Cardale Jones’ is taking some criticism for announcing his decision to remain at Ohio State via press conference. We high lighted on Thursday, that Jones likely held the presser at Glenville High School to give back to his city, and to provide inspiration to all the young kids in his neighborhood.
Jones took the opportunity Friday on ESPN’s Mike and Mike radio show to set the record straight about the press conference, held Thursday at his Cleveland high school. Jones made it clear that “the presser wasn’t his idea” but he also didn’t “see the big deal” in it either.
“For one, me personally, it wasn’t my idea,” Jones said. “Holding a press conference, and all eyes on me, me being the center of attention, I’m not that type of guy. Period. That wasn’t something I put together.”
“I thought it wasn’t a big deal,” he continued, “but Coach [Urban] Meyer, he let me know ‘everything you do now will be a big deal because of the spotlight that you’re in.'”
Jones admitted that the time-frame allowed in making his decision, caused the process to become overhyped.
“After the [championship] game was over, the decision was in two days to make,” he said. “That’s a decision guys usually have a couple of weeks, or three-to-four weeks to decide. And it was just not enough time for me to weigh out so many pros and cons.”
As he has been multiple times in recent weeks, Jones was asked about his infamous “didn’t come here to play school” tweet, which he called “stupid.”
“I always took my academics seriously,” he said, a point he reemphasized on the Dan Patrick Show later in the morning: