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Comment 19 Aug 2014

How do we go from "Braxton is not throwing a lot in practice, nursing a sore shoulder." to "Braxton ripped his arm out of socket and is out for the season" ????

Comment 14 Aug 2014

If Title IX was violated, it was violated by Drake (among others) as much as Waters by virtue of inheritance. Except, it turns out Waters ACTUALLY tried to change the culture.

Which is why Waters got fired. ...

Comment 12 Aug 2014

A couple of weeks ago I warned everyone not to just accept these reports as law.

In this day and age, the higher ups will cut you loose (regardless if you're guilty or not) just to save their own image and to continue to be in the good graces of a political regime. So it makes TOTAL sense that Gene Smith supports Drake. Total, sense.

Smith did this same exact thing to Tressel a few years back.

Comment 05 Aug 2014

This seems to be the nature of all things 'news' these days. Go with the sensational in the beginning to garner attention and build the base and then backtrack into objectivity. You get the 'non-journalists' for the beginning, this way you can excuse the behavior under the assumption that they're just stating opinion or aren't really journalists and, then you pull in the real deal to start the news.

Meanwhile, we're all on the website debating. Alas, it's business. But if it's business this means we have to be responsible consumers or you just end up believing anything. And that's how culture falls apart. I've implored you guys not to take things at face value. EVER. Especially if you really love something ... don't listen to the logismoi.

I love Ohio State. I'm a former student. But I also know that the University to be a huge institutionalized bureaucratic monster as well. You don't win if the wheels start turning against you. Waters is done here. I would be very, very surprised if he wasn't. To this end, it doesn't matter what he actually tried to do. I encourage him to save face if he needs too, however. Truth is truth.

I asked the question at the onset: I want to see who they bring in as his replacement. You don't make change at Ohio State quickly without doing harm or changing the form of the matter completely. That is what's scary. A person made a comment above (who was destroyed btw) about a "political replacement" Why does this surprise or offend anyone? This is the reality of world we live in. Entitlement over merit.

Another reality of the matter is that TBDBITL may in fact never be the same. Current culture speaks loudly and it doesn't like old traditional stuff. It also doesn't like even a hit of 'good ol'boy masculinity.'  We have to face this. And that stinks ....

Comment 02 Aug 2014

I love Troy. One of favorite QBs at THEosu. He is the best combination of running and throwback QB. The prototype. But He seemed to have had a psychological or confidence melt down after Baltimore. I'd love to see him recover. I hope that I see him recover and come back in the NFL. My worry is that he's spent.

There is something that happens to successful college QBs during that recruiting process. Especially if they don't "fit the mold" that the media keeps hyping i.e. size, system, whatever. I mean look at Kenny. G. The guy succeeded at Ohio State. He won big games. And he wasn't picked up by an NFL team? That has nothing to do with talent. It's more superstition than it is gauging of talent ...

Comment 25 Jul 2014

Somewhat - our places of work are full of them. This is the culture that we live in.

Let me be straight. I'm one of those "church-types." I abhor the behavior that was reported. In my world-view, we call that sin. Sin exists, and most likely will exist. Are we truly attempting to "fix" the sex culture at The Ohio State University? If so, who is in charge of this? School Administration? The band director???

If the University is interested in curbing the hyper-sexualization of our beloved University then are they going to look at the free birth control and condoms that are doled out to students? The abortions? I can speak for a fact that passing out tools that help to smother the consequences of sex actually encourages a sex culture. Do the University bureaucrats have the sack to talk about this?

Are we going to look at the bar culture? What else?

I for one would like to see a less sex-crazed student culture. I'm just not too keen on ruining lives to do so, especially since this report seems to create a narrative of some sort of vague sexual-harassment-to-that-of-hyper-sex-culture and blames one man for it.

Comment 24 Jul 2014

Yes I read the report. I know how reports can have 'extra' motivation from outside sources; agendas can be pushed and what the majority didn't view as harassment can be spun to look like it did. Again, I don't take stuff like this at face value.

It looks like this culture was allowed to exist for more than just several years. All of a sudden it became immoral.

Like I said. I'm interested to find out who is going to replace Waters and what sort of changes will be implemented ...

Comment 24 Jul 2014

You're right. Some of those acts can be viewed completely objectively, while the other can be very subjective in nature.

The interesting thing was that most of the inappropriate acts were committed by girls. Is it assumed that they were forced into doing those acts? That they were uncomfortable?

Who in this case was harassed?