It appears to have been an epic blunder on Jim Tressel's part in the tattoo/memorabilia scandal. Frankly, I thought the whole situation would just go away, but doors have been opened, and from what I gather a lot of eyes are looking into OSU's athletics. It is safe to say that all major programs would like to avoid such a situation. Ticky-tack stuff starts to become bigger.
Before this event......OSU has won or shared six of the last seven Big 10 championships........they were returning their star QB Terrelle Pryor for his money year. The schedule was favorable. Now the HC and starting players are out for the first five games.
On top of that, Michigan is recruiting with re-newed vigor and has been landing players left and right, some from Ohio.
Of course the whole thing could blow over, they survive the first five games and have another great season that ends in a BCS berth. Hard to know, but it will be interesting to see what happens.
Kevin Nelson, Devont'a Davis, Jamal Reid, and Travis Williams are gone. Jeff Brown is in some legal trouble. Al Golden seems to be trimming some fat off of the roster. Pretty much standard considering a new staff with new rules. Coach Muschamp made a statement with Chris Dunkley and Golden appears to be doing the same at Miami(Coach Fisher with Jarmon Fortson, Nigel Carr last year).
Odd situation for Golden at Miami right now because the raw talent is there for a big season in 2011. There is senior/jr eligible NFL talent, it is pretty much up to Jacory Harris and that is what scares the fanbase. Still it is possible that Golden makes a splash next year......but 2012 and 2013 he will feel the affects of some misses on the recruiting trail.
They added QB Ryan Williams as a transfer from Memphis. He will sit out as a RS and be a soph in 2012. He transfered to Miramar as a senior FOLLOWING Geno Smith(WVUs starter). He had a so-so senior season, but lit up the 6A title game as Miramar beat DeLand. No offers before that game, Eastern Michigan was there, offered him, they had him. He went to Memphis on signing day. Now transfers out to Miami. 6'4 with an arm.
There is also word, but not confirmed, that they may be adding two late additions to the recruiting class. A pair of DTS. King is from West Boca, had qualifying issues, held an offer from FIU. Smith is a 370 pound JUCO.
Taken from the OU site
OU got a strong Spring: from Brandon Williams who impressed people with his speed, physicality and downhill running game this spring. Quarterback Landry Jones said he really adds another dimension to the OU backfield because he's a straight north-south runner, which completely complements Roy Finch's shifty style, Brennan Clay's power, as well as what the rest of the backs bring to the table.
Despite being youthful, the Sooner secondary will be very solid--There's just one senior in the two deep and a pair of sophomores and juniors in the starting secondary, but these guys are very talented. Aaron Colvin is adjusting well to the switch to strong safety, while cornerback Demontre Hurst is displaying great leadership as the only returning starter, assuming Jamell Fleming doesn't return in the fall. Cornerback Gabe Lynn and free safety Javon Harris round out the starting four and are developing well. This position may appear to be one of the question marks heading into 2011, but it will be a strong group.
OU has all the pieces to be the legitimate No. 1--With the exception of Jarvis Jones, there are no glaring injuries. There's depth at every position. When asked the other day on just how deep this team is, Stoops replied that they are 1 3/4 deep at each spot. That's 39-40 players deep, which is ridiculous for any college football program. Along with their depth, Landry Jones returns with another year of experience, electric slot receiver Ryan Broyles and defensive ringleader, linebacker Travis Lewis returns. The Sooners are absolutely stacked and are a very justifiable preseason No. 1.
Should be interesting indeed on September 17th
The SEC East is just as competitive, but it lacks any team that would be considered top 15 in the country. Question marks are around every program:
Georgia: Pretty bad last year. Who replaces Green? Are they ever going to get over the hump? Auburn did.
South Carolina: Back to back? Garcia? Do they have the depth of talent?
Tennessee: Can they build on the solid season? How much talent is there? Is the QB situation solved?
We picked South Carolina last year and received some skepticism, this year they probably are the chalk, but it feels like Georgia's turn.