The Big Ten has not been all glitz and glamour like the SEC was, but then again the B1G is about blue-collar workers taking care of our favorite sport bar none.
Even with this blue-collar attitude setting the stage, yesterday was an interesting one at the luncheon kick-off to say the least.
Of course, there is a veritable throng of people covering the events in great detail that you can check out, but here are a few of the highlights for me personally.
First and foremost, there were reporters who asked Coach Meyer questions about the Penn State situation that made no sense for this event and Coach handled them beautifully.
Secondly, you can tell just from watching some of the video coming out of Chicago that Coach Meyer cannot wait for his players to put the pads on.
Finally with respect to Coach Meyer, I get the feeling that he is very excited for the future of the program but he wants to focus on the now. When asked about his thoughts on the sanctions against his team Meyer had this to say.
“We talked about this last December when we got hit, got hit with that two‑by‑four that day they said you can’t go to a bowl game. It was a two and a half week barrage of negativism and the recruiting that we were dealing with. Number one is a recruiting issue that Penn State will deal with that we had to deal with in December. However, one thing that it also does you find out who wants to be a Ohio State Buckeye. And I don’t want to speak for Coach O’Brien but he’s going to find out who exactly wants to be on his team. There’s not going to be half‑ins anymore.
And that’s the same thing with recruiting. So number one was recruiting. The number two thing which I’ve not had to deal with yet, well, I had to deal with was the free agency part of the process where our kids, I believe our seniors were allowed to leave. We’re very fortunate none did. And the third component of the whole situation we’re dealing with is not being able to play in a Bowl game. I’m struggling with that. I have some incredible leaders on the team. You have three of them you’re going to visit with. We’ve started a leadership committee that I meet with them very often. And at the appropriate time I’m going to start having those conversations with them.
“But right now I just don’t think that’s appropriate. That it’s going too well, the off‑season is going too well, the energy is too high. That’s the first bridge to cross, the second one is the free agency and the third one is the actual motivation of a team when there’s nothing at the so‑called nothing at the end of the season.”
Ohio State isn’t allowed to advertise today’s Friday Night Lights event because it is a one day camp put on by the coaching staff and NCAA rules prevent advertising it. Despite this ban, you would have to have lived under a rock the past two weeks to miss the hype surrounding it.
The list of recruits attending is long and loaded with 4 and 5 star athletes. There are several players already committed to the 2013 class attending that will do their part in convincing other targeted players at the event to join them.
Perhaps the most exciting aspect of the event is all of the fans that can watch the proceedings free of charge. Although unlike the players, their taking part in the recruiting activities is a borderline to clear NCAA violation, so let’s avoid that if we can.
On the other hand, like at the Spring Game, showing up and showing your support is a way that fans can get involved by impressing recruits. That is not a violation.
For these reasons, if you aren’t doing anything tonight around 5:30 and are near Columbus you might consider attending. A 5-star WR and OL commitment could depend on it!
Finally, we’d like to introduce the newest addition to The Buckeye Battle Cry: Tim Shoemaker, who will be attendance at the Shoe tonight. I can’t wait to see Tim’s update on the event later today and I want to thank him for taking the time to go!
Mali has been enjoying the trip of a lifetime and hiking and climbing some serious rocks. Eric has been on a nice trip to New Mexico taking in the sites. If you’ve been looking up their tweets then you know the auto tweets that come with the stories has been all that we have heard from them lately!
Never fear, the nuts that have been running the asylum will be turning things back over at the first of next week! A big thank you to Jim for keeping on top of everything and handling all of the editing duties!
tBBC has a few series of posts planned for the lead-up to the season and may be adding a few new writers for coverage during the season. We’re also looking forward to new and exciting things from The Buckeye Blogging Network!
We all enjoy sharing our thoughts and opinions about all things Buckeye with you and hope that you enjoy reading them. Have a great weekend and take care!