Tag:John Navarre
Posted on: June 9, 2011 11:18 am

Ex-Wolverines not mourning OSU downfall

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

The headline to this Detroit News piece is "Buckeyes scandals cause little stir among ex-Wolverines," and in the cases of some former Michigan players interviewed, that's true.

But it doesn't sound like the swirling improper benefits allegations and resignation of Jim Tressel represent only a "little stir" in the life of former Wolverine tight end (and current Ohio resident) Aaron Shea:
The headline in the Cleveland Plain Dealer read "Black Eye Nation," accompanied by a photo of Tressel, who resigned after university officials encouraged him to quit amid the turmoil for failing to report NCAA violations.

"I'm framing that," Shea said, animatedly. "We have no red in this house, but I'm framing it, and I'm putting it in the bathroom … above the toilet" ...

"I am," Shea said when asked if he's enjoying it. "I know what I've gone through the last 10 years, hearing all this stuff from Ohio State fans."
But if Shea is relishing what must seem like his first chance for schadenfreude at the Buckeyes' expense since Tressel arrived on the scene, at least he didn't stereotype the entire Ohio State fanbase as willing enablers in their team's flagrant violations of NCAA rules.

Take it away, former Michigan quarterback John Navarre (emphasis added):
"It's sad for the Big Ten," former Michigan quarterback John Navarre said. "I feel for the kid who went to Ohio State for the right reasons. I feel for the families involved. "But at the same time, I don't like Ohio State, and those people who are still showing support for Tressel are basically saying we don't care about the rules, we want to win at any cost. That just shows what kind of fans and what kind of place that is. I'm not right there living there, but my experiences I've had (in Columbus) have all been negative. Nobody likes them. I don't like them. For me, it's like, 'See, I knew it, I told you so.' I'm not relishing in it, but I'm not shocked."
You can admit it, John: you're relishing in it a little bit, aren't you?

Which, frankly, we can't blame him for. While we certainly repsect the more measured ex-Wolverine responses in the article (like those form former running back Mike Hart and tight end Bennie Joppru), this is Michigan-Ohio State; it's supposed to be respectful, but it's about also hating each other's guts to the point where the head coaches won't even call the opposing school by its proper name.

If, as Shea reportedly did, we'd had our front yard rolled in scarlet-and-gray TP -- no, not Pryor, the other TP -- we don't think we'd be expressing a lot of sympathy, either. So please, ex-Wolverines: carry on.

Posted on: February 10, 2011 12:40 pm

Addazio goes back to Gator well for Temple OC

Photo by Jerry Hinnen

If a coaching staff was good enough for Florida, you'd expect it to be good enough -- more than good enough -- for a MAC program like Temple. And now thanks to new Owl boss Steve Addazio, it appears we're going to be able to put that expectation through a rigorous real-life testing process.

You already know that Addazio himself was the Gators' offensive line coach and, in 2009 and 2010, offensive coordinator under Urban Meyer. Not long ago Addazio was able to hire former Gator secondary coach, recruiting coordinator, and eventual co-defensive coordinator Chuck Heater as the Owls' new DC. And per the Twitter feed of Temple Rivals affiliate OwlScoop , now a third member of the Meyer staff will be making his way to Philadelphia: Gators quarterback coach Scot Loeffler.

Loeffler will be taking over as the Owls' offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, and like Heater, the Gators' 2010 struggles shouldn't obscure the fact that Loeffler is stunningly overqualified to be working at a tradition-starved MAC team like Temple. Loeffler spent several high-profile years as the quarterbacks coach at Michigan, helping turn players like John Navarre and Chad Henne into All-Big Ten stars, before spending one season as the Detroit Lions QB coach. He then went to Gainesville with the endorsement of Tim Tebow , where he spent the past two seasons.

Loeffler hasn't yet been a full-time play-caller, but all the same, for Addazio to bring a coach with high-profile experience in the NFL and at two of the nation's premier programs to Temple is -- on paper -- quite the coup. If the Owls' Gator guys can enjoy half as much success at Temple as they had in Gainesville, the hiring of Addazio -- questioned far and wide after his disastrous stint as the Gators' OC -- is going to look far smarter than nearly anyone imagined.

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