Totally agree !! No B1G kid with any knowledge of the past or present, should ever choose to play for one of the pseudo schools of the sec over playing for one of the fine academic institutions of the B1G. I wish the young man well.
Although I regret that he did not select OSU, nevertheless his choice is a win for the B1G over several SEC institutions and FSU. I would much rather have him stay in conference than to go to one of the pseudo schools in the South. Congrats to PSU !
According to the article, this was not a singular decision. It was reached after a two month investigation and was rendered collectively by senior OSU administrators with President Drake delivering the decision. The investigation commenced before Dr. Drake assumed office. Under the circumstances, I feel confident that the outcome would have been the same regardless of whether Dr. Gee was still here. After the tragedy at FAMU, everyone should known that there would be zero tolerance for any form of harassment or hazing.
In retrospect, "The Tat Five" really got a raw deal. There have been egregious violations committed by other schools' student athletes and literally NOTHING is done. Look at the UNC bball scandal. Can you imagine the media outcry if that had taken place at TOSU? It would be great to give the NCAA a collective Marcus Hall db flip by welcoming back "The Tat Five". Come home Terrelle !!
Great article !! I totally agree. I live in SEC land and outside of Les MIles, MR is probably the only other coach in that conference that truly cares about his players. The problem for Richt is the UGA fanbase, which definitely does not appreciate the fact that he is a person of great integrity. Year after year, fans down here are always calling for the guy's scalp. Although I know it is an unrealistic wish, it would be super if he left UGA and its fickle fans and come to coach in B1G where he would be respected for the sincere person that he is..
It is the fact that he spurned OSU for our most despised SEC team, the hated Fla Gators that is so annoying. If he had stayed in the B1G or selected any other school but one from the SEC the vitriol level would have been negligible. But it is only July, and who knows he may have a change of heart as Muschamp may not be there by December or January.
The King is coming home from Fla !! This kid will see the error of his decision and commit to the Buckeyes later this year !! The King, Johnny Football and OSU- the best trio in sports !!!
Wow, Cleveland will be the center of the pro sports universe with both "The King" and Johnny Football !! GO BUCKS !!
Presale code anyone?
Also, looking for the code. It was a real blessing to have someone post it last year. I was able to avoid the shadowy secondary ticket market.
Anyone have a Presale code for the football tix that go on sale 7/8 on Ticketmaster?
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Congratulations to JD and BTN !! It has made inroads into the new markets with ease. That is what happens when a conference has over a half million alums living in the DC to NYC corridor. I am laughing because the SEC Network is six weeks to launch, and no major providers are lining up to sign on !!! No one outside the SEC footprint cares to watch SEC sports. I seriously doubt that there are many viewers in B1G territory that care to watch the SEC Network. Can you imagine interviews with SEC athletes ? What a comedy session that would be !!
Tress accomplished more with less. Urban's recruiting classes may be ranked higher, but where is the reward ? No B1G championship and no BCS victory.
The mere idea of OSU joining the Sec makes me sick. Leave the B1G and becoming an independent, yes. Leave the B1G for the intellectual and cultural wasteland of the Sec, totally a horrific thought !!
I think UFM and Tom Herman are overrated.
I miss Jim Tressel.
I am still a fan of Terrell Pryor.
I hate the SEC and Clemson more than I dislike UM.
I think both HAIL TO THE VICTORS and ON WISCONSIN are great fight songs.
I like Mark Dantonio and James Franklin as coaches much more than I like Urban
I think Brax is a nice young man but, as a QB he is not as good as Troy Smith or Terrell Pryor.
I am so tired of the Percy Harvin comparisons. Ted Ginn was a much more exciting player. Teddy deserves more props than he receives.
I am more of an OSU ball fan than I am a OSU football fan. The ball team is not filled with self absorbed prima donnas and the players stay out of trouble.
The only ACC schools that would have created a small ripple were FSU, Clemson and Va Tech. But none of those three have the academic cache needed to join the B1G. Other than football, there is nothing attractive about ugh Clemson or FSU. Trust me, Ga. Tech brings absolutely nothing to the table except a good academic reputation and they are definitely not a good cultural fit. We do not need all the baggage that accompanies a Deep South school. Besides, BTN is and has been in the ATL tv market almost since its inception. There are so many B1G alums in metro ATL, especially Buckeye fans. Overall, Maryland and Rutgers may not be "sexy" but, in the long run they give us a solid place in the heavily populated Mid-Atlantic/East Coast corridor.
I will be among the first to sign an online petition to bring TP home. Bring it on !!!!
Great post BUCKWYLDE !! I agree 100%. I am proud of what TP accomplished on the field (3-0 vs. UM / 2-1 BCS Bowls) and in the classroom (Academic All B1G status). I never stopped being a TP fan, and I say "WELCOME BACK TP".
Have a great time Braxton ! Most college students I know do manage to travel. I certainly did. My crew did Europe and Mexico. Every college student or football player is not necessarily impoverished. Noone made any comments when Braxton worked out with George Whitfield in Cali on his own dime. So why raise an alarm about him going to LA to chill with one of his teammates? If Johnny Football can party, so can Brax !!
I along with many OSU football fans still miss Jim Tressel. What Meyer did in the past is just that, the past. Year 2 under JT we had a National Championship. All we have under UFM is a B1G division title. What is even worse is the BCS loss to Clemson. Has everyone forgotten that OSU had the best BCS bowl record of all schools in the BCS era ? Remember JT's last game, that exciting BCS bowl VICTORY against a Bobby Petrino coached SEC team in the Sugar Bowl? Now we cannot even beat a team coached by a yahoo named Dabo. Pretty sad folks ! Everyone is caught up in the UFM hype. This is a defining year for him, unless we win the B1G AND make the playoffs this year, I am certain even more OSU fans will start to miss "The Senator" and the Golden Era of "The Vest". By the way, I doubt that Stanford misses Jim Harbaugh- his four year record was 29-21 and his PAC 12 record was 21-15. Three years under Shaw has produced a overall record of 34-7 and a PAC 12 record of 23-4. Shaw is just like Tress, quiet but ever so effective. Harbaugh and UFM, have way too much hype.
GOOD LUCK TO CURTIS THIS SEASON !! There are always references to Percy Harvin, how about a little loyalty to our own speed superstar Ted Ginn. Frankly, I am looking for the next Ted Ginn, forget Harvin. IMO, Ted was one of the most exciting players ever to wear the Scarlet and Gray.
Although Braxton is a very good QB. He lacks Troy's many signature moments, wins and charisma. Troy was not injury prone, never lost to UM, had a BCS bowl victory, earned a Heisman and because of JT's mentoring, exuded charisma. Let's face it, it really helps to when a Heisman if you have the "it" factor which causes the national media to take notice. Unfortunately, Brax just does not not have that going for himself. Nice kid, but way too bland. I agree with many of the other commenters that Brax will have to win a Heisman and a Nat. Championship just to pull even. Troy had so many signature wins and moments. Brax has only had one that we will all remember, the win against a Russell Wilson led Wiscy team. Frankly, at this point, Kenny G will probably be remembered more fondly than Brax.
I remain supportive, but somewhat skeptical of our chances this year. The end of last season was such a disappointment. The MSU lost was not necessarily surprising but, I definitely thought our coaches and staff would make the necessary adjustments for the bowl game. Losing to a good but, not great, Clemson team was a real bummer. We have not defeated a real quality opponent since Tressel's last game in the Sugar Bowl. I am adopting a wait and see position.
This young man has been so unfairly maligned. Yes, he made some mistakes, but so do many college students. Those mistakes now seem small and inconsequential today. To those who still have negative feelings about TP, I ask what would OSU football have been like without him ? His two BCS MVP trophies say it all. As much as I love Brax, I would take TP over him anyday !! I hope that the day will soon come when TP can be embraced once again by Buckeye Nation.