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Weber not out of work long; hired at Kansas State

 

Bruce Weber while at Illinois (2010 photo by PhotoVandal via wikipedia commons)

Bruce Weber’s days at Illinois where numbered the day that the school hired athletic director Mike Thomas away from the University of Cincinnati.

Rumors across  Big Ten country, Champaign, Illinois and Chicago said that Thomas wanted his own coaches and was waiting for something to go wrong with the football program under Ron Zook and basketball program under Weber.

Well both have been fired.

Weber has been hired at Kansas State to replace Frank Martin, who left to take the South Carolina job.

Weber was let go with three years on his contract and after going 210-101 in nine seasons at the University of Illinois. He led the Illini to six trips to the NCAA Tournament and had a national runner-up finish in 2005.

The Illini went 17-15 overall, 6-12 in the Big Ten.

Weber and Kansas State have agreed to a five-year, $8.5 million contract that will pay him $1.5 million next season and an additional $100,000 each remaining year.

 

 

Info compiled from Kansas State University, Radio & TV news

Buckeyes’ Simon named Big Ten Player of the Week; also wins Lott Impact weekly honor

 

John Simon (megasportsnews file photo)

John Simon’s play Saturday in Champaign, Illinois causing havov for the Fighting Illini offense has earned him the junior defensive tackle from Youngstown, Ohio, with the Defensive Player of the Week Award from the Big Ten Conference.

The Big Ten award, the first for a Buckeye this season, was one of numerous awards for Simon this week. Nationally, Simon was named the Lott IMPACT Player of the Week and the College Football Performance Award’s National Defensive Lineman of the Week.

Spearheaded by Simon, the Ohio State defense with a career-high eight tackles, including a career-high four tackles-for-loss, in the team’s 17-7 road win over 16th-ranked and previously unbeaten Illinois. Simon’s TFL’s included two quarterback sacks and totaled 16 yards in losses. The total was one off the school record of five held by Andy Katzenmoyer vs. Arizona State in 1996, Jayson Gwinn vs. Indiana in 1993 and Judah Herman vs. Iowa in 1991.

The Buckeyes defense and Simon limited the Illini offense to 27 points below their average and to just 285 total yards after entering the game averaging almost 450 yards per game. The defense forced three Illinois turnovers; two interceptions and a fumble, with two setting up OSU points.

 

Info courtesy of OSU & the Big Ten Conference

OHIO STATE AT ILLINOIS: Illinois rolling with 6-0 start

(courtesy of Illinois athletics via wikipedia commons)

The tough month of October schedule continues for the Buckeyes on Saturday, as they make the 4-hour trip to Champaign, Illinois for a matchup with #15 Fighting Illini at Memorial Stadium.

The game is set for kickoff at 3:30 p.m. on ABC-TV. The Buckeyes lead the series 62-30-4 and they won in Champaign last year 24-13.

The Illini are led by former OSU assistant coach and Loudonville, Ohio native Ron Zook.

The Illini at 6-0 have not started a season 7-0 since 1951 which was Woody Hayes’ first season at Ohio State.

The Illini on defense are not very good as they rank 56th nationally against the pass, allowing 217 yards per game.

The Illini offense is a good one led by QB Nathan Scheelhaase and WR A.J. Jenkins. That duo gave OSU fits last year and most definitely will this time around.

Jenkins leads the Big Ten in pass receptions (46), receiving yards (815) and receiving touchdowns (7). And Scheelhaase is a duo-threat who can run and pass. He is averaging 206 yards a game, with 10 passing touchdowns and 3 interceptions.

The Illini have a running back by committee like the Buckeyes. They employ Troy Pollard and Jason Ford and ranks 13th in the nation and fourth in the Big Ten in rushing with 226 yards per game.

The Illini have the edge on both sides of the ball for this matchup.

“Lightning quick” Dayton Flyers upset Illinois to head to NIT Final Four in New York

Courtesy of Dayton Athletic Communications

Coach Brian Gregory leads Dayton to NIT Final Four (UD)

For the second straight game, The Dayton Flyers donned their black uniforms and it unveiled more Black Magic, this time on the Illinois Fighting Illini.

The Flyers put together a gritty and gutsy performance while dominating the Orange and White on their home court in Champaign, Illinois, 77-71. The win advanced Dayton to the NIT Semifinals for the first time since 1968. The Flyers have always done well historically in this tournament.

Columbus, Ohio native, Chris Johnson led the Flyers attack with 18 points and six rebounds while Marcus Johnson added 11 points and eight rebounds while Chris Wright contributed 10 points and 7 rebounds as UD won its third straight game and fourth in the last five.

Dayton will head to New York City to play the Ole Miss Rebels on Tuesday, March 30 at 7 p.m. Eastern Time in Madison Square Garden.

The Flyers not only defeated a Big Ten team for the first time since 2001-02 season, but also improved to 9-4 against Bowl Championship Series (BCS) schools in the previous four seasons.

Marcus Johnson dunks over Illinois (UD)

Dayton came out with another efficient effort on the offensive end and a smothering defense throughout the game. The Flyers shot 48 percent from the floor for the the second consecutive game and went 8-of-18 from 3-point range.

Although the athletic Flyers were outrebounded by Illinois, they limited the Illini to 6-of-23 shooting from three-point land and 37 percent from the field.

Midway through the first half, Dayton started to separate themselves with an early run. UD led 29-11 after two 3-point goals from Luke Fabrizius. During the game’s opening 12 minutes, Dayton shot 71 percent from beyond the arc.

The Flyers led 38-25 at the half after dominating on the glass and shooting well from the outside. The Flyers shot 50 percent from the field and three-point range in the first half and held a 23-13 advantage on the glass. It marked the 10th time this season the Flyers held an opposing team to 25 points or less in the first half.

After controlling the tempo for a majority of the game, the Flyers let Illinois cut into the lead. It was 72-66 with 41 seconds left. However, the Flyers’ Marcus Johnson, Chris Johnson and Paul Williams sank 5-of-6 free throws down the stretch to secure the win and move their record to 23-12.

Says Dayton Head coach Brian Gregory, “Our seniors did a good job of sticking with it and hanging tough and we needed that. We played with great energy and intensity today and I thought that was the difference in the game.¬† I’m really pleased with the opportunity to go to New York. The University of Dayton has had tremendous success playing in the NIT and I know our guys set the goal two weeks ago to get back to New York.”

Dayton Flyers knock the ‘monkey off their backs’, winning in Cincinnati

compiled from staff and wire reports

Marcus Johnson led the Dayton Flyers balanced scoring attack with 16 points on 5-of-10 shooting from the field and made 6-of-7 from the free throw line, fueling an 81-66 victory over the Cincinnati Bearcats in the Queen City.

Rob Lowery scored 13 points followed by Chris Wright and Paul Williams with 11 each as Dayton pushed their record to 22-12 while advancing in the National Invitational Tournament.

The Flyers will play in the NIT quarterfinals in Champaign, Illinois against the Fighting Illini. The quarterfinal matchup will take place on Wednesday March 24 at 9 p.m. Eastern Time and will be televised nationally on ESPN2.

Rob Lowery Dayton (UD)

Dayton came out of the locker room with a different twist Monday night. Wearing black uniforms for the first time this season, the Flyers played solid on both ends of the court. UD held the Bearcats to 33 percent shooting from the field which included 6-of 31 three-pointers. Meanwhile, the visiting Flyers shot 48 percent from the floor and connected on 10 field goals from 3-point land.

Cincinnati is usually a good rebounding team, but Dayton held a 42-34 advantage on the glass including 12 offensive rebounds. The key stat of the game was for UD was scoring 18 second chance points.

A key stretch for Dayton in the second half came when the Flyers held the Bearcats without a field goal for just over six minutes. During that span, the Flyers put the game away; a Paul Williams three-pointer, a Devin Searcy dunk and Marcus Johnson and Luke Fabrizius each scoring on mid-range jumpers to put the Flyers ahead again by double figures 63-53 with 6:24 to play.

Paul Williams Dayton (UD)

In the first half, Dayton took advantage of some hot shooting and Cincinnati’s foul trouble. Dayton led 41-36 and opened the game hitting eight of their first 12 shots from 3-point range. The Flyers finished with nine 3-pointers, a first half season-high. At one point, Dayton led 38-23, but Cincinnati went on a 9-0 run to cut the deficit to six.

Seniors London Warren and Kurt Huelsman both set the all-time record for career-games played in a Flyers uniform with 134.