Assorted Mid-American-Conference sports news from the day:
φ Remember Matt Brown? The former Temple running back who graced the MAC's presence from 2010-2011 of small stature was about to sign a deal with the CFL's Saskatchewan Roughriders, then for some reason it fell through so he went to his backup plan: a deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Brown amassed 2,275 yards rushing and 18 touchdowns for the Owls from 2009-2011 before Temple left the MAC for [FOOTAGE NOT FOUND]. The lesson here is: always have a backup plan.
φ Golf is a difficult, weird sport — Ball State and Kent State are both hittin' the links (golfing term) at the NCAA Championships, where 30 teams are vying for eight spots. You may remember the Golden Flashes making the cut last year, basically finishing tied for fifth ... but they will not repeat again, finishing 28th with team rounds of 282-293-293. (Par for a team was 280.) Ball State didn't fare much better … actually they did worse, finishing in last place with rounds of 290-289-293. That's the way the golf breaks.
φ Well that's cool, Mr. Florida State position coach, because every MAC team does this pretty much every year:
φ Reese! Jacoby! Hasenpfeffer Incorporated! — It's a neat award that I wish they'd tease more throughout the season, but nonetheless there's your press release, and the Kent State men's sports programs have won the Reese Trophy for a fifth straight year for having the best all-around finishes in MAC standings, while Miami women claim the Jacoby Trophy, their 17th in program history and first in four years. They didn't even include points for their championship synchronized skating team!
But it really would be cool to see the MAC really share periodic standings on this trophy, perhaps after fall, winter and spring sports. You know, just to see how far ahead Kent State is.