Hitting the Links Isn't Sure What To Talk About
Anthony has already delved into players that Michigan fans will know, but this looks around the country. Even five-star Texas A&M commit Tate Martell has spoken out against the NCAA decision.
The NCAA is getting impressively unpopular. This page also tackles a number of other Ohio State-related subjects, including, in more somber news, the death of Ohio State great and all-around good guy Will Smith, as well as some spring practice updates and Meyer's reaction to the satellite camp ban. While we're on the subject of satellite camps (that's a joke right there), let me include Cardale Jones' great Twitter rant on the subject as well.
Satellite camps originally started as a quirky Harbaughism, but they have grown into a national conversation point about student-athletes and their freedom, thanks to the NCAA's tone-deaf and draconian reaction while banning it.
Anyway, here's an open letter by Stewart Mandel pleading for a reversal and here's a petition started by Donovan Peoples-Jones' mother that already has 9,000 signatures. Here's Hugh Freeze saying he just didn't want to do any satellite camps, so he's glad they're banned. Here is Mike Leach talking about 'petty jealousies' to punish Jim Harbaugh. Here's the zero-calorie non-answer the Sun Belt commissioner came up with as this slow-motion explosion kept getting bigger. Here's the Sound Mind Sound Body founder talking about how the NCAA punishes kids looking for an opportunity. Here's Chris Dodd saying that the uproar "smacks of hypocrisy."
Moving on, now, to a conversation about satellite camps (by the way, Summer Swarm or not, Jim Harbaugh will control your off-season sports conversations, and they will be entertaining), Greg Sankey has doubled down with some really stupid commentary - like this: "there would have been pressure on young people to attend those events." Ahh, I see.
That said, they can't stop us. They never will. We are innovators and will change the game whether they like it or not. Leaders and best.— John O'Korn (@JohnOKorn) April 10, 2016
Nothing quippy here. There are very few moments where I've really hated Mark Dantonio, but this was one of them.
This included a really interesting quote from a high school coach in Florida: "The SEC's been living off of these great athletes for so long, and everybody wants a piece of them now. There's so many of them in Florida. ... And now it seems like every kid is looking for a Michigan offer. It's crazy."
Dig in and unify. Probably not going to happen, but a very good point by Adam Rittenberg.
I like what Harbaugh did with satellite camps, but he probably just needed to be quieter about it…— Mel Kiper Jr. (@MelKiperESPN) April 9, 2016
Dari was really entertaining here, Mel less so. But they both agree fundamentally.
All right, all right. No more satellite camp news; back to old-fashioned grinding and getting better. And yes, Corley is a phenom prospect who will make a dent right away.
Reports out of practice are that offensive tackle could be a problem. More on this late-breaking news to come Thursday, I promise. (The satellite camps have me snarky today.)
Green: "This has been the best Spring Ball yet for us."https://t.co/mjglByYvYJ— Indiana Football (@HoosierFootball) April 8, 2016
I really love that Dan Feeney tops Indiana's list. The linemen don't get enough love, as they say, and Feeney is one of the best.
Ian Boyd always has good pieces, and here's his look at Lovie's history, Illinois' recruiting, and Garrick McGee's offense.
Heading to the University of Minnesota to speak to the football and basketball teams. Lots of memories on that campus for me.— Tony Dungy (@TonyDungy) April 9, 2016
Minnesota's spring game was this weekend, and Tony Dungy gave a very good speech to the team beforehand.
No major disagreements from me. My guess is that Rashan does indeed start from Day 1, which will force Taco onto the bench and Chase Winovich into more of a situational role.
Lasater was measured at a 101.85 Nike Sparq rating, which came in at the 99th percentile among people in his class. He also has a great skill-set for fullback - mobile, keeps his balance, and is able to truck multiple guys if they aren't ready for him.
This hadn't gotten a lot of media coverage, but Harbaugh bringing out the recruiting class to applause from the spring game crowd was a brilliant touch; Garrett has more Twitter reactions from the spring game. Please don't notice that I am really, really late in including this link.
This article tries very hard to be pessimistic that Brown will do well. Otherwise well done.
You're dead to me, Eisen.
Bad news for Kansas.