Ohio State's spring game crowd of 61,058 finished sixth in attendance this year, according to a list compiled by AL.com.
Ohio State’s spring game crowd of 61,058 finished sixth in attendance this year, according to a list compiled by AL.com. Alabama topped the list at 73,506, followed by Penn State (72,000), Auburn (70,645), Tennessee (68.548) and Nebraska (61,772). Michigan State wasn’t included on AL.com's listfor some reason but it had the second largest crowd among Big Ten schools at 35,000.
After Mitch McGary failed an NCAA drug test for marijuana and was suspended for a year, his Michigan teammates understand why he declared for the NBA draft.
“If I’m in that position, I’m probably going to end up leaving, too,” former Wolverine guard Nik Stauskas told the Detroit Free Press. “You don’t have much choice.”
Stauskas is also going to the NBA early, although he is doing it under much different circumstances than McGary is. Stauskas is the 2014 Big Ten player of the year.
When he learned about the failed drug test, McGary signed with agent Mark Bartelstein and the Priority Sports group in Chicago, the same representatives Stauskas has. He announced the news himself on Yahoo and on Michigan's website.
“He wanted to have the world know from him,” Stauskas said. “It's amazing how things turn around. Obviously people are a little upset with him and the decision he made but the overwhelming response was the NCAA, the rule is crazy. It went from Mitch messing up to the NCAA has this crazy rule that could have ruined this kid's career. I definitely think there were some positive effects with him announcing the way he did.”
Nebraska fans will cast a wary eye on Major League Baseball’s first-year player draft runs June 5-7. Monte Harrison is arguably Nebraska’s top football and baseball recruit and whether he ever wears a Cornhusker uniform may well depend upon how highly he is drafted that day.
The Lee's Summit (Mo.) West High School star is a center fielder like Bubba Starling, a 2011 Nebraska quarterback recruit who signed with the Kansas City Royals just before the mid-August deadline. But unlike Starling, who was picked fifth in the draft, Harrison – a football wide receiver -- is not a lock to go in the first round.
Harrison admits that baseball is his first choice, so if he is that may be the end for Nebraska. High school draftees have until July 18 to either sign with their MLB club or stay in college. If Harrison picks Nebraska, he'd have to wait until 2017 before he could re-enter the MLB draft pool or become eligible for the NFL draft
“We'll see what happens when it comes down to it,” he told the Omaha World-Herald. “I'm really truly waiting, because I could go either way. It's whatever opportunity presents itself and where I get drafted.”