"The University of Illinois is also in turmoil. The university sports an Interim Chancellor, an Interim Athletic Director, and an Interim Football Coach; the game will be played at Soldier Field, making this an Illini Interim Home Game."
Luke Fickell had his first press conference (Link:http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=6657897 ) and denied any knoweldge of of player violations. Seriously? Given how blatant Pryor's violations were, is it possible anymore to beleive that the whole staff and compliance department had no knoweldge of what was going on? It is either incompetence or willful ignorance. The OSU head coaching job may be his dream job, but given the growing nature of the scandal, the level of instiutional self-denial about the seriousness of the problem there and the growing likelyhood that the NCAA will drop the hammer on them, it is hard to see Luke Fickell keeping the job beyond this season. As this thing progresses it is easy to see an outcome where their board of regents simply says enough is enough and completely cleans house.
I will get him a replacement for that green shirt. Thought you all would enjoy this feature from across the border.
Kyle Dodson commits to Wisconsin the day after receiving an OSU offer. Ohio State fans were expecting him to commit to them tonight, so this was an unpleasant surpise for them.
A new post about Yost possibly being renovated got me thinking, while you could argue that DB's corporate attitude has harmed the program (jerseyz, for example), he has undoubtedly also helped it (renovations and new scoreboards in all 3 major venues).
So my question is: who would you prefer; a corporate type like DB who improves facilities, stadiums, etc while "selling out" some of UM's tradition, OR a more traditional AD who may not bring a lot of improvements to UM's sports programs, but also doesn't mess with UM's tradition, etc.
So Fickell held his first presser as HC of OSU. Nothing too exciting, but some of the highlights:
He mentioned toughness quite a few times:
"The 2011 Buckeyes will not be compared or contrasted to previous years," Fickell said. "It will be about respect, toughness and being men of action."
"We have a goal to lead the nation in three categories: effort, turnovers and toughness."
He also claimed to have no knowledge of any of the OSU violations:
"I was not informed of any information until it became public knowledge," Fickell said.
With OSU before the NCAA on these issues, I have to imagine that this line was wordsmithed by OSU's counsel, so being a lawyer myself, here is my take: Fickell says that he "wasn't informed" of any info - he doesn't say that he didn't know it on his own. So, for example, he might have known that the OSU players were trading tats for autographs or that TP had more cars than most auto dealers, and if this comes out at a later date, his statement about having not been "informed" is technically accurate. I find this telling, as he had a chance to say, "I had no knowledge whatsoever of any violations of the NCAA rules," and he chose not to.
On the topic of Tress resigning, he wasn't particularly broken up about it:
"I would take the shot any way I can" (in response to his feelings about getting the opportunity to be HC because of Tress' resignation.
'I'm not saying I'm not disappointed, I'm not upset, but we're moving forward."
Not exactly a guy who I would to be stuck in a foxhole with, but I suppose that this is the OSU way.
Nothing else of real substance from the portions that I saw.