it's a major award
Screw it! I was on my way to the gym buuuuuuutttt...well!
Chris Spielman just finished up on ESPN:
"I'm not surprised, I mean you hear things and I believe that Coach for whatever reason and it's mysterious to a lot folks who follow this football team why he catered to Terrelle. And why there are a different set of rules for Terrelle Pryor. I have no idea why and that's the big mystery to me."
"More disturbing to me is that there's not a player or senior or leader on that football team that does not hear about the shenanigans that was going on with Terrelle and they didn't step up to stop it..."
He went on to mention the trouble Gene Smith is facing as more information surfaces.
I think we know why TP didn't come to A2. The deal just wasn't good enough!
Thanks to poster Ducatidoc for the motivation and money quote (above) from TP. =)
Added the audio (grab it here)
I didn't get to watch today's Ohio State game (or today's Michigan game, for that matter), but I was going through the game summaries, and I saw that Terelle Pryor had six touchdowns. Since Ohio State ended up winning by 53 points, it didn't seem right to me, so I looked at the play by play. Pryor racked up all those yards and touchdowns because he was in the game until almost the fourth quarter! Ohio State had a drive start with 4 minutes left in the 3rd quarter and were up 45-20. It's only 25 points, but c'mon, it's Eastern. I think this was a surprisingly unsportsmanlike move by Tressel, who seems to be a pretty stand up guy normally. On that drive, they scored a touchdown on what must have been some sort of trick play, because it was a pass from Jordan Hall to Pryor. He came out of the game after that, up 52-20.
I tried to think of reasons Tressel would run up the score in such a way. I first thought that was Woody coaching again, and he threw EMU in with M because they're close. He didn't, however, go for 2. On a more serious note, maybe he saw Pryor falling behind Denard in stats and acclaim, so he wanted to give him a big day so people would start talking about him again? I don't know, but running up the score on a bad MAC team doesn't really sit right with me. I would be disappointed if Rodriguez did something similar.
Last week, Rodriguez said he would have taken Denard out if we had the ball with an 18 point lead in the second half, but UMass kept scoring (thanks defense) so he left him in. Today, there were like 2 passes in the 4th quarter--almost all runs by Cox, Fitz and Gardner. Rodriguez wasn't trying to score 73 points like Oregon or OSU.
From Stewart Mandel's column on cnnsi.com:
"After the postgame interviews had ended, a few other writers and I trekked back to the other side of Ohio Stadium to get back to the press box. As we were walking down the concourse (alongside the bathrooms and the concession stands, etc.) toward the elevator, a car started coming toward us -- driving right in the middle of a stadium concourse.
We stepped to the side, and as the red, Toyota Venza drove past, we looked into the passenger-side window and saw ... coach Tressel, munching on a turkey sandwich.
A triumphant coach, literally riding off into the night. In a Venza."
Tressel drives a Toyota??? He's supporting those bastard Japs-- DEY TUK ER JEOBS!!!!
UAW Torch and Pitchfork, get your wares now...
Can Iowa even compete against that OSU defense with a freshman QB? God, I hope so.