PHONE'S RINGING -- IT'S URBAN ON THE LINE
Refreshing look at the media selective persecution!
Nice read, well written by Mandel...objective and fair.
Thanks for sharing, Big.
"Success - it's what you do with what you got" - Woody Hayes
Really good article. I'm glad that finally a media outlet puts out there what Urban is all about. He does what he can to help these kids but at the end of the day it is ultimately up to them to take all the help they get and make the right choices. Sad thing is that most people who have hate for Urban put those blinders up and fail to look at things from a common sense point of view. No coach, not just Urban, should be blamed for choices their players make off the field, but should be judged by how they handle them.
That was actually an excellent piece. He put everything into perspective.
Mandel is one of the best out there.
Wait a minute, you're telling me there are positive news articles out there on OSU football?
Great article, and I agree BAROCLINICITY, Mandel is great.
Is this the good cop bad cop routine by si???
Mandel seems like a straight shooter to me. I actually emailed him a few times about how tabloidesque sports media has become, and he agreed.
Great article, thanks for sharing
I agree, great article, certainly a different spin on what's been going on.
What struck me the most was the whole issue of second chances. It seems like the results from giving second chances is a real mixed bag. Just in the recent Buckeye past, with Tress not Urbz, you look at two separate cases, Maurice Clarett and Troy Smiith with two very different outcomes.
Troy Smith got in trouble during his sophomore year (I believe) and got suspended from the team before being reinstated, then goes on to win the Heisman. Clarett got in trouble and was in Tress' dog house before deciding to forego the rest of his eligibility with the team and we all know how that turned out. You just don't know.
I can speak to the environment Troy Smith had growing up as we both grew up on the same street, E. 71st Street in Cleveland, and it was not a good neighborhood, so he had to make some tough decisions and choose the right path. I'm not as familiar with Maurice's upbringing with the exception that he was a more highly regarded recruit coming out of high school, and maybe that is the difference.
I guess that I'm saying that its up to the individual as to what they do with their second chances and where their priorities are, so they have to hold up their share of the bargain and, when things go wrong, all the blame can't be placed on the coach.
I think that a big difference between Mo C and Troy was that Troy wanted to return, while Mo was thinking about pro football. They both turned out to be fine men after enduring some bumps on the road. Thank you for the insight!
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