I am a little late with this week's N & N...let's blame it on a short week whether that's true or not! There are a number of interesting items to discuss.
Pocic Picks Tigers: Ethan Pocic, a 4-star offensive linemen from Lemont, Illinois, coveted by the OSU staff, gave a verbal commitment this week to LSU. Considered one of the elite offensive tackle prospects in the nation, he ranked at the top of the Buckeye wish list, and some thought he was an Ohio State lean. So, although signing day is a long way off, and Pocic could change his mind, this has to be considered a big loss for Urban and company. After a tremendous hot streak early this spring, the Buckeye staff has been in neutral for awhile in regard to the class of 2013. Is it a big concern? No! But it does sting a little right now. Especially losing to the Mad Hatter, Les Miles.
Looking Back at Tress: Nearly every Ohio newspaper and Buckeye blog has featured reflections of and tributes to Jim Tressel at the one year anniversary of his forced resignation. Maybe the most complete of the lot was Matt Baxendell's two part homage entitled "A Golden Decade" but you need a subsription to Bucknuts to read it. Our old friend Ramzy also had an interesting piece at Eleven Warriors entitled "Three Cups of Deceit." You can read the TSB take here, and at the bottom are links to other articles about JT that appeared on the Buckeye Blog Network.
Preseason Magazines: It's that time of the year when the annual college football preseason magazines make their way to the local bookstores. Both Lindy's and Athlon are out this week, and Phil Steele should be on the rack in the next few days. Lindy's has the Buckeyes picked at 14th in the nation, and Athlon, surprisingly has them at 6th (which seems a little high even with Urban, Braxton, and the rest of the gang). It is exciting to see the respect the "experts" have for Urban Meyer, however. And some scUM fans thought "we" would be down for a few years!
Letter Burning Aftermath: Speaking of the ugly helmets, Michigan recruit Logan Tuley-Tillman made headlines recently by burning his OSU recruitment letter and putting that image up on Twitter. An offensive tackle, he was offered by over 20 schools including both the Wolverines and Buckeyes, and knowing the intensity of the rivalry decided to burn his Ohio State letter. Not a smart move, but then again, he is a high schooler. Now reports are surfacing that Tillman and his mother are getting death threats from a few angry Buckeye fans. If that is true, it is both shameful and stupid. Hey, I hope we whip Tuley-Tillman's butt four years in a row, but when are immature fans going to grow up? Of course, once again, we see the perils of living in the 21st century social media world. First Anzalone, and now this. When will it end?
Editor's Note: I did not mention The Sporting News among the preseason mags because I have crossed them off my list after the ridiculous "From Champs to Chomped" piece. And, I resisted mentioning Mike Hart when referring to TSUN losing four in a row to the Buckeyes, but I regretted being nice, so I threw it in here at the end!