Report: Ohio State linebacker may transfer to Louisville

The Ohio State student newspaper is reporting that sophomore linebacker Jordan Whiting may be transferring to the University of Louisville to play football.

Any resemblance to Mark May of ESPN is coincidental.

When asked about the possibility, the Trinity High School product would neither confirm or deny that he would be joining Charlie Strong’s program, per The Lantern:

“(A transfer) is not yet set in stone and isn’t on my mind at this time,” Whiting said Tuesday. “I’m focused on my school endeavors, keeping in shape with tough workouts and strict nutrition and most importantly letting God direct me in the right direction.”

The 6-foot-1, 238-pound Whiting was among a number of Ohio State players who received suspensions for receiving improper benefits (tatoos among them) in exchange for football memorabilia at the beginning of last season.  Whiting was suspended for one game while others missed five games.

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2011 Big East Trophy (CSWorks photo)

Back in the day, schools would make a big deal out of winning a conference trophy. Remember the annual post-season football banquets? Pre-season kickoff luncheons have taken their place.

While we have no doubt Charlie Strong made a big deal about the trophy with the team. Fans enjoy the newspaper, radio and TV coverage, the Internet chatter but few of them will ever lay their eyes on the prize, the one they wanted so badly. Three-way tie between Louisville, Cincinnati and West Virginia but still first place.

The observer discovered the 2011 Big East Championship Trophy almost by accident Tuesday, having stopped by the coach’s office to get a UofL football autographed for a fellow fan. The trophy is in a glass case beside the entrance to Strong’s office. It’s impressive, probably 36 inches high, obviously weighing a ton.

Author: Charlie Springer

Charlie Springer is a former Louisville editor and sportswriter, as well as a public affairs consultant, a UofL grad and longtime fan.