is there such a thing as an etsy genuis? if so, this is it.
Glad that mgoblog is back and running. I actually got some work done today. Anyways Rivals released their rankings for the state of Ohio.
Obviously #1 is Kyle Kalis
#11 Joe Bolden
#14 Tom Strobel
#16 Jarrod Wilson
#17 Pharaoh Brown
#22 Caleb Stacey
#25 Kaleb Ringer
#28 AJ Williams
#29 Allen Gant
#5 Adolphus Washington
#7 Dwayne Stanford
#8 Brionte Dunn
#21 Chris Wormley
#39 Alden Hill
So this isn't a question of who you expect to have a breakout year, or who M needs to have, have a breakout year to be successful, but just, who on the roster, maybe an under the radar player, do you want to see most have a breakout year?
For Me it's Je'ron Stokes. I loved the kids highlight tape coming out of high school. I loved how he and his family defended his words during the Freep Jihad. I also believe, that if everything can click for this kid, with his skill set, he could be a major contributor in the new offense.
The offseason sucks as we all know, so, go at it, discuss, and waste some time at work on a Thursday, and as always Go Blue!
Looks like the NCAA wants bloodshed!
There are very few words to describe this picture. I know it's off-topic but I just had to post it.
Click here to see a non pixelated version of the photo and a story about the whole situation.
Although there is too much sparty mention here, Wojo discusses the opportunity presented by the recent OSU trouble. Discussing the Kalis commitment: "Of course, this is just one verbal agreement from one kid. But it's especially notable because he originally committed to the Buckeyes, until Jim Tressel was busted for serial lying and replaced by Luke Fickell."
Last week there was a thread regarding contacting recruits. In essence it stated that anyone who contacted a recruit became a booster. It also suggested that anyone who spoke to a recruit and suggested that recruit should attend a specific school would be in violation of NCAA bylaws.
After reading the actual bylaw I disagreed with this interpretation of the OP and tried to describe why, but many disagreed with my interpretation (which is fine, that is what debates are all about). Since I still had questions as to how someone like myself could be considered a "booster" (a person who isn't an alumni, isn't a season ticket holder, has never been on campus, never donated money, and don't belong to any "booster associations) I contacted UM compliance in regard to my question.
I can't copy and paste the emails on my phone so I will give you the highlights of what she (Elizabeth Heinrich, Assistant Athletic Director of Compliance at UM) said: First I will be clear that my question was how could a person who has no affiliation with a university other than being a fan be considered a "person of athletic interest" which is what they call boosters. Her response was someone fitting that description would not be committing a violation by simply talking to a recruit and passing the idea that said recruit should attend a specific university. She continued by stating that a person fitting my description above would only be found to be committing a violation if they offered something in exchange for their commitment (money etc), but simply saying they should attend a university is not a violation.
To be clear, this only covers a person fitting my description above. If you are a season ticket holder, student, alumni, etc you may fit the definition of "booster" as set out in the NCAA bylaws. I also want to be clear that I think anyone (short of people who actually know a recruit or work in the industry like TVH) who contacts these recruits is taking far too much interest in recruiting and is likely doing far more harm than good.
I posted this so that people who may have been left with uncertainties after reading the previous thread (like myself) could have a more definitive answer as to whether a person with no affiliation to a university would be committing a violation by contacting a recruit and offering them nothing more than advise as to where to attend university. A societal violation, yes...an NCAA violation, no. Hope that clears it up.
It also clarifies that people who are simply fans of a University who may attend the odd game here and there but are not alumni or make donations to the University are not considered boosters by the NCAA.