OAC Media Day Kicks off the Start of a New Season

Football season is coming up faster than most realize. The Ohio Athletic Conference got things started as they do every year with the annual OAC Media Day on Wednesday August 6th,  where everyone gets a sneak peak at the upcoming season. Media members, coaches and players from all around the conference gather to collaborate their ideas of how each team looks on the upcoming season.

The Muskingum Fighting Muskie football team looks to build off a dissapointing 2-8 season last fall. The Muskies were represented by Head Coach Al Logan and Linebacker Damond Goggins. Muskingum was chosen 8th in the media poll and 7th in the coaches poll on Wednesday. Head coach Al Logan is a firm believer that the polls don’t always hold true.

“We have great expectations and are goals are to win games and conference championships”, says Logan. “Most of the time how you get picked in the polls is how you finish the following year.”

Damond Goggins led the Muskies in total tackles last season with 100 and added in 4.5 tackles for loss earning 2nd team all-OAC accolades. Goggins spoke on how he feels about the upcoming season

“We wanna change Muskingum”, said Goggins, “We want to change things for the future and change the tradition of this program”.

Goggins and the Muskies open their 2014 campaign at Waynesburg on September 6th looking to shock all of their critics.

Bookmark the Fall WMCO Sports Schedule - the first Muskie Football broadcast kicks off September 6th.

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Liberty Street Bridge Update

By Christine Holmes

A second bridge closure has eliminated yet another vehicle route to and from I-70 in New Concord. The one lane bridge on South Liberty Street closed around noon on Friday when concerned New Concord Street Department officials called the Muskingum County Engineer, Doug Davis, to inspect the stability of the bridge.

Davis determined the unsafe conditions of the bridge were cause for immediate and indefinite closure.

The South Liberty bridge has received a significant increase in traffic since the closing of both lanes on the State Route 83 bridge in April.

On Friday, Muskingum County Engineer Administrative Deputy, Matt Russell said the engineer’s office was awaiting communication with officials from the railroad which the bridge overpasses. He said work could not begin without their approval.

Village officials have since spoken to railroad officials and, according to New Concord Village Administrator, John Huey, the railroad is “reluctant to do anything.”

“The bridge can’t be opened until major repairs are made,” said Huey.

According to Huey, the bridge will not reopen in time for students to return to Muskingum University at the end of August for the start of the fall semester.

Motorists can enter New Concord via the Norwich and Champion exit detour routes. Huey also said passenger vehicles travelling on State Route 83 can take Maple Lane to Old Rix Mills Road as an alternate route.

The bridge on State Route 83 is expected to open in October.