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Legendary Wright State basketball coach Ralph Underhill dies at 70


Ralph Underhill (courtesy of Wright State athletics)

In his 18 years at Wright State, Ralph Underhill won 356 games, a Division II national title and led the Raiders to their first-ever Division I NCAA tournament. has sadly learned that the legendary and popular basketball coach died at age 70 a couple of weeks ago at Christ Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Underhill had undergone a long-awaited kidney transplant in August and had a few days of improving health before his condition suddenly became gravely ill.

Internal bleeding force his doctors to put him into a temporary medically-induced coma. Then other symptoms cropped up. First pneumonia, a blood virus, a blood clot in his partially-amputated left leg and then a stroke.

John Ross along with assistant Jim Brown, helped launch the basketball program at Wright State University located in the Northeast Dayton suburb of Fairborn. The program then dropped into a losing frenzy when Ross retired.

Entering into the picture was Underhill, who had an Afro-styled hairdo, demonstrative style of coaching, took over the program in 1978 and he put electricity into the program. Jim Brown stayed on as his top assistant.

Before arriving at WSU, he was a successful high school coach in his native Kentucky and then was a heralded assistant coach at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, which won a national title during his tenure there.

Underhill knew how to recruit. He could land a player from anywhere: Europe, inner cities or from the Midwest, it didn’t matter. He put Wright State on the map.

After leaving Wright State, Underhill coached in Croatia and for a minor league pro team in Northern Kentucky.

Info compiled from staff, Wright State University & Internet news reports

Longtime Dayton, Wright State assistant Ehler dies at 82

Jim Ehler was a kind man indeed. I got to know him very well since the time I started covering the Dayton Flyers basketball team during the later years of the Don Donoher era from 1983-1990. He always thanked me for driving the 85 miles from Columbus to Dayton for each home game.

After leaving UD,  Ehler took his experience 20 miles up the road to Fairborn, a Dayton suburb, to help another coaching legend, Ralph Underhill at Wright State University. Coach Ehler was glad that I was able to give the Raiders equal coverage as the Flyers. He spent eight years with the Raiders.

Jim Ehler (photo by Betty Riley)

He then followed Jim Brown, longtime Wright State assistant coach to Northmont High School in the Dayton suburb of Clayton, to work as an assistant coach for 13 years.

Ehler retired from coaching with the Northmont Thunderbolts following the 2009-2010 season.

Earlier this week, that kind gentleman, Jim Ehler, died of a heart attack at the age of 82.

Ehler was the athletic director at Fairmont East High School before joining Donoher’s staff in 1971. The always smiling-coach stayed as the Flyers assistant for 17 years and was able to witness several great players like Roosevelt Chapman, Allen Elijah, Donald Smith, Mike Sylvester, Ed Young and several big wins in the program’s history over Oklahoma, Washington and LSU.

Ehler was also a fixture in the Dayton area as a track and field official. He is a member of the Ohio Track & Field Hall of Fame.

He is survived by his wife, Judy, son Michael and two grandchildren.

Info compiled from Dayton Flyers media guides, Wright State media guides, radio & TV reports

Browns win on missed field goal try by Panthers’ Kasay

Jake Delhomme beats former team (file photo)

The Cleveland Browns over the past several years have seem several games slip through their hands late in the fourth quarter and almost let another one slip by the way side when they got a break.

Carolina Panthers 41-year-old placekicker John Kasay, who had made 3 of 4 attempts during the game from 40-plus yards, missed a game-winning attempt from 42 yards as time ran out on Sunday. The kick had the distance but drifted off and hit the left upright and Cleveland won 24-23 in a game that they dominated from the outset until the second half.

The Browns built an early 21-7 lead on three Peyton Hillis touchdown runs. But they allowed the 1-10 Panthers to get back in the game by making mistakes and turning the ball over.

It was a very emotional day for Jake Delhomme who beat his former team by completing 24 of 35 for 245 yards and two interceptions.

His replacement in Carolina, rookie Jimmy Clausen struggled again, 16 of 28 for 195 yards and 1 touchdown.

Peyton Hillis, the Browns new, star, running back rushed 26 times for 131 yards and added another 63 yards on 6 receptions.

The humbled Hillis, couldn’t believe it after the game when reporters told him that his name is in the team’s record books with other great running backs of years past, Jim Brown and Leroy Kelly. Hillis’ 11 rushing TD’s are the most of a Browns running back since 1968 which was accomplished by Kelly.

compiled from staff & Cleveland Browns news

Improving Syracuse beats rebuilding Cincinnati Bearcats, 31-7

Ryan Nassib (courtesy of Syracuse athletics)

The Syracuse University, the school that has produced Jim Brown, Floyd Little, Ernie Davis and Donovan McNabb, is off to its best start in football in nine years at 6-2. They are 3-1 in the Big East Conference.

Ryan Nassib threw a pair of touchdown passes, as they dominated Cincinnati, 31-7.

The Bearcats playing without their Number 1 quarterback Zach Collaros, who is out with a bruised left knee. Chazz Anderson of Pickerington Central, making his first start in two years, completed 18 of 33 passes with a touchdown and an interception.

compiled from staff, Cincinnati Bearcats & Syracuse Orangeman athletics

Browns honor past greats with Ring of Honor

Cleveland Browns stadium (NFL)

The Cleveland Browns unveiled its new ring of honor during halftime ceremonies Sunday during their game with the Kansas City Chiefs. Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown was absent from the event because of his disagreement with team president Mike Holmgren, who upon arriving in town to take the front office job back in the spring, stripped the 74-year-old of his senior adviser’s title and role with the club.

Brown received a very loud ovation during the ceremony. The event was attended by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and Browns stars, Leroy Kelly, Bobby Mitchell, Paul Warfield and Joe DeLamielleure. Also being honored were Ozzie Newsome and Paul Brown.

Goodell said he spoke with Brown about not attending the event and said that Brown will always be important to the NFL and the Cleveland Browns organization.

compiled from staff & Cleveland Browns news

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