Welcome to our weekly edition of Midweek News & Notes. You may have noticed already that it isn't the middle of the week anymore, making this piece ill-timed and wrongly titled. I apologize for the tardiness, as I was too busy driving a side by side in the mountains of northern Arizona to type this piece up.
My prolongation in getting this piece out does allow me the joy of talking more about the Sporting News though. Believe it or not, they have once again published a piece about Urban Meyer. This time, instead of defaming his character or throwing out accusations, they named him the best coach in the B1G. You can't make this stuff up.
While it is ironic the Sporting News would go to the trouble of awarding Meyer with this honor after all the mud they have slung his way, there is no way you could name anyone ahead of him. With two national titles and a 7-1 bowl record, his resume dwarfs everyone else in the B1G. Steve Greenberg of SN couldn't completely give Meyer a complement though. Somehow, he claims that Meyer's stock is trending down, while Bielema, Dantonio and Hoke, the next three guys on the list, are all trending upwards. I guess Greenberg will never quit his job to become a stock broker.
Anyway, that's enough ink wasted on that. Let's take a look at some of the other news items this week.
Meyer and Matta Entertain: Last night in front of a crowd of over a thousand people at the 23rd-annual Pigskin Roundball Spectacular, both Meyer and Matta shared keynote speaking duties. As you would expect, both won over the crowd and further endeared themselves with Buckeye Nation. Meyer shared this sentiment from the spring game.
Fragel Talks Position Change: It's hard not to like Reid Fragel. Not only has he quietly bought his time at Ohio State, he's done things the right way all along. Despite massive changes, including three different head coaches in his career, Fragel has remained steadfast and done whatever the team needed him to do. The biggest example of that was his decision to move from tight end to offensive tackle, a decision he approached Urban Meyer about. Not only did Fragel realize that he didn't fit the tight end position in Urban's offense, but he also knew the Buckeyes needed tackles badly. It was an unselfish switch, and one that will have me in his corner all season long.
That change also landed him in the Detroit News this week, who did a profile on the Grosse Pointe South product. He had this to say about his love for Ohio State and his unwavering commitment to the program.
In fact, 247Sports released their Top 25 for 2014, a list that should make Buckeye fans smile. The Buckeyes are in on nearly half of the prospects on the list including DE Da'Shawn Hand, OT Braden Smith, S Quin Blanding, LB Raekwon McMillan and LB Dante Booker. Look out world...