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Miami Redhawks hire Purdue assistant Jack Owens as head men’s basketball coach


Owens comes to Miami from Purdue where he was Associate Head Coach

OXFORD, Ohio – Miami University has tabbed Jack Owens to take over the reins of its men’s basketball program, announced by Athletics Director David Sayler on Thursday, March 30. Owens becomes the 27th coach in Miami basketball history.


“I’m extremely excited about becoming the head men’s basketball coach at Miami University,” said Owens. “I would like to thank President Greg Crawford and Athletic Director David Sayler for this opportunity and I look forward to not only rebuilding this championship program, but also making this program one that all Miami alumni can be proud of.”

Jack Owens (courtesy Purdue)


In Owens, Miami acquires a coach that has advanced to postseason play in 13 of the past 17 seasons and went on to the NCAA Tournament in 11 of the past 13 years, including four trips to the Sweet 16. He has also helped secure several top recruiting classes, produced NBA talent and developed some of the nation’s top players.


Owens spent the past nine seasons on staff at Purdue University, three as an assistant coach and the last six years as its associate head coach. Since his arrival, the Boilermakers have recorded 209 wins (23.2/year), including 27 during the 2016-17 season, helping Purdue win a Big Ten Regular Season Championship.


In Owens’ nine seasons with Purdue, the Boilermakers have made the NCAA Tournament on seven occasions, advancing to the Sweet 16 three different times.


Owens has helped produce five NBA draft picks, including AJ Hammons and Robbie Hummel and multiple professional basketball players. This past season, he helped guide Caleb Swanigan to national attention, recently being named one of five finalists for the John R. Wooden Award, given to the nation’s top player.


“On behalf of President Crawford, I am pleased to announce Jack Owens as our men’s basketball coach,” said Sayler. “Character, work ethic, recruiting success, player development and a winning pedigree were all traits that made Jack stand out. When you combine all those factors with the understanding of how to win at an institution similar to Miami, in Purdue, it is easy to see why we are excited to have him as our head coach.”


With all of Purdue’s accolades on the court, Owens’ biggest impact for Miami may come on the recruiting trail, especially in the Midwest. A tireless worker, Owens played a significant role in landing Purdue’s first Indiana Mr. Basketball since 1991 in Swanigan for the 2015-16 season. His efforts helped Purdue secure four classes ranked in the top 30 in each of the last four seasons, including the 15th-ranked class in 2013.

Owens came to Purdue after a five-season stint as an assistant at Southern Illinois. In 2003-04, Owens was part of a Southern Illinois team that went 25-5 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament. In the next four seasons at SIU, Owens helped guide the Salukis to three more NCAA Tournament berths, a trip to the NCAA Sweet 16, a Missouri Valley Conference title and an appearance in the National Invitation Tournament.

Prior to joining SIU, Owens served as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Eastern Illinois, during the 2002-03 season, and spent the 2001-02 campaign as an assistant at Barton County Community College, which reached as high as No. 2 in the national polls during the season. Owens began his coaching career as an assistant at Howard Community College during the 2000-01 season, serving as the team’s interim head coach for a portion of the year.

The Indianapolis native began his collegiate playing career at Murray State, and played a season at Howard Community College before playing two seasons at Eastern Illinois. While at EIU, Owens averaged 11.7 points and 6.5 assists per game as a senior, earning honorable mention All-Ohio Valley Conference honors. He also served as team captain during his final campaign, and garnered team MVP and Outstanding Defensive Player honors. During the 1999-00 season, Owens remained a part of the Eastern Illinois program as a student assistant coach.

Owens and his wife, Kamilah, have three daughters, Alanah, Aniyah and Anyah.


Owens will formally be introduced at an 11 a.m. press conference on the court at Millett Hall on Thursday (March 30). The public is invited to this free event.


Owen’s Coaching Timeline


Associate Head Coach (2011-17)

Assistant Coach (2008-10)


Southern Illinois

Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator (2003-08)


Eastern Illinois

Assistant Coach (2002-03)


Barton Community College

Assistant Coach (2001-02)


Howard Community College

Assistant Coach (2000-01)




RRDC’s Evening with Emerson Fittipaldi to be supported by Paul Gentilozzi’s 3GT Racing Team













HILLIARD, Ohio (March 29, 2017) – 3GT Racing, the IMSA team fielded by RRDC member Paul Gentilozzi, longtime champion driver and team owner in Trans-Am, IMSA and IndyCar competition, will support the RRDC Evening with Emerson Fittipaldi Presented by Firestone on April 6 as a Platinum sponsor.

The event is the ninth annual West Coast banquet hosted by the Road Racing Drivers Club to honor auto racing’s most influential leaders and champions. It will be held prior to the 43rd Annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.

“The RRDC dinners at Daytona and Long Beach have become the events of the year to attend,” said Gentilozzi, who’s partnered with sons John and Tony Gentilozzi in the operation of 3GT Racing. “Their focus on our sports history and future stars gives great credibility to its members and honorees. Everyone in our sport knows ‘Emmo’ just as they know Parnelli, A.J., Mario and Dario. We are here to give tomorrow’s stars a firsthand view of our history.”

In late 2015 Lexus announced its motorsports partnership with Gentilozzi and the newly-formed East Lansing, Mich.-based racing team, 3GT Racing, to field the Lexus RC F GT3 in the GT Daytona (GTD) class of IMSA’s WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, beginning with the 2017 season. This marked the luxury brand’s return to racing for the first time since 2009.

The drivers for the two cars being campaigned are Scott Pruett, Sage Karam, Jack Hawksworth and Robert Alon.

Notably, Pruett and Karam are also RRDC members, and Pruett is contributing his award-winning Cabernet Sauvignon “Driven” for the Evening’s cocktail reception from the Pruett Vineyard located in California’s Sierra foothills.

“Having a successful businessman and driver/team owner such as Paul Gentilozzi, as well as Lexus, support the Evening with Emerson Fittipaldi is very much appreciated by all of us at the RRDC.” said RRDC President Bobby Rahal. “We thank 3GT Racing and Lexus for coming on board and we wish the team a rewarding 2017 season.”
Brazilian-born Fittipaldi, a two-time winner of the Indy 500 and the Formula 1 World Championship, made his racing debut for Team Lotus at the 1970 British Grand Prix. He went on to win the 1972 World Drivers’ Championship at the age of 25, which at the time made him the youngest F1 world champion. He held that record for 33 years.

Racing for McLaren, he won the title once again in 1974, and in 1980 he announced his retirement at age 33. Four years later he made a comeback in IMSA competiton, then moved into IndyCar racing, winning the 1989 Indy 500 and the IndyCar championship that year. He later joined the Marlboro Team Penske, with whom he won another Indy 500 at the age of 46, making him the third oldest 500 winner ever, behind only Al and Bobby Unser.

The dinner’s proceeds will help support the RRDC’s young driver initiatives, including its groundbreaking program and the Team USA Scholarship, which the RRDC has backed since 1997 and has been providing opportunities for talented young American race-car drivers since 1990.
The RRDC Evening with Emerson Fittipaldi Presented by Firestone will be held on Thursday, April 6, at the Hilton Hotel, 701 West Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, Calif., with cocktails at 6 p.m., and dinner at 7:15 p.m. Some tickets are still available at $200 per person ($175 for RRDC members). Please contact Jeremy Shaw at as soon as possible to secure a place at what promises to be a memorable evening.
About 3GT Racing:
3GT Racing was formed to race the Lexus RC F GT3. Owned and operated by five-time Trans-Am Series Champion Paul Gentilozzi and his longtime partners, Tony and John Gentilozzi, the East Lansing, Mich.-based team principals have been involved in motorsports for more than 45 years.

About the RRDC:

The Road Racing Drivers Club was formed in 1952 as a way to give champion drivers a say in their sport, particularly in the areas of safety, and has evolved to serve the future of road racing by mentoring new drivers on both amateur and professional levels. The Club’s membership includes leading industry professionals, race officials and motorsports journalists, in addition to prominent racing names.

In 2011, the RRDC launched a free on-line training seminar – – featuring more than 30 RRDC members and other industry experts in high-quality videos covering subjects from physical and mental preparation to driving techniques, driver safety to car setup and sponsorship. The videos are updated regularly. Each week, a professional from the world of motor racing answers readers’ questions on the site in a feature called “Ask a Pro.”

Bobby Rahal is President, John Fergus is Vice President/Treasurer, and Tom Davey is Secretary.

The RRDC presents three annual awards: the Phil Hill Award, the Mark Donohue Award, and the Bob Akin Award, and supports the Team USA Scholarship, which has been assisting young Americans in the early stages of their careers since 1990. The RRDC also honors icons of the sport at its annual dinner at the Long Beach (Calif.) Grand Prix. Honorees have been Dan Gurney, Parnelli Jones, Roger Penske, Jim Hall, Brian Redman, Mario Andretti, Bobby Unser and George Follmer.

Membership in the RRDC is by invitation only. For more information, visit
The RRDC Evening with Emerson Fittipaldi Presented by Firestone will be held on Thursday, April 6, at the Hilton Hotel, 701 West Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, Calif., with cocktails at 6 p.m., and dinner at 7:15 p.m. Some tickets are still available at $200 per person ($175 for RRDC members). Please contact Jeremy Shaw at as soon as possible to secure a place at what promises to be a memorable evening.



Former Dayton Flyers star Anthony Grant a candidate for alma mater’s vacant head basketball coaching job

Anthony Grant (courtesy Alabama)

With the Dayton Flyers men’s basketball job open after Archie Miller took over the Indiana Hoosiers last Saturday, there have been several names being thrown around like there always is when a coveted job is available.

The names surfacing include UD assistant coach Tom Ostrom, Northern Kentucky head coach John Brannen, former Illinois and Ohio coach John Groce, former Wright State coach Billy Donlon, former NBA coach Mark Jackson and Ohio State assistant coach Chris Jent.

But one name all Dayton Flyers fans want to hear and want the job to go to is Anthony Grant.

The popular former Flyers star always endeared fans with his hustle, shot-blocking ability, thundering slam dunks and eventhough he was soft-spoken, was respected by his teammates for his leadership qualities.

Currently an Oklahoma City Thunder assistant coach Anthony Grant, is a candidate for the Dayton head coaching job. Several people who are close to the Dayton program has said that he is on their list.

The 50-year-old Grant was head coach at Virginia Commonwealth University from 2006-2009 with a record of 76-25; Alabama from 2009-2015 with a record of 117-85. The problem at Alabama was that the fans and alumni felt the Crimson Tide under his leadership did not beat Kentucky, Auburn and Florida enough to suit their tastes. He also was an assistant coach under current Oklahoma City Thunder boss Billy Donovan at Florida from 1996-2006.

As a head coach, he coached against Dayton several times.

The 6’6 Grant played at the University of Dayton from 1983 to 1987 guiding them to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament before bowing out to eventual national champion Georgetown. His teammate was the all-time leading scorer at Dayton, Roosevelt Chapman. Another teammate was Sedric Toney. As a sophomore, Grant averaged 10.7 points a game and 6.5 rebounds a game and the Flyers again made it to the NCAA Tournament. As a junior, the 6’5″ Grant moved from power forward to small forward and averaged 7.1 points a game and 4.8 rebounds a contest while the team advanced to the National Invitation Tournament. As a senior, Grant was named a team captain awarded team MVP and the Sharpenter Memorial Rebounding Award after leading the squad in scoring and rebounding, averaging 13.0 and 6.0 respectively. In his 105 appearances, Grant registered 11.6 points and 6.7 rebounds each time out. Overall at Dayton, he just missed scoring 1,000 points for his career, ending with 902. In 1987, Grant spent a year playing for the Miami Tropics of the United States Basketball League.


**Some info in this story courtesy wikipedia commons**

Urban Meyer’s Ohio State offense is still among the best in Big Ten and Nationally despite criticisms

Coach Urban Meyer’s First 15: Scoring Machines

Ohio State’s offenses since 2012 include the Top 3 scoring teams in school history


COLUMBUS, Ohio Urban Meyer has had to work through coaching transition on offense five times during his Ohio State tenure and, still, the Ohio State offense continues to be the highest scoring offense in the Big Ten and one of the highest scoring nationally each year. Consider:


§  The top three scoring seasons in Ohio State school history – and four of the top six – have occurred in the last four years;

Urban Meyer ( photo)

§  Two of the top four scoring seasons in Big Ten Conference history were produced by Ohio State, in 2014 (672 points rank second in Big Ten history) and 2013 (637 points rank fourth), and these totals were the most in the Big Ten in over 110 years; and

§  Ohio State ranks third among all schools over the past five years with 337 offensive touchdowns.

Ohio State’s Top 10 Scoring Seasons

1. 672 pts.     2014

2. 637 pts.     2013

3. 512 pts.     2016

4.      504 pts.      2010

5.      475 pts.      1995

6. 464 pts.     2015

7.      455 pts.      1996

8.      450 pts.      2006

9. 446 pts.     2012

10.  437 pts.      1974


Most Points Scored; Season – Big Ten Conference

1.      725 pts.      1904    Minnesota

2. 672 pts.     2014    Ohio State

3.      644 pts.      1902    Michigan

4. 637 pts.     2013    Ohio State

5.      618 pts.      1903    Minnesota


Touchdowns From Scrimmage – 2012-16

1.      Baylor        378

2.      Oregon       367

3. Ohio State 337

4.      Clemson    318

WKU         318








2018 images released of Verizon IndyCar Series car design

For Immediate Release
2018 Universal Aero Kit Concept Rendering - March 2017


INDIANAPOLIS (Wednesday, March 29, 2017) – The design of the car to be used in Verizon IndyCar Series competition in 2018 is coming more into focus.

INDYCAR, sanctioning body for the premier North American open-wheel racing series, released new images today of the universal aerodynamic bodywork kit that will be used by all competitors in 2018. Following along with this year’s INDYCAR theme of “NEXT,” the computer-generated images are the next evolution of the car’s development process and provide more detail than concept sketches released in January.

“While this remains a work in progress, we are encouraged with where the development of the 2018 car stands,” said Jay Frye, INDYCAR president of competition and operations. “The look of the car is bold, the performance data from simulations is meeting targeted goals and safety enhancements built into the design will be substantial.”

Frye said INDYCAR is on target to begin testing the car by mid-summer. Verizon IndyCar Series teams will still choose between Chevrolet and Honda engines for competition next season, but all cars will be outfitted with the universal kit that covers the Dallara IR-12 chassis that has been used since the 2012 season. As with the current aero kits provided by Chevrolet and Honda through the end of this season, the universal car will come in two configurations: one for superspeedway ovals and the other for street courses, road courses and short ovals.

The supplier of the universal kit has yet to be announced, but its look is sleek and reminiscent of past Indy car favorites. Tino Belli, INDYCAR director of aerodynamic development, said the kit has been successfully reverse-designed to start with its desired appearance and build in functionality from there.

“We’ve been working on the aerodynamics to suit the look, rather than the other way around,” Belli said.

A key component of the new car is for it to generate most of its downforce from underneath instead of on top. This will improve racing and passing opportunities by decreasing the turbulent air that the Indy car leaves in its wake.

“We’re working on creating more of the downforce from the underwing,” Belli said. “The hole in the floor (of the undertray on this year’s car) will be sealed for the road courses and short ovals, but will still be open for the superspeedways.”

Belli added that simulations show the new car meets INDYCAR’s aerodynamic targets and additional safety enhancements include side impact structures in the sidepods and repositioned radiators to assist in reducing the severity of side impacts by crushing on impact.

Other noticeable features in the new car images include a lower engine cover that provides “a more traditional Indy car look,” according to Belli. Turbocharger inlets are moving to the inside of the radiator inlet ducts.

The rear wing and front wing main plane are smaller in the new car look and the centerline wicker from the nose of the car to the cockpit is tapered. The rear wing in the road course/short oval configuration is lower and wider. The fins on the leading edge of the sidepods of the current car will be removed or minimized on the 2018 car.

Though there is still work to be done, Belli feels that INDYCAR has achieved “97 percent” of its goals when it set out to create the new car’s look and efficiency.

The next Verizon IndyCar Series race is the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on the iconic Southern California street course. Live coverage begins at 4 p.m. ET April 9 on NBCSN and the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network.

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





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