Three B1G Things: Northwestern lands 4-star LB, UM's fight song stumps Jeopardy! contestants & NCAA transfer guidelines
Three B1G Things is a daily weekday update on some of the most unique and interesting stories from across the B1G. It ranges from recruiting to coach press conferences, funny anecdotes to serious situations. We provide our commentary, analysis and opinions on a few topics every day.
Northwestern got its first big-time commitment
One of the best players from the state of Illinois decided to stay at home, committing to Northwestern over the weekend. Four-star linebacker Mac Uihlein, the state’s fifth-ranked player per 247Sports, pledged to the Wildcats and is currently the best prospect to commit to Pat Fitzgerald.
Uihlein is a 6-foot-1, 215-pound backer who ranks as one of the top 300 players in the 2021 cycle, according to 247Sports. He’s also listed as the No. 10 inside linebacker of his class.
Even after a 3-9 season, the worst of Fitzgerald’s career on the sideline, he’s still able to land some highly-ranked talent. It’s evidence that Northwestern’s new football facility and the consistency in Evanston is still valued, at least for the in-state players.
Uihlein could also fit in to Northwestern’s defense fairly well when he arrives campus before the 2021 season. With the 2020 campaign being the last for All-B1G linebacker Paddy Fisher, the four-star talent could step in immediately and make an impact. He’ll be one of the players of the class to keep an eye on when he suits up in the purple and white.
Jeopardy! contestants can’t identify the most popular fight song in America
Three Jeopardy! contestants, and not one of them even had a guess when it came to Michigan’s fight song. Not only did the game show air a clip of the song, it mentioned that the school was in the B1G. That should’ve been more than enough to trigger something in their above-average brains.
No. Instead, the three contestants just stood there without so much as buzzing in to take a guess.
It will never cease to amaze me how bad Jeopardy contestants are at sports clues.
Good on Alex Trebek for not even trying to hide his disgust…
— Jim Weber (@JimMWeber) April 4, 2020
Michigan’s fight song is arguably the most recognizable out there — it’s in the top three, at the very least. Perhaps this wouldn’t be a big deal if it was another fight song, but this was just frustrating.
I’m not sure I would’ve answered another single question on the board correctly, but I would’ve at least made it to Final Jeopardy! thanks to that clue.
The NCAA transfer policy is expected to stay the same
COVID-19 has put nearly everything in the sporting world on hold, including the NCAA’s vote on a change to the transfer policies. That, in all likelihood, means that the NCAA’s guidelines and rules for transfer players will remain the same through the 2020-21 academic year.
Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports reported that, if a one-time transfer rule is passed by the NCAA in June, it’s unlikely to be put into effect until the 2021-22 academic years. That means players will still be forced to sit out one year, unless they receive an immediate eligibility waiver from the NCAA.
The initial vote was scheduled for April, but was tabled for a later date while the association discussed other matters during the ongoing health pandemic. While the new proposed rules might be passed — allowing student-athletes to be immediately eligible across all sports if they’re transferring for the first time — don’t expect the new changes to have an impact on the upcoming athletic seasons.