Good morning folks. Welcome to your Thursday Morning Hive. We’re in that strange limbo between the regular season and bowl games. Oh sure, the always awesome Army-Navy game is on Saturday at 3 p.m. (CBS), but for the most part we’re done with the regular season and soon the parade of lesser bowls will signal the beginning of the end of another college football year. Of course, Friday brings Ohio State’s “sold-out” Celebration of Perfection at St. John Arena. I won’t be there, but I hope you’re going, not only to pay tribute to this year’s group of seniors one last time, but also because the venerable arena’s time on the planet is drawing to a close, and everyone who hasn’t been inside St. John absolutely must go at least once if possible. If you’re not able to attend, you can watch it live at OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
Since it’s never too early to look ahead at Ohio State’s 2013 season, you may be interested to know that California, the team that will host a Buckeye road game first next year, has reportedly hired its new coach. Louisiana Tech coach Sonny Dykes appears to be the new skipper of the Bears. If Bradley Roby returns as we hope he does, he won’t have to cover wide receiver Keenan Allen. Allen announced yesterday that he will forego his senior season and enter the NFL Draft in the spring. He caught nine passes for 80 yards in Ohio State’s 35-28 win over Cal on Sept. 15. You may recall that game was a nightmare for the Buckeye defense. Also, Vincenzo D’Amato helped Ohio State by missing three field goals. Devin Smith donned his invisibility cloak to help the Buckeyes pull out the win. But enough reminiscing about narrow victories…it’s time to Hive.
This has been a freaking unbelievable week in college coaching news. Vico told you Tuesday about Woo Bert Sooie going to ArKansas. Bielema met his new team and the media yesterday and did the most Bielema thing ever by calling the hogs. But Bielema had to go to ArKansas, because the card told him to (see photo and THANK YOU SO MUCH BHGP!). Also, in odd news, Barry Alvarez will coach Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl. Former OSU assistant and Kent State head coach Darrell Hazell was hired by the mythical school known as “Purdue.” We wish Hazell all the best except when he faces the Buckeyes. Some people think you can’t do much at Purdue, but a good coach who can recruit is capable of winning there. The Boilermakers did go to the Rose Bowl in 2001, after all.
The fun doesn’t stop there. Gus Malzahn is headed to Auburn. Steve Addazio out at Temple and is the new head coach at Boston College (RIP Walrusball). Dave Doeren is leaving Northern Illinois for North Carolina State. It’s madness, I tell you…MADNESS! Perhaps there’s no bigger example of the madness than FIU dumping Mario Cristobal so it can hire Butch Davis. And of course, some coaches have made headlines for not going anywhere (at least, not yet)—looking at you, Charlie Strong, Mike Gundy and Butch Jones. And maybe the most interesting thing of all is that Bobby Petrino’s name doesn’t seem to be surfacing anywhere right now. Last night there were conflicting reports on Twitter (shocking, I know) about Chris Petersen interviewing for Bielema’s old job at Wisconsin. It will certainly be interesting to see who ends up in Madison.
Buckeyes Meet the Governor; Stuff Happens
No, not the creepy guy from The Walking Dead who has a wall of fish tanks filled with zombie heads, but the actual governor of Ohio. While the Buckeyes were touring the Statehouse and meeting Governor John Kasich, E. Gordon Gee was dropping a media bomb that exploded Twitter yesterday. Gee said Ohio State would have received the bowl ban hammer in 2012 even if it self-imposed a 2011 bowl ban. The bow-tied one based this on his knowledge of NCAA officials, but come on. All along we’ve heard that Gee and Smith expected no bowl ban, which of course they wouldn’t if the NCAA acted on precedent. However, to come out and say now the Buckeyes would have gotten a second year seems, well…odd. Based on the national faux outrage and butthurt it’s entirely plausible, but it just seemed like another example of Gee opening the mouth when it should stay closed.
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The dumbest NCAA violation ever…I think Ryan Shazier is taking his lack of standing on the coaches’ All-B1G first team personally, and the conference’s quarterbacks will pay the price for their coaches’ insolence…Rutgers is suing to escape a $10 million Big East buyout fee.