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Drew Thurman (11:43 pm)

Despite undergoing elbow surgery and missing the NFL combine, Senior Bowl and pro day, Cameron Heyward still found himself selected in the first round of the NFL Draft. The Steelers grabbed up Cam with the 31st pick Thursday night, making him the fifth Big Ten defensive lineman taken in the first round. None of those guys walked into a better situation though, as Heyward joins the reigning AFC Champions and Dick LeBeau's  notorious 3-4 defense.

This wasn't just a great fit for Heyward though, the Steelers feel they got their man. Both Head Coach Mike Tomlin and Director of Football Operations Kevin Colbert made it very clear in the press conference following their selection that they feel they got a high character young man, that was perfect for their organization. If all of that wasn't enough, they are bringing Heyward back to a place were he has lots of history as his dad, "Ironhead" Heyward, starred for Pitt. Colbert had this to say about the whole situation in the presser:

"Coach Tomlin talked to him and Art (Rooney) talked to him. His mother’s family is from Highland Park. Of course, 'Ironhead' (father, Craig Heyward) played for Pitt. There are a lot of ties and it was something we hoped could happen. You’ll have to ask him, but I’m pretty sure he was excited about the possibility of coming here. Again, it looks like the stars aligned for us today, and again we feel real fortunate. I hope and I’m real positive that Cameron (Heyward) feels the same."

Awesome story for the Steelers, Heyward, and Buckeye Nation.

 
 
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Drew Thurman (9:28 am)

As ESPN pointed out earlier this week, recruits don't seem all that bothered by what is happening to Tressel and the Buckeyes. Further proof of that came today as Frank Epitropoulos (WR/S/P) pledged his commitment to Ohio State. Epitropoulos hails from Upper Arlington High School in Columbus, and at 6-3 195 pounds has a lot of versatility and intangibles to make him a well sought after recruit. In fact, he picked the Buckeyes over schools like Michigan State, Stanford, West Virgina, and Wisconsin.

What makes the commitment even better is that he is a second generation Buckeye as his father, John Epitropoulos, played for Woody Hayes and Earl Bruce. Epitropoulos becomes the sixth member of the 2012 class and joins Brionte Dunn, Jacoby Boren, Josh Perry, Kyle Kalis and Warren Ball.

Check out some of his film after the jump...

 
 
Per The Dispatch:

"Ohio State University is potentially facing the most severe NCAA penalties to its storied football program as punishment for coach Jim Tressel's failure to disclose his knowledge of violations and use of ineligible players during this past season.

"In a 'notice of allegations' given to Ohio State President E. Gordon Gee on Friday and obtained by The Dispatch, the NCAA accused Tressel of dishonesty for hiding violations by seven current and former players who sold awards and equipment to a tattoo-parlor owner.

"Ohio State, however, was not cited for "failure to monitor" or 'failure of institutional control' violations, which would likely lead to the harshest of penalties. Such penalties are typically imposed when a university's compliance program is weak."

Not great news for Tressel or Ohio State. The possibility of vacated wins, a Big Ten Championship bowl ban, and even vacated scholarships still could be coming for the Buckeyes.
 
 
After a month long hiatus here at The Silver Bullet, we are finally back just in time for the Spring Game. Unfortunately, for the first time in years we aren't actually at The Shoe to take the game in live, which means we around to chat it up.

The game starts at 1:30 PM Eastern Time on the Big Ten Network, but the LiveBlog begins at 1:00 PM. We hope you join us as we take in what may be one of the most interesting spring games in recent memory.