Urban Meyer says he owes Ohio State quarterback an answer, Maryland AD resigns and more Big Ten football news
Ohio State quarterback Joe Burrow drops back to pass during their NCAA college spring football game Saturday, April 14, 2018, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
Today’s Big Ten football links stay in the East for a couple interesting stories that have been bubbling up for some time.
Who will succeed J.T. Barrett as Ohio State’s quarterback? That’s been one of the main storylines for the entire Big Ten during spring football. Joe Burrow, Dwayne Haskins and Tate Martell are all competing for the job, and all three had their moments in the spring game over the weekend.
The race for the job is especially crucial to Burrow, a redshirt junior who sat for three seasons behind Barrett and Cardale Jones. If Haskins, a redshirt sophomore who backed up Barrett last year, wins the job, Burrow could look elsewhere as a transfer. And Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer said he wants to let Burrow know soon.
“I love Joe Burrow,” Meyer told ESPN, as transcribed by Land of 10. “He’s a loyal soldier, and I think I owe him an answer. Our staff owes him an answer. And I don’t know what it is right now. [He’s] a guy who gives so much to our program. I believe we’ve given a lot back to him, but you play quarterback to play. He’s a great kid, he’s a very good quarterback. We’ll see what happens.”
Burrow has made a couple cameos over the past two seasons. Haskins saw his most extensive action in the second half of Ohio State’s win over Michigan last November. Meyer said he was impressed with Martell’s athleticism, but he needs to work on his passing.
You can watch Meyer’s full interview with ESPN here:
Urban Meyer has tough QB decision to make after Ohio State spring game | ESPN
The athletic director who oversaw Maryland’s entrance into the Big Ten, hired and fired Randy Edsall and hired DJ Durkin is out. Kevin Anderson, who held the job since fall 2010, resigned Friday nearly six months to the day after the school announced he was taking a six-month “professional development sabbatical.”
The Baltimore Sun’s Don Markus has a thorough rundown of Anderson’s time in College Park, which includes leaving the ACC for the Big Ten, replacing two longtime coaches in football Ralph Friedgen and men’s basketball coach Gary Williams and cutting sports from the department to help a cash-strapped athletic department, among other moves.
“Still,” Markus writes, “Anderson’s tenure in College Park was often tainted by controversy.”
Former Georgia athletic director Damon Evans has been serving in Anderson’s place on an interim basis over the past six months, and Maryland announced it would conduct a national search for its athletic director.
Here’s a look at the rest of the day’s Big Ten links:
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