"Perhaps Jones is genuinely just using Twitter as an outlet to express his engaging personality, but even if that's the case, it has helped him to become the most beloved Ohio State football player in recent memory."
-Matt Borcas, Grantland
It's King Cardale's world, and we're just living in it. In this great profile of Ohio State's rising star quarterback, LGHL alum Matt Borcas highlights the faux pas that kicked off Cardale Jones' place in the zeitgeist, and the ways in which he has successfully rebranded himself since.
Of course, when you start from "We ain't come to play school," there's nowhere to go but up. The college football world got a taste of what Cardale's social media presence might become when the QB set the record straight about his drubbing of a hospital bed-ridden boy in NCAA Football -- final score, 98-35, NOT 91. Don't you dare try to take points away from 12 Gauge.
Most recently, the Twitterverse has been treated to both the creation of a new holiday -- May Fool's, in which one apparently is supposed to announce one's transfer to another football program -- and a blood feud between Jones and Florida alum Joakim Noah, whom Jones has dubbed a "chump" on multiple occasions. Given that Jones' hometown Cavaliers bounced Noah's Chicago Bulls from the Eastern Conference semis on Thursday night, I'm guessing there won't be much barking back from Noah any more. Regardless of who wins the starting QB job in Columbus this fall, Cardale Jones will be around to treat us to something special, whether it's on or off the field.
"The Buckeyes, the two-time defending national and conference champions, look to...become the first team in conference history to win three consecutive B1G titles."
Don't look now, but the football team isn't Ohio State's only defending national champion. The women's rowing team has claimed back-to-back titles, and begins their postseason pursuit of a third straight this weekend. Along the way, they could also claim their third consecutive Big Ten title, which would also be a conference record.
It is hard to put into words just how badly Ohio State's 1st Varsity 8 (the team's best boat) has smashed opponents this season. That boat is 61-0 since the start of the 2014 season, which is absolutely ridiculous. They're 27-0 in 2015. Their success this season makes it four straight years that at least one Buckeye boat has finished a season undefeated.
Ohio State are heavy favorites to take home the Big Ten crown, which goes without saying. There are three other conference teams ranked in the top 20: Wisconsin is No. 8, and Michigan and Indiana sit at 12 and 13. A lot can happen between now and the podium, especially in a sport where victories are often determined by fractions of seconds, but the Buckeyes are the smart bet to win the whole thing. The races kick off Saturday in Indianapolis.
"The committee...agreed reducing the physicality is the most critical need to encourage a more open style of play and improve the game."
There are some important changes coming to college basketball in the 2015-2016 season. The NCAA Men's Basketball Rules Committee approved several of these, which they believe will address some of the problems faced by teams in 2014-2015. Scoring, for instance, was reduced to 67.6 points per game, close to the lowest-ever for the sport. The Committee plans to improve on that by taking several measures that will open up the offensive end and reduce the physicality of play under the basket.
The restricted area arc will expand from 3 feet to 4 feet. The logic behind this is that it will reduce the number of collisions around the rim, and cut down on the number of block/charge plays that happen in games. This was test-driven during the NIT this season, and in that sample did prove effective in reducing these kinds of plays.
The shot clock will also decrease from 35 seconds to 30 seconds, in the hopes that it will improve the pace of play and create more offensive possessions. The shot clock was last changed in 1993-94, when it dropped from 45 seconds to 35. Teams will lose one 30-second timeout in the second half, and coaches will be unable to call timeouts when the ball is live, among other changes. The new rules are subject to the approval of the NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel, which will convene on June 8.
Another FB game time is set: The 2015 opener, Sept. 7 at Virginia Tech, will kick off at 8 p.m. and it will be televised nationally on ESPN.
— Jerry Emig (@BuckeyeNotes) May 15, 2015
Another FB game time is set: The 2015 opener, Sept. 7 at Virginia Tech, will kick off at 8 p.m. and it will be televised nationally on ESPN.— Jerry Emig (@BuckeyeNotes) May 15, 2015
The last details are in place for Ohio State's only revenge game on the 2015 schedule. Per Jerry Emig, the Ohio State SID, the Buckeyes will take on the Virginia Tech Hokies in Blacksburg at 8 pm ET on September 7.
September 7 is a Monday, not a Saturday, meaning the Buckeye game will stand alone after the whirlwind opening weekend of the college football season. If this seems odd to you, that's because it is -- Ohio State has played just six non-Saturday regular season games in the last 30 years. We covered those games at length this week, if you want to know how the Buckeyes have fared.
There's a pretty good chance that this year's result does not in the least resemble last year's. Ohio State was clearly under-prepared for the Bear front that they faced all game, and J.T. Barrett was still trying to find his hold as the Buckeyes' starting QB in just his second career start. Regardless of who lines up under center, the Hokies will be tasked with trying to stop a seasoned quarterback, a much-improved offensive line, and a Heisman candidate in the backfield in Ezekiel Elliott.
STICK TO SPORTS:
- RIP B.B. King, blues legend. Turn this all the way up.
- Mitt Romney is fighting Evander Holyfield in a charity boxing match today.
- Criminal offenders will no longer have to check a box disclosing their history on civil service job applications in Ohio, as of June 1.
- The University of Akron is rebranding itself as the state's polytechnic institute.
- The push for marijuana legalization in Ohio is underway, courtesy of several measures that could appear on ballots this November.