The Michigan- Ohio State rivalry seems to have hit a new category…academics? A picture taken by a BuckeyeGrove.com worker shows a “Major Comparison” sign in the Woody Hayes Athletic Center that compares the majors of football players from Ohio State and Michigan. Or as the sign says, “The Team Up North.”
I applaud Urban Meyer’s attempt to make academics a contributing factor in recruiting. Or to make it look like he cares about what majors his players take. Is Michigan more of a football factory than Ohio State? No, nor is Ohio State more of a football institution than Michigan. Football programs that are as successful as these two don’t make it to that level by emphasizing academic majors. They get there by trying to enroll as many academically-challenged running backs with a 4.3-forty as possible. As long as a player remains academically eligible without cheating, I doubt any major college football coach cares whether a player spends his 8 a.m. class in molecular biology or paper folding.
I’m not taking the biased sign too seriously, but it is worth evaluating. The sign lists Michigan as having 24 general studies majors. Where is that category on the Ohio State side? Is there not one Buckeye who has a general studies major, or is undecided? Also, don’t tell me that each of two schools that have roughly 82 scholarship football players and 100 players overall account for only seven majors each University has to offer, especially when the sign only accounts for 45 Michigan players and 59 Ohio State players.
I’m not criticizing Ohio State for posting this sign. I’m sure Michigan has a similar one, or at least they do now. I’m criticizing the publicizing of such a childish approach toward recruiting. I’m not so naïve as to think childish recruiting tactics don’t happen, but teams usually keep it behind closed doors. The sign has been taken down after this picture hit the internet. I can’t wait for these two teams to renew their rivalry next season!
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