Producer of the Wes McElroy Show from 3pm - 6pm
Jesse has been with Clear Channel Media & Entertainment since 2010. He considers himself a Richmond transplant as he has lived in the River City for over 10 years now but grew up in the Western Maryland area. Deciding to attend VCU he studied Broadcast Journalism and English while spending time working at radio stations WVCW and WRIR. Jesse is currently the producer for the Wes McElroy Show as well as other shows for Sports Radio 910. Being from the Maryland area he is a diehard fan of the Baltimore Ravens and the Washington Capitals. Besides his work at Sports Radio 910 he also writes a blog for VCU basketball’s radio website.
I had the privilege of covering the Richmond Spiders’ football team for the first time last season. It was great to watch Danny Rocco’s 1st year be a successful one as the Spiders earned a share of the CAA title. Seniors Cooper Taylor and Kendall Gaskins had all-American seasons, wide receiver Ben Edwards became a weapon, and young quarterback Michael Strauss stepped up big-time when starter John Laub went down with a broken ankle.
Michael Rocco, along with Phillip Sims, was a part of the unsuccessful rotating quarterback system at UVA in 2012. After that, Rocco decided to transfer due to the logjam at QB in Charlottesville, with the oblivious choice being to come to Richmond where his uncle is the coach. When a player transfers from a FBS (1-A) to a FCS (1-AA) program they usually can play right away, in Rocco’s case the NCAA said no way! Once again the NCAA drops the ball because Rocco is scheduled to graduate in the spring of 2014, the year he will be eligible again. Below is the official press release sent from the NCAA.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - The NCAA has informed the University of Richmond that the Legislative Council Subcommittee for Legislative Relief denied the school’s appeal for a one-time transfer exception for football student-athlete Michael Rocco.
NCAA bylaws require two seasons of remaining eligibility in order for a student-athlete to play immediately when transferring from the Football Bowl Subdivision to the Football Championship Subdivision. Rocco, a transfer from the University of Virginia, has one season of eligibility remaining and is on track to graduate in four years. He is currently enrolled at Richmond as a transfer in residence.
“While we are disappointed with the NCAA’s decision, we are ready to move on,” said head football coach Danny Rocco. “Michael will continue to practice and be an important contributor as we prepare for the 2013 season, while earning his degree from Richmond. We look forward to having him eligible to compete during the 2014 season.”
Michael Rocco, a quarterback, can continue to participate in practice sessions throughout the 2013 season, and will have one year of eligibility remaining for the 2014 season.