Football returns to the field

Despite falling short, playing in the St. Petersburg Bowl last December painted a promising picture of what was to come for Miami football. In the last six seasons, the anticipation—the palpable excitement coming into a season—has never been greater than it has for the 2017-18 season. Nine starters return to a defense that ranked inside the 2017 NCAA Top 25 at the end of the 2016-17 campaign. The efficient, redshirt junior quarterback Gus Ragland officially takes the reins of an offense that returns eight named to the first-team. “Kids worked hard for about nine months, in the offseason, and...

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Fall sports preview: soccer, volleyball, field hockey

Several of Miami University’s varsity sports teams were hard at work before students began returning to campus. After several weeks of practice and several games played, soccer, volleyball and field hockey look forward to the rest of their seasons. Now, as students start classes, these teams start their runs towards Mid-American Conference play and strive for championships. Soccer Miami’s soccer team spent the month of August preparing for the two exhibitions and four non-conference games they have played. The team started their season with interim head coach Hugh Seyfarth after former head coach Bobby Kramig suddenly announced his resignation and retirement on Aug. 4. Seyfarth has coached the team to an 0 wins-4 losses-0 ties record (0-2-0 at home, 0-2-0 away) and stresses professionalism and execution as ways to improve. Seyfarth expects his players to demonstrate professionalism by being ready to play, reading the game well, understanding how to start on time and by being deliberate. “Of course, we want to win games and do all that, but I think we have to improve every day we train,” Seyfarth said. “Every game we play, we’re trying to get better.” Last year, the team ended the season 8-9-2 overall and 5-4-2 in the MAC. This year, the team opened with a 3-0 loss to St. Louis University on Aug. 18, then the RedHawks didn’t allow more than two goals in...

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The end of an era: Head soccer coach Bobby Kramig retires

Bobby Kramig, who defined Miami soccer for three decades, is stepping down as head coach. “Coaching soccer at Miami has been one of the great joys of my life,” Kramig said to Miami Athletics. “While I can’t imagine life without my team, it’s time for me to spend more time with my family.” Kramig announced his retirement due to personal reasons and preferred not to comment to The Miami Student at this time. Hugh Seyfarth, former assistant coach of the women’s program, will take over as interim head coach. “I want to thank Bobby for his deep commitment to...

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Former Miami University athlete and coach Ara Parseghian dies at age 94

Miami alumnus and renowned football coach Ara Parseghian died on Wednesday at the age of 94. Best known for transforming the Fighting Irish from a declining program to a football powerhouse, the former  Notre Dame coach of the 1960s and ‘70s was also a product of Miami’s “Cradle of Coaches.” “I lost my childhood idol,” said Chuck Martin, Miami’s head football coach in a statement to Miami University on Wednesday. “Ara is one of the all-time greats of our profession.” Parseghian, a 1949 Miami graduate, played football for the RedHawks and earned All-Ohio honors in 1946 and 1947. He returned to...

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Men’s basketball drops fourth in a row to WMU

Miami men’s basketball dropped another Mid-American Conference game on Tuesday — this time to Western Michigan University. The RedHawks lost 72-55 to the Broncos at home in front of a spirited crowd. This is the fourth loss in a row for the RedHawks and they fall to well below .500 at 9-15 overall, 2-9 in the MAC and 9-6 at home. The Broncos, who are also well below .500, improve their record to 8-15 overall and 4-7 in the MAC. However, they picked up their first win on the road and are now 1-10 away from home. “It wasn’t...

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