September 24, 2012 |
When former Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel was under attack in 2010 for potential NCAA violations he was vehemently defended, at least at first, by his school president. "I'm just hopeful the coach doesn't dismiss me," Ohio State President E. Gordon Gee quipped at a press conference. Maybe now we know why. Without Ohio State, how would Gee pay for his bow ties? While Tressel's ultimate firing led to major sanctions, including a bowl ban this season, Gee is getting along just fine.
September 22, 2012 |
Let's see, we've had the Ohio State/ Jim Tressel mess, the Rich Rod debacle at Michigan and the Jerry Sandusky scandal that all but leveled Penn State. And now … we have a lot of uninspired football being played all across the Big Ten Conference. Last week, no Big Ten team was ranked in the national top 15, a first since 2001. And for good reason. The Big Ten has a combined record of 6-8 against teams from the six Bowl Championship Series conferences. Three of those wins were by Northwestern - against Syracuse, Vanderbilt and Boston College.
August 21, 2012 |
With Urban Meyer rejuvenated after a self-imposed health exile and paid ESPN internship, it is only a matter now of Ohio State's serving out a jury's sentence before he leads it back to the Big Ten Conference title and beyond. Meyer tried to stop and smell the roses, but they reminded him too much of the bowl game. Every opened jar of peanut butter, to him, was a variation of the spread. The worst-kept secret in sports was that Meyer would take over in Columbus after Ohio State fired Jim Tressel for lying to the NCAA.
August 10, 2012 |
Our local leather-heads are off to rough training camp starts. The players are holding up fine under barometric pressures in oppressive heat - the problem is at the leadership level. Fresh-start Jim Mora, looking to change UCLA's cozy-club culture, took his team to swelter box San Bernardino to get away from all the distractions. "No friends, no girlfriends, no parents," Mora said. He should have added "no radio shows. " Mora became the distraction Thursday, a day after going on KLAA-AM (830)
July 31, 2012 |
A good coach can go a long way in this business. Last year, for example, Brady Hoke went all the way from San Diego to Michigan to turn the Wolverines back into winners. Anyone who thinks Nick Saban wasn't worth the Brink's truck Alabama backed up for him probably has a stake in Shula's Steakhouse. Those were a couple of hits. And then, there are misses: Mike Price to Alabama sparks a five-alarm memory, followed by George O'Leary to Notre Dame, Howard Schnellenberger to Oklahoma, John Mackovic to Arizona, Tom Holmoe to California, Bill Callahan to Nebraska and Bobby Petrino to Arkansas (read: The Motorcycle Diaries)
February 1, 2012 |
The biggest winner coming out of college football's national signing day Wednesday had to be Thursday, the day it would finally be over. Hats off to anyone who survived it — and hats on to every player who couldn't decide which one to put on his head. The experts tell us Alabama won the day, or Texas, followed by Florida State or maybe Florida. Or was it Texas first, followed by Alabama and then Ohio State? Actually, the school that best captures the premise of signing day is: Slippery Rock.