Well it's that time again. Hump Day is here and I know you can't wait for the weekly Buckeye news...just humor me and play along. So here goes...
Death of the BCS: Ding, dong the BCS is gone, or will be after the 2013 season. We have waited for this day a long time, and by "we" I mean 99% of college football fans. That means beginning in 2014 there will actually be a college football playoff. The decision was agreed upon yesterday at a meeting of the eleven conference commissioners and twelve university presidents and chancellors who approved a new four-team postseason format. It may not be perfect or all some hoped for but at least it as a start, as there will be four teams which will be seeded much the way basketball teams are chosen by a committee for the NCAA tournament. The two semifinals will take place in bowls, with the title game being put up for bid. And, the semifinal venues will rotate among six diffeernt bowls.
The truth is, it seems the B1G was the last hold out and goes into the new playoff system kicking and screaming (surprise, surprise). Offically, Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany issued the following statement: “As we moved forward to identify a new model, we had a couple of really important issues. We wanted to continue to support the regular season, we think it does that. We also wanted it to be inside the bowl season, it does that. We also think the method for selecting teams is more rational, it has fewer conflicts and is more transparent. So when I think at the whole situation, I think college football, the Big Ten and the players and coaches are well served.” Whatever!
For a good read with lots of details check out theis piece from Steve Helwagen.
Sully Bashing Continues: I am not sure if I have ever seen a really good college player trashed as much as Jared Sullinger has been the past few months. Making matters worse, medical tests have revealed that his back is not healthy, and could be a continuing issue. The latest "slam" came from the NBA itself, as they did not invite Sully to the draft Thursday in Newark, N.J. That means they don't expect him to be one of the first 13 players selected. All of this proves again that a player who has an excellent freshman season is almost pushed into turning pro. The longer a guy stays in school, the more scouts pick him apart, to say nothing of his higher risk of injury. In the process college basketball fans are the losers, as less and less top-notch players stay in school past their first season.
The Plain Dealer has an excellent article by Doug Lesmerises in which he compares Sullinger to former football star James Laurinaitis, and is definitley an interesting take. Let's hope Big Sully proves the gurus wrong just like Little Animal.
The latest on JT: Time marches on, and Jim Tressel is now a "former" Ohio State football coach, but it is nice to see that he will be inducted into the Greater Cleveland Sports Hall of Fame on September 19th. Speaking of Tress, on Sunday he spoke at the Cherish the Moment Charity Social in Columbus that he was co-chairing with his wife Ellen. His best line: “Of course the wins are important, but I’m still mad about that ’03 Michigan game!" You have to love that he still has his sense of humor! And, with nine wins in ten tries against TSUN, JT will always be a legend with Ohio State fans!
Quick Hitting Links: Nathan Williams is one of nine young men identified by Tom Dienhart as key players in the conference coming back from injury. One can only hope Williams can indeed make it back, but it is still an uphill battle and I am not convinced he will regain his old burst...Finally, is Iowa seriously going to wear this? Please tell me it is a bad joke!
Have a great week everybody!