Selena Roberts, formerly of Sports Illustrated, has released a new investegative piece for her own blog in regards to Auburn University paying football players and altering grades under the watchful eye of Gene Chizik. Roberts has credibility - she was the first journalist to do an investagative piece on A-Rod's use of steroids - so this can probably be taken fairly seriously....
Rumors have been rampant forever, but now we have some specifics:
Three players say that before the BCS Championship game the team was told that as many as nine of their teammates would not be able to play in the title game because they were academically ineligible. “We thought we would be without Mike Dyer because he said he was one of them, but Auburn found a way to make those dudes eligible,” says Mike Blanc, a teammate and roommate of Mike McNeil’s.
Receiver Darvin Adams, a star player with NFL dreams and a family to support, wrestled with whether to turn pro after the championship season. He discussed his plans with teammates and told them how much pressure he was under by Auburn coaches to stay. McNeil and Blanc say Auburn coaches offered Adams several thousand dollars to stay for his senior year.
Also, a USA today piece which provides some background and links to Roberts' piece:
Brady wants McGary for TE.
This has to happen - start the petition drive.
Hoke wants McGary as a tight end and said he has jokingly talked to him about playing football.
"I'll take him in the red zone, just throw the ball up," Hoke said
I'd never heard of Cinemagram before I saw this, but this is awesome. I believe that's Dan Gibbs he destroys, then takes on Drake Johnson for the tackle.
Having trouble with the embed, so here's the link.
I am excite!
EDIT: Figured out the embed. Not sure why it's so small though.
EDIT #2: I wanted to capture this in an image, so I got a freeze-frame. I didn't notice Gibbs' leg in Ross' crotch before this.
I'm posting this here because it's spring break for a lot of kids and it's a big visit week/weekend. There are lots of big-time prospects coming in this week, including one of the top cornerbacks nationally (Jabrill Peppers), his offered teammate (Juwann Bushell-Beatty), and a guy who's close with the Countess family (Sam Mustipher), along with several other prospects. Overall, there are about a dozen guys, although visitor lists always fluctuate.
We're making a Penn State version of HTTV and just launched the Kickstarter a few minutes ago: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1700046469/we-are-2013-a-penn-state-preview
Brian's writing the Michigan preview and I'm publishing the thing. I thought I'd post it here for any crossover fans.
Per MGoBlue release-
ANN ARBOR -- The 2013 Mott Spring Game presented by PNC Bank in partnership with Michigan Athletics will be held at Michigan Stadium on Saturday, April 13. The Spring Game is free to the public, and Team 134 is set to take the field at approximately 12:30 p.m. EDT.
The gates to the Big House will open at 10 a.m., as events will surround the football team's final spring practice. The fifth annual alumni flag football game is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m., while Michigan's men's lacrosse team will face Ohio State, set to begin at 3:30 p.m.
The football scrimmage will be streamed live on BTN2Go beginning at 1 p.m. ET and air on delay at 9 p.m. ET on Big Ten Network.
Meanwhile, Michigan Football and C.S. Mott Children's Hospital have teamed up once again. Since 2010, the Spring Game has raised nearly $1 million for the C.S. Mott Children's Hospital.
Fans can make a donation of choice to the Mott Children's Hospital upon entering the gates of Michigan Stadium. Donations are accepted at any level but fans will receive giveaways for donating at the following levels, while supplies last:
$5 -- An authentic Spring Game jersey patch identical to those worn by the players during the 2013 Spring Game
$10 -- Spring Game cinch backpack
$20 -- Mott stadium bench seat cushion, approved for regular-season use
$250 -- Four (4) passes to a preseason football practice (tentatively scheduled for Aug. 24)
$500 -- Brady Hoke autographed football AND four (4) passes to a preseason football practice (tentatively scheduled for Aug. 24)
$1,500 -- Pregame sideline pass for two (2)
Sucks the game won't be on TV.
Really awesome that the past 3 Spring Games have raised nearly $1 million. Given the lower attendance due to weather.
Both he and Jerry Dinardo were really excited about him on The Football Report. If you think he was blowing sunshine, he also said that Ohio's DL was struggling, PSU depth was an issue, and our RBs still haven't emerged. Take it FWIW.