The Weekender: Arch Manning will join Quinn Ewers in the Texas quarterback room, the Big Ten dominate the NBA draft and Jim Tressel is set to retire at Youngstown State

The Weekender: Arch Manning will join Quinn Ewers in the Texas quarterback room, the Big Ten dominate the NBA draft and Jim Tressel is set to retire at Youngstown State

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A QB controversy in the making

Quinn Ewers may have left a busy quarterback room in Columbus, but there’s another potential quarterback controversy on the horizon for the former Texas Buckeye.

A major recruiting domino fell this week as 2023’s top prospect Arch Manning officially signed on to the Longhorn program. Given his last name and his reported recruiting status, Ewers’ position as QB1 could be challenged when Manning arrives in Austin next year.

Of course, Ewers was a phenomenal recruit in his own right, ranked No. 1 overall for the Class of 2022 before upgrading last August to join the Buckeye program a year earlier than expected. Things didn’t go as planned by Ewers or the Ohio State coaching staff, with Ewers exiting the program just months after arriving in Columbus, but CJ Stroud’s success as a runner-up of the Heisman Trophy made it clear that the Southlake, Texas, native would have waited at least another year before taking the starting job in the Ryan Day offense.

In his first season as a starter in 2022, Ewers could prove good enough that there’s little threat from Manning in 2023. But there’s no guarantee that will be the case, making the battle looming. Longhorn QB all the more interesting when it eventually unfolds.

Big night for the Big Ten

Despite conference depth in recent years, the Big Ten haven’t had much success injecting first-round prospects into the NBA in the last three drafts leading up to Thursday.

Only one Big Ten player has made the first round in 2021 (Franz Wagner) and 2020 (Jalen Smith), and only two players (Romeo Langford and Jordan Poole) from the conference were selected in the first round the previous year. Last week, however, the Big Ten tied their first-round rookie count of the past three years in a single night.

Including the Buckeyes’ Malaki Branham, four Big Ten players were drafted in the first round, and the conference led all others with nine overall selections. Among the Big Ten schools, Ohio State and Michigan were the only two programs to see multiple players drafted, with Branham ranking 20th overall and EJ Liddell being taken at No. 41.

Three Big Ten players were drafted even before Branham, as Keegan Murray (No. 4), Jaden Ivey (No. 5) and Johnny Davis (No. 10) all went to the top 10 picks. Needless to say, it wasn’t just a great night for the Buckeye program, but the Big Ten as a whole as many of its top performers landed in the draft.

Tressel leaves Youngstown State

Former Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel announced this week that he will step down as president of Youngstown State on February 1, 2023.

Tressel has served as president of Youngstown State since 2014, three years after stepping down as football coach at Ohio State. Tressel was previously head football coach at Youngstown State from 1986 to 2000, but then spent 10 years leading the Buckeye program.

Set to turn 70 this year, Tressel said “it’s truly been a blessing and a labor of love to serve Youngstown State University,” but it’s “just” that his family becomes more of a priority after leaving the job.

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