Well, I was going to taper off making these announcements in the forum, but it looks like very few of you think to check the site unless I do ( or perhaps it's just the agony of revisiting last weekend).
So, anyway, the enhanced UFR viewer app is locked and loaded for the Michigan State Defensive "Under Further Review" report. This week there are video links for every play (thanks MGoVideo.com!) along with the usual filtering and search options.
Here is the link:
Enjoy! (Oh wait, I forgot ... disregard the enjoy part)
Summary of Luke Fickell's signed employement contract here.
$775,000 total compensation for Fickell.
Tressel's total compensation was $3.5 million per year.
The contract, released by the university on Thursday, makes it very clear that Fickell is not guaranteed a job after the agreement ends Jan. 31, 2012.
“This agreement is renewable solely upon an offer from Ohio State and an acceptance by coach,” the contract stipulates in section 2.0 under Term. “This agreement in no way grants coach a claim to tenure in employment.”
Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith, who did not immediately return a call requesting comment, has said that Fickell will be a candidate for the permanent job but that the school will do a nationwide search to find its next head coach. Rumors of potential candidates have been circulating ever since 10-year coach Jim Tressel was forced to resign.
Contract in PDF form: http://media.cleveland.com/osu_impact/other/luke-fickell-contract.pdf
Oct. 20, 2011
Park Ridge, Ill. – The Big Ten Conference office announced that it will impose a one-game suspension on Michigan State University football student-athlete William Gholston for violating the Big Ten Sportslike Conduct Agreement during Michigan State’s game against Michigan on Oct. 15, 2011.
The Big Ten determined that Gholston’s actions at the end of the third quarter of the Michigan contest violated Big Ten Conference Agreement 10.01.1.A.1 - “Striking or attempting to strike or otherwise physically abusing an official, opposing coach, spectator or athlete.” The conference office also publicly reprimanded Gholston for his actions.
The Big Ten Sportslike Conduct Agreement states that “It shall be the responsibility of each member university to ensure that all of its students and all individuals employed by or directly associated with it comport themselves in a sportslike manner when representing their university, especially at intercollegiate athletic contests.”
The Big Ten Conference considers this matter concluded and will have no further comment.
Well deserved, this makes him the best C in the nation to both ESPN and SI so far this year.
While researching Carson Palmer for my fantasy team, I came across this nice article in the (San Jose) Mercury News on Tate Forcier and his new start at San Jose State. Nothing shocking here, but it's a nice overview of where he is now.
Key quote: "It hurt leaving Michigan. It was a dream come true going there, and I ruined it."
Tate certainly did make his share of mistakes, on and off the field, but that quote shows some nice maturity. I hope he finds success at SJSU and builds on the talent he showed at Michigan.
In his physical by the Eagles for the Harrison/Brown trade, they discovered a brain tumor. The attempted trade may have saved his life.