"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."
I found this article entertaining. From SBNation, just posted today.
The local sports radio host in Columbus, the Common Man and the Torg, reported during their show at about 3:30 today that "Mr. Ellis", which, for those who don't remember, is the alias of the whistleblower for the SI article that was the last nail in Tressel's coffin, did not talk with NCAA investigators. According to them, he sat down with the NCAA investigators, ready to spill the beans, but then the investigators turned on a tape recorder and asked him to sign forms. Ellis got up and left without saying anything. The Columbus radio show hosts speculate that Ellis is afraid of being killed by the tattoo parlor owner, Eddie Rife. I'm not sure if they were serious about that.
It seems like the Torg knows who Ellis is, and he may even know him personally. Last week, when it was reported that Ellis was going to sit down with the NCAA, Torg was very worried and was hoping to high heaven that none of the OSU players interviewed by the NCAA. It's a bummer that Ellis didn't talk, but it is still possible that he may change his tune later. But hey, even if Ellis doesn't talk, it is still gonna be some nice sanctions for OSU.
As most of us know, former Wolverine and current Arizona Cardinal Steve Breaston is a creative individual, aside from being an exciting football player. He posted this Youtube video of his poem about the NFL Lockout.
Link here to throwback styles apropos given the current uproar over the upcoming throwbacks:
It would've been awesome if we could've thrown back to those caps from 1879 somehow. Aside from tossing some numbers on the helmets and block Ms in a few spots, the easiest throwback changes would have been:
1. Actually revert back to the color Maize. Check out the UM football wiki page. Wiki. See to the middle right the UM uniform, and then under it, the colors Maize and Blue. Notice how our uniforms are not "Maize" but more of a highlighter yellow.
This is Maize:
This is now:
Going back to Maize is a simple throwback move.
2. The wings on the helmet forehead gradually went from Five Head down to a Three head now.
This is a Five Head helmet (notice the expansive rise of the Maize, almost to the top of the helmet):
Think receding hairline.
This is now:
A lot thinner, sleeker rise up front. Short and neat.
These simple changes were probably rejected because they do not offer a sharp enough contrast to generate sales... Who knows. We haven't see the helmets yet, but I hope the wings are so high they make the rise of all our players' forehead look like those of every 40-50 yr old alum reading this blog.
I think the writing was on the wall when he left OSU, but came from his agent today
In other news, James also said that Pryor will no longer cooperate with NCAA investigators looking into Ohio State's football program, ex-players and current players.
"He doesn't need a reason (to talk to them). He's no longer a student-athlete," said James, who added that Pryor doesn't feel he owes the NCAA any answers. "They're not going to give him or any other student-athlete any due process rights to speak of, so he's moved on."
Probably good news for OSU, as he likely has a lot of dirt on a lot of current players.
I commented in another thread where I made this analogy, but I'd like to take it further.
As I read the response from a significant chunk of the OSU fanbase over the last few days, all that sprung to mind was this....
(Sorry, don't know how to embed).
Here is my interpretation of Buckeye fans as Chappelle:
Us: "You know, Tressel has been accused of this more than once."
Them: "So?! Some people say cucumbers taste better pickled."
Us: "So, what exactly would it take for you to believe that Tressel knew of these improprieties?
Them: "If there was video of Tressel watching Pryor receive cash from Dennis Talbott in exchange for autographed goods ... and Talbott was holding up 2 forms of government ID ... and then Tressel was over at Fine Line Ink watching Pryor hand over stolen goods, then supervising while Pryor received a new tattoo ... with Devier Posey and Boom Herron in the background smoking blunts and playing XBox, someone from Eleven Warriors there taking notes ... and with Ted Sarniak there to confirm Pryor's identity."
Us: "Can you at least acknowledge that Tressel more than likely knew what was happening?"
Them: "I'm sorry, sir. My buckeye-ness won't allow me to admit that."
Note: I believe that last quote came from a different Chappelle skit. Oh well.