigan: MAC Tournament 2016    by Elton Alexander, Cleveland Plain Dealer
FB: Terry Bowden talks about former player and New York Giants cornerback, Janoris Jenkins, by Stever Serby, New York Post
MBB: Zips look to make it back to final against upstart Falcons, by Brandon Hickey, Hustle Belt
MBB: Akron survives scare from Eastern Michigan in MAC Tourney, by Matthew Florjancic, WKYC

Thursday, March 10
MBB: Zips want to impose their style of play against Eastern Michigan in MAC Tournament, by George M. Thomas, Akron Beacon Journal
WBB: Anita Brown scores career high 37 to lead Zips to semifinals, by George M. Thomas, Akron Beacon Journal
WBB: Overlooked in UA women’s basketball history, Anita Brown might finally get her due, by Marla Ridenour, Akron Beacon Journal
WBB: Brown's 37-point outburst invigorates Akron in OT thriller    by Sara Welch, Swish Appeal
FB: Terry Bowden: College Football Playoff must expand to include Group of 5    by Heather Dinich, ESPN
WBB: Akron defeats Toledo: MAC Tournament 2016   by Dennis Manoloff, Cleveland Plain Dealer
MBB: Akron's Keith Dambrot, Ohio's Antonio Campbell earn top MAC honors    by Elton Alexander, Cleveland Plain Dealer

Wednesday, March 9
MBB: UA’s Keith Dambrot named Coach of the Year in the MAC, by Hudson Hub-Times
MBB: Eastern Michigan gets first shot at No. 1 Akron: MAC Tournament 2016    by Elton Alexander, Cleveland Plain Dealer
T&F: After rapid rise to prominence, UA runner Clayton Murphy’s Olympic dream now a tangible goal, by Marla Ridenour, Akron Beacon Journal
T&F: Stuff of legends: The day Clayton Murphy ran the 100, by Marla Ridenour, Akron Beacon Journal

Tuesday, March 8
WBB: Anita Brown’s 29 points power Zips to 66-54 comeback victory over Miami in first round of MAC Tournament, by George M. Thomas, Akron Beacon Journal
MBB: Four Akron Zips receive post-season honors from MAC, by George M. Thomas, Akron Beacon Journal
RIF: UA hosts NCAA Rifle Championships, by Akron Beacon Journal

Monday, March 7
MBB: Zips even score with rival Flashes and take momentum into MAC Tournament, by George M. Thomas, Akron Beacon Journal
WBB: Zips seniors win in final regular-season home game, by Fred Cay, Akron Beacon Journal
WBB: Zips carry momentum into Mid-American Conference Tournament, by Fred Cay, Akron Beacon Journal
MBB: Akron Zips take down Kent State, 74-60; MAC Tournament next    by Elton Alexander, Cleveland Plain Dealer
GENERAL: Source Lunch with UA Athletic Directory Larry Williams    by Kevin Kleps, Crain's Cleveland Business
MBB: Zips overcome ice cold shooting night to down rival Kent State 74-60, Brandon Fitzsimons, Hustle Belt
MBB: Josh Williams latest basketball link between St. V-M, Zips    by Andy Harris, The Suburbanite
MBB: Akron basketball grew into a MAC powerhouse with a little help from LeBron James, by Kevin Trahan 

Friday, March 4
MBB: High-character Zips seniors closing out home careers, by George M. Thomas, Akron Beacon Journal
MBB: NCAA breakthrough for UA men’s basketball team hinges on 3-point success, by Marla Ridenour, Akron Beacon Journal
S&D: Zips swimmers, divers find sustained success with third MAC title, by George M. Thomas, Akron Beacon Journal

Thursday, March 3
WBB: University of Akron, Kent State earn Mid-American Conference victories in women’s basketball, by Akron Beacon Journal
MBB: Akron on a roll as MAC Tournament approaches, but challenge is to keep it going    by Elton Alexander, Cleveland Plain Dealer

Wednesday, March 2
MBB: Zips clinch conference title, No. 1 MAC Tournament seed with 91-76 victory over Ohio, by George M. Thomas, Akron Beacon Journal
MBB: Akron Zips punch out Ohio University, 91-76, for Mid-American Conference crown    by Elton Alexander, Cleveland Plain Dealer
MBB: Ohio Bobcats vs. Akron Zips men's basketball recap: Zips win MAC regular season title, by Hustle Belt

Tuesday, March 1
MBB: Win over Bobcats would clinch top seed in MAC Tournament for Zips, by George M. Thomas, Akron Beacon Journal
MBB: Ohio Bobcats vs. Akron Zips men's basketball preview: sMACk Talk, renewed rivalry style, by Matt Hammond, Hustle Belt