I figured someone would have posted this already, but today is Denard's 21st birthday. I hope he celebrates by putting a complete game together on Saturday.
On a side note, anyone do anything especially memorable on their 21st?
This is pretty much standard procedure, but in the interest of tosu schadenfreude, I wanted to update everyone on the ESPN lawsuit against our friends down south, or next door for some of us. One interesting and encouraging part of the article about FERPA.
Timothy Smith said that FERPA is a "limited utility."
"(FERPA does not cover) relationships with third parties or people of campus, or people not related to their education. And clearly all this stuff falls outside," Smith said.
OSU's media relations department cited FERPA as the reason for not initially supplying the records to ESPN.
I'm assuming that's supposed to read "off campus". I'm still holding out hope that someone on the Ohio Supreme court has some cajones, or the female equivalent, to force the release of the unredacted documents to ESPN and that those documents reveal some major violation involving Mr. Sarniak and TP or JT.
Also interesting, some of the comments are pretty well written, especially the one about ESPN's conflict of interest. I guess Bucknuts readers don't venture over to The Lantern.
Fred Jackson His high school coach compares him to Trent Richardson of Alabama.
“If it was my choice, I’d sign with Michigan,” Thomas told the AJC. “I’ve always been a Michigan fan. My dad is a Michigan fan. I’ve got a lot of family up there.”
Thomas, who rushed for nearly 2,000 yards last year as a sophomore, has early scholarship offers from Vanderbilt, Mississippi State, Southern Miss, and Troy, along with serious interest from many SEC and ACC schools, including Alabama, LSU and Georgia Tech.
Edit: He goes by the name of "Kamani Thomas." If that's even his real name.
Warning: If anyone is still boycotting the Freep after the Jihad of 2009, do not click the following. It's a Snyder piece, although it's short and thus lacks room for much opinion.
For everyone else, the piece demonstrates Hoke's continued ability to prove himself a Jedi Master of all things coaching, including completely supporting the passion of a former SDSU player who didn't mince words in criticizing Hoke (EDIT: the link to the remarks themselves is included in the text of the piece).
“When you look at him as an offensive lineman, how he would finish and all those things. Kyle is passionate about his alma mater, which he should be. That doesn’t bother me one bit. He was passionate about the Aztecs when we were, and he’s still passionate. That doesn’t bother me.” It’s simply part of the excitement of college football. “That’s a guy who’s passionate about his school,” Hoke said.
Can the man do no wrong?*
*Half-serious: From where I stand, he's pretty much batting 1.000 so far.
You can watch 2012 commit Joe Bolden live on national TV tonight at 7 as Colerain takes on Middletown on your local Fox Sports Net. If you're in the Detroit/Ann Arbor area, which has the Tigers showing on FSD, the game is on FSD+ (channel 901 on Comcast). Not sure if I'm going to be able to catch the game live, but I have my DVR set and should be able to give some impressions after the weekend.
If any enterprising MGoUser has the ability to put up a torrent of the game or find a way to get me a file that I can use to cut highlights, I'll add a bonus section to this week's Creeper Van Originals - it'd be great to be able to do that with Bolden, since I'm not sure how many times I'll be able to make it down to the Cincinnati area this season.
[EDIT: Forgot to mention that Middletown features 2013 five-star quarterback/athlete Jalin Marshall, who already has offers from Ohio State, Notre Dame, and several others. Should be a fun matchup to watch.]
I've watched the EMU games a few times now and just watched the Every Snap Video: UM Offense vs. EMU Defense.
Question: Why are we so BAD when Ricky Barnum pulls?
Is that bad luck in playcalling or is that on Barnum?
Other than a long Vincent Smith run in the 2nd quarter, we may have gotten neg. yardage every other time he pulled to block from his LG spot.