Never understood the infatuation with graduate transfers. Woods lost his spot to a freshman and left. By the way, Wake Forest is 9-15 (2-10) right now. There's a reason these kids leave and it rarely has to do with the educational opportunities at their next school.
Banks might deserve a raise if you consider what he had to work with when Wesson first showed up on campus. Wesson needs his continued attention and the services of a nutritionist because he's not in basketball shape late into his 2nd year on campus.
I wonder about Gene's motives here. The following is such an odd thing for him to say because Georgia's director of football compliance (Matt Hibbs) was Ohio State's football compliance person before Justin Kume. If anyone knew Georgia's current guy, it would have been Gene, the other folks in Compliance, and the football administrators.
"It helped, Smith said, that Justin Kume – Ohio State’s associate athletic director for football compliance – already knew Georgia’s director of football compliance."
I agree 100% with you. It's pretty clear that things were not so bad that he had to leave based on this isolated incident. He left because he couldn't beat out the current starter and that should have triggered the transfer rule of sitting for a year.
They needed someone in sports information to sit down with this kid. The more he talks about the transfer as a way to further his athletic development, the worse his case looks in terms of leaving Georgia over racial harassment. Although I think the NCAA will decide in his favor to avoid the PR issues, he was harassed after during the 5th game. He continued to play through the SEC championship game so it's not like he was so damaged that he had to drop out of school on the spot.
There's really not much to it. He's not in great shape, gets tired when he's on defense and stands up. They teach that in 6th grade. Stand up/stop moving feet and you'll reach, lean and grab. When they have their 8-hour segment in the summer, this kid needs to skip skill instruction and spend all of it with the strength-and-conditioning staff.
I get that he wants to eventually play so this decision isn't all that crazy. Running his mouth the way he did is not a good look for him but that won't matter once he's gone. Finally, I guess this means Ohio State is feeling comfortable about the chances for the NCAA waiver to be approved to allow Fields to play right away.
Might not have better talent but certainly stays in games longer. I thought, "Oh, it's Rutgers. They stink." Then I looked at their schedule. Lots of losses but they were in the majority of those games. Eventually, one will turn your way and I think that happened for them last night.
I also am starting to wonder if Buckeye Nation was premature in heaping so much praise on the new coach.
He's banked millions of dollars a year for several years, has health issues, a son who is about to start his first season of college baseball and 2 grandsons. With all that, why in the world would he ever want to be the AD of a department that has 30+ sports and over 1,000 student-athletes? It's hard enough to worry about 115 kids are doing but now he'd have to worry about the rowing team, men's basketball, all the other coaches and the administrators? Yuck.
Hope I'm not wrong here, but UCLA sucks. Look at their losses to Cincinnati and Belmont. I'll have the game on but I don't anticipate having to break out the Tums because things get tight. If they do, I'll look at coaches and players for screwing up what should be a walk in the park.
If you believe Dan LeBetard's version of things, Brett McMurphy was plenty willing to let this one go but was angered by Meyer's conduct/statements at Big Ten Media Days. In that sense, Urbz brought all of this on himself by trying to get in the last word. What do they say about picking fight with people who buy ink by the barrel and paper by the ton?
He looked great last night. Glad to see that he's back in Indianapolis and enjoying life. Got the house renovated, can hang out at Connor's Pub a couple of times a week, grill out whenever he wants to. What's not to love? Toss in the 2nd year of 3 years at $3M/per and he really has life beat. I'm thrilled to see this happen to such a great coach and better person.
It's not even the n-word that's the point here. It's the B-azz that makes the pejorative ring. You are calling someone a little punk. Happens all the time in several variations. Nothing to see here. Move along.
As selfish as TO having his own HOF ceremony at his alma mater.
You don't work big games in P5 conferences for 30+ years if you don't know what you're doing. He could cut back on the "me, me, me" stuff but he's legit as an official. I think the references to his continuing work with the ACC and SEC prove that.
I'm sure he's an excellent student and I'm overreacting, but this is just wrong:
"All of a sudden, Gallia Academy’s athletic director pulled the then-freshman out of spanish class. He had some news for Loveday, who was just 14 year old.
“Get your stuff ready. You're going to go down. You've got a workout,” he told Loveday."
Dump a bunch of meaningless documents while hiding behind FERPA/HIPPA and any other regulation to delay releasing the juicier things that OSU knows we want to see. In the meantime, maybe football will be 7-0 one day and there will be a scandal at Baylor, Oregon or Tennessee that will take the Brett McMurphy and Paul Finebaum types in a different direction.
He had no choice other than to offer this apology. The problems are:
- It shouldn't have taken this long to get something together and released
- The Friday news dump is a bad look
- It comes across almost as insincere as his statement at the press conference
- It has the appearance, as did his performance at the press conference, that he's being forced to do this.
Can't walk back the awful look from the other night. Let's just hope that this disappears by the time he returns full time.
I don't even click on the walk-on-to-scholarship stories (but then I always do). Might was well rub some onions in my eyes because the same thing happens regardless. Very happy for this kid and all the other kids who are put on aid.
Why would both Gene and Urban have their wives present? Do any of you take your spouses to work when there's a big announcement?
Yes, I agree. Punishing the woman by transferring her out (nothing in Athletics is as prestigious as an assignment in football) and leaving the man in place is not the best look for Ohio State.
All Big Ten, All American, Heisman Trophy. 9 years in the NFL. I think Eddie George did us proud with this interview. He gave the appropriate deference to the topic of domestic violence, said there was no room to excuse cover-ups and it was up to the committee to do the investigation. There's nothing he could have done to make it better for OSU without sounding like a cheerleader. A+ for EG in my opinion.
They just have to decide if they want to take on the national perspective here. Anything short of firing Urban will be viewed as inadequate. If OSU doesn't care about that, and I don't think they should, get back to business and move on. Yes, there will be columns from Sally Jenkins and Pat Forde, but that stuff will be forgotten before the first game kicks off. As for heckling by opposing fans, that would always happen and a few 75-8 scores might shut them up.