"It's all good."
- Braxton Miller via Tim May, The Columbus Dispatch
As news of Braxton Miller's Instagram post that advertised AdvoCare made the rounds, it was only a matter of time before Ohio State's compliance office took notice and got to work trying to figure out if Miller's post violated any NCAA rules, etc. Miller's response when asked by Tim May was "it's all good" which might quell some fears about what kind of severity this could fall under. While an OSU athletic department spokesman said the compliance office has yet to issue a statement on whether Miller's brief photo and name association with the company might constitute an NCAA rules violation, it doesn't appear to be as serious as some may have thought.
Still, the graduated senior will have to tread carefully in the future to prevent situations like this from happening. Miller took down any photos and information related to the issue and appears to be in the clear for now. Miller is also recovering from a shoulder surgery and is supposed to be in contention for the starting quarterback job at Ohio State. With J.T. Barrett recovering from an injured ankle and Cardale Jones fully healthy, Miller doesn't need any more problems hindering his chances of competing for the starting spot.
"I grew up playing with the ball in my hands, and it's been more advantageous for me. That's why I got drafted so high, playing the point guard position. It definitely helped, and my teammates made a lot of great shots and a lot of great plays. They made me look better than I actually was."
- Boston Celtics guard Evan Turner via Mark Murphy, Boston Herald
Evan Turner may have found a coach that finally understands how to best utilize Turner's abilities on the court. Celtics coach Brad Stevens has allowed Turner to play more of a point guard role for Boston, which is different than what the Philadelphia 76ers and Indiana Pacers tried to do with Turner. Instead of asking Turner to play off the ball and change his style entirely, Stevens has given Turner the ball and let him go to work. In turn, Turner has produced two triple-doubles (the only triple-doubles in his NBA career to this point) in the past month.
Clearly, 'The Villain' is much more comfortable with the ball and excels at not just scoring, but also setting up teammates with passes and getting his teammates open by attacking the basket. It's nice to see Turner have success at the NBA level, and if he's still with the Celtics next season, maybe Ohio State fans will get to see what it would have been like to have Turner and Jared Sullinger on the same team.
"Two people are gonna have to watch. You know, it's not like receiver, you can put three of them out there, so that's the only thing that's starting to eat away at me a little bit. You know, it didn't for a while, because you're just so busy, but now that I'm seeing what I'm seeing, and I have such great respect for all three guys."
- Urban Meyer on the quarterback situation via Chuck Culpepper, The Washington Post
Three Heisman-trophy candidates are fighting for one spot at Ohio State. How many college football teams can say that? Braxton Miller, J.T. Barrett and Cardale Jones have all started at quarterback for the Buckeyes, with all three having extreme success in the starting role. At the end of the day, you can only start one of those three players, and that notion is already starting to eat away at head coach Urban Meyer.
This is a really good article that includes some insightful comments from Ohio State linebacker Joshua Perry, who gives the team view on each quarterback, and how the team looks up to each player individually. All three have different styles and personalities, yet as Meyer notes, all three are good friends that are constantly talking with each other. Each quarterback has each others' respect, which is special, regardless of who ends up winning the job.
"Just being smart with the guys, the 2,000-rep club. The guys who have had a lot of competitive snaps, you've got to be really smart. I love it, I think we're on the cutting edge of being smart about the wear and tear that the student-athlete goes through. And we're being smart."
- Urban Meyer via Austin Ward, ESPN
The veterans on the reigning national championship team know what it takes to be great. Having fought the battles and gone through countless reps, the players are going to break down at a certain point. Urban Meyer believes that number is 2,000. Those players that have reached that count are being held out of certain team drills and practices to keep them fresh, but also to develop some of the younger players behind them to build depth.
This is an interesting strategy, but one that makes sense. And if it helps the Buckeyes become a deeper team, then by all means, do whatever is necessary. After all, I'm not going to question the decisions made by coach Meyer. By now, he knows what he's doing. With three national championships under his belt -- one with Ohio State and two with Florida -- Meyer knows what it takes to win and will do whatever it takes to keep his teams playing at an elite level.
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