Because of the craziness of the past two weeks, media access, understandably, has been altered a few times. This morning, we originally were supposed to get players and coach Al Golden before practice, as we usually do, but that session was changed to early afternoon.
UM has said the eight players suspended by the NCAA for Monday's opener at Maryland are allowed to practice. I do know the five who were suspended for one game were all out there -- quarterback Jacory Harris, linebacker Sean Spence, receiver Travis Benjamin, defensive tackle Marcus Forston and defensive end Adewale Ojomo.
Not sure about Dyron Dye, Olivier Vernon and Ray-Ray Armstrong -- they WERE in their position meetings this morning and probably practicing, too. I do know that Aldarius Johnson, who has been suspended indefinitely and not expected back, was not out there.
Safety A.J. Highsmith was with the defense for the 15 minutes we're allowed to watch. Al Golden said yesterday that A.J. would be the third quarterback against Maryland.
Also, Tommy Streeter, who had a really good fall camp, is now wearing a yellow noncontact jersey. He was running around on the field, however, with his position group early on. Golden had mentioned a couple days ago that he had some type of injury.
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I caught some of ESPN commentator Kirk Herbstreit on WQAM this morning. He was basically amazed at all the allegations included in the Yahoo! Sports report, and said he thought UM players fared very well with the NCAA considering the allegations. He said he felt very bad for Golden. Who doesn't?
He also said he believes if Stephen Morris has a great game on Monday, he should stay in as the quarterback for Ohio State. Coach Golden said yesterday he will reopen the qb competition after Maryland, in fairness to Jacory, who basically was scaled back after he was declared ineligible.
"Based on what we saw the last couple years and watching Stephen Morris last year play, if he goes in based on what has happened with the suspensions and he plays well I think to me there would be no reason to go with anyone else but Stephen Morris the next week.''
SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN