Tom Izzo Happily Helps Judge Mathis Troll Ohio State (Video)

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We’re used to seeing Tom Izzo angry on television. The cameras love to catch the Michigan State basketball coach fuming in the heat of battle moments. We don’t often see him smiling on TV, but he certainly is here, during Thursday’s episode of Judge Mathis. 

On the December 7th edition of the program, Tom Izzo makes a special appearance in the courtroom. Have a watch of the clip below as Mathis reveals that his daughter was a student assistant to Izzo at Michigan State, before going on to law school and becoming a lawyer.

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2018 NFL Mock Draft 12-5-17

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Welcome to the 2018 NFL mock draft. Order was inspired by Tankathon, who we linked here. We then projected out how we will see each team finishing, out and thus composing the final order. If you take issue with the order, well then you have a lot of company. That’s what the comments section is for! Just keep it above board and professional in your criticism.

Team needs were somewhat taken into account for the 2018 NFL mock draft, at least as much as we could at this point. It’s still very early for a 2018 mock draft right now, and team needs will not be fully accounted for until AFTER NFL free agency ends.

For the link to our NBA mock draft go here.

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Michigan and Ohio’s Toledo War of 1835, and the Frostbitten Convention

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This week is rivalry week in college football. Which conjures up memories of the Toledo War and the Frostbitten Convention.

This weekend brings awesome games with cool names like “The Iron Bowl” (Alabama-Auburn) and “The Holy War” (BYU-Utah). But only one of these rivalry games can claim an actual war in the history of its geographic region. That’s the Michigan Wolverines vs. the Ohio State Buckeyes, or “The Game,” as it’s called.

The Toledo War is one of the many reasons ESPN Classic is running a marathon of past tOSU-UM games today.

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What Four Legendary Old School Football Players Do These Days

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By John O’Leary

When our favorite old-school football players left the field for the last time, some dropped out of the spotlight, choosing to lead quieter lives. Others do everything that they can to stay in front of the camera, seeking careers in entertainment, either acting or becoming a sports commentator. Still more get their moments in the spotlight in negative ways, such as felons on the evening news.

If you’ve ever wondered what happened to your favorite players after retirement, keep reading to learn about four famous former players and the lives that they lead now.

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ESPN Promotion of College Football Playoff Rankings is Very Obnoxious

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There are three things to remember every single Tuesday night when ESPN releases the updated College Football Playoff Rankings.

First, this endeavor only merits a tweet and press release, not an entire television show. Maybe you could stretch this out into a two or three minute desk segment, but that’s really pushing it.

Secondly, all the controversies, real as well as the contrived debates created and then amplified by ESPN, will sort themselves out in the end. There’s no real reason to care all that strongly about the rankings until the last week of the season or conference championship weekend.

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ESPN College Gameday: How it Went From Transcendent to Unwatchable

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To pinpoint what’s so wrong with ESPN College Gameday in 2017, there are a couple different places from which you can start. You can begin with ESPN’s horrible bungling of the Jemele Hill and Robert Lee situations, and go from there. The same principle, that of “let’s try to never hurt anyone’s feelings ever, no matter what the cost, because hurt feelings means upset sponsors” applies across the board.

ESPN should have never apologized for what Jemele Hill said about Donald Trump.

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Athletic vs Academic Scholarships for Student-Athletes

There is confusion on how academic scholarships and athletic scholarships work. For example, if an NCAA Division II institution offers you a partial scholarship you can still use academic aid to cover your tuition. About 2 percent of high school athletes are awarded some form of athletics scholarship to compete in college.

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Ohio State Football: Billy Price Tells it Like it is on Recruiting

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Ohio State football star Billy Price was a refreshing oasis of candor within a brutal dessert of horrifying tedium at B1G Media Day. College football talking season gets more corporatized and dumbed further down every summer, so when someone like Price comes along, it’s glorious. The OG was the highlight of Media Day, and you don’t need to be a Buckeyes fan to enjoy this audio snippet from his session embedded below.

Price opens by discussing how and why football players are crazy before getting into what was changed in the world of recruiting now. Price tells it exactly like it is, about how the amount of hype that accompanies recruits these days gives players an inflated sense of talent, ability and self-worth.

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IlliNation Show 7: Urban Meyer, P.J. Fleck, FOX 32’s Rafer Weigel

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Illination Show Seven was about as meaningful, exciting fun and informative as we’ve ever been. The extravaganza begins with Minnesota Golden Gophers Head Coach P.J. Fleck, spinning yarn on well, a whole lot of stuff. The Gophers going from Tracy Claeys to Fleck, from a media skills stand point, is like trading in Cheese Whiz for a finely aged brie.

Next up is Ohio State Head Coach Urban Meyer in a serious conversation about the future of the sport of football, which is relevant to his own household, given that his kid plays ball. 

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Ohio State Football Tops B1G Pre-Media Days Power Rankings

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It’s another national title or bust kind of season for Ohio State football. All the college football preseason preview magazines see at least a final four appearance in Columbus, with two of the three calling a national championship game appearance. Thus, it’s pretty obvious who tops our B1G power rankings pre-Media Day.

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Bobby Knight Really Sucks as a Human Being, Now Let’s Move on From Him

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Why is Bobby Knight still a thing? We’ve known for several decades already what kind of horrible human being he is. During his 76 years on this planet he’s racked up an infamous resume of deplorable actions that should have long disqualified him from relevance and being worthy of our attention.

Yet here we are again, talking about another disgusting thing Bobby Knight did. This time, he went to give a motivational speech at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, and he ended up under investigation from both the FBI and the U.S. Army for groping the female employees.

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Chris Holtmann Leaves Butler for Ohio State Now Official

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Gene Smith, Ohio State Athletics Director, announced the hire of Butler Head Coach Chris Holtmann as the new man to lead Buckeyes men’s basketball. Holtmann agreed to an eight-year contract with Ohio State worth about $3 million annually, Smith said. Final details of the deal are being finalized and will be released at a later date.

Chris Holtmann just signed a lengthy extension at Butler, but it’s par for the course that bigger programs come in and exercise those expensive buyouts.

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