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Comment 02 Oct 2015

Yep. (once removed, actually)  A great young man, too. Comes from a football family, with dad and uncles having played for U of Miami and U of Florida.   

Comment 02 Oct 2015

There is a lot of talent stockpiled on the roster already.  It's a longshot that any of the incoming freshman start, though with the number of departures we could have (conceivably all but a handful of starters), it's likely that at least a couple make the rotation, not just playing special teams - with the more likely possibilities being at DE (because of the incoming talent), TE, DT and RB.

Comment 02 Oct 2015

Go Rockets! My cousin is their quarterback, and two-time MAC player of the week already this year.  I'll be taking my Mom to the 10/17 game against Eastern M in the Glass Bowl.

Comment 01 Oct 2015

You have my sympathies as well.  A couple years older than you, I have been fortunate enough in my career to be in your position, but on a few occasions, I have been so very close. For me, taking the severance package and exploring your options would be preferable to taking the other job offered with the pay cut, but that's something for you to decide. I think the suggestion to seek legal advice is a good one, before making a decision, to explore whether an age discrimination suit has a shot.  For that reason, be careful NOT to sign anything that waives your rights before you've had an opportunity to discuss it with an attorney.  Good luck!

Comment 30 Sep 2015

The Buckeyes will only ever play my undergraduate alma mater in lacrosse. I can deal with that. And when it comes to sports, I just ignore the fact I attended Kent State for grad school.

Comment 23 Sep 2015

Only 8 scholarship players from this year's recruiting class as of 9/23, vs 17 from the 2014 year's class by 8/25 last year.  Either the criteria are much more difficult this year, or this year's class just isn't stepping up.

Comment 23 Sep 2015

I don't think performance in the spring game has anything to do with it, although that might performance might suggest that he's also doing well in practice.  Even so, I don't think the stripe thing is about ability, but rather about taking care of business on and off the field, giving effort, knowing your assignments. and things like that. Which is why a walk-on without the talent ever to see the field in a game may very well lose his stripe before a player with more ability, even with a practice "highlight reel."

Comment 19 Sep 2015

While I'd like to imagine it as admitting defeat, isn't it somewhat akin to Meyer, a couple years ago, asking his staff to ask themselves "what have I done today to out-coach Alabama?" - acknowledging that whoever who was on the top of the heap was their until someone displaced them.  Well, so maybe it is acknowledging defeat - last year - without coupling it with an excuse.  Don't think for a minute, though, that he's giving up; he intends to be back on top.  Urbs and his troops have a job ahead to stay on top... or rather to RETURN to the top, since last year was last year.

Comment 19 Sep 2015

My problem is the following:  

Zeke needs to be on the field, perhaps with occasional breathers, but most of the time

Michael Thomas is by far our best WR (not counting H-backs), and needs to be on the field a good portion of the time

Nick Vannett is our best TE, and needs to take most of the snaps their (whether or not in a 2 TE lineup)

Perhaps with Zeke playing most of the snaps at RB, Curtis could spell both him and also Braxton at h-back to get all three on the field a lot, but that doesn't really seem to be a platoon system.

I trust the couching staff to ensure a balance between fresh legs and keeping the best players on the field, considering also their differing skill sets.  No need for a platton system to do that.

Comment 16 Sep 2015

I had a similar experience - a young friend (recent PSU grad) asked how the Buckeyes did on Saturday.  When I grumbled about them not looking that great in a 38-0 win he started laughing at me.  Laughed at by a 22-year-old!  I've got to get some perspective and enjoy the good.