About Arkon Zips
Akron Zips’ first football season was in 1891 and was initially classified as a small college until the seventies when it was moved to second division and eventually becoming Division I team in 1980 and currently being placed in Division I-A (FBS).
The Zips compete in Mid-American Conference as members of East Division. Their biggest rivalry is with Kent State University which they played the first game in 1923 and completed 56 games up to 2013.
Akron Zips had won two divisional titles, one Consensus All- American, one Conference title and they have a record of 1-1 in Bowls, their most recent Bowl appearance was in 2015 when they defeated Utah State in Famous Idaho Potato Bowl 23-21. Their mascot is named Zippy and their colours are blue and gold.
The university produced 9 players that were selected by a NFL team in a draft.
Two of current NFL players from Akron are on roster in Kansas City Chiefs, Justin March a linebacker and Jarrod Pughsley, offensive lineman, both are yet to make some impact in the league.
The most accomplished in NFL player coming from Akron is Jason Taylor, a defensive end who played his first ten season with the Dolphins. He was named to Pro-Bowl six times, he is a member of 100 sacks club and he is all time leader of the Dolphins in sacks (131) and forced fumbles (43).
As far as basketball is concerned the Zips played thgeur first game in 1901 and it wasn’t until 1986 that the college finally made their appearance in NCAA Tournament. To date the Akron team has been to four NCAA Tournaments.
In 1986 the Zips won Ohio Valley Conference which was their first Conference Championship. Then they added three more championships but this time coming from their current Mid- American Conference with the last one being in 2013. The Zips had won 3 regular season championships and four division season titles.The Zips are supplied by LeBron James/ Nike brand and had released several versions of James’ shoes.
One of their most accomplished players is Joe Jakubick who led the nation in scoring in 1983-84 first man division that earned him two Player of The Year awards in Ohio Valley Conference. He went onto being drafted by the Cavaliers but had never got to play in the NBA. He is currently coaching in a high school.