WNR: What To Do With Josh Gordon

Written July 10th, 2014 by Jason
Browns Receiver Josh Gordon

Browns Receiver Josh Gordon

The Cleveland Browns have a problem on their hands and it is only getting worse. When they drafted Josh Gordon in the supplemental draft 2 years ago they were aware of his issues.

Now the NFL’s top receiver in 2013 is facing a potential one year suspension for breaking the leagues substance abuse policy and this past holiday weekend managed to get himself thrown into a Raleigh, North Carolina jail cell for a DWI charge.

Despite the issues, it makes absolutely no sense to release Gordon from the team. In all aspects of the situation, everyone comes out a loser if he is cut. Let me explain.

Back story

Gordon came to the Browns in the spring of 2012 having not played a down since late 2010. After being suspended indefinitely and eventually kicked off the team at Baylor by head coach Art Briles, Gordon attempted to transfer to Utah to continue his career. Unfortunately he didn’t file papers in a timely manner and was denied the ability to play in 2011, which forced his entrance into the NFL’s supplemental draft in the summer of 2012. Read More

Tracy Sprinkle Arrested, Dismissed From Football Team

Written July 5th, 2014 by MaliBuckeye
Well, the ol’ gray box of foreboding is back… happy offseason.As first reported by Eleven Warriors’ Kyle Rowland, Ohio State defensive lineman was arrested on Friday following an altercation at a bar.

The Elyria High School graduate is a red-shirt freshman on the football team, and was expected to work towards playing time in a very deep position group.

The initial reports indicated that Sprinkle has been suspended indefinitely; Ohio State representatives could only confirm the incident and did not make any statements regarding Sprinkle’s current status with the team.

Given the suspensions of Roby and Hyde last year in situations where there was no follow up from law enforcement, it’s not hard to project that this may be a likely response from Coach Meyer.

While this initially was perceived as a “bar fight” situation, the Lorraine County Chronicle is reporting something much more serious:

Lorain police have confirmed that Ohio State University athlete and former Elyria High School football payer Tracy Sprinkle was arrested July 4 on charges of possession of drugs, heroin, drug paraphernalia, rioting/failure to disperse.

We’ll keep this post updated as news becomes available.

UPDATE: 7.6.14 AM- The reports of heroin are being recanted, although drugs and paraphernalia are still a part of the charges according to the Chronicle. Sprinkle is expected in court on Monday.

In addition, Sprinkle was suspended from the football program as of Sunday morning, according to OSU staff. His situation will be reviewed once any legal aspects are concluded.

Additionally, the Cleveland Plain Dealer is reporting that Sprinkle was involved in a large fight outside of a Lorain nightclub, and was placed in the back of a squad car upon arrest.  When he was moved to another vehicle, two bags of cocaine were found stuffed beneath the back seat of the first car.

UPDATE: 7.7.14 AM- Sprinkle pled “not guilty” this morning in court, and was released on $2000 bond; his pre-trial hearing is scheduled for July 31, 2014.

According to an Ohio State spokesperson,

Tracy Sprinkle is no longer a part of the Ohio State football team. His status will be re-evaluated after all legal issues are resolved.

In looking at the police report of the incident, it sounds as if Sprinkle had a chance to do exactly as he’d been instructed and walk away from the incident, but chose not to do so.  Among the issues that this situation will create with him and his head coach, you’ve got to think that failure to do so will be way at the top of the list.

One Fan’s Opinion: Defensive Dreams

Written April 29th, 2014 by MaliBuckeye

Mike checks back in with part two of his post-spring look at the Ohio State football team, getting defensive this time:

When asked to write about the Silver Bullets, I cannot express to you the level of excitement and overall outlook for our beloved Buckeyes that got me pumped for the passing of summer. This will be an improved and potentially dominating defense that will make us proud as fans.

As far as I am concerned it started with the addition of Chris Ash (DC) and Larry Johnson (DL). These coaches are difference makers at practice, game time and recruiting. The impact is already present as witnessed by over 61,000 Buckeye Fans at the Spring Game.

The scheme employed by Ash will be simple, yet aggressive in the back end of the defense. He will allow the players to use their instincts and athletic ability to make plays on a consistent basis. This will mean more press coverage and much less of the “Bend Don’t Break” mentality we have witnessed in the past.

With that being said I would like to highlight a few players that stand out to me in the secondary heading into fall:

  1. Doran Grant gets forgotten about at times with all the talented youth waiting in the wings. We need to remember this is a former 5 star recruit who is suited to be more physical at the line of scrimmage using his hands and size. I really think he has a big year and finally shows he is the player we recruited. He will also be counted on to be more of a leader this year as we have a lot of youth on the depth chart.
  2. Eli Apple/Gareon Conley will both play a lot this year, though it will be a dog fight to see who gets the starting nod if they can beat out (Armani Reeves), which I think happens by mid-season at the latest. Both players are taller cornerbacks (6’1) that are rangy with speed and good hips. One play during the Spring Game I seen Apple “lay the wood” to Corey Smith as he attempted to catch a pass over the middle making me realize what a good hitter he is as well. Conley covered very well and had his hands involved frequently. In a nut shell, if they both stay healthy and out of the dog house, the sky is the limit for both these young men!
  3. Vonn Bell if healthy is penciled in as one starter at Safety. He missed most of the spring with a torn MCL, and it’s being said he “should” be ready for fall camp which we need. He is fast, athletic, a strong tackler but most impressive is his Ball Hawking ability. He will be fun to watch.
  4. Cam Burrows is a 6’0 converted Cornerback that I think will be the other starting safety. He has good coverage skills and will also be able to be an enforcer up in the box when asked. I am really excited about his potential and cannot wait to see him live in action. The only area of concern right now is depth (especially with the Thompson transfer) but once the rest of this recruiting class arrives, we improve right away in that area. Erik Smith is the one kid who I think will be in the 2 deep almost as soon as he walks on campus and contribute!

I am very confident in our young players and Coach Ash’s ability to scheme and motivate. Once healthy, this unit is going to wreak havoc on opposing offenses in the passing game as well as run support. We will be a young secondary from day one but very solid and a group that will improve vastly as the season progresses.

The Linebacker group is the most concerning to me as a whole. Read More

tBBC Off-Season Football Roundtable

Written July 30th, 2013 by WVaBuckeye

We are the kings of the roundtable around here . . , errrr Knights maybe? We really enjoy a good roundtable and it’s high time we get caught up a bit on the off-season. Here is our latest installment of such with some help from a few “locals”.

FANS

We’d like to introduce you to Liz; she played in that band from up north, but her son is an I-dotter for TBDBITL and she couldn’t be happier or prouder (story to come from Charles later). Here’s her introduction.

To know my background is to really appreciate my “Buckeye-ness”.  I don’t think it’s a secret to anyone that I reside in TSUN.  I attended TSUN and was the first female tuba player in the MMB.  When my son, Phil, was a junior in high school, we took a random visit to OSU.  He loved it.  Funny thing.  All his life he wanted to go to M*ch*gan and march in their band.  As a music major, you have to attend auditions to the colleges you wish to attend.  To put it simply:  they were awful to him at M*ch*gan.  He was pretty beat up about it.  Completely the opposite at his OSU audition.  He was accepted into the School of Music and began attending tOSU in the fall of 2008.  We’ve taken A LOT of flack for this, but OSU was where he was meant to be.  His sophomore year, he made TBDBITL.  Last season, he was Urban Meyer’s first i-dotter.  While he has graduated from tOSU, he is attending one more semester to take advantage of his final year of eligibility in the band.  This year, he dots SDSU and Purdue.

I love the games.  I go to all of them…even though it’s a 4 hour drive for me on game day.  30 years ago, if you would have told me ANY of this…I would have thought you were nuts. Twitter handle is @osumarchingmom

Next is an old friend of ours from the twitterverse and no stranger to our roundtables, formerly known as CeMoBuckeye, he is simply Dave now. A web developer who has lived in central Missouri his entire life.  That probably makes anyone wonder why he’s a Buckeyes fan over the local favorite, the Missouri Tigers.  His answer to anyone is to show them this play:  Read More

Tracy Sprinkle Is A Buckeye!!!

Written April 17th, 2012 by MaliBuckeye

From Elyria To Columbus

We’ve been hearing that this weekend might be a huge one for Ohio State recruiting, but it seems that there’s always one guy who wants to get in ahead of the game. Luckily for the Buckeyes, that person is Elyria’s Tracy Sprinkle, who verballed to Ohio State and became the ninth member of the 2012 class today.

Sprinkle, a 6′ 5″ defensive end who is ranked as a three star recruit by most of the national services, was offered by Coach Meyer on his visit to campus earlier in the month, and decided not to wait before joining the scarlet and gray. He also held offers from Michigan State, Arkansas, Kentucky, Arizona State, Pittsburgh, and Penn State.

As a junior, he amassed 80 tackles, 8 sacks, and 25 QB hurries… not too shabby for just having moved to the defense earlier in the season.

Video and more after the jump. Read More

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