By JACK CARLE
Sentinel Sports Editor
Chris Jones knew he had put in the work to reach one of his personal goals this season. The senior defensive tackle for the Bowling Green Falcons found out Wednesday the effort paid off as he was selected the Mid-American Conference defensive player of the year.
“It was a goal of mine since last year; it was something that I was working for,’’ Jones said. ‘‘Coming into this year I just kept working hard like I always have.
‘‘Looking at my progression throughout my whole career here, I constantly improved every year.’’
EDITOR’S NOTE: College football is turning the page to conference championships during the coming week, and the Mid-American Conference will get things rolling with an intriguing matchup as Kent State meets Northern Illinois Friday night at Ford Field in Detroit. Both teams are talented and both teams are hot. At stake is a conference championship and bowl positioning, with the added possibility that the winner might slip into a BCS bowl. This article features Northern Illinois.
For what it is worth, Northern Illinois (11-1) has championship game experience. The Huskies are defending champs and this is their third straight title game appearance. NIU knows what it takes to win, and it knows what it feels like to lose. Above all, many players on the roster are keenly aware of the fine line between hosting a trophy and watching an opponent host that trophy.
By EVAN MEYER
When the Kent State Golden Flashes take to the field Friday night in Detroit at the 2012 Marathon MAC Football Championship Game, it will be one of the most amazing football stories not only in the MAC, but in all of college football.
The Flashes will enter Ford Field against three-time Western Division, and defending conference Champion Northern Illinois with an 11-1 record --the best in their 90-year football school history. They will also be sporting a 10-game winning streak -- the longest in school history.
OXFORD, Ohio--Miami RedHawks redshirt junior forward Bill Edwards (Middletown, Ohio/Middletown/Penn State) will be out for the rest of the season due to a left knee injury sustained just minutes into the RedHawks’ game with James Madison on Saturday, Nov. 24. He suffered a torn ligament and will undergo surgery on Monday (Dec. 3).
Also missed most of 2011-12
Edwards played in five games for the RedHawks in 2012-13, making four starts. Prior to the James Madison game, Edwards was averaging 10.8 ppg and 3.8 rpg. He finishes the season averaging 9.2 ppg and 3.0 ppg. Last season, Edwards also was sidelined for most of the season due to a wrist injury. He played in seven games in 2011-12, making four starts and averaged 6.7 ppg and 5.6 rpg.
CLEVELAND, Ohio – A total of 29 repeat selections from last year’s All-MAC team highlights this year’s postseason football awards in the Mid-American Conference.
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio – Detroit’s Ray McCallum iis the point guard who garners all the national headlines, but Bowling Green’s Jordon Crawford was the point guard who scored a career-high 26 points as he led his Falcons to a 70-65 win over McCallum’s Detroit Titans’ squad Tuesday night at the Stroh Center.
The Mid-American Conference on Monday announced its basketball Players of the Week
The Mid-American Conference Monday announced its Week 13 football Players of the Week.
YPSILANTI, Mich. (EMUEagles.com) – The Eastern Michigan University men's basketball team scored 28 points off of 21 turnovers as the Eagles defeated Madonna University, 75-57, Saturday night at the Convocation Center.
DEKALB, Ill. -- Freshman guard Akeem Springs led Northern Illinois with 15 points, but it wasn’t enough as Loyola Chicago escaped with a 53-46 victory on Saturday afternoon at the NIU Convocation Center. The Ramblers led by one at the half and used 56.3 percent shooting in the second half to claim the seven-point victory.