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From the Orlando Sentinel, posted at 2:43 pm ET:
Punters do not normally dominate headlines on National Signing Day, but Boone’s Johnny Townsend is the exception.
Townsend, one of the top punters in the country, was expected to sign with Ohio State today but an unspecified "family matter" has put his signing of the National Letter of Intent on hold.
Townsend's father, Clay Townsend, however, said speculation about any scholarship offer being pulled was "completely false."
Clay Townsend said: "Coach Meyer has not pulled anything and everything regarding the scholarship offer remains intact. We just have a family matter that has required extra consideration and he has not signed, but the status of his scholarship is the same."
A noon press conference was called at Boone today where Townsend was expected to announce his decision. Instead, he made a statement asking for patience and privacy as he still sorted things out. This came after his initial signing was delayed in the morning.
Townsend is expected to make a decision at 4 p.m. ET.
Boone athletic director Doug Patterson said the situation is being discussed between the school and the Townsend family.
"Right now it's a personal matter between the Townsends and Ohio State and they are working as fast as they can to make sure that any concerns they have is taken care of," Patterson said."They really want to hold off on a binding commitment until they feel 100 percent comfortable with everything from the University."
Status on hold for Ohio State commit Johnny Townsend
I have two guesses:
1) He's being put on some kind of academic scholarship.
2) He's being given a baseball scholarship--he's supposed to be a pretty good baseball player and would technically be a walk-on punter.
Greyshirting makes no sense to me because that would mean giving him a scholarship intended for the 2014 class.
This post was edited by iowabuckeyes 17 months ago
Its past 4:00, any word?
I'm watching the chat on 11W and Alex is saying that he thinks Urban pulled his offer even though Townsend's dad said that's not what happened.
I would think academic. If it is athletic it would have to be football by NCAA rules. It prevents schools from sacrificing a sport to increase numbers in another.
who knows what happened, but i think they were NOT expecting Clark and Bell and they gotta make room. again, who knows but that's what it looks like.
would be nice if they work it out with a baseball or academic schollie if that's true what someone said above
This post was edited by boomboom 17 months ago
I bet this is the case and I hate it. But, I also don't know if his offer had contingencies....
I hate it also.
for people hating a pulled schollie (if that's what happened) blame the fools that have us on probation and not meyer. not saying you are blaming anyone, but while 3 less does not sound like much it obviously is
Urban may also be figuring someone else may leave the team between now and fall camp, which would open up a scholarship but in case it doesn't, they have to find a back-up plan to the back-up plan.
James would not pull a scholarship ... I read his book on living the tress way
Yeah, Im not blaming anyone, I just hate to see a kid that wants to be a Buckeye, at the last minute loses the chance.
Im thinking they may need one more to open up to fit in Zeke, am I wrong?
I don't think that's allowable. The reason being schools can then load up their football teams with scholarships from both academic and non revenue sports. I think football is unique in that if a player is going to play football, he has to be given a football scholarship.
Um no, he could accept an academic scholarship and walk on. Hell Bama has the Bear Bryant Scholarship, that they hand out to Football players.
We've had baseball players on the football team before. If they can prove he's a legitimate baseball player worthy of a scholarship and then he actually plays on the team, that should be enough.
Whatever it is, hopefully it comes out in the wash.
yah, but i think the schollie has to go against the sport with the most sholarships, which would be FB
We have to be down to 82 in August, we can sign 25, we are at 24. I gotta think one or two players will leave before August, thus space for Townsand. Maybe it is what they say it is, a personal matter.
From Bright House Sports Network, dated 5:43 pm ET: "Townsend told BHSN, "I've been committed to the Ohio State University for the past six months and my relationship with Coach (Urban) Meyer and the entire coaching staff and the commits is perfect, there's just been some recent developments in the recruiting process that have caused some second thoughts in my decision with my family. I'm just choosing to push the signing time back a little bit to give it further thought. As of 4pm today, no decision had been made by Townsend and his family, and it is uncertain if Ohio State University is still in the picture. We will have updates later on this evening as more news develops."
I just posted this on Boom's scholarship count thread. I copied and pasted this roster straight off the "Official Roster" on OSU's athletic web site dated 2/5/13. I'm showing that including the 5 EEs + 19 LOIs today, we have 79 on scholarship.
11 Warriors says with E Elliott they hit their limit with 82 schollies.
The drama ended moments ago as Elliott reaffirmed his pledge to Urban Meyer, signing and faxing in his national letter of intent to the Woody Hayes Athletic Center moments ago. Elliott now gives the Buckeyes 24 letters signed today and 82 total scholarship players on the roster, the limit for OSU in 2013 per NCAA ruling.
This post was edited by BriGuy 17 months ago
I thought Jamie Wood was taking a medical hardship or did he already do that?
I am no expert on this, and I am not trolling, really asking: I have heard on our board that you can't do that for other sports? That if they play two sports, they must have their scholarship come from the higher revenue sport?
Is that false?
True. Not sure how it is spelled out, but there will be no hockey program at Alabama with 300 pound guys on scholly.
Well, Warren Ball is not on the roster. Probably two more missing
Hah, if need be, it shall be done!
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