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Tuesday Tidbits: In which we talk mostly about things other than football

September 21, 2010

David Goricki of the Detroit News wrote a nice profile on punter Jay Karutz, and his unusual path to NCAA football.

“I’m used to playing in shorts, a shirt and cleats for Australian Rules Football,” [Karutz] said. “The first time I put on the helmet it was like, ‘Where’s my hands?’ It was more of a peripheral vision type of thing than anything else…When I arrived at Eastern Michigan it was freezing. Tom Burpee, the special teams coach, showed us around. They seemed more enthusiastic about me than everybody else…I’m thrilled with my decision to attend Eastern Michigan, to play here…And, yes I know they had lost all their games last season (the Eagles are 0-2 this year). I know what they’re trying to do here, build a winning culture. The mates are buying into it, too. I played on a losing team in Australia and now they are winning a lot.”

The EMU gymnastics team, which placed third in the MAC in 2010, have announced their 2011 schedule.

The Green and White open the season with a conference match versus Northern Illinois, Jan. 16, on the road followed by a quad meet. EMU will compete in Redbird Quad, Jan. 23, hosted by Illinois State. Competing in the meet are EMU, ISU, Illinois-Chicago and Central. The Green and White return Jan. 29 for the home opener, hosting Ball State with events starting at 1 p.m.

The season comes to a close with three road meets followed by the last regular season meet at home versus Kent State, March 12.

The Mid-American Conference Championships are scheduled for March 19, in Mt. Pleasant, Mich.

Last week, following the apparently premature announcement that Anthony Smith would join the EMU women’s basketball team as an assistant coach, Smith decided to stay at Bolingbrook (Illinois) High School, where his girls’ basketball team are the two-time defending state champions.

“Eastern Michigan is a great university and I was flattered when they wanted me to coach there. You always would like to coach where you went to college. It was a great opportunity I had and I loved the coaching staff,” Smith said. “But there’s just something about Bolingbrook. Bolingbrook is my home and I really couldn’t face the team and tell them that I was leaving. The whole community has been so positive here.”

In Nevada for the Wolf Pack Invitational, the EMU women’s soccer team lost their final non-conference games, falling 2-1 to San Jose State and 3-0 to Nevada. While Monique Budani continues to play well as goalie, and now owns the EMU all-time saves record (315 saves and counting), the Eagles’ offensive woes continued; for the two games they were outshot 42-16. EMU now enters MAC play with a 3-5-1 record; Friday afternoon they host Ohio and Sunday afternoon Akron comes to town.

Nearing the end of their non-conference play, the EMU volleyball team went 1-2 over the weekend at the Davidson Invitational in North Carolina. The Eagles edged out host Davidson 3-2 before falling 3-0 to Boise State and 3-2 to High Point. EMU is now 11-3 for the season, with one final non-conference game when Youngstown State comes to Ypsilanti tonight. They’ll continue the home stand and begin MAC play with games Thursday and Saturday nights against Central Michigan and Kent State respectively.

The EMU women’s cross country team won the 6,000 meter George Dales Invitational, hosted by Western Michigan. Sophomore Courtney Calka again led the Eagles, finishing first in the race and setting a course record at 20:48.20. EMU placed four other runners in the top ten. Next up, the Eagles will travel to Madison, Wisconsin, for the Adidas Invitational on October 2.

Although a federal judge recently ruled that — at least for Title XI purposes — cheerleading is not a sport, it certainly does rank as one in my book. So I’ll not apologize at all for linking to a brief Blog Eastern entry by EMU Cheer Captain Keri Koltunchik.

Saving the worst for last, here are a couple of other views of the Central Michigan football game Saturday:

4 Comments leave one →
  1. September 21, 2010 9:23 pm

    Thank you for posting the link to my pics.

    • September 22, 2010 6:05 am

      You’re welcome, I enjoyed the photos. (I especially liked the action photos showing the players kicking up the black dust — plastic? rubber? — from the fake turf. Seeing it again in photos reminds me of just how bad that field is.)

      In re-reading my post, I guess I should clarify that by “saving the worst for last” I meant the football game, not those specific links!

  2. September 22, 2010 10:21 am

    I don’t think the turf is that bad. I have pictures from the Michigan game and I think I have a couple where black dust is being kicked up because they use the same turf. I think if you watch a Lions game (okay okay…watching Eastern is bad enough so I could understand why you wouldn’t subject yourself to the Lions too…) you will see the same thing because they use the same turf.

    But anyways, thanks for posting the link.

  3. Breana Niedzielski permalink
    September 26, 2010 9:50 pm

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