SBP gets the ol’ bumperino this week to accommodate life. It happens, right?
Well, Frick- The Lantern tonight released a story regarding 11-12 pending violations being processed by the NCAA. After the “46 violations and various raffle rigging” story from last week, you’ve got to think that the folks in Columbus are just about tired of this type of coverage… I know that Buckeye Nation certainly is. The story doesn’t clarify which sports might be impacted or what the specifics of the situations are, so it could be that the NCAA decides that these are not “violations” after all, or we could find out that we’ve got a bunch of scofflaws on the OSU fencing team. Either way, we’ll find out as soon as it hits the front page of ESPN.
This Week In Comedy- In the article linked above, we’re reminded of the following regarding current AD Gene Smith:
Smith said multiple offenses by individual teams is a concern of his, especially if the violations committed are in relation to recruiting.
Smith was cited for breaking NCAA recruiting policy despite his distaste for recruiting infractions in particular.
“I intend to retire here as a Buckeye. You can never say never that you won’t do something else, but as far as athletic director or athletic administration, this is my last stop.”
I’m sure there are alumni and fans who have an opinion regarding that timeline.
That’s A Steele-Phil Steel’s Preseason All-B1G was released today. Some things made sense (Hankes, Simon on the first team), while others were just mind boggling. Braxton behind Captain Jump-ball? Roby on the 4th team? Just wow.
Scoring in Bunches- Shout out to the Baseball Bucks, who continued along in B1G play by scoring 11 runs in the 8th and 9th innings on their way to a 12- 5 come from behind victory over #3 seed Penn State. Next up? Purdue.
Shooty Hoops For Money- In the NBA playoffs, you’ve got to enjoy watching Evan Turner’s consistency and rebounding against the Celtics, and give kudos to Daequan Cook still alive with OKC in the Western Conference Finals. Oh, that’s right- Ohio State is a football school… silly me.
Elsewheres In College Sports
It’s A Snap! Look, if you make a longsnapper trick shot video, you’re pretty much guaranteed to have it posted here.
Expansion News- Nothing to “officially” report, but there is speculation that Georgia Tech is interested in being a part of the B1G should an offer come, and that they’d wait to hear from Delaney et. al. before considering any offers from other conferences. We’re also hearing that today is a Board of Trustee’s meeting for Clemson, with expansion topics on the table. However, it should be noted that you’re reading this while I’m on a flight to St. Louis; the past two trips to the Lou for me resulted in Nebraska joining the B1G and the “Tat-5″ situation. So, if it all goes pear shaped this week- you’re welcome.
Jim Mora’s Soliloquy Update- Good article today about the playoffs/plus one situation in college football (spoiler: Notre Dame wants to be “special”)- many have targeted June 20 as the date that it all becomes clearer. You’ve got to think that having the Rose Bowl (PAC/B1g and new Sugar Frosted Bowl (SEC/B12) in place that it will come back to a “plus one” model… which is not the same as a “plus model”, for all of our very confused readers from Indiana.
RIP- I’ve got heart and family in West Virginia, so Bill Stewart was someone that I was cheering for… heck, anyone who replaced Rich Rod has some positive vibes in my book. So, we keep his family and all of the Mountaineers in our thoughts this week upon news of his passing. Watch this and then see if your work productivity doesn’t go through the roof: