"Former Ohio State quarterback Kenny Guiton was the fourth and final tryout player, but he had problems with accuracy and consistency during the three-day camp."
- Mike Rodan, ESPN.com
It's not good news today for Kenny G. The Bills (no, not that kind of bill) decided to sign wide receiver Caleb Holley, which means that there won't be space for Kenny. As Dan Hope points out, it's possible they never really intended to sign him but just needed a quarterback for the rookie minicamp. Big mistake, Bills.
According to Joe Buscaglia (a Bills beat reporter) and Mike Rodak, it wasn't a great NFL audition for Mr. Smooth Jazz. Here's to the world's greatest backup QB finding another chance in the NFL -- or a graduate assistantship at Ohio State.
"A former Ohio State University football player appeared in federal court this morning after being indicted yesterday on 33 charges connected to an investment scheme."
- Kathy Lynn Gray, The Columbus Dispatch
It seems like there's an unusually high number of former sports stars that get busted for weird business-related schemes, and Preston Harrison is just the latest. The former Coop quarterback turned Charger linebacker appeared in court for allegedly mishandling $10 million in investment funds for his sports drink, OXYwater As the article notes, many of the investors were pro Euroleague basketball players.
"This is causing controversy, as the university saw a lot of the celebrations and quasi-good-spirited riots take place on its campus. But UD is letting the taxpayers foot the entire bill."
- Matt Norlander, CBS Sports Eyes on College Basketball
Good: Dayton making the Elite Eight. Bad: Costly riots that force city employees into overtime pay. Also bad: The money coming from taxpayers.
As the Dayton Daily News notes, the run cost the Police Department alone over $50,000 in overtime and extra staffing. Then those tired extra staffers got hit in the face and hit by a rocks.
"It wasn't just one year. We've been in the top 10 in the country the last three years,"
- Pat Narduzzi, via Chris Low, Espn.com
While Narduzzi's confidence about his defense is something, what's more interesting from this ESPN countdown of their top eight teams to contend for the playoff title next year is what wasn't quoted. Namely, anyone from Ohio State.
Herman and Braxton were centerstage in yesterday's profile of Ohio State being one of the top 16 preseason teams, but neither were to be found in today's list of eight.
Note: This is not an ESPN conspiracy against Ohio State. Every fanbase on the planet believes that ESPN is against their team (even some Alabama fans!), so that's not the point at all.
However, the advanced statistical projections for next season definitely disagree with ESPN. While ESPN's top eight includes Alabama, Auburn, Florida State, Michigan State, Oklahoma, Oregon, Stanford, and UCLA, Bill Connelly's S&P+ projections have Florida State, Alabama, Oregon, Ohio State, Clemson, Stanford, South Carolina, and Auburn. They disagree the most over Oklahoma and UCLA - and I'm much more likely to side with Bill here. To me, ESPN's countdown looks like it was trying to be as broadly appealing as possible, so they attempted to balance teams from each major conference. There's general agreement about the top 16 or so teams for next season, but UCLA in particular seems like a stretch for broader appeal.