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Archive for October 17th, 2019

Columbus Crew SC new Stadium Project is underway

(courtesy Crew SC)

CREW SC SUPPORTERS REACTION WITH REPORTER/PHOTOGRAPHER JESSICA LAICY
4,000 plus people showed up on a Thursday afternoon to watch people dig in the dirt. These weren’t just any people and it wasn’t just any dirt. This wasn’t suppose to happen and many people didn’t think it would. It was a year ago that fans of Columbus Crew SC saved their team from being relocated to Austin Texas  by previous ownership. It’s true what they say, so much can happen in a year.   October 10th 2019 is a day Crew SC fans soon won’t forget. Some skipped work to be at the ground breaking ceremony, while others were so excited they couldn’t sleep the night before. They did the impossible to save what they love and there was no way some of them would miss witnessing the birth of a new era.
The massive crowd was treated to a host of speakers which included a range of Ohio government officials from Jon Husted, Marilyn Brown, Shannon Hardin and City of Columbus mayor himself,  Andrew J. Ginther who all some how played a part in helping to save the Crew.
The new stadium will be open and ready for play in the 2021 season and will be located a few blocks behind Huntington Park in the Arena District downtown.  MAPFRE  Stadium where the team currently plays will be re-purposed into the team training facility and a soccer park for the local community .
I walked around the grounds before all the excitement started to get some of the black and gold faithfuls take and I would like to thank the dynamic brother duo of Elliott and Alex Stanek, as well as Jen Gross for taking time out of the celebration to talk to me about how they were feeling on this historical day.
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Florida transfer Chase Johnson eligible to play for Dayton Flyers during 2019-20 season

 

Chase Johnson (courtesy Florida)

Eligible For Entire 2019-20 Season

Florida Transfer Will Have Three Full Seasons With The Flyers

 

DAYTON – The University of Dayton has announced that Chase Johnson, a transfer from the University of Florida will be eligible to see action when the Flyers open the season on Nov. 9 against Indiana State.

 

Johnson was a mid-year transfer last December, but has been ruled eligible beginning with the first game of the upcoming season.

 

“We’re very happy and excited for Chase,” Flyer coach Anthony Grant said.  “We, along with Chase and his family, are very appreciative of the NCAA’s decision to grant the waiver allowing him three full years of competition.”

 

Injuries limited Johnson to six games at the beginning of the 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons at Florida.  In 53 minutes played, he scored 23 points and 12 rebounds (3.8 and 2.0 averages).  He shot .563 (7-12) from the field and seven of his 12 rebounds were offensive boards.

 

Dayton was 21-12 and reached the NIT in Anthony Grant’s second season as the Dayton head coach. UD was third in the Atlantic 10 Conference with a 13-5 record.

 

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Doug Hauschild; COURTESY DAYTON MEDIA RELATIONS


 

UD Flyers Obi Toppin named to Karl Malone Award Watch List

Karl Malone driving for a layup 1997 photo By Copyright by Steve Lipofsky Basketballphoto.com, CC BY 3.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

Obi Toppin

 

Malone Award Goes To The Top Power Forward In College Basketball

 

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – University of Dayton forward Obi Toppin has been named to the 2020 Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year Watch List.  Toppin, who last season was the first freshman since 1999 to be named First Team All-Atlantic 10, is one of 20 top college players named to the watch list.

 

Toppin is the first Dayton player on the Malone Watch List.  Last year, he led UD in scoring (14.4), FG% (.666, 201-302), 3-pt., FG% (.524, 11-21) and blocked shots (28).  He was the first UD player named the A-10 Rookie of the Year. He was fourth in the nation in FG%, and his 83 dunks were second in Division I.  He set Dayton freshman records for total points (475), scoring average, FG% and dunks.  His field goal percentage was also the third-best overall single season mark at Dayton.

 

After pulling his name from NBA draft consideration last spring, Toppin turned heads with his performance at the Nike Skills Academy in August.

 

Some of the student-athletes on the Karl Malone Watch List include Garrison Brooks of North Carolina, Mamadi Diakite of Virginia, E.J Montgomery of Kentucky, Xavier Tillman of Michigan State and Killian Tillie of Gonzaga.

 

The award is presented by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and named after 11-time All-NBA First Team selection Karl Malone.  It is part of the Hall of Fame’s “Starting Five” awards program.  The other awards on the men’s side are the Bob Cousy Point Guard Award, the Jerry West Shooting Guard Award, the Julius Erving Small Forward Award and the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Center Award.  All five greats are members of the Naismith Hall of Fame.

 

Duke’s Zion Williamson was last year’s Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year Award winner.

 

New to the award program this season is Fan Voting presented by Dell Technologies in each of the three rounds. By mid-February, the watch list of 20 players for the 2020 Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year Award will be narrowed to just 10. In March, five finalists will be presented to Mr. Malone and the Hall of Fame’s selection committee. The winner of the 2020 Karl Malone Award will be presented at The College Basketball Awards presented by Wendy’s in Los Angeles, CA on Friday, April 10, 2020, along with the other four members of the Men’s Starting Five.

 

Starting Five Fan Voting presented by Dell Technologies will go live on Friday, October 18 at 1 p.m. ET.  Click here to vote:   http://www.hoophallawards.com/men/vote.php

 

For more information, log onto www.hoophallawards.com and follow @hoophall on Twitter and Instagram.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Doug Hauschild; COURTESY DAYTON MEDIA RELATIONS

 

Atlantic 10/Mountain West announce 2020-21 Basketball Challenge Pairings

 

Release: 10/17/2019

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – The Mountain West Conference and Atlantic 10 Conference announced Thursday the pairings for the inaugural year of the Mountain West – Atlantic 10 Challenge Series.  These matchups are for the 2020-21 non-conference season.

The two conferences will play ten games each season, with each league hosting five games per year. Games in the first year of the Mountain West-Atlantic 10 Challenge Series will be held in all four continental U.S. time zones, spanning from coast to coast.

Matchups for each year are determined by the league offices based on a number of factors, including the previous year’s records, NET rankings and team achievements, as well as projected rankings and anticipated strength of teams for the upcoming season. All 10 games in 2020 will be played during the first week of December, with television and digital rights residing with the host conference.

For the A-10, Davidson, Rhode Island, Saint Joseph’s, Saint Louis and VCU will begin the challenge at home, while Dayton, Duquesne, George Mason, Richmond and St. Bonaventure will play on the road.

“We are looking forward to this partnership with the Mountain West Conference.  Intentionally stretching our scheduling footprint into four time zones is great for television exposure and brand expansion,” stated Atlantic 10 Commissioner Bernadette V. McGlade. “Non-conference games are important and these matchups will be highly competitive, exciting and fun for our fan base.”

For the MWC, Fresno State, Colorado State, Nevada, New Mexico and Wyoming will play at home, while Air Force, Boise State, San Diego State, UNLV and Utah State will begin the challenge on the road.

“Starting next season, teams from both leagues will have the opportunity to play another quality, nationally-recognized non-conference opponent during the Challenge,” said Mountain West Commissioner Craig Thompson. “The Mountain West and Atlantic 10 boast strong basketball traditions, and we believe this partnership will bolster the brand of both conferences.”

Seven of the pairings feature first-time matchups between the two programs. Of the three other games, Duquesne and Wyoming have played four times with a 3-1 series record in favor of Dukes. New Mexico holds a 1-0 series mark over St. Bonaventure and Fresno State is 1-0 all-time versus George Mason.

Announced in December of 2018, the Mountain West/Atlantic 10 Challenge Series, is a scheduling partnership that covers the 2020-21 and 2021-22 seasons, with an option to extend the partnership for an additional two years, into the 2023-24 season.

 

2020 Atlantic 10 – Mountain West Challenge Series Matchups

Game times and television coverage to be announced at a later date

Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020
Utah State at Davidson

 

Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020
UNLV at VCU
St. Bonaventure at New Mexico

 

Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020
San Diego State at Saint Louis
George Mason at Fresno State
Boise State at Rhode Island
Air Force at Saint Joseph’s
Richmond at Colorado State
Duquesne at Wyoming

 

Sunday, Dec. 6, 2020
Dayton at Nevada

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF ATLANTIC 10 CONFERENCE MEDIA RELATIONS

 

Dayton Flyers to play Nevada Wolfpack as Atlantic 10/Mountain West Challenge starts in 2020-21

Dayton To Play At Nevada In Inaugural Mountain West-Atlantic 10 Challenge In 2020-21

Flyers & The Wolf Pack Will Meet For The First Time on Dec. 6, 2020

 

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – The Mountain West Conference and Atlantic 10 Conference announced Thursday the pairings for the inaugural year of the Mountain West – Atlantic 10 Challenge Series in men’s basketball.   The University of Dayton will play at Nevada on Sunday, Dec. 6, 2020.  These matchups are for the 2020-21 non-conference season.

 

During the 2018-19 season, Dayton was 21-12 and reached the NIT in Anthony Grant’s second year as the Flyer head coach. UD was third in the Atlantic 10 Conference with a 13-5 record.   Steve Alford is about to begin his first season at Nevada.  The Wolf Pack was 29-5 overall and 15-3 in the Mountain West last season.  This will be the first meeting between the two schools in men’s basketball.

 

The two conferences will play 10 games each season, with each league hosting five games per year. Games in the first year of the Mountain West-Atlantic 10 Challenge Series will be held in all four continental U.S. time zones, spanning from coast to coast.

 

 

Matchups for each year are determined by the league offices based on a number of factors, including the previous year’s records, NET rankings and team achievements, as well as projected rankings and anticipated strength of teams for the upcoming season. All 10 games in 2020 will be played during the first week of December, with television and digital rights residing with the host conference.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Doug Hauschild; COURTESY DAYTON MEDIA RELATIONS

 

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