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Sports Today: Bengals give up the ghost

Today the sports world still turns in Southwest Ohio whether we want it to or not.  As far as weekends go, this one could have gone better.  I predicted the Bengals would lose to the Bears, though I did not think Cincinnati would look quite that bad.  Marvin Lewis’ team obviously faced an uphill climb with so many defensive starters hurt, especially since this is a team with no...
Grant on Flyers’ effort vs. Penn: ‘You could kind of see this coming’

Grant on Flyers’ effort vs. Penn: ‘You could kind of see this coming’

Anthony Grant said he didn’t want to “bellyache too much” about what he had just witnessed Saturday afternoon. After all, it was just one game in a long season. But a 78-70 loss to Penn was the reason the Flyers’ first-year coach was in the interview room at UD Arena. It wasn’t the kind of a numbing loss that ends your season in March. But...
Archdeacon: Flyers tumble into unfamiliar territory

Archdeacon: Flyers tumble into unfamiliar territory

He’s still waiting for life to imitate art. “The man who reaches the top of the mountain did not fall there.” That’s the message John Crosby has tattooed on the inside of his right arm. That’s an old Vince Lombardi quote and Crosby first saw it on a sign on the wall of a recreation center he went to growing up in Baltimore. He had it inked onto him about five years ago...
Penn tops Dayton as Flyers suffer first-ever loss to Ivy League school

Penn tops Dayton as Flyers suffer first-ever loss to Ivy League school

Josh Cunningham had a simple answer for why the Dayton basketball team failed to find consistency at home Saturday against Penn. “I felt like if we would’ve played harder than them, for sure we would’ve beat them just because we would’ve wore them down,” Cunningham said. His coach, Anthony Grant, couldn’t have agreed more with his junior center. Penn played with...
Archdeacon: Dean Smith Award says it all about Dayton legend Donoher

Archdeacon: Dean Smith Award says it all about Dayton legend Donoher

As a basketball player — first at Toledo Central Catholic and then the University of Dayton — Don Donoher wasn’t known as a shot blocker. But now, at 85, he’s become a real Senior Citizen of Swat, as good at deflection off the court as Hakeem Olajuwon, Bill Russell and Anthony Davis have been on it. The former Dayton Flyers head coach agreed to meet the other day over breakfast...
Dayton Flyers hope to keep perfect record against Ivy League intact

Dayton Flyers hope to keep perfect record against Ivy League intact

The Dayton Flyers have never lost to a team from the Ivy League. Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Princeton, Yale and Penn have combined to produce 15 presidents, but they have failed to beat the University of Dayton in men’s basketball in 13 tries. The Ivy League gets another chance Saturday. Dayton (4-4) plays Penn (7-4) at 3 p.m. at UD Arena. The Flyers will try to win back-to-back...
Dayton Flyers vs. Penn Quakers: What you need to know about Saturday’s game

Dayton Flyers vs. Penn Quakers: What you need to know about Saturday’s game

Who: Penn (7-4) at Dayton (4-4) When: 3 p.m. Saturday Where: UD Arena TV/Radio: NBC Sports Network; AM 1290, News 95.7 WHIO Darrell Davis, 6-5, Sr., G, 19.3 points per game Jalen Crutcher, 6-1, Fr., G, 6.6 Trey Landers, 6-5, So., G, 7.2 Josh Cunningham, 6-7, R-Jr., F, 14.8 Kostas Antetokounmpo, 6-10, R-Fr., F, 5.8 Ryan Betley, 6-5, So., G, 15.0 AJ Brodeur, 6-8, So., F, 11.3 Max Rothschild...
Sports Today: Stars not aligning for a Bengals bounce back against Bears

Sports Today: Stars not aligning for a Bengals bounce back against Bears

It’s been some week in Bengaldom, eh?  Everyone seems to be having a hard time turning the page from the Bengals’ 23-20 loss to the Steelers on Monday night.  If you weren’t aware, Cincinnati hosts the Chicago Bears on Sunday.  Although the erstwhile Monsters of the Midway are just 3-9, it’s pretty easy to see them winning this weekend.  While the mental...
UD Notes: Williams doing non-contact drills

UD Notes: Williams doing non-contact drills

Xeyrius Williams missed his fourth straight game Wednesday for the Dayton Flyers and is making progress toward returning from a back injury, but it’s unknown when he might be available. “I’m slowly moving back into the swing of things,” Williams said Thursday in a live interview with the Flyer Nation Facebook page. The Flyers (4-4) improved to 2-2 without Williams with...
Sports Today: Against all odds, NFL gets something right

Sports Today: Against all odds, NFL gets something right

Well, at least the NFL hasn’t gotten everything wrong this week.  The league was correct to overturn George Iloka’s suspension.  A few minutes before we found out that news, I suggested to another reporter in the Bengals locker room the appeal probably consisted of the team sending multiple versions of the same hit from any other week of the season that might draw a flag but...
Archdeacon: No risky business for Flyer freshman Antetokounmpo

Archdeacon: No risky business for Flyer freshman Antetokounmpo

When it comes to “Risky Business,” Kostas Antetokounmpo finally realized Tom Cruise is better suited for the role. Cruise launched his storied career with that 1983 movie and the famous scene of him dancing in a pink dress shirt and his underwear to Bob Seger’s “Old Time Rock and Roll.” When the University of Dayton big man — wearing a Flyers uniform instead &mdash...
Four reasons Dayton beat Tennessee Tech: Flyers ‘back on right track’ win with at home

Four reasons Dayton beat Tennessee Tech: Flyers ‘back on right track’ win with at home

Tennessee Tech junior Courtney Alexander provided the most lasting image Wednesday at UD Arena, showing off an underhanded free-throw form that would make grandmas everywhere proud. Granny-style free-throw shooting is a rare thing, and a crowd of 12,976 took notice. Dayton’s fans reserved most of their cheers for their team, of course. Dayton took control of the game with a 15-0 run in the first...
Grant calls Dayton’s fourth victory a ‘team win’

Grant calls Dayton’s fourth victory a ‘team win’

Tennessee Tech brought a roster that ranks third in the country in experience to UD Arena. The Dayton Flyers rank 305th out of 351 teams. In the battle of age versus youth Wednesday, the young guys came out on top. Dayton evened its record at 4-4 with a 79-66 victory. The Flyers led for the last 33 minutes and never let the Golden Eagles get closer than seven points in the second half. “It was...
Dayton bounces back with victory over Tennessee Tech

Dayton bounces back with victory over Tennessee Tech

The Dayton Flyers evened their record at 4-4 after dropping before .500 for the first time in almost 12 years, beating Tennessee Tech 79-66 on Wednesday at UD Arena. Darrell Davis scored 19 points to lead the Flyers. Josh Cunningham had 16 points and 10 rebounds. Jordan Davis scored 14 points and made 4 of 6 3-pointers. Dayton led 32-24 at halftime and had a double-digit lead for most of the second...
College Basketball: Dayton women fall to No. 23 Green Bay

College Basketball: Dayton women fall to No. 23 Green Bay

Staff and wire reports Jessica Lindstrom had a career-high 29 points and 17 rebounds to help No. 23 Green Bay beat Dayton 75-64 on Wednesday at UD Arena. Lindstrom was 8-of-12 shooting in the first half, with five 3-pointers, and scored 21 points as Green Bay built a 40-27 lead. She finished 9 of 14, including 5 of 9 from distance, to top her previous best of 24 points and join the 1,000-point club...
Dayton Flyers: Freshman center makes college debut

Dayton Flyers: Freshman center makes college debut

Fans of the Dayton Flyers had to do a double take in the first half Sunday. A big man they had never seen leave the bench — except in the exhibition game against Ohio Dominican — entered the game with 3 minutes, 20 seconds left in the first half. It was 6-foot-11 freshman center Jordan Pierce, the only scholarship player to not see action in the first six games. Even the four walk-ons...
Mikesell making progress in rehab after hip surgeries

Mikesell making progress in rehab after hip surgeries

Two Dayton Flyers who won’t see any game action this season continue to help the team in practice: junior forward Ryan Mikesell and freshman forward Obadiah Toppin. Coach Anthony Grant provided updates on both players Monday when talking with the voice of the Flyers, Larry Hansgen, on the Anthony Grant Show on WHIO Radio. Mikesell had offseason surgeries on his hips to repair impingements and...
Dayton under .500 for first time in almost 12 years

Dayton under .500 for first time in almost 12 years

For the first time in 4,290 days, the Dayton Flyers have a losing record. That last time UD was under .500 was March 8, 2006, when it lost 67-55 to Saint Joseph’s in the Atlantic 10 tournament to finish the season 14-17. That was the last time Dayton suffered a losing season, and in the 12 seasons that followed, including this one, it had won 19 games in a row when a loss would have dropped...
Preview: Dayton Flyers host Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles on Wednesday

Preview: Dayton Flyers host Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles on Wednesday

Who: Tennessee Tech (7-2) at Dayton (3-4) When: 7 p.m. Wednesday Where: UD Arena TV/Radio: Spectrum Sports; AM 1290, News 95.7 WHIO » RELATED: Turnovers big problem for Flyers Probable Dayton starters Darrell Davis, 6-5, Sr., G, 19.3 points per game Jalen Crutcher, 6-1, Fr., G, 7.3 Trey Landers, 6-5, So., G, 5.8 Josh Cunningham, 6-7, R-Jr., F, 14.6 Kostas Antetokounmpo, 6-10, R-Fr., F, 5.7 Probable...
Sports Today: Yep, Alabama making the College Football Playoff still smells funny

Sports Today: Yep, Alabama making the College Football Playoff still smells funny

I’m ready to move on from the College Football Playoff debate because what’s done is done, but I still found these comments interesting.  The Centerville legend has been knocked for trying too hard not to be an Ohio State homer before, but I think he was genuine here.  He basically concluded Alabama is better because the Buckeyes didn’t have an easier time putting away...
Dayton Flyers Digest: What we learned from Monday’s media availability

Dayton Flyers Digest: What we learned from Monday’s media availability

Dayton Flyers coach Anthony Grant and a pair of his players met with the local media Monday to discuss the state of the team as the early season continues.  They looked briefly back on a last-second loss at Mississippi State, ahead to Tennessee Tech and beyond.  Here’s video followed by a quick rundown of what was discussed at the most recent media appearance by the Dayton Flyers...
Turnovers becoming big problem for Dayton Flyers

Turnovers becoming big problem for Dayton Flyers

Senior Darrell Davis sent a group text to all of his Dayton Flyers teammates during the bus ride from Humphrey Coliseum in Starkville, Miss., to the airport. He apologized to them for turning the ball over in the final seconds. That play led to a game-winning layup by Mississippi State’s Quinndary Weatherspoon with 0.8 seconds to play. Point guard Jalen Crutcher got the text by Davis. He said...
Archdeacon: Historic comeback bid out of Flyers’ grasp

Archdeacon: Historic comeback bid out of Flyers’ grasp

A still-stunned Darrell Davis stood in the cramped hallway outside his Dayton Flyers dressing room in the bowels of Humphrey Coliseum on Sunday night and talked quietly about the world beyond. “I know people are wondering what’s going on with the Flyers,” the 6-foot-5 senior guard said. “I know they’re not used to this.” UD had just lost in heart-wrenching...
Watch: Flyers lose to Mississippi State on last-second shot

Watch: Flyers lose to Mississippi State on last-second shot

Dayton Flyers coach Anthony Grant wouldn’t have changed how he handled the final seconds of a 71-69 loss Sunday night at Mississippi State. The Flyers rallied from a 21-point deficit in the second half and were tied at 69-69 with the Bulldogs in the final minute. Jalen Crutcher missed a 3-pointer with 26 seconds to play, but Jordan Davis got the rebound. With the shot clock off, Dayton put the...
Sports Today: Cincinnati Bengals last chance to change narratives against Steelers on MNF

Sports Today: Cincinnati Bengals last chance to change narratives against Steelers on MNF

After a long weekend of championship football, there is one game yet to go: The Cincinnati Bengals host the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday Night Football.  We’ll get to that in a minute, but first let’s put a bow on the College Football Playoff stuff.  As so often happens these days, the committee chairman took a reasonable decision and basically ruined it by explaining how...
Flyers overcome 21-point deficit but lose at buzzer at Mississippi State

Flyers overcome 21-point deficit but lose at buzzer at Mississippi State

The Dayton Flyers rallied from a 21-point second-half deficit only to lose 61-59 to Mississippi State on a last-second shot Sunday night in Starkville, Miss. Dayton had a chance to take the last shot, but Darrell Davis turned the ball over with 8 seconds to play. Quinndary Weatherspoon took the ball the other way and scored on a layup with 0.8 seconds to play. The Flyers trailed 35-20 at halftime...
Freshman point guard moves into starting lineup for Dayton

Freshman point guard moves into starting lineup for Dayton

Freshman point guard Jalen Crutcher made his first career start for the Dayton Flyers on Sunday night at Mississippi State. Crutcher replaced junior John Crosby in the lineup. Crutcher has played more minutes in the first six games (26.7) than Crosby (19.3), though Crosby has been the starter. Dayton is playing without junior forward Xeyrius Williams for the third straight game. He continues to miss...
Dayton Flyers: Three key stats from first six games

Dayton Flyers: Three key stats from first six games

Dayton Flyers coach Anthony Grant reminds his players all the time, especially the young ones, he’s not going to judge their performances by how many points they score or how many shots they put up. “The last thing we do really is pay attention to the stat sheet,” Grant said. “If you talk to any of your players, they’ll tell you we have certain things we grade from a...
Dayton Flyers off to worst start since 2004-05

Dayton Flyers off to worst start since 2004-05

The last time the Dayton Flyers played in Mississippi, Devin Oliver delivered one of the most memorable bank shots in school history, hitting a 3-pointer in the final seconds of overtime to give UD an 83-80 victory at Ole Miss. Ten weeks later, Vee Sanford hit another last-second bank shot, this time against Ohio State in the NCAA tournament. Oliver’s shot may have fallen on the list of...
Preview: Dayton Flyers at Mississippi State Bulldogs

Preview: Dayton Flyers at Mississippi State Bulldogs

Who: Dayton (3-3) at Mississippi State (6-0) When: 8 p.m. Sunday Where: Humphrey Coliseum, Starkville, Miss. TV/Radio: SEC Network; AM 1290, News 95.7 WHIO » ARCHDEACON: Darrell Davis setting tone for Flyers Probable Dayton starters Darrell Davis, 6-5, Sr., G, 19.7 points per game John Crosby, 6-3, Jr., G, 5.0 Trey Landers, 6-5, So., G, 7.3 Josh Cunningham, 6-7, R-Jr., F, 14.3 Kostas Antetokounmpo...
Archdeacon: ‘Baby D’ setting the tone for young Dayton Flyers now

Archdeacon: ‘Baby D’ setting the tone for young Dayton Flyers now

The other morning he had another of those light-bulb moments where he realized just how much his presence, his reach, his impact have expanded for the Dayton Flyers this basketball season. Darrell Davis was sitting near the basketball offices in the Cronin Center the day after the Flyers’ 73-60 loss to Auburn and the subject of his nickname came up. His dad is also named Darrell and was called...

Second Thoughts: Flyers on verge of taking fans back to early 1990s

Jill reminded me that I need to start thinking about Christmas shopping. She’s hilarious. It’s Dec. 3, not Dec. 23. Plenty of time to load up the sleigh and make my annual run to Walgreen’s. UD Arena has never looked better, but the product on the court is hurting. This is to be expected because Scoochie and his pals took the program to new heights. They have moved on and the rebuild...
Landers feels good in return from ankle injury

Landers feels good in return from ankle injury

The Dayton Flyers entered the season with 10 players. One of them, freshman center Jordan Pierce, hasn’t seen a minute of action. Injuries were one thing this team couldn’t afford, and injuries have already cost them, though they have provided opportunities for the freshmen to contribute. The Flyers didn’t have sophomore guard Trey Landers for the last game at the Charleston...
Archdeacon: Is the future now for Crutcher as Flyers’ point guard?

Archdeacon: Is the future now for Crutcher as Flyers’ point guard?

“It’s not personal.” That’s the way University of Dayton coach Anthony Grant described changing point guards early in Wednesday night’s 73-60 loss to Auburn at UD Arena. At the 15:07 mark of the first half – with his Flyers already down 11-2 – Grant sat junior point guard John Crosby on the bench and inserted freshman Jalen Crutcher into the lineup. After...
Five reasons Dayton lost to Auburn: Turnovers a big issue

Five reasons Dayton lost to Auburn: Turnovers a big issue

The fans in the Dayton Flyers student section had fun. The same couldn’t be said for the rest of the crowd of 13,125 at UD Arena on Wednesday. The students chanted “FBI! FBI!” at Auburn coach Bruce Pearl all night, referencing the scandal that rocked Auburn and the rest of college basketball earlier this fall. Auburn will hear those chants all season. This was its first true road...
Dayton ‘uncharacteristically anxious’ in loss to Auburn

Dayton ‘uncharacteristically anxious’ in loss to Auburn

The Auburn Tigers turned UD Arena into your average basketball gym, robbing the Dayton Flyers of a home-court advantage that had carried them to 16 straight home victories in the last year. When Auburn built a 16-point lead midway though the second half against the Flyers on Wednesday, not even the fancy, new sound system could inject life into a crowd of 13,125. By the time “Welcome from the...
Dayton’s 16-game home winning streak ends

Dayton’s 16-game home winning streak ends

The Dayton Flyers suffered their first double-digit loss at UD Arena in almost four years, falling 73-60 to Auburn on Wednesday. It’s Dayton’s first loss at home in more than a year. The Flyers lost 61-57 to Saint Mary’s on Nov. 19, 2016, and then won 16 straight. They were 2-0 at home this season. It’s also Anthony Grant’s first home loss as Dayton head coach. Dayton...
Dayton gets one injured player back for Auburn game

Dayton gets one injured player back for Auburn game

The Dayton Flyers will get one of their two injured players back Wednesday against Auburn. Sophomore guard Trey Landers will play in the 7 p.m. game at UD Arena. He missed the last two games after spraining his ankle in the first half against Ohio at the Charleston Classic. Junior forward Xeyrius Williams will not play for the second straight game. He has been suffering from lingering back spasms...
Crutcher’s family enjoys first experience at Dayton game

Crutcher’s family enjoys first experience at Dayton game

A caravan of fans traveled eight hours from Memphis, Tenn., to Dayton last weekend to see Jalen Crutcher in action. Crutcher, a freshman point guard for the Dayton Flyers, said he had 16 family members at UD Arena to see him play Saturday against Akron. They all fit into five cars. “They haven’t really experienced a big crowd like that,” Crutcher said, “so they loved it.&rdquo...
Preview: Dayton Flyers to host Auburn Tigers on Wednesday

Preview: Dayton Flyers to host Auburn Tigers on Wednesday

Who: Auburn (4-1) at Dayton (3-2) When: 7 p.m. Wednesday Where: UD Arena TV/Radio: CBS Sports Network; AM 1290, News 95.7 WHIO » AUBURN GAME: Flyers relying on freshmen | Flyers hope to continue run of success vs. SEC Probable Dayton starters Darrell Davis, 6-5, Sr., G, 20.0 points per game John Crosby, 6-3, Jr., G, 6.0 Jordan Davis, 6-2, Fr., G, 7.4 Josh Cunningham, 6-7, R-Jr., F, 16.0 Kostas...
Sports Today: Re-examining those Bengals-Browns personal fouls

Sports Today: Re-examining those Bengals-Browns personal fouls

Whenever the Cincinnati Bengals play the Browns and Steelers in back-to-back weeks, you know there’s going to be lots of NFL talk around here.  Looks like Marvin Lewis and I had the same view of the Jabrill Peppers hit on Josh Malone on Sunday.  I bolded “unfortunately” there because I agree. This was not an attempt at a Mike Mitchell-type kill shot.  Yesterday I wrote...
Dayton hopes to continue success against SEC

Dayton hopes to continue success against SEC

For whatever reason — unlike the other Power Five conference closer to home, the Big Ten — the Southeastern Conference does not shy away from playing the Dayton Flyers at UD Arena. The last Big Ten team to play at UD Arena in the regular season was Northwestern in 1997. Meanwhile, four SEC teams have played at Dayton in the last three seasons — Vanderbilt, Arkansas, Alabama and Mississippi...
Injuries force Flyers to rely on freshman class

Injuries force Flyers to rely on freshman class

Trey Landers walked onto the practice court at the Cronin Center on Monday, testing his sprained ankle. Xeyrius Williams was not practicing. The Dayton Flyers (3-2) hope to get both injured players back soon, but their status remains the same heading into a 7 p.m. Wednesday game against Auburn (4-1) at UD Arena. “Day to day,” coach Anthony Grant said. “X is going to be out today...
Sports Today: Bengals win over Browns caps crazy holiday weekend 

Sports Today: Bengals win over Browns caps crazy holiday weekend 

Well that was kind of a wild weekend.  We’ll start with the Cincinnati Bengals’ 30-16 win over the Cleveland Browns. Andy Dalton had another big game against the Browns while the running game finally broke out with Joe Mixon gashing Cleveland for 114 yards on 23 carries.  He proved again he can be a difference-maker in the NFL with his combination of size, speed and general running...
Archdeacon on Flyers’ Cunningham: ‘I came to UD for nights like this’

Archdeacon on Flyers’ Cunningham: ‘I came to UD for nights like this’

Besides listening to “my music,” he said he has just one pregame ritual. “I always have to take a nice shower just to relax myself,” Josh Cunningham said. “It’s just to get me into the swing of things. To soothe myself and calm me down and get me in the mood.” Saturday night at UD Arena there was one more benefit for the Dayton Flyers 6-foot-7 junior forward...
5 takeaways from Dayton Flyers win over Akron

5 takeaways from Dayton Flyers win over Akron

In the fifth game of the season, there was urgency in the Dayton locker room at halftime. The first half ended with a 13-5 Akron run and a five-point deficit. “Basically (the coaches) told us that we’ve just got to get in there and play basketball and come out there hard and play like it’s our last game,” freshman Kostas Antetokounmpo said. The Flyers were a different team...
PREVIEW: Dayton Flyers vs. Akron Zips

PREVIEW: Dayton Flyers vs. Akron Zips

Who: Akron (2-0) at Dayton (2-2) When: 7 p.m. Saturday Where: UD Arena TV/Radio: Fox Sports Ohio; AM 1290, News 95.7 WHIO OLD DOMINION GAME: Five takeaways | Photos | Game story | Davis blossoming | Notes Probable Dayton starters Darrell Davis, 6-5, Sr., G, 22.0 points per game John Crosby, 6-3, Jr., G, 6.8 Josh Cunningham, 6-7, R-Jr., F, 15.0 Xeyrius Williams, 6-8, Jr., F, 8.8 Kostas Antetokounmpo...
Archdeacon: Diamond in the rough hopes to sparkle for Dayton Flyers

Archdeacon: Diamond in the rough hopes to sparkle for Dayton Flyers

Anthony Grant was looking for a diamond in the rough. Jalen Crutcher was hoping to get some shiny earrings. The two reached out to each other and both ended up getting what they wanted. Late in the recruiting cycle, Grant got the point guard help he needed to fill out his Dayton Flyers roster and Crutcher now sports a pair of pea-sized, diamond-like adornments on his lobes. A 6-foot-1 freshman from...
Dayton Flyers Top 10: Ranking non-conference games

Dayton Flyers Top 10: Ranking non-conference games

The non-conference scheduling strategy for the Dayton Flyers men’s basketball program will not change in the Anthony Grant era. Dayton still wants to play four teams, outside its annual exempt tournament, every season that it expects will compete for NCAA tournament berths. “We’ve got to play the best teams we can beat in the non-conference,” said Athletic Director Neil Sullivan...
Dayton Flyers Top 10: Best freshman seasons

Dayton Flyers Top 10: Best freshman seasons

The Dayton Flyers will lean on freshmen throughout the 2017-18 season, more so than they have in recent seasons. With 10 scholarship players, they have to. They need production from redshirt freshman Kostas Antetokounmpo and true freshmen Jordan Davis, Jordan Pierce, Jalen Crutcher and Matej Svoboda. Dayton hasn’t had a freshman average more than 10 points per game in the last nine seasons....
Sports Today: Cincinnati Bengals defense showing signs of feistiness

Sports Today: Cincinnati Bengals defense showing signs of feistiness

Friday night, the Cincinnati Bengals defense got rave reviews.  The pass rushers and the defensive backs were among the standouts, which of course is a double-edged sword when your own guys are working against each other.  We have reason to believe protection could be a problem for the Bengals’ offense this season, but the team’s pass rush was also in need of an upgrade. ...
Sports Today: Bengals offense gets a scare while defense gains versatility

Sports Today: Bengals offense gets a scare while defense gains versatility

We got a reminder yesterday about how quickly fortunes can turn in the NFL. One day you’re rookie Joe Mixon making headlines for running past defenders, the next you’re rookie Joe Mixon watching from a cart with a banged up heel.  Of course there is good news here on two fronts: It appears he is fine, and Giovani Bernard’s faster-than-expected recovery from ACL surgery...
Sports Today: Bengals/Flyers Fight Club Edition

Sports Today: Bengals/Flyers Fight Club Edition

For the middle of the first week of August, we’ve got all kinds of stuff going on — including knuckleheads for the Bengals and Flyers.  But first a reminder: Never do anything wrong in 2017 because there will be video. This applies to you, me and people who play for the Bengals and the University of Dayton basketball team.  The moving pictures from the Greene County Jail are...
Dayton’s Ryan Mikesell undergoes second hip surgery

Dayton’s Ryan Mikesell undergoes second hip surgery

Dayton Flyers junior forward Ryan Mikesell underwent surgery on his left hip Friday in Columbus. “The surgery went well,” coach Anthony Grant said. “He’s at home for the weekend. Sometime next week he’ll get back on campus to start rehab.” Mikesell, a St. Henry High School graduate, had surgery on his right hip on May 16. He was diagnosed with impingements...
UD Arena transformation: What’s been done so far

UD Arena transformation: What’s been done so far

The University of Dayton provided an update on the progress of the first phase of the UD Arena transformation on Friday. UD Arena Director Scott DeBolt provided quick rundown of what has been done in the first three weeks. Week one: Removed telescopic seats; took down the center-hung scoreboard; removed the crow’s nest; and started removing the 100-level seats. RELATED: UD Arena’s...
Dayton’s Jeremiah Bonsu finds coaching job

Dayton’s Jeremiah Bonsu finds coaching job

Former Dayton Flyers walk-on guard Jeremiah Bonsu has accepted a job with the Bowling Green Falcons men’s basketball team as a graduate assistant coach. Bonsu graduated from UD in May with the four other Dayton seniors. He spent three seasons with the team. He never scored a point and appeared in only two games as a senior, but he became a popular player in part because of his celebrations...
Scoochie Smith to work out for fourth NBA team

Scoochie Smith to work out for fourth NBA team

Former Dayton Flyers point guard Scoochie Smith will work out for the Houston Rockets on Thursday. It’s the fourth workout in advance of the NBA Draft for Smith, who previously worked out for the Toronto Raptors, Dallas Mavericks and New York Knicks. Smith finished his Dayton career in March with 1,289 points. He played in the Portsmouth Invitational in April and graduated from...
Dyshawn Pierre gets chance with hometown team

Dyshawn Pierre gets chance with hometown team

Former Dayton Flyers forward Dyshawn Pierre will participate in the Toronto Raptors’ free-agent camp Thursday and Friday, the Raptors announced Wednesday. Pierre, a native of Whitby, Ont., was one of 23 players invited. Pierre played in Germany last season and led the top league in rebounding. He averaged 7.9 rebounds in 32 games for Lowen Braunschweig. Pierre, who finished his career at...
Dayton’s Cooke busy working out for NBA teams in advance of draft

Dayton’s Cooke busy working out for NBA teams in advance of draft

Former Dayton Flyers guard Charles Cooke, UD’s leading scorer the last two seasons, worked out with the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday. Cooke previously worked out with the Utah Jazz, New Orleans Pelicans, Los Angeles Clippers and Minnesota Timberwolves. His next workout will be with the Sacramento Kings. “This is the most fun I've had playing basketball in some years,” Cooke wrote...
Dayton’s Scoochie Smith gets third workout with NBA team

Dayton’s Scoochie Smith gets third workout with NBA team

Former Dayton Flyers point guard Scoochie Smith will work out with the New York Knicks on Monday. This is the third workout for Smith, following workouts with the Toronto Raptors and Dallas Mavericks. Smith is a native of Bronx, N.Y., and has been training in New York City since graduation. He was 4-0 in his career against Fordham in the Bronx. Smith finished his Dayton career in March with 1...
2018 recruiting update: UD offers scholarship to guard from the Bronx

2018 recruiting update: UD offers scholarship to guard from the Bronx

Add another name to the growing list of 2018 recruits the Dayton Flyers are pursuing. Omar Silverio, a 6-foot-3 guard from St. Raymond High School for Boys in Bronx, N.Y., received a scholarship offer on Thursday, according to multiple reports. Silverio has offers from Massachusetts, Wagner and Quinnipiac, among others. According to his Twitter bio, Silverio is originally from the Dominican Republic...
Dayton Flyers to play VCU twice again in 2017-18 season

Dayton Flyers to play VCU twice again in 2017-18 season

The Dayton Flyers will play Virginia Commonwealth twice in the 2017-18 season, the A-10 announced Wednesday. The teams dueled for the Atlantic 10 regular-season championship last season. That was the first time they met twice on the 18-game conference schedule. The A-10 announced schedule pairings for all 14 teams Wednesday. UD will also play Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Duquesne and Saint Louis twice...
Dayton's Smith gets workout with second NBA team

Dayton's Smith gets workout with second NBA team

Former Dayton Flyers point guard Scoochie Smith will work out with the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday. Smith previously worked out with the Toronto Raptors in May. Smith finished his Dayton career in March with 1,289 points. He played in the Portsmouth Invitational in April and graduated from UD on May 7. He’s been working on starting his own online clothing business.
Former Dayton Flyers to sign autographs Saturday

Former Dayton Flyers to sign autographs Saturday

Former Dayton Flyers Scoochie Smith and Kendall Pollard will sign autographs at Milano’s on Brown Street from 1-3 p.m. Saturday. Smith and Pollard, who finished their UD careers with 102 victories in March and graduated in May, will be back in town for Reunion Weekend at the University of Dayton. Smith ranks 26th in school history with 1,289 points. Pollard ranks 34th with 1,171...
Ahrens decommits from Ohio State, receives offer from Dayton

Ahrens decommits from Ohio State, receives offer from Dayton

Versailles High School senior Justin Ahrens received a scholarship offer from the Dayton Flyers on Tuesday, not long after announcing he was decommitting from Ohio State and reopening his recruitment. Ahrens, a 6-foot-5 forward in the class of 2018, verbally committed to the Ohio State Buckeyes on Aug. 27, 2016. With Thad Matta’s tenure as Ohio State’s coach ending Monday, Ahrens will...
All-Ohio forward from Chillicothe to play for Dayton women

All-Ohio forward from Chillicothe to play for Dayton women

The Dayton Flyers women’s basketball team picked up a commitment from a member of the class of 2018 on Monday. Ella Skeens, a 5-foot-11 wing from Chillicothe Southeastern High School, announced her decision via Twitter. Skeens is a three-star recruit, according to ESPN’s rankings. She averaged  22.2 points, 7.6 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game as a junior and was named the Southeast...
Syracuse forward transferring to Dayton women’s basketball team

Syracuse forward transferring to Dayton women’s basketball team

Julia Chandler, a 6-foot-2 forward from Toronto, Ont., will transfer from Syracuse University to the University of Dayton, according to a source. She visited the Dayton Flyers over the weekend. Chandler averaged 2.7 points and 1.4 rebounds last season as a sophomore. She will have to sit out this season and has two seasons of eligibility remaining. Chandler announced her intention to transfer on May...
First of Dayton’s 2017 recruits arrive on campus

First of Dayton’s 2017 recruits arrive on campus

The first members of the Dayton Flyers’ five-man 2017 recruiting class have arrived on campus. “Dayton I’m here!” Jalen Crutcher wrote Saturday on Twitter. Jordan Pierce arrived on campus last week and announced Sunday on Twitter he will wear No. 14 for the Flyers. Crutcher was the first player recruited by new coach Anthony Grant and his staff to sign with the Flyers...
UD Arena renovations are underway

UD Arena renovations are underway

The University of Dayton unveiled the first photos of renovations taking place at UD Arena, posting four photos to Twitter on Wednesday. The images show seats being removed near the court. On Thursday, UD posted a video of the scoreboard above center court being taken down. Among the upgrades coming in phase one of the three-year project are new seats in the 100 and 200 levels and a new scoreboard...
Scoochie Smith works out for Toronto Raptors

Scoochie Smith works out for Toronto Raptors

Former Dayton Flyers point guard Scoochie Smith worked out with the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday at the BioSteel Centre in Toronto. This was the fifth day of pre-draft workouts for the Raptors. Purdue’s Caleb Swanigan, North Carolina’s Nate Britt, Virginia’s Austin Nichols, Houston’s Damyean Dotson and Southeast Missouri’s Antonius Cleveland also worked out in Smith&rsquo...
Dayton Flyers hire former Miami University standout as director of player development

Dayton Flyers hire former Miami University standout as director of player development

Devin Davis will join Dayton Flyers head coach Anthony Grant’s staff as the director of player development, the University of Dayton announced Tuesday via Twitter. Davis, 42, is a native of Miami, Fla., like Grant. They both graduated from Miami Senior High School. Davis played college basketball at Miami University from 1993-97. He’s the third-leading scorer in school history with 1,828...

UD Arena removes tartan floor as part of $72M upgrade

After more than a decade of service, the old tartan floor from the UD Arena is getting prepped to be dismantled. This comes as the University of Dayton is planning several upgrades to the arena over the next few years that will total $72 million to the venue at 1801 S. Edwin C. Moses Blvd. in Dayton. One last unofficial game took place today on the court, as alumni paid their last respects before...
UD Arena losing a piece of its storied past

UD Arena losing a piece of its storied past

The last game on the old Tartan court at UD Arena looked nothing like the first. As part of the three-year renovation of the arena, UD is tearing out the old surface, which has been beneath the wood court since the 1985-86 season. That process starts Tuesday and will take about a month. It’s not an easy surface to remove. “It’s going to take a while to get it out and grind it out...
Former Flyer wins championship in Slovenia

Former Flyer wins championship in Slovenia

Former Dayton Flyers forward Devin Oliver won the league championship in his first season in Slovenia. Oliver’s team, Union Olimpija, beat Rogaska 94-78 on Wednesday to win the best-of-five series 3-1. It was Union Olimpija’s first title in eight years. Oliver had 18 points and 7 rebounds in the final game. "Honored and grateful to be apart of this organization and team,&rdquo...
Dayton Flyers assistant looks back on facing UD in Elite Eight

Dayton Flyers assistant looks back on facing UD in Elite Eight

Darren Hertz arrived at the University of Dayton in April, joining new Dayton Flyers head coach Anthony Grant’s staff a little more than three years after coaching against UD in the Elite Eight. Hertz was on Billy Donovan’s staff in 2014 when top-seeded Florida beat No. 11 seed Dayton 62-52 in the South Regional final in Memphis, Tenn. Hertz looked back on that game Monday in an interview...
Dayton Flyers legends inducted into Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame

Dayton Flyers legends inducted into Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame

Two University of Dayton basketball greats were inducted into the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame on Saturday in Columbus. Johnny Davis, who scored 1,562 points (1973-76), and Ann Meyers, a three-time All-American who still holds the school record for points (2,672, 1976-80), were honored during a ceremony in Columbus. This is the 12th class for the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame. The first was inducted...
Dayton Flyers: A glance at the 5-man recruiting class

Dayton Flyers: A glance at the 5-man recruiting class

Archie Miller always knew the 2017 recruiting class would be crucial to the Dayton Flyers. He knew they were losing four seniors who would be hard to replace. “We know it’s an important one,” Miller said last August before UD had any commitments. “I think it’s going to be one of our bigger ones.” By the time Miller left for Indiana in March, Dayton had...
Dayton Flyers pick up another 2017 recruit

Dayton Flyers pick up another 2017 recruit

Obadiah Toppin, a 6-foot-9 forward from Mount Zion Prep in Baltimore, Md., announced his commitment to the Dayton Flyers on Tuesday via Twitter. Toppin, who’s originally from Ossining, N.Y., visited Dayton in April. He also had offers from Rhode Island, Illinois and Mississippi State. Toppin is the second recruit of the Anthony Grant era, following point guard Jalen Crutcher, and the fifth...
Charles Cooke to play in front of NBA scouts this week

Charles Cooke to play in front of NBA scouts this week

Former Dayton Flyers guard Charles Cooke will participate in the Professional Basketball Combine at IMG Academy on Tuesday and Wednesday in Bradenton, Fla. This is a new event. Twenty two players, including Cincinnati’s Troy Caupain and Xavier’s Malcolm Bernard, will attend. Scouts from 15 teams are expected to attend. Cooke, of Trenton, N.J., played two seasons with the Flyers. He led...
Anthony Grant, Matt McCall, new A-10 coaches, go way back

Anthony Grant, Matt McCall, new A-10 coaches, go way back

Two new Atlantic 10 coaches know each other well and will coach against each other for the first time next season. Dayton Flyers coach Anthony Grant and Massachusetts coach Matt McCall, who were hired one day apart in March, worked together at the University of Florida for five seasons and were part of the program’s first national championship team in 2006. Grant was an assistant on Florida...
Antetokounmpo brothers travel together to Europe

Antetokounmpo brothers travel together to Europe

Dayton Flyers forward Kostas Antetokounmpo traveled to Europe with his brother, Milwaukee Bucks start Giannis Antetokounmpo, when the school year at UD ended. Giannis has documented the trip on social media. They have worked out together in their home country, Greece, and watched their brother Thanasis play in Spain. Kostas will be a redshirt freshman in the 2017-18 season. He enrolled at UD for the...
UD Arena upgrade: 10 things we learned from athletic director Neil Sullivan

UD Arena upgrade: 10 things we learned from athletic director Neil Sullivan

Dayton Flyers Athletic Director Neil Sullivan joined WHIO’s Larry Hansgen on the Miami Valley Morning News on Monday to talk about changes coming to UD Arena. The University of Dayton announced a $72 million upgrade Thursday. Sullivan touched on numerous aspects of the plan. Here are 10 highlights: 1. Early reviews: The reaction to the UD Arena changes has been overwhelmingly positive...
Family of Dayton Flyers alum receives almost $20,000 in donations

Family of Dayton Flyers alum receives almost $20,000 in donations

A fundraiser for the family of former Dayton Flyers guard Kyle Davis has raised $19,600 since Thursday. A GoFundMe account was started Thursday to raise money for Davis’ family, which lost its home in Chicago in a fire on April 4. The goal was to raise $11,000, and donations by 193 people helped the family surpass that goal in fewer than two days. Davis responded to the outpouring...
Former Dayton Flyers to team up in The Basketball Tournament

Former Dayton Flyers to team up in The Basketball Tournament

Three former Dayton Flyers need help from fans so they can team up in The Basketball Tournament, a 64-team, five-on-five, single-elimination event with a prize of $2 million for the winning team. Devin Oliver, Vee Sanford and Dyshawn Pierre, all members of Dayton’s Elite Eight team in 2014, are playing for the Broad Street Brawlers in the Northeast Region. Nine teams from each region will be...
WATCH: A look at the future of UD Arena

WATCH: A look at the future of UD Arena

UD Arena will undergo a $72 million renovation to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the facility in 2019, university officials announced today. The University of Dayton showed this video today as part of the announcement. PHOTOS: What will the UD Arena renovations look like?
Anthony Grant adds UD graduate to coaching staff

Anthony Grant adds UD graduate to coaching staff

Andy Farrell will join Anthony Grant’s staff with the Dayton Flyers, Farrell announced Wednesday on Twitter. His job title is director of scouting and program development. Farrell is a Dayton native and 2007 University of Dayton graduate. He has spent the last three seasons as an assistant coach at Southwest Mississippi Community College in Summit, Miss. Farrell has also coached at Virginia...
10 things you missed from Dayton Flyers coach Anthony Grant’s interview on WHIO Radio

10 things you missed from Dayton Flyers coach Anthony Grant’s interview on WHIO Radio

Six weeks into his tenure as head coach of the Dayton Flyers, Anthony Grant stopped by WHIO Radio to talk to the voice of the Flyers, Larry Hansgen, on the Miami Valley Morning News.  Listen to the full interview with Coach Grant  Here are some highlights from the interview Wednesday morning: • On putting the coaching staff together: “It has been hectic, but it’s been...
Dayton Flyers honored at UD Arena one more time

Dayton Flyers honored at UD Arena one more time

Five seniors from the men’s basketball team and numerous other Dayton Flyers graduated Sunday from the University of Dayton. All five seniors from Archie Miller’s last team took part in the commencement ceremony at UD Arena. Former assistant coach Allen Griffin, now at Syracuse, called the seniors “the class that woke the sleeping giant” on Twiter on Sunday. Scoochie Smith...
Dayton looking to hire director of player development

Dayton looking to hire director of player development

The University of Dayton is hiring a director of player development for the men’s basketball program. The job was posted on May 1. According to the job posting on UD’s website, “The Director of Player Development serves under the direction of the head coach to support the men’s basketball student-athletes as a mentor and advisor in their overall development. The director...
Dayton Flyers continuing to search for point guard recruits

Dayton Flyers continuing to search for point guard recruits

The search for a new point guard continues for the Dayton Flyers. Coach Anthony Grant and his staff have expressed interest in several recruits, according to reports. Here’s what we know: • Dayton offered a scholarship to Tyler Maye, a 6-foot-1 point guard from Farmville Central High School in Farmville, N.C., according to Phenom Hoop Report. Virginia Commonwealth, Nebraska, East Carolina...
Ranking top foreign-born players in Dayton Flyers history

Ranking top foreign-born players in Dayton Flyers history

The Dayton Flyers could have two foreign-born players on the roster in the 2017-18 season. That’s significant because the program doesn’t have a long history of recruiting players from outside the United States, at least compared to some programs. Matej Svoboda, a 6-foot-7 forward from the Czech Republic, signed with the Flyers on Monday, though he said he still has to pass one last high-school...
Mark Alstork narrows choices to six schools

Mark Alstork narrows choices to six schools

Wright State grad transfer Mark Alstork is no longer considering the Dayton Flyers. Alstork announced a final list of six schools on Wednesday via Twitter: Pittsburgh, Georgetown, Illinois, South Carolina, LSU and Louisville. Alstork, a Thurgood Marshall graduate who started his career at Ball State, visited UD last month.
Former Dayton Flyers star leads German league in rebounding

Former Dayton Flyers star leads German league in rebounding

Former Dayton Flyers forward Dyshawn Pierre completed his first season in Europe as the leading rebounder in the top league in Germany. He averaged 7.9 rebounds in 32 games for Lowen Braunschweig. Pierre, who finished his career at UD in 2016 with 1,145 points, ranked 12th in the league with 14.9 points per game. His team finished 6-26 and ended the season Monday with a third straight loss. Pierre...
Dayton football player signs with 49ers

Dayton football player signs with 49ers

Dayton Flyers cornerback Cameron Stubbs signed as an undrafted free agent with the San Francisco 49ers and will attend rookie mini-camp with the team. As a redshirt senior last fall, Stubbs started 11 games and had 47 tackles and four interceptions. He was named to the All-Pioneer Football League first team. Stubbs is a St. Louis, Mo., native. He was named Dayton’s White Allen MVP in 2015 when...
Greek Freak visits brother in Dayton

Greek Freak visits brother in Dayton

NBA star Giannis Antetokounmpo visited the University of Dayton on Saturday, playing at the Cronin Center with his brother Kostas and other Flyers. Giannis, a 6-foot-11 small forward known as the Greek Freak, just completed his fourth season with the Milwaukee Bucks, averaging 22.9 points, 8.8 rebounds and 5.4 assists per game. He started in the NBA All-Star Game. The Bucks’ season ended Thursday...
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...
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...
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