Ohio State heading for Rose Bowl

Ex-Buckeye Duron Carter might be headed to ‘Bama


After leaving Ohio State last June for a community college, the family of Duron Carter had planned on the wide receiver re-enrolling at the university after getting his academic house in order.  With returning to the Columbus school no longer a realistic possibility, the son of former Buckeyes great Cris Carter has been contemplating other possibilities for where to continue his collegiate career.

Miami (Fla.) has long been considered one serious possibility.  Now another school north and west of the Hurricanes is apparently deep in the mix for Carter’s talents.

By way of the Birmingham News, TideInsider.com is reporting that Alabama “is on the inside track to sign Carter.”  Carter’s father told the website that a big reason for the Tide garnering such serious consideration is the head coach of the football program.

And the fact that the Tide is looking to replace the production lost by Julio Jones‘ departure for the NFL doesn’t hurt either.

“The head coach is as good as it gets,” Cris Carter said. “They have structure. Nick Saban provides the kind of environment you look for. There is no better teacher in the game than Nick and his staff. We like the fact that they run a pro-style offense. They have a need at the receiver position. They don’t have a [big, physical] receiver like Duron right now.”

Scout.com had previously reported that the 6-5, 210-pounder would visit Tuscaloosa next weekend.

Carter has already visited Miami and LSU, TideInsider.com reported.  Regardless of where Carter lands, he will be eligible to play in 2011.

During his only season at Ohio State in 2009, Carter had 13 receptions for 176 yards and a touchdown as a true freshman.

Wisconsin announces 10-year agreement with Under Armour

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What has long been rumored became fact Friday, as Wisconsin announced a 10-year agreement with Under Armour.

“I am absolutely thrilled about our new partnership with Under Armour,” AD Barry Alvarez said in a statement. “Kevin Plank and his team have established a brand that fits perfectly with the Wisconsin athletics story and culture. Our primary focus at Wisconsin is, of course, our student-athletes, and Under Armour’s passion and commitment to high quality and innovation will benefit our student-athletes for years to come. Our entire department is looking forward to a long and mutually productive relationship with the Under Armour team.”

The new deal will pay the Badgers a total of $7 million in cash and product in 2015-16 and is valued at $96 million over the life of the contract, good for second in the Big Ten, trailing only Nike’s new contract with Michigan.

Hidden within the contract are two nuggets that UA offered to sway the Badgers away from Adidas, from the Portland Business Journal:

Wisconsin will get as much as $500,000 from Under Armour to “rebrand” athletic facilities. It’ll get $150,000 to build out an Under Armour retail space in a campus gift shop called Bucky’s Locker Room. It also gets two summer internships for students at Under Armour’s Baltimore headquarters.

“The University of Wisconsin is an institution built on the highest values of academic excellence, and we are extremely proud to be teaming up with one of the most vibrant, distinctive and successful athletic programs in the country to help elevate the performance of all Badgers with innovative footwear and apparel,” added Plank.

Wisconsin’s departure continues to weaken the stronghold Adidas had built in the Midwest after losing Michigan to Nike and Notre Dame to Under Armour in recent years (the company still owns apparel rights for Indiana and Nebraska). The Badgers are now the 41st Division I athletics department and 17th FBS program to join UA.

Video: There’s nothing wrong with Cardale Jones

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In the minds of some in the media and even more in the fan base, Ohio State in general and Cardale Jones specifically have been underwhelming through the first five games of the 2015 season.

Jones, in particular, has been a rather large target of much of the angst.  Coming off a Cinderella-like three-game postseason run that helped OSU to a national championship, the perception is that Jones has been underwhelming and underperforming; even head coach Urban Meyer appeared to be leaning in that direction as he considered making the switch to J.T. Barrett prior to the Western Michigan win before reaffirming his commitment to the redshirt junior.

Is that perception valid?  Statistically, he’s not that far off from where he was in the 2014 postseason, at least in a couple of categories.

He’s completing 61.3 percent of his passes this season compared to 59.4 percent in the games against Wisconsin, Alabama and Oregon.  It was 9.9 yards per attempt in that three-game stretch last season, 8.2 in five games this season.  When it comes to scoring and turning the ball over, however, that’s another matter entirely.

He threw a touchdown pass every 15 pass attempts in the 2014 postseason; this season, it’s one every 21 attempts.  Even more glaring, he’s currently throwing an interception every 21 attempts as well.  During the run that made him a household name, it was one pick every 37.5 throws.

So, fewer touchdowns plus more turnovers equals validation of the angst, right?  Not so fast, at least as far as the college arm of Pro Football Focus goes.