Why is that? Is it because of the travel expense for out of state players?
Wow, was I off base. Actually he went to Memphis in...get this...2002, and retired in 2007. Shows how much I follow the NBA.
Don't agree with the WrestleMania analogy. The Spring Game will not be choreographed and Urban places a high premium on winning any competition you're involved in. Plus there will be some very real battles for position in the depth chart. These kids will be giving it all they've got.
Anyone else think Jerry West's advice is self serving? The Lakers (from Cleveland) have the fourth best odds in the 2015 draft lottery. Barring a trade, that will be the highest they will have in the near future. The more high quality players in the draft, the better player they're going to get.
By no means an expert but it occurred to me that a pre-snap shift could put Jalin outside where he could run a crossing route against a CB who's not physical enough to make the tackle and Thomas (or others) from the slot running a deep route against a safety who couldn't keep up. If the defense shifted the CB and safety at the same time Jalin could go deep against the safety. Just a thought.
I agree there is a difference, although we have about 10 receivers that are very good, probably that many DBs and more of each coming in and next year 5 RBs fighting for carries. Same principle. We're stacked at all these positions. Guarantano will probably have only one QB with game experience to contend with and we've all seen there may be more than one QB needed so you're saying he doesn't think he can compete with Collier, Gibson and Burrow?
Well if that's true I guess we'll never get any good DB, RB or receiver recruits any more. They'll all be making better business decisions.
If he is on the field I'll be very surprised if Urban doesn't have a problem with the hat. I'll believe it when I see it.
Like to see his 3 point pct. As far as the roster, I'm sure Thad has a plan.
One of his "secrets" is that his second tier recruits don't jump to pro ball after 1 or 2 seasons and this maintains continuity and comfort with the system. To some his offense seems boring but I like watching them run it. Players are constantly moving, screening and back door cutting. Everyone knows their role and they don't have 25% shooters firing up 3s (Scott, Thompson, Tate).
Plus the fact that good coaches use better strategy. Stop Russell and OSU was pretty much impotent.
Don't agree Wisconsin got the better of the calls. The 2 phantom fouls on Hayes within seconds of each other putting him on the bench with 4, The non call after Gosser got punched in the face. There were numerous others (on both sides). Fact is both games last night were very poorly reffed.
Can't believe Jacoby BOREN wasn't even mentioned.
He could leave after this coming season if I'm not mistaken. Not sure his mom would go for that though.
We're getting close to a situation where we could almost platoon the whole team. 11 off, 11 different guys on. I understand that's not going to happen but the talent and development seems to be there on both sides of the ball. Would be cool to see though.
I don't believe any other asst. is more valuable than him. I hope we pay him enough to at least make it a little harder to leave.
Ok, as I said, just a thought but we have more players in the mix this year that are just as explosive as Jalin and there's a high risk of injury on punt returns. If he's still the returner at the end of the year then you guys can say "I told you so". Won't be the first time I was wrong.
So you're saying you were completely comfortable with some of the punts he fielded, either on the run or under duress, and the ones he let go that ended inside our 5?
I know this is not on point of this article but, although a great H Back/ receiver, Jalin's decision making on punt returns made me nervous. Maybe that's a spot to get some of our other skill guys some touches. Just a thought.
DJ, I know you alluded to it but the linked article makes no mention of the fact that Gene Smith had a major role in altering his contract. I too was critical of Smith's decision, or lack thereof, to take a self imposed bowl ban in a year that some of the "culprits" were still on the team and we really had nothing to gain by playing in one. That said, his role in compliance and upgrading the facilities and coaching staffs has been admirable.
Add to the fact that our team is young, we have one of the top ranked recruiting classes coming in. I agree the future is bright as I think is the case in at least a few other OSU sports.
While I agree shooting may not be his strong point, which of this years starters (at the end) is he going to be worse than? Other than Russell no one shot over 28% on 3 pointers.
They could have been legacies. Their dad Mike wanted to be a Buckeye but Woody thought he was too slow at LB, so he went to the school up north and made us pay. Justin was torn and the deciding factor was following in his dad's footsteps. Luckily circumstances at TSUN led him back to the good guys and, as they say, the rest is history.
Matta needs to shake up the coaching staff. He is a good recruiter but not really a development guy. This senior class was highly rated coming in but very disappointing over their careers. That points to one of two things, player evaluation or player development. In Amir and Scott it was both. They were HS All Americans by at least some services. Thompson was a mid to high level guy and Mcdonald was a throw in. On paper, these guys should have provided a quality foundation. Well... didn't happen. One thing Urban made a priority of was great assistants and you can see how that turned out. With Matta's coaching tree and OSU's resources we should be able to attract better assistants. It's time to get it done.
I never wrestled and I think it is a sport that is more interesting to the athletes that actually participated and their family and friends. Part of the reason is that it doesn't get the exposure of maybe football and basketball. But you can bet I'll be watching and rooting for all our wrestlers. As in football, this is an exciting time for our Buckeyes. I did play college basketball and though it will be an uphill battle I will be on the edge of my seat cursing the refs and going crazy when we make some plays. But I couldn't agree more about the Lady Buckeye cagers. They are tremendously entertaining and if you haven't watched them you are missing out. The sky's the limit for this team and in the foreseeable future. They should be getting more run. I enjoy your stuff DJ and I'm not specifically referring to you, just a blanket statement about most of the Buckeye sites.