tBBC Radio Hour: Wisconsin Preview

Written September 25th, 2013 by Joe Dexter

You know it’s hate week when we are dropping F-bombs and wishing everything but the best to our opponent. And that my friends, is what this week’s episode of the Radio Hour is all about!tbbc Radio Hour itunes

With Wisconsin on the mind, there was only one person to bring in to remind us of the hatred we have for Bucky. It was great to have my main man, Eric back on the show to break down Saturday’s showdown with #24 Wisconsin.

Eric is the Rodney Dangerfield of the site. Cause that dude’s got no respect — no respect for the Badgers. Eric and I look at Saturday night’s game from an Ohio State perspective and also break down the latest from the department of Idiocy.

Better known as the NCAA.

Eric and I discuss OSU’s defense against the run, the “QB controversy,” whether Wisconsin is a true rival, Urban Meyers’ “King of the Big Ten” comments and much much more.

And could Urban’s horses run with two QBs on the field Saturday? Eric shares his thoughts on the possibility.

We then get the Wisconsin viewpoint from Bleacher Report’s Andy Coppens.  Coppens breaks it down Badger style (that’s a scary visual image) and gives us his thoughts on the three headed rushing attack, Joel Stave’s wonderment and the best defense in the B1G. Thanks to Andy and the staff at Mad Town Badgers for the great collaboration over the week. You can also find Andy’s work on the Big Ten over at Bleacher Report’s B1g Blog.

And finally, we get the view of a Wisconsin fan’s daydream during hate week. You’re not going to want to miss this!

Thanks for listening in this week and of course, you can always find us on Itunes!

Silver Bullet Points Fingers

Written July 18th, 2012 by MaliBuckeye

Pointed to the coming storm?

The quiet of this week around Buckeye Nation provides a moment of peace prior to August’s chaos of fall camp and Olympic dreams. It’s completely different than July of 2011… and I don’t hear many complaining.

What I do hear, though, are the thunder and raging winds still swirling from last week’s Freeh Report. Both the national news coverage and the responses from Lion Faithful and PSU alums are clamoring- and, like what passes for dialogue these days, neither side are really listening to the other. Civility seems to be yet another casualty of this situation- although, it can be argued that this merely highlights the fact that it’s been dead for a long while.

So, this week’s SBP will take a look at some of the interesting articles and reflections on this almost indescribable set of circumstances. The view we’ll be taking will be a bit farther out- looking not at the particulars but at the “culture” that’s seems to have been on everyone’s mind lately… although, I’m not sure we’re looking deep enough.

If you’re tired of this story, I hope you’ll at least stick around for the commentary after the jump- there’s a lot to learn and think about from this, even if you’re not Nittany.

Responses to  the Freeh Report

Everything about the crimes and the cover up is horrific, so please keep that in mind while you are celebrating Penn State’s coming reckoning. When you pop the champagne tonight in jubilation, try to remember that children were raped and grown men in charge of leading young men allowed it to happen. Then try to think of any reason why a human being should ever be happy that this could happen to a child, let alone children.

Don’t let football blind you, because that’s what Penn State did. They willingly let themselves lose sight of of what actually happened to these children, and then somehow found a way to ignore it. Hate Penn State for what happened here all you want, but don’t forget why you feel the way you do. And it should have nothing to do with football.

  • Gregg being Gregg- CBS’ Doyel made a simple request of Penn State fans/staff, just say you’re sorry. Of course, since Gregg is somewhat of a hack at times (taking easy shots and controversial positions in order to gain pageviews, IMHO), the response on twitter was pretty well aimed-

The Greggster must have gotten what he was looking for, because his next comments on the matter were… get this.. a complete change in tone that went against what others were saying. Read More

Initial Review: Freeh Report on Penn State University

Written July 12th, 2012 by MaliBuckeye

This morning, the report from the independent investigation into the culture at Penn State University was released by the committee led by former FBI director Louis Freeh

The investigation, commissioned by the PSU Board of Trusteees sought to examine the circumstances which led to the instances of child abuse that former coach Jerry Sandusky has been found responsible for. Those instances, as you may remember, happened during his tenure as PSU assistant coach and also in some of the PSU facilities following his resignation.

Among the concerns following the initial investigation into Sandusky’s actions were how much of these situations were known to PSU staff, and how reports of child abuse were handled by football administration and others at the university. Over the past few weeks, it has become apparent that the report and investigation by Freeh’s group would focus also on on the campus climate and culture surrounding the University’s football program; for instance, recent articles have indicated that there may have been a disconnect between the University’s protocols for student accountability and how violations by members of the football program were handled.

Many were concerned that today’s report would either “blow the lid off” the legacy of former head coach Joe Paterno, or would unfairly tarnish the work that he accomplished over his tenure. There are also concerns that the NCAA may examine the findings of the Freeh report for possible lack of institutional control.  This would be in addition to the Pennsylvania State Attorney General’s Office, the Department of Education, and the FBI being invested in the findings of this investigation, particularly for former president Spanier, former VP Schultz and former AD Curley

In addition to looking at the foundations for any problems that may exist, the comissioned report makes some recommendations for how the athletic department and the University might move forward from the tragic past few months.

The full report can be read at TheFreehReportOnPSU.com and is available in it’s entirety here as well. Judge Freeh will be hosting a press conference later this morning to answer concerns and questions about both the group’s process, findings, and recommendations.

We’ll be bringing you further commentary and reflection on the Freeh report as the week progresses, but here are some initial observations.

  •  According to the report, the terminations of President Spanier and Coach Paterno by the Board of Trustees was warranted, given the circumstances of the Sandusky matter. The report believes that, specifically, Coach Paterno did not act as he should have regarding allegations surrounding his former long time assistant coach.
  • The report also holds the Board’s feet to the fire, and states that they did not do enough to create a culture of compliance for the athletic department; similar to many institutions, the department functioned too frequently independently of the University with limited accountability. Ultimately, they are responsible for what happens at the University, according to the report- this seems to fly in the face of criticism that the report is a cover for the Board’s “wrongful” termination of Coach Paterno and others.
  • Quote from the findings section of the report-

Four of the most powerful people at The Pennsylvania State University… failed to protect against a child sexual predator harming children for over a decade. These men concealed Sandusky’s activities from the Board of Trustees, the University community and authorities. Read More

Compare and Contrast: South Carolina Update

Written May 7th, 2012 by Eric

South Carolina AD Eric Hyman may be winning the NCAA Violations sweepstakes.

It’s the sports dead season again and, as is rapidly becoming a tradition around these parts, we find ourselves updating the table of violations for a school on our Compare and Contrast board.  This edition’s winners are the South Carolina Gamecocks and the rather surprising conclusion to a two year investigation into improper benefits for the football team.

On April 27th, the NCAA Committee on Infractions released the dreaded Public Infractions Report (PIR).  As you may know from our previous work, the Public Infractions Report is the document outlining the final decisions of the Committee and the ultimate penalties resulting from their violations.  The document is particularly helpful in giving a window into the inner workings of the investigation.  Sometimes that can be more interesting even than the penalties leveled at the institution.

Obviously, we’re still waiting on several other NCAA documents.  That wait could stretch on for as long as a couple years, particularly for Miami and Oregon.  We’ll include those documents when we can.

Until then, you can find our previous update here.  That includes the full information available on all of the other investigations.

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Silver Bullet Points Might As Well Jump

Written February 29th, 2012 by MaliBuckeye

Happy Leap Day!! Today’s the day our female readers can finally propose to that guy they’ve been chasin’ around.

Buckeye Bullet, Ready for Leap Day

Buckeye 411… Sort of

B1G News

Silver Bullet Points Gets Ahead

Written February 8th, 2012 by MaliBuckeye

Time for the hump day look around the world of college sports, with a soundtrack from a reunited legend. We look at playoffs, SEC controversy, NCAA hypocrisy, and other items this week.

There's Your Problem

Buckeye 411

  • Props- No, not the side bets before the Super Bowl, the recognition of two Buckeyes who are now World (excluding everyone outside of the USA) champions as the NY Giants defeated the Evil Tom Bradys.  Great photos abound, but check out Jake Ballard at the parade, Jim Cordle with the key to the city, and the Jake holding the trophy. Ohio State, where tight ends go to catch as many passes in their career as the NFL will have them catch in a season… we help them build slowly.
  • Crutches- Speaking of Ballard, the unfortunate word is that his exit from the game was not so he could get Madonna’s number (thank God), but due to a torn ACL. Thoughts and prayers, big man.

Playoffs?

  • Seeing Reason-  The news this week was about the B1G looking at options for a four team playoff at the end of the NCAA season, with the possibility of higher ranked teams hosting home games in the first round.  This would be a huge win across the board, since it means that a) We’d finally get to have a playoff, b) Northern schools might actually have a home game, c) It may also keep the Rose Bowl tie in (unless a B1G or PAC team is in the MNCG, they could play in Pasadena). While some were quick to point out that this might not be an automatic “come play in the cold!!!” win for the B1G, it should be noted that it’s better than the possibility that the conference has had over the past 14 years. Things to be worked out- if there are 5/6 power conferences, who gets the 4 spots?  It’s got to be “conference champions only”, right? Anyone really excited about a four team playoff with four teams from the ACC or another conference?
  • Not So Fast- Lots of folks pointed at the Giants win over the Patriots as being an argument against playoffs, since the GMen worked hard and got hot at the right time rather than being the best all season long. Team Speed Kills shot holes in this argument, and gave us our SBP discussion question of the day:
  • In the comments, give us your thoughts: Is “champion” a team who is the “best” over a season, or the team who wins a prescribed end of season event?  You probably know my thoughts on this- “champion” is an arbitrary designation, and as such should be acknowledged that delineation as such is valid no matter the circumstances or criterion.

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Ohio State Receives Additional Notice of Allegations

Written November 10th, 2011 by Eric

News came down today that the end is finally in sight on the issues that have plagued Ohio State since about a year ago.  Unfortunately, that news came with a bit of a sour note.

The NCAA has sent the Buckeyes an addendum to their previous Notice of Allegations – an addendum that includes a Failure to Monitor charge, the second worst charge the NCAA can mete out to a program.  The University has already responded to the allegations, which you can read in this document.

From the release:

The Ohio State University today announced that the institution and the NCAA enforcement staff have completed their joint investigation into the remaining matters not part of the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions hearing Aug. 12.  As a result, the university has received a supplemental Notice of Allegations from the NCAA and has submitted its response. The filing of this response completes the university’s submissions to the committee. The university is hopeful that the Committee on Infractions will review these materials and render its final decision in the near future.

The recent notice from the NCAA had two allegations. The first was related to the “extra benefits” violations discovered through a joint investigation with the NCAA and publicly announced by the university Sept. 1 and Oct. 3 involving Robert DiGeronimo, who at the time was a representative of the institution’s athletics interests (also known as a “booster”).  In February 2011, he arranged for cash payments of $200 each to four current or former student-athletes at an annual charity event for a nonprofit organization of which DiGeronimo was a board member. Additionally, the student-athletes attended the event without written approval from the athletics director or his designee. Further, DiGeronimo arranged for five student-athletes to be overcompensated by a total of $1,605 while they were employed by businesses owned and operated by the DiGeronimo family.

The second allegation asserts that the institution took insufficient action to monitor DiGeronimo, resulting in a “failure to monitor” allegation, primarily due to DiGeronimo’s overpayment to student-athlete employees and cash payments at the Cornerstone of Hope charitable event. This allegation only concerns a booster and does not relate to any of the issues discussed at the Aug. 12 Committee on Infractions hearing.

The University believes that this wraps up all the violations and ends the investigation, and that it is now time for the NCAA to make their ultimate penalty decision.

To that end, the NCAA has reportedly pushed back the date for their release of a public infractions report, which would be the final end to the investigation.

Ohio State has also self-imposed a 5 scholarship reduction over the next three seasons: two in 2012, two in 2013, and one in 2014.

We will update as more information becomes available.

Across The Web: Miami Hurricanes

Written September 15th, 2011 by MaliBuckeye

Another week, another chance to connect with a great writer from inside the intertrons, and to talk about football as well as some “off the field” stuff.  We’re thankful that Chris from allCanesBlog.com agreed to chat with us, and that he hasn’t added us to the “do not call” list as of yet. Be sure to check out our responses to his inquisition over at allCanesBlog today.

Let’s acknowledge the obvious, the coverage of this game will be about 35% play by play and 65% ESPN “discussion” of both of our “off field issues”. What’s your take on the allegations and impact of the Shapiro report? What are your thoughts about the media coverage of the matter? Any favorite nicknames for the matchup between the Buckeyes and Hurricanes?

Wardrobe Malfunction

As a lifelong Miami enthusiast, it’s been a long three-plus decades of media bias and hatred, as well as outside commentary from jaded opposing fans. On one hand, you accept that it comes with the turf as a despised, non-traditional program and “microwave dynasty”, based on what UM accomplished between 1983 and 1992. Private school. Big city. Pro sports town. Still, the bias gets old. Especially from uninformed, big-mouthed folks who don’t understand the South Florida culture or don’t realize that UM is a small school with under 10K undergrads. The majority of fans aren’t alum, which means less true diehards who bleed for the program.

Miami gets piled on while the University of Florida has more than earned its ‘Thug U’ crown with almost three dozen arrests on Urban Meyer’s watch (new coach Will Muschamp already has seven arrests) – but it’s back-page news as Gainesville is a small media market with biased local writers who dare not talk poorly about the hometown program. One good player (Tim Tebow) overshadowed a merry band of thugs and winning cured all during Meyer’s tenure – yet UM is constantly taken to the mat for everything, while rarely praised for doing any good. A high APR rating and kids staying out of trouble on Randy Shannon’s watch (only two arrests, one being Robert Marve, who broke a car mirror and transferred the following year) yet UM can’t shake the stigma that came with all that 80s / 90s bravado, swagger, et al.Is there some truth to what Nevin Shapiro said? I’m sure there is. It’s college football and this issue runs rampant in every college town. Difference is other college towns don’t have South Beach or jaded boosters who want vengeance. Regardless, for idiots like ESPN’s Mark May to scream ‘death penalty’ the morning after a Yahoo! Sports story broke? It’s irresponsible and uncalled for. Read More
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