Peppers at 10, which seems low.
On a conference call today, Urban Meyer denied many of the accusations in the SN report by Matt Hayes (http://aol.sportingnews.com/ncaa-football/story/2012-04-09/urban-meyer-florida-ohio-state-ncaa-violation-recruiting-drugs-program-will-musc) especially accusations of preferential treatement with a "Circle of Trust." Well in less than 4 hours, Sports By Brooks has found not only one BUT TWO citations where Urban Meyer was quoted using a Circle of Trust. Here is a screen capture of the evidence from the Gainesville Sun & SI:
Urban Meyer is a filthy liar. Perfect for Ohio.
As of late, I've been perusing some ND forums, in anticipation of doing some hopefully regular updates about ND, MSU, and Ohio this off-season. I figure I'd share a couple things that I've found out so far.
1) The QB battle. This battle is fairly complex as QB battles go. It seems that most Domers want Everett Golson to start, but that not many think he will. Most of them think that it's down to Tommy Rees and Andrew Hendrix, with Rees more likely to return as a starter. However, they think that ND will show more of a 2 QB offense so that Rees and Hendrix will be sharing a lot of time. They also believe that Golson will likely start to make more appearances as the season drags on. Gunner Kiel is very likely to redshirt this year.
Some more notes about each QB:
Tommy Rees: Has the best understanding of the offense; Excels at short, quick throws; Lacks arm strength for downfield throws and accuracy; Not very mobile
Andrew Hendrix: 2nd best understanding of offense; Stronger than Rees; Mobile; Accuracy issues
Everett Golson: Mobile; Lacks a concrete understanding of the offense; Strongest arm; Biggest accuracy issues
Gunner Kiel; Freshman; Lacks understanding of the offense
2) Aaron Lynch is back on campus. This is disaster averted for ND, he's easily the #2 or #3 player on that team and the #2 player on defense. The situation seemed to be one of homsickness and the Domer's were 50-50 on his returning.
3) Theo Riddick is moving back to RB. He was out in the slot last year, where he did decently.
4) ND is getting field turf. They think that this might be the reason why Kelly's offense hasn't taken hold yet. Apparently grass slowed down all of ND's speedy athletes and that's why they lost games. Never mind the opponents played on the same field and will get to play on the turf too. Denard Robinson says: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r_xePqfTAi8
5) ND fans are delusional. Seriously delusional. I've seen them say they're going to win a National Championship this year, that Hoke and Co. are obviously paying recruits, that our recruiting class isn't really that good compared to ND's, that at least 4 or 5 of our commits will flip to ND, and it just goes on and on. I was expecting some semblance of sanity from ND fans, but dear God, they're hopeless.
I will be going into more detail in future posts so if you guys have any suggestions or areas you want me to focus on, i.e their recruiting, their defense, their offense, a certain position group, etc., let me know.
Title ways it all. Doesn't say a whole lot but you have to love a guy telling ESPN "this is Michigan. One class leaves the next has to step up."
Title basically says it all. Ohio doesn't release the viewing area, but the structure will be 124*42. They'll be adding new speaker systems throughout the stadium as well. For reference, our scoreboard structures are 108*62 (I couldn't find dimensions for Sparty's new boards). Ohio Stadium will also get text ribbons on the side opposite the scoreboard and HDTV's in the concourses.
The new HD, Panasonic scoreboard will be 42-feet-by-124-feet - the current scoreboard is 30-by-90 and is not HD - and will utilize Surface Mount Diode LED technology that will provide a sharper, clearer and brighter picture with extra wide viewing angles of over 140 degrees.
Was listening to Mike & Mike on the way in to work this morning. They were having an interesting debate on which I'd love to hear the board's opinion.
If one day in the future, your son were being recruited by both Bobby Petrino and Jim Tressel who, for the sake of argument, were both head coaches at two big-time programs ---which program would you be more likely to counsel your son to attend?
Personally, it goes against everything I am to say this, but I think I'd rather have my son be a part of a Tressel-run program. Tressel made huge mistakes to be sure, and had the hubris to actually believe he acted in his players best interest - which we now know, of course, was hilariously self-serving. But his failure to act appropriately only violated NCAA rules -- which are complicated at best. Whereas Petrino, we're not sure how deep the rabbit hole goes on this one, but it seems to violate every moral barometer you'd expect of a head coach. Both coaches are superior tacticians. Both coaches have nearly fanatic support from their respective players/alumni. Both coaches send players regularly to the next level.
Petrino and Tressel will likely land on their feet (eventually). So the question stands.