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In a surprise move, Loth leaves Otterbein for Western Connecticut State

 

Joe Loth (courtesy of Otterbein athletics)

In a surprise move late last Thursday, May 17, head football coach Joe Loth surprised Columbus area media, the town of Westerville and Otterbein fans when rumors started circulating around town that he was leaving his alma mater, to sign a multi-year contract to rebuild the program at Western Connecticut State.

Loth’s leaving probably even shook the media relations department because until this day, there has not even been an article written declaring his resignation or leaving the university. That is strange in itself.

Western Connecticut State University is a public state university, established in 1903. It has an enrollment of 5,907 and located in Danbury, Connecticut. It is an NCAA Division III school with 14 varsity sports. Their nickname is the Colonials and play in two conferences, the ECAC, Eastern College Athletic Conference and the LEC, Little East Conference.

(courtesy of WCSU via wikipedia commons)

The rebuilding job at Western Connecticut State will take longer than at Otterbein. But Loth will recruit from talent in Connecticut, New York City and Long Island.

The football team plays in the New Jersey Athletic Conference, where it has had a tough time under former coach John Burrell, going 0-10, 0-10, 2-8 and 2-8. Its last winning season was in 2005.

The 45-year-old Loth could not pass up the chance at WCSU where he is very familiar with the town and university. He was the Colonials defensive coordinator from 1993-1997. His wife, Keri graduated from the school as well.

Loth is certainly good at rebuilding. During his tenure at Otterbein, he saw the football program receive a shot in the arm with new facilities for the football program, including a renovated Memorial Stadium and football field. Also, before he was hired by former athletic director Dick Reynolds, the Cardinals had only one winning season in 23 years. In his final seven seasons, the program had four winning years and saw the school’s first berth into the NCAA Division III playoffs in 2008 with a 9-2 record and 8-1 in the OAC, second to Mount Union. Loth was named OAC Coach of the Year and Ohio Coach of the Year that season.

 

Info compiled from Western Connecticut State University, Radio & TV news

 

 

 

XAVIER keeps rolling in A-10 with win over George Washington

Tu Holloway (courtesy of Xavier athletics)

The Xavier Musketeers, always the team to beat for the Atlantic 10 Conference championship, ran its record to 6-0 in the league, with an 81-74 win over George Washington.

Tu Holloway and Mark Lyons led the way scoring 22 points as the Musketeers held off the pesky Colonials.

Xavier is now 14-5 overall, while the Colonials fall to 10-10, 3-3.

The Musketeers kept their home winning streak going as it has reached 36 in a row.

compiled from Xavier athletics news

Dayton Flyers Football opens 2010 with 28-14 win over Robert Morris

The University of Dayton football team jumped out to a 21-0 halftime lead and then scored a critical four-quarter touchdown to defeat Robert Morris, 28-14 Saturday in the season opener for both teams.

Flyer quarterback Steve Valentino ran for 106 yards and was 19-for-37 passing for 211 yards and two TD’s. However, it was what Valentino did after a mistake that was the critical play of the game.

QB Steve Valentino (UD photo)

WR Justin Watkins (UD photo)

With Robert Morris having scored two unanswered touchdowns to make it a 21-14 game, Colonial safety Michael Landers intercepted Valentino’s pass near midfield and like he was going to tie the game with the interception down the right sideline. But Valentino ran him down, stood him up and stripped the ball from him where Tyler Hujik recovered the fumble back for the Flyers at their own 19.

UD then drove 81 yards in 10 plays to score a touchdown that would put it back in the driver’s seat. Over the last seven-and-a-half minutes, the Dayton defense allowed just three first downs, and two of them were by penalty.

After Dayton fumbled the ball away at its own 30 on the first play of the game, the new-look defense was tested early, denying Robert Morris a first down and forcing a field goal attempt that was wide and got into the swirling winds at Welcome Stadium. The Flyers offense bounced back with a 74-yard drive to open the scoring. Valentino’s 48-yard run set up Andrew Zapinski’s two-yard run to make it 7-0 after the first quarter.

Welcome Stadium home of the Flyers (UD photo)

A pair of Valentino touchdown passes in the second quarter sent Dayton to the locker room with a 21-0 lead. With 8:26 left in the half, he found Justin Watkins for a 24-yard touchdown on a fourth-and-10, wrapping up a 94-yard, 13-play drive. The drive matched UD’s longest scoring drive in seven years (the Flyers also had a 94-yard drive at Drake in 2007). After holding the Colonials to a three-and-out, Dayton scored again as Valentino connected with Nick Collins for a 4-yard TD with 40 seconds before halftime.

Robert Morris scored on a 92-yard scoring drive when Jeff Sinclair hit a wide open Anthony Coleman for a 33-yard TD. Three plays later Rolf Bathold took an interception 37 yards to the six. On fourth-and-goal, Sinclair spun in from the one to make it 21-14 less than a minute into the fourth quarter, setting the stage for Valentino’s game-changing play, which led to Dayton’s game-clinching drive and a Brian Mack three-yard run to make the final score 21-14.

Mack rushed for 60 yards on 12 carries and Watkins caught a career-high nine passes for 95 yards.

The Dayton Flyers returned just three starters from the 2009 season’s top-ranked defense in the Pioneer Football League, but the new players carried the day for UD. Redshirt sophomore cornerback Matt Pfieger, who was areceiver in 2009, led the way with six tackles (five solo).

Dayton outgained Robert Morris, who is picked to finish second in the Northeast Conference, 388 to 213, and had 26 first downs while allowing 13.

Dayton will be on the road to Pittsburgh next week, playing its second straight NEC team when they take on Duquesne. Game time is 12 noon.

GAME NOTES

* Dayton leads the series with Robert Morris 11-2, and has won the last seven meetings.

* UD has not been shut out in a school-record 376 straight games, the best such active string in all of college football. The last team to shut out the Flyers was Marshall, 9-0, on October 16, 1976. That is also the all-time FCS record.

* Dayton head coach Rick Chamberlin has been a part of 313 of UD’s 613 wins, 26 as a player, 268 as an assistant coach, and 19 as a head.

* The Dayton Flyers moved to Welcome Stadium in 1974. The word “Welcome” implies hospitality, but UD has been anything but hospitable to its opponents at home, where it is 194-40-2 (.825). The “Welcome” is not a greeting, but an honor to the late Percival Welcome, longtime Athletic Director for the Dayton Public Schools.

Info and photos courtesy of Dayton Athletics

NCAA TOURNAMENT: South Regional, First Round, Villanova survives upset minded Robert Morris

compiled from staff and wire reports.

Robert Morris, the 15th seed almost pulled off an upset of 2nd-seeded Villanova. It had only happened only four times in NCAA history and it didn’t happen on Thursday despite a valiant effort by the Colonials.

Instead, The Wildcats from the Big East Conference weathered the storm in overtime, 73-70 in the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence Rhode Island.

Scottie Reynolds Villanova (VU)

The Colonials from the Northeast Conference let an eight-point lead slip away in the last 4:19 of regulation after their top guards fouled out of the game.

The Wildcats, led by Scottie Reynolds took control in overtime to put the game away.

Villanova, 25-7 was led in scoring by Scottie Reynolds with 20 points.

Robert Morris, using an aggressive defense to stay in the game, ends the year with a record of 23-12.

IN OTHER GAMES IN THE SOUTH REGIONAL


OLD DOMINION UPSET NOTRE DAME, 51-50

The 11th-seeded Monarchs of Old Dominion had the NCAA Tournament’s first upset of the day.  Old Dominion gained its first tourney win since 1995. The game was played in New Orleans. The Monarchs move to 27-8 and Notre Dame ends up 23-12.

Old Dominion Monarchs (ODU)

BAYLOR 68  SAM HOUSTON STATE 59

Epke Udoh had 20 points and 13 rebounds to help Baylor (26-7) win an NCAA Tournament game for the first time in 60 years.  Sam Houston State left New Orleans with a season-ending record of 25-8.

Ekpe Udoh Baylor (BU)

ST. MARY’S 80  RICHMOND 71

In a game at Providence, Rhode Island, Omar Samhan had 29 points and 12 rebounds, despite going in and out of the game with foul trouble, lead St. Mary’s (27-5) to a win over Atlantic 10 Conference member, Richmond (26-9).

Omar Samhan St. Mary's College (STC)

It was the first NCAA win for the 10th-seeded Gaels in six attempts since 1959.

Mickey McConnell had five, 3-point baskets and 23 points for the Gaels.