I think Marshall is going to be stud. He was the recruit everyone was excited about until the Wilson Hoopla started. You can make an argument that Wilson needed a redshirt year too. He needs more size and to learn how to block.
Maybe Urban Meyer should get some credit. Didn't he say he's going to have more input on what happens with the defense.
Who cares who gets credit. If the D turns around that much in a season then we'll be in great shape. I personally just want to see a serviceable defense, it doesn't have to be elite. Just one capable of stopping bad offenses much less good ones
Hope it isn't true just because these grade issues seem to persist with players a lot of the time. One question I do have, though, is what kind of player do people expect Dontre to be? There wasn't a lot I saw out of him last year that was just jaw dropping. Maybe with time in the weight room and hard work to be a better blocker he'll get better, but I saw a guy who was really fast, but really couldn't make guys miss or break a tackle to break off a huge play where his speed could be used. One thing with Teddy was he could make guys miss and could stop on a dime then accelerate to top end speed very quickly. Maybe it's not fair to compare him to Ginn at this point, but to this point has he done anything on the field that warrants all the hoopla? Quite honestly, a much lower rated recruit, Timmons, had just as good of a freshman year, with a HORRIBLE team around him.
No Gold Pants?
Rape is only covered up at Notre Dame! I do think we should all pump the brakes on drilling anyone over these accusations when they pop up at other schools though. It was pretty recent that we had such an accusation here.
And you know, on the outside they were all pointing at Ohio State and saying wow, they sure covered up that blah blah blah.
It's possible, that maybe Tressel was the culprit to the horrible offenses we had during his tenure, and it's hard to judge anyone's coaching on the Fickell year things were such a mess here. Perhaps, Bollman it was JT who was the inept offensive coach. We know he was a control freak when it came to his team.
Why does it have to be an irrational choice? MSU was really close to being a national title contender. One hiccup early in the year. They beat us head to head and won the Rosebowl. They lost fewer games than us this year. They finished ranked ahead of us. By all accounts MSU was a better team this year and proved it on the field. The last 4 years combined, they have 42 wins. If you count the year that didn't count for Ohio State we've had 42 in that same time. MSU the last 4 years is damn good. They are putting guys in the NFL and have played for the B1G title 2 of the last 3 years. They beat us this season, took us to the brink last year, and are the real deal.
I keep reading all this garbage about how a kid would be nuts to go to MSU instead of Ohio State, but according to the results, that's not the case. Plus, I think we can put to rest a lot of the Walrusball stuff. It whooped our defenses ass this year. It's totally rational for a kid to want to go to MSU right now.
I agree it would be, I don't think Birm is making a living at doing it. Alex certainly wasn't getting rich off it for the years he was here at 11W. Sure he departed for something more lucrative and ultimately I'm sure Birm would enjoy doing this for a job instead of punching a clock, but those guys are doing it for 11W and it's readers.
I really don't disagree with a lot of what you are saying. I do think it's different if someone from staff of such a huge blog(media) is following kids on Twitter, than if some 40 year old dude who is obsessed with Ohio State is asking for retweets and favoriting everything a high school kid does.
Recruiting drives me nuts. People who give kids a hard time because of the school they pick are morons. So are people who are act as if these kids are just poor innocent exploited kids who have no idea what the world they are about to enter into is all about. Some of the recruits do take the process very seriously and some go wherever they get laid the most on their visits. I'm not saying let them be, I'm saying act like adults.
We don't need to be an asshole or a bleeding heart about these kids. They are far less innocent in this process then many of us like to believe. They'll make their decision for whatever motivation they see fit. Maybe it's academics (far less than recruits say it is), maybe it's loaded handshakes, maybe they want to stay close to home. At the end of the day it really makes no difference. They make their choice and if we all act like we're older than 12, we should understand it has ABSOLUTELY ZERO bearing on our lives. We shouldn't be pissed at the kid or feel the need to defend their honor based on their decisions because we are fucking adults here and there is better shit we should be doing with our lives!
Always cracks me up when people say oh the Big 10 isn't THAT bad. Or the SEC isn't THAT good. 7-2 in bowl games and probably going to wrap up this national title for the 8th strait.
I'm hoping winter conditioning isn't fun for any of them. This played lacked Urban's Juice the last several weeks. They need to beat that into them this offseason.
Guy made a mistake on the field in a FOOTBALL GAME. If people's lives are so dependent upon results of college kids on a football field that they can't function correctly, they need to re-evaluate their lives. I'd like for Philly to be able to meet these idiots face to face, so he can punch them all in the sack.
I'm sure he was looking for your forgiveness.
If Gardner and Michigan's guys torched this D, and whoever MSU marched out there torched this D. Boyd and Watkins are going to light it up like a Christmas tree. Just hope the offense gets more possessions that theirs, this one will have a basketball score.
I think it's likely Watkins is the best receiver ANYONE who has played him will have faced all year.
It'll either be a matchup of 2 shitty teams or a matchup of a team with Charlie Strong and Les Miles coaching programs on the rebound.
I absolutely love Tressel, but I still don't buy that he had some noble reason protecting innocent kids for covering up the tatgate stuff. To be a coach at that level, you have to get your hands dirty to be a success. If not actually doing the dirty work yourself you have to play the, "Oh Gosh, I had no idea any of that was going on".
You can be a great man and do what you gotta do to survive in Major Division 1 college football. You can still love Tressel, look up to him, and believe he knowingly covered up his players actions so he could win football games.
Cool that he has committed, but there is so long to go before he can play that I"m not getting to wound up about it yet. There is a LONG LONG way to go before 2017
What is left to accomplish at Bama? Some of these guys are absolute egomaniacs and want to prove they can resurrect a program anywhere they go. He brought LSU back from how many years of irrelevance? Sure he failed with the Dolphins but look what he has done with Bama. Texas is a challenge. They are in the toilet, but with their facilities and recruiting base it won't take long for someone like Saban to bring them back to the forefront. The rebuilding job there would be much easier than it was at Bama. Winning a title at 3 separate schools and bringing them back from mediocrity would solidfy him as arguably the best coach in college football history, and it probably wouldn't be that hard for him to pull off at Texas.
I like Iowa's chances more than I like Wisconsin's
He's 1-2, but yeah, we do love that moron!
Meh, who cares what other people think. We say the same stuff about Saban but Bama fans could give a shit less. Some of the criticism is fair. I for one believe that Tressel would not play Hall in tonight's game after his antics last week. Not saying I disagree with Urban's decision, but if Urban were still coaching Florida and Hall pulled that crap in a game, we'd all be making smart assed comments about Urban and his methods of disciplining his players.
MSU has been talking for weeks about nothing but going to the Rosebowl. This is their national championship tonight. With that said, usually when you go to MSU you are playing for an Outback bowl birth. I think the stage may be too big for them. Kids come to Ohio State just for this game. Buckeyes will be focused and I'd be shocked if they don't come out of this one with the W.