Thursday, March 26, 2009

The Miami University (Ohio) Red Hawks

NCAA West Regional
University of Denver vs. Miami University
Mariucci Arena, Minneapolis, Minn. March 27, 2009

The NCAA Tournament begins as the No. 1 West Regional seed Denver Pioneers (23-11-5, 16-8-4 WCHA) take on the No. 4 seed Miami RedHawks. (20-12-5, 17-7-4 CCHA). The winner will face the winner of the other regional semi-final, either the Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs or the Princeton Tigers on Saturday night for the right to advance to the Frozen Four in Washington, DC. Game Time is 3:30 p.m. MT at Mariucci Arena (10,000 capacity). Television: ESPN2HD Radio: KCKK AM 1510 - Jay Stickney and the Audiocast:

The Pioneers are 4-2 all-time against the RedHawks in the series that started in 1986-87. DU defeated Miami, 3-2, in the lone meeting between the teams in the NCAA Tournament at the West Regional in 2004. Miami defeated Denver, 5-2, in the last meeting on Oct. 6, 2006. The game marked the opening of Steve Cady Arena on the Miami campus.

Red Hawks to watch
Carter Camper and Peter Cannone are the leading scorers on this year’s Miami squad, with 39 and 35 points respectively. Camper has 20 goals, and Cannone is more of a set up man with 11 goals and 24 assists. Miami also has four scorers in the mid 20s range, with Andy Miele (27) Justin Mercier (26), Jarod Palmer (26) and Chris Wideman (25). Connor Knapp has seen the most action in the Miami nets, with a 2.09 GAA and .904 saves pct in 23 games. Cody Reichard is the other Miami netminder, with a 2.16 GA and a .912 saves pct in 16 games played.

About Miami's Program
Steve Cady, Miami senior associate director of athletics, and the chairman of the NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Committee this year, is the known as the “father” of Miami hockey. He was the one who started the varsity program in 1978, and guided it as the first head coach. The first victory came in the first game, when Miami beat Cincinnati’s club team 15-2, and for the first three seasons, Miami competed as a successful independent, with the first two seasons winning more than 20 games each.

Miami joined the CCHA in 1981, and finished 11th in the first league season. Steve Cady was never able to get Miami above sixth and stepped aside in 1985 to become the director of the original Goggin Ice Arena on campus, the RedHawks hired Bill Davidge and went through four terrible seasons and the school “very nearly pulled the plug” on the hockey program, according to the Dayton News. With an overall record of 39-111-3, Cady told the Dayton News, "I got called into the president's office" and was told the state of Miami hockey was "unacceptable." Cady “insisted that the program could succeed if it had more resources.”

Later that year a young Michigan State assistant named George Gwozdecky replaced Davidge as coach, and for the first time Miami's hockey program, Cady said, "was fully funded in terms of scholarships."

Gwozdecky coached the RedHawks to a CCHA league title in 1992-93 and their first NCAA appearance, where they fell to the Wisconsin Badgers, 3-1. One of the captains of that Miami team was Enrico Blasi, who later became a Denver assistant under Gwozdecky and has coached the RedHawks to five NCAA berths in the last six years.

Gwozdecky left Miami and moved to the University of Denver in 1994, and was replaced by Mark Mazzoleni, who would stay through the 1999 season. Mazzoleni’s highlight at Miami was the 1996-1997 season, where the Red Hawks finished second in the CCHA and went to their second NCAA tourney, where they dropped a 4-2 decision to Cornell in the regional.

Blasi took the reigns from Mazzoleni in 1999-2000, and has guided Miami to a higher level. Blasi first NCAA appearance with Miami came in 2004, when his second place CCHA team fell to Gwozdecky’s Denver Pioneers 3-2 in the West Regional.

Blasi’s 2005-2006 Miami team won it’s second CCHA title, but once again, the NCAA opener was not good, as the Red Hawks fell 5-0 to Boston College.

The following season, the Red Hawks finished third in the CCHA, but earned an NCAA berth, and this time, Miami did not fall in the opener. Rather, the Red Hawks edged New Hampshire 2-1 for the school’s first NCAA win. The victory celebration did not last long though, as Miami fell to BC the next day 4-0 in the regional final.

Last season, Miami finished second in the CCHA and won their NCAA opener against Air Force, 3-2, but old NCAA nemesis Boston College finished off Miami 4-3 on the way to their third NCAA Championship.

About Miami University
Miami University (sometimes called Miami of Ohio by sportswriters) is a coeducational public university founded in 1809 and is one of the eight original “Public Ivies” The University is located in the college town of Oxford, Ohio with its primary focus on educating undergraduates.

The tenth public college founded in the United States, Miami University dates back to a grant of land made for its support by the United States Congress and signed by George Washington on May 5, 1792. The university's first president, Robert Hamilton Bishop, envisioned Miami as the "Yale of the West" and planned the first several buildings accordingly. Miami is located in southwestern Ohio approximately thirty miles (50 km) northwest of Cincinnati. The Miami in this school's name refers to the Miami River valley, cut by two medium-sized rivers, the Little Miami River and the Great Miami River, that flow through southwestern Ohio; the rivers were in turn named after the Miami Indians who lived in the area before European settlement.

Miami ranks in the first tier of the U.S. News & World Report college rankings at 66th among 252 "National Universities" and tied with Purdue University, as 26th among public National Universities. BusinessWeek ranks the undergraduate business program for the Farmer School of Business at 19th among U.S. business schools, 8th among public business schools, and 1st among Ohio business schools.

Miami University is reputed to be one of the most beautiful university campuses, as poet Robert Frost described Miami as "the most beautiful college there ever was” The campus features modified Georgian revival red brick buildings on an open, tree-shaded campus void of high rise skyscraper dormitories. Miami is also striking in that the entire campus is consistent in design and appearance except for the buildings on the former Western College campus and the Miami University Art Museum. Parts of the campus can be seen in the 1991 film Little Man Tate with Jodie Foster, which was largely filmed on the Oxford campus.

Miami is known as the "Cradle of Coaches" because several prominent football coaches were student/athletes and/or coaches at Miami before achieving greater fame at more prominent college programs or the National Football League. Among these coaches were George Gwozdecky, Earl Blaik, Paul Brown, Sid Gillman, Woody Hayes, Ara Parseghian, Weeb Ewbank, Bo Schembechler, Randy Walker, Ron Zook, Joe Novak, John Pont, Carmen Cozza, and Jim Tressel.

For many years, the athletic teams at Miami were nicknamed Redskins, but in 1997 the nickname was changed to RedHawks. Some controversy surrounded this change and some aspects of the old identity persist. The RedHawks compete in NCAA Division I in all sports (FBS in football). Miami's primary conference is the Mid-American Conference; its hockey program is a member of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association.

Miami is also known for its School of Education, housed in McGuffey Hall, named for Professor William Holmes McGuffey (called the "Schoolmaster to the Nation"), who was a Miami Classics professor and wrote America's most widely used pioneer text books - the McGuffey Readers - while on faculty at Miami University.

Miami also was the first U.S. public university to have an "Artist-in-Residence" program, with Percy MacKaye as the first poet in residence.

The Miami Student claims to be the oldest university newspaper, tracking its founding to 1826, although Dartmouth College's student newspaper contests this claim.

Miami University was first provided for under the Northwest Ordinance, which would regulate the free states of the Midwest. On May 5, 1792, "the President of the United States was authorized to grant letters patent to John Cleves Symmes and his associates . . . provided that the land grant should include one complete township . . . for the purpose of establishing an academy and other public schools and seminaries of learning. After Ohio became a state in 1803, the State legislature assumed responsibility for making sure that John Cleves Symmes would set aside a township of land for the support of an academy. Such a law was passed by the State legislature April 15, 1803. . . . Finally, on February 17, 1809, the State legislature created The Miami University (The article "The" is in the official name of Miami but is not currently used) and provided that one complete township in the State of Ohio in the district of Cincinnati was to be vested in Miami University for its use, benefit, and support."[1] This was known as the "College Township", ultimately Oxford, Ohio which was the first township in North America to bear the name Oxford.

At one point in the 19th century, Miami University was the 4th largest university in the United States after Harvard, Yale, and Dartmouth. As the East-West national rivalries subsided, the North-South rivalries surged; Miami University split apart at the time of the Civil War. Most graduates volunteered for the Union, more than any other school except the military academies. The majority of those that didn't, primarily from Southern states (such as Jefferson Davis' nephew) volunteered in the Confederate armies. Miami contributed significantly to the leadership of both sides of the war. Of the ten members of Lincoln's Cabinet, two were Miami men: Secretary of the Interior Caleb Blood Smith and Postmaster General William Dennison. When the Civil war began, there were five governors of thirty-three states who were Miami graduates (Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan and Mississippi). Also, Ohio would have two and Iowa one civil war governor, California one governor before the war and Missouri two governors just after the war, all from Miami University. Ten Union generals were Miami alumni, including 23rd President of the U.S., Benjamin Harrison (Miami Class of 1852) and three Confederate generals were graduates of Miami. Of the three Admirals in the Union Navy, two were Miami graduates, including Stephen Clegg Rowan.

Because most of its all-male student body had left for and fought in the war (leaving four years with virtually no student fees to sustain the University), because many alumni and professors died in the War, because the West opened up to other universities, and because Southern families no longer sent their sons to the North for an education, "Old Miami" passed on and Miami University nearly died. The university, unable to pay its huge debts, closed in 1873 and did not reopen until 1885 (when the Civil War ended, only 104 out of 516 American colleges would survive).

With the help of alumni and Ohio legislators, "New Miami" was reopened in 1885 and soon began admitting women. Although Ohio State University, then the Ohio Agriculture and Mechanical College, had been launched in the interim, Miami University continued to attract its fair share of Ohio students by the 1890s, and by the 1950s had massively grown.

Over the course of the twentieth century, Miami has absorbed two women's colleges located in Oxford: Oxford College (1854–1929) and Western College for Women (1853–1974, a daughter school of Mount Holyoke. Oxford was also home to Oxford Theological Seminary (1838–1858) and the Oxford Female Institute (1849–1867), which was absorbed into Oxford College in 1867. Miami University was coeducational long before most schools in the Ivy League. Miami has been a non-sectarian school as were other pioneer universities in the Midwest, though its early leaders were often Presbyterians. Miami University's current enrollment on the Oxford campus is approximately 15,000 undergraduates and 1,400 graduate students. In addition to its Oxford campus, Miami has additional campuses in Hamilton and Middletown, Ohio, West Chester, Ohio and a European Center in Differdange, Luxembourg, with approximately 6000 more students.

Miami University is known around the fraternity world for the Miami Triad, three fraternities founded in the 19th century that spread throughout the United States, and is called "Mother of Fraternities." These were Beta Theta Pi (1839), Sigma Chi (1855), and Phi Delta Theta (1848). The Delta Zeta sorority was also founded at Miami University in 1902 as was the Phi Kappa Tau fraternity in 1906. Alpha Delta Phi was the first fraternity to arrive on campus in 1833. Phi Delta Theta was founded in Elliott Hall and two of Phi Kappa Tau's four founders lived in the same room at the time of its founding.

In an effort to make college more affordable to Ohio students, Miami offers a varied in-state tuition based on financial need as well as state-identified key areas of study including engineering and mathematics. In 2007-08, the highest tuition paid by Ohioans is $11,643; 60 percent pay less, as low as $8,900. Ohio families earning $35,000 or less annually pay no tuition courtesy of the Miami Access Initiative.

Miami is celebrating its bicentennial in 2009. To commemorate this occasion, Miami University announced the construction of the Bicentennial Student Center which will serve as a focal point for student life and leadership for future generations of Miamians. Students have outgrown the Shriver Student Center, which is limited on space, technology and hours; not accommodating the round-the-clock lifestyles of most college students. The new student center will be a place on campus which is more student focused, with plenty of room to accommodate the more than 350 student organizations on Miami’s campus.

Miami University has six academic divisions—the College of Arts & Science, the Farmer School of Business, the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, the School of Education, Health, and Society, the School of Fine Arts, and the Graduate School.

Oxford, Ohio
Oxford is a city in northwestern Butler County, Ohio, United States, in the southwestern portion of the state, and was planned to accommodate Miami University as its primary town purpose. It lies in Oxford Township, originally called the College Township. The population was 21,943 at the 2000 census..

Although Miami was chartered in 1809, Oxford was laid out by James Heaton on March 29, 1810, by the Ohio General Assembly's order of February 6, 1810. The original village, consisting of 128 lots, was incorporated on February 23, 1830. Oxford was elevated to town status in 1962 and to city status in 1971.

Oxford is home to the national offices of five Greek-letter organizations including the home office of the international business fraternity of Delta Sigma Pi, social sorority Delta Zeta and general fraternities, Phi Kappa Tau, Phi Delta Theta, and Beta Theta Pi. All but Delta Sigma Pi were founded at Miami University.

University Traditions

Nickname – Red Hawks
At the urging of the Oklahoma-based Miami Tribe, (for whom the school is named) the Miami Board of Trustees voted on Sept. 25, 1996 to discontinue the use of Redskins as the nickname for the university's athletic teams. More than 3,000 nickname suggestions (700 different names) from alumni and current members of the Miami community were received. At its meeting on April 19, 1997, the board selected the nickname RedHawks from three nickname finalists - RedHawks, Thunderhawks and Miamis - forwarded them by the athletic nickname selection committee. The new moniker went into effect July 1, 1997.

University president Dr. James C. Garland unveiled the RedHawk logos at a press conference on Oct. 18, 1997 prior to the Marshall game. Swoop, the mascot of Miami teams, made its first appearance on Dec. 9, 1997, before the men's basketball contest versus Xavier.

Use of the nickname Redskins for Miami athletic teams dated back to the 1930-31 school year, when the Miami alumni magazine, then edited by the school's lone publicity man, Ralph McGinnis, announced the new nickname as successor to Big Red, which had caused confusion with Denison University teams. A similar tag had popped up in a 1928 story in the Miami Student that referred to the "Big Red-Skinned Warriors," but the transition wasn't made for another three years. For a time in 1931, Redskins and Big Red were used interchangeably in The Student. Prior to 1928, teams had been referred to as The Miami Boys, The Big Reds or The Reds and Whites.

Fight Song
Miami's fight song was composed in 1908 by Professor of Geology Raymond H. Burke. Before the music was composed, students sang the words to the tune of "Oh My Darling Clementine”The lyrics are as follows:

Love and honor to Miami,
Our college old and grand,
Proudly we shall ever hail thee,
Over all the land.

Alma mater now we praise thee,
Sing joyfully this lay,
Love and honor to Miami,
Forever and a day.

Famous University of Miami Alumni
Government, military, public administration
* Charles Anderson, 27th Governor of Ohio (1865–1866)
* Calvin Stewart Brice, Former U.S. Senator, railroad magnate and campaign manager for Grover Cleveland's U.S. presidential campaign against Brice's fellow Miami alumnus, Benjamin Harrison.
* James Edwin Campbell, 38th Governor of Ohio
* Maria Cantwell, U.S. Senator from Washington
* Joseph Davis, American Civil War Confederate General (nephew of President Jefferson Davis of the Confederate States of America
* William Dennison Jr., U.S. Postmaster General; 24th Governor of Ohio (1860-1862)
* Thomas Dinwiddie, retired Brigadier General U.S. Air Force
* Ozro J. Dodds, U.S. Representative from Ohio
* John E. Dolibois, ambassador to Luxembourg and interrogator at the Nuremberg Trials
* Steve Driehaus, current U.S. Representative from the 1st district of Ohio
* Samuel Galloway, U.S. Representative from Ohio (1855-57)
* Stan Greenberg, Democratic Party pollster and campaign strategist for Bill Clinton, Al Gore, and John Kerry
* Andrew L. Harris, 44th Governor of Ohio (1906-1909), U.S. Commissioner, American Civil War General
* Benjamin Harrison, 23rd President of the United States (1889-1893)
* David Archibald Harvey, U.S. Representative from Oklahoma
* Isaac M. Jordan, U.S. Representative from Ohio
* Oliver P. Morton, Former Indiana governor and U.S. Senator
* Michael Oxley, Member of Congress and co-sponsor of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act
* George Ellis Pugh, Former U.S. Senator
* Joseph Ralston, May 2000 - 2003, Commander, U.S. European Command and Supreme Allied Commander Europe, NATO
* Whitelaw Reid, U.S. ambassador to France from 1889 to 1892, and U.S. Ambassador to the Court of St. James from 1905 to 1912, Republican candidate for Vice President on the ticket with fellow Miami alumnus, Benjamin Harrison, 1892 (the only time in American political history that the candidates for President and Vice President, put forward by a major political party), were undergraduates of the same college).
* Paul Ryan, U.S. Representative from Wisconsin
* Milton Sayler, U.S. Representative from Ohio
* Caleb Blood Smith, 6th United States Secretary of the Interior, serving in the Cabinet of Abraham Lincoln
* Sidney Souers, First Central Intelligence Agency Director appointed by President Harry S. Truman
* Anthony Thornton, U.S. Representative from Illinois and Illinois Supreme Court Justice
* John B. Weller, fifth Governor of California, former Congressman from Ohio, U.S. Senator from California and Minister to Mexico

Journalism, literature, media, entertainment
* Ira Berkow, sports writer, New York Times
* Pete Conrad, sports columnist Dayton Daily News
* Rita Dove, Pulitzer Prize Winner, First African-American U.S. Poet laureate, Consultant to the Library of Congress
* Jon Gambrell, correspondent, Associated Press
* Wil Haygood, columnist, The Washington Post
* Bill Hemmer, Fox News Channel anchor
* Katie Lee Joel, television personality, food critic, and wife of pop music superstar Billy Joel
* Tina Louise, Ginger on Gilligan's Island
* Nick Lachey, singer
* P. J. O'Rourke, conservative satirist
* Chad Pergram, FOX News journalist, recipient of an Edward R. Murrow Award and the Joan Barone Award for his reporting on Capitol Hill
* Whitelaw Reid, Editor-in-chief, New York Tribune and U.S. Vice-President candidate with President Benjamin Harrison (the only time in U.S. history that the President and Vice-President candidates were alumni from the same University).
* Bill Sammon, Senior White House Correspondent, Washington Examiner, formerly at The Washington Times; and political analyst for Fox News Channel, and the author of four New York Times bestsellers. .

* Brad Alford, Chairman & CEO of Nestle USA
* C. Michael Armstrong former CEO of Hughes Electronics, Comcast Corporation & AT&T
* John Christie, President and CFO, Worthington Industries
* Arthur D. Collins, Chairman of Medtronic, Inc.
* Bruce Downey, Chief Executive Officer of Barr Pharmaceuticals
* Richard T. Farmer, Founder and Chairman of the Cintas Corporation
* Cynthia Fedus Fields, Former President & CEO of Victoria's Secret Catalogue Division
* William L. McComb, CEO of Liz Claiborne
* Charles Mechem, Jr., retired chairman and CEO of Jacor Communications and former commissioner of the LPGA; Director of Convergys Corporation
* Matt Merchant, CTO, Corporate Information Systems at General Electric
* John H. Patterson, founder of NCR (National Cash Register)
* Marvin Pierce, Former President of McCall Publishing, father of former First Lady Barbara Bush, and maternal grandfather of President George W. Bush
* Mitchell Rales, co-founder, former CEO, and current Chairman of the Executive Committee and Director of Danaher Corporation
* Michael Rechin, CEO of First Merchants Corporation
* Jack Rogers, Former Chairman & CEO of United Parcel Service (UPS)
* John Smale, retired Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at Procter & Gamble and retired chairman of the executive committee of General Motors
* Thomas Smith, founding partner and president of Prescott Investors, Inc.
* Richard K. Smucker, Chief Executive Officer of The J.M. Smucker Company
* Thomas Stallkamp, Director and former CEO of MSX International and Former President & Vice Chairman of Daimler Chrysler
* John Walter, former President and Chairman of AT&T

* Kevyn Adams, NHL player, Chicago Blackhawks; member of 2006 Stanley Cup champion Carolina Hurricanes
* Walter Alston, former manager of the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers baseball teams; earned four World Series championships and seven National League pennants
* Jerry Angelo, General Manager of the Chicago Bears
* Bill Arnsparger, NFL coach - Baltimore Colts and Miami Dolphins, San Diego Chargers; NCAA football coach; Head Coach, LSU; Athletic Director, University of Florida
* Randy Ayers, former NBA player and college Head Coach at Ohio State University and Head Coach of the NBA's Philadelphia 76ers, Assistant Coach of the Orlando Magic and current Assistant Coach of NBA Washington Wizards
* Bob Babich, former NFL player, San Diego Chargers and Cleveland Browns; First-Team All-American in football.
* Jacob Bell, NFL player, Tennessee Titans and St. Louis Rams
* Eric Beverly, NFL player, Detroit Lions and Atlanta Falcons
* "Red" Earl Blaik, former Head Coach Army football; member of the NFL Foundation Hall of Fame.
* Dan Boyle, NHL player for the Tampa Bay Lightning; won Stanley Cup with the Tampa Bay Lightening
* Paul Brown, partial founder of the Cleveland Browns and the Cincinnati Bengals and the first head coach for both teams
* Rob Carpenter, NFL player, where he rushed for 4,363 yards in a 10-year career with the Houston Oilers, New York Giants and Los Angeles Rams.
* Alain Chevrier, NHL player, New Jersey Devils
* Carmen Cozza, former head football Coach, Yale University; played in NFL for Green Bay Packers and in Cleveland Indians and Chicago White Sox organization
* Dan Dalrymple, NFL coach, Head Strength & Conditioning for the New Orleans Saints
* Paul Dietzel, All-American center, football; Head Coach, football at LSU, South Carolina and Army; National Coach of the Year
* Bill Doran, former second baseman for the Houston Astros, Cincinnati Reds, and Milwaukee Brewers; bench coach, Kansas City Royals
* Wayne Embry, General Manager, NBA's Toronto Raptors; former NBA player and NBA executive with the Milwaukee Bucks and Cleveland Cavaliers, and was the first African American NBA General Manager and Team President; two-time basketball All-American at Miami
* Weeb Ewbank, Super Bowl-winning NFL Head Coach; won two NFL titles with the Baltimore Colts and the New York Jets
* Mike Glumac, NHL player, St. Louis Blues
* Jim Gordan, Los Angeles Olympian, track and field; track and football in college
* Andy Greene, player, NHL, New Jersey Devils
* John Harbaugh, Head Coach, Baltimore Ravens
* Ron Harper, retired NBA player, Five-time NBA Champion, Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers; coach, Detroit Pistons and Orlando Magic
* Bob Hitchens, player, NFL, New England Patriots, Kansas City Chiefs and Pittsburgh Steelers
* Alphonso Hodge, NFL player, Cornerback, Kansas City Chiefs, 5th round draft pick (147th overall) in 2005
* Bob Jencks, player NFL, Washington Redskins and Chicago Bears; Super Bowl Champions with Chicago Bears
* Ryan Jones, player NHL, Nashville Predators
* Ernie Kellermann, former defensive back for the Cleveland Browns, 1966-71, Cincinnati Bengals from 1971-72 and Buffalo Bills from 1972-73
* Aaron Kromer Tampa Bay Buccaneers Senior Offensive Assistant)
* Charlie Leibrandt, former pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds, Kansas City Royals, Atlanta Braves, and Texas Rangers; 140-119 Major League record
* Phil Lumpkin, player, NBA Portland Trailblazer and Phoenix Suns
* Bill Mallory, head football coach, Miami University, University of Colorado at Boulder, Indiana University Bloomington; Big Ten Coach of the Year
* Denny Marcin New York Giants
* John McVay former Head Coach New York Giants; General Manager, San Francisco 49ers (5 Super Bowl Championships; NFL Executive of the Year winner
* Marvin Miller, union leader Major League Baseball Players Association
* Mike Mizanin, aka The Miz, WWE wrestler/ entertainer
* Tim Naehring, former MLB player, Boston Red Sox
* Martin Nance, NFL player, Wide Receiver, Minnesota Vikings
* Ira Newble, NBA player, Cleveland Cavaliers, Seattle Supersonics and Los Angeles Lakers
* Ara Parseghian, former head football coach of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish
* John Pont, Head football coach, Miami University, Yale University, Indiana University, Northwestern University; national Coach of the Year; lead Indiana to Big Ten title and Rose Bowl
* Travis Prentice, retired NFL player, NCAA Division 1-A Career leader in points scored, Cleveland Browns, Minnesota Vikings
* Ryne Robinson, NFL player, Carolina Panthers
* Randy Robitaille, NHL player, Ottawa Senators
* Ben Roethlisberger, NFL player, Quarterback, Pittsburgh Steelers, set record for most victories by a rookie quarterback in the NFL, 2004, Super Bowl Champion 2006 and 2009. (Did not graduate.)
* Scott Sauerbeck, Major League Baseball pitcher, Cincinnati Reds
* Brian Savage, NHL player, Philadelphia Flyers
* Bo Schembechler, noted former football head coach of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor Wolverines
* Bob Schul, 1964 Olympic Gold medalist, 5000m run
* Sherman Smith, NFL player, Seattle Seahawks, coach Tennessee Titans, Offensive Coordinator Washington Redskins
* Jim Steeg, EVP and COO, San Diego Chargers; for Senior Vice President of Special Events, NFL
* Milt Stegall, all-time career leader in touchdowns, receiver for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League; player NFL Cincinnati Bengals
* Wally Szczerbiak, NBA player, Cleveland Cavaliers, Boston Celtics and Minnesota Timberwolves
* Randy Walker, former head football coach at Northwestern University
* Sheldon White, Pro Player Personnel Detroit Lions
* Ron Zook, Head Football Coach at the University of Illinois and former Head Football Coach at the University of Florida

The game
Denver comes into this game with some excitement with the return of it’s best overall player, Tyler Bozak from a mid-season knee injury. But that excitement is somewhat tempered by off a loss in the WCHA title game, and injuries to key players Tyler Ruegsegger and captain JP Testwuide, both of who are listed as “doubtful” to play against Miami.

Miami is a big team that should pose a lot of difficulty for the Pioneers, but with Denver’s depth on offense, defense and goal, the Pioneers should be able to emerge victorious if the play their transition game and play good defense,

Prediction. Playoff hockey. Denver wins a tight one, 2-1.


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