A Great Time to be a Zip: Akron Fans Could Not Ask For Much More

The Akron Athletics Department and Akron fans must think they have died and gone to heaven. A little over a month ago the Zips faced a winless Army football team in Akron. A crowd of 12,203 watched the Zips fall flat on their faces in a 20-0 loss. At 3-4 overall and 2-2 in the MAC the Zips didn’t look like a respectable team let alone a MAC Champion. But as Nick Gerogosian described earlier this year in his article entitled The Wacky MAC, the crazy MAC football season gave the Akron football team hope, and the Zips made the most of it.

The Zips were picked to go 4-7 and finish tied with Ohio for 3rd in the MAC East. Similarly, our friends at MACReportOnline.com picked the Zips to finish 4th in the MAC East. Losing their poster-child QB Charlie Frye to the Cleveland Browns in the NFL Draft meant the Zips would struggle in 2005, right?

Apparently J.D.Brookhart, Akron’s Head Coach and the mastermind behind the Zips success, had other ideas. Junior Luke Getsy was named the starting QB of the Zips after transferring from Pitt. Brookhart สมัครเว็บ ufabet liked Getsy’s experience running the West Coast Offense and, looking back, made one heck of a great decision. Getsy was fortunate enough to have All-MAC running back Brett Biggs returning and speedy senior WR Domenik Hixon to make his job a bit easier. The trio led the Zips all season to their improbable MAC Championship.

Fairness in college sports does not seem to exist; money dominates. Just ask the Akron Athletic Department after the 2004-2005 academic year ended. Despite having the heavily-hyped, All-MAC Quarterback Charlie Frye lead them to a 6-5 record, the Zips were the only, yes, I