I don't really know Dan Hope. As a matter of fact, this article is the first time I've ever heard of him, but I can tell already that I don't like him...
As a D7 high school football coach, I've seen my share of bad calls...lol. The most glaring ones were 2 years ago when in 2 separate games we were trailing by single digits in the 4th quarter. In both games we forced a fumble on defense and during the return there was a "inadvertent whistle". Both times the whistle happened during the return. Both returns went for go ahead TD's, but because of the inadvertent whistle, they awarded the ball back to the offense to replay the down. We lost both games.
In the second of those 2 games, there was only 2 minutes left. After the inadvertent whistle play, the opposing offense replayed the down and committed a false start penalty. The officials remarked the ball and wound the clock, giving the offense a new 25 second clock. They continued to false start until they ran the clock out.
Another game (almost 10 years ago) we were on defense and was winning the game. It was 3rd and 7 and our D tackle got a great jump on the snap. At the snap of the ball, the back judge threw a flag towards the line of scrimmage. We sacked the QB for a loss of 5. I thought they were going to call offsides, but was mad because the back judge can't see if anybody is actually offsides. The white hat waived the flag off and said we were going to replay the down. There was no whistle. Our head coach told the white hat that "it is either a penalty on them, a penalty on us, or it's 4th down". They replayed the down, picked up a 1st down and eventually scored. We won the game, but I thought our head coach was going to jail!
Somebody please use some movie magic and impose Cardale's (or Coach Meyer's) head onto Starlord for that opening scene! National Championship trophy instead of an infinity stone and you can probably win an Oscar.
I was able to attend the Ohio State High School Coach's Clinic this spring with the rest of my high school staff. A lot of things stood out to me at the practice we were allowed to attend. Austin Mack seemed to be open on every single play. Barrett also seemed to have a connection with him. He's still a freshmen, but it wouldn't surprise me a bit to see big things from him this fall. This team may be young, but wow are they talented!
Obviously you didn't watch any of the playoff games. The committees job was supposed to be to give us the 4 BEST teams, not the 4 most deserving.
You left out "giant douche".
What difference does it make when you lose? That's like taking credit for beating a team that was ranked week 1, but has 4 losses at the end of the year.
I've been saying to expand it before it happened. I want first round home games! I want some of the southern schools to have to come north to play!
I seriously can't believe all the people that are saying if you want 8 teams, that you are a sore loser. The Buckeyes didn't handle their business this year,so they aren't in. That is plain and simple. I would still like it expanded to 8 teams. First of all, who is the genius that said lets have 4 teams, when we have 5 power conferences? Somebody is always going to be upset. Let's make it mandatory to have 9 conference games. 2 non conference games. That's still 15 games. 8 teams get in. The 5 conference champs and 3 at large. Still have the committee to rank them. Let's make sure we keep the regular season relevant. The top four get a first round home game.
How about 4th quarter production? I haven't looked at the stats, but it feels like Zeke gets stronger as the game goes. That means something in my opinion.
Lots of good points here!
The Confederate flag has different meanings to different people. That is why is such a touchy subject. NOTHING should fly over the American flag. I don't see a reason to fly the Confederate flag at any government building. I don't like the fact that one crazy person shooting other people triggered a sudden outrage over the flag. It makes it seem fake. I understand that to some people it is a symbol of their "southern heritage".
Like many people have said, this stuff hasn't gone away yet because segregation was happening not long ago. My Granny, still to this day will occasionally say the "N" word. It embarrasses her when she does. She had a "mammy" as a child. She talks very fondly of this black woman. She talks of how much she loved and adored her, but still that word slips out, even when referring to her. I truly don't think she is racist. She was born in Alabama, and that is how she was raised. There are a bunch of people who were raised when segregation was the norm. As the number of these people dwindle, so will that way of thinking.
Maybe then we can move on to getting rid of terms like "African American". Let's all just be Americans.
Splits can make a huge difference.
Are you guys forgetting about the red witch showing up at Castle Black? I'm not worried about Jon... (trying to convince myself)
To borrow a line from Ricky Bobby, "If you don't like Game of Thrones then F@$% you!" I was chuckling to myself about Bosa's new header when I read the line about bringing Shane Morris' broken corpse back. I'll now spend the rest of the morning trying to clean Monster Absolute Zero from the depths of my keyboard. Well played Big Bear, and well played DJ!
I dug this out of retirement to celebrate...
Thanks for the article! Its cool to hear a perspective from somebody fairly close to the situation. I liked hearing about how they had to escort Braxton off the field in high school. I remember talking to Terrelle Pryor's high school coach when I was at a football clinic in Pittsburgh. He said the school had to hire security for practices to keep the autograph hounds away!
I think there are a few points that need to be made, that some people on both sides of the argument seem to forget.
1. Before his injury, Braxton was widely regarded as one of (if not THE) best players in college football.
2. Braxton Miller has not played on a team with as much talent and depth as last years team. This goes for the offense and defense.
3. Braxton's stats improved every year and is comparable to JT and Cardale. Remember his stats were produced on less talented teams.
4. We don't know for sure if Braxton's shoulder will ever be the same again.
5. JT Barrett and Cardale Jones are both very capable QB's.
6. It's a good time to be a Buckeye!
Keep in mind that Braxton had those stats in a very one dimensional offense. He was throwing to a WR corps that Urban Meyer called a clown show. Remember the tweet that Michael Thomas made after the Clemson game? Did anybody disagree with his assessment of our WR's? Not to mention our defense and special teams constantly put our offense in better positions last year. Comparing stats doesn't tell the whole story in my opinion.
First of all, I want to say that I coach HS football here in Ohio. I would like to talk to Coach Ash or Coach Carroll about these techniques. I am all for safer tackling. Your head should not be used as a weapon. But I will say that this seems to go against anything I've ever seen or been taught myself about tackling. I've always seen that the head goes across the ball carrier when tackling. A ball carrier can run through arm tackles, but not through the entire body. This seems to be a lot like arm tackling. Also tackling and rolling the ball carrier on top of you has always been a no-no. I'm always looking to adapt and become a better coach. I'd really like to hear their answers to these questions.
We went undefeated in 2012....just saying! Don't forget that it wasn't too long ago that Coach Meyer referred to our WR corps. as a clown show. It's probably hard to throw a clown open. I'm not going to say that we upgraded at the QB position in 2014. I think all 3 are talented, but don't forget in August last year, Braxton Miller was regarded by many as the best player in college football. Braxton was the starter going into last year, and I have to believe it was because he was the best QB on the team. We will see about this year.
Yeah, but how does Braxton not being a good pro prospect at QB relate to him not being the starter at Ohio State? Do you mean to tell me that all great college QB's aren't NFL Hall of Famers?
Braxton will not make it in the NFL as a QB anyway, use him for his strength, his legs.
What does that have to do with anything?
I'm glad you aren't the coach at tOSU if you base who is starting on their remaining eligibility. As a coach myself, I'm pretty sure Urban will play the player that gives him the best chance to win right now. Also you say that Jones and Barrett is a winning formula. You left out a few key ingredients, such as Zeke, a WR corps that is no longer referred to as a clown show, and the return of the Silver Bullets.
The best player will play. Right now that is Cardale Jones, because he is the only one healthy. If all 3 are healthy, I think it will be Braxton because of his experience and the fact that going into last year he was considered by many to be the best player in college football. You can't deny that the team around Barrett/Jones last year was better than any team Braxton has played with.
The great thing is, I won't be disappointed by whomever is named the starter. This team is amazing!
I appreciate your stats. I think JT is an amazing QB. When his time is finished, he may be undisputed in this discussion. I don't think the stats are a fair comparison though. Would you agree that JT was throwing to a more talented, matured WR group? Finally if you want to talk about dropped balls, I'm pretty sure that we beat MSU and Clemson in 2013 if not for dropped balls.
A bunch of people have suggested Braxton switching to HB/RB. With his biggest drawback being his health/durability, I don't see how he could ever switch to that role and be successful.
My thoughts are that if he is healthy (and that is a big if right now), Braxton will be the starter. I refuse to believe that the only reason he was the starter going in to the 2014 season was because he was the starter in 2013. He was the starter because he was the best player on the roster, maybe the best player in the country. I believe Coach Meyer will play the best person at QB, and if healthy, I think that is Braxton Miller.