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Published: Friday, February 09, 2018 @ 7:30 AM
Updated: Friday, February 09, 2018 @ 8:05 AM
— Answers. That’s all anyone interested in the impending breakup of the Greater Western Ohio Conference wants to hear.
That would include Kevin Bell, the superintendent of Trotwood-Madison City Schools. That’s the school district and GWOC member identified as key in 10 member schools likely leaving and starting a league of their own.
News of that isn’t yet 48 hours old, but it continues to resonate throughout at least 20 area communities. That’s how many schools make up the two-conference, four-division GWOC, easily the area’s largest high school affiliation. Half of those schools - Butler, Fairborn, Greenville, Piqua, Sidney, Stebbins, Tippecanoe, Troy, West Carrollton and Xenia – announced on Wednesday their intention to eventually bolt the GWOC, probably at the end of the 2018-19 school year.
What those school administrators, athletic directors and coaches haven’t said is why. Trotwood’s dominance in football and boys basketball apparently is a key reason.
»SPLIT DECISION: 5 things to know about the GWOC’s breakup
Here are five things Bell had to say about the issue in an interview with WHIO-TV’s Caroline Reinwald on Thursday:
1. When you heard about the announcement what was your reaction? “At this point, we just want the answer to the question why have the 10 schools that have decided to leave the GWOC. Why are they forming a league of their own? Why isn’t Trotwood invited to be part of their (new) league? …
What was part of that decision-making process? How did they ultimately arrive there? Why wasn’t Trotwood even part of the conversation or even thought of as being one of the contenders to being part of the new league?”
2. Is it possible because Trotwood dominated in the GWOC this past year? “I don’t want to speculate. I would like for those individuals to step forward and give their reasoning. Maybe that is part of what underlies in why they made the decision to exit the GWOC and have a league of their own. Maybe they for a chance to get to a state semifinal and Trotwood gets in the way of doing that.”
3. Would you want to respond to what your principal at the high school said about this being the only African-American school being left out of that decision? “Ultimately, there are some concerns as far as racial makeup because Trotwood-Madison is predominantly an African-American school. Did that have something to do with it? When you look at the break off of schools, they’re not primarily African-American. They do have African-American students who attend those school buildings, but if you look at the demographics, it makes one ask some questions.”
4. What’s the message this sends to your students, players? “For (our students), they have to ask why don’t these other schools want to compete with us? Kids are kids and they just want to compete. They want to have good rivalries and enjoy the sport. At the kid level, I don’t see any concern or issue. … What’s the problem all of a sudden? Ultimately, it’s an adult-based concern.”
5. Have you heard anything from parents yet? “Not yet. We’re just going to keep messaging that our kids are great kids. They do some wonderful things athletically. When it comes to scholarship offerings to them, we have an abundance, whether it’s academic- or athletic-based scholarships. We had over $6 million last year in scholarship offerings. …
Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 2:30 AM
NFL mock drafts for 2018 are here with predictions. You can see projections, top players and a first-round draft order below.
Much of the narrative around the 2018 NFL Draft is focused at the quarterback position. Mock drafts from ESPN and CBS Sports both have quarterbacks filling up the top 10 this year.
Here is a collection of 2018 NFL mock drafts, including Land of 10’s own projection.
The draft order was finalized after the Super Bowl.
1. Cleveland Browns
2. New York Giants
3. Indianapolis Colts
4. Cleveland Browns
5. Denver Broncos
6. New York Jets
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
8. Chicago Bears
9. San Francisco 49ers OR Oakland Raiders (coin flip)
11. Miami Dolphins
12. Cincinnati Bengals
13. Washington Redskins
14. Green Bay Packers
15. Arizona Cardinals
16. Baltimore Ravens
17. Los Angeles Chargers
18. Seattle Seahawks
19. Dallas Cowboys
20. Detroit Lions
21. Buffalo Bills
22. Buffalo Bills (from Kansas City Chiefs)
23. Los Angeles Rams
24. Carolina Panthers
25. Tennessee Titans
26. Atlanta Falcons
27. New Orleans Saints
28. Pittsburgh Steelers
29. Jacksonville Jaguars
30. Minnesota Vikings
31. New England Patriots
32. Philadelphia Eagles
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Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 1:00 AM
Ohio State football is the No. 1 topic in Wake Up every day — but we cover news, notes and analysis from across Buckeyes sports. Join us each morning to get caught up on everything you missed in the world of Ohio State football, recruiting, basketball and more.
If you pay much attention to Ohio State’s recruiting efforts, you’ve seen the work of the Buckeyes’ graphic design department. Ohio State has a team that makes recruiting graphics and strengthens the program’s pitch to high school prospects. Land of 10’s Austin Ward broke down some of the ways graphics make Ohio State stand out just a little more to recruits.
Here’s an example of a graphic Ohio State used with defensive line recruit Tyler Friday:
Ohio State’s tough week led to the Buckeyes falling from No. 8 to out of the top 15. Ohio State was ranked 16th in the latest Associated Press Top 25, which was released Monday afternoon. The fall comes after Ohio State lost two games in four days. Chris Holtmann’s squad fell at Penn State on Thursday night and then came up short against Michigan on Sunday.
Tied with Purdue for second place in the Big Ten, Ohio State hosts Rutgers Tuesday at 7 p.m. ET on the Big Ten Network. It will be senior night at the Schottenstein Center and Keita Bates-Diop ― a fourth-year junior with another season of eligibility ― will be one of four players honored.
While the Buckeyes dropped in the AP poll, they held steady as a No. 4 seed in Joe Lunardi’s updated NCAA Tournament projection.
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Ohio State is in a good position with the top-ranked tackle in the 2019 class. Devontae Dobbs praised the Buckeyes in an interview with Land of 10’s Ryan Donnelly.
“I feel like [Ohio State] just separates themselves in every category — academics, football team, training staff, facilities, just everything, really,” Dobbs said.
Michigan State and a handful of other programs are in hot pursuit of Dobbs, from Belleville, Mich. Dobbs is the No. 9 overall prospect in 247Sports’ composite rankings.
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Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 1:00 AM
Aja Evans is a USA bobsledder competing in the 2018 Winter Olympics. The bobsledding event in the Olympics is set to take place from Feb. 18 and Feb. 25.
Before becoming a phenomenal bobsledder and representing the country in the Olympics, Evans competed in track and field for the University of Illinois.
1. Evans is a 5-time All-American track and field athlete from her time at Illinois
Before her time as an Olympian, Evans competed in track and field for the Fighting Illini and became well-decorated. She took seventh at the USA Championships in the shot put in the 2010 outdoor season. In the 2010 indoor season — which was her senior season — she placed 10th overall and eighth of all Americans.
By placing in the top-eight, an athlete earns All-American honors. She also set an Illinois record in the shot put and competed as a sprinter as well.
2. Evans is a part of an extremely athletic family
Evans isn’t the only insanely accomplished athlete in her family. Her brother, Fred, had an eight-year career in the NFL as a defensive tackle. Her father — also named Fred — became the first black swimmer to ever win a national collegiate championship. He did so in 1975.
Lastly, her uncle Gary, played 16 years in the MLB as an outfielder. Gary finished fifth in the MVP voting in 1984.
3. She won a bronze medal in the 2014 Olympics
This isn’t Evans’ first rodeo when it comes to competing in the Olympics. In the 2014 Sochi Games, she earned a bronze medal in the women’s bobsled. In this year’s competition, Evans is with her same duo partner Jamie Greubel Poser.
4. Evans earned the USABS’ Team of the Year Award in 2017
Evans has accomplished many things in her athletic career and in 2017, she won the USA Bobsled and Skeleton Federation Team of the Year Award. She won the award with her partner, Poser. During their 2016-17 campaign, the duo won a bronze at the World Championships.
5. She started bobsledding in 2012
One would imagine that in order to become an Olympian, you would have to train essentially your entire life to be good enough at a sport or event. For Evans, that wasn’t the case.
Following her track and field career at Illinois, she then picked up bobsledding in 2012 before winning a bronze medal in 2014. She has said in the past, “I was able to use my power and bursts and strength within my legs to transition into shot put, and then used that to transition into bobsled.”
Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 1:00 AM
Nebraska football is the No. 1 topic in Big Red Rising every day — but we cover news, notes and analysis from across Huskers sports. Join us each morning to get caught up on everything you missed in the world of Huskers football, recruiting, basketball and more.
Nebraska athletic director Bill Moos is playing a big role in the Huskers’ recruiting, and that’s unique for most programs.
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Could Nebraska freshman quarterback Adrian Martinez have a big impact for Nebraska in 2018? Athlon Sports thinks so. He was named as one of the top 15 true freshman to have an impact next season.
Are Nebraska fans apathetic? Maybe not now that coach Scott Frost has been hired, but attendance over the last few years showed a startling trend.
Lloyd Summerall has a slew of offers, and the Florida defensive end is keeping his options open. However, Summerall likes what he’s heard about Nebraska so far and is open to checking it out for himself.
The annual HuskerThon dance marathon took place last weekend, and Nebraska students helped raise nearly $203,000 for Children’s Miracle Network. The funds raised will go to Children’s Hospital and Medical Center in Omaha.
It feels like April will never arrive, but it will be here before we know it. Get ready, Huskers fans.
🤔 about seeing the Sea of Red again.
— ❄️ Nebraska Football ❄️ (@HuskerFBNation) February 19, 2018
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