Big Ten Media Days start tomorrow, as the season is now a month and change away. The league actually does it much later than the other power conferences, so if you think this is too early, than you must really think the other leagues are insanely early. Over the weekend, the Big Ten released its preseason poll, and the usual favorite in Columbus, is once again expected to win it all. However, Michigan State is right up there as well.Follow paulmbanks
Under Urban Meyer, THE Ohio St. football program has seen its share of off the field issues (i.e. criminal behavior) and just a few days ago a couple more Ohio St. football players got arrested.
It’s a pattern under Meyer, from Utah to Florida to Columbus, his personnel often falls very short in the character department. This new development though, is not something under his jurisdiction, so we can’t fault him for that. Even though the group involved performs within his domain every autumn Saturday.Follow paulmbanks
Welcome to the first ever edition of the the Jay Cutler DON’T CARE awards given the Media Relations professionals, University Sports Information Departments and athlete/brand PR firms that emailed me the least newsworthy press releases and story pitches.
Basically every Friday at 9AM CST we’ll publish THE WORST attempts to pass minutia and irrelevance as news. These are the story pitches and press releases which made say “Dooooooon’t Caaaaaaare” in my head before deleting them as quickly as possible.
We’ll call these awards “The Cuttys” for short.Follow paulmbanks
Illini football coach Tim Beckman has not accomplished much in Champaign. That is not news. His 45-17 drubbing of Cincinnati was nice though, as the Bearcats were a really good team that went on to play in their conference championship. That game was Becks’ lone signature win in two years. Landing A.D. Miller would be his recruiting equivalent of that.
The 6’4″ wide receiver is the eleventh commit in the 2015 class, and he choose the Illini football program over Arizona State, Miami, Michigan, Oregon, Brigham Young, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, and a bunch more.Follow paulmbanks
Now that the 2014 NBA Draft is in the books, draft nets like myself can look ahead to next year’s class. Here is The Sports Bank’s extremely premature 2015 NBA Mock Draft where team needs and outstanding trades have NOT been taken into account. Click on the player’s name for an in-depth draft profile. By the way, The Sports Bank had the most accurate NBA Mock Draft in both 2011 and 2012 along with the second most accurate mock in 2013.Follow paulmbanks
The best teams should get the most coverage; in a perfect sporting world. Almost all the teams on this list do get some coverage. Most of them sell tickets to their games, and have a decent sized fanbase. Only one team, the program in the #1 slot, is a program that nobody cares about. Even though that program is solid and consistent.
The market is saturated- that’s what all these teams have in common. For a whole host of different reasons. Basically, there is really no demand for any more coverage. Current supply is excess. The LA Kings, like the other seven teams on this list, would deserve the coverage they receive, maybe even more (they’re that good)…..if all media outlets were non-profit; serving the public interest only.
We’ll look at why these teams are all great, and the reasons why you just don’t click on stories about them. We’ll explain why
a.) more people should care about these teams and/or
b.) why those that do care, don’t read.Follow paulmbanks
College basketball transfers are becoming a growing trend. Here is a list of players from the marquee conferences who are transferring out of their respective programs after this past season and a list of college basketball transfers who will be eligible to play at their new school for the 2014-15 season. Bookmark this page as we will continue to update the list as the off-season progresses.
UPDATED: 6/3/14Follow paulmbanks
Just in case you needed another Michael Bennett football star in your life, now you have one. I’m getting tired trying to keep my Michael Bennett (s) straight. First you had the Wisconsin Badgers tailback and track star who went on to play some running back for the Minnesota Vikings. You also have Michael Bennett the star defensive end for the Seattle Seahawks who gave us the famous “there is no hometown discount, this is not CostCo!” soundbite.Follow paulmbanks
CBS Sports is bringing together Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio State and UCLA, for a new early season college basketball showcase, the CBS Sports Classic. Or basically, their answer to ESPN’s “Champions Classic.”
This has been in the works for some time. When covering the Champions Classic last year, we heard there was a second arrangement of this sport in the works. We knew this past December about the other three teams, other than Ohio State.Follow paulmbanks
Now that we know which college basketball players have declared for the NBA Draft and top 2014 recruit Myles Turner has made his college decision, it is time to update my insanely early 2014-15 Top 25 college basketball rankings. Here is a list of which players have already announced they are transferring and entering the draft. Leave a comment below if you think a team is too high, too low, not getting enough respect, or if you notice an error in a projected roster. (Click here to see how my 2013-14 way too early preseason college basketball rankings turned out.)
Allow me to present to you my way too early 2014-2015 preseason Top 25 college basketball rankings. (Check out The Sports Bank’s 2015 NCAA Tournament Bracketology.)Follow paulmbanks
The deadline has passed for college basketball players to declare for the 2014 NBA Draft. Here is the up-to-date list of the 2014 NBA Draft early entries.
Click here for The Sports Bank’s 2014 NBA Draft. Click on the player’s name for an in-depth scouting report.
UPDATED: 4/28/14Follow paulmbanks
It shocks me to no end when I see Bradley Roby in the first round of NFL mock drafts. We can start with the fact that his junior year fell way below expectations on the field. Maybe he wasn’t fully 100% healthy, but that again is another concern. Considering his off the field issues; with another one popping up today, it’s time to take him out of the first round of your NFL mock draft.
His draft stock is falling now, after it was revealed that Bradley Roby was charged with a OVI, operating a vehicle while intoxicated.Follow paulmbanks