From the Cleveland Plain Dealer:
Andy Cannavino writes an "open letter to Urban Meyer" and sends it to the Cleveland Plain Dealer. He complains about Ohio State's using a drill called the Circle Drill.
For the MGoYoungers who might not remember Andy Cannavino:
Andy Cannavino was a legendary Michigan Co-Captain. He's featured prominently in John U. Bacon's must-read Bo's Lasting Lessons. He might be one of the handful of the most important off-field players in the long tenure of Coach Schembechler; read the book to know more.
- Top prospect out of Cleveland St. Joseph's; his father and uncle played for Ohio State;
- Played linebacker at Michigan, 1977-80, and was All-B1G in his senior year, and was co-captain with George Lilja;
- Drafted in the 10th round by the Lions but cut before the season; played two seasons in the USFL (Michigan Panthers and Chicago Blitz).
There are very few men who have devoted more laudatory service to the University of Michigan football program, than Andy Cannavino. He is a Michigan Man among men.
But this letter is weird.
Apparently unsolicited, and very oddly personal and taunting in tone; I don't get it and I think it is regrettable. It is hard to read it and not think that Andy Cannavino is not thinking clearly.
What is peculiarly wrong-headed is Cannavino's complaint about Ohio State's Circle Drill. Seen HERE, the circle drill is mostly a pump-up fun/aggression drill. There is not a lot of helmet contact, at least not in comparison to some other drills.
One has to wonder what Cannavino would say about the misnamed "Michigan Drill." The Michigan Drill (seen in this MGoBoard thread) is really known to the rest of the football world as the Oklahoma Drill. Invented by the legendary Bud Wilkinson at Oklahoma, it features the usual running back-blocker-defender combination working in a close space defined by cones or blocking dummies. The Oklahoma Drill really has raised some concerns about concussions (link and another link) and a lot of teams are discarding it as a result. But they have been doing it for the last two weeks outside the Glick Fieldhouse.
My own unscientific view is that college football is a minor risk for CTE, and that NFL football is a major risk. I'm not much worried about the Oklahoma Drill, and not concerned about Brady Hoke's use of it. But I am even less concerned about Urban Meyer's use of the Circle Drill. Andy Cannavino, what are you thinking?