Akron and Ball State will take the floor for a special cause on Tuesday night as the MAC schools participate in the second-annual “Purple Out” game to help raise pancreatic cancer awareness.
The event, in conjunction with the Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneakers weekend, will honor the late Dan Peters, a former Division I assistant and head coach who was Akron’s director of basketball operations. The 60-year-old Peters passed away last October after battling pancreatic cancer. The color purple, and the white ribbon, represent pancreatic cancer awareness.
Ball State is an appropriate opponent for this game since Peters’ son, Danny, is an assistant coach with the Cardinals. The Peters Family, including Danny, his brother, Michael, and his mother, Nancy, will be recognized during a pregame ceremony.
Danny Peters spoke about his father’s legacy in this nice video from Ball State Athletics:
Besides wearing purple uniforms, Akron Athletics will distribute 1,000 purple t-shirts with “Peters” on the back with the No. 14 — his high school number at Canton Central Catholic High School in Canton, Ohio. Fans may also purchase “4 Pete’s Sake” lapel pins for $5, with all proceeds being donated to Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.
The details in the story are scarce. There’s nothing in there about the relationship between the two players, and the police report that the paper obtained does not provide any insight into what precipitated the assault or document what, exactly, the injuries King sustained are.
Two days after helping lead Akron to a 74-57 win over UMBC in their regular season opener, senior forward Demetrius Treadwell has been suspended indefinitely according to the Akron News-Herald.
According to the release a violation of the school’s Student-Athlete Code of Conduct is the reason for the suspension, with it also being noted that the incident in question has been “referred to the Department of Student Conduct and Community Standards.”
To say the least this is a big personnel loss for the Zips, who won 21 gamed and finished 12-6 in MAC play last season. Treadwell averaged 15.2 points and 8.6 rebounds per contest as a junior, and in Akron’s win over UMBC accounted for ten points and 13 rebounds.
With Treadwell sidelined more will be asked of center Pat Forsythe and forward Kwan Cheatham in the paint. Forsythe started alongside Treadwell Friday night, adding six points and one rebound in 14 minutes of action, with Cheatham accounting for nine points, five rebounds, four assists and four blocked shots off the bench.