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Utah State’s Medlin named Verizon WAC Player of the Week

Press release & photo courtesy of Western Athletic Conference

 

 

DENVER - Utah State's Preston Medlin has been named the Verizon Western Athletic
Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week for the week of Jan. 23-29. The
honor marks the first career WAC Player of the Week for Medlin.

 Medlin, a sophomore guard from Carrollton, Texas (Hebron HS), led Utah State to
a 2-0 home record last week with wins over Hawai'i (77-72) and San Jose State
(82-65). Against the Rainbow Warriors, Medlin scored 25 points as he was 5-of-11
from the field, 2-of-5 from three-point range and 13-of-14 at the free throw
line. He also had two rebounds, two assists and one steal in the game. Against
the Spartans, Medlin scored 15 points as he was 5-of-10 from the field, 3-of-6
from behind the arc and 2-for-2 at the free throw line. He also pulled down five
rebounds and dished out four assists in the game. 

On the week, Medlin averaged 20.0 points, 3.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.0
steals per game. He shot 47.6 percent (10-of-21) from the field, 45.5 percent
(5-of-11) from three-point range and 93.8 percent (15-of-16) from the free throw
line. 

Preston Medlin Utah State

www.wacsports.com

Oliver, Kavanaugh lead Flyers over South Carolina-Upstate

 

DAYTON, Ohio – University of Dayton men’s basketball defeated USC Upstate on Sunday afternoon at UD Arena, 72-68.

Five Flyers scored in double-figures, led by sophomore Devin Oliver’s career-high 12 points in 19 minutes of action. Oliver shot 4-of-6 from the field, converted on all four free throw attempts and tallied five rebounds. Eight of Oliver’s points came in the game’s last 10 minutes after it was tied for the last time 51-51.

Devin Oliver

Matt Kavanaugh

Senior guard Paul Williams tied a career-high eight rebounds to pace the Flyers on the boards while adding 10 points. Josh Benson and Kevin Dillard both also added 10 points.  All of Dillard’s points came in the second half after he played just nine minutes before halftime due to foul trouble.

Dayton improves to 7-3 on the season heading into the University’s semester examinations week. The Spartans fall to 6-4 after suffering their first back-to-back losses of the season.

USC Upstate’s Torrey Craig registered a game-high 21 points. Craig made a 3-point field goal with 8:03 remaining in the second half to give Upstate a 54-53 advantage. It was the Spartans’ last of 11 lead changes throughout the game as the Flyers took the go-ahead lead on an Oliver layup off an offensive rebound.

Luke Fabrizius led the Flyers to a 32-32 tie at the half with three of Dayton’s five 3-point buckets leading up to intermission. Fabrizius finished with nine points in nine minutes of play.

After attempting just two free throws in the first half, the Flyers shot 13-of-14 from the charity stripe in the second half. Dayton made 11 of 12 free throws in the last four minutes of the game to erase any Spartans comeback.  USC Upstate went 5-for-7 from the line for the game.

The Flyers shot .578 (26-45) from the field, .429 (6-14) from three-point range and .874 (14-16) from the line in the win.

 

Game Press Release & Photos courtesy of Dayton media relations

Paul Haynes leaves OSU to become Arkansas’ defensive coordinator/DB coach

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.University of Arkansas football head coach Bobby Petrino has announced Paul Haynes as defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach for the Razorbacks.

Haynes most recently spent the last seven seasons at Ohio State where he was the co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach in 2011 after working with the defensive backs from 2005-10. While Haynes was in Columbus, the Buckeyes compiled a 66-11 record, won six Big Ten titles and played in six straight BCS games while consistently putting one of the best defenses in the Big Ten on the field. The OSU defensive backs earned five first-team All-America citations and 10 first-team All-Big Ten selections under Haynes’ direction. Eight defensive backs were selected in the 2006-11 NFL Drafts, including first rounders Donte Whitner and Malcolm Jenkins. Whitner, a safety, was taken with the eighth overall pick by the Buffalo Bills in 2006, and Jenkins, a cornerback, was picked 14th overall by the New Orleans Saints in 2009.

Paul Haynes (courtesy of OSU athletics)

Haynes has coached at Michigan State, Louisville, Kent State, Northern Iowa, Ferris State and Bowling Green in addition to one year as defensive quality control with the Jacksonville Jaguars, where he worked with then offensive coordinator Bobby Petrino. Haynes also worked with former Razorback coaches John L. Smith (Louisville and Michigan State) and Garrick McGee (Northern Iowa).

“Through his experiences, Paul Haynes is extremely familiar with the way we operate,” said Coach Petrino. “He has a professional approach and is an exceptional coach and recruiter. This is a competitive conference and we are determined to go head-to-head with the very best. Having Paul join our program will help us as we continue on the path toward our goal of consistently winning championships. He has been a part of a team with a culture of doing just that. Paul has incredibly high standards and the defenses he has built have been challenging to prepare for and have always played with toughness, intensity and desire.”

Before the 2011 season, Haynes was promoted to co-defensive coordinator and the Buckeyes ranked fourth in the Big Ten in turnover margin and fifth in the conference in pass defense and sacks. Ohio State also ranked in the top 30 in the NCAA in total defense and scoring defense, and John Simon was tied for third in the Big Ten with an average of 0.58 sacks per game.

In 2010, Ohio State became the first team in Big Ten history to win at least 10 games in six straight seasons, finishing with a 12-1 record and a victory in the Allstate Sugar Bowl. The Buckeye defense led the Big Ten and ranked second in the NCAA in total defense by allowing 250.6 yards per game and topped the conference and ranked third in the country with an average of 13.3 points per game allowed. They also led the Big Ten while tying for third in the country in turnover margin, and ranked fourth in the nation in rushing defense, pass efficiency defense and pass defense.

In 2009, the Buckeyes were 11-2 and defeated Oregon in the Rose Bowl. Ohio State allowed just 262.5 yards per game, first in the Big Ten and fifth in the NCAA, and 12.2 points per game, second in the conference and fifth in the country while also ranking number one in the Big Ten and fifth in the NCAA by allowing 83.4 rushing yards per game. Ohio State also was second in the Big Ten and seventh in the nation in pass efficiency defense and second in the conference and 17th in the nation in pass defense.

Malcolm Jenkins brought the Thorpe Award to Columbus as the nation’s best defensive back in 2008. He recorded 57 tackles, three interceptions and three forced fumbles while leading the Buckeye secondary that held opponents to 164.3 passing yards per game, first in the Big Ten and eighth in the NCAA. Ohio State ranked in the top 20 in the country and top three in the conference in rushing defense, scoring defense, total defense and pass efficiency defense.

Ohio State played in the BCS National Championship Game in 2006 and 2007. In 2007, the Buckeyes led the country in total defense, allowing 233.0 yards per game, in scoring defense, giving up just 12.7 points per game, and in pass defense, as opponents passed for 150.2 yards per game. Ohio State also led the Big Ten in rushing defense, allowing 82.9 yards per game to rank third in the country, and in pass efficiency defense with a mark of 98.73, which was fourth in the nation.

The 2006 squad allowed just 12.8 points per game and 280.5 yards of total offense while running undefeated through all 12 games in the regular season. Ohio State, which was ranked No. 1 in the country throughout the season, twice defeated the No. 2 team in the country by taking down Texas in Austin and Michigan in Columbus.

In Haynes’ first season at Ohio State, the Buckeyes finished the year with seven straight wins, including a victory over Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl, to finish 10-2. OSU’s opponents scored 15.2 points per game and gained 281.3 yards of total offense, including just 73.4 rushing yards per game. The Buckeyes grabbed six interceptions and recovered six fumbles as Whitner garnered first-team All-America honors.

Haynes spent the 2002 season at Louisville, where he coached the cornerbacks under former Arkansas special teams coordinator and outside linebackers coach John L. Smith. In 2002, the Cardinals ranked fifth in C-USA and No. 35 nationally in pass efficiency defense (112.9 rating).

Haynes followed Smith to Michigan State for the 2003 and 2004 seasons. In those two years, the Spartans were 13-12 overall and 9-7 in the Big Ten and advanced to the Alamo Bowl against Nebraska in 2003. In each year, safety Jason Harmon was an honorable-mention All-Big Ten selection, and three other members of the secondary earned Academic All-Big Ten acclaim in those two seasons.

In 2003, the Spartans intercepted 15 passes and returned two for touchdowns. During the 2004 season, MSU picked off 17 passes, returning one for a touchdown, while collecting 241 yards on interception returns.

In 2001, Haynes was with the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars, where he served as the defensive quality-control coach. His duties included assisting the defensive coaching staff in all aspects of game preparation — compiling scouting reports, breaking down opponent film and writing the playbook. He also helped coach the secondary. The Jaguars ranked among the AFC leaders in passing defense (second at 190 yards per game), scoring defense (fourth at 17.9 points) and total defense (seventh at 316.9 yards).

He worked for two years at Kent State, where he coached the secondary in 1999 before taking over the duties as assistant head coach and safeties coach in 2000. Prior to joining the Kent State staff, Haynes coached the running backs and secondary at NCAA I-AA Northern Iowa in 1997-98.

Haynes served as secondary coach at Ferris State for two seasons, from 1995-96. Haynes began his coaching career at St. Francis DeSales High School in Columbus, Ohio, in 1993, before moving on to Bowling Green as a graduate assistant in 1994.

Haynes walked on at Kent State University in the fall of 1987 and went on to play four years of football for the Golden Flashes. As a freshman, he led the team in interceptions. As a sopho­more, he led the team with 116 tackles. After missing the 1989 campaign with a knee injury, he started his final two years and wound up his career as the seventh leading tackler in Kent State history with 440 stops.

Haynes and his wife, Denita, who graduated from Florida A&M with an education degree, have three children – daughters Jordyn and Kennedy Rose, and one son, Tarron.

 

Press Release courtesy of Arkansas athletics

 

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Tar Heels, Spartans honor Veterans with game on board aircraft carrier

 

USS Franklin D. Roosevelt aircraft carrier (CV-42) in 1976-77 (photo by John Wilson US Navy via wikipedia commons)

College basketball powerhouses North Carolina and Michigan State honored Veterans Day with a game aboard the USS Carl Vinson at Coronado, California.

The theme, had the Tar Heels and the Spartans with U.S.A. on the back of their uniforms instead of the usual last names and also a camouflage design.

Afterwards the players gave their uniforms to members of the military.

With the Commander-In Chief, President Barack Obama watching, North Carolina beat Michigan State, 67-55 Friday night.

The Tar Heels used their height advantage led by Harrison Barnes scored 17 points and John Henson had a career-high nine blocked shots.

Draymond Green hauled down 18 rebounds to lead the Spartans.

 

Info compiled from North Carolina & Michigan State athletics

WISCONSIN AT OHIO STATE Gameweek: Halloween weekend showdown

 

DB Bradley Roby and the Buckeye defense are getting ready to face QB Russell Wilson (megasportsnews.com photo)

The Ohio State Buckeyes football team may not say it publicly, but they definitely want revenge against the Wisconsin Badgers.

The game is on national television on Halloween weekend.

Before last weekend’s last-second loss to Michigan State, 37-31, the Badgers looked unbeatable.

They had been beating opponents by at least 31 points on their way to a 6-0 record.

Wisconsin still leads the Big Ten in scoring offense at 47. 4 points per game and rank second in scoring defense at 13.6. They’re also chalking up a conference-leading 511.7 yards of total offense per game as well.

Head coach Bret Bielema’s Badgers are still a BCS contender at 6-1.

Last year, after losing to the Spartans, they reeled off seven straight wins, including upsetting then number-1 Ohio State on national television in Madison on its way to a Rose Bowl date.

 

 

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