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Comment 24 hours ago

He might prefer that to dropping the r for a c.

Comment 16 Apr 2014

Thank you.  This spring was going to my 7 year old's first trip to an OSU football game.  But, when I factored in the $20 tickets coupled with the 3 hour drive and night in a hotel, it just didn't seem worth it to me.  I probably would have spent $500 in hotels, merchandise, food (Hound Dog's Pizza!), visit to COSI, etc.  By the time the price changed, it was too late for us.  

Comment 04 Apr 2014

Ultra-competitive person...while in Little League through high school he would beg people to hit him ground balls for hours. He would wear people out with his work ethic.

While in high school, he called out a few of the assistant coaches because he felt they were not putting forth full effort.

Urban being Urban. 

Comment 02 Apr 2014

This is a very difficult read for the QB to make.  It takes hundreds of live reps to even get close.  Plus, the read is worthless in the NFL.  This is why any QB in a spread offense that "stays" in college to improve their draft stock is kidding themselves.  Don't get me wrong, I think the offense OSU runs is perfect for college and Urban's job is to win games not prepare QB for the pros, but these are the concerns players like Gibson and others have about choosing us over more traditional offenses.

Comment 29 Mar 2014

I kind of figured somebody would bring up the Kentucky example.  I would argue they are simply playing harder because the games matter more to them now.  I think Kentucky actually proves my point, great players without chemistry can achieve great things when they are motivated.  When the lights come on, players play.

Comment 29 Mar 2014

Chemistry is overused and overvalued.  Give me 5 competitive, athletic guys who have a high basketball IQ and I will beat your "chemistry" team 9 out of 10 times.  Athletic, competitive players who understand the game don't even need to like each other..hell, I'd argue they don't even need to have practiced together.

Comment 29 Mar 2014

In my humble opinion, here is the problem: 95% of the athletes who play football and basketball get fair market value for their talent when you consider the cost of all the things an athletic scholarship affords them.  Imagine how expensive it would be for a non-scholarhsip student to hire unlimited one-on-one academic tutoring or unlimited access to state of the art trainers and facilities to prepare them for their future careers.  However, what do you do with the other 5% who are undervalued?  How do you provide extra compensation for Braxton Miller while giving nothing to Jack Mewhort? Plus, how do you provide extra compensation for football and men's basketball while providing nothing for the other scholarship athletes of other sports?

Comment 25 Mar 2014

I would expect next year's team to be fairly similar record-wise with this year's team.  Good at times, bad at times, but usually competitive, even against the best in the country.  And, if we could add a big who can take some minutes away from our current ones, then I think they might be able to make a run come tourney time.

Comment 25 Mar 2014

I totally agree players should turn pro at their first chance, their window of earnings is small.  And, don't give me the crap of "improving their game".  Players improve when they have full time coaches and trainers assisting them for hours a day.  This does not happen at the college level due to NCAA restrictions on practice time, both in-season and off-season.  This is also why the complaint about Matta's staff being unable to improve shooting for his team has multiple holes in it. 

Comment 18 Mar 2014

So far this afternoon I have voted for the best Ohio sportsman and worried about cover 4.  After this post, I am reminded that it is people like you that provide me with the freedom to do those silly things.  From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for your service.

Comment 18 Mar 2014

Great write-up.  Here is what worries me about cover 4 with this year's team; inexperience in the defensive backfield since pattern matching is easier said than done and lack of a stud mike linebacker since they must be able to "clean-up" the mistakes of others, especially when playing from a 4-3 base.

Comment 16 Mar 2014

NCAA restricts the hours players can work with coaches. It is very difficult for a player to improve his game dramatically while in college. The greatest leap in skills usually occurs in the first few years in professional basketball since these players can put all their time and energy into the game with coaches to help. Q is most likely destined for Europe and staying another year probably won't change it too much.