January 15th, 2012 at 10:16 PM ^

"Gambrell, a freshman, was dismissed for an unspecified violation of team rules."

It is being widely reported that the team rule that Gambrell violated was the rule against sucking at your respective position while your coach has a need to oversign new recruits.  Insiders confirm that Gambrell had been repeatidly warned against not being as good as a new recruit but he refused every chance he was given to get faster and larger and so he had to go.


January 15th, 2012 at 10:41 PM ^

Pax Romana!

Ahh, my comments look much more impressive in boldface. I should set that in my defaults. MM2424, this is one of those mysterious board glitches that shows up from time to time. Another one is where the end of threads and the reply box get chopped off and the background appears uniformly blue.


January 16th, 2012 at 12:05 AM ^

the header of a comment and then turns everything below the page light blue. I would ask you how to do the bold glitch but then everyone would know, and if everyone knew, then everyone would be doing it. That would get annoying really quickly. So for the sake of MGoBlog, please don't share it.

Michael Scarn

January 16th, 2012 at 12:18 AM ^

We'll try an experiment here.  Give him credit here for this discipline.  Then, when one of his starters or contributors screws up royally, and don't worry, they will, it's OSU, we equally berrate him for his lack of discipline.  I think we're all nieve if we think that if this was Brax or Klein or (insert returning starter) he'd have the same policy.  


January 15th, 2012 at 10:41 PM ^

But has Michigan ever let players go for breaking the team rule of "sucking" at your position? It really begs the question why players would want to play for guys like Saban, Myer or in B. Kelley's situation a complete purple faced DB who chastises players on national TV. I know my biases but if I look at these situations rationally it just does not make sense to me.


January 15th, 2012 at 10:52 PM ^

It's been widely reported that Gambrell is facing an assault charge, although the thread reporting that at 11W seems to have been taken down. And Clarke had a DUI arrest this week on top of the BB-gun-on-the-roof incident that cost him a game this year.

Looks like straightforward disciplinary actions to me.


January 15th, 2012 at 10:49 PM ^

Dominic Clarke has been arrested twice since October. Once for firing a BB gun in public, and recently for receiving a DUI.

DerJuan Gambell "violation" is because he's being charged with domestic violence for beating the mother of his child.

Are these not justifiable reasons for releasing these players?


January 15th, 2012 at 10:52 PM ^

Dominic Clarke was dismissed for drunken driving, and an earlier incident of discharging a BB gun on campus. I'm just curious .... what would he do to Braxton Miller if he were busted for drunk driving while discharging a BB gun? My guess .... nothing?


January 15th, 2012 at 10:56 PM ^

...I live in the damn state.

But can we wait and convict Meyer of something he's actually done instead of inventing stuff that hasn't even happened yet? I'm sure there'll be plenty of legitimate beefs, if you're patient.


January 15th, 2012 at 11:26 PM ^

I remember reading 2 days ago on Michigan boards how Meyer won't do anything to discipline Clarke getting busted twice because he is like Mark Dantonio.  Now that Meyer has kicked him off the team, the argument is that he is just kicking off players because they suck.  Just some points I'd like to make:

A)  This is Clarke's 2nd arrest in less than 4 months. 

B)  Clark most certainly does not "suck."  He was going to be (and will be whereever he ends up) an all-conference caliber player.  In terms of football importance, this one really hurts since the CB position is very thin.

C)  Gambrell was kicked off for domestic violence - how can anyone even argue the merits of his dismissal?

D)  Attrition between coaching staffshappens ALL THE TIME (need I remind you of the transition under Rich Rodriguez?).  This will be far from the last players to leave the OSU program in the next couple months.

E)  And most importantly, Meyer never oversigned at Florida.  Given the natural attrition, there are no concerns about reaching the 82* number by beginning of fall camp.  Meyer has room to sign 4-6 more kids this class.  OSU only had 79 scholarship players this year. 



January 15th, 2012 at 11:46 PM ^

Probably not - but he did start 3 games this past season due to injury.  He was in the 2-deep.   I would have been shocked if he didn't get significant playing time in most games, and he was certainly projected to be the starter for his senior year - especially since there is a lack of depth at CB.  FR Bradley Roby is the only CB that has a brighter future. 

I can see why the cynical view of this would be that he got booted only because he sucked - but it's just simply not the case here.  He was expected to be a big contirbutor. 


January 16th, 2012 at 12:23 AM ^

You are probably right - if this was Braxton Miller in this situation, I would imagine he would be getting another chance.  (And to be frank, I don't think there is a "star" on the OSU roster other than Miller and maybe John Simon that would get special treatment.  Urban is basically starting fresh).  But that's just the (dark) nature of college football - and certainly not unique to Urban Meyer.  Is it fair that 'stars' are given more chances?  Absolutely not, but that's just how it goes.  However, I just wanted to make clear that the reason for him being dismissed in this situation had absolutely nothing to do with 'making room for others.'

I'm sure you guys can relate - I have a feeling that if Stonum was a scrub he would have been kicked off the Michigan team many moons ago. 


January 16th, 2012 at 12:10 AM ^

According to the news here in Columbus two others are suddenly transferring...
<br>Making room for that incoming class... Ohio is gonna have a bunch of
<br>New commits very soon.