Mid-American RUMORS & NEWS

  • Former Alabama quarterback Phillip Ely named starter at Toledo

    Alabama.com "Former Alabama quarterback Phillip Ely will start at the same position for Toledo when the Rockets open the season against New Hampshire on Saturday. Ely, a 6-foot-1, 202-pound redshirt junior, won the competition to start. He transferred to Toledo in May of 2013 and sat out last year due to..." August 25

  • Kent State starting center found dead in apartment

    Sporting News - NCAAF "Kent State starting center Jason Bitsko died Wednesday from an undetermined medical issue, the university announced. Bitsko, 21, a fourth year junior who started all 12 games last season, was found unresponsive in the bedroom of his off-campus apartment before 9 a.m. Wednesday morning,..." August 21

  • Four-star running back Drew Harris parts ways with UMass football team

    MassLive.com "The newly revamped University of Massachusetts offense will have to make due without one of its prized offseason acquisitions this season. Coach Mark Whipple confirmed Monday that Drew Harris – a junior college transfer running back and former four-star recruit out of high school – has left the..." August 19

  • Judge rules against NCAA in revolutionary O'Bannon case

    ESPN.com "In a landmark decision, a federal judge ruled Friday that the NCAA is in violation of the nation's antitrust laws by restricting the compensation that major college football and men's basketball student-athletes can receive for use of their names, images and likenesses. U.S. District Court..." August 09

  • Former Buckeye lineman files for waiver to play for Akron in 2014

    College Football Talk "A former Ohio State offensive lineman is hoping for a shot at more playing time at a new football home. If the NCAA helps him out, he will be allowed to play right away this season. Tommy Brown has decided to transfer to Akron, a transfer that brings him closer to home. Cleveland.com reports..." August 04

  • Ball State announces Cincinnati transfer Posley

    The Star Press "Earlier this summer there was speculation that a member of the Cincinnati Bearcats would be on the move to the MAC. Thursday, that came to fruition. Ball State announced in a release that Joshua Posley has transferred into the football program. Because of NCAA transfer rules, the defensive..." July 31

  • Bowling Green State University football player accused of attempted rape

    Toledo Blade "Bond for a Bowling Green State University football player who is accused of attempted rape has been set at $25,000. William Houston, 19, of Dublin, Ohio, remains in the Wood County jail. He was arraigned today by video in Bowling Green Municipal Court. Bowling Green police Lt. Brad Biller..." July 22

  • One of two suspected murderers of EMU player pleads guilty

    College Football Talk "A man suspected of murdering Eastern Michigan wide receiver Demarius Reed has pleaded guilty of the crime. Kristopher Pratt entered a plea agreement on Friday in Washtenaw County Trial Court in which he admitted guilt to second-degree murder. As part of the plea deal, Pratt will testify against Ed..." July 20

  • Ex-LSU quarterback Rob Bolden transfers to Eastern Michigan

    The Advocate "Former LSU quarterback Rob Bolden has a new home: Eastern Michigan. Bolden, a Michigan native who spent his first two college seasons at Penn State before joining the Tigers, transferred to Eastern Michigan, the school announced Friday. Bolden came to LSU in 2012 and played that position for..." July 19

  • Former Penn State and LSU QB Rob Bolden transferring to Eastern Michigan

    Give Me Sport "Former Penn State and LSU player Rob Bolden has announced he will transfer once again, this time he leaves the Beaux Bengals for the Eagles of Eastern Michigan to play under new head coach Chris Creighton. Bolden played QB at Penn State and switched to WR while with LSU. Bolden is originally..." July 16

  • Ex-Ohio State DE Jamal Marcus announces transfer to Akron

    CBSSports.com "Former Ohio State defensive end Jamal Marcus announced on his Instagram feed this week that he will transfer to nearby Akron to play for coach Terry Bowden and the Zips. "Everything in life whether good or bad I feel are life lessons that God places on us to help us become better and wiser men..." July 05

  • CMU football players arrested for retail fraud, robbery and marijuana

    The Morning Sun "Central Michigan University wide receiver Andrew Flory has been offered a plea deal if he agrees to testify against a teammate in a related criminal case stemming from the theft of DVDs at Walmart last month, according to court records. Flory was offered the deal Tuesday if he pleads to..." July 02

  • Ex-Irish DL Bruce Heggie transfers to Ball State

    College Football Talk "On June 21, 2012, Ball State announced the addition of Brandon Newman, a transfer defensive lineman from Notre Dame. Nearly two years to the day, it’s lather (with Irish Spring), rinse and repeat for the Cardinals. In a release, Ball State announced that Bruce Heggie has transferred into..." June 19

  • Three Akron football players suspended, charged with rioting

    Akron Beacon Journal "Three University of Akron football players have been suspended after being charged with felonies related to a near brawl outside a McDonald’s after a deputy and a student were injured. Running back Bryan Green, safety Johnny Robinson and cornerback Donte Williams were arrested Monday by..." June 14

  • As football conference search continues, UMass explores possibility of independency

    Daily Hampshire Gazette "UMass is actively seeking a conference for its football program for when its Mid-American Conference affiliation ends after the 2015 season. But athletic director John McCutcheon said the school’s athletic department is beginning to prepare for the possibility that the Minutemen could play, at..." June 10

  • Sun Belt isn't looking to expand, sticks with 11 teams

    Sun Belt Sports "The Sun Belt Conference concluded its annual Spring Meeting on Wednesday with a number of important topics being discussed and several key developments taking place. Sun Belt Conference Membership Discussion The Sun Belt Conference has suspended any further discussion or consideration to add..." May 22

  • 2012 MAC Freshman of the Year transferring to Bethune-Cookman

    College Football Talk "According to Bruce Feldman, Jaime Wilson — who announced he’d transfer from Western Michigan back in February — is heading to FCS-level Bethune-Cookman to be closer to his 5-year-old daughter. Wilson earned MAC Freshman of the Year honors in 2012, reeling in 67 catches for 792 yards and six..." April 28

  • Jim Tressel named finalist for University of Akron presidency

    Fox Sports Ohio "Former Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel is one step closer to becoming a university president. Tressel is one of three finalists for the University of Akron's presidency, according to multiple reports. He was originally among 19 men and women being considered for the position, which sitting..." April 22

  • UMass leaving the MAC after 2015 season

    College Football Talk "In an era of expanding conferences, the MAC is headed in the other direction. In a press release issued Wednesday afternoon, the MAC announced that UMass will be leaving the conference following the completion of the 2015 football season. UMass has been a football-only member of the MAC for..." March 27

  • Jim Tressel is one of 19 candidates for University of Akron president

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "The University of Akron has identified 19 men and women who are being considered for president, including Jim Tressel, who until now had not indicated he was interested in succeeding Luis Proenza. Tressel, executive vice president for student success at the university and former Ohio State..." March 25

  • Jim Tressel should be considered seriously for University of Akron president

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "How long will the tattoos that marked Jim Tressel’s players also stain him? The statute of limitations on his college coaching ban still has two years to go. The Browns never gave the former Ohio State coach the time of day when they embarked on their last coaching search and wound up with Mike..." March 22

  • Report: Ball State to make Lembo highest paid coach in MAC

    College Football Talk "Ball State will make head coach Pete Lembo the highest paid coach in the MAC as part of a five-year contract extension. According to Bruce Feldman of CBSSports.com, who was first to report the contract extension, Ball State will also improve various aspects of the football program to provide for..." March 20

  • NFL teams look at Jordan Lynch as a running back or safety

    Pro Football Talk "When we last heard from former Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch, he was saying he had been told by NFL scouts that he could be a pro quarterback. But at his Pro Day workout today, NFL scouts wanted to see how he looked doing drills as a running back or defensive back. Lynch hadn’t..." March 08

  • NIU announces 2014 football schedule

    Chicago Tribune "Northern Illinois will put its 26-game home stadium winning streak on the line when it hosts Presbyterian in a Thursday night season-opening game on Aug. 28. But the Huskies’ greater challenge will come in the following three weeks when they travel to Northwestern, UNLV and Arkansas. The..." March 01

  • Report: Hawkeye quarterback Cody Sokol looking to transfer

    Hawk Central "Cody Sokol, who was part of a three-man race for the starting quarterback position at Iowa this fall, is apparently looking for another place to finish his career. According to Hawkeye Report, Sokol has indicated that he would visit Louisiana Tech and Ball State. Sokol, who was born in Des..." February 28

  • Mark Whipple excited to coach UMass football

    Worcester Telegram & Gazette "UMass football was nameless in 1972 and homeless for the past two years, but has not been winless since 1927. However, the Minutemen — who got that name late in the '72 season — were dangerously close to not winning a single game in both 2012 and 2013, so changes were in order. They have..." February 26

  • Dri Archer runs 4.26, just misses Chris Johnson’s Combine record

    Pro Football Talk "Former Kent State running back Dri Archer fell two-hundredths of a second short of breaking the record for the fastest 40-yard dash at the Scouting Combine. Archer ran his 40 in 4.26 seconds, just shy of the record of 4.24 set by Chris Johnson in 2008. Archer’s time tops the 4.27 that Marquise..." February 23

  • Khalil Mack would be my No. 1 overall pick

    NFL.com "A Mid-American Conference player went first in the 2013 draft, and if NFL Media draft analyst Mike Mayock had his way, a MAC player would go No. 1 in 2014, too. Appearing on Minneapolis radio station KFAN on Friday morning, Mayock said he would take Buffalo outside linebacker Khalil Mack first..." February 22

  • Firestone senior Brennan Williams commits to Akron for football

    Akron Beacon Journal "Firestone senior Brennan Williams has committed to attend the University of Akron and plans to play for the Zips football team in 2015. Williams will enter UA as a non-qualifier academically, Firestone coach Tim Flossie said, but will get the opportunity to get his grades up and compete for a..." February 21

  • Jordan Lynch: Scouts say I can be an NFL quarterback

    Pro Football Talk "Jordan Lynch had an excellent college career as the quarterback at Northern Illinois, leading his team to a surprise Orange Bowl appearance in his junior year, and coming in third place in Heisman Trophy voting as a senior. But Lynch wasn’t playing in a pro-style offense, and few people who saw..." February 16

  • Explosive running back Jerrod Davis anchors class

    Detroit News "Jerrod Davis made the most of his short time with Portage Central’s football program, helping the Mustangs reach the Division 2 state semifinals. Davis, a 6-foot, 190-pound running back, set school records for rushing yards (1,700), TDs (31) and points (190) in his lone season at the school..." February 07

  • Recruits aim to change losing culture

    Detroit News "Chris Creighton is getting a lot done in a short amount of time since becoming head coach at Eastern Michigan. Creighton has been busy filling his staff while also persuading some quality recruits to bring their talent to EMU. Kenny Jones (Lawrence Central/Indianapolis) is one of those..." February 07

  • Northern Illinois adds two to quarterback mix

    Chicago Tribune "Northern Illinois' next quarterback will have tough acts to follow. Heisman Trophy finalist Jordan Lynch more than adequately succeeded Chandler Harnish, who had been Mid-American Conference MVP before being drafted by the Colts. The Huskies signed two quarterbacks Wednesday — Landon Root..." February 06

  • Northern Illinois sees effect of Orange Bowl appearance

    Chicago Tribune "Rod Carey did not hesitate when asked how much stock he places in recruiting rankings. "I put none in it," the Northern Illinois coach said on national signing day Wednesday. "I put a period behind that with an exclamation point. "I do not care in any way, shape or form what third-party..." February 06

  • Transfers boost UMass’ haul

    Boston Herald "Back for a second go-round as UMass football coach, Mark Whipple treated yesterday’s national Letter of Intent Day like an old friend. “It was fun. I did a little (recruiting) at Miami, but I like helping kids and meeting people,” Whipple said after inking 15 prospective freshmen as well as..." February 06

  • University of Akron hires new cornerbacks coach

    Akron Beacon Journal "The University of Akron has hired a new cornerbacks coach in Otis Mounds, head coach Terry Bowden announced on Monday. Mounds played safety for Bowden at Auburn during the 1993 and ’94 seasons before playing professionally in the Canadian Football League and Arena Football League. His..." February 04

  • Terry Bowden adds former Auburn player to Akron staff

    College Football Talk "Two decades after playing for Terry Bowden at Auburn, Otis Mounds will now work under the head coach, albeit at a football program a little bit further north. Akron announced Monday that Bowden has added Mounds to his Zips coaching staff. Mounds will serve as Akron new cornerbacks..." February 04

  • Ball State hires Georgetown coach Kevin Kelly as its DC

    Ball State Sports "Kevin Kelly, who has served as the head football coach at Georgetown from 2007-13, has been named the defensive coordinator/inside linebackers coach for the Ball State Cardinals, according to fourth-year head coach Pete Lembo. “We are very fortunate to bring a defensive coach with Kevin’s..." February 03

  • NIU’s Jimmie Ward could be Bears safety who doesn’t miss

    Chicago Sun-Times "With a twinkling ukulele, ‘‘Hey Soul Sister” by Train spent 22 weeks atop the adult contemporary charts in 2010. The Village Voice once called its success ‘‘pretty much proof that rock music is dead.’’ Whatever your musical taste, it’s not what you’d picture a hard-hitting football player..." January 25

  • Texas Tech QB Clayton Nicholas transfers to BGSU

    CBSSports.com "The most easily overlooked member of Texas Tech 's quarterbacking exodus has landed in an offense that might change that status come 2015. Red Raider redshirt freshman Clayton Nicholas will transfer to Bowling Green to play for first-year head coach Dino Babers, the Toledo Blade reported..." January 24

  • NIU's Ward back home for Senior Bowl

    Chicago Tribune "Jimmie Ward chuckled about it. He wasn’t selected to play in the Alabama-Mississippi high school football all-star game but here he was late Monday afternoon after the North’s practice for Saturday’s Senior Bowl at Ladd-Peebles Stadium preparing to play in the top college showcase leading up to..." January 21

  • WMU football program to hire former Michigan star Mike Hart as running backs coach

    Michigan Live "Former University of Michigan star running back and Eastern Michigan assistant coach Mike Hart will be joining the Western Michigan University football program as an assistant coach, according to school officials. Hart will replace Charles Huff, who left last week to join James Franklin's staff..." January 21

  • Predicting Destinations for Top 25 Uncommitted 2014 College Football Recruits

    Bleacher Report "Top uncommitted recruits are without a doubt the hottest commodities on the recruiting trail right now. At this point, many of the nation's best prospects have a decision on where they are going to college. Yet some recruits are still mulling their options. That means college coaches are..." January 20

  • Irish CB Wood headed to Miami (Ohio)

    Chicago Tribune "Notre Dame senior cornerback Lo Wood, who has a fifth year of eligibility remaining, will transfer to Miami of Ohio, his father, Lo Wood Sr., told the South Bend Tribune. Under NCAA graduate transfer rules, Wood will be eligible to play next season. Wood is the third fifth-year player from..." January 17

  • Mark Whipple hired by UMass again

    ESPN.com "UMass has hired Mark Whipple as its football coach. He returns to the school he coached from 1998 through 2003 and led to the Division I-AA national championship in his first season. UMass moved to the top level of college football when it joined the FBS in 2012. But the Minutemen went 1-11 in..." January 15

  • Ball State's Keith Wenning stands out at Shrine Game workouts

    NFL.com "A driving rainstorm led to alternative workouts at the East-West Shrine Game on Tuesday, but scouts were still able to take a long, hard look at some of the hidden gems in the 2014 draft class. Although it's tough to assess pro potential while watching prospects move around on carpet inside an..." January 15

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