Temple picked to win MAC tirtle; BG selected No. 4 in MAC East PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by By JACK CARLE Sentinel Sports Editor   
Friday, 30 July 2010 17:00
DETROIT — Temple is the pick to win the Mid-American Conference East and the conference championship football game this season.
Bowling Green was selected No. 4 in the MAC East.
“It means we’re relevant. That’s all it means. We have to prove it on the field,” said Al Golden, Temple’s head coach. “I know that this is our most talented team. But the best players don’t always make the best team. The best team always wins.
“We have to make sure that we’re not just a bunch of talented individuals, and that we come together as a team. I think our kids have done a good job with that.”
The poll, a vote of the MAC News Media Association, was announced Friday during the preseason MAC football meetings at Ford Field.
Temple received 17 of 20 first place votes to win the MAC East and 11 of 17 votes to win the MAC championship.
Bowling Green received 74 points in the voting.
“Our goal is to get to Ford Field and play for a MAC championship,” said Dave Clawson, in his second season as BG’s head coach. “We don’t want to be known as a good team, but as a good program.”
The complete order of finish, with first place votes in parenthesis, was: East, 1) Temple (17), 137; 2) Ohio (3), 116; 3) Kent State, 94; 4) Bowling Green, 74; 5) Miami, 53; 6) Buffalo, 48; 7) Akron, 38; and West, 1) Northern Illinois (15), 115; 2) Central Michigan (3), 83; 3) Western Michigan (2), 77; 4) Toledo, 65; 5) Ball State, 50; 6), Eastern Michigan, 20.
In the voting for the MAC championship game winner, Temple got 11 votes, Northern Illinois received five and Ohio got one.
FATINIKUN: T.J. Fatinikun, a graduate of Perrysburg High School, had a strong season in 2010 for Toledo making 20 tackles as a true freshman.
Tim Beckman, in his second year as Toledo’s head coach, is counting on Fatinikun to be even more of a factor this fall as a hybrid defensive end-linebacker.
“He’s a starter right now,” Beckman said Friday. “He had a outstanding spring. He’s up to 258 pounds.
“I see him as definitely a factor in the success of our defense.”
Beckman said Fatinikun has the ability to play as a stand-up linebacker or go into a stance as a defensive end.
“He’s a great pass rusher that can also drop (in coverage),” Beckman said.
MERSHMAN: Aaron Mershman, a graduate of Bowling Green High School, was redshirted as a freshman last season at Ball State and starts fall camp as No. 2 on the depth chart at quarterback.
Mershman is behind Kelly Page, who started Ball State’s first seven games of the season before suffering an injury in the game against Bowling Green on Oct. 17. Freshman Keith Wenning from Coldwater High School is the No. 3 quarterback heading into fall camp.
“When Page got hurt, I thought long and hard about taking his redshirt off,” Ball State head coach Stan Parrish said about Mershman. “I’m glad I didn’t.”
“We have three talented quarterbacks so training camp will be a lot of fun,” Parrish added.
Parrish said Mershman could be a contributor in other areas this season.
“He played on a couple of special teams during the spring. It’s rare that a guy is 225 (pounds) and can do all the things that he can do,” Parrish said. “We kind of expanded his role because if he is not our starting quarterback, he is too good of a player not contribute in some way, shape or form.
“We’re excited about him,” Parrish continued. “He wants to play and I love guys like that.”
TV: The MAC announced a new regional television agreement with SportsTime Ohio Friday.
The three-year agreement will provide an expanded number of televised conference football games, men’s and women’s basketball games, including both conference basketball tournaments and additional neutral site conference championship programming in volleyball, baseball and softball.
In the first year of the agreement, the MAC will have a minimum of three football games and 33 basketball games, which will represent a 60 percent increase in the number of basketball games televised from the previous year.
This regional television deal will provide the MAC clearance throughout the entire state of Ohio, including the Cincinnati/Dayton and Southern Ohio region, in addition to a continued regional presence throughout the Midwest including Michigan, Indiana, Illinois and Western New York.
Also announced Friday was an agreement between the MAC and ESPN.
For the fourth consecutive season, ESPN Regional Television, Inc., has a six-week regionally syndicated MAC football package that will air in 24 television markets, including Chicago; Philadelphia; Detroit; Cleveland; Columbus, Ohio; Cincinnati; Indianapolis; Grand Rapids, Mich.; and Buffalo. The package will consist of six weeks of MAC conference and non-conference matchups, beginning Sept. 18.
Bowling Green is not featured in the ESPN package.
Last Updated on Friday, 30 July 2010 17:01

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