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Comment 27 May 2015

While it would be fun to watch some of those "final four rerun" games in the following season, it really isn't logistically possible in football like it is in basketball.  Plus if one team lost a lot of players the game could be a dud - I am generally of the opinion that it is best not to try to recreate history - just let it lie.

However - my #1 rules change would be this - No more FCS/1-AA teams on the schedule, period. End of story, end of discussion. 

#2 - only 1 OOC game can be against a mid major - all the remaining ones MUST be against P5 teams.  There are enough Kansas, Wake Forest, and Wazzu teams to fill the docket.

Comment 27 May 2015

The National Championship game has to be ranked #1 in importance.  Yes beating Alabama was nice and all, but NOTHING trumps a National Title game.  Nothing. At. All. Ever.  It is the sole purpose why the games are played.  

I don't think the Va Tech game was important at all now.  At the time it sure seemed so, but it had no bearing on the result of the season, so it was just like any other game, and actually less important since it was not a B1G game. The game that I would put in its place, the one that to me is glaringly missing from this list, is the 2012 game at MSU.  We had played pretty lethargically the couple of games leading up to this one, but those were home games vs inferior competition that we were never in any real danger of losing.  This was different - the team was in a fight for their lives, on the road in the B1G opener.  Pulled out a dramatic 1 point win and a new "second-tier rivalry" was born.

Comment 22 May 2015

The biggest mistake OSU ever made was building the Schott.  If they had taken half the $100MM they spent on that building and used it to spruce up SJA, we wouldn't have this problem.  The Schott is too sterile, WAY too comfortable, and has noise sucking acoustics.  SJA was all wood and metal and that reverberated the noise throughout.  SJA used to be one of the toughest environments in the country to play, but even when the Schott is rocking it isn't as loud. 

But we aren't moving back so...  yes the OOC schedule is a problem, but last year there were thousands of empty seats for the B1G games too. It's more than the schedule, I think it's that we've reached the tipping point for attendance (and we are getting close on football - adding those 2500 seats last year will prove to have been a mistake soon).  In reality you can stay home and watch on your big screen without having to fight traffic, parking, weather, etc. So 15k is probably the limit, not the 20k they planned for when they built it.

Comment 20 May 2015

The reason why we don't participate in preseason trips in far flung locations has nothing to do with Matta not wanting to travel.  Every 3 years he takes the team on an international summer trip (maximum allowed by NCAA regs).  They have been to Europe, Canada, and the Caribbean.  The reason why he doesn't do them is that he can get the same "4 counts as 1" by playing at least 3 of those at home.  Remember the set up we had with Florida a few years ago?  He does a similar one with another big name school for 2 years.  Each of us play the other 3 schools at home, and then the marquee game of the "classic" is a home/home between OSU and the other big name program.  Granted you typically don't get 2 marquee games like you might in a Maui, etc. but sometimes you never know.  Remember a couple years ago Notre Dame was walloped at home by North Dakota State in one of these deals.  Casual fans just assumed NDSU was going to be like every other small team patsy, but they have actually had a few decent teams since making the move to D1.

Comment 20 May 2015

I like the "real world" experience that OSU Athletes are getting... and spending 8 hours in that Chase building is better than a "scared straight" program!  1 day inside that hell hole and they are certain to focus on their game to make sure they don't end up working there!!!  :)

Disclaimer - I worked inside that building for almost 15 years, and while I am sure there are worse places, I haven't found one yet!

Comment 19 May 2015

I agree with Buck95's comment above that removing the shot clock entirely is probably the best solution to speed up the game, but reducing it to 30 is a start.  Here is the rest of my "king for a day" rule changes that I want to see:

For the love of Dr Naismith, please bring back the jump ball and get rid of that damn arrow!!!

Change the backcourt violation to 8 seconds instead of 10.  

I hate the stupid circle under the basket, just make the entire lane a "no charge zone"

Decrease the TV timeouts - have one at under 12 and one at under 4. And no more of this "first called time out of the second half becomes a full time out" bullshit.

Comment 19 May 2015

I tend to agree with you on elimination of the shot clock.  I think so many coaches now have been conditioned to use the clock, whereas without a shot clock more coaches would be inclined to actually draw up offenses that were designed to score more quickly.  I absolutely detest seeing a team swing the ball around the perimeter with no penetrating motion towards the basket.   If we removed the shot clock the dinosaurs like Bo Ryan would eventually be phased out because nobody really wants to watch that crap.

Comment 19 May 2015

This was tried a few years back in one of the early season tournaments and it didn't turn out so well.  Teams kept fouling, and some of the fouls got more brutal as teams got desperate to get the ball back.  What I'd prefer to see is the actually call intentional fouls which is 2 shots PLUS the ball back.  That would curb it more IMO

Comment 16 May 2015

I think Matta knows he has a pretty strong team next year.  He isn't new at this any more and he knows that a young team can be force to be reckoned with.  I like they he started a series with UConn and agreed to be part of the 4 team deal with Kentucky, UNC and UCLA.  Hopefully they renew that 4 team thing or hook up with some others after next year.  I expect we will see another home/home with a big name program, and ideally we'd have a couple of those per year along with the 4 team "classic"

Comment 16 May 2015

Regarding the band director job, yes people applied, but both of their finalists removed their name from consideration, meaning this job has been black balled. And rightly so with the way Waters was ousted.  The university just needs to admit their mistake, give him that job back, and move on.  This whole ordeal has been an embarrassing waste of time and money for no reason whatsoever. 

Comment 16 May 2015

I agree with you on this, and I think it was  a mistake to add the extra seats.  They really weren't needed and we have hit the tipping point of saturation as far as attendance goes.  It would not surprise me to see a few games each year fall short of capacity as time moves on.  I have stopped even bothering to participate in the alumni lottery because the cost of the tickets is outrageous, and if I get stuck with some crappy team I sure as hell don't want to pay all that money for a game like that.

Comment 15 May 2015

For me, Jae'Sean was the brightest spot of the season.  I knew Russell would be an all world one and done guy, and he certainly didn't disappoint us, but I had no idea what to expect from Tate.  He was awesome, and definitely played bigger than his body.  His hustle and nose for the ball remind me a lot of Lighty and (going back a while) Chris Jent.  He is willing to fling himself through space, people, or on the floor to get the ball and some of his rebounds were just unbelievable.  IMO he is the heart and soul of the program right now, and from what I have seen I expect he will continue to work on his game and improve in every aspect by the time the season starts.

Comment 15 May 2015

I was about 10 rows up in the end zone between the L and the I in California - see me? I am wearing scarlet :).  That was such an awesome experience.  Their fans had no idea what they were in for.  A couple behind us were long time ticket holders and said this was the largest invasion they had ever witnessed. I bet the 10k or so Cal fans who actually did show up still have O-H-I-O ringing in their ears!

Comment 14 May 2015

Both Okafor and Russell can take over ball games, but do it very differently.  Okafor is a beast down low, but Russell can make people look silly trying to guard him, and those passes... wow were those something special.  

Comment 14 May 2015

That explosion he had in the 3Q/4Q against Indiana was so fun to watch.  Especially because of what had happened the 2 games prior to that.  It's funny but I kind of had the feeling he was going to return that punt for a TD before Indiana even snapped the ball on 1st down that series.  I knew with them backed up there was no way they were going to be able to move the ball and figured they'd have to punt from deep in the end zone.

Comment 11 May 2015

imo the people who complain about this kind of thing fall into 1 of 2 camps - 1) either they lead boring lives with no fun and can't imagine how anyone else wouldn't want to live the same way or 2) they have bought into the ncaa propaganda machine that they now believe every non-sport or academic related activity is some kind of violation, and then think that ncaa violations are some kind of crime.  

Comment 06 May 2015

I don't think they necessarily have to play their A+++ games for the final 5.  There is still a mess up north and Savior Jimmy won't be able to get things going.  Yes it's a rivalry and yes we need to play well, but we can have some slip ups and still get it done.  The B1G title game will not be our toughest game - who is coming out of there?  Nebraska?  Iowa(lol)? Minny?  I don't see Wisky making it. That side of the card looks weaker.

Keep in mind that we though after the B1GCG that we would have to play A LOT better to beat Alabama and Oregon/FSU - well we didn't play that well against Bama and still won.  And 4 TOs against Oregon and blew them out.  I am not too worried about needing to be "top game form" after seeing how 2014 went.

Comment 06 May 2015

I think this is my all time favorite commercial that the BTN has aired.  The JoePa "come to Penn State!!!" was tops before but took a slight step down when this one came out.

Comment 06 May 2015

I think Thad take the "enjoy it while I can" stance, and that is exactly what I have been doing.  He understood more than anyone the impact that 1 and done was going to have on college basketball when it started - I remember his comment on the Thad 5 class, specifically Oden - If he is going to play one year I want him to play for me, not against me.  He has done a great job integrating 1 year players in with 4 year guys without cheapening the program, like Calipari has been doing in Lexington.  Thad will win a title (or multiple) at OSU and it will happen very soon. 

Comment 24 Apr 2015

I am looking forward to next year's basketball season.  I really think the senior class this year just was dead weight.  I have faith that Marc Loving will come back better than ever - he was really playing well before that suspension.  Think about how much Tate improved from the early season to the end, he works so hard you know he will get even better over the summer.  KBD showed flashes of brilliance and now playing time is there for him to take.  Kam also showed a knack for being able to knock down big shots too so I think Thad has a pretty good, but young, nucleus to work with.  I don't follow recruiting but have heard here and on other blogs that he has a strong class coming in - and he always seems to do that.