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Ohio State Football Spring Game: Gray 17 Scarlet 7; Bri’onte Dunn Feature

POSTGAME AUDIO WITH BRI’ONTE DUNN

53,804 Bri’onte Dunn OSU RB Gray team Finally a chance to compete at RB Gray 17 Scarlet 7 4 12 14

 

Bri’onte Dunn played in 11 games last season as a true freshman and gained 133 yards rushing plus scored two touchdowns for the undefeated Ohio State Buckeyes … he also had one kickoff return for 22 yards … he scored in his first collegiate game – a four-yard rush to cap a 56-10 win over Miami – and he had a personal-best 13 carries for 73 yards rushing vs. Illinois, including a three-yard touchdown run … he netted 29 yards rushing versus Central Florida … he earned his first varsity letter at the conclusion of the 2013 season.

Bri'onte Dunn told the media after Saturday's Spring Game that he is ready for his turn in the backfield (Megasportsnews.com photo)

In the Spring Game, he rushed 5 times for 30 yards and a 2-yard TD to help the Gray beat the Scarlet.

He’s in a battle with several running backs for playing time this season: Rod Smith, Warren Ball, Curtis Samuel and Ezekial Elliott.

He talks about the Spring Game; finally getting his chance to play regularly and how redshirting helped his game.

Coach K’s Duke Blue Devils replaces Indiana as the #1 College Basketball team in the country

 

(courtesy Duke athletics)

The Duke Blue Devils, the only team who have beaten Ohio State this year, has replaced Indiana as the Number-1 team in the AP Top 25 poll.

Michigan and Syracuse each moved up one place to second and third respectively. Following them in the top 10 are Arizona, Louisville, Indiana, Ohio State, Florida, Kansas and Illinois.

The Blue Devils have reached #1 at least once in a record 16 seasons under head coach Mike Krzyzewski, and has played more games as the Number-1 ranked team in his 33 seasons (209) than as an unranked team (141).

 

Info compiled from Radio, TV & Duke University news

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

Illinois hires Green Bay’s Bollant to improve women’s program

Matt Bollant (courtesy of Wisconsin Green Bay athletics)

Illinois, taking a cue from Big 10 rival Indiana, has brought in a new basketball coach to revive its women’s program.

Former coach Jolette Law was fired after a five season record of 69-93.

Replacing her is Wisconsin Green Bay’s Matt Bollant.

The 41-year-old Bollant was 141-19 in five seasons with the Phoenix who are members of the Horizon League and his teams made the NCAA Tournament four times.

Bollant also was the head coach at Bryan College in Dayton, Tennessee, has an overall career record of 268-55.

With Green Bay, he was named Horizon League Coach of the Year three times and Kay Yow National Coach of the Year in 2011.

Since the 2007-2008 season, the Phoenix have dominated the Mid-major Horizon League:

2007- 2008, 1st 26-6, 17-1, WNIT

2008-2009,  1st 29-4, 18-0   NCAA

2009-2010,  1st 28-5, 15-3   NCAA

2010-2011,  1st 34-2, 18-0   NCAA Sweet 16

2011-2012,  1st 31-2,17-1     NCAA Sweet 16

 

Info compiled from Wisconsin Green Bay & Illinois athletics news

FIRST FOUR, Game 1 at Dayton: W. Kentucky 59 Miss. Valley State 58

 

President Obama & Prime Minister Cameron in attendance (megasportsnews.com)

(courtesy of Western Kentucky athletics via wikipedia commons)

DAYTON, OHIO — With President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron in attendance, the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers defeated the Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils, 59-58 in the first game of the 74th NCAA Men’s Basketball Division I Championship.

The Delta Devils led by as many as 16 points, (53-37) in the second half.

The Hilltoppers went on a 22-5 run in the last five minutes to wins its 19th tournament game.

The 15-point deficit by the Hilltoppers with 5 minutes to go was the biggest in that time frame. Before that, the deficit was Illinois coming back to beat Missouri in the 2005 Elite Eight.

T.J. Ford and Derrick Gordon led Western Kentucky with 11 points each. While George Fant and Gordon led the way on the boards with 11 each.

The Hilltoppers are in their 22nd NCAA and have a record of 19-22. Their last win coming in 2009.

Head coach Ray Harper, who took over in the middle of the season, is now 11-7.

Western Kentucky, champions of the Sun Belt Conference, are 16-18 on the season. The only team in the tourney with a losing record.

Mississippi Valley State ends the season at 21-13. They earned their way into the tournament by winning the fifth Southwestern Athletic Conference tournament in their history.

They drop to 0-5 in the NCAA tournament.

The Delta Devils were led by Kevin Burwell with 20 points, William Pugh with 11 and Cor-J Cox with 10.

The Delta Devils were outrebounded 60-32 in the game.

Their head coach is Sean Woods, who played at Kentucky who graduated in 1992. He is one of college basketball’s “Unforgettables” from the Kentucky team which lost to Duke in the 1992 East Regional Final.

The game was the 88th NCAA Championship game hosted by UD Arena, spanning 33 years (1970-2012). The home of the Dayton Flyers became the most-used site in the NCAA Tournament’s history last year while hosting the First Four. UD Arena passed Kansas City’s Municipal Auditorium which 83 games from 1940-1964.

 

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