"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."
Normally I wouldn't forward a link to a Drew sharp piece, or even read it, but in this case, in a piece for everyone's favorite paper, he argues that the NCAA will be more lenient on OSU than they were for SC, despite seemingly worse infractions. His reasoning? That SC stalled and equivocated, while OSU did the "we screwed up and are punishing ourselves and we're sorry" thing. Which is what the NCAA cares most about given their limited enforcement staff, and the need for schools to sort of be on a kind of honor system of self-policing. While it is true that SC definitely seemed arrogant in their response, I would doubt that given the unfolding story at OSU, and the potential for even greater things coming out, Tressel lying, etc, that this would be a determining factor for the NCAA.
June will be a good month for Michigan.
For the first time in approximately forever, the Wolverines do not have a new commit. Action since last rankings:
5-22-11 Indiana gains commitment from Dion Witty.
5-24-11 Indiana loses commitment from Dion Witty. Also: HALOL.
5-26-11 Notre Dame gains commitment from CJ Prosise.
5-27-11 Notre Dame gains commitment from Deontay Greenberry.
|Big Ten+ Recruiting Class Rankings|
|Rank||School||# Commits||Rivals Avg||Scout Avg||ESPN Watchlist||24/7 Avg|
Rivals has released their initial rankings, so instead of watchlist guys, I'm going on the 5-star system for them. Remember, currently-unranked prospects by any service receive 1 star.
Full data after the jump.
|#1 Michigan - 12 Commits|
Michigan has the largest class in the league, and their averages will be helped bigtime when Rivals and 24/7 finally get around to ranking the rest of their prospects. Wolverines hoping for more commits very soon.
|#2 Ohio State - 7 Commits|
No change for Ohio State.
|#3 Penn State - 8 Commits|
No change for Penn State.
|#4 Notre Dame - 9 Commits|
Though the Irish pick up two commits, they still have lower averages than Penn State, and inertia keeps them behind for now.
|#5 Wisconsin - 4 Commits|
No change for Wisconsin.
|#6 Minnesota - 3 Commits|
No change for Minnesota.
|#7 Northwestern - 4 Commits|
Wildcats barely ahead of Michigan State.
|#8 Michigan State - 4 Commits|
No change for MSU. Another instate prospect with a Spartan offer has picked Michigan.
|#9 Nebraska - 2 Commits|
|#10 Illinois - 2 Commits|
Nothing new for Illini.
|#11 Purdue - 1 Commit|
No change for the Boilers.
|#12-t Iowa - 1 Commit|
No change for Iowa.
The Hoosiers finally joined the commitment party, but Dion Witty decommitted within two days of pledging to Indiana.
Tyler Moeller's blog post on his personal experiences as an osu football player, and his thoughts on Tressel and tatgate. Moeller's official biography. Update on Moeller's attacker. Moeller's injury report in 2010--he received a medical hardship waiver and will play in 2011. This blog is three months old with 15,000 hits so far for you statisticians out there. Key passages:
1. Coach Tressel is a better person than most people can ever dream about becoming and has helped me grow as a person since my first day at Ohio State. Yes, he made a mistake that has been blown out of proportion, but one mistake does not define a person. It’s funny, I walked into church last Sunday to find Coach Tress worshipping in the front row – 20 minutes early so he could give a speech to our group because a student intern asked him if he would come talk to us. That is just one of the things he does all the time that people don’t see. They don’t see the 1000′s of hours he has spent with young children, sick patients, our armed forces, etc… Sadly, many just see a coach in a sweater vest that “lied”. They miss the great man that gives back to the world 24/7 and helps young kids like me grow into men; even the ones that everyone had already given up on like Ray Small.
3. I drive a car my parents bought (my uncles old car) and they pay for my cell phone bill, car insurance, and health insurance. I live off campus in a dump apartment that hasn’t had screens in the windows or sliding door since we moved in while the AC has been broke for a month. I haven’t been out on the town socially in over a year and thankfully, my girlfriend isn’t into that knight and shining armour 50′s bullcrap, so we usually split the bill 50/50 when we do go out to dinner. Still, because I live in Columbus full time for school and football, by the end of the summer I’m often asking my parents to help me out a little. 4. ^ In reference to Number four many kids that come into the program are not fortunate enough to have the support system that I do. I understand their hardship and until you walk in their shoes, maybe you shouldn’t judge them so harshly on mistakes they make when they are young. Additionally, I understand that NCAA rules are in place for a purpose, but can you imagine being a player and watching calendars and photo’s of yourself being sold and auctioned off for lots of money, but you can’t even get a picture yourself to hang on your personal wall unless you pay for it at full retail? If I bought one from the dispatch I would have to pay $14.99 for a 5×7 of myself? Is that right?
Moeller then goes on to take this swipe at unnamed media figures:
6. You can take what I said out of context or you can say whatever you want because your basketball bench riding career is over and you have to talk about this stuff to keep to veiwers. I totally understand that keeping the drama alive keeps the $$$$ rolling in and your boss happy. It’s okay, I understand, WE understand and it’s not going to break us, you’ll see.
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No special reason to throw this out there right now other than my own curiosity, but I have a question: does anyone know when Michigan-OSU became a true rivalry?
I imagine that there must have been a time when Michigan-OSU was just another game on the schedule. I'm wondering when (and why) it became a Catyclysmic Confrontation Between Good and Evil (which it now undoubtedly is).
Nice write up over on Genuinely Sarcastic of the dirty history of OSU and Tressel.