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Buckeye Knight


Member since 27 July 2013 | Blog

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  • SPORTS MOMENT: 1997 Rose Bowl and 2014-15 National Championship Game.
  • COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYER: Eddie George

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Comment 30 Jun 2016

Ah summer.  When college football fans around the country sit around like, "Please, nobody on my team get into trouble."

Comment 29 Jun 2016

Does JK project to play the hybrid position here?  If so, I can't imagine Bama really using him anywhere near the way we would (they have Harris committed BTW).  And I can't imagine Akers decision, assuming he'd be a more traditional style RB, having any impact.

Comment 29 Jun 2016

I think Steve takes a lot of unnecessary heat.  He came in as a DB and was thrown into the fire at QB.  He did the best he could under tough circumstances.  And sometimes guys do what is asked of them for the betterment of the team, not necessarily their own careers.

Comment 29 Jun 2016

Agreed.  I think he would have been a beast in Urban's offense.  We always tried to run him right up the middle all of the time.

Comment 27 Jun 2016

In my experience, much of Cincy tends to be UC and ND fans, with of course some OSU fans mixed in.  The biggest shock to me is that many UC fans seem to think UC is on the same level as OSU, or at least talk like it is.  I think this is probably what lead to the reception that you have received, although I don't think people should be jerks to you just b/c you are from a certain region where some of the people act that way.

The SEC bandwagon really went into full force when ESPN lowballed the BIG, we started BTN, and ESPN started talking like the SEC was the only conference that even plays football anymore and that everyone else automatically sucks.

Comment 15 Jun 2016

I agree with those numbers.  I ran the numbers years ago out of curiosity and came up with about the same.  Playing football on scholarship at a school like OSU puts you in the top 1% of the top 1%.  The 99.99 percentile or 1 out of 10,000.  For comparison, MENSA accepts people in the top 98.00 percentile, or 2 out of 100, 1 out of 50.  People have a MUCH better chance of being in MENSA.

To take it to the NFL level, I believe the odds were about 1 in 16,000 to ever make an NFL team.

Comment 02 Jun 2016

I remember seeing an article when it broke that one estimate was around $125 million in benefits, if you added up all of the yacht parties, hookers, drugs, alcohol, etc. on top of the other benefits.  Not sure how you estimate the drugs, hookers, etc. but I can tell you that yachts are not cheap to run.

Comment 02 Jun 2016

I can only tell you about what I have observed and from what some friends in the business have told me.

My observations:

OSU was hammered by the NCAA, in the media, sued by ESPN, and our head football coach was forced out, and the NFL took the unprecedented step in punishing an NFL rookie for something he did in college.  This all happened for kids trading THEIR OWN POSSESSIONS for DISCOUNTS on tattoos, and for Tress not speaking up about it.  I fully understand and appreciate why players shouldn't be allowed to receive certain awards/gifts from the school and then turn around and sell them.  Obviously, punishment was needed for what happened, but absolutely EVERYTHING about "tatgate" was so blown out of proportion.

Since then, I've seen minor (or no) repercussions for some MAJOR violations.  Just off the top of my head:

-North Carolina completing faking classes and grades.  THIS IS WHAT THE NCAA CLAIMS TO BE ABOUT HERE PEOPLE!  The STUDENT-athlete.  If EVER there was a bomb dropped on a program by the NCAA, THIS should have been it.  This is even bigger than paying players, IF the NCAA is really what they say they are.  What was the punishment???

-A Miami booster comes out and admits to HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS in benefits to student-athletes.  What happened there?

-Alabama, Auburn, Miss St., and Ole Miss players and their families getting paid LARGE sums of money and "acquiring" vehicles AND posting pictures online bragging about it, and in some cases, flat out admitting to it.  Oh, and what happened with T-Town Men's Wear?

-South Carolina had a coach actually involved (he didn't just cover it it, he was a part of it) with student-athletes to the tune of about $65k.  They lost 3 schollies for 2 years.

-Blatant abuse of oversigning by certain teams.  Not just a guy or 2 over here and there, BLATANT ABUSE up to a dozen per year.

Things I've heard from people very much on the inside:

-A certain Alabama football player's mother receiving a brand new Escalade the very day he signed the LOI to play at Bama.

-A player transferring from a certain SEC school to a certain BIG school and saying, "Wow, we actually have to go to class here."

-Detailed knowledge of how the academic standards (ESPECIALLY for athletes) are very different at most SEC schools vs. most BIG schools.  This doesn't take insider info, it's pretty well known anyway.

-A coach interviewing for a head coaching position at a certain SEC school (not the football program) and it being made crystal clear that certain measures were expected to be taken that "might" be issues in the eyes of the NCAA.

The bottom line is this, I've observed and know people very much involved in the industry and the "playing field" is not level in many ways... at all.  I can also tell you that while absolutely no program is squeaky clean per many of the NCAA's (often ridiculous) rules, that you can take pride in the fact that from the top down, OSU does its absolute best to abide by these rules.

PS: I'm not going to even get into Penn State.  What happened there was above the NCAA's head and criminal.  It went well beyond just college courses and money/gifts.

Comment 27 May 2016

How dare you question Hugh Freeze's popularity?  The guy had almost an entire season of head coaching experience in the Sun Belt before going to Ole Miss.  Obviously, a bunch of 5 stars jumped at the opportunity to be on his team.

Comment 19 May 2016

I'm just happy that we finally have an Apple device that doesn't crash apps several times an hour.  Out of the dozens of different iPads and iPhones we've owned or used personally and for work that past several years, my daughter's iPhone 6 is the ONLY one that hasn't done this.