Michael Rosenberg of the Detroit Free Press has written a new book on the Woody v. Bo rivalry and it's set to be released September 10th.
I know, I know, there's a thousand books out there about these two but this one is different in that it chronicles the rivalry against the backdrop of the political and social turmoil of that era.
Our friend (I use the term loosely) over at MVictors.com recently sat down with Rosenberg to discuss the book. The outcome was a fantastic two part interview that led me to order a copy. If you'd like to do the same, you can place your order here.
Now that the status of Beanie's injury is more clear, we updated Monday's original blogpoll ballot. The original had a top five of Oklahoma, USC, OSU, Georgia and Florida. Beanie's status, along with some reconsideration of the Sooner squad led to a revised top five of USC, OSU, Oklahoma, Georgia and Florida.
For the sake of additional housecleaning, I'll also mention we dropped Tennesspeed out of poll completely (they had yet to play at time of first submission) , which made room for the OBC's Gamecocks at #25.
As for the national blogpoll, Jason had it up in the Good Shizzy section. In case you missed it, OSU sits at #4.
Conference Hoops Schedule Released
The Big Ten released the hoops schedule yesterday and the Buckeyes will start conference play New Years Eve against the Iowa Hawkeyes in the Shhh, er Schott.
This year, the Bucks face Wisconsin and Penn State only one time each due to the unbalanced schedule. OSU takes on the Badgers in a Valentine's Day tilt slated for 9pm on ESPN. Now's a good time to get your lady prepared although I remain disappointed that a large portion of Buckeye Nation simply doesn't support Matta's squad with the same devotion afforded Tressel's bunch.
A minimum of 7 games will be on BTN reinforcing the fact that the network is a greater must have during hoops season versus football. Face it, we all know somebody that had BTN before the network inked a deal with Time Warner and getting a pass from the wife/mistress/girlfriend is much easier on a football Saturday versus a basketball weeknight, especially with some tipoff's occurring at 9pm.
Though the non-conference schedule isn't completely known, the Buckeyes do have a couple decent matchups on the slate including at Miami, FL in the Big Ten / ACC Challenge, a neutral site affair with Notre Dame and home contests against both Butler and Huggy Bear's Mountaineers.
Sullinger Tops ESPNU's Super 60
OSU commit Jared Sullinger was recently named the #1 prospect in the 2010 class by Scouts Inc. According to our man Bob Baptist, the hoops wing of Scouts Inc. does the rankings for ESPN and is headed up by none other than Dirty Paul Biancardi.
In any event, Sully nabbed the top spot with his dominating AAU play while fellow 2010 commit DeShaun Thomas ranked sixth. Newsflash: that Matta dude can flat out recruit.