It's a fair stance; if they go ahead and lose every B1G contest, then I may well change my tune. But today, I'm not there yet.
I had the pleasure of dining with some great friends over the summer in the only farmhouse Wright ever built. It was an incredible property, and the stories behind it were fascinating. Fallingwater is high on my list of places to visit, for sure.
This feels more likely with each successive season...
Actually, I"m of the mind that the only way for Purdue to get better is to let Hazell have another three, four, or maybe even 10 years. Changing head coaches every two or three seasons is only going to keep them mired in mediocrity, because they aren't suddenly going to wake up with an Urban Meyer caliber coach on their doorstep. Better to maintain continuity, let the man build his system, upgrade their facilities (thank you BTN money!), and start recruiting better and better players.
"Chris is the one that brought it to Coach Fickell and myself. We were a very average tackling team, he was persistent and we went from an average tackling team to the fewest missed tackles under Chris."
This is perhaps the single most important thing that happened in the Meyer era prior to this season, from a coaching standpoint. We were a pretty poor tackling team - think of how many times you threw your hat at the TV because Bradley Roby tried to blow a guy up instead of putting him on the turf (and Roby wasn't the only one, just the one I remember yelling at the most).
That also - my point was more that the questions would be geared toward getting him to air whatever laundry there might be, rather than that there is actually laundry to air. I concur with your assessment, and by shutting down questions before they're asked, he avoids getting into any potentially awkward/uncomfortable interviews on the subject.
I don't get it either. Nothing wrong with what you said.
I love that. Not like that, love that. I hope he gets more positive feedback than the type of BS that populates the interwebz - it's been nice to see such an outpouring from our fellow 11Dubbers today... It sort of restores my faith in humanity a little.
He's not answering questions about it because the discussion beyond what he said in the post is between him and the coaches. Discretion, as they say, is the better part of valor. I credit him for not airing any theoretical dirty laundry in public - it displays a refreshing level of maturity (or good parenting, perhaps). Any questions he gets on this are going to largely be an effort to get him to say something untoward about the Ohio State coaching staff, so he's heading that off at the pass.
When Urban was talking about this, he said something about the rationale for an early signing period being that so many kids are decommitting, to which he responded, "So what? Let them decommit 100 times if that's what it takes." Talked about the idea that 16- and 17-year-old kids aren't necessarily ready to make the decision on where to spend the next 3-5 years of their lives, so waiting until their senior year makes a lot more sense for everyone involved.
That sounds right - a BTN-acceptable version of Skip or Stephen A. without being completely batshit crazy and while also actually knowing something about football in general.
Another reason to cuss Herbie?
Revsine has grown on me, for sure. The first season I was pretty much "meh," but I think he's come into his own. Howard and DiNardo are tolerable.
Kind of like Glenn Mason at Minnesota. They've never recovered from that one.
Perfect example. We look at Cooper as our 40 years in the wilderness, but in reality, most schools would kill to have our "down" years. Coach Mason should have retired up there, though in all honesty I'm one of the few people on these boards who enjoy him as a BTN analyst.
The bastards should have hired him for the head coaching position when they had the chance.
I was considering getting a meth lab.
I figured opium was more your jam...
I'm frankly shocked he hasn't been mentioned as a candidate for the LSU job.
What she's completely unaware of it that I chose Chase because of the title run haha.
You're right on about LSU making a big mistake here. They should have held to their convictions and canned him in the offseason, if they felt that was the right thing, but moreover they should have stuck with the Mad Hatter and helped him figure out what it was going to take to get back to the mountaintop. Your examples of Bowden, Paterno and Beamer are all quite apt... and in reality, we can look at Miles as LSU's version of Earle Bruce... won 10 games a season (9 in Earle's case), but even winning at such a consistent clip wasn't good enough 10 years in. Fascinating timing that Miles is fired the same week Earle is dotting the I... the universe is funny that way, I suppose.
Love to hear the commentators note Thomas is a rookie out of Ohio State.
Coach Gruden, the pride of Sandusky, Ohio, will always give the Buckeyes their due.
Just finished the last two episodes of the season last night, including the gif-referenced "Bastard Bowl," and damn, it's going to be hard sitting through the television offseason until Season 7 drops.
Referring to it as "the grind" is giving me nightmare flashbacks to last season :/
It was great to see Heuerman make his debut - great catch over the middle. He could do well in Denver if their young QB continues to play as well as he did versus Cincinnati.