What’s on the wall this week? How about…Why a sweater vest wasn’t included in the OHSFCA’s tribute to Jim Tressel; Ohio HS Football goes worldwide; Which is Ohio’s toughest Division; and more…
Today we continue a new feature on JJHuddle called the Ohio HS
Insider. So what exactly is it? It’s our home for material we’ve
collected and can’t house anywhere else. Call it a message board with
bite. We know you want to hear the good stuff. And that’s what this
First off, the JJHUDDLE OHIO HS INSIDER
has a few rules. In order to offer this material to you we have to:
Not attribute it to any particular source (but they are ones we trust)
Not attribute it to any particular reporter
3) Disclaim that we
don’t know if any of it is true (plenty of it is)
and No, we’re not just starting rumors. We’re reporting to you what you
want to know and protecting those who have told us at the same time.
Ohio HS Insider will run every Wednesday. Should we receive
news, however, that we don’t think can wait, we reserve the right to
unleash special Ohio HS Insider’s as needed.
That being said, we think this info is interesting and fairly entertaining.
Hope you do too. Enjoy…
JJHuddle’s Ohio HS
*No Sweater Vest?…Last week the Ohio High School Football Coaches Association announced through JJHuddle that it was calling on its membership to recognize former Ohio State coach Jim Tressel by wearing a shirt and tie on the opening weekend of the high school football season. So why no sweater vest too? It’s as simple as this: According to Solon head coach Jim McQuaide who proposed the recommendation, “Many have asked me why I did not include the sweater vest and that was simply because I don’t have one of my own.” That’s it. Nothing more. As for how many coaches actually participate, we think the number will be high. We think it would be higher however if it were proposed to take place in Weeks 6-10. It’s awful hot in August…and football coaches sweat – a lot.
*Appeal of Ohio HS football? Worldwide…If anyone ever asks you how popular Ohio High School Football is, tell them with confidence “immensely.” Tomorrow we will mail copies of the 2011 MVP Ohio High School Football Preview and issues will make their way to 19 different states, including Texas, Florida, California, South Carolina, Washington, Arizona, Nevada, Mississippi, Georgia and North Carolina. The farthest an issue will travel though will be Spain. That’s right, we received an order from Spain. And the recipient is well aware this is football and not futbol.
*Ohio’s Toughest Division (Other than D-I)…Last year Division V was the one division that seemed locked up from start to finish. Youngstown Ursuline was looking to make its fourth straight state final and win its third straight title and the Irish did with relative ease. This year D-V is wide open. Yes, Ursuline will be a power again, but the loss of Mr. Football (Akise Teague, Cincinnati), a three-year starter at QB (Paul Kempe) and 11 starters makes the Irish look somewhat human on paper. Coldwater, which has lost to Ursuline in the last two state finals, returns a ton of talent led by a junior class many think is the “best” in school history. Head coach Chip Otten mentioned earlier this summer that the Cavs junior class could contain five D-I recruits. Other talented teams reside at Anna, Fredericktown, Kirtland and Lima Central Catholic, which will be led by the state’s top QB prospect and Michigan State recruit Tyler O’Connor.
*Home Field Advantage…Dayton Ponitz will play eight of its 10 games, including weeks 4-10 at Dayton’s Welcome Stadium. The Cougars loan “road” games are in Week 1 (at National trail) and Week 3 (at Springfield Greenon).