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Comment 29 Apr 2017

NW did the smart thing (no surprise there) although I honestly don't think Fitz has any plan to go anywhere else, and I'm not sure any big name school would be terribly interested in him.  Not a knock on him, I just think he's perfectly suited to his alma mater.

Collins, on the other hand is not going to be there long term.  He led NW to the best season in their history and if he gets them back to the tournament at all in the next 2 or 3 years he will certainly jump at any P5 job that offers.

Comment 28 Apr 2017

After rehashing over the OOC portion yesterday, I took a look at the B1G part of the schedule.  It looks like they have set it up so that only 1 of the divisional crossovers is a home/home (and it looks like it's a 4 year home/home) and the other 2 games are just a single year.  That seems like an odd way to do scheduling.

17 = Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois

18 = Nebraska, Minnesota, Purdue

19 = Nebraska, NW, Wisky

Comment 28 Apr 2017

The future schedule news wasn't really much to get worked up over.  TCU wasn't really my idea of a "primetime P5" opponent, but they technically did fit the bill.  I am perfectly fine with a neutral site game in Jerryworld - I would imagine it's much larger than TCU's home field is.  I don't like that they canceled the home game and filled it with Miami (MAC version).  However I suspect one of those 3 games that year will fall by the wayside when another P5 series is announced, or when we do another neutral site game.  Washington is an OK add, we play them pretty much every decade or so, but BC is a head scratcher, in fact a BC game from ca.1990 is the reason why OSU installed a policy to not play any away games in a stadium of less than 50k since we lost money making that trip.  Plus, you know they suck real bad, so just... why?

Comment 25 Apr 2017

Interesting list. I think everyone acknowledges that OSU and Alabama are clearly the best 2 jobs out there right now.  Then there is a significant gap.

I understand your positioning of Texas and don't really have a problem with it. I think USC, Miami, and ND are too high on your list.  They are only there because of history.  Right not none of those programs is anywhere near elite.  USC has zero fan support unless they are winning the PAC.  Miami has zero fan support, probably even when they are winning now.  ND isn't in a conference and has become less relevant than some mid majors (i.e. Boise, TCU - which worked their way into a P5 league). 

Stanford probably doesn't belong on this list.  When Shaw leaves there won't be a long list of top guys looking at that job.  Ditto, VaTech - they have really only "come of age" due to Frank Beamer, and they didn't draw a big name when he left.

Oklahoma is too low, that is a top 10 job for sure.  I also think Washington should be on the list over others like Stanford/VaTech

Comment 24 Apr 2017

I like what McGuff has done with the schedule.  It would be great to kick off the season with a win or 2 vs top echelon teams.  And I'm not gonna lie, it would be nice to beat Tara Vanderveer in that opener.  Even though I hold no ill will toward her, I can't help but imagine what our program would be had the AD at the time (I think it was Rick Bay) never let her get away.

Comment 22 Apr 2017

Saban is an old man who has forgotten his own statements about that Sugar Bowl game 2 years ago. "Even when we were up 21-6 I didn't like the feel of the game because those points all came from OSU's mistakes".

The fact of the matter is that OSU dominated that game from start to finish, Alabama didn't "lose it late" they were never in the game after halftime.  As great as that playoff run was, OSU made a ton of mistakes in BOTH games and yet still won both in dominating fashion.  It kind of boggles the mind when I think back on it.  The many miscues vs Alabama, and losing the turnover battle 4-0 vs Oregon and still winning by 3 scores. Unbelievable.

Comment 21 Apr 2017

Tempo is great, if you also have the discipline and ability to slow down when you need to.  For example when you have a 17 point lead with 9 minutes to go in a game - it's time to start bleeding the clock with a power running game.  If the other team knows you can't do that they actually are in a decent position because they can bring the heat and force mistakes.  I love points and scoring and fast pace as much as anyone, but I can also appreciate that game clinching, 75+ yard drive that chews up 8+ minutes of clock and ends with my team taking a knee in the opponent's red zone ending the game.

Comment 21 Apr 2017

He's actually very good at what he does, it just isn't always above board.  I've encountered him once before, in the courtroom.  I was seated on a jury where he was the defense attorney - and this was over 20 years ago, shortly before he was disciplined for having an affair with a judge (she was disciplined as well).  He personified the stereotype of the defense attorney.  He was slick and had great memorization skills, during the pre-trial jury questioning process he direct eye contact with the person he was questioning, knew their name and details form the jury form, without ever looking at a single piece of paper.  His attitude and mannerisms bothered me, so I didn't like him, but some of the jurors were impressed by that.  I was the youngest person on that jury (probably by 20+ years) and I remember telling them that this wasn't about who had the slickest lawyer, it was about listening to the testimony and determining what the truth was.  After 1 day of testimony his client took a deal and got locked up.

Comment 19 Apr 2017

Years move so fast now they are just arbitrary numbers :)

I had an uncanny feeling about that team all season, especially once we got on the big winning streak.  Generally I am not the optimistic one in the crowd, but for some reason I was the only one of the 4 of us who went there together who was still convinced we would win that Xavier game even after Odeon had to foul that guy (his 5th) after a missed shot when we were down 3.  I knew if we got to OT we would run away with it because they could not handle our speed, and with Odeon not playing we went FAST and knocked them out in the first minute or 2 of OT.

I also went to Atlanta for the F4 that year and calculated that I saw something at least parts of like 33% of all tournament games that year.  What a wild ride!  

Comment 19 Apr 2017

The games here usually are Friday/Sunday games.  If 2007 when we went to the F4, I did the same thing you did.  Drove to Lexington on Thursday for the OSU game (and other games in that regional), drove back that night, spent from 11 am to 1 am at Nationwide arena Friday.  Drove to Lexington Saturday, back that night, back in Nationwide Sunday. I was just about dead by Sunday night but as a hoops junkie I was in heaven.

Comment 19 Apr 2017

That has bugged me too.  OSU does not need to be the host institution anymore.  The first couple times it made sense - we are the big boy in town and needed to put that weight behind the bid, but Columbus is now a proven tourney destination that will ALWAYS be in the rotation. It is time for the MAC or B1G to step in and host so that OSU can play in these games.  Can you imagine the home court advantage of playing an Elite 8 game there? It would be awesome.

Comment 19 Apr 2017

I thought we were going to go after a Regional in 2019, so this announcement was a bit of a disappointment to me.  Nationwide Arena has been one of the best sites for tournament play - almost every session we have had has been sold out, and well attended.  We are absolutely going to have a Regional here, it is probably just a matter of time to work into the rotation.

Nationwide Arena would also be a great Final Four site.  It is utterly ridiculous that they have moved these games to football stadiums, the atmosphere is terrible - these belong in 25-30k arenas, which is exactly what Nationwide is.

And while we are at it, let's get someone other than OSU to be the host institution (hello MAC or B1G) so that OSU can play there when the games are held here.

Comment 05 Apr 2017

Regarding the donations - frist of all I am VERY satisfied in my $0 donation to the university, which is what I will continue doing as long as Drake is employed there.

Second - the first age bracket is 22-44, so I would guess most of the 50k+ donors in that bracket fall into 1 of 2 categories, those close to 44, or those of those close to 22 who are in the NFL, NBA, MLB.

Comment 03 Apr 2017

I don't think I could ever have over-saturation with CFB.  I love MACtion on Tuesdays, FunBelt Wednesdays, Thursday night games for the ACC and Mountain West or whoever, Friday night PAC 12.  And Saturday for the big boys.  CBB games are on every night of the week and that has never seemed excessive to me.  Now, of course I do not want OSU playing a football game any day other than Saturday (obvious exception for Bowl Games), but I love that in the fall I can flip the TV on most any evening and see some kind of CFB game, which I might watch part of even all of it if it is a good game.

Comment 03 Apr 2017

That team was so fun to watch.  Even that title game vs Florida we looked like the better team, Oden was totally dominant inside, we outscored them 48-20 in the paint.  The only thing that kept us from winning that game was they got ridiculously hot form 3 and we were stone cold.  Had we just come within 10% of our season average we would have won that game.

And Thad looks about 30 years younger then than he does now. 

Comment 03 Apr 2017

OSU was never going to be involved in that.  I don't give a rat's ass what Gene Smith may have said, there was 0% chance OSU was ever going to host a Friday game and probably less than 5% chance we would ever participate in one on the road.

Comment 29 Mar 2017

Pretty much every "all time ranking" has OSU solidly in top 15 territory, so this isn't really any kind of surprise.  I was a little surprised to see Illinois ahead of us considering they have never won a title, only been the title game 1 time and have only a few Final Fours.  Then again, this is the AP, which is the king of the regular season only.

Comment 29 Mar 2017

I've seen and been frustrated by a lot of old man basketball.  My 5'6" dad who was born in the '30s had perfected the 2 handed set shot, and could make them literally anywhere inside the half court line (sometimes even beyond it).  The only time he ever left his feet for a shot was a layup (or bunny shot as he called them) or a FT (although he did shoot these overhand).  He was a youth coach for a long time and every year he'd have the dads come and play a fathers vs sons game.  He would let the dads play 6 or 7 guys (vs 5 kids) because of course they didn't do any running. 

And regarding that memorabilia hoarder, I have just never understood that.  I mean I have some OSU stuff, but if I piled it all up, it would easily fit on the seat of a chair.  That picture alone makes me start to hyperventilate; I think there is more stuff in that one picture than is in my entire house.

Comment 27 Mar 2017

Most of the programs that have sustained success are more run oriented, although the percentage differences have narrowed over the years.  The traditional powers in the B1G and the SEC, and even USC out in the PAC have built their success on being able to grind you down, while also building up a passing game that hits you when you either don't expect it, or are too winded to cover the entire field.  Teams that are pass happy but unable to rush the ball to get game sealing first downs late in tight games have trouble sustaining success.  For example, Baylor and Oregon are 2 of the new "flashy" style programs that focus so much on passing and trying to get as many plays as they can they are unable to win the big games when matched up with one of the old guard elites.  

I love to passing game as much as anyone, and I'd love to see OSU score 50 points a game, but I also like knowing that we can gut out a 17-16 win with our run game in a place like East Lansing when it's snowing like hell and the wind is 25 miles an hour and swirling. 

Comment 27 Mar 2017

Yep, this happens everywhere in CFB, so on the surface it's a non-story to me.  What IS a story though, is why UConn is just now "investigating" it.  Why wasn't the hire scrutinized at the time if it was contrary to their policies?  Sounds to me like the school either  1) has very little control over their coaches, 2) doesn't educate their coaches as to their policies very well, or 3) someone on the academic side just wants to make a stink.

Comment 26 Mar 2017

Almost all non-profits ride a thin line, it's really hard to project exactly how much revenue you will get in a given year, so in years when you have excess you have to distribute the excess somehow.  I have looked at the NCAA's finances in the past, and here is a link to their most recent report, which goes through 2015


Comment 26 Mar 2017

Congratulations to the Syncro team!  I have seen this sport up close in person, and it is most definitely a sport.  You can't do this unless you are in peak physical condition, and talk about teamwork - even the slightest miss directly costs your team.  Unlike basketball where a teammate may grab that rebound you missed, or football where a running back can sidestep the guy you didn't block, if you miss something there's an immediate deduction from the team score.