I am just glad that the hiring of Coach Holtmann didn't make me feel like a NY Jets fan on NFL draft day.
Even though I would have preferred a coaching change after the 2016 season, I could understand the logic behind allowing Thad another year to right the ship. But after the 2017 campaign it should have been clear to everyone that a change was necessary. Gene Smith has botched this all along the way from making that idiotic statement right before getting thumped by Rutgers in the tournament to the timing of Thad's dismissal to what could be the hiring of an older coach without consistent success. This is pretty underwhelming if true. In my thinking, if you are 52 and haven't had a huge coaching opportunity, there is probably a reason.
Chris Would from Marquette
I agree M Buck.
f the Buckeye offense is clicking, we will beat PSU, especially at home and not having to deal with the white out crap that they always do.
If it isn't and if the secondary is still coming into form, it could be a tough game.
The schedule this season is challenging and does us no favors with the Huskers, Penn State, and Iowa in succession. I get the home-away rotation on East division games but how do we draw 2 of the toughest road venues in the West for our crossover games? At least we don't have to go to Camp Randall. Besides the 2 nemesis from up north, I hate that team even further north with about as much vitriol.
“I've been praying to God about it and taking my time,” he said.
I think God wants him to commit to Ohio State. Here's to hoping that the Shekinah Glory shines scarlet and gray over the next 10 days or so.
Agree on all counts.
Just curious, even though this thread is dying down, would you put the UCONN men's program into the blue blood discussion?
It is an interesting question. Calhoun won 3 titles from 1999 up until the time he retired a few years ago and his successor Kevin Ollie got a hot team at the right time and amazingly won another one a few years ago. But they haven't had a whole lot of success in the past couple of years.
I see several references to IU as a blue blood program.
Is IU still a blue blood program? If it is, it is from a name perspective only right now because IU has not been among the likes of Duke, UK, UNC, Kansas, etc. for quite some time. But it is a blue blood destination by reputation and brand.
And lets face it, Mike Davis, Kelvin Sampson, and Tom Crean were not worthy of the mantle. Archie has a lot to restore at IU and a big job but I think he is the guy to do it.
That was a bleak day when he left to go to Maryland. But I couldn't blame him for that. His brand of ball in the late 80s was fun and I went to a ton of home games as a season ticket holder.
Good perspective from someone else in NW Ohio
The best and probably only excuse for losing an entire recruiting class in one year is that the entire class plays a year, wins 2-4 games in the NCAA tourney, and turns pro.
If Thad has a shred of respect left for tOSU, the basketball program, and himself, he will resign.
From the same song, the bigger question is "Are the good times really over for good?"
True Bobcat here. I watched Donley when he was in high school and he had a sidekick named Dan Mobley who was pretty good himself. White Lightning as Donley was called also had a nice career at the Dallas Cowboys
I agree. Cornelius had some wheels and a decent passer even though Woody didn't throw a whole bunch.
I agree with the sentiment to play a team from Texas every once in a while. Curb stomping a team like Baylor, A&M or TCU every once in a while would be nice. Those teams have some pretty good players and being able to attract some more skill players is never a bad thing.
Getting rid of Thad is like getting rid of someone in your company that you like but has seen his better days of productivity. You appreciate the past contributions but deep down you know it's the best for the long term.
Did anyone actually clock him?
Was he really fast or was he just running with a bunch of slow white guys?
Is anyone else bothered by the statement about the gaps between Weber and McCall/Dobbins and then Williams?
LeCharles Bentley would restore nasty to Ohio State's offensive line.
Hey, one can always wish, right?
I feel guilty saying this but if it isn't something like a 22-7 regular season, I hope it is 7-22. Anything in between that garners a first round loss in the NCAA will likely be seen as improvement and a step towards restoration. Feel free to DV such a poor sentiment. But that is where I am after the past 4 years of decline.
One word: CRUEL
9 of the 11 ahead of OSU have won at least 1 national title and 9 of the 13 below them have won at least 1 national title since the Glory days of Fred Taylor back in the 60's. In about 50 years since that time OSU has been to only 3 Final Four's...2 officially. To me any measurement that discounts tournament success isn't much of a measurement at all.