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(11-09-2019 05:31 PM)Muskrat Wrote:  I wish there were just one source online that kept a fan up with everything about Kent State sports. All an Ohio State fan has to do is pick up a newspaper, any Ohio newspaper. I have nothing against people who are Ohio State fans, but I get annoyed when people assume I care just because I live in Ohio, and even worse when people insist that I SHOULD care just because I live in Ohio.

My take is that Cleveland loves football and they haven't had a good pro football team in, ummm, 30 years now. So, they have transported their love to the Buckeyes, Ohio's best professional football team.
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I've been looking at the sports pages since about 1953. Coverage of certain teams has increased over the years. The Browns get more ink after a preseason game now than they got after their 1964 title. Coverage of Ohio State football has really increased, even though they always got top college football coverage. The saturation coverage of certain teams comes at the expense of others. Coverage of mid-major sports in northeast and all of eastern Ohio has been the biggest loser.
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(11-10-2019 06:55 AM)Muskrat Wrote:  I've been looking at the sports pages since about 1953. Coverage of certain teams has increased over the years. The Browns get more ink after a preseason game now than they got after their 1964 title. Coverage of Ohio State football has really increased, even though they always got top college football coverage. The saturation coverage of certain teams comes at the expense of others. Coverage of mid-major sports in northeast and all of eastern Ohio has been the biggest loser.

You are exactly right, and it is extremely sad.

I was talking just yesterday about the teams that spanned the Gary Waters-Stan Heath-Jim Christian era from 1999-2003. During that time, Brian Windhorst covered KSU for the Akron Beacon Journal, Elton Alexander covered KSU and Akron (and really the entire MAC) for the Plain Dealer. The Record Courier had two reporters at every game with Allen Moff and me, and I was pulling double duty writing KSU stories for the Associated Press. Back then, KSU drew enough interest for the AP to use me as a stringer (nice, selfishly, because it more than doubled my pay on those days).

And that was just the professional journalists. The Daily Kent Stater had a long string of fantastic sports reporters covering KSU sports during that period and beyond. Many of them are still in the business. The Stater was a fantastic resource for KSU news.

Following the economic downturn in 2008, though, cutbacks at newspapers led to smaller sections and ongoing layoffs. The larger metropolitan newspapers weren't going to cut back on coverage of the primary professional and power 5 college teams. High school coverage is also a moneymaker. It was the beats like KSU's that were eliminated, while newspapers like the Record Courier, trying simply to survive, kept beat reporters on coverage of hometown teams like the Flashes, but stretched them thin with other duties. When I was on the Kent State beat, I attended just about every football and men's basketball practice, and tried to catch practices of other teams when I could. I wanted to be at those practices, but the newspaper also wanted me there to produce at least one story and notebook/sidebar per day. I know Allen would love nothing more than to be able to do that now, but it's just not possible these days with all of the other hats he has to wear.

The continuing decline in the newspaper business made it difficult to attract talented writers into KSU's School of Journalism and Mass Communication. With even the Stater cutting back on its days of publication and moving its focus online, coverage has declined to preview and game stories sprinkled with the occasional feature on a student-athlete with an intriguing story.

Even this message board has seen declining numbers in recent years, which could be due to the lack of coverage. Ironically, this is one of the best places to get news about Kent State sports as many of you keep an eye out for stories on recruits and other student-athletes in their local newspapers and report back on your experiences attending or watching games on tv and the internet, writing about how players and the team are developing during a season.

Since I left KSU and decided not to return for a game until there's a change in leadership (something difficult for me having started going to games at Dix and the MACC in the early 1970s with my dad), I've kept in touch with what is going on by reading this message board and by watching and listening to Ty, Rob and Jacob on the radio and/or watching the ESPN3/ESPN+ broadcasts.

At least we have those resources!
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Good points, David. It's sad to see the continuing decline of newspapers due to finances. and not just for sports reasons. I know that the really young don't seem to mind. But I was born in 1945 and to me it has been really sad.
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(11-10-2019 11:40 AM)Muskrat Wrote:  Good points, David. It's sad to see the continuing decline of newspapers due to finances. and not just for sports reasons. I know that the really young don't seem to mind. But I was born in 1945 and to me it has been really sad.

It's the same for me. I was born in 1970, but found a love for newspapers at an early age. All I ever wanted to do was be a reporter for a daily newspaper. At least I had the chance to do that for 20 years, and to cover the teams I grew up loving at Kent State, as well as the Cleveland Browns and all four of golf's major championships. I miss it!
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Flashes are a 1.0 pt favorite at Towson Monday. Unfortunately, the only video that seems to be available is a month subscription to their video provider for $12.99 with no option to purchase single events. Really hard to find much in the way of previews for either Towson or the Colonial conference. Weird. I can find previews of every other conference I looked for, even smaller than the CAA, but not them. I found a 2-minute Towson video preview that didn’t say much except that they’re working hard and that the coach said the the Colonial was clearly the toughest mid-major conference in the country. Right.
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(11-10-2019 10:01 PM)axeme Wrote:  Flashes are a 1.0 pt favorite at Towson Monday. Unfortunately, the only video that seems to be available is a month subscription to their video provider for $12.99 with no option to purchase single events. Really hard to find much in the way of previews for either Towson or the Colonial conference. Weird. I can find previews of every other conference I looked for, even smaller than the CAA, but not them. I found a 2-minute Towson video preview that didn’t say much except that they’re working hard and that the coach said the the Colonial was clearly the toughest mid-major conference in the country. Right.

Axeme, even the Towson student newspaper appears to be missing a season preview on their men's basketball team. There is a preview of the women's team on the The Towerlight, but the only men's basketball story I could find was what appears to be a semi-regular column on what's happening in the NBA.

Unfortunately, I'm going to end up spending the $12.99 to watch tonight's game. I hope it's not one of those subscriptions where I have to remember to jump back in and cancel before it continues charging on a monthly basis ... I have a bad habit of forgetting.

Here's a link to Towson's game notes for tonight: https://towsontigers.com/documents/2019/...Notes1.pdf
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I’ve heard nothing but bitching and frustration with the FLO sports feeds, so hopefully you’re ok. I also noticed famed writer John Feinstein is the commentator for them.
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(Yesterday 08:03 AM)DavidCarducci Wrote:  
(11-10-2019 10:01 PM)axeme Wrote:  Flashes are a 1.0 pt favorite at Towson Monday. Unfortunately, the only video that seems to be available is a month subscription to their video provider for $12.99 with no option to purchase single events. Really hard to find much in the way of previews for either Towson or the Colonial conference. Weird. I can find previews of every other conference I looked for, even smaller than the CAA, but not them. I found a 2-minute Towson video preview that didn’t say much except that they’re working hard and that the coach said the the Colonial was clearly the toughest mid-major conference in the country. Right.

Axeme, even the Towson student newspaper appears to be missing a season preview on their men's basketball team. There is a preview of the women's team on the The Towerlight, but the only men's basketball story I could find was what appears to be a semi-regular column on what's happening in the NBA.

Unfortunately, I'm going to end up spending the $12.99 to watch tonight's game. I hope it's not one of those subscriptions where I have to remember to jump back in and cancel before it continues charging on a monthly basis ... I have a bad habit of forgetting.

Here's a link to Towson's game notes for tonight: https://towsontigers.com/documents/2019/...Notes1.pdf

Thanks for that.

I decided to do a little more digging. I used to live in Maryland and still visit Baltimore because my wife's sister is a prof at Towson. (All the more important to get this win with Thanksgiving dinner coming up, you know, bragging rights and all.)

Where better to dig than the local paper, The (once great) Baltimore Sun? It was about as expected. The subsections are Ravens, Orioles, HS Sports, Analysis, Terps, Horse Racing, and College Lacrosse. I did a search there for "Towson Basketball" and it brought up several stories about the women's team who went to the NCAA tourney last spring, and one short feature on a transfer to the men's team. There also was a link to a men's season preview. From 2017. So things there mirror pretty accurately the media landscape in NE Ohio. I mean, Towson is the local university, along with 2018 NCAA darlings, UMBC (Univ. of Maryland, Baltimore County), but the focus is on the big school a 45 min. drive away in College Park, MD, essentially the DC suburbs.
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(11-10-2019 01:07 AM)bopol Wrote:  
(11-09-2019 05:31 PM)Muskrat Wrote:  I wish there were just one source online that kept a fan up with everything about Kent State sports. All an Ohio State fan has to do is pick up a newspaper, any Ohio newspaper. I have nothing against people who are Ohio State fans, but I get annoyed when people assume I care just because I live in Ohio, and even worse when people insist that I SHOULD care just because I live in Ohio.

My take is that Cleveland loves football and they haven't had a good pro football team in, ummm, 30 years now. So, they have transported their love to the Buckeyes, Ohio's best professional football team.

As a Clevelander in the early 90s, I was all-in on the Browns. When they left town, I had to find a different #2 team to root for [besides the Flashes], and I landed on the Buckeyes. Yeah, the Browns came back, but they haven't won me back yet.

Since I picked up the Buckeyes as my number #2 team behind the Flashes, they've won 2 National Championships. They Browns haven't won it all since the year before I was born.

And since I live in Portage County now, I don't feel I'm required to follow Cleveland sports teams
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(11-10-2019 10:01 PM)axeme Wrote:  Flashes are a 1.0 pt favorite at Towson Monday. Unfortunately, the only video that seems to be available is a month subscription to their video provider for $12.99 with no option to purchase single events. Really hard to find much in the way of previews for either Towson or the Colonial conference. Weird. I can find previews of every other conference I looked for, even smaller than the CAA, but not them. I found a 2-minute Towson video preview that didn’t say much except that they’re working hard and that the coach said the the Colonial was clearly the toughest mid-major conference in the country. Right.

Axeme, even the Towson student newspaper appears to be missing a season preview on their men's basketball team. There is a preview of the women's team on the The Towerlight, but the only men's basketball story I could find was what appears to be a semi-regular column on what's happening in the NBA.

Unfortunately, I'm going to end up spending the $12.99 to watch tonight's game. I hope it's not one of those subscriptions where I have to remember to jump back in and cancel before it continues charging on a monthly basis ... I have a bad habit of forgetting.

Here's a link to Towson's game notes for tonight: https://towsontigers.com/documents/2019/...Notes1.pdf

UH... better read the terms of service. That subscription renews automatically if you don't cancel.
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The CAA preview didn't have much. Towson picked sixth.

Quote:Towson joins James Madison as one of two CAA squads welcoming back four starters. Led by Fobbs, who posted 17.5 points and 5.9 rebounds per game en route to earning Second Team All-CAA honors, the Tigers bring back 86-percent of their scoring and 90-percent of their rebounds from last season. Among Towson's returnees, nine players averaged 10 or more minutes per game and started at least three games.

https://caasports.com/news/2019/10/7/hof...-year.aspx
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Finally found a decent Towson preview on SB Nation.

SB Nation

And a better, more in-depth one at a website called Three-Man-Weave.

https://www.three-man-weave.com/3mw/colo...20-preview
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