Take 5 | Steelers master free agency, transfer portal bad for college football
In this week’s edition of Take 5, The Pitt News Sports Desk examines how the Steelers profited from Ben Roethlisberger’s retirement through free agency, the impact of the transfer gate on college football and more.
The Transfer Portal is bad for college football // Jermaine Sykes, Editor
As college football evolves and becomes even bigger, the days of players sitting around and waiting for their opportunity are over. Players, especially quarterbacks, are traded once or even twice if they don’t start immediately. The transfer portal gives players the opportunity to show off their skills at other schools.
But, overall, the transfer portal is bad for the sport.
Strategist Quinn Ewers situation is a prime example of why. Ewers, an original 2022 graduate, was upgraded to graduate in 2021 to become a member of the Ohio State Buckeyes. Ewers didn’t see much playing time sitting behind Heisman candidate CJ Stroud and was traded to Texas at the end of the season.
Ewers immediately dropped out of the Buckeyes as he did not win the starting job. Instead of staying and competing for the job in 2022, Ewers was moved to a side with less talent in order to play straight away. Texas’ outgoing quarterbacks will likely lose their jobs to the incoming star.
The transfer portal can leave teams with holes and players with no place to play. Although it has advantages, the advantages do not outweigh the disadvantages.
Steelers take advantage of Roethlisberger’s exit from the books // Zack Gibney, Senior Writer
Ben Roethlisberger’s contract has handcuffed the Steelers during the free agency window for years. But with Roethlisberger off the payroll, Pittsburgh now has something they haven’t had in years: financial flexibility.
Steelers fans had mixed feelings after the 2021-22 season. After stealing the No. 7 seeded in the AFC and Kansas City humiliating the Steelers in the first round of the playoffs, a wave of realization washed over the organization. There are more holes that need to be filled outside of the quarterback.
With some wiggle room entering free agency, the Steelers masterfully filled several holes in the roster.
With the signing of Mitch Trubisky to replace Roethlisberger at quarterback, the Steelers added exceptional linebacker Myles Jack, offensive linemen James Daniels and Mason Cole as well as cornerback Levi Wallace.
Signing these players allows the Steelers to be flexible when it comes to the upcoming NFL Draft. Having a lower-paid quarterback has given the team the ability to spend on the open market, and with it, a more balanced and comprehensive roster heading into the 2022 season.
Selection Committee Underseeded Tennessee // Frankie Richetti, Senior Staff Writer
Selection Sunday is one of the best days of the year for college basketball fans. Fans mark their calendars and count the days leading up to each season. After the committee released the brackets, viewers were shocked after Tennessee — the hottest team in college basketball — only got a No. 3 seed.
The Volunteers have won 12 of their last 13 games, including victories over Kentucky, Auburn and Arkansas. Tennessee capped off its impressive run with an SEC Tournament Championship in a 65-50 thrashing of Texas A&M. Although he entered the tournament playing better basketball than anyone in the country, the committee did not give Tennessee a proper ranking.
This decision is more than questionable, given that Duke is a No. 2 seed. Duke holds an impressive win over Gonzagabetter than any win the Volunteers have recorded, but doesn’t have the best Continue. Flights have more wins in Quad 1 than the Blue Devils while playing a much tougher schedule.
There simply aren’t eight better teams than Tennessee in this year’s tournament.
Don’t sleep on the Miami Marlins in 2022 // Jack Markowski, Editor
Heading into the 2022 MLB season, the NL East Division has three potential playoff teams, including the Atlanta Braves, defending World Series champions. But the Miami Marlins have flown under the radar after an impressive offseason.
As the old saying goes, “throwing wins championships.” The Marlins don’t miss it, like aces Sandy Alcantara, Pablo Lopez and Trevor Rogers all possess All-Star level talent. Their farming system is also full of highly touted pitch prospects, with Eury PerezEdward Cabrera and Max Meyer have the potential to make an impact this year.
Miami’s offense has lagged the pack in recent years, finishing only ahead of Texas and Pittsburgh in Team SPO and points scored, respectively, in 2021. The Marlins have taken substantial steps to address that shortcoming, adding outfielder Avisail Garcia in free agency. They also traded infielder Joey Wendle and receiver Jacob Stallings, which will add a much-needed veteran presence to the roster.
The combination of a young, talented pitching staff and an improved offense makes the Marlins prime candidates to exceed expectations in 2022.
Leicester’s miraculous success is over // Will McGlynn, Editor
In the 2015-16 Premier League season, Leicester City pulled off one of the most unlikely runs in recent Premier League history by winning the Premier League at a time when most people thought they would. would be to postpone relegation. Behind their best striker Jamie Vardy and defensive midfielder N’Golo Kanté, Leicester City comfortably won the Premier League.
However, it was more than a fluke, with Leicester continuing to become a perennial powerhouse in the Premier League. They have moved a few pieces, but this talented team has remained young with players like attacking midfielder James Madison.
Cinderella’s run finally seems to have come to an end. Leicester sits at No. 12 in the Premier League with only a third of the season to play – 15 qualifying points for a place in the Europa League.
Leicester struggled defensively on the ball, surrendering 1.73 goals per game. During their time at the top, Leicester have kept that number much closer to one goal conceded per game. Leicester just haven’t been quite the same this season.
The English-turned-powerful underdogs seem to have run out of luck.