Ohio State coach Urban Meyer thinks elite college football players should have more time to make one of the biggest decisions of their life.
Meyer is in favor of pushing back the deadline for underclassmen to declare for the NFL draft to make sure they don’t feel they have to make a rushed decision.
“We would like to have more space, more time,” he said on Sunday.
After the finale of this year’s four-team playoff, the players involved will have less than 72 hours to decide whether to make themselves available for the draft.
Players who are at least three years out of high school can declare for the draft by Thursday. The draft is April 30-May 2 in Chicago.
Heisman Trophy-winning Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota has not made up his mind whether he will forgo his final year of eligibility with the Ducks.
“After this game is done, I’ll take a couple of days to make that decision with my family,” Mariota said on Saturday. “We will obviously make the decision that’s best for us as a family.”
Even though he’s coming off shoulder surgery that ended his final season of eligibility before it started, Ohio State’s two-time Big Ten player of the year, quarterback Braxton Miller, has told Meyer he is returning to the Buckeyes.
Oregon coach Mark Helfrich is a proponent of the new rules set up to give players a better idea of where they might be drafted before they make a decision.
“It’s basically, ‘You have the ability to be drafted in this round, this round, or stay in school,’ ” Helfrich said Sunday. “Percentage-wise, it’s a good thing. It’s getting those guys the right information, the best information, available.”
Meyer disclosed that two of his junior starters – left tackle Taylor Decker and defensive tackle Adolphus Washington – intend to return to play their final year of eligibility at Ohio State.
James gifts headphones
Ohio native, Buckeyes fan and Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James is making sure that Ohio State’s players are getting an earful at the national championship game.
James helped each of the Buckeyes get a pair of Beats By Dre headphones.
Ohio State officials say that the gift was not a violation of improper benefits to athletes, and that the value of the headphones will be subtracted from the total permissible gift allowance offered to players in the game.
Duck mascot from Ohio
A Cincinnati company designed and created the costume worn by the Ducks mascot three decades ago after being contacted by the University of Oregon.
Randy Kent has been in the mascot making business since the 1970s. He says the Duck costume evolved during the design and that he had to make its head bigger.
He says that it’s the person inside the costume who really gives life to the mascot.
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