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Archive for March 11th, 2017

Ohio State Athletics: Some incredible streaks for coaches

Urban Meyer’s First 15: Winning Streaks

Hanson: 41-consecutive wins; Tucker: 200!; Meyer: four 20-game winning streaks

 

COLUMBUS, Ohio Winning streaks can tend to be really impressive, and Ohio State athletics has produced some of the more notable streaks in recent times. Consider:

 

§  Coach Pete Hanson’s No. 1-ranked men’s volleyball team is currently riding a Midwestern Collegiate Volleyball Association record 41-match winning streak – the defending national champions haven’t been beaten in nearly 400 days – and are just six wins away from UCLA’s NCAA record; and

 

§  Tennis coach Ty Tucker’s men’s team went 11 years and 11 months without losing a home tennis match between 2003 and 2015, winning an astonishing 200 consecutive matches in Columbus for the longest home win streak in NCAA Division I sports history.

 

Football coach Urban Meyer has an impressive streak, or set of streaks, to his credit as well through his first 15 seasons as a head coach: he has coached teams to four winning streaks of at least 20 games. He is one of 41 Division I coaches to lead a football team to at least 20 consecutive wins and one of nine coaches to have two such streaks, but no one has three, much less four, 20-game winning streaks to their credit.

 

Meyer’s Ohio State teams own the record for longest conference winning streak: 30 consecutive Big Ten wins between 2012-15.

 

Multiple 20-Game Win Streak Coaches

Urban Meyer

25 – Florida (2010) & Ohio State (2012-13)

23 – Ohio State (2014-15)

22 – Florida (2008-09)

20 – Utah (2003-04) & Florida (2005)

 

Walter Camp

28 – Yale (1888-89)

27 – Yale (1890-92)

Robert Neyland

22 – Tennessee (1937-39)

20 – Tennessee (1950-51)

Tom Osborne

26 –Nebraska (1994-96)

22 –Nebraska (1982-83)

Joe Paterno

23 – Penn State (1968-69)

20 – Penn State (1993-95)

Barry Switzer

28 – Oklahoma (1973-75)

20 – Oklahoma (1986-87)

Bud Wilkinson

*47 – Oklahoma (1953-57)

31 – Oklahoma (1948-50)

George Woodruff

34 – Pennsylvania (1894-96)

31 – Pennsylvania (1896-98)

Fielding Yost

29 – Michigan (1901-03)

26 – Michigan (1903-05)

 

*NCAA record streak

Consecutive Wins, Conference Games

 

1.      30  Ohio State, Big Ten – 2012-15

2.      29  Florida State, ACC – 1992-95

3.      28  Florida State, ACC – 2012-15

4.      27  Alabama, SEC – 1976-80

5.      27  Miami, Fla., Big East – 1999-2003

#GoBucks

 

THE PEOPLE. THE TRADITION. THE EXCELLENCE.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Jerry Emig, Adam Widman; COURTESY OSU ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS

 

Miami University RedHawks make changes to head Men’s and Women’s Basketball Programs

Cleve Wright

John Cooper

 


Miami University Athletics Director David Sayler announced changes to both Miami basketball programs Friday afternoon. The university is not renewing the contract of men’s head basketball coach John Cooper and is relieving women’s head basketball coach Cleve Wright of his duties. Both changes are effective immediately.

 

“With the support of Miami’s board of trustees and the president, we are making a commitment to Miami basketball,” said Sayler. “For years Miami basketball was the preeminent leader of the Mid-American Conference and we plan to take all necessary steps to make that happen once more.”

 

Miami posted an overall record of 59-100 in Cooper’s five seasons as head coach, including a 29-59 mark in MAC play.

After posting a 9-22 overall record in his first season at Miami in 2012-13, Cooper led the RedHawks to overall records of 13-18 in 2013-14, 13-19 in 2014-15, 13-20 in 2015-16 and 11-21 in 2016-17.

In Wright’s four seasons, the RedHawks posted an overall record of 35-87 which includes a 16-56 conference record.

 

Wright registered an 8-22 overall record in his opening season back in 2013-14. Miami went 7-23 in 2014-15, 9-21 in 2015-16 and 11-21 this past season.

A national search for both vacancies will begin immediately.

Combined, the two programs have won 25 regular season championships and advanced to the NCAA Tournament 18 times.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Dave Meyer; COURTESY MIAMI ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS

 

IndyCar solidifies future with contract extensions for Chevrolet and Honda

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (Friday, March 10, 2017) – INDYCAR continues building momentum and solidifying its future by today announcing that manufacturers Chevrolet and Honda have signed multiyear contract extensions to supply engines for the Verizon IndyCar Series.

The announcement follows those earlier this year that chassis maker Dallara and tire supplier Firestone have also signed multiyear extensions, meaning all four major manufacturers have committed to the sport.

“This is a unique moment in the recent history of the Verizon IndyCar Series,” said Jay Frye, INDYCAR president of competition and operations. “To have all of our major manufacturers locked in with us for the foreseeable future points to the fact that they all have bought into the vision for the Verizon IndyCar Series. It’s another sign of the positive momentum we continue to build as we grow this sport into the next decade.”

The alignment of all four manufacturers for multiple years is a key component of INDYCAR’s five-year plan for the Verizon IndyCar Series that Frye unveiled in January. Under the plan, aerodynamic regulations were frozen this season for the kits produced by Chevrolet and Honda in preparation for a universal aero kit to be used by all cars in 2018.

In keeping with INDYCAR’s 2017 theme of “NEXT,” confirming the two engine manufacturers for the future also lays the groundwork for attracting additional original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to be the next to compete in the Verizon IndyCar Series.

“We have worked hard to harness the power of the paddock so we are all pulling together, and this is evidence of that,” Frye said. “The fact both Honda and Chevrolet are encouraging INDYCAR to attract additional OEMs to compete is a sure sign that we are on the same page.”

INDYCAR debuted initial renderings of the 2018 car look in January at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. In addition to being more aesthetically pleasing to the eye, the car will have enhanced safety through the reduction of aero parts on the top of the car. Additional downforce will be created from underneath the car and less drag off the back of the car, creating even better on-track competition. More details about the car and its look will be unveiled in coming weeks, with the goal of having it ready to test on track this summer.

The 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series season begins this weekend with the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, with today’s announcement capitalizing on the growing momentum of the past few seasons. Television ratings and viewership of Verizon IndyCar Series races has increased 55 percent over the past three years. Six events in 2016 reported record attendance, including the first announced sellout in the 100-race history of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.

Social media numbers continue to skyrocket, with INDYCAR increasing its followers in January and February by 241 percent on Facebook and an astounding 806 percent on Twitter over the same months last year. Last month’s Phoenix Raceway open test drew more than 600,000 unique viewers to its live streaming.

The Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg airs live at noon ET Sunday on ABC and the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network. The remainder of the 17-race schedule includes the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500 as well as visits to iconic Indy car venues including Phoenix Raceway, the streets of Long Beach, Road America, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and Watkins Glen International.

About INDYCAR
INDYCAR is the governing body of the Verizon IndyCar Series, the premier open-wheel racing series in North America, and the Mazda Road to Indy presented by Cooper Tires development ladder, which includes: Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires, the Pro Mazda Championship presented by Cooper Tires and the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship powered by Mazda. INDYCAR events are available to a worldwide audience through a variety of multimedia platforms, highlighted by long-term and broad-reaching partnerships with ABC and NBCSN. INDYCAR is continually at the forefront of motorsports innovation with drivers, teams and tracks benefiting from safety and technological improvements such as the SAFER Barrier, SWEMS wheel and chassis component tethers, chassis enhancements, advanced aerodynamic bodywork kits, high-definition in-car cameras and E85 ethanol fuel.

About the Verizon IndyCar Series
The Verizon IndyCar Series is the premier open-wheel series in North America, competing on a challenging and diverse combination of superspeedways, short ovals, permanent road courses and temporary street circuits. The Verizon IndyCar Series conducts races in the United States and Canada – all available in high-definition television worldwide through comprehensive, long-term agreements with ABC, NBCSN, ESPN International, Rogers Sportsnet in Canada and Canal+ in France. The Verizon IndyCar Series continues to be the fastest, most diverse and most competitive racing series that features an international cast of star drivers and venues. For more information about the Verizon IndyCar Series, visit www.indycar.com.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF INDYCAR COMMUNICATIONS

 

Blue Jackets TV Play-by-Play announcer Jeff Rimer set to call 2,000th NHL game tonight at Buffalo

Blue Jackets will recognize Rimer prior to the March 16 home game vs. the Florida Panthers
COLUMBUS, OH – Columbus Blue Jackets play-by-play announcer Jeff Rimer will call his 2,000th National Hockey League game on Saturday during the FOX Sports Ohio telecast of that night’s contest between the Blue Jackets and Sabres at KeyBank Center in Buffalo.  The Blue Jackets will honor Rimer during a pre-game ceremony prior to the club’s home game at Nationwide Arena vs. the Florida Panthers on Thursday, March 16.

 

Rimer has enjoyed a broadcasting career that spans over four decades, including the past 27 years calling play-by-play action on television for the Blue Jackets, Florida Panthers and Washington Capitals.  The Toronto, Ontario native began his career CFAC-Radio in Calgary and then spent over four years working for the Canadian Broadcast Company, including serving as the network’s gymnastics commentator during the 1976 Summer Olympic Games in Montreal.  He also served as the sports director at CFCF-Radio in Montreal for eight years during which time he hosted Montreal Canadiens pre- and post-game shows.

Jeff Rimer

Rimer moved to the Baltimore-area in 1984 as game host for the Capitals on Home Team Sports (HTS) and WDCA-TV and took over play-by-play duties in 1990.  He also served as the sports director at WBAL-Radio in Baltimore, hosting pre- and post-game shows for Orioles baseball, co-hosted syndicated college basketball shows with Billy Packer and Maryland Head Coach Gary Williams and was a sideline reporter for Maryland Terrapins football.  He was awarded a regional Emmy Award for his play-by-play work and won a United Press International National Broadcasting Award for his work at WBAL.
In 1993-94, Rimer was the play-by-play voice of the Capitals and the expansion Florida Panthers before taking over full-time in Florida the following season.  He would spend 11 seasons with the Panthers before joining the Blue Jackets and FOX Sports Ohio prior to the 2005-06 campaign.  The Columbus-Buffalo game on Saturday will be his 981st for the Blue Jackets on FOX Sports Ohio.
The Blue Jackets return to action tonight when they host the Buffalo Sabres.  Game time from Nationwide Arena is 7 p.m. ET.  Live coverage on FOX Sports Ohio begins with the Blue Jackets Live pre-game show at 6:30 p.m.  The game will also be broadcast live on the Eldorado Scioto Downs Blue Jackets Radio Network, 97.1 The Fan FM, and online at BlueJackets.com.
Tickets for all home games are currently available for purchase online at BlueJackets.com, Ticketmaster.com, or in person at the Big Lots Box Office at Nationwide Arena, OhioHealth Chiller Ice Rinks and all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers.  Fans may purchase tickets by phone at (800) 745‐3000.
PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & A COURTESY OF COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS COMMUNICATIONS

 

Orioles complete signings for 20 players on on-year contracts for 2017

The Orioles recently announced that they have agreed to terms with 20 players on one-year contracts:

RHP: PARKER BRIDWELL, DYLAN BUNDY, OLIVER DRAKE, JASON GARCÍA, MYCHAL GIVENS, JOE GUNKEL, JESUS LIRANZO, LOGAN VERRETT, TYLER WILSON, MIKE WRIGHT, and GABRIEL YNOA

LHP: JAYSON AQUINO, RICHARD BLEIER, DONNIE HART, and CHRIS LEE

INF: TREY MANCINI

OF: DARIEL ÁLVAREZ, JOEY RICKARD, ANTHONY SANTANDER, and ANEURY TAVÁREZ

With these moves, all players currently on the Orioles 40-man roster are now signed for 2017.

 

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY ORIOLES MEDIA RELATIONS; COURTESY MLBpressbox.com

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