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01/15 Morning Minute: Birds of a Feather

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Well, I have to admit that I’m pretty shocked to read today’s news that All-American linebacker James Laurinaitis will be returning to Ohio State for his senior season.  While Vernon Gholston has locked himself in to a top-10 selection this spring, Laurinaitis was one that was more of a question mark – despite his gaudy tackle totals.  Top 15 most likely, but the way he would produce at the next level was not for certain.

Laurinaitis admits that the decisions made by his teammates several days earlier impacted his decision, and while it was a tough move to pass up the NFL, the All-American thinks that the experience will do him well.

“Money can’t give you this experience, especially your senior season with the way this season could go,” Laurinaitis said. “I’m excited about my choice to come back.”

Another guide for Laurinaitis’ decision?  Former Ohio State linebacker A.J. Hawk.

“I talked to A.J. and he said you can’t take back that college experience,” Laurinaitis said. “And I can do nothing but solidify my draft position with another year, and this was the right decision for me and he helped me with it.

I think it’s great that these guys are coming back, self-interest pushed aside.  Gholston was a fourth year junior, so all of the returners were a part of the same draft class, thus will go through the entire journey together – at least until this path approaches us next season.  These four helped take a team that was not even supposed to be in the top two in their conference, and wound up playing for a National Championship.  That September game in Southern California is looking that much better.

There are mixed emotions around Cleveland regarding the extension of Mike Brown.  Some feel it was long overdue due to the fact that he was one of the lowest paid coaches in the NBA.  Others feel that there was a reason that he was just that.   I do agree with CSA that it seems like we as a Cleveland market have been a bit trigger happy to extend the contracts of coaches.    I was blown away by the Eric Wedge extension, but look where that got us?  I guess I will cast judgement when it is all said and done.

Have a good morning.


Written by Scott @ WFNY

January 15, 2008 at 12:22 pm

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  1. Hey Scott, I really dig the site. Nice concept. Added you to the blogroll over at Cleveland Sports Authority. Keep up the good work.


    January 15, 2008 at 1:55 pm

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