Happy Wednesday, and happiest birthday to the young Buckeye in my avatar photo. Given all of the excitement here on the left coast over the past weekend, my choice for today’s soundtrack was pretty much decided for me. Thoughts and prayers go out to our friends in Chile and South/Central Americas as well…
Ken has his beverage, I have mine
- He Guapo’d Me With Science! In news that’s sure to make Charles and Eric gleeful, former Buckeye Carlos Hyde will be involved in an upcoming edition of Sports Science. He also got some tips from a legend today as a part of his trip to Los Angeles… there are exciting things ahead, for sure!
- Injury Bug Strikes- Already missing Vonn Bell and Jalin Marshall, the Scarlet and Gray announced today that starting tight end Jeff Heuerman will miss the rest of the spring following surgery to address an ankle sprain. According to Meyer’s press conference on Tuesday, though, Nick Vannett and Marcus Baugh are more than picking up the slack in practice.
- Good Day For The D… Coaches continue to rave about the defensive line and their efforts during Spring ball; and Coach Meyer pointed to Josh Perry as someone who’s also rising to the occasion at the linebacker position.
- …Means A Bad Day For The O- Taylor Decker and Cardale Jones were both identified as players who struggled Tuesday, although Curtis Samuel was mentioned as someone who’s really catching on quickly in practice. We’re also hearing solid things from Mike Thomas, who’s work in the off season may be starting to pay huge dividends.
- On Collars- Coach Meyer again addressed his passion for having a “blue collar” team, and said that the defensive side of the ball was what needed the most attention in this area; that the “culture had slipped”. Later, though, he talked about his belief that college student athletes, while working hard, are not employees… but also said that they deserved a greater stipend than what they currently received.
- Something To Keep In Mind- Using the NCAA’s Strength Of Schedule Metric, Ohio State’s upcoming season is ranked #35 in the country. The mighty Crimson Tide come in at 95… out of 128 or so. Roll Freakin’ Tide.
- Hoop Hope From Hokie? Thad Matta has already added one “big man” via transfer this season, might seven footer Trevor Thompson be next? Would certainly change the face of the team…
- Spring Game- Will be televised on BTN, and livechatted here at tBBC.
- Student Day- If you’ve still got your BuckID, head down to the WHAC on Saturday for the third annual event. If you needed motivation, Sammy Silverman provides it:
Around The NCAA
- It’s Official- Kiffy is a Bammer.
- Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes- Here’s a quick rundown of the ways that the five largest conferences (B1G, PAC, SEC, B12, ACC) are hoping to leverage their influence to make significant changes in football’s governance. Remember, they’ve got 37% of the voting block, so some of these will be a reality sooner than later. Changes in stipends, medical coverage, academic support post-career, financial support for families all seem to make the most sense, particularly given the sitz im leben in the courts and court of public opinion
- A More Perfect Union- Two really good “primers” on what last week’s Northwestern decision might mean long term. Grantland takes a run at it and both attacks some of the foundational tenets of the NCAA (which we’ve been doing here for about four years) and gives a general overview of what might be the next stages. Over at Deadspin, they choose to frame their coverage as a response to this article in the Washington Post, and actually get an expert on labor law involved to give an in depth perspective into the matter. Both should be required reading for anyone hoping to have a semi-intelligent conversation about this possible game changing decision.
- Another Perspective- Also on Deadspin, Drew Magary does some intermediate math, and calculates that if Kentucky’s basketball players were paid for the allocated hours of “basketball work” (using the NCAA guidelines), and received compensation along the lines of minimum wage laws in the state, they’d each be eligible for about $4,900.00 a year. I can tell you for a fact that this would be welcomed by most college players, but for many it would be a pay cut.
- Not Just The Scholarship Athletes- With all of this discussion about scholarship athletes’ needing representation and their “fair share”, what about the
cannon fodder walk ons? Well, there’s movement afoot to have their benefits increased as well- open training table, access to medical care, and removed restrictions on transfer limitation.
- Yeah, Not A Business- They’re not professional athletes, but we absolutely want to expand their brand into the Middle East and China. Hey, Texas… Why don’t you work on getting the Longhorn Network squared away first?
If you’re gonna’ do April Fools… this is the way to do it: