To this point, yesterday Jordan Fuller said the linebackers will have more responsibility making pre-snap calls. That responsibility used to be with the safeties.
I do wonder that, too, which is one of the reasons why I look forward to seeing him this fall. Borland's the type of guy who would never admit if that injury bothered him. He didn't say anything at the time, and he hasn't since then.
Here's his full answer, per the transcript.
Q. You talked about the things you're most proud of. As you get ready to leave office, what's your biggest regret that you didn't get accomplished?
JIM DELANY: That's a good question. We've had a lot of projects that we have succeeded. We've had some projects that really fell on deaf ears. To be honest with you, one thought that I've had for really my whole adult life after leaving North Carolina was that I think -- and this might sound less than true, but it's a true statement. I think we made some real serious mistakes in the '70s that have come to create problems for us. I think one was the loss of the four-year scholarship. One was the loss of the $15 a month laundry, and the other was the loss of freshman ineligibility.
I think that's really expedited everything and hasn't allowed for the full socialization, cultural and academic, for students. I raised that issue about five years ago, and to be honest with you, there was not much of a reaction. It was more of a thud. So I would say some of those areas are issues that have concerned me and I think have concerned a few others but really not enough to kind of move that forward.
Appreciate it. I know there's a small but core group of fans who are interested in OSU basketball recruiting, so hopefully it's informative to those of you.
No major updates.
I haven’t heard anything as of yet that would swing me away from picking Keon Johnson to Tennessee. I know Ohio State is still on him, but TBD on whether they can flip him.
If you made me project the 2020 class, I’d pick Zach Loveday and another wing. I don’t have a ton of confidence in the Loveday pick because it has been so quiet, and I really don’t know who the wing would be yet.
I’m unsure right now. The plan was to play him at running back, but he missed some spring practices and was recently pictured with Brian Hartline and the wideouts at a gathering on social media. So, I don’t know what’s up with him at the moment.
I'd love that to become the standard.
Diallo's is 7-7 or 7-8. Gaffney's is 7-4. Liddell's is 6-10 or 6-11. Carton's is 6-6.
He's got a really complete game. Can hit 3s. Bangs in the post. Long arms. Muscular. Got solid hops. High motor. A really high floor as a player. Not sure of his ceiling, but he has a game that immediately translates to college.
Appreciate the shout.
The weight loss is very real, and I think it's pretty easy to see in those photos. Not sure where he is right now, but a month ago he told Lori Schmidt he was already down 12-17 pounds. I'm not sure of his ideal weight, but he's definitely continuing to drop pounds. His goal, as he told me a few weeks ago, is to play in the NBA, and it's hard to imagine any team would want a 6-foot-9, 270-pound center, so I'm sure he's aiming for a body that would allow him to play power forward.
I'll have a story tomorrow on seeing Gaffney and Liddell for the first time. Not too much unexpected. A lot of high highs and low lows for Gaffney, and strong play on both ends from Liddell. It would be dumb to overreact to a summer league game, but man, Liddell looked really good. Will be surprised if he doesn't start at power forward.