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Report: Dayton Flyers hosting recruit from Baltimore

Anthony Grant’s efforts to remake the Dayton Flyers basketball roster on the fly continue. National basketball recruiting analyst Julius Kim reported Wednesday morning Grant, UD’s new coach, was hosting Obadiah Toppin for an official visit.  Toppin is a 6-foot-9 senior at Mt. Zion Prep in Baltimore, Md., and one of the best players still available in the class of 2017. Per 247Sports...
Sports Today: NFL draft, Anthony Grant speaks, Reds struggles continue

Sports Today: NFL draft, Anthony Grant speaks, Reds struggles continue

NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah posted a trio of interesting tweets last night, one of which figures to impact the Cincinnati Bengals.  Defense is a bigger need, but Christian McCaffrey could have a transformative effect on a Bengals offense that might need to be at least a poor man’s Greatest Show on Turf to get the team back to the playoffs.  The Bengals aren’t in the market...
New Dayton Flyers coaching staff hitting recruiting trail hard

New Dayton Flyers coaching staff hitting recruiting trail hard

The men’s basketball coaches offices at the Cronin Center are full again. Dayton Flyers head coach Anthony Grant and his new assistant coaches — Anthony Solomon, Darren Hertz, Ricardo Greer and James Kane — were all on campus Tuesday, planning their next recruiting trips while figuring out where to live in Dayton. A couple of players, freshmen Trey Landers and Kostas Antetokounmpo...
Ohio State, Dayton reportedly interested in former Pittsburgh recruit

Ohio State, Dayton reportedly interested in former Pittsburgh recruit

Aaron Thompson, a point guard from Fairfax, Va., went back into the recruiting pool when he was released from his letter of intent to attend Pittsburgh last week. Could he end up in the Buckeye State? Jon Rothstein of Fanrag Sports reported Tuesday the three-star prospect has received interest from Ohio State and Dayton along with Georgetown, VCU and Butler. Ohio State is also in pursuit of former...
Dayton Flyers basketball standout Scoochie Smith starting his own business

Dayton Flyers basketball standout Scoochie Smith starting his own business

Scoochie Smith is asking Dayton Flyers basketball fans for help.  The standout point guard who recently finished his career at UD hopes to start an online clothing store, but there is a familiar problem for any startup: Money.  So Smith did what any good entrepreneur would do these days: He started a GoFundMe.  You can find the GoFundMe account here. 
Wright State transfer visits Dayton Flyers

Wright State transfer visits Dayton Flyers

Could Wright State’s loss be the Dayton Flyers’ gain? Mark Alstork, the Raiders’ leading scorer last season, told this new organization he visited the University of Dayton on Monday night. National basketball analyst Pat Lawless was the first to report the news.  Alstork is a Thurgood Marshall graduate who spent a season at Ball State before transferring to WSU. He requested...
Sports Today: Thames burns Reds again, Bengals’ McCarron speaks and many basketball moves

Sports Today: Thames burns Reds again, Bengals’ McCarron speaks and many basketball moves

The Reds are back to .500 after losing the opening game of their series at Milwaukee 11-7.  Consider the optimism of their hot start officially tempered.  They've lost eight of 11, including four of five against the Brewers, who are 6-10 against everyone else.  The offense has returned over the last four games, but since the start of the season the Reds simply haven't gotten the...
UD grad back to Houston Astros after brief run with Texas Rangers

UD grad back to Houston Astros after brief run with Texas Rangers

Mike Hauschild, the former Dayton Flyer pitcher, is back with the Houston Astros after the Rule 5 pick was returned by the Texas Rangers according to T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com. The Astros paid Texas $50,000 to get him back from the Rangers after he cleared waivers after he was designated for assignment earlier in the week.  The Rangers wanted Hauschild as a long reliever, but despite a solid 92...
Tom Archdeacon: UD rowers determined to make a difference

Tom Archdeacon: UD rowers determined to make a difference

The first time she saw the photo of the missing brown-eyed girl it mesmerized her. That was five years ago and it’s no different today. “Her name is Sierra LaMar and she went missing relatively close to where I grew up in California,” University of Dayton rower Rosario “Rosie” Perez said Friday afternoon. “She was in high school — a kid about my age then &mdash...
SPORTS DAILY: Here’s why Archie Miller recruited Ed Schilling

SPORTS DAILY: Here’s why Archie Miller recruited Ed Schilling

What a pair they must make on the recruiting trail, former Dayton coach Archie Miller and former Wright State coach Ed Schilling combing the countryside for basketball talent. Call it a Gem City Jam road trip — two guys working together who once ran crosstown programs at schools that wouldn’t play each other. But that’s not where the connection ends between Miller, the new Indiana...
7 things to know about new Dayton Flyers coaching staff

7 things to know about new Dayton Flyers coaching staff

University of Dayton students have made “Dayton to Daytona” an annual spring-break tradition. The new Dayton Flyers men’s basketball coaching staff, dominated by coaches from the Sunshine State, has turned it around, putting the beaches behind them to work on the banks of the Great Miami River. Head coach Anthony Grant is a Miami native, as is Darren Hertz, the assistant to the head...
Dayton Flyers find new assistant coach for women’s team

Dayton Flyers find new assistant coach for women’s team

Dayton Flyers coach Shauna Green’s staff will have a different look in her second season. Assistant coach Kayla Ard left the program after two seasons to become the associate head coach and recruiting coordinator at the University of Denver. Jeff House, who also coached at UD for two seasons, is also no longer listed as a coach on UD’s website. Ryan Gensler, who was the video coordinator...
Long list of schools chasing former Dayton Flyers recruit

Long list of schools chasing former Dayton Flyers recruit

McKinley Wright told the St. Paul Pioneer Press about 15 schools have contacted him since the Dayton Flyers released him from his signed letter of intent and he will start to cut his list down in the next two weeks. Minnesota, Indiana, Butler, Baylor, Colorado and Dayton are among the schools Wright, a senior at Champlin Park High School (Minn.), is considering. Winning the Minnesota Mr. Basketball...
Texas Rangers designate UD grad Mike Hauschild for assignment

Texas Rangers designate UD grad Mike Hauschild for assignment

The Texas Rangers designated relief pitcher Mike Hauschild for assignment on Thursday. The University of Dayton and Beavercreek High School graduate made his big-league debut on April 8 and had an 11.25 ERA in eight innings and four appearances. On Wednesday in a 9-1 loss to the Athletics in Oakland, Hauschild allowed five earned runs on seven hits in 3 1/3 innings. He gave up three home runs. Hauschild...
Chris Wright looks back on injury-plagued season

Chris Wright looks back on injury-plagued season

Six years after Chris Wright’s career with the Dayton Flyers ended, he’s still chasing his NBA dream. The Trotwood-Madison graduate Wright played in 20 games this season with the Oklahoma City Blue in the NBA D-League, averaging 9.9 points and 4.2 rebounds. Injuries and illness limited his playing time. Wright last played in the NBA in 2014, appearing in eight games for the Milwaukee Bucks...
Sports Today: Fickell’s early impact at UC, high school spring football, Reds turn back clock, etc.

Sports Today: Fickell’s early impact at UC, high school spring football, Reds turn back clock, etc.

Think Luke Fickell is making a difference early in his tenure as head coach of the Cincinnati Bearcats football team?  Here’s what Malik Vann, a four-star defensive end from Fairfield, told our Rick Cassano after verbally committing to UC:  Vann is the second four-star to commit to UC, and he did so despite many Power 5 offers. That includes Michigan State, where teammate Josiah...
Plenty of experience on Anthony Grant’s first staff

Plenty of experience on Anthony Grant’s first staff

Anthony Grant’s first staff as coach of the Dayton Flyers is as notable for who it contains as who it does not. UD announced the staff officially Wednesday. No members of former coach Archie Miller’s staff remain with UD. Kevin Kuwik was the lone remaining assistant on campus. He had been working with Grant in recent weeks. Grant said Monday he was considering Kuwik, but Kuwik’s...
Anthony Grant’s Dayton Flyers staff announced

Anthony Grant’s Dayton Flyers staff announced

The University of Dayton announced new Dayton Flyers coach Anthony Grant’s staff on Wednesday. Some of the names had already leaked out in the news. Here’s a quick glance at the assistant coaches: • Associate head coach Anthony Solomon: A head coach at St. Bonaventure for four seasons, Solomon, 52, spent last season as an assistant coach at Georgetown and the eight seasons prior...
Former Dayton Flyers to play against each other in Germany

Former Dayton Flyers to play against each other in Germany

Two former Dayton Flyers will play each other for the first time Sunday in the top professional basketball league in Germany. Vee Sanford is averaging 11.3 points per game for s.Oliver Wurzburg. Dyshawn Pierre is averaging 13.8 points per game for Loewen Braunschweig. Sanford closed his Dayton career in 2014 as the key sixth man for the Elite Eight team. He scored 735 points in two seasons. Pierre...
Grant adds second coach to Dayton Flyers staff

Grant adds second coach to Dayton Flyers staff

Anthony Solomon will join the staff of Dayton Flyers head coach Anthony Grant, according to a source on Tuesday. Solomon coached at Dayton under Brian Gregory in 2007-08. He got that job not long after losing his job as head coach at St. Bonaventure. He coached the Bonnies from 2003-07. He was 24-88 in four seasons and was fired after a 7-22 season but was praised for helping the program rebound...
Dayton’s winning First Four bid: A reminder of the good thing going here

Dayton’s winning First Four bid: A reminder of the good thing going here

The NCAA announced Tuesday something that should have been a foregone conclusion: The University of Dayton will host the First Four through 2022. The road to the Final Four will start in the Gem City for another five years, marking 22 in total when the newly awarded bid runs out. As one UD official pointed out, most if not all of the players competing in the 2022 First Four will have lived only...
Dayton ‘overwhelmed with joy’ to keep First Four

Dayton ‘overwhelmed with joy’ to keep First Four

The First Four will stay at UD Arena — the only home it has ever known — for at least five more seasons. The NCAA extended Dayton’s grip on the opening games of the Division I men’s basketball tournament from 2019 through 2022 on Tuesday. UD had already secured the games in 2018, as part of a three-year commitment in 2014. “It felt like Selection Sunday for us today,&rdquo...
Dayton Flyers to play Auburn next two seasons

Dayton Flyers to play Auburn next two seasons

The Dayton Flyers will play Auburn in the the 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons, according to a source. The news was first reported by Jon Rothstein, of FanRagSports.com. The first game will take place at UD Arena. The Flyers will play in Auburn, Ala., the following season. Dates have not been announced. RELATED: First Four staying at UD Arena The game this season is part of the Charleston Classic. Teams...
Sports Today: Bengals back in action, Reds rebuild update, NBA coaching rants and perfect bunts 

Sports Today: Bengals back in action, Reds rebuild update, NBA coaching rants and perfect bunts 

The Cincinnati Bengals began OTAs Monday and there was no shortage of news.  The biggest headline of course came from Adam “Pacman” Jones losing his temper when he was asked about his offseason arrest, but there was actual football news as well.  Jeremy Hill told reporters the past two disappointing years are not him, and he stood by his statement to the NFL Network...
First Four staying at UD Arena through 2022

First Four staying at UD Arena through 2022

The First Four will stay at UD Arena through 2022, the NCAA announced Tuesday. Dayton had secured the games through 2018, and it gets the games for at least four more years. "We are proud that the University of Dayton, The Big Hoopla, and our community partners will continue to be the tip-off for the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship," UD Vice-President and Director of Athletics Neil Sullivan...
Dayton Flyers point guard John Crosby to transfer

Dayton Flyers point guard John Crosby to transfer

Sophomore point guard John Crosby intends to transfer from the Dayton Flyers, UD announced Monday night, and has been granted a release from his scholarship. New Dayton coach Anthony Grant told Tom Archdeacon, of the Dayton Daily News, earlier in the day of Crosby’s decision. Grant had just heard the news himself. Crosby averaged 2.6 points and 1.1 assists as a backup to Scoochie Smith last...
Tom Archdeacon: New Flyers coach unfazed by roster, coaching vacancies

Tom Archdeacon: New Flyers coach unfazed by roster, coaching vacancies

You know how the Easter parable goes: They roll back the stone and the tomb is empty. Well, Anthony Grant returned Monday from his trip back to Oklahoma City to see his wife and kids over the Easter weekend and when he got back to the Dayton Flyers basketball program he certainly didn’t find it empty, but there were a couple of noticeable empty spots. Most prominent was the point guard position...
Scoochie Smith among assists leaders at Portsmouth Invitational

Scoochie Smith among assists leaders at Portsmouth Invitational

Dayton Flyers senior Scoochie Smith finished the Portsmouth Invitational on Saturday with the fourth most assists in the tournament. Smith averaged 6.3 assists in three games in Portsmouth, Va. The tournament featured 64 of the top seniors from around the country. Neither Smith nor teammate Charles Cooke shot the ball well. Smith averaged 7.0 points on 33.3 percent shooting. Cooke shot 22.9 percent...
Dayton Flyers climb in national attendance rankings

Dayton Flyers climb in national attendance rankings

The Dayton Flyers ranked 22nd in the nation in average attendance in the 2016-17 men’s basketball season, according to the NCAA. It’s Dayton’s highest national ranking since 2004-05 when it was 18th with 12,570 fans per game. The Flyers set a UD Arena record by averaging 13,018 fans in 16 home games. On average, 98.1 percent of the seats in UD Arena were bought. That ranked...
Dayton Flyers’ Grant-Allen selected in WNBA Draft

Dayton Flyers’ Grant-Allen selected in WNBA Draft

The Los Angeles Sparks selected Dayton Flyers senior center Saicha Grant-Allen with the 11th pick of the third round Thursday. She was the 35th player selected overall. The 6-foot-5 Grant-Allen averaged 9.9 points and 8.6 rebounds last season. She’s a native of Hamilton, Ont. She earned second team All-Atlantic 10 honors and made the all-conference defensive team. The Sparks are coached by Brian...
Anthony Grant makes first addition to Dayton Flyers staff

Anthony Grant makes first addition to Dayton Flyers staff

Darren Hertz will join new Dayton Flyers coach Anthony Grant’s staff, according to a source on Wednesday. The hire has not been officially announced. Hertz is the first addition to Grant’s staff. He spent the last two seasons as a special assistant to head coach John Groce at Illinois. Groce was fired in March and is now the head coach at Akron. Hertz spent 19 seasons (1996-2015) at the...
Sports Today: Scooter driving Reds, Browns consider wasting top pick, Dayton Flyers recruiting news

Sports Today: Scooter driving Reds, Browns consider wasting top pick, Dayton Flyers recruiting news

That’s three wins in a row for the first-place Cincinnati Reds, who took a one-run lead three times in Pittsburgh last night then pulled away late en route to a 6-2 win over the Pirates.  Scooter Gennett’s three-run homer in the eighth inning gave the Reds some breathing room, but Bryan Price left nothing to chance.  He lifted Blake Wood with one out in the eighth and called...
Dayton Flyers interested in transfer from Missouri

Dayton Flyers interested in transfer from Missouri

The Dayton Flyers had all 13 scholarships for the 2017-18 season filled before Archie Miller left for Indiana. With recruits McKinley Wright and Nahziah Carter being released from their signed national letters of intent, UD has two spots to fill, and it could have more, depending on the decisions of two other recruits, Jordan Pierce and Matej Svoboda. There are numerous transfers — more than...
Second Dayton Flyers recruit receives release from letter of intent

Second Dayton Flyers recruit receives release from letter of intent

Dayton Flyers recruit Nahziah Carter has received a release from his letter of intent, according to a report by ESPN’s Adam Finkelstein. Carter, a 6-foot-6 senior guard at Bishop Kearney High School who is the nephew of Jay-Z, is the second recruit in Dayton’s 2017 class to ask for and receive a release from his commitment. McKinley Wright, a point guard from Champlin Park, Minn., is the...
Transfer season has affected eight Atlantic 10 teams

Transfer season has affected eight Atlantic 10 teams

Spring is transfer season in college basketball. VerbalCommits.com keeps a list of transferring players, and as of Monday, it had more than 400 names on it. Eight of the 14 teams in the Atlantic 10 conference have lost players. Six have lost multiple players. The Dayton Flyers appear to be on their way to a third straight season without losing a transfer player. Coach Anthony Grant said no players...
Former assistant Allen Griffin on Dayton: ‘This is a special place’

Former assistant Allen Griffin on Dayton: ‘This is a special place’

Allen Griffin visited Bloomington, Ind., on Monday to spend time with his former boss, new Indiana Hoosiers coach Archie Miller. Miller is bringing two of his former Dayton Flyers assistants with him to Indiana — Tom Ostrom and Bill Comar, according to reports — but Griffin is heading northeast instead of southwest. He’s returning to his alma mater, Syracuse, to join the staff of...
Two Dayton Flyers seniors to play in Portsmouth Invitational

Two Dayton Flyers seniors to play in Portsmouth Invitational

Dayton Flyers senior guards Charles Cooke and Scoochie Smith will play in the Portsmouth Invitational, which runs Wednesday through Saturday at Churchland High School in Portsmouth, Va. RELATED: First Four announcement coming soon The rosters for the event were announced Monday. The Portsmouth Invitational gives college seniors a chance to play three games in four days in front of scouts from every...
NCAA announcement about First Four coming Tuesday

NCAA announcement about First Four coming Tuesday

The University of Dayton will find out Tuesday whether it will keep the First Four at UD Arena beyond 2018. UD has played host to the First Four since 2011. Prior to that, the opening-round game of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, or play-in game, was played at UD Arena every season from 2001-10. Dayton sought a 10-year commitment from the NCAA in 2013, but the NCAA decided against a long-term...
Sports Today: Reds top Cardinals, NHL playoffs coming, NFL draft speculation, etc.

Sports Today: Reds top Cardinals, NHL playoffs coming, NFL draft speculation, etc.

The Cincinnati Reds are 4-2 after taking two of three games from the Cardinals in St. Louis over the weekend.  How about that?  As Tucker Barnhart predicted, Scott Feldman was much better in his second start than his first. The veteran struck out six, walked on and allowed four hits in six shutout innings yesterday. Adam Duvall and Joey Votto homered as the Reds romped 8-0.  Friday...
5 things to know about Dayton Flyers spring football game

5 things to know about Dayton Flyers spring football game

The outcome is never really the objective when it comes to the spring football game at the University of Dayton. Coach Rick Chamberlin knows the Flyers are going to win the game and lose it ever year, just like Sunday afternoon when the Red team beat the White 24-7 at Welcome Stadium. “You’re looking for two things out of a spring game,” Chamberlin said. “One is for the players...
Two Dayton assistants joining Archie Miller’s staff at Indiana

Two Dayton assistants joining Archie Miller’s staff at Indiana

Tom Ostrom and Bill Comar will join former Dayton Flyers coach Archie Miller at Indiana, according a report from ESPN’s Jeff Goodman on Sunday. Three different Dayton players told the Dayton Daily News on April 1, when new coach Anthony Grant was introduced as head coach, Ostrom had already told them he was joining Miller’s staff. Miller said reporters in Indiana last week he wanted to...
Women’s basketball recruit changes mind about Dayton

Women’s basketball recruit changes mind about Dayton

The first player signed by the Dayton Flyers in the Shauna Green era asked for a release from her national letter of intent and will reopen the recruiting process. Sam Breen, a senior at Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School in Pittsburgh, made the announcement on Twitter. She’s a 6-foot-2 post player who ranked 67th in the class of 2017, according to ESPN’s HoopGurlz rankings. Breen...
Anthony Grant continues meeting with Dayton Flyers recruits

Anthony Grant continues meeting with Dayton Flyers recruits

Dayton Flyers coach Anthony Grant met with 2017 recruit Nahziah Carter on Friday night in Rochester, N.Y. Grant met with Jordan Davis the same day in Irmo, S.C., and convinced Davis to stay with the Flyers. Carter, a 6-foot-6 forward from Bishop Kearney High School, has not made a public announcement about his plans since meeting with Grant. His mom, Lonnie Moore, said earlier in the week he was weighing...
Beavercreek, UD grad makes big-league debut

Beavercreek, UD grad makes big-league debut

University of Dayton and Beavercreek High School graduate Mike Hauschild made his big-league debut Saturday for the Texas Rangers with his entire family in the stands at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas. Hauschild pitched the ninth inning of a 6-1 loss to the Oakland A’s. He allowed a double and then threw a wild pitch. He gave up a single to score a run but then got out of the inning with...
Former Flyers pitcher makes Major League debut

Former Flyers pitcher makes Major League debut

Former Dayton Flyers pitcher and Beavercreek High School graduate Mike Hauschild finally made his major league debut in Texas on Saturday night. Hauschild came on in relief in the ninth inning with the Rangers trailing Oakland 5-1. He gave up a double on his very first pitch, then an RBI single to Marcus Semien. Hauschild settled down to strike out Matt Joyce and get Ryon Healy to fly out to left...
Anthony Grant secures commitment from one 2017 Dayton recruit

Anthony Grant secures commitment from one 2017 Dayton recruit

Not long after point guard McKinley Wright announced he will ask for a release from his signed national letter of intent, reopening his recruitment process, another 2017 Dayton Flyers recruit said he is staying with Dayton. Jordan Davis, a 6-foot-4 senior guard at Dutch Fork High School in Irmo, S.C., met with new Dayton coach Anthony Grant on Friday and then sent a message to the Dayton Daily News...
Recruit Jordan Davis staying with Dayton Flyers

Recruit Jordan Davis staying with Dayton Flyers

Not long after point guard McKinley Wright announced he will ask Dayton for a release from his signed national letter of intent, reopening his recruitment process, another 2017 Dayton Flyers recruit said he is staying with Dayton. Jordan Davis, a 6-foot-4 senior guard at Dutch Fork High School in Irmo, S.C., met with new Dayton coach Anthony Grant on Friday and then sent a message to the Dayton...
Connecticut writer: AAC should call Dayton, VCU after adding Wichita State

Connecticut writer: AAC should call Dayton, VCU after adding Wichita State

Big news today in college basketball: Wichita State is joining the American Athletic Conference.  A writer for the Hartford (Conn.) Courant suggests the AAC should not stop there.  That’s because while football mobility and lucrative television contracts might still be hard to come by for members of the former Big East, the league can play its way up the basketball ladder by regularly...
Dayton Flyers assistant headed to Syracuse

Dayton Flyers assistant headed to Syracuse

Allen Griffin, an assistant coach under Archie Miller with the Dayton Flyers for the last six seasons, will return to his alma mater as an assistant coach, Syracuse University announced Thursday. The news broke last week, but Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim said at the time no deal was in place. Griffin played for Boeheim from 1997-2001 and will now coach on his staff. "I can't express how...
Florida Atlantic introduces Jim Jabir as head coach

Florida Atlantic introduces Jim Jabir as head coach

Florida Atlantic University introduced Jim Jabir as its new women’s basketball coach at a press conference Thursday in Boca Raton, Fla. Jabir takes over the program seven months after he resigned as head coach of the Dayton Flyers. He spent 13 seasons at UD. He was also previously a head coach at Providence, Marquette, Sienna and Buffalo State. “I wanted to be the women's coach at FAU...
Don Donoher thrilled with Dayton Flyers hiring Anthony Grant

Don Donoher thrilled with Dayton Flyers hiring Anthony Grant

Former University of Dayton men’s basketball coach Don Donoher had Anthony Grant as a player in the 1980s - he knows him well, and he’s thrilled he’s back. Grant’s resume includes national titles as an assistant at Florida, a run building VCU as a NCAA team, and as an assistant at Oklahoma City in the NBA. “Not only what it means to me, but what it means to the whole...
Dayton Flyers react: ‘Having someone who knows what it’s like playing here is a big deal’

Dayton Flyers react: ‘Having someone who knows what it’s like playing here is a big deal’

A week ago, the University of Dayton men’s basketball team was coming to grips with losing its coach Archie Miller to the Indiana Hoosiers - a loss that sent shock waves through the university and college basketball. A week later the Flyers were meeting their new coach, Anthony Grant. For Ryan Mikesell, the St. Henry High School grad who grew up watching UD, Grant being a former player brings...
Shauna Green named rookie coach of the year

Shauna Green named rookie coach of the year

The Women’s Basketball Coaches Association named Dayton Flyers coach Shauna Green the winner of the 2017 Spalding Maggie Dixon NCAA Division I Rookie Coach of the Year award on Friday.. Green took over the program weeks before the start of practice in September and led the Flyers to a 22-10 record, a share of the Atlantic 10 regular-season title, the A-10 tournament championship and a NCAA...
Sports Today: Grant’s challenge at Dayton, Ohio State’s rebuilds and reboots and the Reds are coming to town

Sports Today: Grant’s challenge at Dayton, Ohio State’s rebuilds and reboots and the Reds are coming to town

As I wrote yesterday, I believe the Dayton Flyers’ hiring of Anthony Grant as head coach is a good move.  I’m a sucker for the homecoming angle, admittedly, but it’s not hard to see him as having a good mix of experiences that should make him a good fit.  He’s been around the block, but he’s still young enough to be here for a long time.  There&rsquo...
Dayton Flyers receive A-10 championship trophy

Dayton Flyers receive A-10 championship trophy

Lost in the excitement of the Dayton Flyers hiring Anthony Grant on Thursday was the news that UD’s Atlantic 10 regular-season championship trophy arrived at the coaches’ offices on the same day. Dayton seniors Kendall Pollard and Scoochie Smith posed for photos with the new trophy and the old trophy they won a year ago when they split the title with St. Bonaventure and Virginia Commonwealth...
Anthony Grant ready to lead charge into the next era

Anthony Grant ready to lead charge into the next era

Anthony Grant takes over a program that set a school record for attendance in the 2016-17, topping 13,000 for the first time in the history of an arena that will celebrate its 50th birthday in two years. The new coach of the Dayton Flyers knows as well as anyone what that means. “That’s so important,” Grant said Thursday on 700 WLW with Lance McAlister. “I’ve experienced...
Dayton Flyers will meet new coach on Saturday

Dayton Flyers will meet new coach on Saturday

Kendall Pollard was taking a class with a number of fellow Dayton Flyers — Scoochie Smith, Joey Gruden, Josh Cunningham and Darrell Davis — when they saw the news break on Twitter about UD hiring Anthony Grant. Pollard said they didn’t need to start researching Grant on Google. They had time to do that earlier in the week because Grant was one of the favorites for the job. The players...
Dayton Flyers: Assistant coach Tom Ostrom praises hiring of Anthony Grant

Dayton Flyers: Assistant coach Tom Ostrom praises hiring of Anthony Grant

Tom Ostrom has known Anthony Grant a long time. They coached together on Billy Donovan’s staff with the Florida Gators for seven seasons from 1998 to 2005. Ostrom, an assistant coach on Archie Miller’s staff at Dayton for the last six seasons, praised the announcement of Grant’s hiring on Thursday. “I’ve known Anthony and (his wife Christina) for 20 years,&rdquo...
Dayton Flyers fans grade the Anthony Grant hiring

Dayton Flyers fans grade the Anthony Grant hiring

Fans of the Dayton Flyers were asked to grade the hiring of Anthony Grant in a Twitter poll on Thursday. More than 500 people voted in the first couple of hours. Forty eight percent of voters gave the hiring a B. Twenty eight percent gave UD an A. Nineteen percent gave it a C, and 5 percent gave it a D. UD announced the hiring of Grant, 50, on Thursday. He has spent the last two seasons as an assistant...
Dayton to introduce Anthony Grant on Saturday

Dayton to introduce Anthony Grant on Saturday

The University of Dayton announced Thursday it will formally introduce new men’s basketball coach Anthony Grant at a press conference at 1 p.m. Saturday. The event will be held at the Spectrum Flight Deck on the upper level of UD Arena. The event is not open to the public. Anthony Grant, Athletic Directory Neil Sullivan and UD President Eric F. Spina will speak at the press conference. Dayton...
Sports Today: Reds set rotation, UD Flyers candidates, Ohio State spring football updates, alligators, etc.

Sports Today: Reds set rotation, UD Flyers candidates, Ohio State spring football updates, alligators, etc.

Dayton Flyers basketball’s nascent coaching search gained some steam last night with the revelation former Flyer Anthony Grant is among the candidates.  That was confirmed by WHIO’s John Bedell after Jeff Goodman of ESPN shared the name of Grant along with Dayton assistant Tom Ostrom, Northern Kentucky head coach John Brannen, former Illinois and Ohio head coach John Groce. ...
Archie Miller hopes McKinley Wright sticks with Dayton

Archie Miller hopes McKinley Wright sticks with Dayton

Dayton Flyers recruit McKinley Wright, one of four players signed with UD in the class of 2017, may follow Archie Miller to Indiana, according to a report Monday from a Minnesota TV station. Wright, who didn’t respond to a Dayton Daily News question on Sunday about his status, told Darren Wolfson, of KSTP Ch. 5, he has not officially asked for a release from his national letter of intent...
ESPN expert to Hartsock: Flyers need to move fast on Archie Miller replacement

ESPN expert to Hartsock: Flyers need to move fast on Archie Miller replacement

In an exclusive interview with Mike Hartsock, former Dayton Flyers color commentator and Central Connecticut head coach Mark Adams gave his insight on UD’s search for a new coach after the departure of Archie Miller to Indiana University on Saturday. Adams said he believes the Flyer athletic director Neil Sullivan will make a good choice, and will act quick. “I have high confidence he&rsquo...
Dayton Flyers fans make their case to be next UD coach

Dayton Flyers fans make their case to be next UD coach

To cheer up fans of the Dayton Flyers on a sad day, I asked them Saturday to tell me in 140 characters or less on Twitter why they should be the next UD basketball coach. Judging by their responses, it did brighten their day just a tad — even if everyone woke up Sunday getting used to the news that Archie Miller did indeed leave to coach the Indiana Hoosiers. To UD Athletic Director Neil Sullivan...
Dayton Flyers recruits react to departure of Archie Miller

Dayton Flyers recruits react to departure of Archie Miller

Archie Miller could have picked a better time to leave the Dayton Flyers — not that there would have ever been a perfect time. Miller’s decision to take the head coaching job at Indiana jeopardizes an important five-man recruiting classes that he put together. Athletic director Neil Sullivan said he reached out to the players — McKinley Wright, Jordan Davis, Jordan Pierce, Nahziah...
Xavier’s Elite Eight run similar to Dayton’s in 2014

Xavier’s Elite Eight run similar to Dayton’s in 2014

It will come as no surprise that fans of the Dayton Flyers still hate their old rival Xavier, even if the teams have played only once in the last four seasons and may not play again until who knows when. “I hate Xavier,” one fan wrote Thursday on Twitter. “I couldn't care less that we don't play them anymore. Fight me.” “I respect Xavier but I will continue...
Dayton Flyers: Managers one win from Final Four

Dayton Flyers: Managers one win from Final Four

The Dayton Flyers are still alive in March Madness — at least the team’s managers are. The Manager Games were established in 2014. Team managers and graduate assistants play each other throughout the season. For example, when Dayton hosted Virginia Commonwealth on Senior Night on March 1, VCU arrived in Dayton the night before and its team managers played UD’s team managers in an...
Dayton Flyers recruit leads team to state semifinals in Minnesota

Dayton Flyers recruit leads team to state semifinals in Minnesota

Dayton Flyers recruit McKinley Wright scored 30 points to lead Champlin Park High School to the semifinals of the Class 4A tournament in Minnesota on Wednesday. Wright, one of five recruits in Dayton’s 2017 class, made 13 of 25 shots from the field and had eight rebounds, but it took a crazy last-second shot by teammate Sam Dubois, after a miss by Wright, to beat Chaska 53-50 at the Target Center...
Two Atlantic 10 teams find new coaches

Two Atlantic 10 teams find new coaches

Two Atlantic 10 basketball teams found new coaches Tuesday, according to reports. Massachusetts will hire Winthrop head coach Pat Kelsey, a Cincinnati native who graduated from Elder High School and played at Xavier. Virginia Commonwealth will hire Rice head coach Mike Rhoades, a former VCU assistant. The news broke less than 24 hours after Will Wade left VCU after two seasons for LSU. Kelsey, 41...
Dayton Flyers seniors thank fans via social media

Dayton Flyers seniors thank fans via social media

The five Dayton Flyers seniors said goodbye to the fans on social media after losing 64-58 to Wichita State on Friday in the first round of the NCAA tournament. On Instagram on Tuesday, Kyle Davis wrote, “I wish this season didn't end as early as it did, but over my four years at UD I've grown as a person and player and realized all good things comes to an end. I want to thank everyone...
March Madness: Dayton Flyers’ pregame routine featured

March Madness: Dayton Flyers’ pregame routine featured

The Dayton Flyers warm up for a game like nobody else. Their pregame stretching routine in the hallway at UD Arena or at road games turns into a pregame song and dance routine. “We just stuck with it,” Kyle Davis said. “Every time we warm up, we start singing. It gets everybody hyped and ready for the game.” The Players Tribune’ featured Dayton’s routine in a video...
March Madness: Dayton Flyers fans head to Indianapolis

March Madness: Dayton Flyers fans head to Indianapolis

Fans of the Dayton Flyers descended on Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Friday, or earlier in the week, to watch their team play Wichita State in the first round of the NCAA tournament. For the second straight year, I asked them to send me photos on Twitter to everyone can share in the excitement. Here are their photos.
Sports Today: Bracket busted yet? NFL bonuses paid, coaching moves and more

Sports Today: Bracket busted yet? NFL bonuses paid, coaching moves and more

How’s your bracket?  I had a solid first day that would have been great if Providence hadn’t thrown its game against Northwestern and the kid from Princeton had made his potential game-winner.  All of my Sweet 16 teams are still alive, and that’s the most important thing at this point.  This must have been a fairly predictable day as I am still only in the 31st percentile...
Dayton Flyers an Elite Eight team in classroom bracket

Dayton Flyers an Elite Eight team in classroom bracket

Every year, Time.com fills out a bracket based on the performances of the teams in the classroom. On Wednesday, Time released the 2017 bracket, and the Dayton Flyers did well. Based on the graduation rates of its men’s basketball players, UD would beat Wichita State, Northern Kentucky and Kansas State before losing to Winthrop in the Elite Eight. Winthrop went to the Final Four in the bracket...
Dayton Flyers one of 18 teams to have played in last four tournaments

Dayton Flyers one of 18 teams to have played in last four tournaments

The Dayton Flyers will head west to Indianapolis on Wednesday afternoon. It’s their first bus trip to a game this season, unless you count their secret scrimmage against Marquette in October. That game, like their 7:10 p.m. Friday game against Wichita State in the first round of the NCAA tournament, took place at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. This is the first time Dayton has played in four...
Dayton Flyers Tournament Special Coverage on WHIO-TV, WHIO Radio

Dayton Flyers Tournament Special Coverage on WHIO-TV, WHIO Radio

The national spotlight will be on the Dayton Flyers Friday night as they take on Wichita State in Indianapolis. WHIO-TV and WHIO radio will be airing the game. Coverage of the game on WHIO-TV Channel 7 begins at 7p.m. Friday, with pre-game coverage beginning at 6 p.m. on AM 1290 and News 95.7 WHIO. Dayton Flyers will play primetime game in Indianapolis Get to know Scoochie Smith Kendall Pollard...
Dayton Flyers: Who is Scoochie Smith

Dayton Flyers: Who is Scoochie Smith

Dayton Flyers senior Scoochie Smith lands on lists spotlighting the best names in college basketball every season. He’s more than just a great name, however. He’s one of the best point guards in the nation. Here are five things to know about Smith: 1. He’s UD’s ironman: Smith has played in every game the past four seasons, 137 and counting. He will tie the school record for...
Report: South Florida to hire former Dayton Flyers coach Brian Gregory

Report: South Florida to hire former Dayton Flyers coach Brian Gregory

South Florida will hire former Dayton Flyers coach Brian Gregory, according to a report Tuesday by Jon Rothstein, of CBS Sports. Gregory spent the last year as a consultant to Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo. Prior to that, he spent five seasons as the head coach at Georgia Tech. He was fired after posting a 76-86 record with no NCAA tournament appearances. Gregory coached at Dayton from...
Dayton Flyers to practice at 4:25 p.m. Thursday in Indy

Dayton Flyers to practice at 4:25 p.m. Thursday in Indy

The Dayton Flyers will practice from 4:25 to 5:05 p.m. Thursday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis in preparation for a 7:10 p.m. Friday game against Wichita State in the first round of the NCAA tournament. The practice is open to the public. Fans can attend for free. Here’s the complete practice schedule for the eight teams in Indianapolis: Noon to 12:40 p.m.: Oklahoma State 12:45 p...
Kentucky’s John Calipari on Dayton’s Archie Miller: 'If I were an AD hiring a basketball coach, that’s who I’d hire’

Kentucky’s John Calipari on Dayton’s Archie Miller: 'If I were an AD hiring a basketball coach, that’s who I’d hire’

Experts across the country have already started looking ahead to a second-round matchup between No. 2 seed Kentucky and No. 10 seed Wichita State in Indianapolis. There’s a built-in story line there because the teams played in the second round in 2014 with Kentucky winning 78-76. UK coach John Calipari isn’t sleeping on the Dayton Flyers, however. He called them a dangerous team in ...
Dayton Flyers’ Kendall Pollard on cover of Sports Illustrated

Dayton Flyers’ Kendall Pollard on cover of Sports Illustrated

From 2003-12, Sports Illustrated published a collage on its cover before the NCAA tournament with photos of one player from each team. It went away from the tradition for the last four years, but it’s back this year. On Monday, it released a preview of its cover this week, and Dayton Flyers senior forward Kendall Pollard is one of the 68 players featured on the cover. He’s right in...
Sports Today: March Madness, NASCAR fights, Reds arm troubles, etc.

Sports Today: March Madness, NASCAR fights, Reds arm troubles, etc.

I am not the only one of the opinion the NCAA basketball committee got it wrong with Wichita State.  Matt Norlander of CBSSports.com called the Shockers’ No. 10 seed the worst decision of all time.  That, of course, is terrible for the Dayton Flyers.  While there were fears UD dropping its last two games could cause the Flyers to end up in a dreaded 8-9 game, their ultimate...
Despite higher seed, Dayton Flyers are underdogs vs. Wichita State

Despite higher seed, Dayton Flyers are underdogs vs. Wichita State

The NCAA selection committee did the Dayton Flyers a favor by giving them a No. 7 seed. That surprised coach Archie Miller. The same committee did the Flyers a disservice by matching them with No. 10 seed Wichita State. The teams play at 7:10 p.m. Friday at Banker’s Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. All around the country, experts are pondering what the committee must have been thinking to seed...
Dayton Flyers’ Jeremiah Bonsu pays tribute to Steve McElvene

Dayton Flyers’ Jeremiah Bonsu pays tribute to Steve McElvene

Dayton Flyers senior walk-on guard Jeremiah Bonsu wrote his second feature for the Players’ Tribune. It was published today. Bonsu wrote about his experiences with UD before the season in November. This story focuses on Dayton center Steve McElvene, who died May 20 of an enlarged heart. It’s titled, “For No. 5.” Here’s an excerpt:
Seven things to know about the Dayton Flyers

Seven things to know about the Dayton Flyers

Three of the last four years, the Dayton Flyers have watched the NCAA tournament selection show on Archie Miller’s couch in his basement. There is plenty of food. There are plenty of laughs. There is a lot of tension. Dayton knew it was getting in the big dance this year. Well, it was about 99 percent sure. As Miller said more than once this season, until he sees the Dayton name on the broadcast...
March Madness: 7 early thoughts on the NCAA tournament bracket

March Madness: 7 early thoughts on the NCAA tournament bracket

The 2017 NCAA Tournament bracket is out. Let the overanalyzing begin!  Here is are seven quick initial thoughts after a first glance:  Is there anyone out there who would not prefer to see each of these teams, which have proven themselves in the tournament in the past, get to take on mediocre major conference teams that don't deserve to be there instead of one having to knock out the other? ...
Archie Miller excited to see Dayton Flyers land in Indianapolis

Archie Miller excited to see Dayton Flyers land in Indianapolis

Archie Miller said it maybe five times during the NCAA tournament selection show: “This is us.” The Dayton Flyers coach tried to predict in the seconds before picks that his team might pop up next. Finally, in the second half of the show Sunday, it happened. Miller saw Kentucky earn a No. 2 seed in Indianapolis and yelled, “Big Blue.” Seconds later, Miller’s...
March Madness: 6 simple rules for picking the NCAA tournament this year

March Madness: 6 simple rules for picking the NCAA tournament this year

OK, the NCAA tournament bracket is out and you’re ready to dive in.  Here are some general tips to follow for putting together a winning bracket.  Many people make the mistake of automatically writing in the team that's already written on the bracket (instead of the blank awaiting the First Four winner), but that can come back to haunt you.  Follow Lionel Cartwright’s advice...
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