Ohio State will take the field Saturday against Florida A&M as a considerable favorite. Those watching the game will probably notice a new memorial sticker on the back of the football helmet with the initials “MT.” Ohio State’s football team will be paying tribute to the daughter of longtime Ohio sportscaster, Maria Tiberi. Tiberi, an Ohio State student, was killed in a car accident earlier in the week.
According to a report by The Columbus Dispatch, Tiberi was driving south on I-270 and struck a tractor-trailer that had stopped in traffic. Tiberi was taken to Grant Medical Center in Columbus, where she was pronounced dead.
She is the daughter of Dom Tiberi, an award-winning sports anchor for 10 TV who has covered Buckeyes football dating back to the 1980s.
Kudos to the Buckeyes for reaching out and paying tribute to a member of the Buckeye community.
Photo courtesy of 10 TV Buckeye Blitz (via Facebook)
The turbulent career of one of the most talented wide receivers in the country, at least at Auburn, has come to an end.
Monday night, Gus Malzahn surprisingly — and not so surprisingly — announced that D’haquille Williams has been dismissed from the football program. No specific reason for the dismissal was given.
“When individuals fail to meet the expectations of our program, there has to be consequences,” Malzahn said in a statement. “I gave D’haquille the chance to prove himself. I am disappointed that it did not work out.”
Williams was suspended from AU’s bowl game against Wisconsin last year because of unspecified violations of team rules. After participating in spring practice, he was suspended for the early part of summer camp before being reinstated in the middle of August.
The senior had played in all four games this season, catching 12 passes for 147 yards. The former total is second on the team, the latter third.
Despite playing in just 10 of 13 games last season — in addition to the suspension, he missed two games with a knee injury — Williams led the Tigers with 45 receptions and five receiving touchdowns. His 730 receiving yards were second on the team.
The media tapped him as a first-team All-SEC preseason selection coming off that season.
Pat Haden may have a growing number of detractors in Southern California, but that hasn’t stopped him from showing a personal touch off the field.
Myles Jack, one of the most talented linebackers in not only the Pac-12 but also the country, sustained a season-ending knee injury in UCLA’s Week 3 win over BYU. That injury may or may not have ended Jack’s collegiate career as he will be eligible for the 2016 NFL draft.
On his Instagram account Monday, Jack shared a letter of support from one of his admirers, who also happens to be the athletic director of UCLA’s bitter rival USC.
While it’s not the handwritten variety one Big 12 coach would prefer, it’s still a classy gesture nonetheless on the part of Haden.