Big Ten links: OSU QB out, Michigan's camp plans & more Friday stories
Big blow for Ohio State, as backup QB Stephen Collier will miss 2016 with a knee injury. That means Joe Burrow will be the likely backup. The good news is that Burrow looked good in the spring.
With Collier out, Barrett and Burrow are the only scholarship quarterbacks on the Buckeyes’ roster, a far cry from the situation they found themselves in last year with three potential starting quarterbacks in the two-deep. The Buckeyes will add four-star pro-style quarterback Dwayne Haskins Jr., this fall.
If you need a reminder on the perils of social media, go talk to Kevin Sumlin and the Texas A&M staff. More proof of how dangerous Twitter can be … and how a person’s ego and pride can be ruinous, with a former Illinois receiver at the center of the controversy.
How about this: Michigan will have a satellite camp in … Ohio. Oh, this is sweet theatre. Cleveland.com has the inside story.
Some Ohio State fans may be thinking to themselves, “How could an Ohio high school program aid Michigan in recruiting against Ohio State in Ohio?” Well, for Warren G. Harding head coach Steve Arnold, that’s not his concern.
“I’m not aiding Michigan or helping Michigan recruit in the area,” Arnold told Cleveland.com Wednesday afternoon. “They are having camps all across the country, so I’m not helping anything.
“It’s not about Ohio State and Michigan. For me, it’s about the exposure and our high school and our kids. That’s what this is about. Other people may look at it like that, but that’s on them.”
Speaking of Jim Harbaugh, let’s play a game of “Where will Jim be in June?” Mlive.com has it chronicled. And you thought playing “Where’s Waldo?” was fun.
As of May 4, the Wolverines were slated to take part in 13 satellite camps across 11 states in June, in addition to their own camps in Ann Arbor. Michigan will visit high school and college campuses in Georgia, Florida, Connecticut, Virginia, Alabama, Mississippi, Ohio, Texas, Kansas, Missouri and California.
Count Dan Marino among those who wants to see Pitt and Penn State play annually. Sure, every Pitt guy wants it. But does every Penn State guy want it? Nope. I think we all know why.
Why wouldn’t Penn State want to play us?” Marino said this week to Triblive.com. “To me, it would make sense.”
Pitt and Penn State will renew their storied rivalry over the next four seasons, starting Sept. 10 at Heinz Field. Pitt athletic director Scott Barnes said last year that Penn State officials have shown no willingness to extend the series beyond 2019. The teams haven’t met since 2000.
Check this out: 150 years ago this week, Rutgers played its first sport events. NJ.com has nice vintage photos.
It’s a little known fact that the Rutgers baseball team holds the distinction of staging the first intercollegiate athletics event in the university’s history. On May 5, 1866 — 20 years after baseball was born on a field 25 miles north in Hoboken and only 13 months after the Civil War came to an end — eight members of the so-called Rutgers Base Ball Club traveled to the Princeton Grounds and lost, 40-2, to the “Nassaus.”
It’s currently missing football yard lines. The University of Minnesota purposely kept the permanent design of the new turf less sport specific, so it would be easier to host other events such as soccer games.
Northwestern will pay Nevada a whopping $1.2 mil to play in Evanston in 2017. The “little guys” know the “big boys” have a lot of loot. And they are using that as leverage in negotiating non-conference games. Good for them!
InsideNU.com points out that Big Ten schools do not have the bargaining power they once did in scheduling non-conference games. With the move from eight to nine conference games, Big Ten schools have fewer games to schedule. Couple that with a ban on FCS games, and schools in the conference don’t have as many opponents available to fill the shrinking slots.
Multiply that by the possibility of playing five conference road games in a season thanks to the nine-game conference slate, and you get a formula that places home non-conference games in the highest regard.
The addition of Carter helps shore up a Michigan State frontcourt that had lost significant depth since the end of the regular season. Starting center Matt Costello is graduating, and fellow starter Deyonta Davis opted to declare for the NBA after one season. Reserves Marvin Clark and Javon Bess both opted to transfer, leaving the Spartans with only two rotation frontcourt players returning, plus two more in its incoming freshman class.
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