There are a lack of programs that can sustain success as a Top 25 team, let alone a top 15 team for 3-5 years. Seriously, Ohio State is the only lock for this list. Sparty - there is potential, and they probably have the highest 5 year trajectory of any other team in the conference. But again, can they sustain the success? Nebraska and Wisky have good arguments, but I am not sure if these two are consistently top 15 programs. Pelini is seems to always be getting himself into some sort of trouble, whether its on or off the field. You can make an argument for Penn St, but they have a lot of work to do but they have legitimate upside. Michigan - what is going on up there? They are in bad shape.
Who are the top teams for the next few years? I do not see how this conference is going to make notable improvements throughout and become competitive. Not too many are even close to keeping up with Meyer
Simply put, these programs have almost not shot of sustained success: Purdue, Indiana, Rutgers, Illinois, and Northwestern. Minnesota, Maryland, and Iowa, well the jury is still out their future identities and if they can turn out winning seasons consistently.
It goes beyond just hiring extra staff. It is total budgetary issues at schools. The lack of spending and keeping pace nationally with football programs is horrendous. The attitude of being frugal is the fundamental issue. It is a systemic cultural breakdown of mediocrity and denial of football's evolution from I-formations to a spread game. You need athletes and speed, the B1G just does not have it.
Don't think Urban lied? He already did. Said he was 100% at media days and ready to go. Well, 2 weeks to the opener and we have not seen Braxton fully practice. That narrative was created to deter questions and speculation at the start of camp and to avoid distractions. Look, if he was sore and they hold him out for a few scattered practices, fine. But the team has everything to gain with him running the 1st team offense, this is a major development for the course of the season.
I will concede that the schedule can allow for limited practicing. OSU's season is determined what happens from Oct 18th and on. These 8 games (including B1G game) determine the season I am not too particularly worried about the first five games (Navy, VT, Kent St, Cincy, and Maryland) but any one of those teams (minus Kent St) could give OSU a tougher game than expected. OSU can pace itself with 2 bye weeks before Oct 18th. But this team better be peaking in November. 7 regular season games without a bye week is brutal.
Their two returning leading receivers caught 25 and 18 passes last season. They lost their top RB who scored 12 TDs and still need to replace 4 starters on the OL. Depth and overall talent is a major concern. Hackenburg completed 58% of his passes and he desperately needs to improve that percentage. He is going to need a lot of help from his WRs/TEs to improve that percentage. He has 2 good TEs but those two are not going to win games. Depth, talent, and experience are all issues they must encounter. Can this offense really compete against an OSU or Sparty defense this season and next?
They might win 8 or 9 games this year, but that means going 5-3 or 4-4 in the conference, which might be the best they can do.
And just for the record, PSU needs to improve that SOS; 3 teams from the MAC (Akron, Temple, and UMass) and UCF.
I have concerns with each. Jones needs to control that arm and make good decisions. I thought JT looked better yesterday than he did at Student Appreciation Day. But with that being said, his size is a major concern to me. I noticed how he struggled to see over the OL during last weekend's scrimmage. The footwork seemed to be off at times when he struggled to see downfield, which negatively impacted his throws and velocity. I just felt like his field vision is not there. I stood right next to him last weekend and he was at least 2-3 inches shorter than me and I am barely 6-2. He really has the build of a WR or DB. In all honesty, I would not be surprised if he was 5-11 and 200 pounds. There is no way he is 6-1 and 225, as he is listed on the roster. To put it into perspective, Warren Ball is listed at 6-1 and 224. Maybe that field vision will develop, but his size is an impediment to that. Will be able to be a starting QB and consistently take those hits?!?!....
I felt like JT has better decision making than Jones but JT might have the shorter road to be ready as the starter.
I think Gary Pinkel would have been a candidate. What he does done at Mizzou is impressive.
For as big as Saine was, he didn't run between the tackles very well. He was a great receiver out of the backfield. It was disappointing that Saine and Herron weren't on the field together more often.
I'd love to see Dane catching passes in Meyer's spread. He was a great receiver.
I'm pretty sure he lives there now....
Isn't Cris Carter an assistant there at St. Thomas Aquinas?!?! Ace recruiter on St. Thomas' staff
19 hours? I would've said the hell with this after about 2.
If speed kills, they will live forever
Which is just ridiculous. I mean, if OSU is willing to play Oregon, Texas, USC, why not play a SEC team like Georgia or LSU? Or anybody for that matter? I believe the SEC teams would not schedule and then criticize the B1G and the others for a weak schedule. That's the easy way to cop out.
Awful?? Garbage? Borderline FCS material?
SC has just 2 conference titles, 1969 and 1933, a 7-12 bowl record and a 51% winning percentage. Not exactly an elite program.
Furthermore it took them until 2011 to get their first 11 win season.
Four is probably the best option. Transparency is a major issue on this subject. Look at James Jackson several years ago, he accused Tressel of oversigning.
Jackson, a wide receiver, says he was asked to transfer after last season, two years into his college career.
"They had an oversigning issue," Jackson said. "They had to free up a few scholarships, and coach (Jim) Tressel told me I probably wouldn't play and maybe Ohio State wasn't the place for me."
Fair or not, there are two sides to every story, Jackson could be bitter, who knows, we don't know.
Who's choice is it to leave? Coach/University's? The players? This is why 4 year scholarships are becoming the way of the future and was something Coach Meyer wants. Fortunately, Ohio State offers these. At the same token, scholarships must be earned, and why many want them to be renewed each year. What if a player is not working hard and is not taking care of their responsibilities?
Option four is probably combined with option 5 being the tactics of many in the SEC (cough, Saban, cough Miles, cough)
Yeah but Boone got arrested just before the combine.
Baugh has 4 years eligibility remaining and a lot of time.
There is plenty of potential in the WR corps. Now it is time put it all together.
It is time for someone to step and become a possession WR who is a truly a great route runner who can catch 60 passes this season. I'm looking at you, Smith and Thomas.
It is possible he may not return to 2015. Maybe give the NFL a shot and see what happens.
And GAs typically leave or their role changes after a year or two.
Who DVs something like this?