Brett McMurphy’s New Tweet About Ohio State Fans Is Going Viral

first_imgBrett McMurphy speaking back when he worked at ESPN.Back in 2011, Kirk Herbstreit famously moved from Columbus, Ohio to Nashville, due in part to a “vocal minority of relentless” Ohio State fans. Amid his reporting into the program, Brett McMurphy sympathizes with Herbstreit.Of course, McMurphy does not live in Columbus. However, social media has come a long way since 2011.Intentionally or not, McMurphy became a big part of the Urban Meyer, Zach Smith story. As a free agent, he broke the story open while running out the clock on his ESPN contract, by posting directly to his Facebook author page.Without the coverage of a giant company like ESPN behind him, McMurphy has taken the brunt of Buckeye fans’ focus amid this month-long process.Last night, after 12 hours of deliberations by the Ohio State Board of Trustees, Urban Meyer was suspended for three games.He will miss the Buckeyes’ season opener against Oregon State, as well as games against Rutgers and TCU. He will be permitted to coach the team in practice starting Sept. 2, however.Moments ago, McMurphy chimed in on Twitter, revealing how Ohio State fans have treated him during the process.Now I understand why @KirkHerbstreit moved to Nashville— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) August 23, 2018Herbstreit, a former Buckeye quarterback, had this to say when asked about the move seven years ago. From the The Columbus Dispatch:“Nobody loves Ohio State more than me,” said Herbstreit, a former Buckeyes quarterback. “I still have a picture of Woody Hayes and my dad (Jim, a former OSU player) in my office, and nobody will do more than I do for the university behind the scenes. But I’ve got a job to do, and I’m going to continue to be fair and objective. To continue to have to defend myself and my family in regards to my love and devotion to Ohio State is unfair.”[…]“From a sports perspective, this is rough,” he said. “I love Ohio State. Love the Blue Jackets. Love the Reds. Those are my hobbies. I don’t like moving. I love living here. I don’t want to leave. But I just can’t do this anymore. I really can’t keep going like this.“Eighty to ninety percent of the Ohio State fans are great. It’s the vocal minority that make it rough. They probably represent only 5 to 10 percent of the fan base, but they are relentless.”Unfortunately, it is unsurprising that McMurphy has experienced some of the same things that forced Herbstreit out of his home state. It isn’t an Ohio State-centric problem either. Rabid fan bases are among the things that make college football great, but there is definitely an ugly side to them as well, and it is often exposed with scandals like what we’ve seen at Ohio State this summer.last_img read more

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Copa Libertadores final the only news in Argentina

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — One day everyone in Argentina will say they were there.That is the case for Diego Maradona’s professional debut, and the 1978 World Cup final in Argentina, won by the host.This time, it’s the Copa Libertadores final on Saturday at Monumental de Nunez Stadium, where Boca Juniors and River Plate, the most popular Argentine clubs, face off.Three weeks ago they drew 2-2 at La Bombonera, but away goals won’t matter in the second leg.Except for a brief pause when an Argentine submarine was found in the Atlantic one year after it disappeared with 44 crew members, Saturday’s final has been the biggest news in Argentina. Even a summit of leaders from G20 nations has been eclipsed by the historic superclasico.On Thursday, Boca fans overcrowded the 49,000-seat La Bombonera just to watch a training session. There will be no visiting fans at River’s stadium because of Argentina’s anti-football violence legislation.Players, however, have kept a lower profile, without the traditional provocations.River has reasons to be optimistic. Not only did the team fight back from 2-0 down in the first leg, it has also lifted its three Copa Libertadores titles at home.River coach Marcelo Gallardo, who has won one Libertadores as a player and another as a coach, is still considering his starting lineup after losing suspended striker Rafael Santos Borre and injured target man Ignacio Scocco.But he has a spine to work from: Goalkeeper Franco Armani, who played for Argentina in the last World Cup; veteran defenders Jonatan Maidana and Javier Pinola; captain Leonardo Ponzi and midfielders Gonzalo Martinez and Exequiel Palacios, who will leave the club at the end of the year.Boca also has question marks before the final. The goalkeeper will be either Agustin Rossi or Esteban Andrada. Right back Leonardo Jara did not leave a good impression in the first leg and could be replaced by Julio Buffarini.While Gallardo has been busy finding replacements, Boca coach Guillermo Barros Schelotto — who won the tournament three times as a player — has the luxury of deciding which striker to leave out. If he can’t count on winger Cristian Pavon, he can choose from Carlos Tevez, Mauro Zarate, and Colombians Edwin Cardona and Sebastian Villa. He also has Dario Benedetto and Ramon Abila, who scored Boca’s goals in the first leg.Boca relies on its strikers, who have 14 of the team’s 15 goals in the knockout stage.Boca fans trust in their tradition of winning the Copa Libertadores away, as they have in four of the clubs’ six titles.If there’s another draw on Saturday, there will be 30 minutes of extra time. If the draw persists, the trophy will be decided by penalties. Next year, the Copa Libertadores final will be played in a single match.The winner advances to the Club World Cup in the United Arab Emirates next month.___More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/apf-Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsDebora Rey, The Associated Press read more

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