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AN AKRON LOVE STORY – WINNING AT HOME

WithAnOhioBias Spotlight

Akron Zips Hoops and Coach Keith Dambrot

By Michael Rachubka

Before Keith Dambrot was hired at Akron University, neither of his two predecessors Coleman Crawford and Dan Hipsher won a conference Championship.

 As a matter of fact, the last time the Akron Zips even played in a tournament game was the 1985-1986 season when Bob Huggins team went 22-8 that year.

 imageUpon his arrival, Dambrot was known for his coaching of Lebron James at St. Vincent – St. Mary High School where he had a coaching record of 69-10 with two state championships. Akron wasn’t sure if Lebron would go to college, yet felt that Dambrot was the best coach to help turn the program around.

 That season Akron already had two players from the St. Vincent – St. Mary team that won a National Title on their team in Romeo Travis and Dru Joyce, so for Dambrot this was a good fit. With the help of the two, he was able to place a system in right away. Despite missing the playoffs with these two players, their best season was when they went 26-7 and were MAC Regular Season Champs. This was the first of four Regular Season MAC Championships.However, this was as far as this squad would go this season.

In the 2008-2009 Season, the Akron Zips won their first ever MAC Tournament Championship. They would do so again two other times.

In the 2012-2013 season, the Akron Zips would go on to win not just the Regular Season Championship but also the MAC Tournament championship as well. Which was also a first in school history while in the MAC.

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 In the 2015-2016 season, the Akron Zips would go 26-9,  a record not achieved since the 2006-2007 season. Currently, this season they enjoy a home game winning streak with the last loss coming almost two years ago. They have tied a JAR home winning streak record of 26 games and on this Friday are looking to break that record. Only a win against nationally ranked opponents has eluded him.

 Akron Zips against Ranked Teams under Coach Dambrot:

05-06 season/ 111-85 Loss to #5 Louisville

06-07 season/ 73-71 Loss to #25 Nevada

07-08/season 83-81 Loss to #20 Dayton

08-09 season/ 86-67 Loss to #6 Pittsburgh  and a 77-64 Loss to #10 Gonzaga

09-10 season/74-62 Loss to #19 Texas A& M

10-11 season/66-58 # 21 Minnesota

12-13 season / 77-61 Loss to #16 Creighton

13-14 season/ 83-60 Loss to  #14 Iowa State

14-15 season/ 79-51 Loss to #17 Miami(FL)

15-16 season/ 75-56 Loss to #11 Villanova

16-17 season/ 82-10 Loss to #10 Creighton and a 61-43 Loss to #8 Undefeated Gonzaga

Dambrot has brought the school much success with his coaching ability, scouting, and recruiting with an overall record of 293 games won. The Akron Zips are currently 15-3 overall this season with a 5-0 record in the MAC. They will defend their home game winning streak Friday night as well as their undefeated MAC record. For any of the bigger schools out there looking to poach the successful coach, too bad Dambrot Loves Akron and Is Not going Anywhere!

CLEVELAND BROWNS DRAFT GUIDE

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Cleveland Browns Draft Guide

 We Give You The Names We Want To Hear

Also Project The Best At Each Position and Round They Should Be Taken

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CLEVELAND BROWNS DRAFT ORDER BY ROUND

1ST ROUND #12 and #19 – 2ND ROUND #43 

3RD ROUND #77 – 4TH ROUND #111 and #115 

5TH ROUND #147 – 6TH ROUND #188 – 7TH ROUND #229

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QUARTERBACKS

Marcus Mariota 6-4 220 This Is Best QB Available to Browns If Rumors Are True. Sadly He Needs The Best Situation To Thrive As He Did At Oregon. 

Garrett Grayson Colorado State 6-2 220 In A Depleted Year Of Quarterbacks Prospects 3rd or 4th Round 

Sean Mannion Oregon State 6-4 220 Same Size As Mariota With More Time Under Center 4th or 5th Round

All Of The Above Are Not Ready To Start But Could Be Developed If Given Time

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RUNNING BACKS

Todd Gurley Georgia 6-0 222 1st Round – Best In The Draft Only Durability Is A Slight Concern

Tevin Coleman Indiana 5-10 210 3rd Round or Later – Showcased Every Skill You Want In A Tailback Against The Ohio State Universtiy Could Also Be Dynamite In Special Teams

Jay Ajayi Boise State – 4th Round or Later – Probably Best Running Back Most Havent Seen Can Run and Catch Out Of The Backfield

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WIDE RECEIVERS 

DeVante Parker Louisville 6-2 209 Should Be Available at 12th in 1st Round – This Is A Split Here At WAOB Jake Is Very High On This Reciever D Not So Much

Nelson Agholor USC 6-0 190 Deep Threat and Could Be Answer To Special Teams Woes

Jalen Strong Arizona State  6-4 205 Caught Almost Everything This Year For The Sun Devils Biggest Target In The Draft and Best Last Name #ClevelandStrong

Brashard Perriman Central Florida 6-3 215 Late 1st Round – After Blake Bortles Departure He Improved His Production With Rotating Quarterbacks! Deep Threat Huge Red Zone Target!

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TIGHT ENDS

Maxx Williams Minnestoa 6-4 250 Late 1st Round Early 2nd Round – Flat Out Best Tight End The Draft  

Nick O’Leary Florida State 6-3 238 3rd Round – Jameis Winston”s Safety Valve Could Be Next Dallas Clark

Blake Bell Oklahoma 6-6 259 3rd Round – The Most Intriguing Player At This Position Former Starting Sooners QB The Word Elite Has Been Used With His Potential

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OFFENSIVE LINE

Brandon Scheff Iowa 6-5 330 Best Left Tackle In The Draft

Cameron Irving Florida State 6-5 313 2nd Round Most Versatile Lineman In The Draft After Moving To Center Led Seminoles To The Rose Bowl

Arie Kouandjio – Alabama 6-5 3153rd Round Only Knee Problems Are The Concern With This Talent 

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Defense 

Leonard Williams USC 6-5 300 – Best DE/DT In The Draft

Arik Armstead Oregon 6-7 292 – Late 1st Round Early 2nd Round Only Question Can He Play Every Down If Needed

Nate Orchard Utah 6-3 250 Middle To Late Rounds One Of Our Favorite Pass Rushers In This Draft

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Special Teams

 Justin Manton UL-Monroe 6th or 7th Round All Time Leading Scorer At ULM With 256 Points Could Be Much Needed Heir Apparent To Phil Dawson 

Diamonds In The Rough – Middle To Late Rounds Guys We Like

Running Backs

David Cobb Minnesota 5-10 220 

Matt Jones Florida 6-2 231

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Wide Recievers

Devin Smith The Ohio State University 6-1 197

Dezmin Lewis Central Arkansas 6-4 210

Dres Anderson Utah 6-1 196

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TIGHT ENDS 

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Casey Pierce Kent State University 6-4 242

OFFENSIVE LINE

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Greg Mancz Toledo 6-4 301

Ben Beckwith Missisipp State

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DEFENSE

Michael Bennett The Ohio State University DT 6-2 293  

Paul Dawson TCU LB 6-0 235

Ifo Ekpre-Olomu Oregon DB 5-9 189

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