The content is behind a paywall, but here's his top two picks
1. Michigan State Spartans -- The Spartans' basketball program, led by Tom Izzo, is hard to top, having been to six Final Fours in the past 11 seasons. The only hoops coach who has had a stronger run at one school would be Duke's Mike Krzyzewski, and Blue Devil football isn't close to being where MSU is thanks to Mark Dantonio, the reigning Big Ten Coach of the Year. Dantonio just led the Spartans to an 11-2 season and a share of the Big Ten title.
2. Ohio State Buckeyes -- Jim Tressel has dominated the Big Ten (and OSU's archrival Michigan) for the past decade, leading the Buckeyes to a BCS title along the way, while Thad Matta did great work at Xavier before leading Ohio State to a Final Four. This is Matta's seventh season in Columbus and every one has been at least a 20-win season. His current team is picked by many as the national title favorite, and if they can roll off six straight, you could make a strong case that the Buckeyes would deserve the top spot here.
Also note that Texas is #3 and Wisky is #6
P.S. I wanted to put most of that in a facny yellow box but I suck at HTML
It is amazing what the work of real journalists will do to stir up the hornets. All of a sudden Mike Valenti and Terry Foster are on the moral express ready to bring down the Buckeyes. While I typically find Mike and Terry to be full of BS, I can't help but laugh and agree with this... I'm all in with Valenti on this! Down with the Buckeyes!
According to Mark Schlabach's article on espn.com, OSU president Gordon Gee admitted where the real power lies in Columbus:
Ohio State president E. Gordon Gee said he never considered firing Tressel.
"No, are you kidding me?" Gee said. "Let me be very clear. I'm just hoping the coach doesn't dismiss me."
Gee was the president of my undergraduate school (not OSU) for a few years after I graduated, and I learned a little about him through the alumni magazine. Principally, he's kind of a weasel, which makes him a perfect fit for OSU. In addition, he likes to think of himself as kind of clever and cavalier (hence those stupid bow ties). So I'm sure he would say that his remark was just in jest. I think it's closer to the bone than he'd like to admit.
Here's a link to the article.
COLUMBUS, OH-- The Ohio State University have chosen to embrace this latest chapter in their rich history of deflecting the guilt of wrongdoing, and have elected to carry this over into the school's primary athletic marks. Sources within the Athletic Department feel that the time is right to wear this reputation with pride both on the field and off, and are confident that if this is in fact the wrong decision, they will still be able to avoid taking any blame with some carefully worded legal prose.
And so, without further ado, The Ohio State University proudly unveils its new branding identity:
There is further talk of retiring the 'Brutus the Buckeye' mascot identity in favor of a feeble Catholic school nun who carries a soft, padded ruler, but no official timeline has been released at this time. GO SLAPPERS!
A few weeks ago this post was put up wondering who might be the school that sinned.
We all speculated that it was Oregon, Alabama, LSU, or Ohio State among others. I guess the only thing missing would have be the option for "all of the above". The follow up to that subject might be, who's next?
I just heard a new Muppets movie is being made and so I (obviously) looked it up. It's scheduled to be released on November 23, 2011...Ohio State weekend. If that's not a good omen, I don't know what is...