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YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: IUPUI as the next Horizon League member?
« Last post by Wick250 on Today at 09:02:05 AM »
I agree that Robert Morris would have been ideal, but as Chief just noted, that school is not a serious candidate.  As the NEC has moved from non-scholarship to partial scholarship football, Robert Morris has invested considerable expense and time building up their program.  They are stuck in the NEC as nobody else would want their football team.  Perhaps the NEC would allow Robert Morris to remain as a football-only member, but that is extremely unlikely. 
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Not in favor of this move. Robert Morris brings much more to the table including their new facility and proximity to Pittsburgh and a natural rivalry with YSU.

They were never going to get real consideration. IUPUI is fine with me.
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YSU Penguin Athletics / Zallow in US outdoor championship
« Last post by Double ET on Today at 08:30:23 AM »
Zallow is up against the nation's best, not just NCAA.

From today's Vindy:

With the collegiate season over, Youngstown State track athletes Collin Harden and Chad Zallow are at their final hurdles this season — literally and figuratively.

Harden ran Friday in the 400 hurdles of the USA Track and Field Junior Outdoor Championships, finishing 12th overall against the nation’s best high school and freshmen college athletes.

Zallow runs the 110 hurdles today in a competition a level above Harden, the USA Track and Field Outdoor Championships. The competition is how Team USA will be selected for this year’s World Championships which are in London this August.

Both competitions are taking place in Sacramento, Calif.

The Outdoor Championships include everyone from collegians to professional athletes looking for a taste of international competition and to represent the United States.

“I’d say this is the biggest thing I’ve ever ran in,” Zallow said. “I’m going against guys who do this for a living – some of the better athletes in the world.”

Zallow is competing for spots on the same London-bound team as track stars he began following in middle and high school — guys like Tyson Gay, Justin Gatlin and LaShawn Merritt.

“It’s pretty cool to be able to run races with them,” Zallow said. “But I still have to put all that aside and prepare.”

Preparation for a meet even of this magnitude is very similar to other meets for Zallow, but with temperatures expected to reach 97 in Sacramento today, there’s one bit of preparation he is focusing on.

“One thing I’m definitely doing is making sure I’m hydrated,” Zallow said. “It’s really hot here.”

Harden finished his 400 hurdles in 52.33. The winner, Quincy Hall, won the event in 50.06 Only the top eight advanced to the final.

“I’m not too excited [about my performance] but the experience was great,” Harden said. “But I’ll have to come back here next year and work to be better at everything I do.”

After a lengthy indoor and outdoor season that stretched much longer than a high school track season, Harden isn’t sad he’s getting a bit of an offseason.

“It’s been a long season,” he said. “But it’s over so now I get to relax and prepare for next season. Coach [Brian Gorby] said we’ll start up in September, but I might do some offseason workouts.”

While the result wasn’t what Harden dreamed of, the trip wasn’t all bad.

“Flying out to California wasn’t too bad,” Harden said.


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YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: IUPUI as the next Horizon League member?
« Last post by ELPENGUIN on Today at 07:20:26 AM »
Not in favor of this move. Robert Morris brings much more to the table including their new facility and proximity to Pittsburgh and a natural rivalry with YSU.
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YSU Penguin Athletics / IUPUI as the next Horizon League member?
« Last post by Wick250 on June 23, 2017, 02:08:26 PM »
A newspaper writer out of Detroit and internet chatter suggest that IUPUI will replace Valpo in the Horizon League, either this year or more likely the following year.  If true, I like this.  Keeps the conference footprint small and travel costs down.  Does not add a strong basketball program that would just be another obstacle for Calhoun.  Your thoughts.
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YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: Preseason football poll
« Last post by IAA Fan on June 20, 2017, 05:36:31 PM »
I want to finish 3rd in the conference as 1&2 do not face OVC and SoCon teams early and 4 may not go at all.
Seriously?

Yes it is all about positioning, as we proved last year. Do you think we would have beaten NDSU or SDSU in round-2? Not likely. Maybe NDSU, but now way in heck would we beat SDSU and next year UNI will be in the mix.
"as we proved last year"???  By not being seeded, we had to play more football games than any other college team in history!  And you thing that is good? 
I would rather do our best to win every game: get a bye, then play as many games at home as possible.   We played 5 playoff games, one was fairly easy, we were lucky to win 2 of them, damn lucky to win 1 of them and lost 1.  Win everything you can and play at home and play fewer games is the formula for success.
Good grief 1AA, you are hoping to edge out NIU for 3rd in the league?  Kind of defeatist if you ask me.

Edge them out exactly, but make sure we beat them in the regular season or we could have 4 teams from the MVFC & people arguing for 5. I use the Tressel method Chief. Make sure our seeded opponents are from the OVC and the Big South. SoCon team should stay at home until they lose.
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YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: Preseason football poll
« Last post by go guins on June 20, 2017, 03:13:33 PM »
I want to finish 3rd in the conference as 1&2 do not face OVC and SoCon teams early and 4 may not go at all.
Seriously?

Yes it is all about positioning, as we proved last year. Do you think we would have beaten NDSU or SDSU in round-2? Not likely. Maybe NDSU, but now way in heck would we beat SDSU and next year UNI will be in the mix.
"as we proved last year"???  By not being seeded, we had to play more football games than any other college team in history!  And you thing that is good? 
I would rather do our best to win every game: get a bye, then play as many games at home as possible.   We played 5 playoff games, one was fairly easy, we were lucky to win 2 of them, damn lucky to win 1 of them and lost 1.  Win everything you can and play at home and play fewer games is the formula for success.
Good grief 1AA, you are hoping to edge out NIU for 3rd in the league?  Kind of defeatist if you ask me.
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Great group.  Congrats to all!
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YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: Preseason football poll
« Last post by ytownchief22 on June 20, 2017, 03:01:39 PM »
Good thing Bo is the coach and not you. We don't shy away from anyone. Play who you play and may the best team win.
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The Youngstown State Athletics Department will induct six new members into its Athletics Hall of Fame on Saturday, Sept. 16. The ceremony will be prior to the Penguins' football game against Central Connecticut State.

The Class of 2017 includes: Brandon Caipen (baseball), Jessica Fraley (volleyball), Quin Humphrey (men's basketball), Drs. Michael and Dianne Miladore (contributor), Jay Payne (track and field) and Tom Zetts (football).

Tickets to attend the ceremony are available by calling Emily Wollet at 330-941-7208. The event in YSU's Kilcawley Center begins at 10 a.m. with breakfast followed by the ceremony. The group will be presented at halftime of the Penguins' football game against Central Connecticut State, which kicks off at 2 p.m.

Caipen, who played baseball from 2003-06, was a two-time All-Horizon League First-Team selection as a junior and senior and an all-freshman team pick. He ranks in the top five in program history in career hits, runs, doubles, triples and games started.

Drafted in the 28th round of the 2006 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft, Caipen helped the Penguins to the 2004 Horizon League Championship and the program's first berth to the NCAA Regionals.

Fraley, who lettered for the volleyball team from 2004-07 and was the 2007-08 YSU Female Athlete of the Year, was an All-Horizon League First-Team selection in 2007 and named to the Horizon League All-Freshman Team in 2004. She became the ninth player in program history to reach 1,000 career kills and ranks 12th all-time with 1,001.

Her 427 kills in 2007 are the fourth most in a single-season and she ranks sixth all-time with 3.09 kills per set for her career.

Humphrey, the 2006-07 YSU Male Athlete of the Year, was a two-time All-Horizon League First-Team selection, and was the first YSU Division I player to earn consecutive first-team all-conference honors. He scored 1,707 career points, grabbed 674 rebounds with 253 career assists.

A four-year letterwinner on the men's basketball team from 2003-07, Humphrey ranks ninth all-time in scoring and third in YSU's Division I era. Humphrey, who was just the second player to lead the Horizon League in both scoring and rebounding in the same season (2005-06), ranks fourth with 370 career made free throws and sixth with 165 3-pointers.

The Miladores, the 2011 Penguins of the Year, have made contributions to Youngstown State and the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics in numerous ways. The Miladore Family Penguin Club Loge in Stambaugh Stadium offers football fans a beautiful place to watch both Penguins football and high school games. They have endowed the Drs. Dianne B. & Michael J. Miladore Scholarship, which alternates between a male and female student-athlete who is interested in majoring in pre-medical studies.

Michael worked as a team physician for the Department of Athletics from 1989 to 2011 and been a member of the YSU President's Council since 1997. Dianne served on the Penguin Club Board of Trustees from 1992-97 and was the organization's president from 1996-97, and she was appointed to be a member of the Youngstown State University Board of Trustees by then Governor Taft in 2005.

Payne was a four-year letterwinner for the Penguins from 1989-93. He set the outdoor track school mark in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 14.00 in 1993, a record that stood for 24 years. Payne also set the 400-meter hurdles record with a time of 52.11 in 1991 that lasted 26 years and set the indoor track 55-meter hurdles record with a time of 7.63.

Zetts was a four-year starter on the football team from 2004-07 and was an All-Gateway Football Conference Second-Team selection in 2007. He ended his career as the program's all-time leader in touchdown passes (51), completions (653), passing yards (7,714), 200-yard passing games (13) and completion percentage (59.7).

Zetts also engineered the Penguins to back-to-back Gateway Football Conference championships in 2005 and 2006 and the NCAA Division I-FCS semifinals in 2006.
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