Silver Bullet Points To The Rafters

Written January 18th, 2012 by MaliBuckeye

It’s hump day, which means the mid-week linkage and notes from around the world of college sports.

Flying High, As Always

Buckeye 411

  • Dennis Hopson’s number hasn’t been retired by Ohio State. As someone who grew up in Ohio during his reign, I find that unbelievable… almost unforgivable. So, like a lot of other folks, I’m 100% behind the #Hop2theRafters movement to let OSU know it’s time for jersey number 32 to be honored… you can get involved, too:
  • Mark your calendars- Right now, Ohio State’s spring practice is set to begin March 28. The spring game will be played April 21 at 1:30 p.m. at Ohio Stadium. While Urban is out recruiting the next wave of Buckeye legends, the fact of the matter is that the team might look very very different come March 28- particularly if February goes as has been prophesied.
  • Not Just Recruiting Players- Coach Meyer has an open coaching position as well, and the OZone’s Brandon Castel has a look at the candidates. My three “favorites”:
    • Chuck Heater, Temple Defensive Coordinator
    • Troy Douglas, former UNC DB Coach
    • Travaris Robinson, current Florida DB Coach
  • Vested Interest- Speaking of open coaching positions, the Colts has one.  And, you know our opinion is that they should look no further than the man upstairs. (No, Tim… not that one)

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Sugar Bowl Roster

Written December 27th, 2010 by MaliBuckeye

Mali note: This was written on Sunday night, right before the hamster in my folk’s dial up internet died- as such it didn’t get published.  If you haven’t heard this, then it’s news to you.

Reports tonight (yesterday night) are indicating that the members of the Ohio State football team who were suspended on Thursday will be playing in the Sugar Bowl game on January 4th, following a vote of the team’s seniors.

Initially suspended by Ohio State for the game against the Razorbacks, the NCAA informed the Buckeyes that the members of the team would be allowed to participate in the Sugar Bowl. Numerous commentators have been wondering why the coaching staff wouldn’t just go ahead and suspend those involved, either as a response to the transgressions or as an attempt to get the suspensions lessened for 2011 (counting this as “time served”).

It sounds as if this was the plan, but that Coach Tressel chose to allow the team’s seniors to make the final decision at this evening’s meeting following the holiday break. As such, Ohio State will be at full strength in New Orleans.

Why is Pryor playing in the Sugar Bowl?

Written December 23rd, 2010 by Eric

No Clue At All

The stink from this is going to be on the airwaves for months to come. Five Buckeyes selling their championship gear to earn money – albeit to help their parents out – are allowed to play in a big bowl game and serve their suspensions the next year. The argument is going to go something like this,

Clearly the Buckeyes are more interested in bowl wins than punishing their student athletes!

Certainly seems like a valid argument. The Buckeyes look like they are trading the opportunity to play their guys now for losing them for 5, mostly meaningless games next year.

Consider who the Buckeyes are playing:

  1. Akron: September 3rd
  2. Toledo: September 10th
  3. at Miami (FL): September 17th
  4. Colorado: September 24th
  5. Michigan State: October 1st

Three of those teams stand out.  The game at Miami (FL) might not be so bad, especially since they’ll have to deal with having yet another new coach, but they can still play football.  Colorado…well, they’re Colorado.  But we follow that up with a Michigan State team that I’m certain would love to come into the Shoe and pound us for the 2006 (38-7) and 2008 (45-7) home losses they suffered to us.

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Where there’s smoke…

Written November 16th, 2009 by MaliBuckeye

Well, seems as if there was something to those reports about Mich1gAAn’s inability to monitor practice time after all. From the Detroit News:

According to an audit, obtained by The Detroit News, the football staff did not submit the practice logs for the 2008 season as required by the university athletic department, which uses the logs to remain in compliance with NCAA rules. The team filed its out-of-season reports after the audit was completed and, as of July, the football staff had still not filed its 2008 monthly logs.

Tate? When you watch all that film, be sure to write it down and make sure that it gets in the mail. Your coaches don’t seem to have the ability to do so.

When the inevitable beatdown happens on Saturday, don’t think that this NCAA investigation, coupled with Bill Martin’s resignation/retirement/quitting and these recent findings of impropriety won’t be a great excuse for scUM to undo what should have never been done, and “reevaluate their coaching staff”.

ESPN just announced that Rich Rodriquez has been linked to a booster that is banned by the NCAA.

COLUMBIA, S.C. — One of the business partners involved in the real estate venture at the root of a federal lawsuit against Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez is an accused felon and banned Clemson University booster.

The partner, Clegg Lamar Greene of Clemson, S.C., was arrested Dec. 29 and charged with multiple counts of breach of trust.


When he partnered up with Rodriguez in September 2007, Greene had already been banned twice from being a booster at Clemson. NCAA investigators accused Greene in 2000 of providing a $1,300 loan and use of his boat to two Clemson recruits.

Coming up for the rest of the week, Brian at MGoBlog will write six dissertations about how “these are not the droids you are looking for.”

It’s comical, in my opinion.

Remember the good old days, when Michigan bloggers only had to freak out about a report that said RichRod would be platooning three QBs against Western Michigan? That was four days ago.

Oh, the times, they are a-changin’.


Oh, and as you hear the whiny excuses over the next few days, keep this in mind…Rodriquez partnered himself with the guy BEFORE he was the head coach at Michigan. Yes, you’ll hear that excuse. Well, why the hell didn’t Bill Martin actually investigate who RichRod was before hiring the guy?

Michigan bloggers freaked out when they learned that their new stud QB was actually a coke dealer and declared “how DARE you ask us to investigate his past before we signed him to play at UM?”

That excuse isn’t going to fly with the guy that makes 2 million a year of Michigan money.

Bottom line – Michigan hired a guy who had partnered up with a felon that had been TOLD not to have contact with NCAA coaches and/or players. That’s at best stupid, at worst, unethical and potentially criminal.

You made the bed. Now lay down.

What’s that smell???

Written August 31st, 2009 by Jeff

Yesterday I discussed MGoBlog and how they made their blog “disappear” for two full days after the loss to Appalachian State. It was very amateurish and very cowardly, and we all had a good laugh at Michigan’s expense.

I also stated that the recent revelations about Michigan cheating in order to get their three solid wins last year would probably make Brian and MGoBlog want to run back into their hole again.

One thing I didn’t discuss is that when MGo finally returned to the blogosphere after Appalachian State, their banner was graced with a picture of a crying baby. Who knew that a crying baby would be their new head coach???

I smell PUSSY!

My God this just gets better by the minute, doesn’t it????

MGoBlog ready to “disappear” again….

Written August 30th, 2009 by Jeff

Immediately following the 2007 loss to Appalachian State, the most prominent Michigan blog, MGoBlog did the right thing and they took their lumps like men.

Oh, wait… they didnt. They shut down the site for two full days, much like what you’d expect out of complete cowards.

Expect similar behavior very very soon…..breaking news has the Wolverine faithful looking for another hole to crawl into.

Current Michigan players have recently described multiple situations in which their head coach, Rich Rodriquez, has knowingly violated NCAA rules and regulations.

The University of Michigan football team consistently has violated NCAA rules governing off-season workouts, in-season demands on players and mandatory summer activities under coach Rich Rodriguez, numerous players told the Free Press.

Players on the 2008 and 2009 teams described training and practice sessions that far exceeded limits set by the NCAA, which governs college athletics. The restrictions are designed to protect players’ well-being, ensure adequate study time and prevent schools from gaining an unfair competitive advantage.

Let’s get this straight…players from LAST year’s team were breaking rules that are designed to prevent schools from gaining an unfair advantage? So, they cheated and still finished 3-9?

Eleven Warriors tweets that San Diego State University was put on a 2-year probation after similar allegations were brought to light….and with actual CURRENT players making these allegations, it’s not looking pretty for Michigan to get out of this one unscathed.

Now granted, practicing on Sundays is not really up to speed with serious misconduct….like brokering a cocaine deal when you don’t have cocaine….but it’s the stuff that the NCAA does take action on.  This one is not going to get swept under the rug soon.

Fortunately for Buckeye fans, this one will keep us entertained for a long time.

Unfortunately for Buckeye fans, we won’t likely get to laugh at Rodriquez for years to come, because if this pans out the way we think it will, the Michigan boosters will liekly run him out on a rail.  After all, they didn’t pony up 4 million dollars to West Virginia to buy a 3-9 coach who gets their team banned from postseason.

Somebody get the popcorn, this one’s going to be entertaining!!!!

In case you haven’t heard, Louisiana-Monroe beat Alabama in football two years ago.  So did Florida International.

The victories were earned today when Alabama had a large hammer brought down on their heads, as sixteen different Alabama sports were found to be in violation of NCAA rules and regulations, and a massive amount of wins by the Tide have been wiped off the books over the past few years.

Alabama will be forced to vacate 21 football wins that came under the watch of former coach Mike Shula and current coach Nick Saban, the university said in a release.

The football program, which will not lose future scholarships, and the other 15 teams have been put on three years’ probation — the third probation penalty for university athletics in the past decade. Alabama also was ordered to pay a $43,900 fine.

Bama’s probation will last until 2012.

But here’s where I think the NCAA is hiding something….the violations were all in relation to athletes illegally and improperly receiving textbooks for classes.  I believe the infractions are surrounding something far more nefarious.

Ask yourself this – do you REALLY believe that Alabama athletes actually know how to read, let alone use textbooks, let alone go to CLASS?  Need I remind you, the state of Alabama has a failing grade according to the US Chamber Of Commerce.

These kids can barely piss their own pants, let alone decipher what a textbook is used for.  Which leads us to the obvious question;

What is the NCAA hiding?????