DN90: Former Ohio State captain says ‘players will think twice’ before committing to Big Ten
Georgia football fans can get a quick update on the latest news involving the Bulldogs each day with DN90. DawgNation’s Brandon Adams provides all the latest UGA happenings on video in about 90 seconds. So follow along as Kirby Smart and the rest of the Bulldogs attempt to lead UGA to a national championship, and get up-to-the-minute UGA recruiting news as well. On this edition of DN90, the discussion focuses on what former Ohio State captain — from the 2002 national championship team — Dustin Fox said about possible recruiting challenges for Big Ten schools after the conference’s decision to postpone its football season.
DN90 Former Ohio State captain says ‘players will think twice’ before committing to Big Ten
Georgia fans have been uncharacteristically sympathetic to Big Ten fans — including those from Ohio State — this week after the league announced it was postponing its football season. However, those feelings won’t prevent UGA fans from also looking for an opportunity to take advantage of the negative feelings some have expressed about the conference in recent days.
The Big Ten’s decision not to play football this fall will harm the recruiting efforts of the programs within the conference according to Dustin Fox, a captain on Ohio State’s 2002 national championship team, and an ESPN analyst and radio host in Cleveland.
Fox says this could be because of the logistical challenges of potentially interrupting a recruiting cycle to play games this spring, and also because the decision made by the league has been controversial.
The Big Ten shared Thursday some of the information that led to the postponement. However, that data will probably do little to change the minds of disappointed fans — including those who root for the Buckeyes.
“It’s been like a funeral the last couple of days,” Fox said Thursday on DawgNation Daily. “It really has been disappointing for our fans, for an alumnus like me and guys who played there. It’s disappointing to see the Big Ten is not even going to give it a try as the SEC, ACC and Big 12 are going to do.”
In fairness to the Big Ten, just because the other conferences — including the SEC — are attempting to have a season, doesn’t mean they will successfully pull it off. Eventually UGA fans might find themselves in a similar position to what Ohio State fans have experienced the last few days.
However, there is value in trying to have a season in a healthy and safe way, and that is what the SEC appears to be doing. And if the conference can successfully pull it off, expect people to notice — including the nation’s top recruits.
For more on what Fox said about how the season postponement could impact Big Ten recruiting, check out the latest edition of DN90, linked above.