Belt Loops is our roundup of Mid-American Conference news from around the wonderful world wide web.
φ CMU mourns the loss of sophomore women's soccer player Josie Seebeck — In some heartbreaking news out of Central Michigan University, it appears that sophomore defender midfielder Josie Seebeck and two other CMU soccer players were involved in a car crash Friday night outside of Charlotte, Mich.. The crash left Seebeck in critical condition, and sent the other two players to the hospital. Seebeck passed away Sunday night at approximately 11:40 p.m.. She was just 19 years old.
φ WMU suspends running back Tevin Drake indefinitely — More bad news out of Western Michigan's fall camp as P.J. Fleck announced that the senior running back is suspended indefinitely. Failing to go into details, Fleck told MLive.com that Drake made a "poor choice and he knows it." There's no word as to what led to Drake's suspension or just how long it will last, but it's another blow to a team that is dealing with an all new offensive line after losing their starting center for the season. Though not slated to start at running back, Drake figured to be a key contributor out of the backfield this season. Depending on how long his suspension lasts, he could still provide them solid depth and experience, which should help with such a questionable offensive line.
φ There's a QB battle brewing in Bowling Green — It appears reigning starter Matt Schilz, who has started 35 games at quarterback for the Falcons over the last three seasons, isn't set in stone as the team's starter. Head coach Dave Clawson formerly announced that redshirt sophomore Matt Johnson is in a battle with Schilz for the starting job. Schilz had a down year last season, seeing his yardage and touchdowns both drop significantly. Johnson threw just 28 passes last season. There's no word as to how realistic the competition is, or if it's just a motivation tool for Schilz. My money is on the later.
φ SI.com predicted the record of every first-year head coach — And to no one's surprise, Rod Carey is pegged to have the best first season out of all the MAC newbies, with projected 10-3 record. Paul Haynes and P.J. Fleck are both projected to finish at 7-5. Not bad for either considering it's their first season as head coaches.
Now for a few twitter tidbits:
φ Keith Wenning's knee is healing rather quickly —
BSU QB Keith Wenning in uniform but no shoulder pads today. Helped out with drills but work in. Looks like he's raring to get back out there— Ben Breiner (@BenBreinerTSP) August 6, 2013
φ The Lynch For 6 Heisman campaign has kicked off, and members of the media are getting their fist "taste" of it —
It's a lunch bag pic.twitter.com/ReaaY56ehX— mike carmin (@carminjc) August 5, 2013