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Mid-American Bandwagon Podcast, ep. 27: Transfers galore, hoops, bowl games, and more!

It’s been a busy week in the MAC - transfers in and out, some surprises in basketball, and the conclusion of football season. We cover it all!

Illustration: James H. Jimenez; photos courtesy of Wikipedia Commons, James H. Jimenez, Kenneth Bailey

Happy Friday MAC fans! We hope everyone has had a good start to 2021. It’s definitely been a busy week in the MAC, and we’re here to recap it all for you!

The news segment starts off with some positive news for NIU fans, as freshman WR Trayvon Rudolph was named to The Athletic’s 2020 Freshman All-America Team. Congrats to Trayvon! Similarly, the MAC has placed 5 women’s basketball players on the mid-season Becky Hammon watch list, given each year to the best mid-major player in the country.

Elsewhere in the news, there’s been some significant transfer activity in football over the past week. Northern Illinois and Toledo both land a QB from P5 programs, while Kent State QB Woody Barrett announced he would grad transfer and finish his collegiate career elsewhere. Similarly, CMU QB David Moore declared for the NFL draft.

In the B block, the boys focus on the week that was on the hardwood. Leading the segment, Zach and Sam give their thoughts on NIU parting ways with longtime men’s basketball coach Mark Montgomery. After that, the boys recap a busy week in men’s and women hoops, as conference play begins in earnest. Tune in to hear which teams they felt played the best this week, as well as to hear which games we’re most looking forward to this week.

To close out the show, Zach and Sam recap Ball State’s first bowl win in school history, last weeks’ 34-13 blowout of San Jose State in the Arizona Bowl. It was monumental moment for the Cardinals’ program, and the boys give their thoughts on how this can help the program moving forward.

As always, thanks for stopping by this week and lending us your ears! As you know by now, listen at the link below or on your favorite podcast platform. Be sure to follow along on Twitter @MAC_Bandwagon to make sure you don’t miss anything. Have a great weekend everybody!