Posted on 02 October 2012.
Posted on 07 September 2012.
Posted on 07 September 2012.
Posted on 26 July 2012.
Summer is coming to an end and we all know what that means…football starts soon! For most colleges, two a days and camps have already started. This is just the beginning though. As the summer closes out and school starts the practices will get longer and harder and then comes the games. It’s a very long wait for students from late December and early January to September. This is ultimately why the camps and practices are put on. Coaches want to make sure that their athletes are in shape and that they will be able to play without getting injured during the first game of the season.
These practices also give a coach a chance to see how their new players will interact and play with their returning players. Any sports fan knows that it is nearly impossible to play your best the first time new players are playing together. Thus the constant practices teaches the new players the plays and strategies of the game and how to play with the other players. Many of the new players are coming straight out of high school, so while they might have played for a good high school team, college is a huge change and something that takes time to learn.
Students have begun to return to Ohio State campus to move into their new places of residence and get back on track with being students. This also means that students are getting anxious for football season to start. There are many places around campus that have a countdown going on for September 1st, the first football game of the season for Ohio State. One student that I have spoken to is exceptionally excited for the start of the season, primarily because he has just received a job with the football team.
He has stated “I am so excited to be up there! I want it to be now so that I don’t have to wait anymore!” This student is Nick Balog, now what you might notice is that he and I have the same last name. That is because he is my little brother and will be a freshman at Ohio State in the fall. A potential advantage of this amazing opportunity that he has received is that you, the readers, might be able to see pictures taken from the field by a true fan or even get to learn more about the players. What this all comes down to however, is a big congratulations to Nick on his new job and only 36 days until the Buckeyes are back in the Shoe!! Let’s get ready for some football!
Posted on 22 July 2012.
In the wake of the guilty verdict of Jerry Sandusky child molestation hearing, the NCAA is expected to announce harsh penalties on Penn State and their football program as early as Monday.
While I have been very critical of the program and university for allowing Sandusky to terrorize young boys on Penn State’s own facilities, what else does the NCAA want to do that hasn’t been done?
Much like an ambulance chaser or Al Sharpton or Jessie Jackson, the NCAA wants to get their stink on the tragedy that the university and the entire state of Pennsylvania so desperately wants to begin to heal.
Multiple media outlets are reporting that the NCAA is expected to announce harsh and even “unprecedented” penalties, due to lack of institutional control during Joe Paterno’s legendary (and now infamous) coaching career, but look at what has already been done in less than a year that the Sandusky scandal was finally brought into the public eye less than a year ago.
After all the changes have been made, along with the harsh (and fair) public critcism of Penn State and Paterno’s football program, why does the NCAA feel they need to do any more? Who is left to punish?
The significant loss of scholarships and the loss of bowl games to the university is going to punish the players, new coaches and students who had absolutely nothing to do with Paterno and other former Penn State officials’ lack of judgement.
Instead, the NCAA is going to punish the very people that have joined together to help heal the damage that Sandusky, Paterno and other former admistrator caused.
Unfortunately for Penn State, this is an opportune time for the NCAA to flex their muscles in the public eye and pat themselves on the back for maintaining the status quo in a sport that makes a lot of people, including the NCAA, billions of dollars.
The sad part is that NCAA gladly benefited financially from Penn State football when Paterno was at the helm. All the bowl games, all the jersey sales and all of the video games that used Penn State and NCAA logos have sent a stream of revenue to the NCAA offices.
While the NCAA obviously used the vast majority of those funds to aid other sports programs across all divisions and all sports, salaries were paid, too. In a recent article in USA Today, it was reported that current NCAA president Mark Emmert rakes in $1.6 million per year for his position, and they’re not generating that cash from a 50/50 raffle. It comes from the revenues from sports, the vast majority of which is football.
By intervening now and hammering an already crippled Penn State program that has shown the world that they are taking every step possible to move on and heal from this tragedy, the NCAA is only going to slow down the progress of all of the good and dedicated people who want to restore Penn State to everything it can be.
photo courtesy of USA Today