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Dick Modzelewski, a star defensive tackle who appeared in eight NFL titles game with the New York Giants and Cleveland Browns during the 1950s and ’60s, has died. He was 87.

He died Friday at his home in Eastlake, Ohio, outside Cleveland, the Giants said in a statement Saturday. No cause was given.

Modzelewski spent 14 years in the NFL, eight with the Giants that included six title games. He teamed with Andy Robustelli, Rosey Grier and Jim Katcavage on one of the great defensive lines.

Modzelewski also appeared in two championship games with the Browns. He joined the NFL with Washington in 1953 and also played for Pittsburgh, never missing a game in his career.

He coached in the NFL for 22 years, including the 1978 season as the Giants’ defensive coordinator.

Modzelewski was an All-American in 1951 and ’52 at Maryland and won the Outland Trophy in 1952 as the nation’s best lineman. It resulted in an invitation to the White House, where he had lunch with President Dwight Eisenhower. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1993.

The Redskins drafted Modzelewski in the second round. He played two seasons there before his trade to the Steelers. Modzelewski was briefly reunited with brother Ed, a fullback.

After one year in Pittsburgh, Modzelewski was again traded, this time twice in less than a week. The Steelers dealt him to the Detroit Lions, who three days later sent him to the Giants for another defensive tackle, Ray Krouse, a former Maryland teammate.

Modzelewski was traded to the Browns in 1964 for wide receiver Bobby Crespino. He was expected to be a backup but became a starter when Frank Parker was injured. Cleveland played in the championship game in each of Modzelewski’s first two seasons, beating Baltimore in 1964 and then losing to Green Bay.

Modzelewski is survived by his wife of 64 years, Dorothy Jane, and four children.

A funeral is set for Oct. 26 in Mentor, Ohio.

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This week the Akron High School wrestling team hosted a dual against the Yuma Indians on Thursday night and then traveled to Englewood for a tournament on Saturday morning.

Thursday night was a blue out in honor of parent’s night. The Akron High School wrestling coaches would like to thank everyone who came out to support our athletes and their parents. Cameron Collins (138 lb. senior) received a forfeit. Caden Zimmerman (145 lb. senior) wrestled what was arguably his best match this season against Will Marshall, taking it into overtime where he would unfortunately lose by a takedown. Gavin Brown (170 lb. sophomore) wrestled up a weight class to find a formidable opponent in the #8 ranked senior, Cayden Lynch. This was an edge-of-your-seat battle that was decided with an escape in the last 45 seconds, making Lynch the 3-2 victor.

Xavier Livesay (220 lb. sophomore) made a dominating debut for the season with a quick pin over Jose Ruiz. Livesay is the only dual sport athlete, competing in both wrestling and basketball. You can look forward to seeing him in action again in Wiggins on January 18th. Destiny Henderson (126 lb. freshman) and Mackenzie Phelps (152 lb. sophomore) made a very courageous debut being the first female wrestlers on the Akron wrestling team. Unfortunately, both fell to the more experienced Ximena Garcia and Eva Ruiz, respectively.

Gavin Brown was first in his weight class.
Saturday, the team traveled to Englewood for some stiff competition against several 3A and 4A schools. Collins had a dominate win over Rashon Woody pinning him in the third period. Unfortunately, his day would be cut short after losing to Tanner Stone and Hunter Harris.

Destiny Henderson receives 3rd place.
Zimmerman went 0-2 on the day, losing to Steven West and John Pohl. Henderson wrestled in the girls’ 127 lb. division and found her way onto the podium, bringing home a third place medal.

Brown went 5-0 on the day, earning him first place. His most noted match of the day would be a dominating win over the 13-1 senior, #8 ranked in 4A’s Cole Fuller of Palmer Ridge. Brown was taken down early in the first period, but would quickly reverse and then pin Fuller in just one minute and 24 seconds.

The team will travel to Wiggins on Saturday, January 18th for what most consider to be a regional preview. We look forward to seeing you there and thank you for your support.

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We have received the sad news that Australian powered access industry veteran Tony Driver passed away on Thursday, January 2nd, following a period of illness, he was only 62.

Driver started out in the access business with the founding of Horizon Access in June 1988, when the industry was in its infancy. The company provided replacement parts and service to rental companies and end users in the Sydney area. Over the years Horizon expanded its operation to provide parts and service support in Perth, Adelaide and Melbourne.

Horizon Access also provided major inspections for aerial work platform since the release of AS2550.10 in the early 1990’s and has continued providing them to this day. Tony Driver Jersey

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In the words of someone who has known him for many years “he was always helpful to everyone, Tony will be missed in our Australian work platform industry, and our thoughts go out to his family, at the loss of another Grandfather of the industry.”
In the words of another: “A great mate with a heart of gold”
A memorial service will be held at the Pinegrove memorial Park West, Chapel Minchinbury – Kington Street, Minchinbury, NSW 2770 on Friday January 10th at 11:30. A celebration of his life will follow at the Plumpton Hotel, Richmond Road, Glendenning at 13:00.

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CLEVELAND, Ohio — Every spring the Indians invite about 20 non-roster players to spring training. The majority of those players usually come from outside the organization, baseball roustabouts looking for one more chance before disappearing over the horizon.

The practice has yielded useful regular-season players over the last several years such as Scott Kazmir, Rich Hill, Jeff Manship, Scott Atchison, Jason Giambi, Ryan Raburn and Jerry Sands.

It appears the Indians are doing something different this spring. With pitchers and catchers scheduled to report to Goodyear, Ariz. on Feb. 11, the Indians have announced the signing of just one player from outside the organization to a minor-league deal. That would be catcher Beau Taylor. Infielder Mike Freeman, who spent a good chunk of last season with the Tribe after going to spring training on a minor league deal, has also been invited to camp on a minor-league deal after being taken off the 40-man roster.

Later this week the Indians will release a list of spring-training invitees and most of them are expected to come from within the organization. Part of it is a cost-cutting move, the other part is to give the Indians prospects a chance to show what they can do. The Indians’ farm system has received high grades from several websites devoted to the topic.

The Indians projected 25-man payroll for 2020 is hovering around $90 million. That represents an estimated $44 million dip from Tribe’s franchise-record $135 million payroll in 2017.

Look for players such as outfielder Ka’ai Tom and right-hander Cam Hill to be invited to camp. Tom hit .285 (83-for-291) with 14 homers and 42 RBI at Class AA Akron. He then hit .298 (56-for-188) with nine homers and 44 RBI at Class AAA Columbus. Tom, in the postseason for Columbus, hit .433 (13-for-30) with three homers and six RBI.

Hill (4-2. 4.74) struck out 36 and walked 12 in 24 2/3 innings at Columbus. He underwent Tommy John surgery on his right elbow in July of 2018.

Other players who could be invited to camp include right-hander Nick Sandlin and left-hander Kyle Nelson. Sandlin struck out 38 in 26 1/3 innings at Class AA Akron and Columbus last year. Nelson (4-4, 2.28, seven saves) struck out 69 in 47 1/3 innings at Class A Lynchburg, Akron and Columbus last year.

Eli Morgan is a possibility as well. The right-hander pitched at Lynchburg, Akron and Columbus. He went 6-4 with a 3.79 ERA in 19 games, including 18 starts, at Akron. He struck out 104 in 102 innings.

All players on the 40-man roster will report to big-league camp. Most teams need 60 to 70 players to get through six weeks of camp and over 30 exhibition games.

Last year 11 of the Tribe’s 20 spring training invitees came from outside the organization.

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ORLANDO, Fla. — The City of Orlando as we know it today is much different than what it was in 1972.

Back then, Disney World had been open just shy of four months and a ticket to “The Happiest Place on Earth” would set you back a pocketful of quarters at $3.75. During the early ‘70s the population of Orlando hovered around 500,000 people – today, 2.13 million people call the Greater Orlando area home. UCF football didn’t exist, and wouldn’t start for another seven years.

Nearly 50 years ago, there was no Citrus Bowl — at least not in its current form. There was, however, the Tangerine Bowl, the original iteration of Orlando’s New Year’s Day classic. And for a West Virginia native and Alabama resident, Nick Saban knows an awful lot about his Florida citrus.

“I guess I have a unique perspective on this because I played in 1972 Tangerine Bowl here,” Saban chuckled on Tuesday when asked at this year’s head coaches press conference about how the sport of football has grown in Orlando since the original Tangerine Bowl was played in 1947.

To his right, Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh smiled and asked, “Is that right?”

That’s right.

Juggling scholarship offers from Navy, Miami (Ohio) and Kent State, Saban chose what he called “the worst program of the bunch” in Kent State – a team that went 1-9 a year before his arrival.

Saban, a 5-foot-6 defensive back, was joined on defense by linebacker Jack Lambert – the same Jack Lambert who helped the Pittsburgh Steelers to four Super Bowls.

With a 27-9 win over Toledo that fall, Saban and Lambert helped the Golden Flashes capture their first and only Mid-American Conference title.

The reward? A Christmastime visit to Orlando to take on the University of Tampa, led by eventual No. 1 NFL Draft pick John Matuszak — who later played Sloth in the movie “The Goonies” — future Miami Dolphins and San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Freddie Solomon, and Paul Orndorff, who later became a WWE superstar best remembered as “Mr. Wonderful.”

My how things have changed.

All these years later, Saban is back for his third Citrus Bowl appearance as a head coach — he coached LSU in the 2005 game and the Tide in the 2011 edition — and unlike 1972, a nation of fans will be watching him and his team this time around.

And while Alabama may lament missing out of the College Football Playoff, Saban seems pretty satisfied to be returning to Central Florida to play the Wolverines.

“We were excited about having the opportunity to come here and play because we were here in, I think, 2010 and had a great experience,” Saban said. “And I’ve actually experienced and seen growth ever since then in terms of what this game does.”

To some degree, that growth has come in the stands — when Saban played in Orlando in 1972, the reported game attendance was 20,062; at the 2011 game, 61,519 people watched Alabama thump Michigan State 49-7 — but he’s also witnessed development in the shadow of Camping World Stadium, where Lift Orlando has worked to transform the underserved neighborhoods that call the area home.

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After a short professional football career, Dezmon Briscoe is back in Lawrence to finish his degree. The former wide receiver is looking to get a degree in communications with a minor in sports management.

In his time back in Lawrence, Briscoe has spent time with KU football. He’s witnessed a new mood around the program.

“I’ve been around,” Briscoe told after the Rock Chalk Roundball Classic back in June. “My first semester back was this past spring semester. So I’ve been around the players, I’ve been around the locker room. We’re pretty high right now, the players are really happy and they’re working their butts off.”

Briscoe originally came to Kansas as a three-star prospect as a part of Mark Mangino’s 2007 recruiting class. Briscoe was an important player as a freshman. He was fourth on the 2007 team in receptions with 43 and was second in touchdown receptions with seven. He set the record for most touchdown catches as a freshman.

The Dallas-native took a step forward as a sophomore and was named to the All-Big 12 Second Team. Briscoe set program records in single-season receptions (92) and single season yards (1,407).

As a junior, Briscoe didn’t match the production he had a sophomore but was named to the All-Big 12 First Team. Briscoe set the KU all-time receiving yards record, notching 3,240 yards over three seasons.

Following his junior year, Briscoe decided to enter his name into the NFL Draft. In retrospect, it was a decision Briscoe wishes he could have back.

“If I could do it all over again, I would have come back for my senior season,” Briscoe said. “Just because the college atmosphere and the brothers I had that I went to war with, man you can’t get that back.”

Briscoe was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals with the 31st pick in the sixth round (191 overall) in the 2010 NFL Draft. After he signed a four-year deal, Briscoe was subsequently waived during final cuts.

The former Jayhawk then landed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, where he made his debut in Week 16 during the 2010 season. In 2011, Briscoe played in all 16 games for the Buccaneers and caught 35 balls for 387 yards including six touchdown receptions.

In 2012, Briscoe was signed by the Washington Redskins and played in seven games during the subsequent season. Briscoe has not made a roster during the regular-season since.

Since he first left KU, Briscoe hasn’t been back to campus as much as he’d like.

“If they’re doing the bowl inductions, like the Insight Bowl or the Orange Bowl, that’s when I’ve been back,” Briscoe said. “I’ll be a lot more present now that I’m back on campus and around the program.”

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Happy Tuesday, friends and fans!

We are officially in college football’s offseason, and no matter what happens over the next seven month, I just hope no Oklahoma Sooners are caught up in campus shenanigans like having their car Barnacle’d. What the hell does that even mean? Just watch.

OU Parking Services will implement a new tool called the Barnacle beginning Jan. 21, 2020. Check out this video to learn more about it:

— OU Daily (@OUDaily) January 14, 2020
If finding parking on campus wasn’t frustrating enough, OU Parking Services decided to implement a device that’s an alternative to having one’s car towed. They call it a Barnacle, and basically it prevents you from driving away because you’re unable to see through your windshield. Oh, and it’s alarm enabled, just to make it more annoying.

Now first of all, I like my chances of hulking out and breaking this thing off my car. I, indeed, lift bro. Secondly, if this is on my car, I’m already pissed because that means somebody touched my car, and I’m blaming every single scratch on you. Bet. You will be hearing from my insurance company, bub. I’ve got USAA, homie. Don’t test me.

Okay, all kidding aside, the premise of this method makes (a tiny bit of) sense, because I think more people would rather find this on their car then not find their car at all, but if they’re going to be tagging students with this on top of literally everything else those kiddos have to pay for, then this should only be viewed as a monstrous thing to do. I don’t care if I’m parked literally inside Dale Hall. Just slap a ticket inside my wiper blade and move on. I’ll pay it, scout’s honor.

Also, you just know some dude is going to attempt to drive around like Ace Ventura with his head out the window, so it’s a public safety issue. Bet you didn’t think about that, OU Parking Services.

Now onto today’s Hot Links! OU falls in final AP Poll, national championship odds for the Sooners have been released, Chuba is back and more!

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Tonight is a big night for OU Basketball! The No. 6 Kansas Jayhawks are coming to Norman to take on the Oklahoma Sooners, and best of all, Top Daug is back! Tip-off is set for 8 p.m. CT and will be broadcast live on ESPN. Boomer!
Big one at our place tonight. Bring the noise, Sooner Nation.

No. 6 Kansas
⏰ 8 pm CT

— Oklahoma Basketball (@OU_MBBall) January 14, 2020
Speaking of OU Hoops, Sooners Wire’s Brayden Conover broke down three things Oklahoma will have to do in order to pull off the upset over KU tonight.
Oklahoma officially finishes the 2019-20 college football season ranked No. 7 in the final AP Poll. The poor performance in the Peach Bowl is certainly reflected in these rankings, so with that in mind it’s hard to argue against.
Speaking of rankings, several outlets have released their own way-too-early top 25 polls now that the latest season is entirely in the books. USA Today has the Sooners at No. 5, Sporting News ranks Oklahoma No. 7, and ESPN slots OU at No. 8.
With 22-1 odds, Oklahoma is tied with the seventh-best odds to win the college football national championship next season according to Caesars Sportsbook. The Clemson Tigers are actually the current overall favorite with 2-1 odds.
Eric Bailey of the Tulsa World caught up with OU kicker Gabe Brkic who has yet to miss a placekick in his young college career. He talked about how he’s approaching the next season, and if he feels any extra pressure to keep his streak of perfection alive.
A total of eight Sooners appear in ESPN’s list of the 150 greatest college football players of all-time, which is tied for second-most for any single program. Boomer!
Some of the greatest this game has ever seen.

8️⃣ #Sooners among the top #CFB150 players of all time, tied for second-most of any program. | #OUDNA

— Oklahoma Football (@OU_Football) January 14, 2020
Around the Sports World
On Monday, Oklahoma State Cowboys RB Chuba Hubbard surprised a lot of fans by announcing his decision to return to OSU for the 2020 season. The Canadian sprinter took college football by storm in 2019, leading the nation in total rushing with 2,094 yards.
Life is good

— Chuba Hubbard (@Hubbard_RMN) January 13, 2020
Oklahoma City Thunder guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander did something only a select few have ever accomplished as second-year players — a 20 point, 20 rebound triple double in a 117-104 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. That’s some amazing company right there.
Making history.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
Shaquille O’Neal
Charles Barkley
Oscar Robertson

— OKC THUNDER (@okcthunder) January 14, 2020
On Monday, Houston Cougars QB D’Eriq King made his decision to enter the NCAA Transfer Portal official. If you recall after four games in 2019, the dynamic dual-threat made a controversial decision to sit out the rest of the season to preserve a year of eligibility, so now he’ll be immediately available to play wherever he lands.
I’ve entered the portal I think it’s best for me and my family!

— King (@DeriqKing_) January 14, 2020 Eric Bailey Jersey

Retired NFL WR Chad Johnson aka ‘Ochocinco’ is taking his talents to the XFL as a kicker. Well, he has to do well in try-outs first, but I don’t see how they turn him down. The fact that a former receiver of his caliber wants to move to kicker is enough of a television draw for a league that will need the numbers.

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It’s now official, Louisville football is losing one assistant coach this off season. Inside linebackers coach Dale Jones is leaving Louisville to go back to Appalachian State.

Jones will be the defensive coordinator for the Mountaineers under new coach Shawn Clark, the school announced today. Much of Jones’ coaching career took place at Appalachian State, before leaving to join Scott Satterfield at Louisville this season.

A graduate of the University of Tennessee, Jones coached for the Mountaineers from 1996-2018. In those 22 years, Jones had various roles. He coached the defensive line and linebackers, and acted as the defensive coordinator from 2010-12. He was the co-defensive coordinator, shared with Bryan Brown, in 2018.

Under Jones, linebacker C.J. Avery had a breakout season. The junior had a team-high, and career-high, 93 tackles.

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Jones’ departure will open an assistant coaching position for Louisville. According to NCAA rules, a team is limited to a maximum of 10 assistant coaches, Satterfield is not required to add another inside linebackers coach. Co-defensive coordinator Cort Dennison also coaches the outside linebackers, but historically Satterfield has had two linebackers coaches.

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Jones is the only inside linebackers coach Satterfield has ever had. He’ll now move to hiring a new assistant before spring practice begins.

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Mississippi State Director of Athletics John Cohen spoke to the media the day that head coach Joe Moorhead was fired and said that people should take any rumors of the coaching search with a grain of salt and not believe anything unless he said it.

That proved to be true on Thursday morning when he shocked the college football world by hiring Washington State coach Mike Leach to run the program in 2020.

Leach comes to Starkville after years in the Power 5 producing one of the nation’s highest powering passing offenses. Year in and year out. His innovative style has influenced countless coaches and quarterbacks at schools across the country and now he’s bringing it to the SEC.

So how did Leach ultimately find himself in Starkville? A timeline of what he’s done over the last 30 years or so in college football.


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Let’s fast forward all the way back to Leach’s first and only trip inside the Southeastern Conference back when MSU was preparing to be the best of the Western division and make its only SEC title game appearance.

Leach was getting his first major assistant coaching gig after 10 years of working his way up the ladder. He was a brilliant young mind with three different degrees. He graduated with honors from BYU, got his master’s from the U.C. Sports Academy and was in the top of his class at Pepperdine law where he earned a degree as well.

Football would be where he was called, however, and after three years on the job he first met up with a coach by the name of Hal Mumme. These two would change each other’s lives at Iowa Wesleyan in 1989. The two worked in some concepts from BYU coach LaVell Edwards and popularized an Air-Raid offense that would make both of them successful.

After coaching at Iowa Wesleyan under Mumme from 1989-91, he followed the coach to Valdosta State for five years before Mumme earned the Kentucky job. Leach took over the offense as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Leach took on quarterback Tim Couch in a league that was known for running the football and they would set records across the board.

In 1997, Couch threw for 3,884 yards in 11 games with 37 touchdowns. They improved the Wildcats’ win total by a game that year to go 5-6, but Couch was developing into a superstar. In 1998, UK went 7-5 and made its first bowl game since 1993. It was also the most wins by the team since 1984 as Couch threw for 4,275 yards and 36 touchdowns. He was a Heisman Trophy Finalist, the SEC Player of the Year and first-team All-American and that senior season was the greatest in SEC history until Tim Tebow came along in 2007.

It began to open eyes across the country that Mumme and Leach’s offense worked and was something that hadn’t been seen before. It gave him bigger opportunities ahead and he ran with it.


Leach joined Bob Stoops’ first staff in Norman, Okla., as the first-time head coach needed someone to resurge the offense. Boy, did he.

The Sooners averaged 293 yards of total offense the year prior to his arrival. They were 11th in the Big 12 in 1998 and were 101 nationally in total offense. In one year, Leach took that offense to 427 yards a game and 11th nationally. They would set 17 school records and six Big 12 records in that one season as they went 7-5.

The Sooners did this with a junior college quarterback by the name of Josh Heupel. The first-year quarterback threw the pigskin around 500 times and for 3,460 yards with 30 touchdowns. The year after Leach left, the Sooners won the national championship with the foundation laid and Heupel was the Heisman winner. Heupel has taken some of the concepts he learned from Leach and incorporated it into his own head coaching spot at UCF.

But that one season in Oklahoma sealed the deal on Leach getting his shot as a head coach and he’s been one for the last 20 years.


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Leach really burst on to the scene when he went to Texas Tech in 2000 and brought his Air-Raid with him. The Red Raiders went to a bowl game all 10 years that he was there and finished inside the top 25 five of those seasons. He had an 84-43 record and was 47-33 in Big 12 games, but controversy would be his undoing in Lubbock. Six times in his 10 years they were the top passing team in the country.

Quarterbacks like Kliff Kingsbury, Graham Harrell and Cody Hodges became household names. Harrell was one of the most prolific quarterback in the history of the NCAA when he left when he amassed 5,705 passing yards in a season. He was one of three Red Raiders to throw for over 5,000 yards, something that had only been done by six players in the history of NCAA football. He threw for 15,793 yards in his career and was the all-time leader in passing touchdowns with 134 when he left in 2008.

After winning seven games in the first two seasons at TTU, Leach never won less than eight the rest of the way including nine-win years in 2002, 2005 and 2007. His breakthrough season came in 2008 when he rode Harrell to an 11-1 regular season and a 7-1 record in the Big 12. Harrell and wide receiver Michael Crabtree were the top offensive duo in the country and the Red Raiders were in the running for a national championship.Marquess Wilson Jersey

They ended the season 11-2 with a loss to Ole Miss in the Cotton Bowl, but Leach was the Big 12 Coach of the Year. He was a hot name on the coaching circuit interviewing with Washington and being rumored for the job at Auburn as well. He chose to come back to Lubbock and he would face his final year judgement.

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West Virginia old-time music mainstays David O’Dell and Pete Kosky — The MacAbre Brothers — have put together a new recording with an even dozen murder ballads. Three of these, John Hardy, Jay Legg and the Banks of Old Guyan, come from West Virginia.

These guys are familiar to fans of West Virginia music, having won their share of ribbons at the Vandalia Gathering, and having taught at Augusta and Allegheny Echoes.

O’Dell plays banjo on most of the selections, and Kosky guitar. Kosky plays the five string on “Pretty Polly.” Here his clean style underscores his heartfelt singing.

Odell has a bouncy, rhythmic touch on banjo, with chord accents, as on “Wild Bill Jones” and “Devil and Farmer’s Wife.”

The duo’s “Roving Gambler” echoes the Morris Brothers. O’Dell’s unaccompanied ballad “The Banks of Old Guyan” comes from the late Aunt Jenny Wilson of Logan County.

A project like this would make a good topic for an old-time music class at Augusta or Allegheny Echoes. You can’t hear enough singing in the old music. Lots of variety here, and while the material is treated with the utmost respect, nobody takes things too seriously.

Valentine’s Day is not too far off. Nothing says “I love you” like a CD of traditional murder ballads.

Available for $15 from David O’Dell at P.O. Box 302, Glenville, 26351, or online at