The second Ten Year War

The following is a story by Ivan Maisel and I highly recommend reading it before this weekend’s #2 Ohio State – #3 Michigan game.

Lives of Urban Meyer, Jim Harbaugh lead to rivalry’s new Ten Year War
by Ivan Maisel – ESPN Senior Writer, Nov. 20, 2016
ESPN.com

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Akron considering Jim Tressel for President…?

Jim Tressel

Jim Tressel (Photo credit: WDPG share)

by Travis Normand

I found this piece of news today and thought it was interesting.

Jim Tressel is apparently being considered for the job of president at the University of Akron according to the Columbus Dispatch.

Many rumors suggest that Tressel, a University of Akron vice president for strategic engagement since February 2012, will be named interim president or president when Proenza departs.

“He’s probably going to be a candidate, but that’s about all we can say at this point,” university trustee chairman Richard Pogue said in an interview with the Beacon Journal on Monday. “ We’re not in any rush.”

If Tressel gets the job of president, it would be safe to say that he landed on his feet.

Tressel resigned as head coach at OSU in May 2011 over NCAA violations. That resulted in OSU wiping its stellar 2010 season from the record books, a post-season bowl ban for the 2012 season, the loss of scholarships and 3 years of probation for the football team. The NCAA handed Tressel a five-year “show-cause” penalty for unethical conduct for failing to report team members who improperly sold memorabilia and allowing ineligible players to compete.

Read more at Dispatch.com – both of the above block quotes came from this article at the Columbus Dispatch. 

Buckeyes’ FB players get rings? What did they win?

by Travis Normand

As always, when I find something “trophy” related, I have to post it. I found this over at Get Witted Sports. Make sure you check them out (if you haven’t already).

Urban Meyer posing

On Thursday, members of Ohio State Buckeyes football staff posted pictures of the team’s new rings, which displays “12-0” across the face.  The Buckeyes finished last season undefeated, but because of The NCAA hit Ohio State with a one-year bowl ban and additional penalties (for violations that started with eight players taking a total of $14,000 in cash and tattoos in exchange for jerseys, rings and other Buckeyes memorabilia),  Ohio State  was ineligible for postseason play.

Head Coach Urban Meyer rewarded the undefeated effort, mostly from players who were not involved in the scandal that led to the school’s NCAA-imposed sanctions, with a rather gaudy-looking championship ring.

“The players won the Leaders division championship of the Big Ten, so they’re going to get rings,” Meyer said during an appearance on SiriusXM College Sports Nation following the 12-0 season.

“We did a little pep rally after the season. I’m going to make…

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College “Marching” Bands

by Travis Normand

I think I am in the minority when it comes to my opinion of most college bands.  Personally, I don’t care for the performances of what I call “show bands.”

However, I like the idea of college bands and would never want them to disappear or go away.  They are too important to the overall college football game experience.

What I dislike is their unoriginal nature.  The fact that most of them wear the same uniform (despite different colors) and they all do the same thing (in terms of “marching”).  It wouldn’t hurt some of these bands to be a little original.  Don’t even get me started on their music choices.

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