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Mid American Bandwagon Podcast, ep. 40: Almost to Half a Hundred!

For episode 40, the boys break down the week in spring sports, some news from the hardwood, and a look ahead to football season!

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

Welcome back, folks, we hope you’ve all had a wonderful week! Despite hoops season having concluded, we had a busy week this week in the MAC. We’ve got a lot to cover on this weeks’ pod!

First up, the boys break down some news from the hardwood. Earlier this week, Central Michigan parted ways with men’s basketball coach Keno Davis after 9 seasons. With this move, Central and Eastern Michigan both have head coaching vacancies. We’ll be monitoring both situations over the next few weeks to see who each school hires. Elsewhere on the hardwood, Jarron Coleman announced he would be transferring to Missouri, while his former Ball State teammate Ish El-Amin announced his commitment to Rhode Island. Not a great day to be a Cardinals hoops fan. On the gridiron, Northern Illinois hosts their spring game this Saturday, which will give Huskie fans their first glimpse of Michigan State transfer QB Rocky Lombardi at the helm of the offense.

Leading off our weekly spring sports update, Bowling Green capped off an incredible volleyball season by capturing the MAC tournament crown with a 3-1 win over Western Michigan. It was the Falcons first title since 2012. As a reward, the Falcons will face Weber State in the first round of next week NCAA Women’s Volleyball Tournament.

In both baseball and softball, Miami and Ball State have gotten off to great starts to the season, as they find themselves near the top of the standings in both sports. In baseball, Central Michigan has found their footing by way of a six game win streak. Not to be outdone, the Redhawks softball team has won 12 in a row.

Men’s and women’s soccer seem to have been more effected by COVID-19 than the other spring sports. In women’s soccer, conference leader Bowling Green is still on pause, and Buffalo is hot on their heels, only a half game back. On the men’s side, Bowling Green and Akron sit atop the standings as we approach the homestretch of the season.

To close out the show, Zach and Sam look ahead to next years’ football and basketball seasons and give their “way too early” predictions for each sport. What teams do you think will surprise next year? Who will disappoint? Let us know on Twitter @MAC_Bandwagon!

As always, thanks for stopping by folks. Make sure to subscribe to us on your favorite podcast platform, and have a great weekend!