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Comment 28 Aug 2016

UM had some good teams under Lloyd Carr, but he could only beat Tressel once.

But it's a case of "careful what you wish for". UM was so desperate to beat us that they hired Rodriguez and the wheels fell off the bus. It took 7 years for UM to be relevant again. They could have left Carr in place and upgraded their assistants and recruiting to maintain continuity.

Comment 28 Aug 2016

I agree with you, though the situations were a bit different. 

We had star, starting players breaking rules. Some punishment was due. There were the suspensions -- Heck, even the NFL suspended Terelle Pryor. But tattoos have nothing to do with play on the field. The record should be reinstated.

As far as PSU goes, it was the coaches and administration. The players didn't do the crime. Punishing the team with roster limits doesn't make a whole lot of sense. All the coaches and administrators  in question are either dead, prosecuted or fired.

All in all I don't think punishing an entire program with sanctions is sensible, unless there is something egregious within the culture of the program (e.g. Baylor). If it's just a handful of people, hold them accountable. Punishing a program essentially amounts to game-fixing: We'll cripple your program so you can't compete.

Luckily Ohio State got Urban Frank Meyer and we've given the middle finger to the NCAA ever since.

Comment 27 Aug 2016

Just saying that talented players might not make it in the NFL for a number of reasons. Freak injuries, crappy teams, incompetent coaches, coaching staff changes, the salary cap etc. Take Troy Smith for example. He had the skills and arm for the NFL, but one thing led to another and he was out.

I think it's fairer to judge a college by how a specific college unit has performed in history. After all, we are measuring a "U", not the NFL. If it is all about NFL longevity, it should just be called "NFL longevity by university".

I know I'm splitting hairs -- I enjoy a good debate -- but I think the criteria could be improved.

Comment 27 Aug 2016

Expectations are the root of misery, and doing the same thing the same way over and over without success is pretty much the definition of insanity.

Hoke recruited well. 0-3 vs. Urban. Harbaugh has recruited well. 42-13 in his first year in Ann Arbor. 

Add to that the fact that Harbaugh has never won a championship as a coach, while Urban has 2 undefeated seasons and 3 NCs.

I don't hate Corso, but ... whatever, media. 

Comment 27 Aug 2016

I don't know that it's fair to judge a school by NFL longevity. It's called the "Not For Long" league for a reason.

Comment 27 Aug 2016

We should be Running Back U as well. Archie, Byars, Pearson, Eddie, Beanie, Zeke ...