Here’s your mid-week morning menudo of links and love
@BuckeyeEmpire Takes Over The Four Letter Network
#Hop2theRafters- While the I!L!L-N!I!T! blowout was fun in and of itself, it was a dream come true for those of us who have been working on the Retire Dennis Hopson’s Number Campaign. An amazing weekend ended up with a ton of screen time during the game last night and more than a few folks who have joined the call to see #32 in the rafters. While this is just one step, we can’t go any further without acknowledging the guys behind the guy- 11Warriors’ Jeremy Birmingham, BHC’s Grant Edgall, OHD’s Chris, our own WVaBuckeye, Tony at Fresh Brewed Tees, The troopers from the Buckeye Empire, and the students of the Buckeye NutHouse and many many others. Be sure to sign the petition if you haven’t already done so (link over there in the right toolbar). Oh, and we’re already starting to plan our next fund raiser.
In their past six games, they are nearly 10 percent off that while not relying that much more on the three over the two. No coincidence, probably, that in five of those games, they faced teams that rank among the top five in the Big Ten in field goal percentage defense: Michigan State, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan. In the other game, they shot 52 percent and scored 87 points against Purdue, which ranks dead last in the conference in field goal percentage defense.
Jim Davidson – Jim is a professional photographer who is credentialed for the O-Zone, an internet-based fan site. We became aware of Jim selling photos of current athletes in 2009, and met with both him and the O-Zone editor, John Porentus to explain our policies and gain their cooperation. Jim also sold photos to football parents, and we had a follow-up meeting with John about this issue in 2010 when we heard he had continued to sell to parents after our mandate to stop.
Yeah, But…- Jim explained on twitter that he had actually never sold photos to the general public, and Brandon Castel also remarked that giving photos away to parents and/or players would actually be an NCAA violation (providing goods and services not at market value would be an improper benefit). As someone who trusts and values Brandon and Jim’s word and work, you’ve got to wonder if this issue was more about the NCAA or about the “trademark issue”- the University staying out of trouble or the University protecting it’s pocketbook.
This Guy Has It-
NCAA News And Notes
Fun With Numbers, Part Deux- The Lantern yesterday published an article regarding Jordan Whiting’s potential transfer to Louisville, which of course made all of the math geniuses in Ann Arbor talk about how Urban was forcing people out since he had “oversigned”. Somehow, the fact that no one in the B1G can offer scholarships over the number of available openings without conference approval seemed to slip their memories. If Jordan does transfer (not a sure thing), then it should be assumed that both the coaches and the conference knew about this possibility prior to NLOID.
O’Brien wants to go to Vanderbilt, to play for former Maryland offensive coordinator James Franklin. Maryland won’t let him, because of jealousies, insecurities and indisputable hypocrisy. This story encapsulates so much of what is wrong with college sports in 2012. Administrators and coaches look out for themselves, instead of taking care of students and/or athletes.
Happy Valentine’s Day- While I’m sure that they didn’t send each other a card or some tasty chocolates, it’s good to hear that Urbs and Kiffy have buried the hatchet from their SEC feudin’ days. Now, they can both focus on getting to work burying that thing in Nick Saban’s career…
I Thought You’d Be Taller- Good thing Coach Meyer and Lane won’t need to reenact any of these great moments in cinematography: