Spring Has Sprung- Tuesday marked the Buckeye Spring Kickoff (video here), an auction and information session from Coach Meyer and the football staff. Several interesting tidbits today, including-
Captain, My Captain- Following the “Captain of the week” experiment, Coach Meyer said today that the voting would happen in the fall with him having veto power over the final decisions. This was followed by his remarking to John Simon “You’ll be a captain”. Let the man-crush continue.
The Guy Behind The Guy Behind The Guy- Tim Hinton was introduced today as the staff’s recruiting coordinator. No pressure, I’m sure. Speaking of recruiting Coach Meyer called Coach Vrable one of the best in the country as a part of the event.
Nothing Easy Is Worth A Damn- Meyer commented today that the staff’s goal is to run the most difficult program in America to ensure that the Buckeyes are the toughest team in the country.
Video Evidence- In perusing the interwebs for great Ohio State videos, I discovered that Video Coordinator Mark Quisenberry has his own YouTube channel, and has created some impressive clips that highlight not only current members of the team but also chronicle Ohio State’s football legacy. Here’s one to wet your appetite (although I wish he’d included Harley)- seriously, check them out.
Meanwhile, In Kentucky
Let’s Get This Out Of The Way- Congrats to Big Blue Nation.
Ok, Now That That’s Out Of The Way- As a UK alumni who actually worked with the athletic program (including hoops), I’ve disassociated myself from the ‘Kats over the past few years. First and foremost, I came to my senses and decided that having a “second team” was beyond ridiculous. Second, I couldn’t find myself supporting a program who hired a coach that seemed, well, at least a bit sketchy. But you know what? My perspective has changed a bit over the past week. Granted, I’m still not a fan, but I’ve come to understand what Cal is about- Kentucky wanted to win a title, and didn’t care how they got there. The NBA has a stupid rule about players needing one year of college, and Calipari offers them the chance to win a title during that one year. In a culture where Earle Bruce can get canned for not beating TTUN enough, this is the end of that logical progression. It also highlights the hypocrisy of the NCAA… There’s no way you can justify the “Scholar-Athlete” model when the highest profile persons with that tag are only around long enough to figure out how to take one semester of “staying eligible”.
So, Like I Was Sayin’- Congrats Kentucky. The Coach you paid a lot for put together an AAU team that wears the colors that are affiliated with the state institution where you live and they won a championship. Proud.
“The momentum seems to be — and I’m just reading the tea leaves, pretty much like you — the momentum seems to be toward an eight-team playoff,” (NCAA President Mark Emmert) said. “We’ll have to see how it works. I don’t know whether it will really occur or not. I think there’s a reasonable possibility it could.”