Recruit not burning to be Buckeye


Urban Meyer is credited with being an offensive pioneer and workaholic mastermind.

But Ohio State's new football coach also could be considered a degenerate recruiter, which essentially makes him no different than almost any other college coach.

Peoria (Ill.) Manual High offensive tackle Logan Tuley-Tillman orally committed to Michigan in February, but that didn't stop Meyer from continuing to recruit the 6-foot-7-inch, 320-pound man-child.

Tuley-Tillman responded Saturday by tweeting a photo of himself holding an Ohio State recruiting envelope burning after he had lit it on fire.

Well, that would be a solid commitment. The only question is whether Tuley-Tillman took the cash from the envelope before torching it.

Here's hoping the behemoth lineman brings a refreshing twist to the hats-on-a-table 2013 signing day circus by incinerating a Buckeyes cap with a blowtorch.

■ RUMOR HAS IT - Oakland Raiders running back Darren McFadden and pop goddess Rihanna have denied they are dating, but Internet speculation has run wild since the two were spotted together during a Honolulu getaway in late April.

The plot thickened when TMZ.com published photos of Rihanna partying at a New York strip club while wearing a Raiders sweatshirt. Teammates reportedly have been ribbing McFadden at recent practices since the story went viral.

The talented but fragile McFadden hasn't played a full season since entering the NFL in 2008. He missed nine games last year because of a mysterious Lisfranc injury as a 1-4 finish sunk the team's playoff hopes.

Los Angeles Dodgers slugger Matt Kemp experienced a slump during his 2010 romance with Rihanna. Raiders fans hope the Barbadian beauty can have the opposite effect on a football star.

The bottom line is it's just hard to believe that someone wearing Raiders attire would be spotted in a strip club.

■ LOTTERY TIME - NBA officiating long has been considered a joke, and Monday was no exception as Boston was hit with three laughable technical fouls in the second quarter of its 93-79 loss at Miami in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals.

But the worst part about the NBA is its draft lottery, perhaps the most illogical and unfair entity in sports.

If you believe that Patrick Ewing to the Knicks, LeBron James to the Cavaliers and Derrick Rose to the Bulls were all feel-good coincidences, the joke is on you.

The Bobcats were the worst team in NBA history this season, so they'll probably end up with the No. 3 pick tonight.

As NBA commissioner David Stern went to sleep Tuesday with visions of pingpong balls dancing in his head, one only can imagine the feel-good coincidences being dreamt up.

The Hornets are expected to have two lottery picks, but Stern might trade them away by draft day.

■ WHOSE RING? - Former NFL defensive lineman Warren Sapp's book, "Sapp Attack," promises to be a lightning rod when it hits stores in August, or even before its release.

Sapp is depicted on the book's cover wearing his Super Bowl XXXVII champion ring, which he reportedly lost long before he filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in Florida in March.

Readers should be anxious to know where the ring comes from. It would be far more interesting than anything Sapp has to say on NFL Network.

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