Thanks for posting a link to Craig's statement. Always good to hear the other side of the story.
As a personal friend of Craig's since our college days, I can personally attest to him being a man of high character and extremely devoted to family. I am not aware of what took place at the practice in question, but I can assure you, he's a great man. While any of us are capable of losing our cool at any point in time, it would be surprising if the accuser here is being 100% truthful. Craig is consistently even tempered and cool under pressure (as plenty of footage from '02 would attest).
Couldn't agree more, but both were also seniors. Never underestimate the importance of senior leadership.
Thanks for the color, KMP. One of the things I appreciate most about this site is the varying perspectives offered by participants that help inform us all. We'll have to pray for a speedy recovery for Braxton!
I think this will actually become more of a trend. The Power 5 will attempt to load their non-conference schedule with a couple very high quality games to ensure their strength of schedule is sufficient to earn them one of the four coveted playoff spots. No team can control the strength of its conference, so they will seek stronger competition in the non-conference games. This would actually be a good thing for teams like OSU who are willing to play (and beat) high-quality opponents (silencing critics) yet have a large number of lackluster conference games that are out of their control. It would also be a great thing for fans of college football in general. I'm fine playing one MAC team from Ohio each year, but give me two other strong non-conference opponents before the conference schedule begins. Ratings and interest would only increase as would our reputation.
A thing of beauty...and against the SEC, no doubt!
Agreed....Manziel looks like a high school kid fawning on LBJ in that one picture. Just shows you what a beast LeBron is that a first-round QB looks like a kid next to him!
I still remember hauling in Mike Mitchell and Trey Johnson at the Army All-American game a few years back and thinking that doing so would have a big impact on our team. Surprised that neither of them are a part of this conversation in a meaningful way, but that's the way the cookie crumbles. You can't fault UFM for trying to recruit to the position. It just goes to show that you need to land studs at each position every year to keep the train moving forward because life happens and not everything works out the way we hope. That said, it also shows that the best coaches not only recruit, but develop talent. Some of the lesser-heralded recruits have turned out to be stalwarts for us. Glad to see we've made a lot of progress in returning LB to a position of prominence within our D.
Thanks, Hove. Maybe this adds a whole new wrinkle, but would your response be different if you were fortunate enough to attend a Championship Game in the past?
BINGO! That's my take. If championship is Alabama vs. FSU, I am not going, but I can still sell my tickets for a premium. That said, I would still be slightly bummed by skipping the semi-championship game, especially if at the Rose Bowl, but more bummed by a loss and having spent all that dough for the occasion.
Ignorant question: Has it been predetermined which Bowl will host the 1 vs. 4 and 2 vs. 3 games? ie. Do we know the Bucks will play in the Rose Bowl?
Who is that??? Definitely got my upvote.
Very hard to resist, especially as an 18-year, single, soon-to-be college guy...
Baker to UF. #Bummer.
Over $10,000 raised now....wow...
Great find! Even better idea. Kudos to Zack Danger Brown for creativity and entrepreneurship! If only they would teach those things in b-school....
Could someone link me to Ramzy's "Liber-Tea" recipe? Sounds like a good addition to my holiday weekend. Thanks.
Thanks for the info. Sounds like a very level-headed guy and thoughtful about his approach, which seems to be more of a rarity with all-star recruits these days. Hopefully that approach will serve him well regardless of where he lands. You certainly can't fault him for it!
Thanks, Birm. Excellent coverage (as always) and the reason 11W is my Buckeye site of choice.
As an aside, where do you project our chances with Josh Sweat? With our new commits at The Opening with him this weekend and Burrell (from his home state of Virginia) there as well, do you think it will have enough of a positive influence to sway him to the Buckeyes?
I'll be there for some portion of it. Taking the CBus up from German Village. Always a good time, especially when the right people choose to paint their skin and share it with all of us. :)
Agreed - I'm glad they're being forced to finally schedule a power conference opponent. However, I'm still incensed that they're allowed to schedule three low-to-mid majors and FCS opponents a year and get away with it because they spread them out throughout the schedule (with one in the last three games of the regular season) whereas we get punished in the national media for putting them in the first 3-4 weeks of the season.
Agreed....amazing pictures all around. Thanks for sharing and expanding my world a bit today. One more reason I love 11W.
Horribly off based call he made when he said (paraphrasing), "Tyler Gaffney is a big back, not like the type of running backs Michigan State is accustomed to seeing in the B1G." Oh really, Herbie, which conference has bigger backs than the B1G?? Have you seen Carlos Hyde, the Wisky trio or even the freshman bowling ball at TTUN??
Since when has Hyde failed us in attempting to get 3 yards? Give him the ball!!