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Posts Tagged ‘Mississippi Bowl.’

Ohio State Gameday: Buckeyes open 122nd season of football against Akron Zips

 

Luke Fickell's debut as head coach is finally a reality (photo by megasportsnews.com)

The Akron Zips make the 2-hour drive down Interstate 71 South to Columbus, Ohio this afternoon to take on #18/16 Ohio State at venerable Ohio Stadium.

Game time is 12 noon Eastern Time with ESPN airing the contest.

OSU is 6-1 all-time against the Zips. The Buckeyes won the last meeting with Akron, 20-2 on September 8, 2007 at Ohio Stadium.

The game will mark the official debut of Luke Fickell as the Buckeyes head coach. The Columbus, Ohio native is the sixth former OSU assistant coach to assume the school’s head coaching position.

Rob Ianello Zips head coach (courtesy of Akron athletics)

The Zips finished the 2010 season at 1-11, but will have 13 returning starters on offense and defense along with 35 letterwinners.

Rob Ianello is in his second year as the Akron head coach after serving as an assistant at Notre Dame, Wisconsin, Arizona and Alabama.

Defensively, junior linebacker Brian Wagner is the leader. A pre-season all-MAC selection, returns after leading the Zips with 130 tackles.

Sophomore transfer Clayton Moore has been named the Akron starting quarterback.

Moore who was signed by Ole Miss, arrives at Akron from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College where he completed 155-of-257 passes for 2,395 yards and 23 touchdowns last year while leading the Bulldogs the JUCO state championship and earned MVP honors at the Mississippi Bowl.

Info courtesy of Ohio State athletics

No more guessing, Rodriguez out as Michigan coach

All photos by megasportsnews.com

All of the speculation that has gone on since Rich Rodriguez arrived in Ann Arbor, can now be put to rest.

After a three year record of 15-22, his time as the Michigan head coach has ended.

There have been several coaches that Michigan wanted but those coaches do not want them: Bo Pelini of Nebraska, Jim Harbaugh of Stanford, but he is now with the San Francisco 49ers. Gary Pinkel of Missouri said no and there were reports that they want LSU’s Les Miles, but he didn’t seem interested when asked at the Cotton Bowl by reporters.

The 47-year-old Rodriguez left Ann Arbor with a tenure that was marred by turmoil and controversy on and off the field. He experienced more losses than the program has had in decades. His ledger includes:

*A 6-18 record in the Big Ten. He went 0-3 against both Michigan State and Ohio State, the Wolverines top two arch-rivals.

* The first losing season at Michigan in more than 40 years. His first team went 3-9; Michigan’s last losing season (4-6) came in 1967 under Bump Elliott.

* Three years of NCAA  probation for five major rules violations. One of the NCAA’s most historic football programs had never been on probation before.

* Michigan’s streak of playing in a bowl game every year since 1975 ended his first year and the second year they did not participate in a bowl. This season, Michigan was hammered in the Gator Bowl by Mississippi State, 52-14, the worst bowl loss in history.

When Rodriguez was hired away from West Virginia, he agreed to a six-year, $15 million contract that stated that he would be paid a $2.5 million buyout if fired on or after January 1, 2011.

compiled from staff & Michigan athletics