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Former Muny standouts Cardale Jones (Glenville Titans) & Tyvis Powell (Cleveland Warriors) lead Ohio State to the 2014 National Championship.
Cardale Jones and Tyvis Powell sitting next to each other.
"We do that every day," Powell said Tuesday morning. "We're always sitting on the couch talking about something, joking really."
The Ohio State quarterback and the Ohio State safety, two kids from Northeast Ohio, Jones playing at Glenville, Powell playing at Bedford, hanging out.
But this wasn't on the couch in their apartment for the tight friends who have lived together for three years. This was on the stage at the morning-after news conference following Ohio State's 42-20 National Championship victory over Oregon on Monday night.
Two kids from Northeast Ohio, sharing the stage with Urban Meyer, representing Ohio State at the peak of the program.
"To go from sitting on the couch at home to sitting on the big stage at a press conference, it's unbelievable," Powell said, walking to their waiting car after the Tuesday morning news conference to be taken back to the Buckeyes' team hotel.
"I would say we're doing Northeast Ohio a great deal of justice right now."
The news conference at a Dallas hotel across the street from where the Buckeyes stayed was a final team analysis of the convincing win that ended an improbable season. It was supposed to feature the offensive and defensive MVPs from the game, running back Ezekiel Elliott Powell, but shortly before the Buckeyes arrived the name card on the stage was changed to Jones.
Maybe that was more appropriate. In the last month, the two-man act between the roommates has become a defining part of who these Buckeyes are, from Powell interviewing Jones at media day in Dallas on Saturday and eliciting and "your mom" joke from Jones, to Jones doing cartwheels behind a Powell TV interview at media day in Columbus.
"That's my son, that's my son, that's my son," Jones said Tuesday when asked about his friendship with Powell.
That's become a typical response from them in recent week as they battle over who's the father and who's the son in the relationship.
At Ohio State, they grew up together as members of the 2012 recruiting class, neither of whom were recruited by Meyer and his staff.
"Me and him went through a lot of ups and downs," Powell said. "We were both in the doghouse, so to see us go from the doghouse to being up on stage representing Ohio State, it's kind of like Coach Meyer said, it's never too late to change."
Meyer made just that point on the stage Tuesday when talking about Jones, the Buckeyes' third-string quarterback turned leader of a championship team.
"A theme that we have around our facility (is) it's never too late to change. Some guys change when they're 50 years old, it's too late," Meyer said. "Other guys change when they're going through the journey like we all did when we're 17 to 21 years old, 22 years old in his case. Very proud of him."
Meyer couldn't have been more proud of Jones than Powell was.
Three years is a long time to sit beside each other.
"We've done it a lot," Jones said. "It's crazy we're at this point right now."
"Endless (hours)," Powell said. "We're going to do that when we get back."
That is, unless it's time for Jones to leave the couch. The NFL may be calling.
"He's big time. He might leave me," Powell said. "I wouldn't leave him. He'll leave me."
At least they had Tuesday morning, the day when they stood for an entire team. And they'll have at least a couple more days on the couch back home.
"We're going to talk," Powell said, "and probably watch the interview."
Cleveland Muny Alumni Carlton Bragg Selects The University of Kansas
Cleveland Muny Football alumni (E. 88th Street Browns) and Villa Angela-St. Joseph boys basketball senior Carlton Bragg announced on Thursday he will play his college basketball at Kansas.
Bragg, a five-star recruit and the No. 18 prospect on ESPN.com in the Class of 2015, chose the Jayhawks over Illinois and Kentucky.
Bragg is the first recruit in the Kansas recruiting class and the third player on his team to commit to a Division I school. Forward Dererk Pardon committed to Northwestern and guard Brian Parker will play at Marist.
At 6-foot-10, 232 pounds, the first thing that jumps out about Bragg as a player is his athleticism. He has great explosiveness and can impact the game at both ends of the floor.
He is averaging 20.4 points per game, shooting nearly 60 percent from the field and better than 80 percent from the line.
Bragg has shooting range all the way out to the 3-point line, but can also work in the post and get to the free throw line.
One of the biggest strengths of Bragg's game is his play around the rim on both ends of the floor, whether it is finishing on offense or blocking shots and being a rim protector.
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Browns grant funds new turf at Cleveland field
BEREA, OH (WOIO) -
Dwayne Browder Football Field in Cleveland's Central neighborhood will get a new synthetic turf football field, thanks in part to a $200,000 grant from the Cleveland Browns through the National Football League Foundation Grassroots Program, as well as funding from the City of Cleveland's Capital Improvement Program.
The grant from the Browns, the NFL Foundation and Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) to non-profit community development corporation Burten, Bell, Carr Development, Inc. (BBC), is part of $2.5 million in field refurbishment awards allocated this year.
The new Dwayne Browder field will service a local youth football team in the 26-team Cleveland Muny Football League, and East Technical High School's football team.
The NFL Foundation Grassroots Program – a partnership between the NFL Foundation and LISC, the nation's leading community development support organization – has supported the construction or renovation of 290 football fields nationwide since 1998.
During that time, the NFL Foundation has granted nearly $37 million to revitalize playing fields in underserved neighborhoods. Fields are newly built or significantly renovated, with improvements such as irrigation systems, lights, bleachers, scoreboards, goal posts and turf.
Grassroots grants are issued once established funding thresholds are reached for each project.
"The passion that Cleveland and Ohio have for football at all levels of competition is significantly heightened by the positive influence it has on our youth," said Browns Owner Jimmy Haslam. "We are honored to help present this grant that will benefit young athletes and coaches in our community as we remain committed to the development, safety and growth of youth football throughout Northeast Ohio."
LISC identifies local, nonprofit, community-based agencies that have an interest in building or refurbishing football fields in schools and neighborhood parks.
Through the program, local agencies are provided with the necessary financing and technical assistance to improve the quality and safety of fields in their communities.
The agencies oversee the construction, maintenance and programming of the fields.
"These fields are useful in so many ways," said Michael Rubinger, LISC's president and CEO. "With them, local organizations can promote good physical fitness, teamwork, and community spirit – all critical elements of neighborhood health. The NFL Foundation has been a great partner in creating these essential community assets."
Cleveland Browns Foundation Presents Check To Muny Football
Cleveland Muny Football League is a proud member of USA Football. All of our football coaches will complete the Level 1 coaches certification for tackle football. With this certification our coaches recieve training in how to coach the heads up method of tackling to improve player safety. Please check out the USA Football site for more information.
Field Dedicated in Honor of Community Leader
CLEVELAND — Dozens turned out for a special dedication on the city’s east side Sunday morning.
Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, along with other city leaders, dedicated the Lonnie Burten Recreation Field in honor of Dwayne Browder.
The field is home to Cleveland Muny Football League’s CMHA/Lonnie Burten Organization. Browder has served as the leader of the organization for 22 years.
Browder was also recognized Sunday for his leadership with the youth in local neighborhoods. He says the league helps fight a rising epidemic.
“We’re losing a battle with a lot of kids and teenagers today, and if someone doesn’t step up and help them, this thing can get even worse, and we’re not trying to let it get worse, we’re trying to get it better,” said Browder.
Brodwer says the league is one of a few in Ohio that does not charge children to play. He is hoping for some more financial support from the community.