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BuckeyeDevil


Findlay OH (via Cambridge OH)

Member since 01 February 2014 | Blog

Long time OSU fan-attended my first OSU football game which was against Michigan in 1982. Former season ticket holder for basketball way back in the Perry Carter/Treg Lee days. I go to basketball and football games now as budget and schedule permit. My daughter attends the same high school that Aaron Craft attended so we made it a point to see him play in person.

Favorites

  • SPORTS MOMENT: Watching Anthony Carter get crunched in the 1982 Michigan game.
  • COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYER: Anyone who helps us beat Michigan
  • COLLEGE BASKETBALL PLAYER: It was Aaron Craft
  • NFL TEAM: Cincinnati Bengals
  • NHL TEAM: Don't care about it-let Canada have it
  • NBA TEAM: Boston Celtics
  • MLB TEAM: Cincinnati Reds
  • SOCCER TEAM: Why anyone cares is a mystery to me

Recent Activity

Comment 26 Mar 2017

I don't get the wait either. But now he has missed out on the guy that seemed to be the consensus favorite in Archie Miller who would have leapt at the chance to come to Ohio State. Good for Archie.

Interestingly enough. a lot of my B1G friends from other teams told me years ago that Thad wasn't an X and O guy and that if he didn't recruit stars he would be in trouble. I balked at the idea but I guess they weren't too far off the mark.

Comment 26 Mar 2017

St John Arena used to really rock it once Eldon Miller left. Back in the days when Gary Williams coached it was a fairly exciting brand of ball and the team played really hard and the crowd responded in that old place.

The last home game I attended was during Aaron Craft's senior year. That alone was a difficult game to watch even though they ended up winning. I might not even have gone then except my daughter attended Craft's high school and got her picture taken with him a few years back at a local event.

I am not going to drive almost 2 hours, plop down good money for tickets, parking, gas and food costs just to sit in an arena that is like a mausoleum with a lot of disinterested fans watching a horrible product. Put a competitive and exciting team on the floor that shows some heart and promise and my family will come back. But not before then.

Comment 23 Mar 2017

Expectations should be huge and should be fought for by fans and Athletic department staff.

I couldn't agree more about the expectations for next season. But my guess is if there are any established expectations, they are fairly modest, i.e. just make the NCAA tournament.

If Gene Smith settled for mediocrity, generously called, for 4 straight years, then he would be ecstatic with a 5th or 6th place finish in the B1G and an 8-9 seed in the NCAA.

Comment 16 Mar 2017

Dream Hire? I don't think it is limited to Archie Miller, especially since he won't be around to hire next season.

One name I don't recall hearing much about is Chris Mack from Xavier. You think that guy doesn't know how to coach and get a lot from his players? How about Kermit Davis from Middle Tennessee State? His teams are well coached and have won consecutive first round games as lower seeded teams. I think most Ohio State fans would take that about now. He seems to know how to win.

Will Wade? What about Coach Wojo from Marquette? He has good coaching bloodlines and has done wonders in just a couple of seasons. Don't count out, but don't count on Chris Collins. If he stays at NW, his thinking probably is NW can be the Duke of the Midwest. And Duke will be looking for a new coach in the not too distant future since K is 70.

My point is, I think there are other quality options out there other than Archie Miller.

Comment 14 Mar 2017

I think a lot of people, myself included, have tried to maintain a position of neutrality regarding Thad up to this point, even though it sure seemed the program wasn't trending in the right direction. After all, down years are bound to happen to most​ programs.

But down years for quality programs don't usually mean 4 straight years of decline (I am not in the camp that says the 2013 season was a bad year as an Elite 8 season is pretty good in my thinking), don't normally translate into only 1 NCAA tourney win in 4 years, 2 straight missed NCAA tournaments, losing in the first round of the NIT one year and the embarrassment of not even being invited to the NIT the following year. That should be unacceptable at Ohio State.

Everyone says that Ohio State isn't a blue-blood basketball program. That is being proven year in and year out at this point. The University, does, however, pay its coach blue blood program type money. More is rightfully expected because there isn't anything close to a respectable return on investment.

Comment 13 Mar 2017

A top 10 paid coach should yield results commensurate with that compensation. Not saying that down years wouldn't occur. Neither am I saying that 2-3 tourney wins would be expected every year. But serious contention for the Final 4 should be expected every 4-5 years.

Fact is, OSU  which I think we would all agree is not a blue blood program  pays blue blood program money for what are generously called mediocre results

Comment 09 Mar 2017

Most merciful Father, please forbid this NIT bid from coming to pass so that thy servants may have rest from suffering.

If not, please grant massive cable and satellite failures to prevent further trials, exasperation, and temptation to transgress as a result of watching these created beings lose yet again. Amen.

Comment 07 Mar 2017

If OSU is willing to pay Thad 3.5 million to consistently produce declining, inferior results, it should be more than willing to double my salary and drop150k on me to work in my area (business and operations) where it would get good results. Where do I sign up?

Comment 05 Mar 2017

I think Gene Smith made his expectations to Thad quite clear in his last evaluation as posted on 11W: win games and fill seats at VCA. Clearly, he has failed in the goals set by his boss.

Gene Smith does not seem like a dummy to me. He knows that the best thing to do when you are in a hole is to stop digging.

Buckeye Nation needs to understand that it is going to require a lot of fill dirt because this hole is pretty deep. It isn't an overnight fix.

Comment 24 Feb 2017

I was never really too hopeful for this season as we brought back the top 6 from a team that really wasn't good last year. Everyone probably has their own definition about the turning point of the season and to me it was the second half of the UVA game. I think the team we were destined to become played those 20 minutes giving up a lead and failing to respond to a UVA team that made adjustments at the half and tightened the screws. Just my opinion that it's been downhill ever since