Found this interesting online article from Chattanooga Times Free Press

Culp's Freaking Hill's picture
February 8, 2013 at 7:15a

The title is "Vonn Bell listens to parents and picks Ohio State."  Oh, here's the link:

The author makes it seem as if Bell's parents forced him to go to OSU.  Examples:

-The title.

-"Vonn Bell knew his choice was going to ruffle some feathers, but in making the biggest decision of his life the Ridgeland High School five-star football recruit did the most basic of things. He listened to his parents."

-"Bell ignored the pleas of friends and area fans -- and his own heart..."

However, the article contradicts itself with the following quote when it cites Bell, "My parents kept telling me that this is your decision, you're the one that has to go play, so don't let other people make it for you."  There are other quotes on the page, but you'll notice that nowhere in its being does it ever cite any evidence that Bell was forced to choose OSU over Tennessee outside of the own opinion of the journalist who wrote the peice.  I know this isn't a big deal and this blog post isn't really significant, I was simply annoyed that Bell's hometown press is trying to sway the story to the side that Bell wanted to be a Vol, but he was forced to be a Buckeye by other forces than his own wants and needs.

Whatever the case, welcome to BuckeyeNation, Vonn Bell. Go Bucks.

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FROMTHE18's picture

once Bell gets settled in Columbus, things will be just fine... he'll be around a football culture that expects nothing but excellence and he will have the best coaching staff in America there to help him develop...his heart may have been a Vol...but thats going to change quite quickly once he gets up to OSU

BoFuquel's picture

Welcome to The Ohio State University Mr. Bell.You want to be a coach? Check the record of how many coaches have roots here. You want a solid and valuable education? You will have the largest network of help of any institution in the nation.You want playing time? Earn it.You now have the oppertunity of lottery winner, don't waste it. You will get to work hard at your studies and your craft for the next 3 to 5 years, just like it will be for the rest of your adult life in order to be a success.GO BUCKS!

I wish I didn't know now what I didn't know then.

Gametime's picture

^^ THIS. Made me want to go back to college! (I graduated in '07.) 

Between goals and achievement is discipline and consistency. That fire you have inside to do whatever you love is placed there by God. Now go claim it. ~ Denzel Washington

MN Buckeye's picture

It's tough to be a vols fan right now.  They are longing for the old days when they used to be relevant, and there has been way too much turmoil and turnover along with poor decisions by those in charge.  It is disappointing to lose top prospects from right under your nose, but that happens all the time in Cbus, although they are usually the kids we don't recruit that hard (Trey Burke).

Nutbuck1959's picture

I feel for Tennessee fans. Kiffin left the program in shambles, and yes, they do long for the "old days"


That quote about him "ignoring...his own heart" is funny. How the hell does that reporter know what was in Bell's heart? I'd be offended at the assumption that not signing with Tennessee questions my own heart and integrity. Thats what the story says to me.

"Sherman ran an option play right through the south" - Greatest Civil War analogy EVER.

LouGroza's picture

Really like to hear this. Nothing promised or handed to him. He knows it will take work and is willing to watch and work and learn to get it. Here is the quote from Vonn:
"The two guys in front of me are seniors, so hopefully I can move up and start as a sophomore," he said. "They've told me I can earn a spot, but I know I have to work for it. I don't want anything given to me."

cplunk's picture

Tennessee fans and writers have kinda lost their s*** lately, but I can't say I blame them.
Historically, they are a true blueblood- a top tier football program. This was true all the way through the late 90's. Now they stink.
Imagine how we would be if the season two years ago (6-7 or whatever- I've blocked it out) had happened for a decade.
It is amazing how fast that program plummeted. They're almost irrelevant in their own conference now. This is a program that has 7 national titles and has the 11th most wins of any college football team. 
I don't like most Tennessee fans, but I feel for them.

buckeyedude's picture

I think Phil Fulmer was a very average coach at best, but he was better than what they've been dealing with the last few years.



DetroitBuckeye's picture

You just have to make whatever decision is best for you, it's happen the other way too.  Players who grew up osu fans turning down offers because it wasn't the right situation.  

dubjayfootball90's picture

people getting so butthurt

You can feed a bobcat all the chili it wants. That don't mean it's going to crap out diamonds.

Poison nuts's picture

Yep - just days & days & days worth of butt-hurt coming out of Tennessee these days....

"Do not pass me, just slow down - I can move right through you" Superchunk - Precision Auto.

northcampus's picture

Slanted stories such as these are commonplace in today's media culture, which is based on obtaining clicks and pages views, not in reporting objective news (even though media has never been objective no matter the time nor platform).
Have a good laugh at Vol fans' expense.  They are as delusional as any you'll find.  My wife used to travel to Knoxville for business and I'd go with her.  The orange clad folks truly believe they're just as legit as Bama, Florida, OSU, ND, and USC.
UT is great when Bama is down and less good/downright horrible when the Tide is a rolling.  Tennessee has a small pool of in-state recruits to choose from and when they're surrounded by Bama, Georgia, North Carolina, Clemson, and even Vandy, they will have a tough time winning recruiting battles unless the kid grew up a Vol fan.  Any rational fan who is surprised that Meyer won a recruiting battle over freaking Lyle 'Butch' Jones is just not looking at the situation realistically.
UT didn't do themselves any favors when they forced out Fat Phil.  The alternative plans have not worked out at all since Mike Hamilton gave Phil his release.  I will say, Clay Travis wrote a book "On Rocky Top" that is not a bad read (it follows the 2008 Vol season).

cplunk's picture

Tennessee: 6 national championships    Florida: 3
Tenn: 799 all time wins.    Florida:  680
Tenn: .685 all time win pct.    Florida: .632
Tenn is more legit than Florida. Also more legit than LSU.
Dont mistake the last decade for what they are. They are one of the top ten teams in college football history. On the all time win list they are behind only Michigan, Texas, Notre Dame, Nebraska, Ohio State,  Oklahoma, and Alabama.
Heck, even in just the BCS era they have one title, same as us and Texas, more than TSUN or Notre Dame.
I have this discussion with people all the time. Nobody seems to think about anything prior to ten years ago.
Tennessee IS a top level program (only 27 wins behind Bama all time) that is on the skids. They aren't less legit than the teams you mention.
i hate Tennessee, too, so I'm getting tired of defending them

EvanstonBuckeye's picture

Well said. Sleeping giant. I thought this was the job to take amongst all the openings at the end of the year and think that Jones did a great job just trying to make some positive headlines and stay relevant. I think they have to win an important game, though. Something Dooley could never do.

DetroitBuckeye's picture

Agreed, Tennessee is one of the all-time great programs just one that hasn't been good in awhile.  Kind of like Nd in that respect.

buckeyedude's picture

This is a good point CPlunk.
Florida is a recent phenomenon. They won their first NC in 1996. As far as programs go, they are a more recent rise in CFB than Florida State or Miami. If you go back to pre-1980, these schools really weren't even on the map, in regards to having the "tradition" of winning and excellence on the gridiron.

Doesn't USC belong on the all-time win list along with the others you mentioned?



cplunk's picture

USC is #9, right behind Tennessee.

tennbuckeye19's picture

Clay Travis is a turd.

bigbadbuck's picture

I think this is just another person thinking that Bell was gonna go to Tenn instead of Ohio State..........

Gentlemen, you can't fight in here, its a war room

Buckeyeneer's picture

Whatever gets them through the night. We got Vonn, they got what might have been.

"Because the rules won't let you go for three." - Woody Hayes

THE Ohio State University

Brutus Forever's picture

The first step towards recovery is denial. Sooner or later they will learn to accept defeat.

"I learned to dislike Michigan at a very young age.” – Urban F. Meyer

buckeyedude's picture

The 5 steps of grieving and loss:
1) Denial
2) Anger
3) Bargaining
4) Depression
5) Acceptance
I would say that UT fans are still in step 1.



cajunbuckeye's picture

I'm so impressed with Bell, that I actually took the time to read the article. Even though, the mere mention of Chattanoo...Eerrrpp...makes me nauseous. The young man has high expectations not only of himself, but also the university he plans to attend. UT is a classic example of what not to do when coaching changes arise. Note to UT- refer to tOSU and/or Penn St. I think that Vonn listened to his heart, and his parents, and made the best choice for his future. The Ohio State University: a great football program, steeped in tradition, and a great education too? WINNER!

An angry fan...rooting for an angry team...led by angry coaches

Codeezy's picture

EDIT- Good article, good find.

HolyBuckeye1093's picture

Looks like Mike Bianchi freelances for the Chattanooga Times now :)

onetwentyeight's picture

Hey, parents know best, right?

buckeyedude's picture

Not always. Sometimes parents are selfish, like the mother of the kid in Florida that wanted to attend Arkansas and spend four years with Bert Sooooie Pig(can't figure that one out), so she hid his LOI.
But still, not all parents are good parents or have their kid's best interests in mind. Sometimes, maybe even many times, they try to influence the kids for selfish reasons. (because they're insecure and don't want them going to a far away school, or because like the mother of the kid from Louisiana, she was mad when he picked the Florida Gators over LSU, and said so, on live TV after he announced where he was going. Embarrassing.). Not all parents are psychologically well balanced.



gtownbuckeye's picture

I didn't think this article is actually slanted at all, I took it a completely different way.  By not following his heart, the article was saying that he didn't go to that was his childhood favorite, which was true.  And they didn't say that his parents told him to go to OSU, the only thing the article said about his parents advice was
"My parents kept telling me that this is your decision, you're the one that has to go play, so don't let other people make it for you"
He listened to his parents by not taking other people's advice, and didn't go with the team he grew up rooting for.
The rest of the article talks about how OSU is a better position to win, what an amazing job Withers did recruiting him, how Withers genuinely loves Bell, and how OSU didn't promise him a starting spot. How many people posting on this thread actually read the article?????