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January 15, 2007 at 10:45 AM

Braunstein to Ohio University

Former UW kicker Michael Braunstein has committed to continue his playing career at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio.
Braunstein visited the school over the weekend and decided to commit in large part because Ohio U has a two-year Master’s program in sports administration, which is what he wants to pursue.
He will be on a football scholarship for his first year, playing for coach Frank Solich, who used to be the head coach at Nebraska. Ohio University is a member of the Mid-American Conference.
“This is a good move for me,” Braunstein said Monday.
Braunstein was one of four UW football players who were listed as fourth-year juniors last season who were not invited back to the team for next season.
Initially, Braunstein figured he would have a number of options for continuing to play. But the NCAA recently killed a rule allowing players who had graduated in four years to transfer and play a fifth year at another school. That limited Braunstein to quarter schools so he can enroll by the end of this school year and get in just before the rule lapses. He had previously been considering the likes of Virginia Tech, Michigan, Arizona State, and Tennessee.
Braunstein said he will finish his four-year degree at UW in March and then enroll at Ohio U in time for spring ball in April.
Ohio University finished 9-5 this season after losing to Southern Mississippi in the GMAC Bowl. Braunstein said he will have a chance to be the starting kicker and handle kickoffs.
Interestingly, among the graduates of Ohio University’s Sports Administration program is UW athletic director Todd Turner.
Braunstein said he will spend two years at Ohio U getting both an MBA and a master’s in sports administration.
He said having the chance to earn those degrees at Ohio U sets aside any resentment he initially had over how his UW career ended.
“I’m not going to have any regrets,” he said. “This is a great opportunity for me.”
Braunstein said Ohio University will play at Virginia Tech next season and is also likely to have a few other games on the ESPN networks.
Here’s more on Ohio U’s football program.

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