Daily Archives: May 15, 2021

NIL: it just means more.

Unlike the NCAA, state legislators across the South knew they’d have to take action immediately.

You never take recruiting lightly.

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Filed under Political Wankery, Recruiting, SEC Football

A different sort of competitive advantage

It’s 2018.  Urban Meyer is forced to take administrative leave at Ohio State because of Zach Smith.  What about ‘crootin’, man?

Um… interesting coincidence here, since you ask.

A massage therapist has been barred from Ohio State’s campus and from having any interaction with Ohio State athletics members after an independent investigation found she had engaged in inappropriate and exploitative behavior targeting members of the Buckeyes football team.

The university released statements and a full report on the investigation, concluding that the massage therapist had no affiliation with the university or its athletics department and that the school does not believe any NCAA rules were violated. The massage therapist is a 41-year-old woman who lives roughly two hours north of campus and obtained her massage therapy license in 2009 in Ohio…

An investigation began after a complaint filed on March 14, 2020, with the State Medical Board of Ohio that alleged a female licensed massage therapist was offering free therapeutic massages to members of the Ohio State football team. She had been using the massages as a “means to initiate sexual interactions with some of the football student athletes, and then demanding payment,” according to the investigation report.

… The firm found that the massage therapist used two methods to attempt to initiate sexual encounters — isolating the student-athletes to get them in a vulnerable position or sending out “overtly sexual messages and see[ing] if she could engage their interest in a sexual encounter” — according to the report.

The report states that this scheme took place from 2018 to 2021, mainly in off-campus housing or in hotels, but that no current or former staff members for the Ohio State football team were aware of the massage therapist or of her communication with the student-athletes.

Sure, right.  Subject never came up.  For two solid years…

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Just trying to help

Shot.

Chaser.

More help is on the way for Georgia in the defensive backfield. The Bulldogs landed Alabama transfer Brandon Turnage on Friday and it’s an intriguing addition. He has the physical tools. He was highly recruited. He’s from Oxford, Miss. and was recruited heavily by Bulldog offensive line coach Matt Luke when he was the head coach at Ole Miss.

I don’t think Turnage is coming in to provide immediate starting help in the defensive backfield.  He lacks the experience for that.  That doesn’t mean he can’t be a valuable piece added to the secondary puzzle.

… his lack of experience makes this one a bit puzzling. Georgia needs size, speed, and talent in the defensive backfield but it also needs a guy who has played winning football in the SEC. Turnage hasn’t done that yet, appearing in just three games for Alabama over the past three seasons.

Persons with knowledge of the situation tell Dawgs247 that UGA likes Turnage at cornerback. He has the stature, length, and athleticism the Bulldog staff looks for at the position. When you throw that into the equation, it makes more sense because Turnage is listed as a safety for Alabama. If UGA feels he can play cornerback and Alabama liked him at safety, it stands to reason that he could also help at STAR.

All of a sudden Turnage looks like a catch-all addition, right? He isn’t going to magically become battle tested between now and the start of the 2021 season, but he is a guy who can wear a lot of different hats for a UGA secondary that needs a guy who can do just that.

Bottom line, there’s more to come from the transfer portal.  Stay tuned.

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