Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer, April 22, 2015
It seems some in the SEC and ACC are still in a bunch over Penn State having these satellite camps across the nation. My advice: Get over it. What are they afraid of? I think I know.
The central issue in play is the viewpoint of the SEC and ACC that satellite camps are a "loophole" in an NCAA rule that says camps must be hosted within a 50-mile radius of the university's campus. The rule doesn't cover a coaching staff guest-coaching at camps hosted by other institutions. The SEC and ACC are free to hold similar camps, if they wish.
Still didn?t get enough of Ohio State?s visit to the White House? Well, Cleveland.com has the top six moments from the trip.
My fav moment? It has to be when President Obama did the Joey Bosa sack shrug.
Anyone who watched Purdue football last year knows there is a yawning need for more playmakers on offense. The staff may have found one in wideout Bilal Marshall, who arrived on campus as a quarterback a few years ago.
"Sometimes, it takes those guys a little bit longer to figure it out," Darrell Hazell said. "He's worked hard it. It's been very important to him. He's not a top elite guy, but he's got enough skill to contribute quite a bit for us next season."
Speaking of wideouts, it?s time for Iowa?s to catch up to the hype.
Rick Brown of HawkCentral.com says Tevaun Smith could be primed to be a difference-maker. He'll be a senior who has made steady progress, from 24 catches for 310 yards and a touchdown as a sophomore to 43 catches for a team-high 596 yards and three touchdowns as a junior.
"Tevaun can be really good," wide receivers coach Bobby Kennedy said. "But where he has to embrace the challenge is putting it on tape play after play and showing that he can be an elite guy. To me, either you do it or you don't."
But here's the rub: Even if Smith can become an all-Big Ten receiver in 2015, somebody else has to step up and become a dependable, rock-solid pass catcher. Who is that somebody?
If anyone should know what SEC is like, it?s Michigan State defensive assistant Mark Snyder, who most recently was in the league as defensive coordinator at Texas A&M. And he says MSU and Ohio State have SEC speed. So, there you go.
"That speed is real, trust me," Snyder said on Monday's 'Griff and Grinz' show on Lansing's 92.1 FM The Team. "But we are right there with them, no doubt. I was here for pro day and had a chance to see the guys run, and the myth of the Big Ten versus the SEC (speed difference), I don't see that here, and the little bit of Ohio State film I've seen, I don't see it there.
"We have that type of speed in this program."
Good story on Nebraska secondary coach Brian Stewart, a fine addition to Mike Riley?s staff.
Sometimes, all it takes is a pep talk from a relative to propel a player. Just ask Wisconsin CB Sojourn Shelton.
Since a chat with an uncle, Jason Galloway of Madison.com notes that Shelton has played like a shutdown corner and intercepted four passes over UW?s five practices since returning from spring break, including a pick-six during 7-on-7 drills Friday. His play this spring has led defensive coordinator Dave Aranda to call Shelton the ?biggest breakout guy so far on defense,? after Shelton didn?t have the breakout sophomore season that many were expecting.
The great Marcus Jackson of the Champaign News Gazette has taken a stab at predicting how the Big Ten 2015-16 hoop season will play out.
Like many, Jackson likes Maryland and Michigan State. But if Yogi Ferrell opts to return for his senior season, beware Indiana. And keep an eye on Michigan, which could make a run to the top after Caris LeVert made it feel like Christmas in April in Ann Arbor by announcing he was returning for his senior season.
Brendan F. Quinn of Mlive.com notes that LeVert will join a deep roster featuring Zak Irvin, Derrick Walton Jr., Spike Albrecht, a stable of experienced sophomores and transfer Duncan Robinson. The only player lost off last year's 16-16 squad is senior forward Max Bielfeldt, while incoming 6-10 freshman forward Moritz Wagner stands as the lone addition. That should all add up to a preseason top-25 ranking and loads of expectations in 2015-16.
Nice piece by Zach Osterman on Indiana hoops' non-con schedule. The Hoosiers have done a nice job in recent years toughening the non-league menu. And next year?s slate is shaping up with some good top-end foes. But the Hoosiers need to mindful of how they fill out the schedule. Try to avoid playing too many god-awful teams.
Osterman suggests Indiana can do better, even just by staying local, and scheduling teams from tough mid-major conferences like the Missouri Valley. I always love non-league games vs. in-state foes for all schools. But too often, it seems the ?big boy? school is afraid to do it. Too bad.
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