3 DVs? Who are these people? You said nothing but positive things about a good kid. Shame on them.
The beauty of Urban's spread attack on offense is that it can adjust to pretty much anything. JT Barrett, Curtis Samuel, Mike Weber, Noah Brown ... pick your poison.
As far as our defense goes, I think Schiano has added some significant wrinkles. We still play a base cover-4 offense, but we're mixing it up with Cover-3, Cover-1 and more blitzes. The defense also looks to be more bold and aggressive, taking chances.
Earle had gotten to the point where fans were wearing garb with "9-3"written on it, because it was true.
It's brutal, but the expectations at TOSU are high. A team like Northwestern might enjoy consistent 9-3 seasons, but not us.
It could be the Purdue administration. There's a saying in Russian "A fish rots from the head down".
For instance, Urban has specific clauses in his contract for private jets / access to recruits. It works and profits for us, but I don't know that Purdue is ready to pay and play yet.
As I remember, the three tenants of Urban's philosophy are:
-- Play great defense
-- Score in the red zone
-- Win the field position on special teams.
That's messed up. Most OSU grads and students would not behave like this. I hate it when people "represent" us in a bad way. Good luck to Danny wherever he goes.
Come to the land of linebacker development, young man.
There's also an aspect in the Rugby style tackling that they always try to double up after the first contact. This negates the need to have a "big hit" by one player. Just have two players hit from different directions.
It's just very difficult for West Coast teams outside of USC to recruit the caliber of talent you see at TOSU or Bama, given the distance to recruiting. Washington is having some success this year, but they've been largely dormant for over 20 years -- and their last NC win was with an Ohio coach :)
My take on it is different.Urban has taken pretty much every quarterback and made them a run threat. It's not like Danny can't run for 4 yards.
Also the difference between JT and Cardale to me was more about decision-making. JT doesn't have Braxton's moves or Cardale's ars, but he consistently distributes the ball, especially in the red zone, where Cardale was struggling.
I agree about continuity being ideal, but I think Purdue needs shock treatment at this point.
There are plenty of assistant coaches or head coaches who would chomp at the bit to head a B1G program. Think of Urban when he was at BGSU. Or Tom Herman jumping at the Houston job. Both coaches had immediate success in their first year, even though the talent (relatively) wasn't there.
Purdue also had some of its best years under Joe Tiller, who innovated in spread passing schemes and had Drew Brees to run them.
Agreed. Unless ND joins a conference, they will probably go the way of the Dodo. As it stands now, they would have to be undefeated and clearly dominant to make the playoffs over 5 conference champions. And they are clearly not at that level.
I would agree with your list apart from Oregon. I live in Seattle. Oregon's fanbase is small, they can't recruit the big physical fast guys, and they only really had their heyday under Chip Kelly. They are also 0-9 all time vs. TOSU.
I went through all of that myself. Indeed ugly times, but all of the firings were warranted. Woody punched an opposing player. Cooper couldn't win the big games and he lost control of the team at the end. Tressel knowingly signed falsely on an NCAA document.
The expectations of conduct and performance at TOSU are sky-high, as they should be. I think Urban understands this completely.
I'm really puzzled by what happened here. Clark is at least as capable as a runner as Cardale, who won a NC.Was it just a numbers / depth issue?
I understand the lure of money and being a HC at a Power 5 conference school. However, if Ash had, for example, taken a MAC job and killed it, he would have his pick of Power 5 jobs. Having 4 or more losses at Rutgers is not good for the résumé.
It's you're life decision, but keep the Buckeyes in your mind, young sir. Good luck to you.
Chris Ash was classy, but it's still a head-scratcher to me that he jumped to Rutgers for his first HC job. You're not going to beat out TOSU, MSU and UM in your division unless you're really, really good.
By contrast, Urban worked his way up as a HC over 11 years to get a B1G job. You have to have a good record somewhere before you have the clout to recruit well. If Rutgers keeps getting pasted by the big boys of the B1G east, he won't get there.
This a makes a lot of sense. He had great success as a DC at LSU.
To be fair, it's not Urban's job to respond to every last wahoo that speculates about him. I'm sure he'll respond in time, as he has done about the NFL speculation.
"I mean, who wouldn't love Ohio State?"
Wise kid this Burney is.
I don't see that happening. Urban would only move one state over and he would lose credibility with Ohio recruits.
Even though ND has national TV exposure, they've only been able to attract second-rate talent. TOSU has the same level of media attention and a much broader, deeper recruiting base, as well as a bigger pocketbook.
Add to that the fact that ND football isn't in a conference. Their chances of making the playoffs over a conference champion are slim.
Yes, he is Catholic.
Yeah, it's a bit of an enigma. TBDBITL is playing less at home, but they're being featured in Apple commercials, ruling YouTube and traveling to London to play. I agree with you that the university understands TBDBITL is one of their biggest brand items. It's still sad to have them replaced by recordings during game time.
We'll be OK. Rutgers will play us harder than a lot of people expect, but we'll get through it.
But darn, JT always looks completely intense. Heaven help the competition.