it's a major award
Scroll down to the very bottom. He got almost enough votes to fill Texas Tech's stadium, and almost 1 percentage point of the vote for each hooker he killed! Looks like pretty soon they'll have to play "Hail to the Chief" when he walks into a room.
Rivals released its updated top 250 this morning. Michigan has the most of any school with 13 of its 18 commits in the top 250.
Butt- 118 (down from 96)
Lewis- 147 (up from 167)
Dawson- 171 (up from 199)
Charlton- 175 (up from 183)
Shallman- 182 (down from 160)
LTT- 235 (down from 109)
Gedeon- 237 (down from 224)
Scott Pagano- 104 (up from unranked)
Jordan Wilkins- 128 (up from 209)
Devon Allen- 129 (down from 110)
Cole Luke- 202 (up from unranked)
Paul Harris- 214 (up from unranked)
Tashawn Bower- unranked (down from 250)
1. If you didn't go to camp, you got a slight decrease to make room for new evaluated players or risers from camps (20 new players in the Rivals 250).
2. If you performed well at camp, you got a slight bump (Dawson, Lewis, Charlton). If you had a bad camp, you took a nosedive (LTT).
This is true schadenfreude: one year ago, Memorial Day, May 30, 2011, Jim Tressel resigned as head coach of the Buckeyes. I know the shame kills a number of Ohio fans, whether or not they would ever admit it. Several thoughts:
- Truth is, (EDIT: "I think") Ohio is better off with Urban Meyer coaching instead of Jim Tressel.
- I am sure there was more that never came out, but a bowl ban, vacated season, and (minimal) scholarship reductions were better than nothing.
- The year of upheaval was a great help to Hoke and Michigan to reestablish connections in Ohio, and restore competitive balance.
- I took great delight in the fact that things kept dribbling out of Columbus for a long time. When rogue booster Bobby D. supposedly "hired" student athletes, with Ohio supposedly on a short leash, that was the coup de grace resulting in an inevitable bowl ban.
- It also was delicious to see AD Gene Smith steadfastly suggest, hint, hint, wink, wink, that nothing much would come down in the way of punishment from the NCAA. Ohio played in and lost a bowl game last year, effectively forcing the bowl ban to this year when their sentence was handed down. If they would have just swallowed their medicine and seen the writing on the wall, Ohio might have the opportunity at a meaningful bowl this year. Foolish Buckeyes.
What are your thoughts and reflections, one year after?
Saw this linked over at 11W, seems that LTT was burning that letter from tsiO for more than loyalty to UM. According to the article tsiO fans pulled some shenanigans while he was in Columbus for the NFTC. Stories been covered already, but this gives a little more insight.
ESPN has a paywalled LINK to its top 20 teams that could win the NC this year. Michigan is not one of them, although with their schedule I guess that is somewhat justified. The inclusion of Ohio is downright ridiculous, as they state that even though they're ineligible, they still rank them.
18. South Carolina
15. West Virginia
11. Boise State
9. OHIO (wtf?)
7. Oklahoma State