Good morning, and welcome to the first Thursday of 2013, as well as your Thursday Morning Hive. It sure was fun watching Ohio State dismantle Nebrasketball last night. If you missed it, Vico’s got your recap, but this is the salient takeaway from the 70-44 Buckeye victory. It was a nice start to the B1G season with a lot to like, but there are still some glaring weaknesses with this year’s Buckeye squad, notably the tendency to clang wide open jump shots. Aaron Craft, despite being the most swoon-worthy player in the nation, scored zero points last night on 0/4 shooting, but he did contribute eight assists, six rebounds, and three steals. Craft passed Ronnie Stokes and Troy Taylor, moving into fifth on Ohio State’s all-time assists list, with 423, just one behind Mark Baker. Jamar Butler holds the school record, with 579.
What’s really interesting is that Shannon Scott and Alex Rogers also failed to score, giving the Buckeyes zero points from the point guard position on the night. I’m not sure that’s ever happened before. And just in case anyone thinks Amedeo Della Valle was the point guard when Shannon Scott went to the bench, well, he didn’t score either. Weird. But hey, the Buckeyes are atop the B1G standings! The OSU women will tip off their conference schedule tonight at Iowa. Meanwhile, how about we get to the Hive?
Just when you thought it was safe…
…to forget about Penn State’s mess, along comes Governor Tom Corbett. The governor announced a lawsuit against the NCAA yesterday, calling for an end to the sanctions placed on the university in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal and the subsequent cover-up by, well, a lot of very important people who should have known better. This Dan Wetzel column summarizes what’s going on pretty nicely. Corbett, who seems to be grandstanding with all of this, said “The citizens and the businesses of Pennsylvania have been harmed.” Well, I’m pretty sure the ones who suffered the most harm were Sandusky’s victims, which were made more numerous by the actions (and inactions) of Penn State’s leadership and the athletic department’s top guys.
The NCAA responded:
“We are disappointed by the Governor’s action today. Not only does this forthcoming lawsuit appear to be without merit, it is an affront to all of the victims in this tragedy – lives that were destroyed by the criminal actions of Jerry Sandusky. While the innocence that was stolen can never be restored, Penn State has accepted the consequences for its role and the role of its employees and is moving forward. Today’s announcement by the Governor is a setback to the University’s efforts.”
This mess will probably drag out through much of 2013, so if you’re among our Penn State bros, we’re really sorry. We know all too well about the suckage of sustained negative press.
Well, I think we all saw that coming, right? Didn’t we all have Louisville dominating Florida in our predictions? No? Oh. Teddy Bridgewater played like a boss, and the defense played so far over their heads that their noses will bleed for a week to 10 days, as the Cardinals beat the Gators 33-23 in a game that wasn’t nearly that close. The Cards started quickly with a pick six of Jeff Driskel 15 seconds in and the Gators never really recovered. Despite Louisville’s attempt to DERP its way out of it in the third and fourth quarters, Florida just couldn’t capitalize. Will Muschamp may go on a tri-state killing spree after seeing his team thoroughly dominated by a team that got flattened by Syracuse in November. After all, they s’posed to be SEC. It was refreshing not to hear that irritating chant (you know the one) at the end, but I would have welcomed a trollish Big East cheer by Louisville fans.
New Stipend Proposal for NCAA Athletes?
According to Jeremy Fowler of CBS, NCAA President Mark Emmert plans to unveil a new plan in April to get cash to college athletes who need it. Last year’s plan was rejected soundly, but Emmert went back to the drawing board. The new plan will focus on a “needs-based” system, and may give universities or conferences the power to decide how the money is dispersed. We talked a lot about the possibility of paying college players the true cost of their education last year. Prepare to hear more about it this offseason as well.
Buckeye Claims CCHA Offensive POW Honors
Sophomore forward Ryan Dzingel’s hat trick against Penn State was enough to net him the Central Collegiate Hockey Association’s weekly offensive honor. Dzingel’s three goals were the most by any CCHA player last week and his three points tied for the league lead. Unfortunately, Dzingel’s three goals were not enough for a Buckeye win, as Ohio State fell 5-4 to the Nitts in Pittsburgh at the Three Rivers Classic. Dzingel’s nine goals lead all Buckeyes.
More on Clowney’s Destruction of Vincent Smith
We know many of you haven’t been able to stop watching this:
But if you didn’t see the game, don’t feel bad for Smith. It was payback for this:
Also, this is not the first time a Gamecock has forcibly removed a Wolverine running back’s helmet. To wit:
Sometimes history repeats itself and is glorious in the process.
Mike Farrell of Rivals predicts where some Army All American Bowl recruits will commit…Deshaun Thomas and Tayler Hill are Ohio State’s student-athletes of the week…Former Jim Tressel assistant Taver Johnson has been retained by WOO BERT SOOIE at ArKansas, but will move from linebackers coach to cornerbacks…Oregon’s Chip Kelly reportedly set to interview with the Browns (also Bills and Eagles)…Oops.