Ohio State could lose a key administrator, Buckeyes basketball seeking a scorer, Bradley Roby gets a raise and more
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Today is Thursday, April 20, and it’s time to Wake Up Sloopy.
In search of a scheduler?
While the annual coaching carousel may have halted, college athletics administrators are constantly on the move. And it appears as though the latest domino to fall will affect Ohio State.
On Wednesday, Sports Illustrated’s Pete Thamel reported that Ohio State’s Martin Jarmond is a “strong front-runner” to replace Boston College athletic director Brad Bates, who will soon transition to a consultant role with the school as his contract expires. The 37-year-old Jarmond currently serves as a deputy athletic director at Ohio State.
Jarmond is well known in athletics circles as Gene Smith’s trusted top lieutenant. He’s been regarded highly enough that he got long looks at recent openings at both Syracuse and Mississippi State. He was recently named one of the Forty Under 40 by the Sports Business Journal. Jarmond would become the youngest athletic director at the Power 5 level.
At Ohio State, Jarmond’s roles include overseeing internal and external business and development operations. He also serves as the sport administrator for men’s basketball, baseball and golf, along with oversight of the football program.
Jarmond’s responsibilities in Columbus include the handling of the scheduling for the Buckeyes’ football team, according to a 2014 profile in The Lantern. While his name may not be known by the average fan, there are plenty of places to find Jarmond’s fingerprints in Ohio State athletics.
Buckeyes basketball to host Howard transfer
While the Ohio State athletic department may be preparing to lose a key member, the Buckeyes basketball program could be on the verge of bringing one in. On Wednesday, ESPN’s Jeff Goodman reported that Howard graduate transfer James Daniels will visit Ohio State in 3 weeks.
Howard grad transfer James Daniel (@byrds_view11) sets visits to Ohio State (May 14), Tennessee (27), Michigan (29). Also looking at DePaul.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) April 19, 2017
A 6-foot, 175-pound point guard, Daniel led the nation in scoring as a junior two seasons ago at 27.1 points per game. He played in just 2 games last season because of an ankle injury and would be eligible to play immediate next season, his final season, as a grad transfer. He also possesses ability as a high-volume scorer from long distance.
After missing the NCAA Tournament in each of the last 2 seasons, the Buckeyes could certainly use all the help they can get. Should he ultimately choose to land at Ohio State, he’d join a guard rotation that currently includes JaQuan Lyle, Kam Williams and C.J. Jackson.
Per Goodman, Daniels will also visit Tennessee and Michigan in the coming weeks and possesses interest in DePaul, as well. At this point, no timetable has been given on when he’ll bring an end to his recruitment.
Bradley Roby is getting a raise
As he enters his fourth season with the Denver Broncos, Bradley Roby appears to be on the verge of a pay raise. According to the Denver Post, the Broncos are expected to pick up the fifth-year option on the former Ohio State star’s rookie contract.
That means that come the 2018 campaign, Roby will be set to make a base salary of reportedly $8.526 million. For comparison’s sake, Roby’s 2017 base salary is just north of $1 million, with his additional roster bonus bringing his total income from the franchise to $1,368,072, according to Spotrac.
The option is afforded to only first-round draft picks after the first three years of their rookie deal. The salaries, determined by the player’s position and draft slot, are guaranteed for injury only but become fully guaranteed the first day of the option year.
As the 31st pick in 2014, Roby’s fifth year comes with a significant raise from his $1.02 million base salary for 2017 and could be a starting point for discussions about a long-term contract extension.
A key component of the Broncos’ defense, the cornerback has recorded 144 tackles, 5 interceptions, 2 sacks, and 31 pass breakups in the first 3 seasons of his NFL career. In the 2015 season, he helped lead Denver to a victory against the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50.
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