“I would definitely love to meet him, come to the game, and support him and be the uncle, that he never knew. That’s what it’s about: I’m ‘Uncle Chef’ now.”
Wu-Tang Clan’s Corey “Raekwon” Woods on former Ohio State linebacker Raekwon McMillan via James Walker, ESPN
While his play at Ohio State certainly earned him some notoriety, Raekwon McMillan finally has gotten some attention from the man he was named after. Two weeks ago McMillan was taken in the second round of the NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins, and that resulted in the hip-hop artist learning of his namsake. The linebacker was named after Raekwon from the Wu-Tang Clan, and the hip-hop icon is honored to have such an effect on somebody that it led to them naming their child after him. McMillan isn’t the only Raekwon out there though, as according to the Social Security Administration 1,459 documented children are named Raekwon.
The elder Raekwon says he would love to come down to a Dolphins game and meet the linebacker he was named after, so it seems like only a matter of time before the meeting takes place. Maybe when the two do meet the hip-hop legend can educate McMillan a little bit more on his music. Even though McMillan’s mother is a huge fan, McMillan has said he hasn’t gotten into too much of Raekwon’s music since it was a little before his time, but he likes what he has heard so far.
“Well, we do want to do it. There’s no doubt about it. But you never will do it if the dropoff between number two and three is so big that a tired two is better than a fresh three. We didn’t feel like we had a one, two and three last year, we felt like we had three starters.”
Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano on a possible three-man rotation at cornerback via Patrick Murphy, Bucknuts
Last year, Ohio State had one of the best secondaries in the country thanks to a three-man rotation the Buckeyes used at cornerback. Two of those three cornerbacks, Gareon Conley and Marshon Lattimore, were just taken in the first round of the NFL Draft. Denzel Ward, last year’s “third starter” returns for another year in Columbus, and now the question being asked is whether Ohio State will again employ a three-man rotation at cornerback.
Although there is still over 100 days until the regular season begins, defensive coordinator Greg Schiano is kicking around the idea of using the same rotation that made Ohio State so successful last season. Not only do the Buckeyes have Ward and fellow cornerback Damon Arnette returning, but junior college transfer Kendall Sheffield and incoming five-star recruit Shaun Wade will also join the fray. As long as the rotation wouldn’t hurt the defense, Schiano would be open to using it again, but he still has a few months to wait before seeing how it plays out during a game.
“Overall, this season has gone pretty well. We struggled the first half of the year, but really picked it up the second half and now have put ourselves in a position to make a playoff run.”
Before he heads back to the United States to join some of his fellow Buckeyes for The Basketball Tournament, Aaron Craft has some business to take care of over in Italy. Currently the former Ohio State guard is average 10 points and 4.7 assists per game for Aquila Basket Trento in Italy’s Serie A, with two weeks left in the regular season. After a slow start to the season, Trento is hoping a strong finish will earn them a spot in the playoffs.
While Craft was getting things done on the court, a couple weeks ago Jim Harbaugh brought the Michigan football team to Italy. Craft thinks it was a good idea for Harbaugh to bring the team to Italy, with the trip giving Harbaugh an opportunity to help bring his team closer together. The history of Rome also doesn’t hurt to help open up the minds of the student-athletes and get them thinking and discussing more. Even with the great idea to bring the team together with the trip, Craft still prefers Urban Meyer over Harbaugh, but says Harbaugh would be a “solid backup”.