I agree Hop.Making the NIT could be a blessing in disguise for this young team. It gives them the one and down atmosphere against competition that will be on equal ground. I dont see a point on going to the big dance and maybe getting embarrassed in round one or two. Going to the NIT gives them a better chance at a deeper run, building more chemistry and an understanding of tournament play. Then next season, understanding their roles and another off-season of grinding could produce a mentally stronger team.
Maybe the NCAA can make it a requirement that a High School student cannot commit until their senior year. Or, after their Junior year of high school is over. That way you don't have kids committed for 2 or 3 years to a school that all of the sudden isn't interested and breaks all contact hoping the kid gets the hint. The last thing I want is more legislation, but something has to be done to protect the kids and schools. There will still be plenty of film and most schools are recruiting off of Junior year film. Senior year film is a bonus. I also agree with a post above talking about getting rid of the hat ceremony. These kids are being put on pedestals during a time when this younger generation believe they deserve attention they haven't earned. Another idea would be to get rid of the star system. If you, as a college cant watch film and pick out who is better than the other then you have issues. I believe that could cut down on many of the issues. College coaches know who the 5 star kids are. They know who they need and want in each class. Getting rid of this ranking system could go a long way in fixing some of these issues.
Huge news! Need to get him signed, sealed, and delivered!
I agree with you concerning Powell. His decision really surprised me. Apple on the other hand does not surprise me at all. Just hoped it wouldn't happen. He is tall with great length. If he runs anywhere in the 4.4 range he'll be a 2nd round pick.
And the mass exodus continues! Vonn Bell today or tomorrow? That will be 3/4 the starting secondary. Fun fun fun
There is no denying how huge the win against Kentucky was for this basketball team. However, tonight's game is just as important in my opinion. Ohio State doesn't need to dominate, but they have to win. I thought Loving made a very interesting comment after the Kentucky game, talking about the team playing "with a chip on their shoulder" and "playing with nothing to lose." They need to come out with an attitude for tonight's game that is similar. Young teams like the Bucks should have that mentality for all their games. Although difficult, it is necessary. I would not be surprised to see this game close at the beginning, but hopefully the effort is there and the Buckeyes pull away late. It would be really nice to see them firing off on all cylinders so the game isn't close. It will be interesting to see how much the team has matured with the Kentucky win. It will be interesting to see if they have learned what kind of effort it takes on a nightly basis to compete in college basketball.
Completely agree. Warriner doesn't need to be on the field to fire the boys up. Otherwise, why wear headsets. He can get on the horn to Cordle, tell him to relay whatever message and go from there. Also, leadership has to come into play. Next year, the line loses a lot, but someone as to step up. Typically, its the center. He's the one making all the calls. He's the one the line looks to anyway.
Now, the tempo call was not made in the box, that was game planning from the get go. What I don't understand is why the team hasn't gone to more tempo in all their games... When its as effective as it was Saturday, it makes you wonder why it isn't used more.
The team has really missed Herman, there is no doubt about that. It will be interesting to see the coaching changes after this year. I'm not calling for heads to roll, but I don't believe Beck is the answer. And if Ash is off to Syracuse, the Bucks need to look long and hard for a legit D-Coordinator. Preferably someone that runs a similar scheme. Also, there is always the surprise hire. And, lets be honest. Who knows if Warriner will be back. He has to have some interest out there. That would be a huge blow. Anyway!! Love this time of year...
I think those helmets with the black unis would look pretty damn good!
I don't mind the alternate jerseys. Especially black. However, I wouldn't mind seeing a version of the black unis with our gray helmet. I think that could be a good look.
Will be interesting to see if the Bucks come out in a 3 - 3 - 5 to start the game. Have either of the outside linebackers move up to add a pass rusher depending on offensive alignment. OSU doesnt have to change their D, but makes you wonder if they'll adjust to have an extra DB on the field to help take away crossing patterns.
Cant wait to see this. Watched the last episode Sunday night. It was great to see an inside view of the practices!
One of the quickest ways to improve yourself on the field is to teach others off the field. All these mental reps he gets himself by helping the young guys will improve his play on the field. Its great to hear that he is stepping up to fill some big shoes left by Grant. Good for him!
I'm very interested to see where Campbell finds his playing time. Another athlete that can spread the field. Just haven't heard many comments about him.
Any insight on how he's doing?
Did he have any issues while he was with OSU or did he leave due to depth chart? Kind of curious because i dont remember hearing about any team violations while he was a buckeye.