We’re two weeks into 2014 and we’re still wrapping up 2013. We’ll look at who is staying and who is going, also who is on campus already to get ready for the spring. Plus we’ll have a fun look back for my “best of” 2013 edition that involves music and movies. It’s Wednesday, let’s rumble! (Don’t forget to click anything red for a surprise!)
Who’s in and who’s out?
Since the end of the Orangle Bowl we’ve tried to determine between Ryan Shazier and Braxton Miller who would stay and who was NFL bound. We’ve all weighed in with our own varying opinions and we found out the answers to the question for both last week. In the immediate weekend following the Orange Bowl loss we heard from Ryan Shazier that he would be entering the draft. Later in the week we heard from Braxton Miller that he was staying.
What we didn’t know was that another person who spends his time at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center was also listening to The Clash on his iPod. In a move that seemed like a pretty big surprise, defensive line coach Mike Vrabel announced he will be joining former Penn State head coach Bill O’Brien in Houston with the NFL’s Texan’s where O’Brien is now running the show.
I don’t think it is a stretch to say that Vrabel will be missed on the staff. He’ll certainly be missed for his recruiting abilities. Being able to slap three Super Bowl rings onto the kitchen table have a way of impressing high school kids and their families that are making a decision on where to go to school.
It’s just a hunch, but I think ultimately Mike Vrabel wants to be either a head coach in college or a defensive coordinator, maybe even a head coach in the NFL. The path starts with two seasons as a defensive line coach at Ohio State followed by two seasons as a linebackers or defensive line coach with the Houston Texans. You can almost see it playing out. The next natural progression is a defensive coordinator spot somewhere and naturally that is followed by a head coach spot.
Good morning/afternoon/evening/whenever you are reading this! We are yet another week closer to the start of fall camp and finally having actual football to talk about. However, for now, the dead period rolls on. One of the things we’ve discussed is the importance of Ohio State football players keeping themselves out of the news during the dead period. Someone forgot to mention that idea to the schools president. It’s Wednesday, let’s rumble!
E. Moron Gee
E. Gordon Gee was the bow tie wearing “hipster” president at Ohio State. Certainly you’ve all seen him at one time or another and I’d bet most of you instantly cringe at the first letter of his name being pronounced. He’s been a maverick. He’s gone to other schools around the country and done some great work. He’s done some great work at Ohio State. But, it was time for him to go. And yesterday, he did the right thing for The Ohio State University and announced his retirement effective July 1st.
During a meeting on December 5th, 2012 with the Ohio State Athletic council, Gordo let a few huge bombs slip. What he didn’t know was that someone was recording it and sent it to Sports Illustrated.
Gee on Notre Dame: “The fathers are holy on Sunday, and they’re holy hell on the rest of the week. You just can’t trust those damn Catholics on a Thursday or a Friday, and so, literally, I can say that.”
When talking about what the Big Ten was looking for in a school during expansion Gee said the top goal is to “make certain that we have institutions of like-minded academic integrity. So you won’t see us adding Louisville.” Gee went on to add that the Big Ten wouldn’t be adding Kentucky, either. Read More
Another week rolls on toward the start of camp as the “dead period” continues to trudge forward with it. That doesn’t mean we don’t have Buckeye sports items/thingy’s to talk about. And what are the Cleveland Cavaliers going to do now that they have the first pick in the NBA’s draft lottery for the second time in three years? It’s Wednesday, let’s rumble!
Keep it quiet
Admittedly, it makes it hard on those of us who blog about Buckeye sports when we hit a lull in the action. The period we are in now, basically from the end of the NCAA basketball tournament to the opening of Urban Meyer’s second fall camp is without a doubt the most, well, to be honest, boring time of the year. There’s baseball on campus, I’m sure some other non revenue sports that deserve our attention as well, but the big two (the football and basketball programs) are in hibernation mode waiting to get cranked back up.
For the football program this has traditionally been a “danger zone” of sorts. Last year’s dead period was highlighted by Jake Stoneburner and Jack Mewhort being chased by police in Shawnee Hills and upon being caught being arrested for obstructing official business (whatever that means) when they were (allegedly) urinating between two buildings at a golf tournament. Remember that? Fun times.
Who could ever forget the saga of the summer of 1998: Will Andy Katzenmoyer pass his golf and AIDS awareness classes to be eligible for that falls season? (side note: A season that started with a 34-17 season whipping on West Virginia in Morgantown, someone remind Ben Nesselroad of that night for me!)
The “Big Kat” story leads us to our first no-no of the 2013 dead period…
Notre Dame quarterbacks
For the second year in a row dead period mischief has been kicked off by Notre Dame quarterbacks.
Last season returning starter Tommy Rees was arrested after fleeing a party that was being broken up by police. After being caught and pepper sprayed, Rees was charged with two counts of resisting law enforcement and one count each of battery and illegal consumption of alcohol by a minor. Rees received a crushing one game suspension.
Must have been some party! Read More
Sometimes I think of something. Then other times I think I thought of something before but can’t remember the details of what I was thinking. Then other times I think I think something, but I’m not really sure. One thing I know? It’s Wednesday, let’s rumble!
One of my favorite sports writers is Sports Illustrated legend Peter King. Some of you may only know him for his role on Football Night in America on Sunday nights during the NFL season. I’m here to tell you, Peter King’s “Monday Morning Quarterback” is a must read for me every week and, if you haven’t, something I think you may like as well.
Let’s put it this way: Wednesday Night Rumble isn’t a rip-off of Monday Morning Quarterback, but it is very much influenced by it.
One of my favorite parts of King’s weekly column is his segment called “10 things I Think I Think”. Ten ideas that have popped into his head that span a variety of subjects, not just NFL related though he does stick to his core subject matter primarily. There ideas that he feels may work out, or maybe outside the box quips that try and make the reader think outside the box with him.
So, without any further ado, here is sort of version of “Things I Think I Think”.