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Urban Meyer and his wife, Shelley, leave the field following Ohio State's victory vs. Oklahoma

Shelley Meyer’s got jokes, Mitchell Trubisky wanted to be a Buckeye, former Ohio State star takes issue with NFL commish, and more

Ben Axelrod

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Today is Thursday, April 27, and it’s time to Wake Up Sloopy.


Shelley Meyer’s got jokes

In case you’ve missed it, Jim Harbaugh and the Michigan football team have spent this week in Rome, even rubbing shoulders with the Pope. One person certainly keeping up with the Wolverines is Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer’s wife, Shelley, who chose to chime in on Wednesday, via Twitter.

Initial typo notwithstanding, Shelley makes a strong point. And it’s worth noting that she’s plenty familiar with the Fighting Irish after living in South Bend from 1996-2000, as Urban served as Notre Dame’s wide receivers coach.

Ultimately, however, Shelley’s joke was all in good fun and appears to have been received as such. It was also a pleasant post-spring football reminder that the rivalry never stops.

Mitchell Trubisky, the Buckeye?

The first round of the 2017 NFL Draft will take place Thursday night and, as has become commonplace under Urban Meyer, Ohio State will have a strong presence. Both Malik Hooker and Marshon Lattimore project as first-round picks and Gareon Conley could potentially join them, depending on his legal situation.

The highest-profile first-round pick with ties to the Buckeye State, however, isn’t an actual Buckeye. That would be North Carolina QB Mitchell Trubisky, who hails from the Cleveland suburb of Mentor.

Expected to be the top signal-caller — and perhaps first player overall — selected in Philadelphia, Trubisky revealed on Wednesday that he originally wished to attend Ohio State.

“You live in Ohio, you’re an Ohio State fan,” Trubisky said in a video produced by Hyundai. “They basically told me I wasn’t good enough.”

A 247Sports 4-star prospect in high school, the No. 6 dual-threat quarterback in the 2013 class actually held an offer from the Buckeyes, even though Ohio State didn’t appear to have space to take him. That’s because the Buckeyes already had a quarterback committed in their class, a 4-star prospect from Texas by the name of J.T. Barrett.

At this point, it’d be tough to argue Ohio State’s decision hasn’t worked out well for both sides.

Former Ohio State star speaks out

Speaking of the NFL draft, it’s been 10 years since the Indianapolis Colts selected Ohio State WR Anthony Gonzalez in the 2007 edition. Earlier this week, the former Buckeyes’ wideout spoke out against the NFL — and in particular, commissioner Roger Goodell.

Gonzalez told Clifton Brown of the Indianapolis Star:

“My main advice, I mean this sincerely, would be to fire Roger Goodell,” said Gonzalez during a telephone interview from Northern California, where he works as COO of Chalk Schools. “I really believe that he is ruining the game. I’m an outsider now. But if you look at player safety and the league’s response, while the concussion information was coming out, he was simultaneously pushing for an 18-game season. It’s hard to look at that and say that’s a person sincerely interested in the health and safety of players. The Thursday night games are too much, not helping the popularity of the game.”

The Cleveland native’s criticism continued:

“Look at his response with player discipline in the Ray Rice case. First it’s a slap on the wrist, then the video comes out and it’s a PR nightmare and it’s like, ‘Okay, let’s suspend the guy forever.’ It’s like he says, ‘I will only act or react not based on whether I think this is right or wrong, but what the public implications are to my brand.’

“He doesn’t appear to be a very principled leader, he appears to be a very reaction-oriented leader, which is why I think most people have so little regard for him. As the person who’s in charge of stewarding the NFL, the football world kind of follows the NFL, and that’s what you’re seeing at the very top. I think it’s only natural that people are losing interest, and that it’s starting to show up in TV ratings.”

The No. 32 pick of the 2007 draft, Gonzalez battled injuries throughout his pro career before retiring in 2012. He ended his pro career having caught 99 career passes for 1,307 yards and 7 touchdowns.

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