Two things are now certain after rumors became fact today with regards to the University of Maryland. First and foremost, they’ll have to throw away those gawd awful Under Armor uniforms. Second, they just got an immediate infusion of cash that will surely help save a declining athletic department.
I am sure Under Armour will stay seeing how their president is a graduate of Maryland, but they’ll now have more money to spice things up even more. The Terps athletic department has been struggling of late and will benefit greatly from the more than $24 million a year they will get from the BTN contract with all schools. The Board of Governers met earlier today and University of Maryland President Wallace Loh had this to say:
“I did it to guarantee the long-term future of Maryland athletics,” university President Wallace Loh told Maryland’s student newspaper, The Diamondback. “No future president will have to worry about cutting teams or that Maryland athletics will be at risk.”
Patricia Florestano, the Maryland Secretary of Higher Education, shared her thoughts as well:
“There was certainly discussion about the tradition of the ACC. And the question is what’s the future. And we’ve got to look to the future,” Florestano said in Baltimore before a previously scheduled public meeting on education policy.
Florestano said the vote earlier Monday was not unanimous but that she voted for the move to the Big Ten. “There was a long discussion,” she said. Is Maryland’s future brighter in the Big Ten? ”‘We perceive it that way,” said Florestano. We had a majority in the room,” she said. She went on to explain the status of the meeting ”It was certainly an executive meeting without the public,” she said.
The speculation is running rampant as to whether this will be a premptive move for the B1G to realign their football divisions after only two seasons with the Leaders and Legends. They have already had to remove a name from the B1G Championship trophy for very unfortunate reasons, but have had to deal with backlash of the original alignment to start with. The possibility of Rutgers joining very soon (as early as tomorrow) could allow the conference to realign in a east/west format and put TTUN and the Buckeyes back together.
The B1G has scheduled a press conference for this afternoon to discuss the current events. Stay tuned to the BBC for more realignment coverage.
This past Saturday at Thomas Worthington High School in Columbus, The DRIVEN Foundation hosted it’s Flag Football game featuring former Buckeyes and benefiting the Stefanie Spielman Fund. Several former Buckeyes were participating as well as others representing The Columbus Christian Center Church who also sponsored the event.
The weather may have put a damper on the attendance, but it did not put a damper on the spirit of the event or those playing. The day started with Driven founder and President Roy Hall organizing everyone and getting them ready to play by leading them through warm-ups. He also took the time to have a pre-game get together in the locker-room with all of us to do a meet and greet and Pastor Davis Forbes led us in a wonderful prayer. Let’s take a look at who took the field.
BLACK. Pastors- David C. Forbes Jr.(Pastor at Columbus Christian Center Church) , Minister Rick Davis (CCC), Former Buckeyes- Roy Hall, Maurice Clarett, Antonio Smith, Stan Jackson, Gary Berry. Cory Waite (Columbus resident, plays baseball at BW), Jeremy Ford, Darren Hawkins(Frosh @ DeSales)
PINK. Former Buckeyes- Maurice Lee, Nate Oliver, Trevor Robinson, Matt Trombitas, Dimitrios Makridis. Dominic Jones(CCC, played at Minnesota). Members of CCC Church; Dexter Dodson, Dave Walker, Tarquin Carroll, Onesiaum Glass. Christian Yanok (Kicker for both teams and plays at North Albany) Read More
Earlier this week, we talked about the importance of getting more involved in issues than only giving financially- “Paying It Forward” in ways that only Buckeye Nation can do.
This morning, I got an email from a long time reader and friend regarding a way for folks to help out with something impacting his family. We don’t usually run these kinds of “articles”, but thought that this one was worth an exception. After talking with him further, here’s what he’d like to get out to you:
That was some game yesterday, wasn’t it? The good news (the win) got even better (Braxton deemed symptom-free) as the day wore on. Unfortunately, the news was tempered a good bit.
Ironically, this note is a follow up to your commentary on health issues ‘awareness’ compared to health issues ‘action’ in your SBP this week.
To shorten the story a good bit, I found out yesterday afternoon that my cousin who lives with her family in the Columbus area, Kim Roper, has had a recurrence of her non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. She is in dire need of a bone marrow transplant. She has no siblings, so that type of match is out of the question.
There is an appeal for people to be tested, and hopefully able to be in a position to donate. Information is on this website for information. Hopefully, your readers, the BBN community and Buckeye nation can be of help. Thanks for giving me the blog space.
Just a quick new design from our friend Kevin Dearth to celebrate yesterday’s big win:
UPDATE: 10TV is reporting that a memorial service will be Thursday at the Fawcett Center at 4pm.
We’re sad to inform Buckeye Nation that Sunday evening our friend Jason Winrow passed away unexpectedly in his sleep. He was 41.
Jason was recovering from surgery on both of his feet, and had a history of other, minor health issues. At this time, the cause of death is unknown, and reports indicate that there were significant attempts to revive him.
“Mr. Wincredible” played at Ohio State from 1989-1993 under Coach John Cooper, and was a member of the team that finished 10-1-1 with a Holiday Bowl win over BYU. He was teammates with current Ohio State coaches Luke Fickell and Mike Vrable.
Following his tenure at Ohio State, he played for the New York Giants for several years; a significant “conflict” that he loved to joke about, since he grew up a Philadelphia Eagles fan.
Most recently, Jason could be seen on the recently discontinued Ohio News Network and heard on 97.1 The Fan doing commentary in addition to his occasional articles here at tBBC.
A native of New Jersey, Jason lived in the Columbus area and leaves behind a wife and three children, one of whom is an offensive line prospect being looked at by several schools during his senior season.
As someone who talked with Jason relatively regularly, I cannot easily describe how full of life and passion he was. Jason always seemed to be in the middle of a great story or preparing for another opportunity to share his insight and wisdom about the game that he loved so much.
Rest In Peace, big man… you will truly, be deeply missed.
Yup, we’re six years old today… Which may explain a whole lot, to be honest.
Who would have thought that what started as an outlet for a fan prior to the beginning of the Big T1e1n season would last as long as it has… and would have managed to have so many great readers and other friends.
Thanks to Jeff, who launched this thing and handed the keys over when he jumped up to Fox Sport Ohio. Thanks to the guys who’ve been around since the “Expansion”- Eric and James. Thanks to the folks who have been here over these past years and have moved on to other things, and those who are with us now bringing you some fans’ opinions on Buckeye Sports.
But, most of all, thank you for continuing to join our little corner of the internet, for being our facebook friends, for following us on twitter and joining in our shenanigans. Without our readers, this would be really really boring…
Here’s to many more!!
With single digit days left until kickoff, it’s time to start getting your game day ritual ready.
Do you know where your lucky T-shirt is? What about the “magic underwear”? Is there a beverage that you HAVE to have on hand in order to ensure victory? Better restock, just to be sure. Are all of the “play dates” arranged for your kids so there are absolutely no distractions?
Oh, and you should also check to be sure you’ve got the technology situation all squared away- TV ready, home audio tuned in order to give you the best approximation of The ‘Shoe that you can muster? Laptop and wifi up to date so that you’re ready for our BBN/Fox Sports Ohio livechats? Can you do “quick cals” and tweet at the same time?
Got all that? You’re good? Ok, only one thing left to do- make your picks for the week.
Yup, once again we’re giving you the opportunity to show your prowess in prognostication for glory, honor, and bragging rights. Oh, and we’ll have other prizes as well, but we all play for the love of the game, right?
Here’s what you need to know- We’re using Yahoo! again, if only to keep Charles Robinson from “visiting” tBBC Corporate offices. To join the league and play all season long, use the following information:
Group ID: 7844
Games will lock each week right before the kickoff of the first game, so be sure to set a reminder for yourself as well. We’ll be looking at the major games of the week here at tBBC in addition to all-inclusive Ohio State coverage.
Please feel free to invite others to play as well… get involved!
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. Read More