Mailbox: NFL needs to investigate leak of CJ Stroud cognitive test

Brian White
The Columbus Dispatch

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Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud reacts after being chosen by the Houston Texans with the second overall pick during the first round of the NFL football draft, Thursday, April 27, 2023, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

On Ohio State football

To the editor: Regarding the allegations about C.J. Stroud scoring low on one section of NFL cognitive tests, no legitimate business entity would allow claims like this to be disclosed. The league needs investigations and severe sanctions for team officials who participate in vicious leaks like this one. 

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And the claim that Ohio State doesn't produce quarterbacks is tiresome. College football programs don't produce quarterbacks. Coaches do. Ryan Day's record of development is the best in the nation, and high school recruits know it.

David Scott, Columbus

Mar 7, 2023; Columbus, Ohio, USA;  Ohio State Buckeyes offensive coordinator Brian Hartline motions during spring football drills at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. Mandatory Credit: Adam Cairns-The Columbus Dispatch

To Brian: Anyone in a leadership position who is influencing young people needs to avoid alcohol. Continuing to retain coach Brian Hartline at a high level on the OSU staff would be a mistake, opening the team up to possible ridicule elsewhere and a loss of program integrity. I do not condemn anyone. I imbibed in younger years, making decisions that could have been costly. (But few know alcohol can have detrimental effects on their body over time. And it certainly doesn't belong in sports). Temporarily assigning Hartline to another position, apart from the limelight, could be beneficial. Adversity matures us. Let him quietly work his way back to success, regaining the respect of players, coaches and fans. The best leaders learn from irresponsibility and failure and "own it."

Larry Cheek, Dublin

To Larry: My guess is that hiring only coaches who avoid alcohol severely limits the field of candidates. I prefer that those in power are mandated to act responsibly. And on Hartline, there is no documented pattern of behavior here, so demoting him for this incident could cause the departure of the best recruiter in the country.

Watterson's Layla Hoying readies to spike the ball against Dublin Jerome. Hoying is the daughter of former Ohio State quarterback Bobby Hoying.

To the editor: Thank you, Dave (Purpura), for his article and pictures of family matters which displayed the generational impact of the football Buckeyes in central Ohio. The Buckeye family tree has myriad roots in central Ohio, and that is why football is more than wins and losses and really sets a standard of excellence and presents goals for future generations. Mr. (Purpura’s) article should be required reading for all current and future Buckeye players and coaches to show them their demeanor and actions have impact beyond their current careers and they are truly a part of something bigger than themselves.

Michael Oser, Columbus

To Michael: Thanks for the kind and deserving words for Dave. He, Frank DiRenna and Andy Resnik are doing a phenomenal and underappreciated job of covering high school sports for The Dispatch. Newspapers don't have the manpower they had in the past, but those three are hustling like crazy to cover more than 100 high schools in our area.

Feb 1, 2023; Ohio State football coach Ryan Day talks with the media during an off-season news conference. He and other Ohio State football coaches addressed the media in the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. Mandatory Credit: Doral Chenoweth/The Columbus Dispatch

On coaching salaries

Dear Mr. White: Another way to look at outsized salaries: There are roughly 3.5 billion men on the planet. Fewer than 1,000 of them are on Major League Baseball rosters. In the U.S. there are roughly 160 million men, 65 of whom are Power Five Conference head football coaches. Also, in the U.S., there are roughly 160 million women, and there is but one Taylor Swift. Moral: It pays to be unique.

Jon Armstrong, Columbus

Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Hunter Greene delivers during the first inning of baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh, Sunday, April 23, 2023.

On the Cincinnati Reds

To Brian: Hunter Greene had to deal with the pandemic shutdown all minor league players had to deal with and then the injury and now an offense that can't score runs. But now when he is coming into his own, he still signed to stay with Cincinnati for several years. I know his stats are still modest, but his potential is obvious and he is such a fine kid you like to root for, and I do.   

Dennis Singleton, Dayton

Umpire Phil Cuzzi issues an ejection to Mets pitcher Max Scherzer while manager Buck Showalter argues his case in an April 19 game against the Dodgers.

On Max Scherzer

To Mr. White: Max Scherzer recently accepted a 10-game suspension for being in a sticky situation. The future Hall of Famer could have opted for an approach similar to the one which served Don Sutton very well. On July 14, 1978, Sutton, then pitching for the Los Angeles Dodgers, was ejected by umpire Doug Harvey for “defacing the baseball.” The well-connected Sutton retained the services of Ed Hookstratten, an attorney whose celebrity client list ranged from entertainers Elvis Presley and Joey Bishop to broadcasters Tom Brokaw and Vin Scully.

Sutton told the press, “On the advice of my attorney, I'm to say nothing about this. I'm filing suit against Doug Harvey, the National League and whoever runs the umpiring.” Some reports paraphrased Tommy Lasorda's comment, "They are trying to deprive him of his right to make a living."

July 1975; Cincinnati, OH, USA; FILE PHOTO;  Los Angeles Dodger pitcher Don Sutton in action against the Cincinnati Reds at Riverfront Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Malcolm Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Hookstratten met National League president Chub Feeney at the league office in New York and presented his theory that artificial turf, not Sutton, scuffed the balls. The attorney later told the Sporting News, "They didn't have a case. Those artificial fields are so tough on the ball that everyone is throwing doctored pitches." (Gee, whiz! Wouldn't an "honest" pitcher ask for a new ball instead of using a damaged one?)

Hookstratten later phoned Sutton and said, "I met with Mr. Feeney. You're not suspended. Keep your mouth shut, and I'll talk to you later." Without missing a start the Artful Dodger, wearing a T-shirt with the words, "Not Guilty," under his uniform jersey, twirled a six-hit win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on July 18, 1978, to join self-proclaimed spit-baller Don Drysdale as the only Dodgers to win 200 games.

Richard Zaborsky, Dublin

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