"Being recognized as a captain at an institution like Ohio State is one of the greatest honors I could ever receiver. Go Bucks, forever."
-Jack Mewhort, departing senior captain offensive lineman
Because reasons, Ohio State finalized their 2013 captains today. That's right, on April 25, 2014, Urban Meyer and company retroactively named captains for the Buckeyes' 12-2 2013-14 campaign. Per Ohio State, senior left tackle Jack Mewhort, senior safety C.J. Barnett, senior center Corey Linsley, senior quarterback Kenny Guiton, and senior wide receiver Corey "Philly" Brown are your captains – for last year.
While that certainly helps from a records keeping/historical standpoint (and clearly means a lot to the guys who were bestowed the honor), it seems sort of like a better-late-than-never kind of thing following a fall of rotating captains throughout the entirety of the season. Perhaps most interestingly, outbound senior safety Christian Bryant, who although only played in five games, was not recognized. There's quite a case to be made that he was at least the secondary's MVP, given how paltry they played in his absence.
"I have lost any respect I had for the media. I take ownership in my part of it. But you run a story, at least put out all facts."
-Bradley Roby, former Ohio State cornerback
The biggest development in the ongoing Bradley Roby situation from Friday was the oft-mercurial cornerback taking matters into his own hands and defending himself to the public on the social media platform Twitter. Roby lashed out at the media for allegedly making a mountain out of a molehill, while also releasing what appeared to be police documents which confirm reports that he blew 10 times under the legal limit upon being questioned by police.
Interestingly enough, an arraignment hearing regarding the matter scheduled for Friday morning was delayed until April 29. Perhaps the reasoning behind the delay was Roby visiting the Detroit Lions. While even before Roby's second such run-in with the law in the last calendar year, it was all but impossible the Lions would make a move on the athletic corner with the 10th overall pick, trading down, or, should the rumor mill negatively impact Roby's draft outlook and cause his stock to drop a bit, potentially claiming him with the 13th pick in the second round (45th overall) isn't out of the question in the least for Detroit.
"This is how hypocrisies melt. More germane to the case at hand: The moral arc of the universe is long, but it bends toward people not really giving a shit about pot anymore."
-SB Nation's David Roth
Societal norms change over time. This is how the world works. But don't tell that to the NCAA, who forced the hand of Michigan sophomore Mitch McGary on Friday by effectively coercing him into departing early for the NBA Draft by way of a threatened yearlong suspension over a first offense for smoking marijuana.
It's almost difficult to muster any schadenfreude (though Michigan will unquestionably be worse off in the interim for it) given how perversely (and perhaps predictably) myopic the NCAA's made itself look once again. Though there's some truth that if the NCAA governs justly for a change, we complain about consistency, a player coming off a practically entire season missed due to injury being pushed out the door for a first-time offense is peak NCAA – an outdated, no longer mission sustainably viable entity whose only hope for survival is pandering to your emotional attachment to its prize pig and embracing antiquated moral norms to try and sugarcoat its core purpose as just. Madness indeed, Mark Emmert:
"In the grand scheme of the movement for the welfare of college athletes, whether or not Northwestern votes yes or no is not particularly important. Good things are coming to deserving college athlete, even if its players don't decide to form a union."
-Rodger Sherman, Sippin' on Purple managing editor
Northwestern's historic vote whether or not to unionize went on as expected today, with those close to the matter overwhelmingly expecting the vote to have failed. We won't know the results for months, but this almost isn't even the story at this point. Regardless of whether NU players individually decide to unionize, if the NLRB rules that the regional board that granted the Wildcats football team the opportunity in the first place was in the right, then players will be voting whether to unionize or not around the entire country until college football no longer exists in its current form.
Whether major college athletics are fundamentally broken or not, and whether organized labor is the answer to what ails it, change is practically unstoppable at this point. The extent (and mechanism) of the change is the only question really left to answer. And actions like attempting to collude to better your product at the expense of the athletes involved will only tip the scales from one mean of adaptation to another.
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