The D-League as petri dish for weird basketball concepts.
“But McClover says there were money handshakes from boosters at other football camps too. At Auburn for a couple hundred dollars and at Michigan State. All the schools denied any wrongdoing. And things really started heating up a few months later when he went to Ohio State for an official visit where schools get a chance for one weekend to host prospective athletes. McClover says there were money handshakes from alumni there too. About a thousand dollars. And something else to entice him.”
Not quite as good as video, but at least it's something.......
Also, I feel like there are a couple of good Hoke photoshop opportunities in here.
The top 5 ways that we can all strive to be more like Jim Tressel, to obtain all of our life goals.
1. If your wife/girlfriend/fiance finds an incriminating e-mail, between you and another woman.
Tressel-Tell her that the matter was too sensitive to possibly pass on the content to her, and you cared too deeply for her. Because after all, that is what is important in the end, and this is definitely an event that the two of you can learn from.
2. You found out your son cheated on an exam.
Tressel- Do not pass this information along to other persons, whose opinions do not matter. i.e. his mother, teacher, counselor. It would just cloud the matter and impede the childs progress to becoming a fine God fearing human being.
3. Your neighbor is running an illegal grow opperation in his back yard.
Tressel- Upon confirming your suspicions act boldly, and do nothing. Confidentiality is a just and noble act, where in two persons can forever forge an impregnable bond. If that is not an option, the following is sugggested "Obviously, I plan to grow from this and I'm sincerely saddened by the fact that I let some people down and didn't do things as well as I could possibly do".
4. You're being audited.
Tressel- Sincerity is a key to life, make this a teachable moment to all those around you. Just be thankful that you weren't involved in a federal drug trafficking, or criminal investigation. There is always a silver lining, you just have to look for it.
5. You've lost a great deal of money gambling.
Tressel- As you think of a plan of action, again, keep a couple things in mind. Again, make this a teachable moment, and ramp up the discussions about the people you involve yourself with. The matter of losing your car, home, and marriage are just the devil in the details so to speak. Just remember what George Bush said " the most pathetic thing, is a leader looking for self pitty".
Looking for wisdom from Magnus or other Gurus of the X and O with regard to the 5 tech position. According to Matt Godin's brother (great get for the board) he was apparently told that he is being recruited as a 5 tech DT/DE. It is my understanding that the 5 tech lines up on the outside shoulder of the OT, which to me says Defensive End. I know in a three man front the 5 tech could be termed a DT/DE, but as we will be running a 4 man front (or 5-2 as Mattison has said) how can the 5 tech be called a DT?
For your Tuesday entertainment. Polictics, corruption, criminal behavior, all you could ask for.
Football playoffs, anyone?
I found this article on ESPN.com about Erik Ainge, former UT quarterback and 5th round draft pick by the NY Jets. This article gives an in-depth account of his struggles with drugs, painkillers, alcohol, and heroin to be specific. It is also mainly a piece that he wrote himself to bring awareness to athletes with substance abuse problems.
Here are some things I found interesting/appaling:
Throughout that process, I became hooked on pain killers. I got them from the team doctor. I went through the prescriptions pretty fast. After he had been giving them to me for quite a while, he said he couldn't give them to me anymore.
I was hooked on them and I was playing football, and there was no way I was going to cancel my senior year by going to rehab. I started getting them from people, buying them, getting them off the street. I wasn't the only player on the team that was doing it, so we knew people. It wasn't, like, super sketchy or anything. We knew people who had them, and we were Tennessee football players, so they pretty much just gave them to us.
I hope the above isn't a widespread issue with NCAA athletes across the nation.
I was under the influence pretty much every day, every practice. I mean, I was a drug addict, so it's not like I stopped using drugs for any reason. Did the Jets know? I don't know. That's all they knew me as. I was a drug addict from the first day I stepped foot on the Hofstra campus [site of the team's training base until 2009].
Now the present:
A normal day for me consists of therapy with my psychiatrist and/or NA or AA meetings. Five nights a week, I go to meetings. I had four recovery groups, but I can't afford them anymore because of the NFL lockout.
The lockout has caused a lot of problems for me. My substance-abuse insurance through the NFL and CIGNA got canceled as a result of the lockout. If I were a normal player -- let's say I had a broken leg and I was in the hospital -- they'd have forms they would've sent me to continue receiving insurance through the NFL. Since I'm a drug addict in the drug program, my insurance just got canceled, and I didn't like that.
Interesting to see how the lockout is affecting athletes that aren't the highest paid and able to easily weather the lockout.
The full article can be found here: