Dayton Flyers set to open season tonight in renovated UD Arena

Published: Thursday, November 09, 2017 @ 11:24 AM

Amazing drone view of UD Arena interior renovation

Who: Ball State at Dayton

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Where: UD Arena

TV/Radio: Spectrum Sports; AM 1290, News 95.7 WHIO

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Probable Dayton starters

Darrell Davis, 6-5, Sr., G, 5.5 points per game

John Crosby, 6-3, Jr., G, 2.8

Josh Cunningham, 6-7, R-Jr., F, 6.3

Xeyrius Williams, 6-8, Jr., F, 8.2

Trey Landers, 6-4, So., G, 3.0

Probable Ball State starters

Tayler Persons, 6-3, R-Jr., G, 15.5

Francis Kiapway, 6-3, Sr., G, 8.1

Sean Sellers, 6-6, Sr., F, 8.6

Kyle Mallers, 6-7, So., F, 2.2

Tahjai Teague, 6-8, R-So., F, 7.3

* Points per game are averages from last season

Phase one of UD Arena reveals fancy new seating an bright new center scoreboard.

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Series history: Dayton leads the series 5-1. The Flyers won the last game 59-35 on Jan. 5, 2010 at UD Arena. This is the third meeting since 1958.

Coaches: This is the first game as Dayton coach for Anthony Grant. His career record in three seasons at Virginia Commonwealth and six at Alabama is 119-110. Ball State’s James Whitford enters his fifth season with a record of 54-75.

About Dayton: The Flyers have won 12 straight season openers and 15 of their last 16. Dayton is 44-4 in home openers at UD Arena. It won 23 straight home openers from 1969-91. … Davis has started 18 games in his career. Williams has started eight games. Cunningham has two starts with the Flyers. This will be the first start for Landers and Crosby. … Dayton’s director of player development, Devin Davis, was a player at Miami University when Whitford was an assistant coach.

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About Ball State: The Cardinals received one vote in the Associated Press top 25 preseason poll, as did the Flyers. … Ball State finished 21-13 last season. It beat an Atlantic 10 team in its opener a year ago, routing Saint Louis 85-64 on the road. … Ball State has recorded back-to-back 20-win seasons for the first time since 1991-92 and 1992-93. … Ball State assistant coach Jason Grunkemeyer played for Miami University’s Sweet 16 team in 1999. Whitford was an assistant coach during his three seasons with the RedHawks. … Kiapway ranks fourth in school history with 184 3-pointers. … Persons played his freshman season at Northern Kentucky before transferring. … Freshman guard Ishmael El-Amin is the son of Khalid El-Amin, a point guard who led Connecticut to the national title in 1999.

Next games: Dayton opens play in the Charleston Classic at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 16 against Hofstra. Ball State plays at Oklahoma at 8 p.m. Nov. 15.

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Alabama football: Burton Burns transitions to off-field role

Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 3:00 AM

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Alabama football drives the conversation here at the Rammer Jammer, SEC Country’s daily Alabama athletics recap, but we’ll cover news for every facet of the Crimson Tide. Every morning, we’ll be here for the latest on Alabama football, basketball and every other sport on campus.

Longtime running backs coach transitions to new role

Alabama announced its new coaching staff on Wednesday. The big news came from running backs coach Burton Burns. He will transition to an off-field role as associate athletic director in football. He spent 11 years as the running backs coach, and helped develop Heisman Trophy winners Mark Ingram and Derrick Henry. Seven running backs reached 1,000 yards under the coaching of Burns. Joe Pannunzio will take his place as running backs coach. Jeff Banks will take over Pannunzio’s role as special teams coach.

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In other headlines…

Alabama officially announces coaching staff

The Crimson Tide rounded out its coaching staff. Along with Burns, the Crimson Tide promoted Mike Locksley to offensive coordinator and Tosh Lupoi to defensive coordinator. Josh Gattis will be the co-offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach. Pete Golding will coach inside linebackers and be co-defensive coordinator.

Alabama also announced Dan Enos and Craig Kuligowski as associate head coaches. Enos will also serve as quarterbacks coach, while Kuligowski will be defensive line coach.

Pro Day date, time announced

Alabama’s 2018 pro day will be held on March 7 at noon CT and will be televised on the SEC Network. Pete Burns, Marcus Spears and Greg McElroy will cover the event. McElroy will be live in Tuscaloosa. Alabama will announce the players participating at a later date. It comes just three days after the NFL scouting combine.

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Auburn football: Another busy spring weekend for Tigers

Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 3:00 AM

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Auburn football is the No. 1 topic in the War Eagle Wakeup every day — but we cover news, notes and analysis from across the Tigers’ sports world. Join us each morning to get caught up on everything you missed in the world of Auburn football, recruiting, basketball and more. 

Gus Malzahn commends basketball team

Auburn football enjoyed celebrating its win against Alabama one more time on Wednesday night just about as much as Auburn basketball did (OK, maybe not that much).

After Bruce Pearl’s basketball team pulled off a double-digit win against the Crimson Tide — without Mustapha Heron (flu) — football coach Gus Malzahn had more praise for the Tigers basketball team.

The entire football program stepped on the hardwood at halftime to accept the Iron Bowl trophy, but unfortunately there was no dancing this time.

In other Auburn news:

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Basketball heads to Florida 

Auburn basketball is heading into the weekend like …

OK, actually, the Tigers are headed to Florida to take on the Gators in Gainesville. Road wins haven’t come easily in the SEC this season (ask Avery Johnson about that) and that will again be the case on Saturday.

Florida’s last two games haven’t been memorable. First, the Gators lost to Vanderbilt and then fell to Tennessee in Knoxville. Before that, Florida lost to Georgia, too. Pearl’s team doesn’t have a lot of manpower, but the show will go on again on Saturday.

Back at Plainsman Park 

The Auburn baseball team will be back in action this weekend against a winless Bryant University team.

The Tigers are off to their best start in years, winning their first five games, and will have ace Casey Mize back on the mound on Friday evening with the hopes of earning another victory.

The Friday game is set for 5 p.m. CT and will be streamed on the SEC Network alternative channel.

Softball’s trip to Cali 

Mickey Dean’s team is enjoying its trip to California, but split its doubleheader on Thursday.

First, the Tigers defeated Notre Dame (6-2) and then lost to Wisconsin (3-2). The victory over the Irish also tied the program record for wins to start a season (15).

Next, Auburn will take on San Jose State and then will face Oregon State and Long Beach State on Saturday. Here are some of the highlights from the its win Thursday over Notre Dame.

Another meeting with Tide 

No 12 Auburn will host No. 6 Alabama on Friday night in Auburn Arena. The gymnastics meet will begin around 7:30 p.m. CT and will be broadcast on SEC Network.

A rivalry meet with the Tide means that Auburn Arena will be very orange once again this weekend. The last home meet of the regular season also means it’s senior night. Kennedy Finister, Cara Stricklin and three student managers will be honored before the meet.

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NFL mock draft 2018: First-round projections, top players, NFL draft order (02/23/2018)

Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 2:30 AM

NFL mock drafts 2018 have been released. Find predictions, key players and the first-round draft order below.

Much of the narrative around the 2018 NFL Draft is focused at the quarterback position. Mock drafts from ESPN and CBS Sports both have quarterbacks filling up the top 10 this year.

Here is a collection of 2018 NFL mock drafts, including Land of 10’s own projection.

NFL mock draft 2018: First-round projections, top players

Land of 10 predictions

  1. Cleveland Browns — Sam Darnold, QB, USC
  2. New York Giants — Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming
  3. Indianapolis Colts — Bradley Chubb, DL, N.C. State
  4. Cleveland Browns — Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State
  5. Denver Broncos — Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma
  6. New York Jets — Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA
  7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Derwin James, DB, Florida State
  8. Chicago Bears — Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU
  9. San Francisco 49ers — Denzel Ward, DB, Ohio State
  10. Oakland Raiders — Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB, Alabama
  11. Miami Dolphins — Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia
  12. Cincinnati Bengals — Quenton Nelson, G, Notre Dame
  13. Washington Redskins — Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama
  14. Green Bay Packers — Joshua Jackson, DB, Iowa
  15. Arizona Cardinals — Connor Williams, OT, Texas
  16. Baltimore Ravens — Orlando Brown, OT, Oklahoma
  17. Los Angeles Chargers — Mike McGlinchey, G, Notre Dame
  18. Seattle Seahawks — James Washington, WR, Oklahoma State
  19. Dallas Cowboys — Christian Kirk, WR, Texas A&M
  20. Detroit Lions — Derrius Guice, RB, LSU
  21. Buffalo Bills –Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma State
  22. Buffalo Bills — Arden Key, DL, LSU
  23. Los Angeles Rams — Rashaan Evans, LB, Alabama
  24. Carolina Panthers — Marcus Davenport, DL, UTSA
  25. Tennessee Titans — Maurice Hurst, DL, Michigan
  26. Atlanta Falcons — Vita Vea, DL, Washington
  27. New Orleans Saints — Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Virginia Tech
  28. Pittsburgh Steelers — Malik Jefferson, LB, Texas
  29. Jacksonville Jaguars — Harold Landry, LB, Boston College
  30. Minnesota Vikings — Billy Price, OL, Ohio State
  31. New England Patriots — Mark Andrews, TE, Oklahoma
  32. Philadelphia Eagles — Ogbonnia Okoronwko, LB, Oklahoma

NFL mock draft 2018: ESPN projections by Mel Kiper

  1. Cleveland Browns — Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming
  2. New York Giants — Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State
  3. Indianapolis Colts — Bradley Chubb, DE, N.C. State
  4. Cleveland Browns — Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB, Alabama
  5. Denver Broncos — Sam Darnold, QB, USC
  6. New York Jets — Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma
  7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Quenton Nelton, G, Notre Dame
  8. Chicago Bears — Tremaine Edmunds, DE/OLB, Virginia Tech
  9. San Francisco 49ers — Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State
  10. Oakland Raiders — Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia
  11. Miami Dolphins — Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA
  12. Cincinnati Bengals — Kolton Miller, T, UCLA
  13. Washington Redskins — Vita Vea, DT, Washington
  14. Green Bay Packers — Marcus Davenport, DE, UTSA
  15. Arizona Cardinals — Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama
  16. Baltimore Ravens — Orlando Brown, T, Oklahoma
  17. Los Angeles Chargers — Da’Ron Payne, DT, Alabama
  18. Seattle Seahawks — Derwin James, S, Florida State
  19. Dallas Cowboys — Rashaan Evans, LB, Alabama
  20. Detroit Lions — Derrius Guice, RB, LSU
  21. Buffalo Bills — Mike Hughes, CB, UCF
  22. Buffalo Bills — James Daniels, G/C, Iowa
  23. Los Angeles Rams — Josh Jackson, CB, Iowa
  24. Carolina Panthers — James Washington, WR, Oklahoma
  25. Tennessee Titans — Ronald Jones, RB, USC
  26. Atlanta Falcons — Isaiah Wynn, G, Georgia
  27. New Orleans Saints — Hayden Hurst, TE, South Carolina
  28. Pittsburgh Steelers — Leighton Vander Esch, LB, Boise State
  29. Jacksonville Jaguars — Dallas Goedert, TE, South Dakota State
  30. Minnesota Vikings — Geron Christian, T, Louisville
  31. New England Patriots — Donte Jackson, CB, LSU
  32. Philadelphia Eagles — Christian Kirk, WR, Texas A&M

NFL mock draft 2018: Top players, projection for first round

CBS Sports projection

  1. Cleveland Browns — Sam Darnold, QB, USC
  2. New York Giants — Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA
  3. Indianapolis Colts — Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State
  4. Cleveland Browns — Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB, Alabama
  5. Buffalo Bills (mock trade) — Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma
  6. New York Jets — Bradley Chubb, DE, NC State
  7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Quenton Nelson, G, Notre Dame
  8. Chicago Bears — Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama
  9. San Francisco 49ers — Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State
  10. Oakland Raiders — Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Virginia Tech
  11. Miami Dolphins — Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming
  12. Cincinnati Bengals — Connor Williams, T, Texas
  13. Washington Redskins — Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia
  14. Green Bay Packers — Josh Jackson, CB, Iowa
  15. Arizona Cardinals — Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville
  16. Baltimore Ravens — Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU
  17. Los Angeles Chargers — Derwin James, S, Florida State
  18. Seattle Seahawks — Orlando Brown, T, Oklahoma
  19. Dallas Cowboys — Marcus Davenport, DE, UTSA
  20. Detroit Lions — Maurice Hurst, DT, Michigan
  21. Denver Broncos (mock trade) — Mike McGlinchey, T, Notre Dame
  22. Buffalo Bills — Vita Vea, DT, Washington
  23. Los Angeles Rams — Isaiah Oliver, CB, Colorado
  24. Carolina Panthers — James Washington, WR, Oklahoma State
  25. Tennessee Titans — Billy Price, OL, Ohio State
  26. Atlanta Falcons — Da’Ron Payne, DT, Alabama
  27. New Orleans Saints — Harold Landry, DE, Boston College
  28. Pittsburgh Steelers — Rashaan Evans, ILB, Alabama
  29. Jacksonville Jaguars — Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma State
  30. Minnesota Vikings — Will Hernandez, OL, UTEP
  31. Philadelphia Eagles — Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, DE, Oklahoma
  32. New England Patriots — Ronald Jones, RB, USC

2018 NFL Draft: First-round order

The draft order was finalized after the Super Bowl.

1. Cleveland Browns

2. New York Giants

3. Indianapolis Colts

4. Cleveland Browns

5. Denver Broncos

6. New York Jets

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

8. Chicago Bears

9. San Francisco 49ers OR Oakland Raiders (coin flip)

11. Miami Dolphins

12. Cincinnati Bengals

13. Washington Redskins

14. Green Bay Packers

15. Arizona Cardinals

16. Baltimore Ravens

17. Los Angeles Chargers

18. Seattle Seahawks

19. Dallas Cowboys

20. Detroit Lions

21. Buffalo Bills

22. Buffalo Bills (from Kansas City Chiefs)

23. Los Angeles Rams

24. Carolina Panthers

25. Tennessee Titans

26. Atlanta Falcons

27. New Orleans Saints

28. Pittsburgh Steelers

29. Jacksonville Jaguars

30. Minnesota Vikings

31. New England Patriots

32. Philadelphia Eagles

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Auburn baseball vs. Bryant University: Game times, TV channel, how to watch online (February 23, 2018)

Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 2:30 AM

Only 19 times since 1949 has Auburn started the season by winning five straight games. Butch Thompson’s ball club looks to continue those efforts this weekend when it hosts Bryant University at Plainsman Park.

In five victories so far, Auburn’s pitching staff has combined for a 0.80 ERA (No. 4 in the country) and has landed No. 5 nationally in runs scored (43). The Tigers have been keeping things interesting this week, too, with the last two wins coming in one-run games.

The Bulldogs have not been as successful through their first three games. Bryant has fallen to Arizona in Tucson.

Auburn baseball vs. Bryant University game times, details

Game 1: Friday, Feb. 23, 6 p.m. ET

Game 2: Saturday, Feb. 24, 2 p.m. ET

Game 3: Sunday, Feb. 25, 1 p.m. ET

Location: Plainsman Park, Auburn, Ala.

What TV channels are the Auburn vs. Bryant games on?

The Friday and Saturday games will be broadcast on SEC Network+ and the Sunday afternoon game will not be streamed. Andy Burcham will have the play-by-play on Friday and Saturday and will be joined by Mark Fuller on Friday and Chris Morrison on Saturday.

How can I listen to the Auburn vs. Bryant games?

You can follow the game on the  Auburn Radio Network.

What you should know this weekend

  • Auburn and Bryant have never met. This weekend will mark the first time the two teams have ever played.
  • Right-handed pitcher Casey Mize is the projected starting pitcher on Friday. Sophomore right-hander Davis Daniel will start on the mound on Saturday, and freshman Tanner Burns will toss the first pitch on Sunday afternoon. All three players have earned wins in their first appearances.
  • While Auburn has started the season hot, Bryant has yet to win a game (0-3).
  • The Tigers have allowed 8 runs through their first five games, which is the fewest runs allowed since the 1996 season (6).

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