Posts Tagged ‘Mid-American Conference’

AnnMarie Gilbert resigns as Eastern Michigan women’s basketball coach

Which follows on this from 2010: NCAA opens formal investigation of Eastern Michigan women’s basketball program

You’ll remember that EMU and Central Michigan had an “instant classic” match up for the 2012 MAC Championship. Wonder how CMU is feeling today?

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their tournaments, others are still playing their regular season games.

For instance, if you ignore the big fat liar that is ESPN, there were several games yesterday.

Poor Houston Baptist is not having a season to write home about.

In the battle of the Ohios, (Miami) (11-5, MAC) beat Ohio (6-10), 51-49.

Kelly Packard did a great job managing the players she inherited from Tracy Roller, but since winning the Maggie Dixon RCOY, Ball State has fallen on tough times. On the other hand, how many ADs are paying attention to Toledo coach (and Purdue grad) Cullop’s fine work? The Rockets experienced five-consecutive losing campaigns prior to Cullop’s arrival. Since then: 72-30, not including this season’s 20-8 record. (BTW, if named queen of all women’s basketball websites, I would decree that a team’s current record be listed at the top of their schedule/results page.)

In the battle of the Michigans, Central (8-8, MAC) upset Eastern (13-3), 61-46. Hmmm, wonder if Toledo sent the Chippewa’s seniors a thank you.

Bowling Green just wailed on Kent State.

Mizzou had the lead over Texas at the half, but they couldn’t hold on.

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Softball likely a key issue in Ball State University’s case – The program is operating without a locker room, as players sometimes change clothes in parking lot

That the Cardinals’ softball team, which has been among the best in the Mid-American Conference the past four seasons with two West Division titles and one appearance in the NCAA Tournament, has no locker room most likely was one of the main issues that initiated a federal investigation of Ball State’s athletic department more than two years ago.

The university has been under scrutiny since March 2008 when an unknown person filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights. The grievance alleged Ball State was in violation of federal Title IX laws.

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Curt Miller To New Mexico Rumors Won’t Die (Bonus: UCLA?)

This year, the MAC has seen five football changes and three men’s basketball changes. So far the women’s basketball duodectet of coaches has remained intact, but there is one position that could be wriggled free.

After the Tricia Cullop-to-Wisconsin rumors were squished once Toledo extended her extension, now it looks like the dynastic Curt Miller, of Bowling Green championship lore, is being courted yet again by West Coast suitors, and one familiar face.

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Check out this YouTube video.

And what about to their fans? Writes one:

Television can’t come close to describing the electricity and excitement generated in the arena by the fans for this championship game.

I saw my first basketball game at Toledo as a junior high youngster back in 1954 and have been hooked since then.

Nothing – and I really mean nothing – that I’ve witnessed over the years comes remotely close to having watched and participated in the happenings taking place at Savage Arena on Saturday, and that would include the 1976 Savage Hall dedication game win over reigning NCAA champ Indiana, the 1998 win over Ohio State, the women’s 2001 win over Duke, and the 2008 men’s Savage Arena rededication win over UMASS. Even our normally-passive chronologically-challenged fans stood, cheered, and bounced in place throughout the game.

Additionally, I’m so proud of our fans for being so very gracious to the USC team and small contingent of fans they brought to the game. I know it’s easy to be gracious when you’re the winner, but the visitors I spoke with said they appreciated the hospitality.

As a fan of the MAC I hope that all of you can some day have the same “Toledo” experience in your arenas.

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ranked teams were pretty straight forward unless, of course, you’re intrigued by a ton of turnovers or a team in a tailspin with a cranky coach.

Bowling Green made a (12-3) MAC statement by stomping Kent State, 80-59.

American moved to 10-4 in the Patriot by disposing of (Beth Mowins’) Leopards, but Navy matched them with their 75-59 victory over Colgate, and earned the #1 seed.

Stony Brook surprised the heck out of Binghamton, 54-37.

Toledo (13-2 MAC) followed suit by being surprised by Northern Illinois (6-9)

Coast Carolina lost by 20 to Liberty, which is now 12-1 in the Big South.

Centenary finally won a game!!!

Sacramento State won a game in the Big Sky!

Down 16, BYU moved to 13-1 in the MWC with a 56-52 win over San Diego State.

There goes Hampton, now 14-1 in the MEAC.

Spoon and her Techsters are still undefeated in the WAC.

Gonzaga (yah, they’re ranked, but quietly) is 14-0 in the WCC.

That’s three losses in their last four games for USC.

The Bulldogs beat the Crimson, but the Tigers still rule the Ivy League.

Chicago State lost their first Great West game courtesy of South Dakota.

Portland State roared back from a 10-pt halftime deficit to take down Montana State. Both teams are now 10-4 in the Big Sky, but it’s Northern Colorado in the top spot, on the verge of winning their first regular season title.

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