Buckeye News around the Net for 7/21/08

Buckeye News around the Net for 7/21/08
Donte Whitner

Buckeye News around the Net for 7/21/08 

Coach Cooper, LeCharles Bentley, Donte Whitner, Troy Smith, Shane Olivea, Drew Carter, Coach Tressel, Vernon Gholston and Pete Johnson

By Bill Smith

The Great

            We don't get to report great news often but we can this week.  As reported here earlier this week, Coach Cooper has been elected to the College Football Hall of Fame.  Congratulations to Coach Cooper.  On Wednesday, we will have an article about the other OSU members of the hall.

The Good

            Jonathan Feinsod the agent of LeCharles Bentley has told ESPN that as many as 5 teams have expressed interest in his client.  Feinsod would not comment on whether Bentley has visited any teams to this point.

            Unless you’re Joe Namath, “guarantees” in the NFL typically get greeted with either apathy or incredulity. But word out of Buffalo is that S Donte Whitner’s guarantee in a SportingNews.com story that the Bills will make the playoffs this season was marked by enthusiasm from his teammates. The Bills have made a host of fortifications this offseason, especially on defense, and the players have bought into the notion that it’s playoffs or bust.

            From Pro Football Weekly:  When it comes to the Ravens’ QB battle, the competitor who makes the fewest mistakes may have the edge to win the job. Veteran Kyle Boller has made too many errors for the team’s liking over the years, and rookie QB Joe Flacco will have to avoid the interceptions and fumbles that can plague young passers. Mistake-laden summers for Boller and Flacco would only strengthen second-year QB Troy Smith’s case for the job. The way we hear it, Smith has distinguished himself to date by making relatively few errors.           

            Bart Scott the star linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens gave testimony to Smith's improvement.  He told the NFL Channel “I think the dark horse in the whole competition is Troy Smith AKA Willie Beamen (a reference to the QB in the Any Given Sunday movie).  He's going to surprise some guys.  I mean he's working hard and I think the completion is open.  May the best man win.  Troy's been doing a great job.  He came in and is very mature.  He is a natural leader.”  Of course we Buckeye fans knew that.           

            The Giants have signed OT-OG Shane Olivea (San Diego) after a four-game suspension for missing a drug test was pulled back by the NFL when Olivea (fourth year, Ohio State) explained he was at his doctor’s office that day for treatment of drug abuse.

            If Javon Walker is not ready, or even limited, Drew Carter, a less expensive free agent from Carolina, could make a play for an increased role.  Carter has been a regular during the Raiders offseason and according to Kiffin, was the first new receiver to develop chemistry with Russell.

            Joe Shad of ESPN has posted his Preseason B10 Rankings.  The Bucks are #1.  Here is the rest of the league according to Shad.

1 OSU                        


3 Wisc

4 Penn St

5 Michigan

6 Michigan St

7 Purdue

8 Indiana

9 Iowa

10 Northwestern

11 Minnesota

            Pat Sperduto was named head coach of the Columbus Destroyers.  He opened his first news conference by saying he was looking for some help from the Buckeyes.  “Everybody knows the tradition right down the road with some great coaches—guys that have walked that sideline.  You have one right now in Coach Tressel.  That's a big thing and we are going to tap into them and try to build a relationship over there as best we can with them.”

The Bad (sort of bad)

            The Jets have five picks under contract, with first-round linebacker Vernon Gholston (No. 6) their only unsigned rookie. They're well into negotiations with the former Ohio State standout.  So far 6 of the 31 1st round choices have signed.

The Ugly (Very Ugly)

            There was a brawl at a Crew Game this week.  West Ham United soccer team was visiting the Crew for an exhibition game.  West Ham won the 04-05 English soccer title.  Their fans went into the Crew fan area and a fight broke out.  Police broke it up and moved the West Ham fans out to the concourse.  Of course, the fight erupted again.  According to the Columbus Police, one fan was arrested.

            Pete Johnson could get as much as a year in prison in the penalty phase of his conviction for check fraud involving a bad check for a truck.  He made the check good but was still prosecuted.

Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams and has scouted talent.  He is a senior writer for http://BrutusReport.com.  He has also published several novels on http://ebooks-library.com/index.cfm and edits http://fryingpanpolitics.blog.com

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