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Ohio Wesleyan hires BW assistant Watts to replace Hollway


Ohio Wesleyan athletics director Roger Ingles announced on Wednesday that Tom Watts, assistant football coach at Baldwin-Wallace College, is the new head football coach at the Delaware, Ohio school.

He replaces Mike Hollway, who retired after the 2011 season with 25 years on the Battling Bishops sideline.

Tom Watts (courtesy of Baldwin-Wallace athletics)

The past three years Watts has served as special teams coordinator, defensive backs coach, and recruiting coordinator at Baldwin-Wallace.  He helped the Yellow Jackets compile records of 8-2 in 2011 and 7-3 in 2010, his defensive backs earned 5 All-Ohio Athletic Conference citations during those 2 seasons, and the team ranked third in the nation in kick returns in 2010.

“I am ecstatic about the opportunity to come to Ohio Wesleyan,” Watts said.  “I was completely impressed with everyone I met.  There are a lot of things to get done, getting a staff together, meeting with the guys and letting them know my expectations and getting their expectations, and getting back on the road and recruiting.

Watts for 4 seasons served as defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and helped the Pioneers lead the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in pass defense and post their first winning season since 1991.

Watts is a 2002 graduate of Hanover (Ind.) College, where he helped the Panthers win a pair of conference championships.  He continued his education at Waynesburg, receiving a master’s degree in education technology in 2004.  He is a native of Westfield Center, Ohio, and played both receiver and safety at Lodi Cloverleaf High School.

Watts is a fourth-generation football coach.  His great-grandfather, Ray, was a legendary coach and athletic director at B-W, compiling 108 wins as head football coach and 246 wins as head men’s basketball coach, and was an inaugural member of the B-W Hall of Fame.  His grandfather, Wade, also is a member of the B-W Hall of Fame and coached at the high school level in northeast Ohio, and his father, Tom Sr., played football at B-W and coached at the high school level at Strongsville, Midpark, and North Olmsted High Schools.

Watts, who is married, has two daughters.


Portions of this article used from Ohio Wesleyan press release

SUN BOWL preview: Georgia Tech plays Utah on New Year’s Eve


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The 78th annual Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas, to some folks is an unknown bowl.

Most people don’t realize it is the second-oldest bowl in the nation to the Rose Bowl.

The game takes place at 2 pm ET on CBS-TV and has Georgia Tech (8-4) going up against Utah (7-5).

The Yellow Jackets of Georgia Tech ended the season by losing four of its last six games. They ended 2010 in almost the same fashion going 1-5. Tech started the season at 6-0.

Tech has lost six bowl games in a row and their senior captains, Steven Sylvester and Roddy Jones, have not enjoyed a bowl win in their fantastic careers.

Tech was picked to win the ACC’s Coastal Division but ended up tied for second.

The Utah Utes were in contention in the South Division of the Pac-12, but had an upset loss to the lowly Colorado Buffaloes on November 25.

The Utes have a good defense which ranks seventh nationally in rushing defense, allowing 97 yards a game. They rank 18th in points given up at 19.7.

Georgia Tech ranks third nationally in rushing, averaging 316.8 yards a game.  The Yellow Jackets rank 34th in scoring at 34.9 a game.


Info compiled from Georgia Tech University & University of Utah news


INDEPENDENCE BOWL PREVIEW: Missouri vs. North Carolina, today at 5 P.M. ET ESPN


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The 2011 Advocare Independence Bowl in Shreveport, Louisiana, will pit a pair of 7-5 teams against each other.

The Missouri Tigers of the Big 12 Conference against the North Carolina Tar Heels of the Atlantic Coast Conference.

The 2010 game had Air Force playing Georgia Tech. The Falcons beat the Yellow Jackets, 17-14.

The Tar Heels are playing in its fourth consecutive bowl game, the school’s longest streak since a five-game run from 1979-1983.

North Carolina is coming into the game on a down note, having only won a single game against Duke after becoming bowl eligible with their sixth win on October 29.

If the Tar Heels win the game, their achieve their fourth straight eight-win season.

The Tigers of Missouri won four of their last five games after starting off a disappointing 3-4. Missouri beat Texas for the first time in head coach Gary Pinkel’s tenure, 17-5.

Shreveport, Louisiana is not a stranger for Missouri. The Tigers are playing there for the third time since 2005 due to the fact that the Big 12 had eight-bowl eligible teams for the league’s seven bowl games. Missouri was pushed out of the top seven spots despite the fact it earned wins over Iowa State, Texas and Texas A&M.

Missouri’s offense is led by QB James Franklin, a sophomore, who completed 63% of his attempts with only 10 interceptions. During the season, he had an interception-free streak of 123 in a row.

The Tar Heels offense is led by  WR Dwight Jones who led the ACC in receptions with 79 and was tied for the league lead with 11 touchdown catches with 11. Also on offense is RB Giovani Bernard a big-play runner who averages 5.4 yards per carry and totaled 1,222 yards rushing.



Info compiled from Independence Bowl, University of Missouri & University of North Carolina news


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Defiance Lacrosse joins Midwest Lacrosse Conference


(courtesy of Defiance College via wikipedia commons)

Defiance College and the Midwest Lacrosse Conference recently announced that the Yellow Jackets have been approved to join the MLC for the 2012-2013 year as an associate member for the sport of men’s lacrosse.

The Midwest Lacrosse Conference was founded in 2010 and will be in its fourth year as a league during DC’s first year of varsity lacrosse in the spring of 2013. The move to MLC will allow the Yellow Jackets the chance to compete for a league championship in their first year as a varsity program.

Defiance joins Augustana, Benedictine and Elmhurst as a four-team expansion for the conference, boosting the number of teams competing in the MLC to 14 for the 2013 season. The conference’s other members include Adrian, Albion, Aurora, Carthage, Concordia, Fontbonne, Milwaukee School of Engineering and Trine. Defiance College’s Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference opponents, Mount St. Joseph and newly added Hanover are also members of the Midwest Lacrosse Conference.


Info courtesy of Defiance College athletics

Defiance College joins Ohio Athletic Conference in Swimming & Diving

(courtesy of Defiance College via wikipedia commons)

Defiance College and the Ohio Athletic Conference have announced that the Yellow Jackets would join the OAC in the 2011-2012 year as an associate member in the sport of swimming and diving.

Defiance will bring the number of swimming and diving programs in the OAC to six, giving the Purple and Gold the opportunity to compete for a conference championship during the inaugural 2011-2012 season in the pool for the Jackets.

DC will join Baldwin-Wallace, John Carroll, Mount Union, Ohio Northern and Wilmington in the OAC title chase.

The Ohio Athletic Conference was founded in 1902 and has been crowning swimming and diving champions since 1937.

Defiance College offers 21 varsity sports, with the addition of swimming and diving in 2011-2012 and men’s lacrosse in 2012-2013.

DC is a fulltime member in all sports in the 11-team Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference other than swimming and lacrosse. The Jackets will also compete as an associate member in the 14-team Midwest Lacrosse Conference.


Info courtesy of Defiance College athletics

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