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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Super Bowl QB Told Justin Fields Not To Go To Georgia

first_imgJustin Fields throws a pass for Georgia.ATHENS, GA – SEPTEMBER 15: Justin Fields #1 of the Georgia Bulldogs passes against the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders on September 15, 2018 at Sanford Stadiuym in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)After a freshman season at Georgia that ended with only limited snaps, five-star quarterback Justin Fields ultimately transferred to Ohio State. While many fans and pundits were confused as to why he would leave the program after just one year, a former Super Bowl-winning quarterback claims he saw the writing on the wall early.In an interview with DawgNation on Monday, former Super Bowl champion Trent Dilfer said he was not surprised that it didn’t work out for Fields at Georgia and revealed that he even warned Fields against going there.“I was probably the only guy that wasn’t surprised. I told him it wasn’t a good move to go there,” Dilfer said. “He’s a unique talent, one of the best I’ve ever seen. But these kids when they’re in high school think they’re just going to go in and beat the stud in front of him. And Jake’s a great player.”Dilfer explained that the Bulldogs were never going to rotate star quarterback Jake Fromm out often enough for Fields to develop.“The dual thing was never going to work with them rotating between quarterbacks,” Dilfer said. “And Jake, because of his command of the offense and the success he had as a freshman, to me, I just didn’t think it was a good move.”Fields’ freshman season ended with 328 passing yards and four touchdowns, with another 266 rushing yards and four touchdowns on the ground.Fromm, on the other hand, started for the Bulldogs in all 14 of their games, completing 67.4-percent of his passes for 2,761 yards and 30 touchdowns.After the season, Fields announced his transfer to Ohio State.It is still unclear if Fields will be eligible to play for the Buckeyes in 2019.However, with the recent transfer of Ohio State quarterback Tate Martell to Miami, Fields certainly has a better chance of winning the starting job if he is granted eligibility.last_img read more

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