Turf to Surf- Well, it’s 9 days into 2013, and day two of Ohio State’s reign as National Champion… what are you going to do to celebrate? Coach Meyer seems to be interested in doing some fishing with his son, and will be doing a special edition of “Gridiron Outdoors“. According to the press release we got earlier, the episode will
provide viewers a unique look into his life away from the sidelines. Urban offers insight into why he came back to coach, the passion he has to coach college athletes and what it truly means to “get away.” The episode is about more than just fishing as a sport; it captures how the spirit of the outdoors brings families closer as Urban and his son Nate tackle shark, barracuda, black jack, grouper and tarpon.
Not to be left out, Coach Hoke will head over to Long John Silvers’ for their “Whitefish Wednesdays”. Hushpuppies, beware.
Coach Meyer’s episode will air on Saturday, July 12th at 7:00 PM ET on the Outdoor Channel. Consult your local blah blah blah
Target Practice- Tuesday saw the “unveiling” of the BCS Championship Logo for 2014, the final year of the current configuration (more later). That’s the goal for this Buckeye team… and if you follow any current members on twitter or facebook, you know that they’re fully aware of this fact. January 2014 will see the 100th Rose Bowl Game AND the BCS Championship hosted in Pasadena- tBBC is already working on tailgate options for either matchup should the Buckeyes head out to my backyard. ‘Cause last time was AMAZING.
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N00B- We’ve got a “welcome” of sorts, as Charles will be joining us full time beginning this week. He’s been a huge part of our basketball coverage, particularly with Women’s hoops, and was a foundational member of the now defunct “Our Honor Defend” /pours out 40. We’ve loved his work thus far, and are working diligently to ensure he get’s comfy over here with us (and that Jason doesn’t haze him or anything). Be on the lookout for his work; and be sure to keep an eye on this space for further development in “Conference Realignment, Buckeye Blogger Edition”.
Monday’s game had a whole mess of familiarity involved in it… a repeat champion, a seventh title for an SEC school, another opportunity for the fan bases of about 10 southern schools to jump on the bandwagon of a team that kicked the stew out of them earlier in the year… there’s some comfort in constants.
It might also be a good time to take a look college football, since there are some enormous changes on the horizon. While some are obvious (conference realignment, coaching shuffles, eventual Division 1A playoff), there are others, though that might make some pretty significant adaptations to the game that we know.
Luke at LGHL addresses some of this in an article that talks about the proposed changes to recruiting regulations; the rules and “timelines” that most recruiting junkies are used to may be out the window in the near future. Some of this is an appropriate reflection of “modern” life- social media contact needed clarification and adjustment to be consistent with the ways that these have imbedded themselves in our lives. Other changes may actually make football recruiting more like that we see in basketball- good because it’s consistent between sports, but it might have some unexpected consequences. Luke theorizes that this might be one more way that the “haves” separate themselves from smaller programs.
And that might also be complicated by the possibility that the NCAA would be comfortable with student athletes having agents to help their process and preparation for their professional endeavors (and, purportedly, their academic ones as well). Current proposals only target some of the non-revenue sports, but with the money involved in basketball and football, as well as the current challenges with monitoring “runners” and agents, it’s not too much of a stretch to see the need to make adjustments in these sports as well.
What will the future hold? As much as we talk about the innovative offenses and defenses that we see each Saturday, some of the ways that the game is what it is today- the forward pass, helmets, moving goal posts to the back of the end zone, were minor shifts with major impacts.
Which is part of the beauty of the game.
Across The NCAA
Sounds familiar- It’s always great to hear someone in the national media echo what we’ve said in this space before, but what makes this next video so intriguing is that OH MY GOD THE CALLS ARE COMING FROM INSIDE THE HOUSE!
When Does Ten Equal Twelve? When the B12 has ten members but still wants to have a championship game. While it’s safe to speculate that the B12 is nowhere near done with their expansion, it’s widely expected that winners of conference championship games will have the biggest seat at the upcoming playoff table; so those games can be easily perceived as the first round of this tournament.