The 2018-2020 time period is the max I am expecting for Urban to be the head coach.
I am not surprised by this at all. Columbus loves their Buckeyes. What a lot of people do not know is Columbus, in general, loves sports. It is a sports crazy town. Look at the TV ratings for any big sporting event. From the Super Bowl and March Madness to PGA Golf on CBS and French Open tennis. Columbus is at or near the top in the TV ratings for nearly every sporting event.
I can almost guarantee that Columbus will be a top 10 market, if not a top 5 market, in the TV ratings for both the Super Bowl and the Winter Olympics.
Much deserved? Really?
There is debate whether Gene knew anything about the scandal before it broke. A large number of people believe he did. People have a BIG problem with the way the aftermath was handled. Gene had the power to handle that and he did a poor job. His punishment for doing that? A raise, a promotion, a new contract with opportunities to rake in big bonus money. Only at Ohio State does mediocrity get rewarded with perks like this.
For the last 20 years, Jerry Jones and the Dallas Cowboys have done a lot of marketing in Mexico and all of Latin America. This has had a lot of success for the Cowboys, particularly in Mexico. I think Texas is seeing what the Cowboys are doing and are wondering if they have to do it. It will be interesting to see how this goes.
On another note, I have wondered when the B1G was going to make a marketing push into Canada.
I caught a little bit of his press conference. Franklin said his goal is to dominate the state and the region in recruiting. Unlike the Penn State of 15-20 years ago, he can no longer mostly depend on Pennsylvania. For many years, Pennsylvania was a Top 5 state in this country for high school football. Today, it is lucky to be a Top 10 state.
I believe Pennsylvania has been hurt in high school football by two things: the loss of population in the western part of the state and the suburbs of Philadelphia, while growing, not producing the talent it should be. The western part of the state has produced a lot of talent over the years. If there is one area of the Rust Belt that has truly been hit by the loss of population with high school football, it's in Western Pennsylvania.
That is why Franklin had to say dominate the region. He does have Northeast Ohio close by, but I think he will be looking at New Jersey, Maryland, and Virginia. New Jersey and Maryland, individually, have been producing more recruits than Pennsylvania. Northern Virginia has been growing in the past few decades and now you are starting to see it in their high school football.
There has been controversy for why the B1G picked Rutgers and Maryland. This has been accompanied by rumors that the B1G might expand down the Mid-Atlantic coast into Virginia and North Carolina. There is already big population along Interstate 95 from Philadelphia northward. Today, you are continuing to see big growth along Interstate 95 in Maryland, through DC, and into Virginia down into North Carolina.
Today, it is up for debate whether these are good moves. However, there might be some logic to this in the long-term for the B1G.
You wouldn't need legislation. All you need is one County Prosecutor or District Attorney to file charges. In the end, it would probably be a minor misdemeanor, but the message will have been sent. Bring the TV cameras to the courthouse and let the Judge embarrass them even more. Message sent.
I do wonder if players, or celebrities in general, will shy away from this in the future because of crap like this. I know why the players are on there. Everyone in college is. Friends and sometimes family are. Most importantly, girls are. Yet, these no lifes and losers ruin it.
Bradley Roby has tweeted that he has been getting some crap from fans too.
I have always liked Mack. Texas is a tough place to coach. It is not necessarily the fans that you have to worry about there. It is the big money egos. It can be a mine field there.
Mack was always complimentary of Jim Tressel, even after the scandal.
Indianapolis is a good town. It is a good host city for this event. Our group that went lucked out. We now know what to do when we head out there next time.
Some of you folks have watched wrestling in your earlier years, whether it be WWF or WCW. On those shows, you had Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby "The Brain" Heenan or Jim Ross and Jerry "The King" Lawler. It was an act. Everyone knew it. It could be funny and entertaining.
These media people are an act. That is why I don't get worked up about it. The difference between ESPN College Football and WWF Wrestling years ago is that the people on wrestling were funny.
Saban will probably keep $250-400k/year more in Texas, which has no state or local income tax.
To ask a question about a point you made in your post: when was the last time a major college team went undefeated two consecutive seasons? Was it Nebraska in the 1990's?
I agree that there is a fatigue. I believe a lot of that fatigue is because of the media. We have seen streaks before in sports. Of course, some fans wished for those streaks to end. They did end.
In recent years, there have been many new media outlets opened. As a result, when people or stories get constantly repeated by many sources day in and day out, people get tired of it (e.g. Tim Tebow). They tune out.
This is not just confined to the sports world either. You can pick many stories or people in entertainment, business, or politics that people get fatigued about. Sometimes, this is not a result of anything an individual did, but the result of the constant drumbeat from others, such as the media.
I checked on Twitter to see any reaction from this documentary.
There was one tidbit of information that was interesting. It was from an Anthony Lima, who according to his Twitter is a sports radio/TV guy in Cleveland. Lima said it was clear that Andy Geiger wanted no part of this project.
Of course, there are obvious reasons why Geiger would not participate. First, Geiger and Clarett did not end on the best of terms. At least on a public level, things started going bad in the days leading up to the Fiesta Bowl after Clarett's comments to the media. It is possible there is still bitterness there. Second, Geiger was not happy with ESPN and their coverage of events in 2003 and 2004. This was abundantly clear in the aftermath of the Alamo Bowl. Third, Geiger is an athletic director at Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Professionally, it may not be wise for him to participate.
After watching the documentary, did you come away with the opinion that Geiger wanted no part of this?
He lived the Don Cherry motto:
Dont go changin, go out blazin cause your getting ejected anyway. Go out blazin.
Some players are remembered for one play in their career. Will Allen, interception against Michigan. Ryan Hamby, the drop. Lydell Ross, passing fake money at the nudie bar.
Marcus Hall, giving the double salute to the people of Ann Arbor.
Pull the Lou Brown Major League II trick. You will be jumping on tables when the Bucks win and be the talk of the office on Monday.
Nice to see the lawyers getting involved here. Is something else related to Gameday next?
Once again, TBDBITL does a great job. I am happy to see the Gettysburg Address get the recognition it deserves.
The snow today got me thinking. A CD or a concert with the Christmas carol songs. I think it would be a big hit.
I've said it before and I'll say it again. The guy is an absolute embarrassment. There has to be panic in some circles in Fayetteville. Things are not going well.
Meanwhile, in Madison, Barry Alvarez might be the most relieved man in college football.
Hangman isn't bad, but do something useful during a blowout like looking for chicks in the stands.
I didn't know Dave Brandon was negotiating for them to have a show on The Cartoon Network.
I remember this was supposed to be a one time deal just like we weren't supposed to get a bowl ban. It's to the point now that you might as well have different styles for every game. The conventional wisdom is that the players like them and the recruits go ga-ga over them.
Please, be honest here. They don't give a shit about the player or recruit opinion. The only opinion that matters, and we know it's true at Ohio State, is the positive cash flow.
The Lantern did not beat the Dispatch to the story.
On Friday evening, I checked my Dispatch phone app. This story was on there. It was a classic OSU move. Take out the trash to Encarnacion Pyle of the Dispatch for the late Friday afternoon news dump. Folks are focused on the weekend or other things.
Standard operating procedure for any entity.
The media narrative continues. It's always something with these folks. If the Bucks win by 70, the narrative is how dare Meyer and the Buckeyes run up the score. That's no class at all. If the Bucks win by 20 points, the narrative is it was a close game and how dare they not win big. You can never make these press pukes happy.