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Friday Mcmurphy “Hammer”: OSU

Here’s the deal…for me, this isn’t really about Urban Meyer or Tom Izzo or Mark Dantonio or any other athletic figure in isolation. It’s about what we do as a society, because this goes WAAAAAYYYYYY beyond college athletics. Yeah, it’s up to the reader to decide what that individual thinks but that honestly couldn’t possibly mean less to me. What DOES matter is what standards we apply in terms of culpability, people losing their jobs, their reputations, their freedom. THAT matters. If the Smith case is indicative of anything, IMO it is that often in these circumstances things are murky, muddled, unclear and that there can be at least (and sometimes more than) 2 sides. That reality has been used as a justification of sorts for the types of enforcement we’ve seen from universities in Title IX cases in recent years. I think that’s a horrendously wrongheaded direction to go in myself, because what it in essence says is that we remove due process as a consideration in instances where it’s just too difficult to produce evidence. Sorry…can’t get with that, ever, no matter what. I have no idea whether Smith is an abuser or not. I have no idea whether his choosing to live aspects of his life on the sexual edge indicates much of anything beyond just that. That’s why we require evidence, REAL evidence, not supposition, innuendo and disconnected suggestion.

Then we turn to the ritualized seppuku that now seemingly must apply to anyone in a position of authority when something goes horribly wrong on their watch. It’s “buck stops here” gone amok in my view and btw, it solves NOTHING. Did Urban Meyer know about abuse? If so, I have no problem with his being canned. Beyond that? “Enabling?” I don’t know and I damn sure have no idea how anyone is supposed to apply and regulate a standard, which, sorry to tell you is what you NEED to do if we’re at least pretending to live in a society of laws.

We really, desperately need to mature as a society in regard to these matters. Right now, we’re failing miserably on all sides, on all counts.

Tiger Talk – Deatherage and Clemens both promoted to Lakeland

That’s a big deal, for two guys just drafted in June and not as first rounders to already be at high A. They’ll only have 16 games to play there before the season ends, so not out of the question that they could each start there next year but this is definitely a best case scenario for Detroit with those two guys.

So far, on the year they’ve posted the following numbers:

Deatherage (2 games in Gulf Coast League and 46 at West Michigan Low A) as an outfielder

.324/.380/.514 6 homers 25 RBI 15 walks 51 Ks in 185 ABs 15 steals with 3 CS.

Clemens (41 games at Low A West Michigan) as a second baseman

.302/.387/.477 4 homers 17 RBI 21 walks 27 Ks in 149 ABs 3steals with 1 CS.

Also, Parker Meadows, the Tigers’ second round pick as an OF, got promoted to Connecticut after playing in the Gulf Coast League. Here’s what he’s done so far in 22 games and 74 ABs

.284/.376/.500 4 homers 8 RBI 8 walks and 25 Ks 3steals with 1 CS

He’s seen as a potential CF option.

All of these guys playing well as position players is a big positive. You never know how they’ll react to the move up in level but it’s encouraging to me. With Deatherage and Clemens it’s a bigger deal IMO because both are college guys, so you want them on a faster track. Meadows is 18, so he’s got more time.




Should the NCAA/Big Ten expand to Canada?

Carleton University has won 13 of the last 16 Canadian collegiate championships. They haven’t lost a game since 2015-16. It’s a dynasty that, in its own world, makes Wooden-era UCLA look like Pikers.

Well, you might say, big deal…it’s Canada. The level of college basketball up there certainly would leave something to be desired. Overall, that’s certainly a fair statement. However, this whole story (one I was unaware of previously) got my attention because of these scores over the past few days from American college teams playing them on a summer tour of Canada:

Carleton 113 South Dakota State 51 – SDSU has Mike Daum, a likely NBA draft pick next year and a truly elite PF. They have made the NCAA Tournament three straight seasons and five times since 2012.

Carleton 81 Ole Miss 63 – Ole Miss is operating under a new coach, Kermit Davis (you remember him, right? Middle Tennessee), so they’re going through a transition period. Still, an SEC team losing by 18 points?

Carleton 86 Cincinnati 67 – Cincy was 31-5 last year. Now, they did lose 3 starters from that team but expectations are still high for this coming season.

Lest you think that’s a one year fluke, Carleton beat Alabama, Providence and Vandy last year. They also beat WIsconsin during one of their Final Four seasons a few years back.

Their entire roster this year is comprised of Canadians, though some of them have transferred in after starting out at American schools (they have one guard who transferred in this year, for example, from UTEP after averaging almost 10 ppg last season).


M in trouble around shoe resale by players?…warn-others-wake-ncaa-violations-shoe-resales

UNC just suspended 13 football players for doing this.

Article does not clarify which sport is potentially impacted.

Seeing some talk around the Internet that it may involve “double digit” number of M athletes between both football and basketball. No names yet, obviously,

Interestingly, Marquette has already released a statement saying that no “current players” have sold shoes and thus they feel safe in declaring they’re in the clear. Notice what that doesn’t say…”past players.”

Mike Davis with an interesting staff at UD

Tracy Dildy, former head coach at Chicago State and I believe worked for Davis as an assistant at UAB (also assistant at places like DePaul, Auburn and Ole Miss). Chicago guy.

Rod Strickland – Longtime NBA player. Was in an administrative role under Cal at Memphis and worked at USF as an assistant for 3 years.

Also hiring Mike Davis Jr.

On paper, at least, it would appear to be a staff with some recruiting chops. Nothing in terms of local background, though, which makes me wonder if UD is going to continue to cede Michigan kids at their level to Oakland and go a bit more national in scope.

Isaac Parades – Tigers SS prospect at Erie

Just got promoted to AA Erie. In his first 4 games, he’s hitting a cool .455 with 3 RBI.

His numbers at high A Lakeland take a little bit of drilling down to appreciate. He hit “only” .259 but had 12 homers and 48 RBI in 84 games and had an OPS of .793. Now, that looks OK but the thing you have to remember is that he’s a 19 year old playing against guys 22-23 on average at High A. It’s a tick older than that now that he’s in AA. He’s the first teenager to hit double digit homers over a *season* in the FSL (notoriously a pitcher’s league) since Giancarlo Stanton and the more forgettable Matt Dominguez did it in 2009. He hit .305 in June and .310 in the month of July before the promotion, so the overall hitting numbers don’t really tell the full story of where he was at.

The long and short of it is that his bat is clearly very advanced, as had been thought when they acquired him from the Cubs in the Justin Wilson/Alex Avila deal which also brought over Candalerio. Candy’s been scuffling mightily over the past 6 weeks or so but I think most still believe he’ll be a quality bat and respectable third baseman over the long haul…but Parades may end up as the biggest get in that trade. The big question is, at what position? He’s already at a point that they say he’ll have to slim down if he’s going to stay at SS, with a move to 3B, 2B or even corner OF likely if that doesn’t happen. He’s apparently got good hands, arm and feel but range is limited…and you figure at 19 there’s a chance he fills out more just as much as him slimming down.

Lynn Henning has a good piece on him today.…ers-farm-sensation-body-work-ahead/816072002/

Can Chris Holtmann make OSU Elite Again?

There’s never a good excuse for OSU not being very good, and yet during my lifetime they’ve been maddeningly inconsistent. Matta gave them the best sustained run since Fred Taylor in the early 60s but then the bottom fell out over his last two years. Guys like Randy Ayers and Jim O’Brien and Eldon MIller had flashes in the pan but couldn’t sustain high level success for various reasons.

They’re the only Big Ten school in the state, something MSU, M, Purdue and IU don’t benefit from. That alone should make them a consistent contender but for different reasons over the years, it’s been spotty.

I think Holtmann will do a good job. He’s recruiting well and showed last year and at Butler that he can teach and get a team to buy into what he wants to do. “Elite?” That’s a tall order for anybody. Need to win multiple conference titles, make multiple Final Fours, etc. to get into that discussion. I’m high on him but I don’t think you can view that as a done deal.

To no one’s surprise, KU has (tacitly) acknowledged it too has received a subpoena from the Feds…deral-basketball-investigation-142515144.html

Two players appear to be the focus. One I talked about the other day in connection to Maryland…Silvio DeSousa. The other is Billy Preston, who never played last season for KU after he got in an accident and the NCAA began to investigate how he came to have the automobile involved (shades of the famed Maurice Taylor rollover).

Maryland has FBI troubles – two subpoenas served relating to CBB case

The first relates to Diamond Stone, who apparently received a $14,000 payment from Andy Miller’s office. Miller, to reset for those who may not remember, is the agent who employed Christian Dawkins as a runner.

The second is more interesting and newsy, as the Stone stuff had been anticipated. Apparently UA made a $20,000 payment to Silvio DeSousa, who ended up at Kansas after having long been considered a lock to go to Maryland. DeSousa’s guardian apparently asked KU and Adidas for $20K to repay UA to ensure his commitment to Maryland. So, interesting that A. a payment was made by UA. B. KU (and Adidas) were involved in repaying that payment and C. DeSousa’s guardian is also the guardian of current Terp Bruno Fernando.

Bron to the Lakers on a 4 year deal

Would be very interesting to see the Lakers add Cousins along with Leonard, as has been rumored.

Lakers would likely be cutting against the current grain, trying to win with a frontcourt dominated team as opposed to perimeter players. I’m reasonably convinced that at some point, the pendulum will swing back to big men (the right big men, of course) being used to exploit inefficiencies and weaknesses of the small ball approach. Whether that group would be the one to successfully do it is anyone’s guess.

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