The Jumbo Package │06.05.13

Your daily dose of Crimson Tide and sports related links and quotes.

Ohio State President Gordon Gee to retire

Following a week which saw Ohio State President E. Gordon Gee issue seemingly apology after apology in the aftermath of a firestorm related to a controversial tape released from a December meeting of the Ohio State Athletics Council, a Columbus Dispatch report Tuesday revealed that Gee will retire on July 1, 2013.

At long last, the king jester has fallen on his sword. No matter how you reacted to Gee's comments that came to light earlier in the week, this latest bit of news reinforces the truth that no matter the number of goofy accessories, a president is expected to conduct himself in a presidential manner.


Top QB prospect David Cornwell's eligibility case tabled in Oklahoma

Cornwell was home-schooled in the fall of 2011 in order to help care for his mother, who was stricken with a serious illness, and take part in a mission trip. Cornwell was initially ruled ineligible for his senior year under OSSAA rules that allow athletes only four years to compete once entering the ninth grade, but extra eligibility may be granted in cases of students who are delayed in advancing in grade due to circumstances outside their control.

Cornwell (6-5, 235) is a five-star prospect and the top-rated pro-style quarterback in the country, according to 247Sports. Rivals.com ranks him as a four-star prospect and the third-best pro-style quarterback prospect in the country. He threw for 2,742 yards and 27 touchdowns in 2012.

Cornwell is reportedly at or near the top of the Tide's board when it comes to QBs. If he were forced to sit out this fall, that could be a huge impediment for his development, and could result in him being overtaken by another prospect unless he kills at the camps.

Vanderdoes to UCLA

"Eddie Vanderdoes will not be attending the University of Notre Dame," Kelly said. "We did not release him from his national letter of intent in order to protect the integrity of that very important program, but we have worked with the Vanderdoes family so that Eddie can continue his education this fall at a school closer to his home. We understand Eddie's interest in remaining closer to his family and wish him well."

Vanderdoes is not eligible to play for the Bruins this fall as a transfer student. He will be able to practice with the team and will have four years to play three seasons after sitting out next fall.

Four months later, the wait to see where Vanderdoes will land has come to an end. Back in February, most predicted Eddie would stay relatively close to home and pick the Bruins, so his ultimate destination is unsurprising. The path, though, was unorthodox, and will cost Eddie a year of eligibility. Remember kids, mean what you say when you put pen to paper.

Nation's No. 1 recruit Da'Shawn Hand sets visit to Alabama

Woodbridge, Virginia star Da'Shawn Hand, announced at this week's Nike Football Training Camp in Ohio that he plans to visit Tuscaloosa during the second week of July. Hand, a 6-foot-5, 250-pound defensive end, is rated by both Rivals.com and 247Sports as the top overall recruit for the Class of 2014.

Bama has consistently been listed as one of Hand's favorites, and it seems that his last unofficial visit will be to the Capstone. Good signs all around, as Hand is a difference maker. It's hard to make a fair assessment based on his high school film, since he looks like a grown man playing peewee football, but Hand jumps off the screen as a young man that is incredibly strong, fast, and big.

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