Some credit should go to Urban though. He's pushed hard to create a culture where students feel a part of the program, and they've responded.
I'm not buying it. It's 2014 - every coach in the country knows to look for concussion symptoms now. This is pretty basic even at the youth level.
They knew it, and left him in there anyway.
What no one remembers - Akron won that game by two touchdowns, and Leftwich always had ankle problems after that.
I just think that in 2014 - when football is being fundamentally changed because of concussions - that a star player being forced to play when that injury is so obvious would be a big story.
Hoke does seem like a nice guy, but he's out of his depth. They should just make the change now, but F them anyway.
Not sure what Kirk is talking about, since ESPN makes a big story out of nothing all the time.
I'd argue that it would be an even bigger story though. What if Winston were wobbling around while playing? Or Mariota? A Heisman candidate that can't walk straight but is left in the game would be a huge story.
One big concern still lingers - how is the secondary still that bad?
Overall, I thought Kiel was an ok QB, but certainly not great. Those long plays seemed more a result of bad positioning and angles on the secondary than a bunch of tremendous throws.
Stefon Diggs has to be licking his chops, though it may not matter if the O puts up 700 yards again. Which they may.
Not trying to argue, but they were a great band before Waters and they'll still be a great band after Waters. Also, it's not like all of the design work was done by one person.
To draw the parallel again, he and Tressel were great at their jobs - but they didn't do them alone, and they aren't coming back.
He has every right to sue, but it will be nice when this story goes away. Luckily the giant bag of suck north of us keeps stealing all the headlines.
I agree. I just know I was glad the day someone explained to me how betting lines truly work. I don't gamble, but people put so much stock into those lines. When a big game is really close to that line, some people swear a conspiracy.
As bad as we got drug through the mud for the Tressel "scandal", I'd go through it all over again rather than trade places with Michigan right now.
It's become a cliche, but they really are a joke.
I say OSU wins, but you can make the same argument the other way.
"They've only beat Navy and Kent Sate, annually one of the worst programs in the MAC. VT's only two wins are Ohio State and William & Mary, and they won by two touchdowns on the road, at night, in front of the largest crowd in Ohio State history."
It's like Tressel - you can argue all day about whether or not it was fair, but in the end the football team and marching band move on, and are still among the best in the nation. I haven't noticed a drop-off in band performance this year.
Oddsmakers don't try to predict the outcome of the game when setting point spreads. If a team is favored by seven points, that doesn't mean that the oddsmaker necessarily thinks it will win by seven points. The oddsmaker's goal when setting the line is to keep an equal number of bets on both sides of the game. The betting public's perception of the game can be as important as the actual comparison of the two teams.
Is there a certainty these numbers are actually high? Anytime I go through old recruiting classes, I'm surprised by the number of kids who didn't pan out.
A new coach will bump the number a little higher, but this doesn't seem that unusual.
So it took one of the biggest scumbag players in recent history to finally dethrone the SEC? Seems about right.
Sports have become very depressing.
People come to 11W for bouncing gifs? Are they not aware of theChive? Come on people, learn how to internet.
That's putting words in my mouth. I'm from Ohio and there were kids on my football team that used steroids. So yes, I'm aware that it happens here.
My point is that perhaps it's more accepted in other places. HS and college football in the South are practically religion. Why wouldn't they have a higher usage rate?
I guess you don't understand what per capita means?
I'd doubt spring practice would make that much of a difference.
Nice link. On the per capita chart, the top 6 states are all in the south. So, are there truly more athletes in those areas, or are they more open to things like PEDs? I hate to be skeptical, but over the past few decades almost every outlier in sports was the result of PED use.
I believe Drew Stanton was there a year earlier too. I guess you can't really count Foles, but this still may represent more NFL success at the QB position than our entire history.
Interesting tweet from Tom Dienhart:
Not sure when MSU became the NFL QB factory, but it explains a lot of their success.
For those saying Notre Dame - they never won a BCS bowl, and have little to show for the past 20 years. We don't need more fans, we need wins.
I think I'd be more in favor of moving some SEC teams to the B1G 12 to balance things out. Also, why not have at least as many playoff berths as major conferences. Why leave one conference champ out?
Setting up a not very funny joke with inaccurate facts - if I wanted that I'd watch the Big Bang Theory.
No offense, but I doubt you could ever remove evidence of mankind. Think about dinosaur bones, then think about an installation like Fort Knox.
That poll is why I have the basic sports package, and still call and complain about the ESPN channels I do have to pay for.
Not that I'm completely sold on Oregon, but 7th? Meanwhile, TA&M at 2? Looks like they hate the Pac-12 network as much as BTN.
Correct, Alabama and Mississippi are not exactly exploding. Both outpace Ohio, Pennsylvania and Michigan though.