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Chris Fowler Works to Balance Basketball, Theater, and Charity

Central Michigan's starting point guard and best overall player is mostly known for his on-the-court performance, but in this article we get a peek at the other side. Fowler, a theater major, talks about how he got into the arts and what his plans are for after basketball season. The article also goes into Fowler's charity work, which for a college athlete is sometimes hard to be able to do. We don't get many stories like this in college athletics, which is disappointing, but we're happy to share Fowler's story.

T.J. Bowden, son of Akron assistant Jeff Bowden and nephew to Terry, passes away in car accident

The sad news continues from Akron today as T.J. Bowden has died at the age of 23 following a car crash in Florida. Bowden is the son of Akron assistant coach Jeff Bowden, and the nephew of head coach Terry Bowden. According to the article from the Orlando Sentinel, Bowden was with friends the night before the accident and at a bar. The car went through a fence and landed into about 5 feet of water, where his friend survived the accident by sitting in an air pocket. Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the accident.

Mike Wegzyn Is Open To Returning To UMass After Molnar Firing

This just keeps getting better. Earlier this month sophomore quarterback Mike Wegzyn announced he was seeking to transfer from UMass. Today, after news broke that Charley Molnar, the Minutemen's embattled head coach, had been canned it appears he's open to staying put in Amherst and possibly rejoining the team. Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazzette has the story.

Charley Molnar Addresses the Firing On Twitter

Charley Molnar was fired early Friday, and while a lot has been said on Twitter about the decision, he's been quiet. Until 3:20 p.m. that is. The coach took to his personal Twitter account @CharleyMolnar to give a statement of sorts.

No coach, staff, or team worked harder to build a championship program than we did. Disappointed in the results but proud of the fo

undation!— Charley Molnar (@CharleyMolnar) December 26, 2013

Say what you want about Molnar, but that was the best possible thing for him to say at the moment.

Quincy Diggs talks about Year Away from Basketball

We finally hear about what Quincy Diggs' year away from basketball was like, courtesy of the Akron Beacon-Journal. Diggs goes in-depth about his job as a "technical grounder" working for an electric company and what he did academically to get back into Akron. It's really an amazing story, especially the fact that he's now graduated and working towards a Master's Degree.

Toledo Defensive Coordinator, Tom Matukewicz, To Be Named Southeast Missouri State Head Coach

According to the Toledo Blade's Ryan Autullo the Rockets are in the market for a new defensive coordinator. Current DC Tom Matukewicz is expected to be named the new head coach of Southeast Missouri State. The announcement is expected to be made Wednesday. Matukewicz has served as Toledo's defensive coordinator the past two seasons, overseeing a defensive unit that finished fifth and seventh in scoring defense in the MAC. Before joining Matt Campbell's staff at UT, Matukewicz spent four seasons at Northern Illinois. This won't be his first head coaching experience. He previously served as the Huskies interim head coach for the 2012 Humanitarian Bowl after Jerry Kill left for Minnesota. Hi

Miami AD David Sayler Agrees To Five Year Extension

Less than one year after starting on the job Miami University has extended the contract of athletic director David Sayler. His new five year extension keeps him under contract through the 2018-2019 season. Sayler has already overseen the hiring of three head coached in that span, including a new head football coach. The athletic department as a whole has achieved some new highs under his watch too. The department say the school's student athletes achieve the highest semester GPA, 3.24, in his first semester on the job.

Akron Assistant to take medical leave of absence

Sad news out of Akron this evening as Director of Basketball Operations Dan Peters will be taking a medical leave of absence to begin treatment for pancreatic cancer. Peters has been by Keith Dambrot's side for for five years and had previously coached at Ohio State, Cincinnati, and was Youngstown State's head coach in the mid-nineties. The Zips have dedicated their season to Peters and the players are wearing patches in honor of Peters. It's clear how much he means to the players, as both Jake Kretzer and Reggie McAdams expressed admiration for Peters on social media before tonight's game against Bethune-Cookman. Former player Steve McNees will be assuming Peters' duties for the time being.

Seven WMU Players Have Left the Team According To MLive.com

Seven players expected to return for Western Michigan's 2014 football season have officially left the team according to MLive.com's David Drew. Drew confirmed the news with WMU head coach P.J. Fleck Friday afternoon.

The names of the seven players haven't been released. The Broncos just concluded a 1-11 season under Fleck during his first season in Kalamazoo, Mich.. It was a rocky year full of plenty of lows.

But, even with the news that several players have chose to leave the program its not all bad. Fleck, a charismatic man, has hit the recruiting trail hard this season, raking in 28 verbal commitments for a 2014 class believed to have only 25 scholarships available. It's likely that some of those departures will free up scholarships for the commits, and with some expected to enroll the spring, putting them in the 2013 class, that means Fleck should have room to add a few more new pieces to his roster for next season.

As Pete Lembo's Future At Ball State Is In Limbo, All BSU Can Do Is Wait

Over at the Muncie Star Press, Ben Breiner examines the limbo that Pete Lembo's future has the Ball State Cardinals program stuck in. Lembo is considered one of the top hot up-and-coming coaches and is likely going to be offered a job at a bigger school within the next two weeks. It's a tough situation for a team also waiting to figure out what bowl game it will be attending after concluding a 10-2 regular season. Breiner caught up with Ball State athletic director Bill School to talk about the waiting game that has consumed BSU Football.

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