Forum Post 17 Sep 2014
Why are elite WRs not interested in being Buckeyes?
Where is the reset button on the matrix...
Schemes don't always translate to success. Narduzzi is a defensive whiz, but MSU has as many 7-5 years as 12-1. Sometimes the right players need time to develop. O-Line is a huge weakness right now, and it's only exacerbated by top recruits going elsewhere. OSU had brought in young 4 star talent, but development is tbd. Defensive coaching has been bad, along with the players, since 2011. How is it going to be fixed? No idea. I know what I want to see, but Urban gets the big bucks, he has to demand change. Somewhere.
Barrett with 89
The unis are slick, but the UA undershirt looks even better! Definitely want to get my hands on one.
The Husky-Blue Hose matchup wasn't good enough to make this list??? People are missing out on NIU's Maryland ripoff uniforms with corn shoulder designs and "DeKalb" on the back. Matte black lids are pretty sweet though.
Oh good, I took back my dv. Forza Swansea! Got some sweet Swans swag recently. Unfortunately, they're very limited. Great club though. Just need adidas to step up the merchandising game.
Picking an EPL team is one of those things that comes down to what fan you want to be. If you want to cheer for a winner, look at the top 6 teams from last year and go with one of them. Man U is a great club that is transitioning from the best coach they'be ever had and trying to get it right. Chelsea and Man City are probably the closest to the Yankees (in EPL terms) because they had little tradition until billionaire owners took over. Arsenal has a lot of tradition, but has dropped off considerably since the early 2000s. If you want to cheer for Americans, Tottenham and Everton routinely have the most in the EPL and rarely risk being relegated. Fulham, from above, is a Championship side this year, though they have a young American starter in midfield who many are excited about. Honestly, if you want to be engaged, picking an American laden team makes it easier. My recommendation would be Tottenham, since they mix success and rooting interest the most effectively. And they have a cool kit.
Sweat does have an offer and, by all accounts, is being pursued heavily by Urban and Co. Birm had something on him in his last update.
Got bucket list item number 1 crossed off my list this year. In Columbus for The Game. Excitement level is off the charts.
I think it's a combination of scheme and results. OSU has put TE after TE in the league, but isn't churning out players with big receiving stats. Heuerman had some like 480 yards receiving last year, a big uptick in TE production since Tress's halcyon days. Additionally, Urban's scheme isn't TE centric. Yes, Hernandez, but he had a really stellar season with a couple pedestrian ones (relatively speaking) in a system not like many pro setups. Other teams run stricter pro setups with more concepts that you can see on Sunday, whereas the Buckeyes (under Urban) show underneath and vertical passing to the wideouts as a change of pace to running with Hyde and Miller. Heurerman got his yards on 2 to 4 passes a game that Herman called to punish the D for cheating. It has worked great, but as a recruiting pitch isn't as seductive as what other schools are saying. Obviously other factors play in as well, but those are the two I think are most responsible.
We should see the lax part of the B1G expand before too long. MSU was a varsity team for a long time before going club. And every B1G school has at least an MCLA team. Lacrosse is expanding greatly as a youth sport, especially out west. Should see a great deal more than six teams competing in the near future.
B1G lacrosse is going to rival the ACC in the near future, probably surpassing it soon enough. OSU had a bit of a down year, but that's going to be rectified soon I AM sure. Adding Hopkins, Maryland and Rutgers is a big deal. Penn State is a perennial top 25 team. TTUN is recruiting a great class for 2014. Lacrosse is rising in the Midwest and it will be a delight to see.
If we're talking as a pro, Alex Smith is the best QB of either coaching staff. Love Tressel and his players, but Smith barely made a roster as a Heisman winner. Tebow at least won a playoff game. Boeckman, Schoenhoft, Zwick, Bauserman, Pryor? Not a dent. Pryor has a Jeopardy record on a fluke play. That's it.
"No one ever taught me how to throw a football before.". And I think Alex Smith, Leak, Tebow, etc show better than Bauserman and Boeckman.
Still a long way to signing day, but have to think that Barnett to UO would improve the Buckeyes chances with Waller. Also comes down to what does Urban think Gibson's ceiling is? We know the Buckeye staff can develop players more ably than the previous one was able to, but do they want the best QB skills or best athlete at QB? Personally, I think they should go hard for Waller and let Gibson go as he wishes. Best QBs usually do more (Boyd vs TP under Tressel). Obviously there's more to it than just QB type, but I think Waller gives OSU a better set of skills at the position.
Measurables are good, though I think he's going to have to bulk up to play in the B1G at TE, like Stoney not too long ago. Has the year to burn, under Marotti he would put on the weight he needs. Or they could plug him in and just accept what happens. 4.49 is serious speed, though. Wow.
Croft plays for a private Catholic school in Rockford IL. Rockford is about an hour and a half or so due west of Chicago. Boylan plays at 7A, but is in a conference with 6A teams. 7A is the second highest level in Illinois for football. The Titans are 3 years removed from winning a state title. Lost one game last year, but it was a beatdown (38-6). Croft may have been a Freshman on that state title team, but I AM unsure.
Well...a certain guarantee that there would be no departure from Miami springs to mind now that Mack is done. So it begins.
What a great article! Lacrosse was my first love growing up. I started playing in fifth grade and couldn't help but live and breathe for the season. As a sport, it's a lot like football is in the south and Midwest (full disclosure: I hail from central upstate New York). Kids flock to younger leagues, both to get exercise and because it's fun. My parents wouldn't let me play football (despite my strong desire to), so this was the next best thing. More to the point, the first college lacrosse game I ever went to was OSU vs Hobart in the early 2000's. Was playing a mini-tournament with some local schools and a team from Canada, then we stayed to watch the game. OSU got down by about 7 goals midway through the 3rd, so the coaches decided to head home. We got off the bus an hour later only to be told OSU had roared back to win in OT. I still wish I'd been able to see the rest of that game. Point being, the advent of B1G lacrosse warms the cockles of my dreary heart and I can't wait to see what the future holds. Hopefully more Buckeye titles in yet another sport!
I'm more excited about this offer than the Allen offer. I think Harris fits what Meyer wants to do with his offense better than Allen does. I'm intrigued by the Zack Darlington visit, too. Would happily take either or both of those guys in this class.
Where is the line for signing up to be a completely inept college coach who dupes the school into signing away its football success for an ungodly sum? Do I just need to line up behind RonP? Sweet mercy, this is atrocious.