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By Alex Alvarado
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26. Transfer Portal: BGSU's QB situation, Cortez Lewis, Qwuantrezz Knight

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28. Camps opened, EDSBS closed
This one's just going to be a quickie.  Camps across the MAC have been opened, which means bad news for some teams have already crossed our Twitter feeds. Injuries to be had, position battles to be won — you're gonna have to wait for me to come back from vacation to unpack it all though. Until then, I'm pretty sad that had to shut down, but I'm excited to read through all of the archives. Yes, all.  Subscribe to the show! Apple/iTunes | Breaker | Google | Pocket Casts | RadioPublic | RSS | Spotify Twitter: @ARAlvarado13 | @MACProspectus | @MACfbRecruiting Email:
August 8, 2019
27: Late additions: S Jayden Russell to Miami, DT John Mitchell to Akron
Miami and Akron both added incoming players to their defensive rosters over the weekend. Miami's Jayden Russell was initially planning on going to Kansas, but a dilemma involving his ACT scores put a wrench in that. Akron got more experience with John Mitchell coming in through the JUCO route. I also asked on Twitter who some other instant impact freshman/transfer candidates may be around the league. Also, an update on Terry Bowden.  Subscribe to the show! Apple/iTunes | Breaker | Google | Pocket Casts | RadioPublic | RSS | Spotify Twitter: @ARAlvarado13 | @MACProspectus | @MACfbRecruiting Email:
July 30, 2019
26. Transfer Portal: BGSU's QB situation, Cortez Lewis, Qwuantrezz Knight
Bowling Green's quarterback situation just got a little bit more funny, months after junior Jarret Doege left for West Virginia. A second former Boston College QB will transfer to the program after Bryce Veasley's name hit the transfer portal.  Speaking of transfer portal, it's been a while since I've udpated that thing on my blog. I'll update you with some of the changed I had to make on that front. Cortez Lewis is transferring from Western Michigan before the grad student from Wake Forest even took a snap. Qwuantrezz Knight is now eligible to play at Kent State.  Subscribe to the show! Apple/iTunes | Breaker | Google | Pocket Casts | RadioPublic | RSS | Spotify Twitter: @ARAlvarado13 | @MACProspectus | @MACfbRecruiting Email:
July 28, 2019
25. MAC Media Day 2019: State of the MACtion, what reporters look forward to
In this episode, I’ll play the entire “State of the Conference” opening statements from Mid-American Conference Commissioner Jon Steinbrecher at MAC Media Day. That runs for about a half an hour, then I’ll take you into a bit that was a lot of fun to string together.  I went around and asked a few reporters the same one question and a follow-up for each of them. That question: What are you looking forward to in your coverage this year? A special thanks to Allen Moff of The Record-Courier (32:57), Brian Buckey of The Toledo Blade (34:09), Jason Arkley of The Athens Messenger (35:50), Andrew Loveland of CM Life (37:50), Kaleb Carter of DeKalb Daily Chronicle (39:136), Rachel Lenzi of The Buffalo News (42:44), Seth Berry of the Western Herald (44:37), and Nick Piotrowicz of The Blade (46:25) for joining.  Subscribe to the show! Apple/iTunes | Breaker | Google | Pocket Casts | RadioPublic | RSS | SpotifyTwitter: @ARAlvarado13 | @MACProspectus | @MACfbRecruitingEmail: 
July 26, 2019
24. MAC Media Day 2019: Roundtable with commissioner Jon Steinbrecher
Mid-American Conference Commissioner Jon Steinbrecher is entering his 11th season to lead the league. To cap off MAC Media Day, Steinbrecher sat down with the media for a roundtable discussion. Topics that the commissioner was asked by me and/or other media include:  The importance of full-membership stability  Conference realignment, UConn  The “balance” between attendance & television  The future of highlighting the MAC’s rivalry games  The 2020-2025 bowl cycle  MAC's new coaches Player safety - Jolly Roger etiquette - Bowl performances  “The gap” between MAC vs. P5 conferences & MAC vs G5 conferences  Are high-scoring midweek games good for the MAC?  The influence Frank Solich has, or doesn’t have, on future MAC coaches  Using Buffalo’s overall hoops success to “raise the bar” in the conference Subscribe to the show! Apple/iTunes | Breaker | Google | Pocket Casts | RadioPublic | RSS | Spotify Twitter: @ARAlvarado13 | @MACProspectus | @MACfbRecruiting Email:
July 24, 2019
23. MAC Prospectus Picks: Ohio in the East & NIU in the West
My preseason picks for how the Mid-American Conference will shake up this year went live over at the blog (click here to check it out). My picks to win the West and East divisions: Northern Illinois and Ohio.  If NIU makes it to Ford Field, it'll be its eighth trip to the championship game this decade. Ohio's been there under Frank Solich three times in his 14 years there, but can they finally get the job done in his 15th season there? Subscribe to the show! Apple/iTunes | Breaker | Google | Pocket Casts | RadioPublic | RSS | Spotify Twitter: @ARAlvarado13 | @MACProspectus | @MACfbRecruiting Email:
July 22, 2019
22. 2019 MAC football preview: Toledo's running backs
Toledo's no stranger to having a dominant run game in the MAC, but having only three returners isn't as common of a situation. The good news is that there's plenty of talent to be shown from Bryant Koback, Shakif Seymour and Ronnie Jones, but how much will Jason Candle lean on this position group anyway? 
July 2, 2019
21. Mid-June recruiting update, Qwuantrezz Knight appeals NCAA's denial
Out of nowhere, BGSU got exciting for the recruiting world and leads the MAC with 16 commits to its 2020 class. That's probably the biggest surprise. If not, then maybe Buffalo? The Bulls are following up a 10-win season with one of the conference's slower starts to the recruiting cycle. It's not a race, but it's noticeable.  Quwantrezz Knight transferred from Maryland (for obvious reasons) to Kent State, and requested to be able to play right away since the horrible events at Maryland caused him to become depressed — which is a serious thing. The NCAA disagreed, and now Knight & his team are trying to fight back. 
June 21, 2019
20. 2019 MAC football preview: Ball State's wide receivers
There's, I believe, plenty of talent for the Cardinal receivers to make some noise in the MAC. Problem is they just haven't put it all together yet. But with more talented receivers coming in and playing right away out of HS, maybe this group could kick it up a notch in Mike Neu's fourth year as the head coach.
June 14, 2019
19. 2019 MAC football preview: Kent State's running backs
Previewing the 2019 Kent State running backs. Jo-El Shaw returns as the team's leading back, but after that, who knows? 
June 7, 2019
18. Five early-June headlines to kick off summer vacation
It's been a while, so here are five very-recent headlines to can be up-to-speed before the summer really heats up. 1. Ohio's AD Jim Schaus is on his way to be the Southern Conference commish. 2. The MAC will be a primary member of the Quick Lane Bowl from 2020-2025. 3. Brandon Peters visiting BGSU & Miami this weekend. 4. Grad transfers added to NIU's roster. 5. Uplifting: Jadon Rucker-Furlow & teammates help after tornadoes strike Dayton-area. 
June 5, 2019
17. Re-assessing your options
There are a lot of transfers out there, especially guys leaving as grad students. But if you leave as a graduate student and enrolled early out of high school but didn't get much playing time, chances are you'll still have two years left to play. Could we see more of these kinds of transfers if we see more early enrollees across the board? I'm just spit-balling here, but there's a way for this to make sense (at least I think so), especially in the MAC. 
May 23, 2019
16. Transfer Portal: Jayden Reed & Chase Brown the latest to leave WMU
Exciting returning sophomores Jayden Reed and Chase Brown for Western Michigan won't actually be returning. Both of these guys who were expected to have important roles on the team's offense this year (and years to come) have entered the transfer portal, and the report is that they're looking to go Power 5. Obviously this is bad news for WMU, but things could be worse, right? 
May 15, 2019
15. Transfer portal: QB Jarret Doege splits with Bowling Green
Well, the thing finally happened. Not that this was something anybody would really root to happen (unless you're a Toledo fan I suppose), but Jarret Doege has now put his name in the NCAA Transfer Portal. Doege earned the starting QB job his first year on campus as a true freshman who came in with only the one offer, and ended up having a short but promising career with the Falcons. In his 19 games: 362-for-577 (62.7%), 4,041 yards (7.0 Y/A), 39 TD, 19 INT. If the NCAA lets him, he can play right away with two years of eligibility. 
May 9, 2019
14. Transfer Portal: Watson heads to Appalachian State, BG brings in Boston College RB
A couple bits of news regarding the transfer portal. Keishawn Watson, former WMU receiver, found a new home in Appalachian State which is a really solid destination end up at. And at Bowling Green, running back Davon Jones is reunited with Scot Loeffler, his old offensive coordinator from Boston College, as a grad transfer.
May 8, 2019
13. NFL Draft Results: 9 MAC guys taken, but none of them were Tyree Jackson
Congrats to Sean Bunting, Max Scharping, Diontae Johnson, Maxx Crosby, Sutton Smith, Ka'Dar Hollman, Xavier Crawford, Ulysees Gilbert III, and Scott Miller for all being selected in the NFL Draft, and congrats to everybody else that received opportunities after the draft to get on a roster. But the big story that everybody is focusing on is the big quarterback out of Buffalo and why he didn't get picked after leaving school a year early. 
April 29, 2019
12. NFL Draft previews: Sleeper or no sleeper?
Is Soand So a sleeper? Depends on who you ask. With a lot of MAC guys having gone to the Combine this year, on top of many other 3- and 4-year starters to also consider, there's a lot of talent that really hasn't been slept on in the MAC. But there certainly are a few out there. (They're probably the guys not talked about in this episode.)
April 23, 2019
11. NFL Draft previews: Dane Brulger's 7-round mock, PFF's top 250
The Athletic's Dan Brugler put out a full 7-round mock draft which features 10 MAC players. That's quite a bit! Who are they, what did he say about them, and how did Pro Football Focus' 250-player big board line up with the mock?
April 9, 2019
10. NFL Draft preview: Sean Bunting, Scott Miller
With the NFL Draft coming up, it's time to start focusing on the MAC prospects. To get things started with a Combine invitee and a non-invitee, let's begin the series with Sean Bunting (CB, CMU) and Scott Miller (WR slot, BGSU). Bunting's an obvious draft pick to-be, but can Scott Miller, a 3-time All-MAC receiver, be a late-round sleeper?
April 4, 2019
9. Did NIU's offense just get better?
Two new guys will be joining NIU's offense after previously being on P5 rosters. Ross Bowers comes in as a grad transfer QB from Cal and Erin Collins joins the team as an NC State bounceback-JUCO transfer. NIU's offense was really bad last year, so maybe they can be of some help? Also, some chatter on the NFL Draft and Ball State's recruiting class. 
April 1, 2019
8. Correction, commit, and an email
Found an error with Episode 7 as soon as I published it, so I need to start with a correction on Ozziah Williams & Western Michigan's secondary. NIU's fourth commit for the 2020 cycle is another in-state defensive linemen, and that's exciting if you're into that sort of stuff! Lastly, John asked me a question about the MAC's place in the world. Specifically: what's the excuse for the Sun Belt being better than the MAC right now?
March 26, 2019
7. WMU corners to be led by two, maybe three transfers
In breaking news: WMU's adding another transfer cornerback to its program, this time it's Kareem Ali Jr., by way of Temple. Ali was a 4- or 3-star prospect out of high school, but never received meaningful minutes as a corner with Temple because of injuries. Now he's got a shot at finally playing at WMU. Worked last year for Juwan Dowels (who may or may not play for WMU again this year), and there's JUCO transfer Ozziah Williams joining the program this year too. Behind them are a lot of inexperienced players that are still being broken into D1 football. 
March 25, 2019
6. Spring notes: Wide receiver edition
Spring is upon us all and there are a few teams that have an all-hands-on-deck approach to filling in the depth charts at wide receiver. Ohio graduated Papi White, who had 100 receiving targets last year, Toledo's lost its top three receivers from the last two seasons, and Akron's... well, Akron's Akron. 
March 23, 2019
5. Early look at early 2020 commits
Our first look at the class of 2020 commits around the MAC. It's early, but there are a couple names that I want to take a look at. Namely, ATH (WR/QB) Freddy Edwards from south Illinois, and LB Camden Rogers from Fort Wayne, Ind. By my count, Miami has six commits, Northern Illinois has three, and Ball State, Buffalo, Kent State, Ohio, Toledo and Western Michigan all have one commit each. Akron, Bowling Green, Central Michigan and Eastern Michigan have all yet to receive a verbal commitment, but it's still really early in the cycle. 
March 17, 2019
4. Say yes to the color rush championships
Today's the MAC Tournament Championship day for women's and men's hoops, so congrats to Buffalo in advance. (Please don't Old Takes Exposed me if I'm at all wrong.) Got me to thinking how the MAC could improve its championship scene. Having the football championship be a color rush should most-definitely be allowed, but what about the Friday night/Saturday morning dilemma? Is Ford Field actually a better place to have the games than having them on campus sites? (Probably, yeah. Maybe.)
March 16, 2019
3. Time to start re-watching WMU vs. Toledo circa 2018
It's REWATCH FOOTBALL GAMES SZN for the friendless, like myself. But this game works as a way-too-early preview for the 2019 season and helps open up more questions about the teams now that spring ball has begun for everybody. 
March 14, 2019
2. Ball State needs a new DB coach (and Georgia recruiter) again
FootballScoop has reported that Ball State's newly-hired defensive backs coach, Grady Brown, has left for Old Dominion to be the Monarchs' co-defensive coordinator. Brown was hired to be a proven coach to help boost the trending Cardinal secondary, but he was also hired to be another solid recruiter in the state of Georgia. Before that, it was Chevis Jackson as the Cardinals' DB coach. In his first full recruiting cycle for Ball State, he helped the team piece together the No. 4 signing class in the MAC and was named the MAC Recruiter of the Year by Now, with Jackson gone to Kansas and Brown to ODU, head coach Mike Neu has to hire another DB coach with great ties to Georgia — a state that Neu wants get his athletes from. 
March 12, 2019
1. Introduction, Tyler Mabry, the transfer portal
This is the very first episode of MAC Prospectus Audio, which means you deserve an explanation of what's going on right now. This podcast will be a ~daily show, which means MAC football will be part of our everyday conversations more often than not. At the very least, most days of the year we'll be able to talk about MAC football. To leave you with an actual MAC football discussion: TE Tyler Mabry leaves Buffalo and will join Maryland as a graduate transfer.
March 10, 2019