He has brought balance to the Force
There is more to being an H back that moves in the open field. Miller could play it, but he would be a novelty like Wilson was last year. There is an art to high pointing the football, an art to making cuts at wide receiver, not revealing what route you are running, etc
Dixon is a medical redshirt, remember. Clark had the broken leg last year. We know nothing about Smith's work ethic, and I think hating any Buckeye for the most part is absurd. These young men put a lot of time and effort into what they do.
They exist, but what people don't mention is that more than likely, players at historical powers at Texas, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma and USC get taken care of also. It may be more competitive down south, but it happens everywhere.
I just think people shouldn't throw stones. As intense as the rivalry is between OSU and Michigan is for example, as passionate as our fan base is, that a booster hasn't gotten involved in some recruitment. I reflect back on how intense the recruitments were of Cris Carter, Robert Smith, Maurice Clarett, Ted Ginn, Prescott Burgess, Charles Woodson, Terrelle Pryor, etc. Not saying anybody on the list I mentioned specifically was dirty, I just find it hard to believe that at least a few of these players were not offered something, whether it be from a rogue OSU or Michigan booster, or a competitor from a school such as USC for example, who recruited Smith and Ginn heavily.
The other thing that I wonder is when OSU wins a recruiting battle for an elite Southern player, such as a Vonn Bell, Raekwon McMillan, or Johnnie Dixon, does this mean they passed up the bagmen because of their character, or possibly that not every elite player is on the take? If OSU had lost these recruiting battles, does that mean they would have been accused of taking cash, or just the fact that OSU being in their final 3 mean they aren't interested in benefits. Or is OSU taking care of them too?
I hate the whole blanket accusations of cheating as you can tell. I do feel that maybe anywhere from 30-70% of elite recruits get something, but guessing which ones are getting it, and who is paying isn't that simple.
The draw is 3 recent national titles, and having a former NFL coach as your college coach. I don't think their success is coming to an end, they will win 10+ games a year as long as Saban is there. That being said, both OSU and Bama have depth at running back, he should go where he feels most comfortable.
Stanley was not good. Dee Miller and Bobby Carpenter are really good IMO.
This article could have waited a week. I hope the team is that overconfident...shades of 2006 OSU and 2002 Miami.
Or the steroid, hGH and GHB use either.
That throw was impressive as any I agree, it was an NFL throw, and the one that made me realize without a doubt he has the strongest arm I have seen from an OSU qb in the 25 or so years I have been watching OSU football.
On the jersey issue, isn't Heuermann wearing #5?
I don't think other schools should be embarrassed. There are sports like men's and women's hockey, and men's and women's lacrosse, wrestling, etc that just would not make sense at schools like Bama and Texas IMO.
I haven't taken an economics class in awhile, but if they had more sports and athletes, their total revenue would not take a hit. It would effect their profit margin, but revenue would not be affected, unless they paid fans to attend games. Even if they charged $1 to attend a women's hockey game, their revenue would increase.
Right, but if TCU and Baylor were named Texas or Oklahoma with the same records, OSU would not be in the playoff. A stronger Big Ten helps.
Agreed. This is America, supply and demand. Harbaugh is making market value. Michigan football will still make a profit.
Harbaugh has coached a game before. It's not like he is some assistant making the leap to a first time HC position.
I don't think anyone claims he is a coaching genius, but coaching genius is not as important as talent and recruiting. I believe people think that recruits will be impressed by his NFL resume, and that he will recruit at an elite level like Nick Saban and Pete Carroll did when they returned to college. Harbaugh also had a very long NFL career as a player, which neither Carroll or Saban can say. It has been said it is more of the Jimmy's and Joe's than X's and O's, and Harbaugh could probably get most of the elite recruits to consider Michigan, definitely more so than Hoke.
Home run hire. Harbaugh has a better NFL resume than Saban and Carroll when they took the LSU and USC jobs.
You can't scheme for one player vs Bama. Part of Cooper's success is based on the fact Bama has an excellent downhill running game with two future NFL backs. Jones is also very explosive also. I think some people are underestimating Alabama's offensive talent.
If Pete Carroll and Nick Saban could create national powers at USC and Bama with average NFL resumes, Harbaugh with a 14 year NFL playing career and a better coaching resume will do well at Michigan. They will be competeting for titles in 3-4 years.
Springs, Winfield, Gamble
Auburn has plenty of weapons. Coates is one of the top 3-4 we in college football, they also have an excellent offensive system.
I thought when on signing day it had a chance to be the best class since 96 (Boston, Wiley, Katzenmoyer etc).
Tressel's first class wasn't that great. His second class was pretty good, although I think '13 was better. '14 has a lot of potential also.
I think you are naive. I would assume most perennial football powers take care of their players, Bama, USC, OSU, ND, Texas etc. Just my opinion.
Stoops and Oklahoma have a pretty good reputation, but I remember their 5 star going qb about 10 years ago and another player were on the payroll at a car dealership for a no show job.
Boosters are very resourceful. They could have multiple players receiving benefits at a football power and the head coach not even know the details.
It would be better to split carries. Why risk the injuries before you get paid?