Apparently it's a lot harder for punters to stay out of trouble than we thought. The latest offender: LSU punter Brad Wing.
Now, I would think that it would be even dumber for a specialist like a punter to get in trouble than a regular player. 32 men per year can make six-figure salaries by being good punters, but it's not a position a team is going to take a big risk on. Guys like Hagerup and (maybe) Wing are seriously jeopardizing their earning potential when they get in trouble; in contrast, superior athletes get many more chances to perform and stay out of trouble.
This guy is a MONSTER. 6'10" 295lb.
EDIT: Got rid of the potentially misleading "to Michigan?" addition to the title
AP article posted on ESPN:
The author implies that steroid use is common across the sport despite practically no positive test results.
I don't know what to make of it. I'd be disappointed to find that some of my favorite players were/are steroid users.
This should be interesting. Some basics of story are below (I don't know how to block quote).
As part of that process, Oregon presented its stance in writing to the committee on infractions, suggesting the violations the school believed occurred, as well as the sanctions it believed were appropriate.
The sources said the committee ultimately did not accept Oregon's presentment, disagreeing with "various aspects" of both the infractions the school believed occurred, and the sanctions the school deemed appropriate. That impasse has made a full-blown hearing necessary. Had Oregon's request for summary disposition been successful, the school could have avoided a hearing in which individuals such as head football coach Chip Kelly could be made to appear and take questions.
Also, note the change between a proposed NCAA finding and Oregon's counter-proposal:
In the first draft, the NCAA proposed:
• In 2010, the football program paid $25,000 for a subscription to Complete Scouting Services (CSS) and received oral reports from CSS representative Lyles. Additionally, the football program failed to gather recruiting or scouting information from CSS at least four times per calendar year, as required by NCAA recruiting or scouting legislation.
In its response, Oregon removed the phrase "failed to gather" and altered it to reflect what it termed as Lyles' service not providing what he had been paid the $25,000 for:
• In 2010, the football program paid $25,000 for a subscription to Complete Scouting Services (CSS) and received oral reports from CSS representative Lyles. Additionally, CSS did not disseminate to the football program recruiting or scouting information from CSS at least four times per calendar year, as required by NCAA recruiting or scouting legislation.
So SI has released a gallery of who they feel will be the 35 most exciting players to watch this bowl season (LINK) and while there are some predictable names (such as Johnny Football at #1) they make one enormous glaring omission. Denard is nowhere on the list. It is going to be his final college football game and he'll have had a month to heal from his elbow injury. I have no idea what criterion they used for their list, but if Alabama's center can make it, how the hell did Denard not make the cut? Seriously, a center is more exciting than Denard's final game. What morons SI has on their staff, huh?
Zoltan Mesko Foundation donates $5000 to Hasbro Children's Hospital Miracle Wraps Mall (raffle ticket donation followup)
Tim North here with an update from the Zoltan Mesko Foundation. I posted in October about the Celebrities for Charity x Zoltan Mesko Foundation "London Ticket Raffle" we were promoting at the time to raise inital funds for our new foundation. I am happy to report that from the revenue we raised we have recently donated $5000 to Hasbro Children's Hopspital (link below) and another $5000 to Boston Children's Hopsital. All the proceeds go towards efforts to help brighten the holidays for the patients and their families during a difficult time. Please visit the link below for more info (I will be updating a link to the Boston Children's Hospital release when it is availible.)
In the wake of the Sandy Hook tragedy, we have reached out to foundations that support the community of Newton, CT and are currently in the process of making a donation. I will provide more information when I know more...
I know that a few MGoBlog members had specific questions in regards to the foundations and causes we are focused on supporting, and I hope this helps to give a more clear direction of where we will be headed in the future. Again, we can't thank enough for all of your support and we encourage you to "like" us on Facebook for updates on Zoltan's weekly volutneer work (he has yet to miss a week all season) as well as future campaigns we will be launching in the near future - expected mid-January
Happy Holidays and Go Blue!
Story link: http://www.hasbrochildrenshospital.org/HCH_News
"On December 18, 2012, football player Zoltan Mesko visited the children and families at Hasbro Children's Hospital. During his visit Zoltan presented the Hospital with $5,000 from the Zoltan Mesko Foundation to help support the Miracle Wraps Mall program.
Miracle Wraps Mall is a program that was set up for the patients of Hasbro Children's Hospital to shop during the holiday season. Miracle Wraps Mall is a mini-mall set up in the hospital, complete with a bank, store, gift-wrapping station and food court."