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NCAA edict: Boom goes the dynamite

December 21, 2011
By RICH GIBSON - Times Leader Sports Writer (rgibson@timesleaderonline.com) , Times Leader

So, what's the worst that could happen?

Urban Meyer guides the 2012 Scarlet & Gray to 12 consecutive regular season wins and that's that.

Imagine the fallout from that unlikely, though not totally impossible scenario throughout Buckeye Nation. I mean, if you thought it hurt now.....

A few additional lost scholarships, another year of probation, and a damaging, long-term penalty assessed former Coach Jim Tressel, notwithstanding, the realization of a postseason ban was met with much disdain from Cleveland to Cincinnati and everywhere in between.

Here's what truly stinks regarding Tuesday's edicts issued by the NCAA's 34-page report: Justice was not totally served.

At least not in the case of two high-profile Buckeyes (Boom Herron, DeVier Posey) both of whom are slated to play in next month's Gator Bowl. Hey, weren't these two guys guilty parties to begin with?

The NCAA could well have made its declarations six weeks ago, thus effectively putting OSU out of its misery following an unremarkable 6-6 season.

There never was much buzz regarding the Bucks' Gator Bowl selection against an equally mediocre Florida team. It's easily the worst matchup of the six games to be played Jan. 2.

An OSU bowl ban this season was easily the NCAA's most viable option but one it unwisely opted to forego.

By the way, the Buckeyes' 2012 slate features non-conference home games against Miami (Oh.), Central Florida, the University of California (Berkeley) and Alabama-Birmingham.

Meyer and company open next season's conference schedule at Michigan State. The Bucks also play Big Ten road games at Indiana, Penn State and Wisconsin.

Conference home games include Nebraska, Purdue, Illinois and Michigan. OSU has a bye week Nov. 10.

EXTRA POINTS

I caught a glance of Tuesday night's Beef O'Bradys Bowl at St. Petersburg's Tropicana Field which attracted an announced crowd of 20,000 and change. There were at least 20,000 empty seats. I forget who won.

Out of 35 bowl games, maybe a half-dozen will sell out, but the majority will resemble Tuesday's Bingo Night-like turnout.

West Virginia announced last week it had sold no more than one-third of the school's allotment for Jan. 4th's Orange Bowl in south Florida. What used to be one of the most prestigious postseason games has rapidly disintegrated, in large part due to unaccomodating play dates for the participating schools' (won't get fooled again) fanbase.

Six bowl games are scheduled after the holiday season, including Pitt's much anticipated journey to Birmingham for the Compass Bowl. What time is kickoff? What time can you get here?....

THE Steelers generated 398 offensive yards, though managed but three points Monday night at San Francisco. Chances of securing a top seed in the AFC are now unrealistic at best. A better chance exists the Black & Gold will play any or all their postseason games away from home where they have not exactly excelled.....

TONIGHT'S a rare opportunity to catch a Nailers' home game during the week. In fact, it's the first of only two scheduled Wednesday night tilts at Wesbanco. As added incentive, first place is on the line in the ECHL's Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference. Faceoff at 7:05.....

Gibson may be reached at rgibson@timesleaderonline.com

 
 

 

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