As almost everyone knows, former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky was found guilty on 45 of 48 sex abuse charges
last Friday. I have not posted an opinion on the case until now and only plan to state it once. Jerry Sandusky is a monster as evident by his conviction and Joe Paterno was a good man that made a horrible mistake. We have to remember both.
Dick Vitale of ESPN and Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski seem to have a problem doing so. Vitale insinuates only the focus should be on Sandusky and not on Paterno. First off, that is wrong for two obvious reasons. Joe Paterno himself stated that he "should have done more" and it was the untouchable greatness of Penn State football that was created by him. Undoubtedly, Sandusky's involvement in Penn State football gave him more power to commit his horrible crimes.
Here are some of Dick Vitale's tweets from earlier this month:
What set off Vitale's comments was his agreement with a statement made by Mike Krzyzewski in an article on NewsObserver.com. Coach Krzyzewski said in disapproval of Paterno's firing:“You had somebody who’d given six decades of service to the university and done such an incredible job,” Krzyzewski said of Paterno. “Somehow, you have to let – something has to play out and respect the fact that you’ve gone through all these experiences for six decades. And it doesn’t just go out the window, right at the end.”
Dick Vitale and Mike Kryzewski just do not get it. No matter the accomplishments of Paterno, it does just "go out the window" when child abuse is involved. Paterno deserved termination and that should not even be arguable. Apparently, they have been on the ESPN airwaves too long and need to come down to reality.
One of many problems that contributed to this case of child sexual abuse is denial. Paterno never chose to investigate or believe that Sandusky was doing such a thing since he was his former assistant coach and friend. Of my knowing, he never questioned Sandusky, pressed for more information, or asked about Sandusky's immense involvement with children. Paterno passed what information Mike McQueary told him on to his bosses and that was it. Well, that obviously was not enough. Some of these acts happened on Penn State property and someone could have prevented Sandusky's access.
If it was a family member of Vitale or Krzyzewski would going to "his bosses" had been enough for their children or grandchildren?
Would his "incredible job" had mattered if it was their family member?
This goes far beyond a legendary football coaching career and also beyond funding of a library to boost the educational establishment. Because no matter how much a person gives, innocent people had something taken that can not be given back. Am I saying that Joe Paterno should be demonized or the fall guy for these monstrous acts? No. But he is forever linked and rightfully so. It can no longer be acceptable for someone to just pass on or turn a blind eye to alleged child abuse just because they have an allegiance to side with their friend.
I believe that friends and colleagues were in disbelief when they needed to realize the seriousness of the situation which seems to be an ongoing problem in something like child sexual abuse that is too taboo to talk about for some. That is the problem in which Vitale and Krzyzewski are going through. Yes, Paterno did many great things, but his failure to not act enough is tragic. Dick Vitale and Mike Krzyzewski, you are both educated adults that can deal with the fact that he had great accomplishments, but also made a devastating mistake that cannot be forgotten.
Back on January 23, 2012, Dick Vitale wrote on ESPN.com:"It was so tragic and so sad the way this all ended. It really disturbs me that many people will talk about the Jerry Sandusky situation instead of remembering Paterno's dedication, integrity and loyalty. He even admitted that he probably could have done more in this Sandusky probe. He did everything within the rules, going to the proper authorities when informed of indiscretions.
I am not saying that nothing should be said about the good deeds of Paterno and the above statement was written shortly after Paterno's passing, but as much as it hurts Vitale and others, people will and should talk about the Sandusky situation in relation to Paterno. No good deeds can justify what was taken from the lives of the victims.
According to ChildHelp.org, every year 3.3 million reports of child abuse are made in the United States involving 6 million children.
That is why condemning Paterno's blunder is so important. Sandusky was the monster that committed the horrendous acts, but there also needs to be serious steps taken in prevention. It is far more important to remember the abuse to prevent further from happening than it is to remember a football coaching career as legendary. Joe Paterno was a man not a god and many almost forgot that until this scandal. As much as fans and others love the late Joe Paterno, they can still do so, but they have to remember his mistake. We must remember both, because we have to. *Select articles on College Football Universe are syndicated with GameDayr.com. Sign up on Gamedayr.com to share anything about gameday or college sports.
The hog mollies on the offensive line never seem to get enough attention in college football so here is a rundown of the best O-linemen in the nation for the 2012 season. The top 20 offensive linemen are ranked along with a summary of the top five and notes on the rest. The ranking is based on the best college football linemen not NFL prospects, but information on draft status is included. Bench, squat, and 40-yard dash numbers are provided for the top five. Four of the top five linemen have weight room numbers listed from high school and some of the other players have more recent weight room numbers posted.
1. C Barrett Jones, Alabama Crimson Tide
Barrett Jones comes into the 2012 college football season as a highly decorated veteran on the best offensive line in the nation. He is not the top athlete on the list, but more than makes up for it with his versatility and reliability. Jones won the Outland Trophy in 2011 and is a first team lineman on nearly every preseason team list for 2012. He is now listed as center, but has played four positions on the line while at Alabama. His solid play helped Alabama rush for 2,788 yards as a team which ranked 16th in rush yards per game while contributing to Trent Richardson's Heisman finalist season. He is a late first to second round NFL Draft prospect.
2. OT DJ Fluker, Alabama Crimson Tide
Size: 6'6 335 poundsBench Max: 375 lbs Squat Max: 525 lbs 40 Yard Dash: 4.9 secs Stats:
22 career starts at right tackleDraft Rating:
Early/Mid First Round
DJ Fluker is a behemoth on the offensive line and is the top rated lineman on Mel Kiper's Big Board at six overall
. He has played mostly right tackle for the Crimson Tide, but there is a chance that he could be a guard at the next level. His posted weight is actually less than it was in high school and he is currently listed as 335 pounds. Fluker may not be as accomplished as his teammate Barrett Jones, but there are high expectations for him due to his physicality alone. With a little refinement, he should easily maintain his NFL Draft stock.
3. OT Taylor Lewan, Michigan Wolverines
Size: 6'8 302 lbs Bench Max: 335 lbs Squat Max: 450 lbs 40 Yard Dash: 4.72 secs Stats:
Started 22 games in two seasons Draft Rating:
Mid/Early First Round
After a misfit freshman season that involved antics and penalties, Taylor Lewan came back strong and matured some as a sophomore. He is an athletic lineman that has good power for his build and incredible length with his 6'8 height to fight off defenders. The Wolverine lineman has definite first round potential for the NFL Draft coming into his junior season. Lewan started all 13 games last season at left tackle and his athleticism should translate well in the pros.
4. OT Ricky Wagner, Wisconsin Badgers
Size: 6'6 322 lbsBench Max:
N/A40 Yard Dash: 5.32Stats:
Started all 14 games in 2011 and played in 38 games for career Draft Rating:
Late First/ Early Second Round
Ricky Wagner is a durable lineman that rose from walk-on to NFL prospect thus far in his college career. He was a consensus honorable mention on the All-Big Ten team for the past two seasons and is a first team preseason All-American on various lists for 2012. He performs well as a blindside pass blocker at left tackle and is consistently good all around in his play. Wisconsin has traditionally done a great job of prepping players for the NFL and Wagner should be the next.
5. OG Omoregie Uzzi, Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
Size: 6'3 300 lbsBench Max: 340 lbs Squat Max: 500 lbs 40 Yard Dash: 5.3 secsStats:
22 career starts and 36 games playedDraft Rating:
Experienced right guard Omoregie Uzzi is a powerful run blocker for the Ramblin Wreck. He earned First Team All-ACC in 2011 and is a Second Team Phil Steele's 2012 Preseason All-American. His effort on the line helped his team rank second nationally in rushing yards last season with 316.5 yards per game and they ranked in the top four rushing yards in each of his three seasons. He is the most questionable of the top five due to a late season injury, but if he fully recovers, expect another strong season.
Rest of the Top 20 Offensive Linemen
There are a lot of good players on this list that could have placed in the top five and that may have higher NFL Draft potential. Luke Joeckel is a first round prospect, Gabe Ikard has had an outstanding college career, and Travis Frederick's weight room numbers are freakish. Here are the rest of the top 20 offensive linemen in college football for 2012 with their height, weight, and a note on each:6. C Gabe Ikard, Oklahoma: 6'4 295 lbs
, 88 knockdowns on 860 snaps in 2011 according to SoonerSports.com
.7. OT Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M: 6'6 310 lbs
, First round NFL Draft potential at 16 on Mel Kiper's Big Board
8. OG Travis Frederick Wisconsin: 6'4 328 lbs
, school record 770-lb squat & benchs around 500 lbs. 9. OG Jonathan Cooper, North Carolina: 6'3 310 lbs
, 2012 Phil Steele's All-American First Team.10. OT Alex Hurst, LSU: 6'6 340 lbs
, 71.5 knockdowns in 767 plays in 2011 according to LSUSports.net
.11. OG Chance Warmack, Alabama: 6'3 320 lbs
, started 26 straight games.12. OT Chris Faulk, LSU: 6'6 325 lbs
, 500-lb squat
& 73.5 knockdowns in 724 snaps in 2011 according to LSUSports.net. 13. OT Jake Matthews, Texas A&M: 6'5 305 lbs
, started all 13 games in 2011 & son of Bruce Matthews.14. OG Alvin Bailey, Arkansas: 6'5 319 lbs
, 2011 All SEC Second Team (Coaches), 440-lb bench press & 555-lb squat
.15. C Dalton Freeman, Clemson: 6'5 285 lbs
, 36 career starts & 2012 Rimington Award Watch List. 16. OG Larry Warford, Kentucky: 6'3 336 lbs
, 1 QB sack & graded 87.5 percent in 2011 according to NFLDraftScout.com
.17. OG Blaize Foltz, TCU: 6'4 310 lbs,
2011 All MWC First Team, posted 580-lb bench press & 800-lb squat
.18. C Khaled Holmes, USC: 6'4 305 lbs
, 2011 All Pac-12 Second Team.19. OG Mason Walters, Texas: 6'6 315 lbs
, started 25 games in a row at right guard.20. OG Marcus Martin, USC: 6'3 325 lbs
, 2011 Freshman All-American First Team by various publications.Honorable Mention:
OG Lane Taylor Oklahoma State (6'3 328 lbs
), OT Oday Aboushi Virginia (6'6 310 lbs
), OG Braden Hansen BYU (6'6 313 lbs
), C Braxston Cave* Notre Dame (6'3 304 lbs
), OT Morgan Moses Virginia (6'6 336 lbs
), OG Chris McDonald Michigan State (6'5 299 lbs
), OG Carson York Oregon (6'5 284 lbs
), and OT Cameron Fleming Stanford (6'6 308 lbs
). *Cave benchs 520 lbs
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After a 11-2 season with a Sugar Bowl victory, you would think that the Michigan Wolverines would be receiving more preseason hype in 2012. The past failure during the tenure of Rich Rodriguez has brought caution to a once consistently successful program. Despite the lack of noise about this year's team, the Wolverines should duplicate the success of last season and have a chance to do more in just the second season under head coach Brady Hoke.
Michigan's schedule is slightly more difficult this year. The Wolverines have the 32nd toughest schedule according to the CFU strength of schedule rankings
and are ranked at 26 for opponent win-loss percent
, but Phil Steele has their schedule rated fourth which also takes into account home and away games. They have to play Alabama, Notre Dame, Nebraska, and Ohio State away from home. But they do play Michigan State in the Big House this year which was one of the two teams that defeated them last season.
The experienced players and new talent should be able to handle the more difficult season to at least replicate a similar one as last. They return 16 starters
and plugged in well with recruiting. There have been back to back solid recruiting classes for Michigan including the rated seven class for 2012 according to Yahoo Rivals
. The Wolverines recruited highly rated five star offensive lineman Kyle Kalis and five star defensive tackle Ondre Pipkins
to fill needed vacancies.
Dual threat quarterback Denard Robinson (3,349 total yards & 36 total TDs
) returns along with running back Fitzgerald Touissaint (1,041 rush yards
) . Some naysayers doubt Robinson's ability especially as a passer, but his exceptional speed and running capability makes him an instant weapon on the field. At times, he throws good, but does seem to get out of sorts when there is too much on his plate to handle. However in order to win, the team needs to continue with their strong running game and top notch defense which ranked sixth in points allowed per game in 2011. The Michigan defense may be the best since 2006
including the well recruited new talent along with experienced linebackers and secondary led by senior safety Jordan Kovacs.
With Michigan's schedule, a couple of big wins could vault them into the national championship discussion, but if a couple trip ups do happen, a double digit win season is still a reasonable expectation along with a chance at either the Rose Bowl or another BCS Bowl. "Experts" should not discount the Wolverines just because of their schedule. Look at LSU in 2011, they played eight ranked teams before their berth in the BCS championship game. Michigan's schedule is no pansy either, but it is not the gauntlet that the Tigers had to endure. Select articles on College Football Universe are syndicated with GameDayr.com. Sign up on Gamedayr.com to share anything about gameday or college sports.
Talented running back Knile Davis returns for the Arkansas Razorbacks in 2012 after missing the 2011 season due to an ankle injury August of last year. Davis looks to come back strong as shown by posting superb numbers in the weight room and the 40-yard dash this Spring. He also had a stellar year in 2010 when he was healthy.
Davis has both blazing speed and incredible strength demonstrated by the 4.33 40-yard dash he clocked being the fastest on the team and a 415 bench press along with a 570-pound squat while weighing a solid 226 pounds.
His squat was higher than any of what was recorded for the offensive linemen and only one O-lineman posted a better bench press.
The star tailback is a definite preseason Heisman Trophy contender and will be by season end if his ankle holds up. Davis already demonstrated his physical prowess and appears to be mentally ready as well.
He recently tweeted:
Davis had an excellent 2010 season with 1,322 yards and 13 touchdowns on the ground with a 6.5 yard per carry average. He finished six of the last seven games with 100 yards or more against quality opposition like South Carolina, LSU, and Ohio State.
The 2010 numbers could easily be duplicated or better in 2012. His running ability might be the last ingredient to make just the right recipe for a BCS National Championship contender especially since the Hogs only finished 81st in rushing last season without him. There are weapons in the passing game as well that can take pressure off him with quarterback Tyler Wilson and wide receiver Cobi Hamilton in the lineup.
Despite testing out some impressive numbers this Spring and his previous experience on the field, we all know none of that matters until the season begins. Hog fans will be cringing the first time there is a big hit on Davis when his true test comes on the playing field this September. Hopefully for the Razorbacks and college football, the stud running back will have an iron man season in 2012, because it would be an exciting show for all fans to watch.
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