It’s hump day, which means the mid-week linkage and notes from around the world of college sports.
Flying High, As Always
Dennis Hopson’s number hasn’t been retired by Ohio State. As someone who grew up in Ohio during his reign, I find that unbelievable… almost unforgivable. So, like a lot of other folks, I’m 100% behind the #Hop2theRafters movement to let OSU know it’s time for jersey number 32 to be honored… you can get involved, too: http://www.change.org/petitions/retire-32
Mark your calendars- Right now, Ohio State’s spring practice is set to begin March 28. The spring game will be played April 21 at 1:30 p.m. at Ohio Stadium. While Urban is out recruiting the next wave of Buckeye legends, the fact of the matter is that the team might look very very different come March 28- particularly if February goes as has been prophesied.
Not Just Recruiting Players- Coach Meyer has an open coaching position as well, and the OZone’s Brandon Castel has a look at the candidates. My three “favorites”:
Look Who’s Got A New Hammer- In all the news about renewable scholarships and cost of living stipends, the NCAA’s newest model for sanctioning was released as well. Here’s the actual matrix, which really appears to hit programs hard. Of course, there will always be inconsistencies as they try to determine the “violation level”… but I can say that I’m glad that OSU went through the process prior to this being instated (and I’d be nervous as all get out if I was a fan of Da’ U). For instance, here’s what Southern Cal received and what they would have gotten under the new guidelines- click through at your own peril.
And Lastly… from the “I’m a lot more excited about this than I really should be” department- Guess what comes out right before my birthday? Although, as a Buckeye fan, I wish they’d have chosen a better topic for the first single…