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The Cleveland Plain Dealer notes that OSU self-reported 46 NCAA violations in the past year, including some secondary violations in football. Some strike me as very petty - one is because an assistant coach was chewing tobacco during a game, and another because Urban Meyer may have said "good luck" in passing to a recruit in a state title game in PA. Those strike me as foot faults, and are not really a big deal in my book. You'd think OSU would be extremely careful these days, but it's hard for me to get worked up about such violations.
The more serious one, in my mind, is apparently Gene Smith and Archie Griffin got together to prepare a "personalized" recruiting video for Ezekiel Elliott for his official visit to OSU in March. That's not only a clear violation of NCAA rules, it's not something that happens accidentally or "in passing". You have to contact your former Heisman Trophy winner, put together a script, get someone to film it for you, and get it over to the recruit. Lots of chances there to realize "hey, maybe we shouldn't be doing this!". And it's the freakin' AD doing it, with some experience with NCAA violations. This is not on the scale of booster payments, Toys for Tatts™, loaner cars for athletes, etc. But really dumb all the same. Gene Smith is the gift that keeps on giving. He should definitely hold onto those incriminating pictures he (must) have of the NCAA administration!
The link to the article is below, together with a summary copied (with some bits redacted for space considerations - it's worth a stroll over to the CPD article to see the whole list) from the CPD article.
•Football coach Urban Meyer said "Good luck," to recruit Noah Spence before his state championship game in Pennsylvania in December. Contact like that with Spence, on his game day, is forbidden. •Athletic director Gene Smith and alumni association CEO Archie Griffin recorded a personalized video for football recruit Ezekiel Elliott for his official campus visit on March 31. Recruiting videos are forbidden. •Greg Paulus, the basketball team's video coordinator, was reported to be coaching players during the Buckeyes' Big Ten Tournament semifinal win over Michigan on March 10. Video coordinators, who aren't full assistants, may not coach players. The violation was discovered after a general conversation between an OSU player's parent and an assistant athletic director. •In December of 2010, five current football players took five recruits on OSU visits to a movie. NCAA rules allow each recruit $60 in spending money for entertainment. A cab ride to the movie put each recruit between $1 and $5 over budget, which the football players paid out of pocket. That was not allowed because the $60 limit was exceeded.. -- Doug Lesmerises
This week's scouting report is on Chandler (AZ) Hamilton cornerback Cole Luke, who has expressed interest in visiting Ann Arbor. The coaches want another corner, and Luke seems like a very solid option. He's good in almost all aspects of the game, and I think he could play some significant minutes by 2014 if he were to commit.
So I'm sure I will catch some hell for this but here it goes anyway. Remember Kyle Prater, the 5 star WR a couple years ago from Illinois who ended up at USC that everyone was recruiting. He went to USC and eventually lost out to all the other WR they had most of whom were California recruits. Ty Isaac is the second 5-star RB to pull the trigger for USC in the last couple days now. Only one of them is going to start, only one will be the man, and only one will get the bulk of the work. I know, I know everyone says they will be a team player, and they just want the chance to compete, but at some point 5 star, ESPN 150, Under Armor, Army All-Americans expect to play. If its close dont you go with the local talent Davis kid where you are trying to keep/build a pipeline? (and Stockton St. Marys, and Lincoln where Davis is from is an area that produces a ton of talent)
Its very strange to me that a kid like Isaac who would be the favorite to be a starter in a couple years, at a school that is much closer, at a school that has a higher academic standing, at a school that has the best offesive line class in the country, at a school where his parents could attend every home game and most of the away games if they chose to, would choose USC?? Gotta hand to Kiffin and Old Ed as he is called in SEC country for getting the job done.
Almost forgot, Prater is now at Northwestern. Couldn't find the field in Southern California I guess. You can say what you want about injuries, but he was healthy at one point and some how still never played.
This isnt meant to be proof in any one direction just something I noticed. Ty looks to be the type that will stick it out no matter what.
Don't know if this will still be up in the morning, but thought it more important for people to remember it and tune in than find out about it at the last minute. (Someone can start an open thread if they're that interesting tomorrow morning). But tomorrow is the day that football takes over WTKA all day long to earn money for Mott Hospital.
The line-up is as follows-
FRIDAY MAY 18TH FROM 6AM-6PM ALL DAY ON SPORTS TALK 1050 WTKA
7am – Lloyd Carr, Jay Feely
8am – Lloyd Carr, Brian Griese
9am –Dana Jacobson, Dhani Jones
10am – Marlin Jackson, Adrian Arrington, Tim Massaquoi
11am – Charles Woodson, Adam Schefter
Noon – Mike Hart, Greg Mattison, Al Borges
1pm –Scott Dreisbach, Gary Moeller, Jerry Hanlon, Jarrett Irons
2pm – Leon Hall, Morgan Trent, Ron Bellamy, Drew Henson
3pm –Mark Campbell, Jerame Tuman , Aaron Shea, Remy Hamilton
4-6pm Live from M-Den on State Street in Ann Arbor
4pm – Steve Hutchinson, Steve Everitt, Jake Long, Glen Steele
5pm – David Brandon, Brady Hoke
Per usual they have donation incentives-
$25 - Lloyd Carr ringtone
$50 - Lloyd Carr t-shirt (please indicate shirt size in the comments field)
$120 - Poster autographed by Lloyd Carr
$250 - Four (4) passes to a pre-season football practice
Those who aren't in listening distance, www.wtka.com has streaming audio, podcasts to catch up later, and their own App in iTunes (not sure about Android store).
But if you want to donate and can't call or tune in, you can already do so on their webpage-
And funds will already be matched. If you're wondering "why?"
(Please Section 1 don't call Charles at 11 am)
Additional information from SI regarding Calabrese's role in the Rees arrest from a couple weeks ago.
And as an aside, for any big-shots our there, when you are interacting with a police officer, don't spout off with anything related to "Do you know who I am?" "Do you know who my Daddy is?" "I'll have your job!"... it never works.