How did I not know about this? Better yet, how have I not written about this? The answer to the first question is, “I have no earthly idea.” The answer to the second question is, “I don’t know this either, but I’m going to be remedying it over the weekend.”
Gotta love SB Nation’s Rivalry Week!
A man who used Facebook to threaten a shooting at Ohio State and vowed to hurt players on the football team and then-head coach Urban Meyer has pleaded guilty. The threat came during Ohio State's 62-39 win over Michigan in 2018.— AP Top 25 (@AP_Top25) July 2, 2020
From around Land-Grant Holy Land...
Tia Johnston, LGHL
The 2018 Elite 11 MVP was Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields.
The 2019 Elite 11 MVP was Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud.
Unfortunately future Ohio State quarterback Kyle McCord couldn’t complete the trifecta, but it wasn’t for lack of trying as he was named the Pro Day MVP. Only about 25 percent of the grading actually comes from the camp itself. Either way, it’s not a bad next step in Ryan Day’s quest to make Ohio State QBU.
Brett Ludwiczak, LGHL
Nearly two years ago, I wrote on this very website that I “sports-hated” the Penn State Nittany Lions more than I did the Michigan Wolverines. I thought that take was going to be far more divisive than it ended up being, and I am glad to see Brett go in-depth into the rivalry here.
From around the gridiron...
Ohio State lands both defensive end selections for BTN’s All-Decade Team
#BTNAllDecade shifts to the front four— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) July 2, 2020
And the first nominee is a familiar name in football circles - BOSA. The @Chargers' @jbbigbear earns a spot after dominating for @OhioStateFB.
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Look, these Big Ten Network All-Decade teams have been absolutely atrocious, as we have openly discussed on Twitter. But, if they screwed this one up and put anyone other than Joey Bosa and Chase Young in the two defensive end spots, they might as well call off the entire thing and cancel the entire network and everyone involved in this traveshamockery.
Fortunately, they finally got one of the position groups right. What’s interesting is that Chase Young was apparently the only unanimous selection to the All-Decade Team, so obviously the elder Bosa didn’t receive a vote from each and every panelist; but I would be surprised if those missing votes went to anyone other than his little brother, Nick Bosa. There’s really no argument for the third-place finisher, is there?
Matt Brown (no, not our Matt Brown), The Athletic
The Athletic’s Matt Brown is one of the smartest folks in college football media, and he expertly broke down this top-25 list by using a fairly stringent criteria. His methodology included: winning percentage, seasons with a .900 winning percentage, losing seasons, average point differential, major bowl history, AP rankings, and a whole host of other analytics.
Since The Athletic is a pay-site, I won’t reveal his order, but I will say that, unsurprisingly, Ohio State is pretty high up on the list, but what is a bit surprising is that — given their last two decades of mediocrity — is the team exactly one spot behind the Buckeyes.
Jeremy Birmingham, Lettermen Row
Following up on Tia’s article that I referenced above, Birm talked to Kyle McCord about his experience at Elite 11 and his experiences working out with Justin Fields. It’s worth checking out what the future OSU QB has to say.
From around the hardwood...
All five of the TBT experts that ESPN assembled picked Carmen’s Crew to make The Basketball Tournament’s Final Four. However, the analysts weren’t required to pick an eventual champion, and only three did; all selecting the four-time TBT champions Overseas Elite to take home one for the thumb.
With the additions of Joe Johnson and Pooh Jeter, they should be loaded for their quest to avenge their only loss in tournament history to the OSU alums last year. However, with William Buford, Aaron Craft, David Lighty, Deshaun Thomas, Jon Diebler, and more, don’t sleep on the home-town team.
IMPORTANT : This is the LAST CHANCE to split $50,000 if your favorite team wins TBT 2020.— TBT (@thetournament) July 2, 2020
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From everywhere else...
I know people want to argue about this, but listen to Ryan Day, Chris Holtmann, Gene Smith, Brutus, and more; wear a mask. We aren’t going to have Ohio State sports this year if Ohio’s COVID-19 numbers don’t decrease — and quickly — so do your part, please. Thanks for coming to my TED Talk.
Testing disparities already exist in college football. So, what happens if an FCS or Group of 5 school can’t afford to test its athletes to a satisfactory level?— Nicole Auerbach (@NicoleAuerbach) July 2, 2020
Well ... Power 5 schools might try to get out of those nonconference games: https://t.co/fXTJpwXO2p
This is something that could become very interesting and problematic if the college football season progresses as planned, and schools have to make the decision as to whether or not to put their players and staffs at risk when a team can’t afford testing to prove that a coronavirus outbreak hasn’t hit their team.
Obviously if we went to a conference-only schedule this would not be nearly as much of an issue, which might be why some are advocating for that.