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08:25 AM ET 05.02 | Once he made his decision to attend Notre Dame, Mike Heuerman's first call wasn't to the school. Heuerman called older brother Jeff, a freshman at Ohio State, and adopted brother Makinton Dorleant, a freshman at Maryland, to tell them he chose the Irish over the Buckeyes, Miami and LSU. "If I don't call them and tell them first, all hell will break loose when they come back (home)," Mike Heuerman said. "I called them and told them what I was doing and they were real excited." ... The Buckeyes seemed to gain an advantage when Heuerman chose to go to the Ohio State spring game on April 21 rather than Notre Dame's, but older brother Jeff didn't pressure him to choose Ohio State.

South Bend Tribune

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May 2, 2012  08:34 AM ET

Must have been a crappy spring game for tOSU.

May 2, 2012  08:36 AM ET

guess he doesn't want to win a NC...his loss

May 2, 2012  08:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

guess he doesn't want to win a NC...his loss

Maybe he likes getting yelled at.

May 2, 2012  09:04 AM ET

Maybe he values his education.

May 2, 2012  09:12 AM ET

Doubt he's winning an NC at either school.

May 2, 2012  09:17 AM ET
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Maybe he likes getting yelled at.

Maybe he doesn't like to have to compete for PT.

May 2, 2012  09:19 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Maybe he values his education.

yep...because having a degree in teaching gym class from ND is so much different than a degree in teaching gym class from tOSU.

May 2, 2012  09:25 AM ET

His chances of playing are a lot better at ND than Ohio State. Better to play than be a back up for four years.

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May 2, 2012  09:30 AM ET

He probably took a look at Baugh's highlight film and decided to take his talents to South Bend...cant blame him

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May 2, 2012  09:52 AM ET
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yep...because having a degree in teaching gym class from ND is so much different than a degree in teaching gym class from tOSU.

ND doesn't offer a degree in Physical Education my man and considering only 63% of tOSU players leave with degrees (less than 50% if you are African American) I would say he made a pretty enlightened decision. Apparently his brother thinks so too...!

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May 2, 2012  10:08 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Maybe he values his education.

More likely, he figured if Floyd could party hard and get drafted, then it must be the place to go.

May 2, 2012  10:09 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Maybe he values his education.

Is this dude a 4 or 5 star guy who will leave after his 2nd or 3rd season anyway?

May 2, 2012  10:16 AM ET
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More likely, he figured if Floyd could party hard and get drafted, then it must be the place to go.

Floyd made some mistakes at ND but straightened out and left with a degree (along with 99% of his teammates). How many leave with degrees from your school 50 Year...? "Bueller...? Bueller...?"

May 2, 2012  10:21 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

ND doesn't offer a degree in Physical Education my man and considering only 63% of tOSU players leave with degrees (less than 50% if you are African American) I would say he made a pretty enlightened decision. Apparently his brother thinks so too...!

Ohio State players have been vastly superior to those at the golden temple of doom for quite some time, many more of them leave Ohio State early for the NFL...you could argue that the lack of a degree is a failure but you could also make the case they are very good at what they do: play football. To continue to do that in the NFL would not constitute a failure. ALSO, every year, some of these players who left school early come back and complete their degrees...however, no adjustment of graduation percentages is ever made, if you leave early, it counts against the school forever. You need to learn enlightenment comes in many degrees!

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May 2, 2012  10:44 AM ET
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Ohio State players have been vastly superior to those at the golden temple of doom for quite some time, many more of them leave Ohio State early for the NFL...you could argue that the lack of a degree is a failure but you could also make the case they are very good at what they do: play football. To continue to do that in the NFL would not constitute a failure. ALSO, every year, some of these players who left school early come back and complete their degrees...however, no adjustment of graduation percentages is ever made, if you leave early, it counts against the school forever. You need to learn enlightenment comes in many degrees!

I might be wrong but the players that leave early for the NFL are not part of that statistic so I don't think that point of view holds water. Even if they are included in that dynamic we are talking about 5 or 6 players a year (max) that may leave early for the NFL. It would have a minimum impact of the overall graduation rate of football players.

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