Miami of Ohio University plays football as a member of the East Division of the Mid-America Conference (MAC). This team, which is led by second year Head Coach Chuck Martin is searching for answers and for wins.
The Red Hawks, as they are known to their fans, have been posting losing records over the past few seasons. The team’s Head Coach in 2013, Don Treadwell, was fired after just a handful of games had been played. An Interim Head Coach completed that season which ended in embarrassment because the Red Hawks lost all twelve games they played.
Coach Martin took over the reins of leadership in 2014 and the University of Miami (Ohio) showed a little improvement. The football team won 2 games while losing ten. Importantly, the squad’s two sins came against Conference foes.
The Red Hawks have played four games so far in 2015 and, while there has been slight improvement, there have been lots of lost games, too.
It got started on Saturday, September 5th at home when Miami of Ohio University topped Presbyterian University by a score of 26-7. The Red Hawks went on the road in Week Two and competed against the 22nd ranked Wisconsin Badgers on September 12th. Outmanned and outgunned, the visitors lost by a score of 58-0.
After that embarrassment, Coach Martin hoped his players would rebound with a solid performance and, hopefully, a win. Game Three was played at home against the Cincinnati Bearcats and was a tough, hard-fought “battle to the finish.” The visitors ended up on top by a score of 37-33.
The Red Hawks returned to the road for Game Four. It was played at Western Kentucky University on September 26th. Once again, Miami of Ohio University was badly outclassed and outscored. The final tally was 56-14.
There are still several home games facing the Red Hawks, some of which Coach Martin believes his team can win. It begins with a visit from the University of Northern Illinois on October 17th. The Buffalo Bulls are scheduled to play against the home team on October 29th, the University of Eastern Michigan will visit on November 7th and the Red Hawks will host the University of Akron on November 14th.
The team’s remaining road games include stopovers at Kent State University this Saturday, October 3rd, Ohio University on October 10th, the University of Western Michigan on October 24th and the Minutemen of the University of Massachusetts (UMass) on November 21st.
Coach Martin’s football program will get a real boost and may develop some momentum which could carry over into next year if he can coax some stellar on-field performances from his players that result in wins.
The truth is that the Red Hawks will be picked to lose all of their remaining games, but in sports underdogs can produce upsets and unexpected victories.
Courtesy of Wdtn.com