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The ball's over there. He's wondering where he should be. There ain't but one ball. How hard can it...

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The ball's over there. He's wondering where he should be. There ain't but one ball. How hard can it be?

One of many gems in Zac Jackson's column on Charlie Coles, who was referring to Jon Harris trying to get in position to rebound. It's a great column but what really demonstrates the value of Coles in the MAC and college basketball is that even though Miami as a sports franchise may not be revered, damn near everybody in the conference loves and respects this man. And I'm pretty sure they'd pay good money to listen to him talk about basketball at great lengths. I certainly do hope he has much left "in the tank."

Look, the MAC is a fine conference and it is hard enough to win these games on merit. It's...

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Look, the MAC is a fine conference and it is hard enough to win these games on merit. It's impossible to do so when the field is tilted so heavily in the direction of the old-line MAC teams against the newcomer. I don't care if it's the Big East or Conference USA, the time to get out of this hick conference is now.

Temple Football Forever

Ohio placekicker Matt Weller did his best to keep the Bobcats close. He connected on three field...

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Ohio placekicker Matt Weller did his best to keep the Bobcats close. He connected on three field goal attempts, the last a 33-yarder with 3:23 to play. That pulled the Bobcats within 38-37, but Buffalo was able to run out the clock.

The Associated Press, getting the end of the game wrong. OHIO forced a three-and-out and got the ball back with PLENTY of time, but sputtered on offense and then UB ran out the clock. Let's not portray the field goal decision anything worse than its own actuality.

University presidents do not mind leaving leagues so bludgeoned that they need tourniquets, but...

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University presidents do not mind leaving leagues so bludgeoned that they need tourniquets, but killing one would be frowned upon. The only people who do not realize this are UConn officials, who are tripping over themselves to leak stories about their unhappiness with the Big East, which hurts that league’s efforts to look stable and expand. But UConn, which has no athletic director and a new president, may have nowhere to go. Because most realignment decisions are driven by football, joining Massachusetts in the Mid-American Conference could be UConn’s best available option at this point.

Pete Thamel of The New York Times, in a piece on conference realignment.

It could have an adverse affect on our ability to play intercollegiate sports.

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It could have an adverse affect on our ability to play intercollegiate sports.

— CMU president George Ross on the current faculty strike. [Sun Sports Blog] So far it looks like all but three coaches and some graduate assistants are the only ones actively participating during sports practices. This might get ugly if the faculty doesn't report to work.

You go, Mid-American Conference. On the Green Bay Packers' 53-man roster, the two conferences with...

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You go, Mid-American Conference. On the Green Bay Packers' 53-man roster, the two conferences with the most players are the SEC (11) and the MAC (eight). Need to get more Ohio Bobcats in the mix.

Peter King, OHIO grad, who rightly gives the MAC their due but also forgot about Atari Bigby. HOW DO YOU FORGET ABOUT A MAN NAMED ATARI?

"You don’t have to take my word that my school has the most incompetently run athletic department...

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"You don’t have to take my word that my school has the most incompetently run athletic department in the nation."

Ball State native son Jason Whitlock, on his alma mater in a column about Brady Hoke. Shots, they've been fired.

Just for that, you're getting double Chick-fil-A tonight.

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Just for that, you're getting double Chick-fil-A tonight.

NIU interim coach Tom Matukewicz. I could provide context, but it would only dilute the beauty of this post-game quote.

I'm lonely.

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I'm lonely.

–Me, last month to myself in the mirror, as the lone writer of Hustle Belt. This is why you see more names at the bottom of the page. Say hello if you see them in the hallway, but they're probably going to post a couple times a month, whenever it fancies them. You were probably sick of just seeing me write anyway.

The day is not far off, however, when a defeat by a Mid-American team will embarrass no one.

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The day is not far off, however, when a defeat by a Mid-American team will embarrass no one.

John Underwood, Sports Illustrated, September 28, 1964. Just a phenomenal retro-read about BGSU coach and stadium namesake Doyt Perry.
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