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Buckeye Chuck

Member since 26 March 2011 | Blog


  • SPORTS MOMENT: Cie Grant spinning Ken Dorsey into history. Also, my first Michigan game in 1982, though the aftermath had a little to do with me listing it among the best.

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Comment 2 minutes ago

It's all about what you value. Indiana basketball, while disappointing, was still better this past year than the Buckeyes. But Crean was the coach who was fired. They won't put up with "just OK" from their basketball program in Bloomington. 

My question about Thad now is what happens if the Buckeyes, who will have a very experienced roster even without Thompson, finally end the six-year string of worse records next year, but with something like a 10-8 Big Ten record and a #9 seed in the NCAA tournament? I don't think that's going to excite fans or serve as much evidence that the tide has turned, but PR wise it won't be easy to fire a coach on the heels of improvement.

This has never been a school that's been quick to pull the trigger on a basketball coach. Leaving aside the special case of Jim O'Brien, the last three coaches we've had who have been fired (Ayers, Miller, and Taylor) were all let go several years after the peaks of their tenures.

Comment 22 minutes ago

I think it's possible Mitchell will stay, because the financial incentive to leave is simply not the same in the women's game. 

McGuff has been good for the program -- just take a look at where it was four years ago -- but it's hard not to notice that Washington has if anything gotten better since he left. When a team has basically everyone back and doesn't really improve, it's fair to ask questions. Maybe some staffing improvements are called for? Having an assistant coach whose main job qualification is "dad" has perhaps served its purpose.

Comment 16 hours ago

I was on the Oregon bandwagon until they lost Boucher. Their win at Arizona was by far the most impressive performance I saw out of any team all season. They're very legit. I would still favor Gonzaga over them in the national semis, though. 

Comment 16 hours ago

There is zero possibility of a basketball coach at Indiana choosing to come to Ohio State.

I'm more concerned about this being a real good hire for Indiana -- a program that should be much better than it's been -- than I am about the Buckeyes not having a chance at a solid replacement for Matta should that become needed. There are good hires made every offseason.

Comment 24 Mar 2017

Alford's record is really not very impressive. He's never been past the Sweet Sixteen, and he had more losing Big Ten records at Iowa than winning records (and it's not like it's impossible to win at Iowa, as Lute Olson and Tom Davis proved).

Surprises me that the aura of his playing career, which was only made possible by innumerable moving screens, still carries any weight 30 years after the fact.

Comment 24 Mar 2017

I remember when Columbus first passed Cleveland in the population rankings, sometime in the early '80s. Clevelanders were not amused. The attitude was, "Well sure, it's only bigger because you guys get to count all your corn fields." There's still a little bit of that sensibility. When both cities were competing for the 2016 political conventions, there was a feeling in Cleveland -- apparently not totally unjustified, considering what happened -- that the parties would never go to Columbus because it doesn't have the feel of a big city. 

Comment 23 Mar 2017

Quick question: I strongly feel that the Browns need a proper logo for the Browns brand.  I feel the Browns helmet as a logo falls short when compared to other teams.  Our fan base is strong but globally the Browns are lacking a tried and true identification via a recognizable logo. 

In my experience, the idea of a helmet logo is a total non-starter with most Browns fans. It's knee-jerk "I hate change" stuff. But I do think winning will solve most of the perceived issues with branding, the allegedly terrible atmosphere at the stadium, etc. 

Comment 21 Mar 2017

It's not necessarily the players clamoring for the rest.

And Charles should look at his own career sometime -- in his final ten seasons as a pro, he only surpassed 70 games played in a season three times. 

Comment 19 Mar 2017

Potter would be much more valuable paired with a major force inside. Our best teams had Oden and Sullinger. Since then ... eh, not so hot. 

If Potter is forced to play the 5, he'll be overmatched. 

Comment 19 Mar 2017

That's three Big Ten teams in the Sweet Sixteen, and if seeds had followed exactly it would have only been one. 

If I recall correctly, the Michigan game was a rare game where we simply couldn't miss from the free throw line. A normal game in that respect, and we might not have won.

Comment 19 Mar 2017

Well, we've outperformed our seed (even though the seed was too low), which has been a rare thing with Ohio State basketball (both squads) of late. So good for the women.

Comment 19 Mar 2017

This is a lot like what happened to the Purdue men yesterday (before they righted the ship). Just 10 minutes of pure awful.

Comment 19 Mar 2017

Buckeyes 3-9 from the line. What is it with our two programs and free throws?

Comment 19 Mar 2017

You see the team do this, and then wonder why they have these weird lapses sometimes. 

And no sooner do I type that than Kentucky goes on a small run.

Comment 17 Mar 2017

Five years ago today, we were beating Gonzaga in the NCAA tournament. I remember seeing the game in the midst of my pub crawling.