Only 136 days stand between us and Ohio State's 2015 campaign kickoff, but if this week has been any indication... it's about to be a cold and dark offseason.
"Braxton Miller to Alabama" is back in the news today. Yes, Nick Saban denied knowledge of an impending move (before leaving the back door wide open to the possibility down the road), but more smoke emanated from Tuscaloosa yesterday:
source says braxton miller has been to bama 3 times. one bama vet told source he expects miller to play for tide. we'll see.— RAY GLIER (@RAYGLIER) April 22, 2015
Troubling omens indeed, but that's not all. Former Tide "star" Jalston Fowler appeared on The Opening Kickoff on WNSP-FM 105.5 this morning, confirming Braxton's presence in Alabama (via GulfLive.com):
"Yeah, he actually came down," Fowler said. "He and Trey DePriest are best friends. They have been best friends since they were small kids up in Ohio. He and Trey DePriest are boys. I only saw him down here once. He came down to hang out with Trey. He came over to the apartment. It was some time this year."
Now, hanging out in an apartment of a childhood friend isn't nearly as telling as hanging out in the opulent palaces of Alabama football, but it's even less so when you consider the fact that Braxton's journeys to Alabama aren't a surprise.
Here's Urban Meyer on March 10th, via our Tim Shoemaker:
He goes down to Birmingham, he's been down there at least twice. I want to say maybe three times just to work with them and make sure that the rehab is going on point.
Makes you think, for sure.
Now, I'm sure Trey DePriest lives closer to Tuscaloosa than Birmingham. But, the two cities are only an hour apart, and that's a small commute to pay to see an old friend that you don't get to see often.
Sure, Braxton could be using this as clandestine cover to familiarize himself with Alabama. (We know Nick Saban has no problem lying to the media.) It would only make sense for Braxton to keep his options open, after all.
But on the face of it? Seems like a typical offseason kerfuffle.