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Five things you missed from Ohio athletics during summer break

Pete Nakos / Asst. Sports Editor

It’s easy to completely forget about Bobcats athletics while you’re on your summer vacation. While you might not have the motivation to read about a team while sitting on the beach, the Bobcats sports landscape didn’t stop.

Videoboard installed in The Convo


The Convocation Center. (FILE)

The Ohio Athletic Department announced plans this past spring to install a videboard in The Convo, which would be part of the center’s 50th birthday celebration.

From multiple reports, the board is up and hangs in the center of the arena, right below the green banners seen at countless sporting events there.

The videoboard had a projected budget of $1,979,705.

Softball: Coach Jodi Hermanek departs for job at Pitt

On Tuesday, Aug. 7, Hermanek announced on Twitter that she had taken a new position as the head coach of the Pitt Panthers.

Hermanek departs Athens after leading the Bobcats to a Mid-American Conference championship and a berth in an NCAA Regional Final. Over the course of her 10-year tenure, she posted a 289-252 record with two NCAA Tournament appearances and two MAC Championships.

At print time, a new coach for the Bobcats had not been named.

Football: Ohio picked to win MAC East, MAC Championship

In the annual media poll run by the league office, the Bobcats were picked to win the MAC East and the 2018 Marathon MAC Championship game.

The Bobcats are coming off a 10-4 season — including a rout of UAB in the Bahamas — which introduced the MAC and country to Nathan Rourke. The quarterback from Canada (#AirCanada) set the program’s record for total touchdowns in a season in his first.

Ohio should average more than 40 points per game for the second straight year and be fun to watch. The only questions lie in the defense with many playmakers gone due to graduation.

The schedule doesn’t lend itself to a successful season either, as the Bobcats have a bye in week two with 11 straight games following the week off.

Men's Golf: Ohio hires new coach

On July 9, the Bobcats named just their third coach in the history of the program, Carter Cheves. He replaces Bob Cooley, who coached the Bobcats for 30 years.

Cheves comes from James Madison after spending five years with the Dukes. He helped 13 Dukes earn All-Colonial Athletic Association honors.

Cheves’ new team will be led by senior Ben Sattler. Sattler finished 42nd at the Mid-American Conference Championship last season, shooting 626 (+30). He also shot a career-best 68 (-4) to finish 11th — also a career-best — at the Invitational at Savannah Harbor.

The last time Ohio won the conference championship was 1980.

The Bobcats start the season on Sept. 10 in the Joe Feaganes Marshall Invitational.

Former Ohio baseball coach inducted to ABCA Hall of Fame

Former coach Joe Carbone was selected to be inducted into the ABCA Hall of Fame on July 5. The inductions will be held during the 75th annual ABCA Convention on Friday, Jan. 4, 2019.

Carbone finished with a 689-611-2 record in his 24 seasons with the Bobcats, winning two MAC titles. He was also named the conference’s coach of the year twice.

In total, he coached 44 players who signed professional baseball contracts.

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