Spent the biggest part of my day Sunday trying to decide what I wanted to rant about this week, and I will keep it brief.
Too many times in the social media world we take for granted that information that’s being put out there is fact. More recently, in regards to situations with Brionte’ Dunn and Storm Klein, we have passed judgement on these players just because someone released information prior to the actual facts. As we have learned, Dunn’s case has pretty much run its course and he will probably pay for what many consider to be a bogus charge. Moving on can be a huge positive for a player that has an opportunity to contribute.
If you are active on twitter or facebook, then you know exactly what I am talking about. People were clamoring to have him off the team for being stupid as far as drugs are concerned and the fact is they weren’t even his. I applaud his mother for taking full responsibility for the situation and doing the best she can to help her son.
In the Storm Klein case, there has emerged a possibility that he will be exonerated for his domestic battery charges. His attorney filed a motion for dismissal of charges based on the alleged victim recanting- you can read the report here.
Everything being said, they have to wait for a hearing and then he can continue with his life.If what his attorney says is accurate, it seems as if the best thing would be for the football program to reinstate him so he can enjoy his senior year. I understand the need to protect a woman who claimed that she had been hurt and support all programs that are in place for abuse prevention. At any rate, this is yet another lesson in the drawbacks of our “report first, fact check second” culture.
Have a great Monday and an even better week- September 1 is rapidly approaching, does it get any better than that?
It’s your regularly scheduled look around the world of college sports- a bit more in depth than the tidbits we’ve got after practice. Following Tuesday’s notes, be sure to check the latest on “reform” from the NCAA and thoughts on Penn State’s constant appeals processes.
Not So Fast… Any speculation about Roby playing offense and defense was shut down by the coaches today. He made a spectacular play on an overthrow today, though- he’s going to be special. However, Corey Brown said that Roby wasn’t the fastest guy on the team, and called him out saying that he (Corey) wasn’t able to run during testing but that he could beat Roby in a race.
Another quick update on the state of Ohio State football, following media access on Monday. Huge thanks to our friend Josh Winslow for the photos!
On Tuesday, I was impressed by Danny from 11W posting his “OHIO” photo from the top of Mt. Baker, for a couple of reasons. First, I’ve lived in WA and skied at Baker all the time. Second, I was hoping to have a similar photo from the top of Mt. Whitney under my belt by the end of this summer, but a couple of family issues prevented me from enhancing the highest peak in the continental US in such a glorious way. Finally, I love shots of the outdoors, and just got back from a week long trek as well- the photo on the right is much lower than Danny’s, but includes at least one Michigan fan. Always good to spread the gospel, right?
It’s good to be back… right before the team goes camping as well. And here… we… go…
Numerous reports Sunday from Alliance initially indicated that freshman tailback Brionte Dunn was arrested over the weekend, although the specific issue wasn’t initially known.
Given the past few months of “off field” issues for Ohio State, as well as Urban Meyer’s early stance regarding representing the team well, there was a lot of speculation that this would result in significant missed time for the rookie. Early news also indicated that Brionte was on the wrong side of the law earlier in June with a minor traffic infraction.
Now, the Canton Repository is reporting that the alleged arrest was actually a citation, but has more details on the incident. According to the article, Dunn was pulled over for not wearing a seatbelt, and a routine search of the vehicle found a marijuana pipe. There was another passenger in the vehicle; both were cited and no ownership or responsibility for the pipe was indicated.
This would be the sixth player to be involved with law enforcement since Coach Meyer took over the program, although Dunn is the first to be a part of one of Urban’s recruiting classes.
Dunn is expected to see significant time in the Buckeye offense this season, particularly with Jordan Hall’s unexpected injury keeping him out of the pre-season. Reports from Spring Practice indicated that he was one of the athletes that had caught the staff’s eye due to his work ethic and “fit” in the offense.
At this time, the University is in the “fact finding” stage of the matter and could not comment. We’ll keep you updated as this develops.
Quick reflections on the Ohio State Spring Game…
Bumped back a day to cover today’s press access- one more day means even more news, notes, and inanity.
There was no NCAA violation. If you could bold and underline that for me, please.
Done and done, coach.
Before Buckeye Nation turned it’s eyes to shootyhoops on Saturday, the 2012 football team took to the field for it’s first full-pad practice of the spring. Here’s some of the things we’ve learned after three days under Coach Meyer: