a terrible blight on our fine country
At the risk of ridicule, are Pryor and the other suspended Buckeye's suspensions actually finalized? I know the NCAA denied the appeal of their suspensions, but I'm unclear whether or not the revelation about Tressel covering up the violations was taken into consideration. When the Committee meets to determine his fate, is Pryor's final year at stake as well?
It seems obvious that the players played an entire season while ineligible and with the NCAA's tendency to mete out eye for an eye type punishment, is their whole season in jeopardy?
The NFL has made some significant changes to their rules. Kickoffs will take place from the 35 yard line with 5 yard starts for members of the coverage team..
All scoring plays will be reviewed and confirmed by the official in the replay booth.
California OT prospect Erik Magnuson has recently seen his recruitment take off with offers from Arizona, Miami, Michigan, Oregon, Stanford, and UCLA among others. The La Costa Canyon High offensive lineman's stature lives up to his last name standing at 6-foot-6, and 275-pounds. Here's a look at his film and what he had to say about Michigan.
TOM: For anyone that hasn't seen you play can you describe yourself and your game?
ERIK: I'm quick, athletic, big, and aggressive. I just love to compete no matter who my opponent is.
TOM: Since you're from California how interested are you in Michigan, and how much do you know about Michigan?
ERIK: I'm really interested. I've never been there, but I know the coaches from before and I love them.
TOM: You knew them from when they were at San Diego State?
ERIK: Yeah, I know them from there. I feel like Coach Funk is a great coach and really knows a lot about the offensive line. I know him the best, and talk to him a lot. Coach Hoke is just the man. He took me in when I was a sophomore and just really treated me well. He was always true with me and never fed me any BS.
TOM: Again to go back to the California thing, is distance going to be an issue for you?
ERIK: I'm not sure yet, because I've only visited west coast schools, but I don't really think so. I know my family will still come to games no matter where I go. Also, I've spent a lot of time in Canada so I know what cold weather is all about. The weather doesn't affect me at all; I prefer it actually.
TOM: Does that mean that you're going to try to get out to Michigan any time soon?
ERIK: I'm not really sure about any time soon because I'm really busy with AAU basketball and football training and camps. It's hard to find time, but I'm for sure going to use one of my official visits to Michigan.
TOM: To use an official that means you have to wait until the season starts. Are you planning on waiting until signing day to make your decision, or do you want to get it done sooner?
ERIK: I haven't decided yet if I want to wait until signing day, but I'm definitely going to wait until I'm comfortable and 100% sure. I just have to weigh out all my options and do what is best for me in the end.
TOM: With that being said, and I know it's early, but do you have a top list yet?
ERIK: My list of top five changes about every week with new offers coming and what not, but Michigan is always in it. Right now it's Oregon, USC, Michigan, Miami, and Oklahoma.
TOM: When you go to evaluate these schools to make your final decision what are you looking for?
ERIK: A winning program where I feel like I will have a good chance to get a lot of playing time. And like I said I want someone that I feel comfortable with, it's going to be a lot of how I feel.
Tonight, Brady Hoke will be at Barton Hills Country Club giving a talk and interacting with the members. I will be in attendance (no I'm not bragging) and was wondering what people would like to hear from Coach Hoke? i.e. what questions, if any, would you like to have him answer?
I'll do my best to talk to him and insert these questions into the conversation.
That is all.
What are some things you most want to see from the 2011 football season?
First and foremost, I'm hoping Coach Hoke does a lot of pointing while on the sidelines as soon as possible. The pictures we have of him;
From the old days:
And in a shirt and tie at the press conference:
are just not cutting it. We need some pictures of him in sideline gear pointing at Denard going "No, you da man!"