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Comment 20 hours ago

I remember planning the date for my wedding - I didn't tell the wife until after the honeymoon was over that I specifically avoided dates and came up with excuses that fell within the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament (in my opinion the best 4 day stretch in all of sports).  She was not amused, but it did let her know that those 4 days, plus any Saturday during college football season are sacred, so don't expect anything from me.

Not sure how I will broach the subject with my future children/in laws that they have a moratorium during college football season and parts of March for wedding dates.  Thankfully have some time for that...

Comment 20 hours ago

"I’m still a freshman, they still pick on me."

That's what I love about the family atmosphere that seems to be growing every year within the team, and why the future looks bright for the current squad and recruiting.  You need a really close knit group of guys for a 6-5 270 pound starter to get picked on and take it in stride, while at the same time somehow come out humble from a dominant freshman season.

Looking forward to seeing what Bosa can do this year.

Comment 22 Jul 2014

Agree that the spread is way too large, but a game early in the season at night in Oregon is going to be tough for any team, let alone one that lost the heart of its defense, and is going up against a perennially strong offense.  If MSU can play a similar game as Stanford did against Oregon last year - control the pace of the game and contain/defend against the big plays, they'll be a lot closer than 13.  For the sake of the Big Ten's reputation I do hope they win though, plus it'll make the matchup with OSU that much bigger.

Comment 22 Jul 2014

While I can certainly rant about the NCAA and how it selectively choose to enforce their "rules," I don't think it will add much to the conversation since most (all) will probably agree with me.

What I want to say is there is an incredible double standard for honest programs that report violations, and those that take care of them "in house" - comment today from B12 commissioner says it best: "I think it's not an understatement to say cheating pays presently. If you seek to conspire to certainly bend the rules, you can do it successfully and probably not get caught in most occasions."

This is the rule that many SEC schools seem to abide by today - if you get caught, deny everything and because the NCAA is so inept you'll likely slide with no consequences (if they weren't even successful at prosecuting the Miami case a few years back when the evidence was literally handed to them there's no way they can actually prove a case on their own).

Comment 22 Jul 2014

Time to let the other 2015 commits continue their recruiting efforts in person.  Have done a great job so far and this is a perfect opportunity to meet next year's group and get them excited about Ohio State as well.

Comment 21 Jul 2014

Great point - I'm sure Kerr sees a little of himself in Craft as well.  Not the shooting part of course, but a specialized player than can make others around him better, both in practice and during games.

Comment 21 Jul 2014

I hope Grant does put together a great season, and becomes a leader for a young LB group.  While he might not live up to the hype or the initial 5 star ranking (which, as many will point to, is pretty arbitrary for a 17-18 year old kid), he can still leave a long lasting and positive impact on the Buckeyes team and fan base.  All the best in the coming season.

Comment 21 Jul 2014

Secondary would be my only concern, but they seem to progressing well under Ash's guidance.  There are certainly a lot of question marks given the number of younger players that will get more time this year, but I'm not necessarily worried about that - there might be some growing pains, but by the time the season really gets underway I have a feeling there will be a lot less concern overall.

Comment 19 Jul 2014

Jameis Winston - while their team is still stacked with talent, losing your star QB who your entire offense is built around would be a huge hit.  Of course being in the ACC FSU might be able to take losing Winston a little easier than Oregon and Mariota.

Comment 19 Jul 2014

Entire article seems unbelievable/fabricated - how many hundreds of players have been recruited by Meyer since he arrived at Ohio State, and of all those only one "anonymous" player from all that time is able to give this uncorroborated story.  This just reeks of TTUN bias and flat out b/s.

Comment 19 Jul 2014

How can David Brandon keep mentioning his corporate experience as a positive when Domino's was near bankruptcy when he left, and it's now up over 1000% since.

I hope continues that corporate success at Michigan for a long, long time.

Comment 19 Jul 2014

1. Ohio State Football - I still recall watching games every Saturday with my Dad...him yelling at the TV in frustration during the John Cooper years.  The funniest part is I've adopted every one of his tendencies without even realizing it until my wife pointed it out last season - yelling at the TV, making outrageous accusations about the officials pulling for the other team, getting unnecessarily angry without no one in particular.  I honestly hope I can share this experience with my kids one day...for now it's just my wife rolling her eyes and my dog getting nervous when I jump up and start yelling at the TV with no warning.

2. Golf - I know this is very general, but again comes back to spending time with my Dad and brother.  We watch it on TV together, go playing together, and now that we're all older can travel to some of the major tournaments together and every few years take a long golf trip together.  It's all added to a lot of bonding time that otherwise might not happen.

3. New York Yankees - while my parents were both born and raised in Youngstown (we all moved when I was 5 to the east coast), my Dad has had random favorite teams.  He loved Micky Mantle so was a Yankees fan and Bart Starr so followed the Packers.  We've gone to many games together throughout the years and has again added to shared experiences that we can look back on.

I guess it's not surprising, and I'm sure many with have similar sentiments, but the passion comes not just from the sport/team itself, but from those we share those experiences with.

Great thread, and glad I got to relive some memories.

Comment 18 Jul 2014

The biggest question might be - is the team prepared mentally for that outcome?  Last year like you mention we had options with Hyde and Guiton that they could really feel comfortable with Miller sitting for a couple of games, but will the offense be too one dimensional this year for the team to make it through even one game without him?  I hope so, but we'll need Jones or JT to really step up and the defense to play above and beyond to keep Ohio State at the same level of competition.

Comment 17 Jul 2014

Wiggins - from a financial standpoint you get a good young player that could develop into a perenial all-star at a rookie level contract.  It's hard to build a championship roster that can compete each year just paying for one or two superstars (though tough to argue a Lebron/Love/Irving combo).  I think in the long run it would be better to keep Wiggins and try to trade draft picks for Love.

Comment 17 Jul 2014

Gibson or no Gibson, we need guys like Hilliard and Cornell to keep taking the lead on trying to recruit for this class.  With Friday Night Lights coming up I hope to get a few more key verbal commits in the coming weeks.

Comment 17 Jul 2014

Great review - one thing I have noticed over the last few years is that because of that Tressel and Cooper tendency our TEs appear completely uncovered at times.  I don't doubt Meyer will continue to use these guys to his advantage next year, especially with Wilson running the slot and Braxton keeping the LBs honest.

Comment 16 Jul 2014

Ash definitely seems like a rising star in the college football world.  Coming to Ohio State with all of its exposure if the defense manages to improve a great deal he'll be in the front of the line when top defensive coordinator positions open up.  That's my concern with him and Fickell "sharing" this role - Ash might be tempted to leave if he can run things his own way instead of having to consult with Fickell on things.

Comment 13 Jul 2014

I'm a big Mark Richt fan - my wife is an UGA alum so we catch most Georgia games as well during the season.  I think the criticism he received a few years back was undeserved - what he adds to that team and the SEC in general is well beyond just the win/loss column, so I hope he stays at the school for a lot longer.