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Columbus (via Columbus)

Member since 05 October 2010 | Blog


  • SPORTS MOMENT: Krenzels 1st victory against Michigan, National Championship 2002, or ET's "The Shot" vs Michigan
  • NFL TEAM: Browns
  • NBA TEAM: Evan Turner

Recent Activity

Comment 25 Nov 2015

there was a time where Thad brought in this kind of freshman (the one and done kind). 

Agreed, Thad used to bring in this kind of talent -- 06-07 being the pinnacle class, but that also took advantage of a down UK and IU. Sullinger also came specifically because of his Buckeye roots. I'd throw DeShaun and Russel in the same boat of being heavily recruited, but for whatever reason not in the same caliber as the top 5-10 in the country (I believe Russel was 13th). I'm not even going to through Laquinton on here because he never seemed to have 1 & done type talent, and would have benefited by staying at least another year, if not two. 

Dropping 2 to supposed "cupcakes" is never a good look, but I don't think we can play the "we should be good at basketball because we should be" card. If you look historically at this program, Thad has made everyone forget about Randy Ayers, and the Bill O'Brian eras. Correct me if I'm wrong but other than the 2006-07 season, and the year with Lucas and Havlicek Ohio State has been a relatively upper-middle team, that produced 1-2 good players every few years (Jackson, Turner, Williams, Penn, Redd, Dials), and most are the product of maturity rather than fresh talent. 

1. I think the Les Miles - Thad Matta comparison is fair, but I would also caution to be careful what you wish for. We can pay our coaches a lot of money, but so could Michigan football for the better part of a decade and we all know how that turned out. 

2. Everyone needs to get it through their head that we're not Duke, or UK. The best comparison is Michigan State, except I would argue we are essentially the reciprocal of MSU (a basketball school with a good football program vs a football school with a good basketball program). 

3. With that in mind, think about all the great MSU basketball teams in the recent past and what they had: Payne-3 year starter, Green - 4 year player, Valentine - 4 year player, couple that with kids like Gary Harris.

I guess my point is, it's easy to write off this team and rightfully so, but there has been little-to-know consistency within this program since Sullinger left. A lot of that blame can be with the coaches, but I don't think it can be stressed enough how much last years senior class hurt this program. 

Comment 24 Nov 2015

Can someone clarify this timeline for me:

Herman hired as HC of Houston --> Warriner promoted to OC --> Urban goes after guys he wants and doesn't get them --> Warriner and Beck have worked together before--> Urban hires Beck as QB coach (seemingly not looking at Nebraska's QB history the past decade?) --> Warriner can't call plays so Urban "promotes" Beck to play calling duties --> Beck has job above pay grade?

Comment 01 Sep 2015

Just a thought, but I wouldn't be surprised if the reason JT was named captain was because Cardale was starting. Similar to the Guiton/Miller situation. Would give JT some extra validation that he's important to the team regardless of who's #1, and that the keys are his in 2016. Could be way off, but it definitely got me thinking. 

Comment 10 Dec 2014

A bound book of Ramzy's recipes/situationals would make a great Christmas gift for a lot of people...looking at you dry goods.

Comment 10 Dec 2014

Wait wait wait. So his gf got mad at him, threatened to not leave after he asked her to, started hitting him, so he pinned her against a wall and took her phone? J.T.'s parents have a military background, and clearly raised him right. We've all seen his stand-up demeanor. I agree no one should jump to conclusions, but I cannot believe this could be anything but an issue of a good guy not knowing what to do in an insane situation.

Comment 20 Nov 2014

Well now don't I feel silly...

Comment 20 Nov 2014

Those are two pretty different circumstances. Spence failed two drug tests, and, if this rumor is true,  he would have seemingly done everything correctly, including a possible appeals process. He would return to a D line that doesn't have a lot of depth and would add an immediate impact if he is actually in football shape and if this rumor is true (which no one is reporting on). Miller went down with a season ending injury, and his backup proved to be a Heisman contending quarterback. Miller didn't do anything wrong, Barrett just did everything right. It'd be a different situation if Spence was coming back to a line that wasn't waning in depth.