MAC ANNOUNCES AGREEMENT FOR TEMPLE TO WITHDRAW FROM CONFERENCE For Immediate Release—Wednesday, March 7, 2012 Cleveland, Ohio – The Mid-American Conference (MAC) announced today in conjunction with Temple University that the two parties have reached an agreement for Temple to leave the Conference immediately. Temple spent five seasons (2007-11) with the Conference. Statement from MAC Commissioner, Dr. Jon A. Steinbrecher regarding Temple: "Temple University requested to be released from its obligation, as a football-only member of providing two season’s prior notice before departing the Mid-American Conference. As a result the Conference and its member institutions engaged in a dialogue with Temple regarding an appropriate resolution. We have come to an agreement that is fair to the parties involved." "As a result, the Mid-American Conference has adjusted its football divisional alignment. Bowling Green State University will compete in the East Division that will consist of seven member institutions. The West Division will have six members. The eight-game Conference schedule should be released within several weeks." Additional Information: -The negotiated exit fee for Temple to leave the Mid-American Conference is $6 million. -2012 MAC Football Divisional Alignment East Division: Akron, Bowling Green, Buffalo, Kent State, UMass, Miami, Ohio West Division: Ball State, Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Northern Illinois, Toledo, Western Michigan. -Since 2007, the MAC has operated under a 13-member football membership model.Mid American Conference
BUFFALO, NY – For the first time since becoming a member of the Mid-American Conference in 1998, the University at Buffalo has placed two men’s basketball players on the All-MAC First Team. Mitchell Watt and Javon McCrea were both named to the league’s five-member first team on Wednesday as voted on by the coaches. Watt, who was named the MAC Player of the Year on Monday, is averaging 16 points, 7.4 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2.4 blocked shots per game – all career highs. He ranks in the top four in the conference in five different categories, including scoring (4th), rebounding (4th), field goal percentage (4th), blocked shots (2nd) and defensive rebounds (3rd). This is the first time Watt has been named to an All-MAC team. McCrea is just the third sophomore in the last 10 years to earn first-team honors. He was the MAC Freshman of Year as well as All-MAC Honorable Mention last season. This year, the Newark, NY native is putting up even better numbers, averaging 14.9 points and 7.1 rebounds per game, while shooting a team-best 57.3 percent from the field. He ranks in the top six in the MAC in five different categories, including scoring (6th), rebounding (5th), field goal percentage (2nd), blocked shots (4th) and offensive rebounds (2nd). "I think it speaks to the growth and development of the program overall to have both guys thought that highly of by the Mid-American Conference coaches," head coach Reggie Witherspoon said. "It speaks to the kind of season they have had thus far in the regular season to have them both recognized and respected that much." Only two other UB players have ever received first-team honors. Turner Battle was named to the first team in 2005 and Rodney Pierce was named to the first team in 2009 and 2010. Watt and McCrea along with their teammates will play in the semifinals of the FirstEnergy MAC Tournament in Cleveland on Friday night at 9:30 pm.UBathletics
As much as people would like to think otherwise, aside from the manual labor needed to tarp roofs, chainsaw trees, or go through piles of rubble, financial backing for organizations providing help on the ground is sometimes just as important. Especially so, if like me, you are almost half a day’s drive away and are simply unable to lend a strong back. For the readers of this blog or folks this may be forwarded to, there are several ways you can help. By texting 90999 a $10 donation will be added to your cell bill with the proceeds going directly to the American Red Cross. For those without the capability to text, or for those who would prefer a more direct way to help, donations will be accepted here at OverThePylon.net until I return home on March 23rd. 100% of donations made on the right hand sidebar via PayPal will be given directly to the victims as First Christian Church of Scottsburg is coordinating the financial help. Every little bit will help and could mean the difference between someone starting over with something or simply back at square one. There are few opportunities that come along where your efforts to help can be felt so immediately and so directly. This is one of those times. -- Alan RuckerA Call for help from OverThePylon
BUFFALO, NY – University at Buffalo senior forward Mitchell Watt was named the Mid-American Conference Player of the Year on Monday as voted on by the MAC News Media Association. He is the just the second UB player to earn the award as current assistant coach Turner Battle also took home the honor in 2005. "It’s thrilling to see his development and to see him evolve as a man to get to the point where he has that level of impact on not only his teammates, but the entire conference," head coach Reggie Witherspoon said. "I know how difficult it is for someone from Buffalo to get an award like this. I’m just elated for Mitch, his teammates, our staff and his family." Watt is having a breakout season for the Bulls. He is averaging 16 points, 7.4 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2.4 blocked shots per game – all career highs. He ranks in the top four in the conference in five different categories, including scoring (4th), rebounding (4th), field goal percentage (4th), blocked shots (2nd) and defensive rebounds (3rd). The Goodyear, AZ native had a strong finish to season, helping the Bulls earn their best ever conference record (12-4) and highest seed in the FirstEnergy Mid-American Conference Tournament (2nd). Over the final ten games of the regular season, Watt averaged 18 points and 7.2 rebounds per game, while shooting 58 percent from the field. Watt also added the three-point shot to his arsenal this season. After not even attempting a three-pointer over the first three years of his career, Watt connected on 10-of-30 three-point attempts this season. The Bulls will next play against a yet-to-be-determined opponent in the semifinals of the MAC Tournament on Friday night at 9:30 pm in Cleveland.UB Athletics
Anyone interested in MAC Championship brackets? I have a few of the MAC bloggers submitting them and I though I would open it up for readers. How to Enter: Just comment below with your picks on every game, and the subsequent games. Ill make the Brackets myself What's the prize: Well your pride must be worthless if you're even bothering to ask. How about this, you win a fan post promoted to the front page about anything you want. Brag on your school, slam a rival, tell us who your favorite simpson character is... Whatever! Just use common sense regarding language and content Scoring: Campus Game:: 1 Point Each Round One and Quarter Finals: 2 Points Each Semi Finals: 3 Points Each Championship: 4 Points
I know all about pain. If I have to go through another MAC season of forced Tuesday and Wednesday night home games and horrible road officiating, I'm going to have an ulcer.Temple Football Forever who "loves the MAC".... If you're getting Ulcers its because you;ve been trying to pretend you like the MAC for five years..
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- University at Buffalo President Satish K. Tripathi has announced that John Lambert, senior associate athletic director, will serve as interim athletic director of the Division of Athletics effective March 14. He succeeds Warde Manuel, who earlier this week was appointed athletic director at the University of Connecticut, beginning in March. UB is launching a national search, and expects to name a permanent athletic director within three months. "I am grateful to John for his willingness to serve in this important role in an interim capacity, and I extend my thanks and appreciation to Warde and the entire Division of Athletics team for their continuing commitment to our university's vision of excellence," Tripathi said. "Warde's exceptional leadership over the past six years and the ongoing efforts and dedication of the entire UB athletics leadership team have set our university's intercollegiate athletics program on a clear course of excellence. Thanks in large part to this strong leadership, we are also very well positioned to attract outstanding candidates in this national search." Lambert joined the university in 1996 and currently leads the athletics division's development effort after several successful years overseeing the external relations operation for athletics. Among his many substantial contributions to the university and its athletics program over the years, he was instrumental in the department's move to Division I-A and the Mid-American Conference, created a highly successful endowed scholarship program within the athletics division and has helped to guide a number of significant capital projects to fruition. He has been widely recognized for his professional achievements, earning many system-wide and national awards, including being named Division I-A Marketer of the Year by the National Association of Collegiate Marketing Administrators in 2001. Within the Western New York region, he serves on the boards of The Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame and The Buffalo Niagara Sports Commission. Nationally, he is an active member of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and the National Association of Athletic Development Directors. Lambert lives in Amherst. Tripathi's message to the university community announcing Lambert's appointment is available here:Buffalo.edu
Akron entered the week in control of the West division with a 10-1 record. But the Zips will face Buffalo (second at 9-2) and Kent State (third at 8-3) in their last two games of the regular season. Akron (No. 61 RPI), which has wins at Mississippi State and Marshall, should be the favorite to win the MAC tourney, especially with Zeke Marshall (3.2 bpg) inside. Eastern Michigan leads the weaker East division at 6-5. The rest of the East possessed sub-.500 conference records entering the week.ESPN not doing their MAC homework (http://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball/story/_/id/7573300/mid-major-report-taking-pulse-league-races-college-basketball)
While it is difficult to bid farewell to such a valued colleague and university citizen, Warde’s selection to lead one of the nation’s top Division I programs reflects the national reputation he has achieved through his outstanding leadership and impressive achievements here at UB. Since his appointment in July 2005, Warde has served our university and the UB Division of Athletics with distinction, raising UB athletics’ national profile and helping to build a nationally competitive Division I program dedicated to the pursuit of academic and athletic excellence. Warde’s intense commitment to excellence -- on and off the field -- has been evident across UB men’s and women’s athletics programs. The impressive accomplishments achieved under his watch include the 2008 football team’s Mid-American Conference Championship and first bowl game appearance in UB’s history with the 2009 International Bowl. In 2007, under Warde’s leadership, the UB Athletics Department became the only school in the nation that year to be named a Program of Excellence by the NCAA Division I-A Athletic Directors. With a strong focus on academics always at the forefront, Warde also has overseen a substantial investment in facility additions and renovations that have contributed immensely to our student-athletes’ academic and athletic experience. A national search for a new athletic director will begin immediately. We will update the university community regarding an interim director within the week. In the meantime, I know I speak for our entire university community in extending my sincere thanks, congratulations and best wishes to Warde as he takes on this new leadership opportunity. Please join me in wishing Warde and his family much happiness and continued success as they prepare for this exciting transition.University at Buffalo President Satish K. Tripathi
COLUMBUS, OH – The University at Buffalo will make another visit to a historic stadium when it travels to Ohio State to take on the Buckeyes on Sept. 21, 2013. The Bulls and Buckeyes have never met and UB’s game in Ohio Stadium – the famed "Horseshoe" – will mark the third stadium in an eight-year period (2007-13) that Buffalo will compete in with more than 100,000 seats. The current capacity for Ohio Stadium is 102,329 after previous trips to Penn State in 2007 (Beaver Stadium, 106,572) and Tennessee last year (Neyland Stadium, 102,455). The clash with Ohio State is a one-time meeting with Buffalo receiving a guarantee of one million dollars. The meeting with the Buckeyes will be Buffalo’s sixth against current Big Ten members. The Bulls have previously played against Michigan (1901), Iowa (2003), Minnesota (2002), Penn State (1900, 2007) and Wisconsin (2006). The game against Ohio State also wraps up Buffalo’s non-conference slate for that season. Buffalo will also travel to Baylor on Sept. 7, 2013 and will host Stony Brook (9/14) and Connecticut (9/28) in 2013. "We are always excited to have an opportunity to play against some of the most tradition-laden and historically outstanding college football programs in the country like Ohio State," said Warde Manuel, Vice President and Director of Athletics at UB. "Ohio Stadium will provide a tremendous venue for our players, alumni, students and fans to see our team compete against the Buckeyes." The Bulls will open the 2012 campaign in another historic venue, Sanford Stadium, on the campus of the University of Georgia when the Bulls take on the Bulldogs on Sept. 1.UB Athletics
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