Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said earlier this week that quarterback Braxton Miller would be back with the Buckeyes for his senior season, ending all speculation that he might transfer to Alabama. And if you've been taking cues from Crimson Cover's various platforms over the last couple of months, this is the outcome you expected.
Truth is, there was never much to go on.
And if you thought Miller's relationship with Ohio native Trey DePriest would be the dealmaker, we'd also like to sell you the next bridge over the Black Warrior River. After all, DePriest wasn't even returning to play in 2015, so it's not as though the two could have even been teammates.
It was easy enough to assume that Miller would find somewhere else to play given the logjam the Buckeyes fould themselves in at the quarterback position -- what with Cardale Jones and J.T. Barrett combining for a national championship without Miller last year. But the writing with Miller was never on the wall quite like it was with Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson, who fell out of favor with coach Brian Kelly last year. Golson's jump to Florida State was highly predictable. Miller, by contrast, has always been in good standing with Meyer and, at every chance, he's professed to be a Buckeye for good.
And with that, Alabama goes into the fall no differently at quarterback than it did a year ago -- with no set starter at the position. Few expected much from Blake Sims last year, particularly after his uninspiring A-Day performance in 2014. All he did was break a school record or two and lead Alabama to an SEC title. The Crimson Tide would be very fortunate if it's next quarterback -- be it Jacob Coker, David Cornwell or someone else -- were as effective as Sims was.
But, as with Sims, the answer will be homegrown.