And I think I owe you an apology after reading your last comment. Sorry I over-reacted.
All's fair in love & war & recruiting.
I thought DJ had a pretty good take on it in this morning's Skull Session:
WILSON BAGGAGE, BABY! Clemson banjaxed Ohio State, which caused Urban Meyer to go to back to the offensive chalkboard.
But Meyer had his eye on Wilson before that fateful Fiesta Bowl. But there are reasons Wilson was available in the first place.
Rumors had swirled for years that under coach Wilson, the team atmosphere had grown extraordinarily intense. Defenders of Wilson's tactics said his leadership was not for the "thin-skinned," that he is a coach who was unrelentingly tough, but not abusive, particularly for a sport like football. His intensity had built a winning program.
But others disagreed, stepping forward in the wake of Wilson's resignation to tell local media and the student newspaper about alleged mistreatment. One player told the Indiana Daily Student that trainers were too scared to tell Wilson during practice if a player was injured, alleging that Wilson would swear at the trainers in his office, then swear at the players in the training room. Another former player, Laray Smith, told the student newspaper Wilson was mentally abusive and that "once you were hurt, he didn't care about you."
Nick Carovillano, who injured his back, told the IndyStar that Wilson would come to the area where injured players worked out during practice and berate them.
At Ohio State, nobody is bigger than the #brand. Look at how quickly the university severed ties with Torrance Gibson, Jim Tressel, E. Gordon Gee, etc.
Which means Wilson cleared serious vetting by OSU trustees. If they were satisfied, so am I. But I would probably have different thoughts if Michigan hired a coach followed by these allegations. Such is sports.
But I don't think any of that stuff will fly at Ohio State, which operates under a much bigger microscope than the 18th-century magnifying glass hanging over Indiana's program.
I do know this, though. If he resurrects the local team's offense, only like five fans would still object if it turned out he stabbed an injured player in Bloomington.
Too many interceptions. None of those other fancy numbers matter.
For everything that these guys achieved from 2014-16, it's sad that this will be the lasting memory of most of them.
My lasting memory will be of them defeating TTUN three years in a row.
Always remember our yearly goals:
1. Beat TTUN
2. Win the B1G East
3. Beat TTUN
4. Win the B1G Championship
5. Beat TTUN
6. Make the playoffs
7. Beat TTUN
8. Win the National Championship
9 Beat TTUN
!0. And oh, yeah..... beat TTUN!
Personally, I think it's a sign of the times. You're right in that we are recruiting at a level now that lends itself to extremely gifted, well coached (and hard working) players leaving early. But I also think that the money in the NFL now has reached a stupid level - it's literally generational money that can change a family's life for decades. Add in players being more aware of concussions & other injuries and you will see many more players continue to leave early.
Let's get this straight - we need a DeNiro gif to break us out of our "safe spaces"? This is a great community here at 11W. And I don't know you from Adam, but that's a dick comment.
He better go as a tight end, because my honest (soccer player here) analysis is that he's not fast enough to play WR in the NFL. Best of luck & I wish him great success.
It ain't decaf today!
Jim Tressel dancing? Now I've seen everything!
He looks kinda skinny. I'll bet if Urban had really wanted him we would have gotten him.
Yeah, he was ok.....
Not really. We have hit the off season, so everything is fair game. AND, every article that draws eyeballs & clicks makes money for 11W, and helps keep the best site on the net open & rolling. It's obvious you've never worked for that slave driver Jason!
It's even worse when Jason's out of town & let's DJ run the show. DJ just delegates it to his cats.
Thank you. It helps to know I'm not alone!!!
@UrbanBuck - I've suspected all along that the three headed monster of Beck, Warinner, & Meyers was ALL part of the problem.
Did anyone else have the 5 second senior moment that I did? When I read the headline, I transposed Drayton for Alford and thought that Herman had hired Alford away from OSU. Lololol. Will someone else please confess to the same problem? Senility loves company!
I'll probably have to do a smidgen of both. I'm kinda shallow sometimes. Just saying, my friend.
This^^^^^ times a thousand!
I look forward to film study this week to continue the post-mortem examination.
Kinda like looking forward to that 2nd root canal on the same tooth because the 1st didn't finish alleviate all the pain.
Well played, well played indeed.