Good morning, 12-0 Buckeye Nation, and welcome to your Thursday Morning Hive. Unfortunately, with what transpired in the final minutes last night in Durham, NC, I cannot include our beloved basketball Buckeyes in our undefeatedness. They fell for the first time this season in a tough battle in a hostile environment against one of the best teams in the country and actually would have come away with a victory if anyone could have found the rim on the offensive end. Your recap is here. One nice surprise was the way the Buckeyes hit the glass against a team with great size and two of the better interior players they’ll see all season. The Buckeyes finished even in rebounds (35-35) for the game and actually out-rebounded the Blue Devils on the offensive glass, 16-7.
There are lots of positives to take away from last night’s game, but we are Ohio State, so we don’t deal in positives, we deal in wins. Still, a lot of people saw us losing that one by double digits and that didn’t happen. This young team is going to be up and down this season and they’ll have bigger failures and some pretty nifty successes along the way. That’s college hoops and it will be a fun ride. The ladies also didn’t fare well in the B1G/ACC Challenge last night, despite a gallant comeback attempt. Charles has your write-up here. Let’s Hive…or something.
Braxton Miller Named a Manning Award Finalist
Although the coaches whose teams he lit up like a pinball machine deemed him only a second-team All-B1G player, Braxton Miller took his place among 10 of the nation’s best quarterbacks as a finalist for the 2012 Manning Award. With more than 2,000 yards passing and 1,000 yards rushing, Miller certainly deserves it. The sophomore has come a long way while learning Urban Meyer’s offense and is poised for a great career. Joining Miller as a finalist are Matt Barkley (USC), Tajh Boyd (Clemson), Collin Klein (Kansas State), Jordan Lynch (Northern Illinois), Johnny Football (Texas A&M), Marcus Mariota (Oregon), AJ McCarron (Alabama), Aaron Murray (Georgia), and Geno Smith (West Virginia).
ACC: Goodbye Maryland, Hello Louisville
It didn’t take long for the ACC to make its move in replacing the departing Maryland Terrapins. The Louisville Cardinals will be leaving the Big East and joining the ACC. UConn probably thought it did enough by beating the Cardinals on Saturday, but alas, no ACC for you, Huskies. In the future, there will be one independent team—the UConn Huskies, who no one seems to want. If you think this realignment thing is done, well HAHAHAHAHA, good one.
Speaking of Louisville…
Cardinals coach Charlie Strong denied interviewing for the job, despite a report from AL.com saying Auburn has talked to him. Strong is sure to get some offers and it will be interesting to see if he stays in Louisville or takes off for greener pastures.
Conference USA Won’t Be Upstaged, ACC
Not to be outdone by the ACC’s move for Louisville, Conference USA adds, HAHAHAHAHAHA, OK THEY TOTALLY GOT OUTDONE. C-USA did add Middle Tennessee State though and reported Florida Atlantic as well. See, we told you realignment was an ongoing process.
Just Call Him Leveragin’ Les
Les Miles is a mad genius, and don’t ever doubt the genius part. The man has gotten his a nice raise thanks to another school wanting him. First it was TTUN that wanted to pry him out of Louisiana, and this week the rumors were swirling of a possible move to Arkansas. While many of us thought it quite laughable that anyone would leave Baton Rouge for Fayetteville, ole’ Lester made it official on Wednesday. LSU gave Miles a seven-year deal that runs through 2019. I fully expect Miles to get paid even more when USC fires Lane Kiffin.
Apparently Nick Saban is not too pleased that Florida could find itself in the BCS NCG despite not even winning its division in the SEC (Ummm…hypocritical much, Nicky? Recall who did that last year?)…Aside from it being creepy, Wazzou reminds us why we shouldn’t contact recruits…Nice fluff here from our friend Adam Kramer of Bleacher Report about the success of the B1G’s bowl ineligibles…Hooray for Darrell Hazell!