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Comment 22 Jun 2017

I would put Mike Doss on my list.   He was a big hitter, and such a huge play-maker in the secondary.   Chris Gamble was the celebrity, stat-wise, for that 2002 secondary.   But Doss was the heart of that defense.   The fact that he came back for his senior year, with a 2nd year head coach and a team that had just lost the Outback Bowl or some such thing, expressly to win a national title and then did it was pretty bad-ass to me.   

Comment 15 Jun 2017

Sentence consistent with what I'd expect from a DUI in terms of legal actions.   Football program's complete absence of discipline is all too familiar, no longer surprising, but still a shame.   Our QB's DUI led to a suspension of a game.   I'm not expecting Mayfield to be held out of the game against OSU.   But for him to not be held out of the opener is the program dropping the ball, so to speak.   

Message received - if you're a QB at OU, you need not worry about consequences from the university.   Do they share a compliance department with Florida State?

Comment 08 Jun 2017

These situations are rarely about getting the "best" guy.   They're about getting the right person for your program.   By almost every indication, Charlie Weis should have been a great college football coach.   But he was terrible, terrible in ways that no one expected.   He was a horrible match with the game, living proof that getting the right person is far more important than getting the hottest coach, or the winningest, or whatever.  Urban Meyer was a hire that all of us loved immediately because of his previous success.   But he continues to be one of our greatest hires because he was also the right person, in so many ways.   When Tressel came to OSU, he was not the name that most of us were expecting.   He had zero experience in "big-boy" head coaching and many thought he was going to be overwhelmed after he was hired.   Many continued to feel that way right up until when we went to AA in 2001.   We all loved the promise he made at that basketball game in January, but it wasn't until that win that things suddenly looked up.  

Greg McDermott saying "no" is not a matter of OSU not being able to get or lure him in, but that tOSU was not the right move for Greg McDermott.   It's not a setback.   It's not a hire, but getting a "no" still moves us closer to our destination.   

Comment 07 Jun 2017

"You are not there to watch a game.   You are there to PARTICIPATE....."   

This sums it up perfectly.   

On the rare occasions I get to see the OSU in person anymore (I live in Nebraska, so very rarely), I expect to leave tired, hoarse, and somewhat deaf.  To me, that's what the stadium is for, people who want that.  If you want to have the whole "gameday experience" of tailgating and socializing but don't have it in you to be a disruptive influence on the opposing team for 3.5 hours, then enjoy the pre-game festivities and leave the stadium and its tickets to those who left their inhibitions at home that morning.   

Comment 07 Jun 2017

I was in Block-O for a year.   I stopped because there were too many weeks where there was a crucial third and short or fourth and inches in the field and all I want to do is stand and scream in support of the defense but there's this voice being broadcast telling me "Please reach down and remove the board for stunt #........"  I will forever appreciate the rabid frenzy and energy that Block-O exists to create throughout the stadium, but so many of the things they do on game-day went from fun to gimmicky distractions very quickly.   

Comment 07 Jun 2017

I'm sure there are ways of scattering the student section that might allow it to be seem more loud overall.  But the problem is that we would even have to think about those things, because we shouldn't have to.  If I go to an OSU game and leave with my voice and hearing fully intact, I take it as a sign that something is wrong.   There are schools where it seems that everyone in the stadium has that point of view, too.   Wish it were true of those attending games at the 'Shoe.   If it were, we wouldn't be having these conversations.   

Comment 07 Jun 2017

Sort of wish the article said that he'd reportedly already told his team.  There were likely rumblings about this among the players, some warning signs to those on the inside, but I'd hate to think that I got news of Stoops' retirement before some of his players.

or that they read it on a website instead of getting to hear it from him. Pretty big news to have to get second-hand.   

Comment 06 Jun 2017

As an alum, I would have to sadly agree with Nick that the missing piece of the puzzle for OSU has to do with our alumni maintaining the sort of energy that our students bring, or something close to it.   When I was in college and in the years after I graduated, I attended games that were snoozers and games that were electrifying.   But I never seemed to be far from some people who just wanted to sit and enjoy the game, and vocally asked that others would do likewise.  I think Nick is right that the difference with certain fan bases like PSU is that there is a depth of passion felt by EVERYONE.   Granted, part of it is with ticket prices being what they are, sometimes the prime seats go not to the most passionate and vocal but to those with the deepest pockets.   Those things aren't mutually exclusive - one can have the means to drop hundreds or thousands on game day and also be the type that screams themselves hoarse and is on their feet for much of the game.   But it doesn't happen enough at OSU, I think.  But then again, living out of state, I rarely get to games anymore.  Just my observations from the 15 years that I did attend a lot of games.   

Comment 31 May 2017

I don't know about bias, but I don't remember another announcer not exclusive to a specific team that enjoyed and reveled in calling a game the way he did with that CCG.   My wife and I still will randomly say, for no particular reason, "Car-dale Jones.  Car-dale Jones.   Whole state of Ohio is countin' on Car-dale Jones."   

Comment 31 May 2017

Even if I didn't grow up in the 80s and early 90s as a Pistons fan, listening to Jordan's hall of fame induction speech was enough to put me off of celebrating him.  He was an extraordinary, one in a million talent, in terms of achievement he stands alone.  But to me greatness is about more than stats and ability, but character and integrity and respect and humanity.  

Comment 31 May 2017

Mentality like Baker's is a huge difference maker.  2014 was special because that team was hungry, angry, working to prove something, on the offensive instead of being in a defensive posture of protecting their perch.  I'm hopeful that Schiano, and Davis, and Wilson and others on staff, along with the sick taste that the Clemson thumping had to leave in everyone's mouth, will help them to again be that angry, hunting team instead of a reactive, hunted one.  

Comment 30 May 2017

COmpletely agree.   Recruiting is very, very important.   Having elite talent is a necessity.   But the ranking are football on paper, and no guarantee of what it leads to on the field.   I think of Evan Spencer, a great Buckeye who to me was the MVP of the Alabama game.  He was a very good but not elite recruit in most people's minds, certainly not as treasured as Trey Depriest, born a Buckeye but played for Bama.   But I will always remember Spencer laying out Depriest and another Bama LB to spring Zeke on his game-winning 85 yard dash, and making the best TD pass possibly of the entire post-season on his toss to Michael Thomas.   Recruiting scores deal very little with a player's resiliency, emotional intelligence, how much they're willing to set aside ego and get their nose dirty to get things done.   I think Meyer has spoken to looking for these intangibles when he talks about how he cares far more about what kind of leader a person is for his team than what elite camp invites he's received and how a player performs at them.    

Meyer does great with Xs and Os, but what sets Meyer and Saban and a few others apart is that they have a formula that if everyone buys into it 100%, great things happen.  That was 2014.   2014 was not OSU being the best collection of players pound for pound.   2014 was OSU being the most lock-step, laser-focused, determined team, carrying out their plan with near perfect execution.   Likewise, Clemson last year smoked us not because their roster is worlds ahead of ours, but because their unit cohesion and execution was just about flawless.   

In 2015, similar to 1995 or 1996, we saw an OSU team that on paper was unstoppable.   But they got away from the little things.  The previous year, they handled adversity far better than in 2015 they would handle success.    And it left them on the outside looking in at the end.    

Comment 26 May 2017

This is all incredibly pre-mature.   MSU had a horrible season last year that no one saw coming.  It was preceded by conference titles in two out of three seasons that similarly very few saw coming in 2012.   Everyone who saw PSU capturing the conference last year, raise your hand.  Yeah, exactly.   

MSU climbed into the top 10 without having elite recruits all over their roster.   Whatever happened last year, until it happens again this year, looks more like an aberration than a sign of things to come.   

I get that PSU and OSU would be forecast ahead of MSU, but they're far from collapse at this point.   

Comment 26 May 2017

Burrows and Haskins seem to be coming along well as QBs, but the current status of our QBs hardly compares to having a QB that went 11-1 before injury and a QB who stepped in for him and went 3-0 in three of the most impressive wins in school history.   

I mean come on ozone.  Platooning QBs is not something they're thinking about right now because it will only be a need if something really bad happens (Barrett is injured or gets the yips).  Yes, both of these things are possible, but not worth thinking about in May.  

Comment 25 May 2017

2007 Florida was just a nightmare.   It was so "out of nowhere."   Clemson last year was embarrassing, but I have to say that while I was glad we made it into the playoffs, we were not as impressive and strong as I'd have liked.  Not winning the conference and all that.   

Two that didn't make the cut that also still sting for me are 1993 against TTUN and 1992 against Illinois.   In 1993, we went into AA undefeated with a tie against Wisconsin.   We played them to a tie in 1992 and I remember how much everyone thought we were finally going to get the monkey off our backs against them.   After seeing two improving but far from great teams in my first two years at OSU, we were finally looking dominant and part of the national conversation.  Until that trip up North. They blanked an OSU team that seemed primed for its first conference title in the Cooper era 28-0.   It wasn't just that they beat us, but that nothing worked that day.   We would finally get a win in 1994, though it was a season when both schools were down.  Not that I didn't enjoy it immensely, but it would have meant a lot more in 1993 when we got embarrassed.   And then of course 1995-1997 made 1994 feel like an aberration.   In 1998 we won again but after the MSU loss it wasn't all that it could have been.   

The 1992 Illini game - ugh.   Eddie George fumbles twice near the Illinois goal line.   One of them is scooped up and returned about 99 yards for a TD.   Even with those agonizing turnovers, OSU has a chance to steal a victory with a FG in the closing seconds, but we miss it.   It was my dad's 50th birthday, and I'd proudly bought tickets for him, my mom, and my uncle and aunt to come down for the day.   They watch us lose in heartbreaking fashion.   

Comment 25 May 2017

Offering a freshman is just too much.  Meyer should be incredulous about it. As he said before about early signing, there is just too much that can happen - not in best interests of schools or athletes.  All it serves is the people who follow 15 year olds.  Sad.  

Was really disappointed when we went with Rutgers for the sake of a media market.  For one, having lived in NYC area, pro sports rules there and apart from college b-ball hey just don't much care about Big East or B1G.  Penn State and Maryland would already give us inroad to those markets, anyways.  Missouri would have been a better fit in terms of athletic competition and in terms of academics.  They had a bit of a sibling rivalry with neighbor Illinois partly due to the Cards/Cubs battles.  Also, they had a long history with Nebraska.  But we went east instead and the SEC scooped them up.