Where Ohio State should put Demario McCall, a former Buckeyes player lands in hot water and more
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Today is Friday, May 12, and it’s time to Wake Up Sloopy.
Which Demario McCall will Ohio State get?
How can Ohio State use dynamic athlete Demario McCall next season? Let us count the ways.
As my colleague Ben Axelrod noted Thursday, there are a number of ways Ohio State can use McCall to make an impact.
He once was assumed to be the likely heir to the H-back role with Curtis Samuel off to the NFL. However, Parris Campbell took reps there this spring, and McCall practiced almost exclusively at running back. He’d be a fit at either position … but what if he doesn’t have to play just one?
I’m in favor of the last option Ben discusses, in which Ohio State would move him around and use him at both. He’s versatile enough to run between the tackles or get the ball outside, so why not do both? There are times where doing a lot of things means doing none of them well, but that doesn’t feel like the case here. Just give McCall the ball in whatever way works best, and magic is likely to follow.
Mark Baker in trouble with the OHSAA
Former Ohio State basketball player Mark Baker, who played for the Buckeyes from 1989-92, is facing a serious accusation.
Baker is the athletic director for Dayton Public Schools, a group made up of six high schools in southwest Ohio. He’s been involved in a scandal in which the Dayton Dunbar football team reportedly was instructed to lose a football game last October against Belmont High School. The move allegedly was ordered so that both teams could make the playoffs and Dunbar wouldn’t have to report using an ineligible player.
Coaches have said Baker was the one who told them to lose the game on purpose, and it sounds as if the Ohio High School Athletic Association is on board with that explanation. In reaction to that event, the OHSAA fined the school district $10,000 and put all six schools on probation for three years. On Thursday, the OHSAA rejected a request to only punish Dunbar, and it sounds as if the punishment was designed to force Baker out of his job.
Here’s what OHSAA director of communications Tim Stried said, according to the Dayton Daily News:
“The reason that all DPS schools are on probation is that the major infraction, on the suggestion of throwing the game, was from the director of athletics for DPS,” Stried said, implicating Baker. “As long as that person is still in charge of all DPS schools [for athletics], they’re all going to be on probation. … I think that’s significant to know.”
That doesn’t sound positive for Baker. From the sound of it, at least five and possibly all six schools might be able to avoid probation if Baker no longer works at DPS. It’s not a favorable position to be in when your employer stands to benefit from your removal, and that’s where Baker finds himself.
Despite the accusations against him, Baker’s contract was extended two years on April 26 in a 5-1 vote by the Dayton School Board.
Ohio State’s basketball schedule is filling in
Speaking of basketball, the Buckeyes’ schedule for 2017-18 is coming together. It always amuses me that teams have football games scheduled 10 years in advance, but basketball schedules are completed and released just months before the season.
Cleveland.com’s Bill Landis pieced together what we know so far and put it all together. Here’s an outline of what the early part of the slate will look like for the Buckeyes.
Here’s what the schedule looks like right now:
* Nov. 23: PK80 Invitational (Portland, Ore.)
* Nov. 24: PK80 Invitational
* Nov. 26: PK80 Invitational
* Nov. 28-29: ACC-Big Ten Challenge (likely in Columbus)
* Dec. 1-3 or Dec. 2-4: Two Big Ten games (home and away)
* Dec. 9: William & Mary
* Dec. 23: North Carolina (CBS Sports Classic in New Orleans)
* TBA: The Citadel, Robert Morris, plus five other nonconference games.
The PK80 Invitational is a tournament honoring the 80th birthday of Nike founder Phil Knight, and a loaded field should give the Buckeyes some good games. The Buckeyes also figure to benefit from playing in the Big Ten-ACC Challenge and taking on UNC.
There are at least five undisclosed games on the schedule, but don’t expect any of them to be against big-name opponents. In the past, playing in tournaments, events or showcases has been where Ohio State has gotten the majority of its matchups against quality foes.
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