As all is quiet on the (mid)western front, here’s Wednesday’s bucket o’ links and commentary.
Nope, this weekend starts the summer football camp season in Columbus, which is a B1G deal for the 2013/14 classes as well as for Coach Meyer’s continued
scorched earth policy building relationships with coaches and programs across the state. This weekend’s a one day camp, and the process builds to July’s Friday Night Lights event. For many HS students, this might be the make or break opportunity that they’ve been looking- a number of OSU targets have been encouraged to camp in order to either earn an offer or to be evaluated and have their offer “bumped up” to “Commit-able”. Many thought that QBs Malik Zaire and Mitch Trubisky were in this category, as Urban wanted to see them camp prior to having them join the 2013 class… obviously they wanted to be somewhere else or wanted someone who didn’t require them to “audition”.
Names to keep an ear out for this weekend include national #3 safety Vonn Bell, who will be making his second unofficial in less than a month- that’s got to be a good sign, methinks. Also, Lakota’s Kyle Meadows will be participating, as will Wayne’s Lovell Peterson, both will be looking to earn offers. Finally, North Carolina DE/LB Tyquan Lewis will also be present- another interesting recruit from the Tar Heel State.
What stands out to me, and I’ve read varying reports, is that the lesson here is the same one that should have been learned from a certain sleeveless sweater wearing coach’s exit from the glory of Ohio State: Making a mistake is never a good, but how you deal with it is crucial. If you try to run (if that is what happened), if you fail to report accordingly, if you are unwilling to own up to your actions, that’s what ends up blowing up in your hands (as it were).
Playoffs, Expansion, And Whatnot
Look, you know my position on this- I liked the old bowls a lot, because I’m a geezer. Actually, I like the old bowls because they don’t fulfill Homer’s philosophy of everything… the issue here is that we want to argue about something different. With the old system, we could hang our hats on “what if team X played team Y?” Now, it’s “Why shouldn’t Team X get a bid if they won their conference?” or “Team Y’s loss was against a tougher schedule” The future, I’m certain, will hold such goodness as “Why should Team Z get left out just because they’re #33 in the polls” and “How can the committee/computer/cthuluu choose those four/six/eleventy teams?”
Gang, there’s always going to be someone that feels slighted and left out… get used to it.
Across College Sports:
A young man who will be a Penn State senior this fall was seated, despite connections to individuals connected with the case, including a high school football coach who was mentioned in a report from the grand jury that investigated the allegations against Sandusky. The man, Juror No. 7, wore a Penn State jersey to jury selection.