Good morning Hive-sters and welcome to your Hive, Tuesday edition. I hope all of you had a fantastic father’s day weekend. As the title indicates, I did, indeed, celebrate a birthday yesterday. Yours truly turned 23 years old! That may sound young to most of you, but to me, that sounds old as hell. I just can’t believe it. As most of you were probably out getting your dads fancy, elaborate gifts, I just remind myself that I was actually born on father’s day roughly 23 years ago and to me, that’ll serve as present enough for a lifetime. I didn’t want much for my birthday, just from an Indians versus the Reds victory and the Tribe delivered!
As most you know, there’s not a ton going on in the Ohio State athletics forefront that you don’t already know about. However, head coach of The Ohio State Buckeye football team threw out the first pitch of last night’s Indians/Reds game. He had thrown out the first pitch of a game last week in Cincinnati versus the Indians, so he was due to throw a first pitch in Cleveland. And obviously, I knew I could count on Urban Meyer and his positive omens to deliver a Tribe victory.
So, without further adieu, let’s delve into your morning Hive, shall we?
Yesterday, the details of Urban Meyer’s contract as head football coach of Ohio State were released. In this current contract, Meyer has an out clause where if there are anymore NCAA sanctions for Ohio State, he can opt out of his contract as head coach and receive 1.5 million dollars per year for the length of the 6-year contract. Also, Ohio State added a clause in Urban’s contract that states that if Urban knows of or should know of any player that has committed a violation and he does not report it, he is subject to termination. Obviously, both of they clauses stem from the Jim Tressel era and the NCAA sanctions handed down to Ohio State.
Other details of the contract include, that Urban will get a $250,000 signing bonus and three retention bonuses, in 2014, 2016 and 2018. According to Doug Lesmerises story on Cleveland.com and the USA Today’s coaching salary database, with Meyer’s current salary, it would rank him third compared to what coaches were paid last season, behind only Texas’ Mack Brown and Alabama’s Nick Saban.
Mississippi State transfer Rodney Hood is slated to make his choice between Ohio State and Duke in the upcoming week. Hood visited Duke over the past weekend and, reportedly, the visit went really well. Along with Duke and Ohio State, Hood also went on a visit to Memphis, but it seems that the 6-foot-8 small forward who was on the first team all-SEC freshman team last season, will choose between the Blue Devils and Buckeyes. Since Hood is transferring from Mississippi State to another D-1 program, he must sit out this upcoming season, but he is eligible to play in the 2013-2014 season.
As always, Hive-sters, Go Bucks!