Alright everyone. We’ve got a long summer ahead of us and there’s not a lot to talk about between now and August. As a result, the 600 pound gorilla in the room (commonly known as Coach Tressel) is receiving way, way too much speculation and discussion. And although the NFL betting sights are probably taking odds on who will become the next OSU coach, here are a four topics to discuss that don’t involve NCAA violations.
Cameron Heyward goes in first round
It was good to see Cameron Heyward get picked by the Pittsburg Steelers last night in the first round. When I talked to him on Monday, he said that the excitement and anticipation of the NFL draft was almost more than he could take. Congratulations Cameron. At least one 600 pound gorilla has been lifted.
Spring Game – Offense
Although we got a taste of the early season Buckeyes during last Saturday’s spring game, there is still a lot to be determined. All four quarterbacks had their moments but of the four, Braxton Miller still has my vote.
Yeah, they kept it pretty basic when Miller was on the field but is it just me or does he have a serious arm. A couple of those passes looked like they could burn the skin off the receiver’s hands. He also threaded a couple nice shots through the crowd. Unlike the other three, Miller showed the ability to scramble and it was nice to see a quarterback who doesn’t throw off his front foot when pressured.
Joe Bausermen didn’t do anything for me but bring back bad memories. 4-11 is nothing to write home about.
Taylor Graham’s touchdown pass to T.Y. Williams was a thing of beauty. I’m afraid Graham’s going to need a lot more of that and a lot less of the five sacks that he gave up to make it come September.
Jordon Hall looked good. Hall put on an impressive performance even though it took him two more carries to put up the same number or yards as Boom. I don’t know what it was but he just looked fast. I think we’ll see a lot more of him next season.
And then of course there are the receivers. Yeah…that will come in practice right?
Spring Game – Defense
Well, they started out good. Seven different players put up seven sacks. By the end of the scrimmage things were starting to fall apart. Granted, the majority of the defense was watching the game from the injured reserves. There were a number of names I hadn’t seen before lining up on D.
2011 Basketball Recruiting Ends Well
Scout.com ranked the Buckeye recruiting class No. 8 overall. Illinois (13) and Michigan State (18) also cracked the top 25.
I Said Relax
Now that the NCAA has delivered their “Notice of Allegations” against Ohio State, a day doesn’t go by without a new article about who will replace coach Tressel. And although rumors are flying around Columbus that Urban Meyer has bought a house in Upper Arlington so he can spend his days outside of Gordon Gee’s office attempting to lick Gee’s shoes as he walks past, it’s just too early.
And without getting into too much detail about my feelings toward Urban Meyer, my biggest concern is that the media, not The Ohio State University, is going to fire Coach Tressel. The decision from the NCAA won’t be passed down until mid August. That’s a lot of time to speculate and guess at what’s going to happen and there’s a lot of football writers desperate to fill their columns. Don’t believe me, just skim the articles on Bleacher Report (and no, I’m not giving them a link).
Even Kirk Herbstreet has gotten into the act. Herbstreet of course renounced his Buckeye cred around the time he bailed out of Columbus for the SEC. (Did I mention that everyone needs to relax?)
The more the media speculates, the more the NCAA feels the need to prove that they actually stand for something. In the old days, those who offended the king were put in the stockades. Today they get paraded around on ESPN.