At his press convention on Tuesday, Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin was requested in regards to the concept of Sunday’s sport towards the Jacksonville Jaguars (1-8) being a “lure” sport.
“We’re not a Massive Ten group taking part in a MAC opponent this week,” mentioned Tomlin, earlier than including, “We all the time have tough and tumble video games with these guys down [in Jacksonville].”
Ben Roethlisberger on Mike Tomlin’s Alma Mater
Not surprisingly, Roethlisberger—who performed for Miami of Ohio, a Mid-American Convention (MAC) college—was requested about Tomlin’s remark at his personal media session on Wednesday. He quipped that he “wasn’t too completely satisfied about that,” and he’d have one thing additional to say as soon as he figures out “what convention William & Mary is in,” a smile breaking throughout his face.
William & Mary is a part of the Colonial Athletic Affiliation (CAA)—which can also be house to varsities like James Madison, Villanova and Delaware—and is broadly thought of a step down in school from the MAC, at the very least from a soccer perspective. In the meantime, the Massive Ten is house to conventional soccer powerhouses like Ohio State, the College of Michigan and Michigan State.
For his half, Mike Tomlin was a large receiver at William & Mary—and harbored NFL goals—which didn’t come near turning into a actuality.
Throughout this previous summer time he recalled his faculty taking part in profession, saying, “I had bigtime soccer taking part in aspirations, so for lots of my taking part in years, I used to be depressing, as a result of it wasn’t unfolding within the methods wherein I envisioned it.”
However issues labored out for the perfect.
“In pursuit of taking part in aspirations, I didn’t notice all alongside I used to be sharpening my sword for teaching. I used to be actually passionate in regards to the sport. Taking part in to win and main. Entering into the schematics of it,” he added.
It’s notable, nonetheless, that Tomlin used the MAC as a comparability level for the Massive Ten, as his group’s roster options quite a lot of gamers from the MAC, specifically: linebacker Olasunkanmi Adeniyi (Toledo), linebacker Jayrone Elliott (Toledo), large receiver Diontae Johnson (Toledo), offensive sort out Chukwuma Okorafor (Western Michigan), Robert Spillane (Western Michigan), Ulysees Gilbert III (Akron) and follow squad large receiver Anthony Johnson (Buffalo).
Thus far it doesn’t seem that anybody aside from Roethlisberger has weighed in on Tomlin’s MAC remark, although it seems sure that others shall be requested about it later this week.
Chase Claypool Left Out of ESPN’s Rookie Rankings
In a extra pronounced snub, Steelers large receiver Chase Claypool was left off of ESPN’s 2020 NFL Rookie Rankings, which had been revealed on Wednesday morning.
To be honest, there are many robust rookies this yr, together with large receivers Justin Jefferson and Tee Higgins, who got here in a #three and #7 on ESPN’s High 10, respectively.
However Claypool—who has 35 receptions for 500 yards and has scored 9 touchdowns in 9 video games—wasn’t even talked about within the “Simply missed” class, and even part of the “Control …” class.
By the way, Los Angeles Chargers QB Justin Herbert got here in at No. 1 on ESPN’s record, with Cincinnati Bengals QB Joe Burrow at No. 2.
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