A Michigan Throwback
People are talking. Between the mess in Columbus that gets worse by the day, Michigan knocking it out in recruiting, and the unveiling of this year’s throwback uniforms – there’s a lot going on for Michigan fans this summer. Since Brady Hoke has came on board, the karma and general feel around the program has been something else.
Michigan is winning in just about every way right now – except for on the field – and that’s soon to be determined in about short 84 days. In fact, last night’s unveiling of the throwbacks was, to the hour, exactly three months shy of the Notre Dame game under the lights. I should say Under the Lights, as it’s being branded as such. And my personal opinion, is that Michigan’s throwbacks are money. I was skeptical of them from the jump, and haven’t been crazy about Adidas since the switch from Nike three years ago, but I’m a big fan of these throwbacks, or “legacy” jerseys, as Dave Brandon put it. Here are Notre Dame’s throwback uniforms.
Michigan’s new-found recruiting prowess. On the recruiting front – Michigan’s 2012 recruiting ranking from ESPN is sitting at #6 – and that’s before yesterday’s commit pull of Tim Strobel and Erik Magnuson. Both Tim and Erik are 4-star recruits with Magnuson being the #34th ranked player by rivals. This from the twitters…
@TomVH: Michigan already has one more 4 star recruit committed for 2012 (7) than in the 2011 class (6). Gotten 16 commitments in 79 days
Ohio State continues to suffer. Things are not getting better for Columbus and Ohio State fans – not only are people piling on – but more and more allegations keep coming out seemingly daily. Jim Tressel now may have known back in 2007 that NCAA infractions and rules violations were taking place.
In a March 21, 2007 email to Tressel, which was provided to the Plain Dealer, a source gave the following warning about the alleged online activities of Talbott, a Columbus-based freelance photographer who also is involved in memorabilia sales:
“He has sold over 50 items with underclassmen signatures before their eligibility expires and would seem to be someone that both you and the university is aware of. I have a full report of his eBay activities if you would like to explore further or require documentation.”
The email was sent to the account firstname.lastname@example.org. That is the same address that Columbus attorney Chris Cicero used to email Tressel in April of 2010 about OSU players selling memorabilia, an email that Tressel did not disclose to his bosses, an NCAA violation that eventually led to his May 30 resignation.
So, the ugliness is sure to continue for Ohio State and specifically Jim Tressel and Terrelle Pryor. Going out on a limb, I think it’s fair to suggest that it sucks to be either one of those guys right now.