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The Weekender: NFL Schedule is Released, Wisconsin Linebackers Coach Bill Sheridan Resigns and Kirby Smart Talks Tampering

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NFL Schedule is Out

The NFL announced its full schedule for the 2022 season on Thursday. The defending AFC champion Cincinnati Bengals will open their against the Pittsburgh Steelers for the primary time ever, while the Cleveland Browns start with a road game against the Carolina Panthers. Chris Olave’s Saints debut can be a road game in Atlanta, while Garrett Wilson will start his Jets profession with a house game against the Ravens.

Wilson will travel back to the Buckeye State in Week 2 for a game in Cleveland, while Olave will return for a Christmas Eve game against the Browns. Through the Buckeyes’ bye week on the weekend of October 15, the Browns play host to the Latest England Patriots and the Bengals play Olave and the Saints in Latest Orleans.

The NFL season kicks off with the Bills traveling to Los Angeles to tackle the defending Super Bowl champion Rams on Thursday, Sept. 8. 

Short Stint for Sheridan

Lower than three months after he became Wisconsin’s inside linebackers coach, Bill Sheridan resigned his position this week following allegations that he committed recruiting allegations while as a defensive position coach at Air Force. 

The allegations include “providing impermissible advantages to recruits” and “hosting highschool prospects in the course of the COVID-19 dead period,” which lasted over a 12 months. 

“While I look ahead to presenting my case at a hearing, I’m concerned that the NCAA investigation regarding activities that occurred prior to me joining the Wisconsin football staff could possibly be a distraction which could cause harm to this system,” Sheridan said in a press release. “In consequence, I’m submitting my resignation effective immediately.”

This isn’t the primary time Sheridan has resigned abruptly from a Big Ten coaching staff. He was Urban Meyer’s initial hire to teach cornerbacks at Ohio State in 2012, but left after lower than a month to turn into the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ defensive coordinator, resulting in Kerry Coombs’ arrival at Ohio State.

Player-led Tampering?

In an interview with radio host and TV personality Paul Finebaum, Georgia coach Kirby Smart said he doesn’t think there’s as much tampering with potential college football transfers as people think. 

Kirby Smart addresses the difficulty of tampering in the trendy CFB transfer portal pic.twitter.com/7HeGFLGNZs

— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) May 13, 2022

“The tampering comes from the player that is searching some other place,” Smart said, “not from a coach reaching out.” The defending national champion Bulldogs lost former wide receiver Jermaine Burton to conference rival Alabama this offseason.

Smart’s comments got here on the heels of Louisville coach Scott Satterfield’s comments earlier this week that tampering can have played a job in former Cardinals receiver Tyler Harell heading to Alabama. 

Saban responded by saying, “hopefully we’ve got enough honesty and integrity on the market amongst us professionally in our sport that individuals are going to abide by the foundations.”

ICYMI

A Final Review of Ohio State’s 2016 Class

Dan Hope takes a final have a look at how every member of Ohio State’s 2016 recruiting class performed as Buckeyes, led by quarterback Dwayne Haskins, Jr., defensive end Nick Bosa, and safety Jordan Fuller. 

Coaching to Infinity

Johnny Ginter takes a have a look at rule changes that may potentially lift the cap on the variety of coaches college football teams can have and the way that will profit Ohio State. 

Coach Q&A: What Makes Dylan Raiola Special

Garrick Hodge sits down with Rick Garretson, Dylan Raiola’s coach at Chandler High School, for a conversation on Ohio State’s newest commitment and what makes him the highest quarterback within the 2024 class.

Up Next

  • Men’s Golf: NCAA Columbus Regional, Monday-Wednesday
  • Men’s Tennis: NCAA Tournament quarterfinals vs. Michigan, 8 p.m. Thursday
  • Football: Season opener vs. Notre Dame, Sept. 3

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