Birm (or anyone else who know something), if you're still up do you mind elaborating on George Hill? When he decommitted I got the impression he left on his own because he didn't want to be third in line behind Walker and McCall, but did our coaching staff tell him we were no longer interested?
Fair point, but that's more of an exception rather than the rule. Also I'd argue that in basketball, having elite, top 40 type recruits matters even more than in football. Every national champion I can remember has had a McDonald's AA. And our stadium atmosphere is downright embarrassing. The Schott is one of the worst venues in sports. I don't blame Thad for not pulling in top talent, not even Calipari (minus the bagmen) could consistently convince top players to play in front of that.
Some good points you guys. Kobe is a selfish blight on the team and Byron Scott cannot get his team to defend nor does he have the stones to properly manage Bryant's role or even his minutes. De'angelo will never have the strength or quickness to break down a defense and get to the rim. Cannot think of a quality point or off who cannot get that done. I have never seen him post anyone up but I have seen him posted up and taken off the dribble continually. Check his assist to turnover ratio. Awful. He looks lost and hapless.if you can't start or finish a game with the Lakers roster, and the financial and management stake the Lakers have in him...it speaks volumes.
Thought I'd throw in my two cents
You point to the few hedge words you used in the article if you want, but there's no way that anyone can argue that this article (and by extension this website) didn't just endorse braxton as the starting qb
Andy - This is not a response directly to this post.
However, I've noticed that you've been all over the Matta threads recently. You, more than any other user, have been questioning coach Matta. Now, you haven't been an outright ass about it, and you are certainly entitled to your own opinion. But I just feel there are way too many questions coming from you towards a coach who came in and turned a program that had been mediocre-to-middling for decades into a frequent B1G champion and occasional national title contender. Not to mention that Thad has done this at a football school. Sure, OSU has money, but we can't even fill our arena, and the basketball team has dealt with EXTREMELY fair-weathered fans (like you), who openly question our great coach and call for the team to be better. All of this while, to be honest, the atmosphere in our arena on most game days just sucks, and cannot compete with the likes of a Duke, Kansas, or even Michigan State. I think you need to temper your expectations, because Thad has done an OUTSTANDING job with the Ohio State basketball program, and calling for him to contend for a national title year in and year out simply because we have money is just unreasonable. Only a few schools are perennial national title contenders in basketball, and just having a large athletic department does not constitute a school where two years like we've just had can justify your frequent questioning of Thad. Sure, you can probably deny that many of your posts have explicitly questioned the job Thad has done, and you throw the occasional hedge word in there, but the frequent comments and overall disapproving, negative tone of your posts are unmistakable. So, to be blunt with you, in the next year or two when Thad has us contending for a title again, I'm going to come find you and shove it in your face. You may spit out an argument that you like Thad but just think he could be doing more. But the negativity towards him is impossible to miss and I can't wait to come find one of your comments 1-2 years from now and remind you of your frequent negativity.
If the best coach in the B1G is having his players do it, maybe Urban should be having our guys do it
You're a garbage fan, man. Don't ever make a forum post like this again without watching half of a game where our players fought back from 20 down. I would bet every cent I own that Thad Matta will be the best coach in OSU history when he retires (if he's not already).
I bet the one kid who picked him off feels really good about himself right now