One of College Football’s Best Recruiting Ideas of the Spring

By Jason Priestas on April 5, 2012 at 12:58p

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NC_Buckeye's picture

I would LOVE for UFM to do a practice in Cincinnati. How do you think UC fans would react? Not only won't we schedule them but now we're practicing in their backyard.

How do you think a practice in Pittsburgh would go over? Meyer might want to bank that one as retaliation for some future PSU misdeed.

ThirdLegLouie's picture

Does the B1G have a restrictive rule for off-campus locations like the SEC does? If not, we NEED to practice in Cinci! HA, I'm with you NC_Buckeye

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Denny's picture

Agree with you both, and I'd take it a step further -- I'd think Cincy and Toledo would be the logical places for these, just to be a bit aggressive towards UM and to a lesser extent UC.


btalbert25's picture

It's a good idea for Cincinnati just because it's such a great area for talent.  Have the practice at PBS or on their practice fields.  Toledo would be a good idea too.  Just to say yeah, this is our turf too!

omahabeef1337's picture

I was in Phoenix for spring training a few weeks ago, and I'm pretty sure Rich Rod had Arizona holding a practice in town while I was there.

hodge's picture

Hell, I'd do a barnstorming tour, just like the baseball teams of yore.  Maybe two cities a year, and rotate the cities--Cincinnati is probably the most key, since we fight Notre Dame and other schools for a lot of those recruits, but after that you've got Cleveland, Dayton, Toledo, Akron, and Youngstown--just to name a few.  I'd do it in a way to maximize geographical coverage (and in a way to get neighboring states' recruits to attend); perhaps Cincy/Toledo one year, then Dayton/Cleveland the next?

William's picture

Why on earth would the team practice in Youngstown? They'd have a better shot of getting murdered than attracting any recruits to a practice there. 

hodge's picture

Haha, but regardless not only does Youngstown/Steubenville have awesome high school programs, it also might be a good way to draw out some Pennsylvania recruits.  With the amount that we've been dipping into this area, might be a good idea from a strictly geographical standpoint.

William's picture

There's definitely talent in that area, but I'd move the practices to the Pittsburgh area. 

hodge's picture

The only problem with going out of state is that I think that would backfire on us; I get the feeling that a lot of people in the area might consider it a dick move on our part.  I could see that starting a free-for-all amongst nearby Big Ten squads infiltrating Ohio for a slice of our pie.  

William's picture

They already attempt to raid Ohio annually. I say bring it. I'm confident that our program could come out on top. We go into Western Pennsylvania every year for their recruits and by holding a few practices over there I think we can draw in even more talent. 

NC_Buckeye's picture

Definitely William. Hell if Michigan tried holding a practice in Ohio, it might actually help us retain some of these poor wayward buckeyes. They could actually see what a joke TSUN is.

awwwwwwop's picture

If I am not mistaken, Tressel took his teams to practice at Kenyon college a few years back.

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dbit's picture

Maybe take guys up to Fawcett Stadium and then take a look around the Pro Football HoF!

SilverBullet33's picture

As a Cantonian, I say come to Fawcett Stadium and practice.

lhardeman's picture

The Buckeyes did do something similar about 25 years ago.  The held a scrimmage at Barnitz Stadium in Middletown, Ohio.  Back then they had a decent amout of Middletown Middies on their team (Cris Carter, Sonny Gordon, and others) and they had one who had recently been drafted by the Bears (Todd Bell).  I don't know if they were using it as a way to drum up more recruits, but it definately has a lot to do why I still love the Buckeyes till this day.  They even sold commerative t-shirts with the Middletown players numbers in purple and the other stars of the team in scarlet. GO BUCKS!

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