I know exactly how the real world works. Been in it for 57 years. The way the real world works is that powerful people like Gene Smith (and the athletic department that continues to keep him employed) exploit young, hardworking athletes for their own benefit. You mean that poor Gene can't survive on $1 million a year, without making bonuses off a kid he's probably never even spoken to? And as the other commenter said, nobody cares about what you do. Nobody is going to pay to watch you work. Nobody is going to ask for an autographed oxford shirt from you. I agree, a scholarship is a great thing, and worth a lot of money, if the kid winds up with a chance to get a useful degree. If it's a thinly veiled bribe to acquire their services, that's something else. That has nothing to do with Gene Smith getting an unwarranted bonus. (Did he get docked pay when his stupidity kept us out of a bowl game? My guess is no.)
He taught himself to read. Yes, he bears a share of the responsibility, but the fact he graduated with a degree and, according to testing, has the skills of a middle schooler, is a sorry comment on the school that let him get that far. Plus, it was not just UNC. They talked to the guy who was responsible for getting Oklahoma football players through school. He resigned because it was such a sham. So, yes, students bear some share of responsibility, but it goes to my point that the schools, for the most part, are more interested in getting the athletes through school so as not to damage the sports teams, versus actually giving them an education they can use when they get out.
Let's look at this from the other perspective. The NCAA and member schools are making billions off of students-athletes. If there were no collegiate sports, that revenue would be lost. In fact, the NCAA would cease to exist without the gravy train of March Madness. So yes, as several have said, it's all about the money, but it's the money that the NCAA needs to exist and schools need to pay dumbasses like Gene Smith. How can anyone look at the $18,000 he made off the blood and sweat of a championship wrestler and not understand how screwed up this system is? I hope he at least sends the kid a Christmas card. Secondly, as we have known all along, not everyone gets that education they're handing over their lives for. There was a great piece on HBO yesterday about that very issue. Dude from North Carolina graduates barely able to read Dr. Seuss books. Graduation rates are pumped up via graduates of "general studies," which includes things like yoga, and as several people said in that piece, schools are just funneling athletes through the system to benefit the athletic departments, not the kids. So if you're going to hold the school accountable for at least an education, then you make sure these guys and gals who will not go pro attend the 5 or 7 or 10 years it actually takes for them to graduate, and the school pays for it.
Also, how many schools have admitted that having a great basketball or football program helps increase enrollment and private donations? Is that not exploiting the athletes?
Then stop the merchandising. That is the real hot button, that will be decided by the O'Bannon case. If kids can't make money off their images, then neither can the schools. Each school can sell one jersey with one number on it. Period. So no athletes can say their popularity is being exploited. The NCAA cannot license the image of anyone playing for a member school or benefit in any way. Funnel 25% of the NCAA's March Madness loot to medical coverage for athletes, instead of its toothless "investigators." Make Gene Smith donate his $18,000 a charity. Lower ticket prices. Cap coaches salaries. There are plenty of ways to stop leeching off the athletes without forcing them to form a union.
Thanks for not sugar-coating the obvious deficiencies of this year's team. Now we can move on.
Good luck to Amedeo. In some ways, the more guys that leave this "team" the better. I hope Q goes too. This was the most mismatched collection of teammates I've seen in 50 years following Buckeye basketball. Seems like a cleansing of the bad karma needs to happen before next year. As some have said, it's too bad Amedeo can't take Williams with him. That's the last obstacle to rebuilding this team. But it's a big one. Maybe we get lucky and sign Turner and Williams can take his talents to Italy, too.
I hope they turn it around, too. But let's not get all excited until we see them play a team with a pulse. Fact is, Illinois is worse than OSU. PSU is too. As bad as OSU has been, they have to beat those two. Let's talk about a resurrection after Wisconsin and Iowa.
The refs did their job correctly? That is a textbook definition of CYA. The refs let the whole damn thing get out of hand.
This team has a long way to go to pass mediocre. Offense is stagnant. Q can't hit a shot and seems to be in the dog house. He's also very slow, although he's rebounding okay. We have no idea if Craft, after all his work in the off-season, can hit a jumper. He seems to be afraid to even try. Smith Jr. is his usual self -- pretty much of a non-entity. Thompson can't hit a jumper. Foul-shooting is just atrocious. D is adequate, but a lot of that can be attributed to poor shooting by the other team, not great D. Shannon Scott and Amir seem to be the only two players who have significantly improved from last year. That might get you to top 4 in the BIG, and maybe, maybe Sweet 16 in the tourney if they come around. But I've definitely got low expectations for this group. When the b-ball team can barely match the offense of the football team, you know you're in for a long season.
They really misspelled "Fighting" on their cups?
What's an FAU? First rule of journalism -- spell out acronyms.
Nice win, but the pre-season Kool-aid and the reality are not matching up. Good thing we got some cupcakes to start the season. If OSU were Georgia, for example, no doubt the Bucks would be 0-2. OSU basically played to a tie in the second half, after dominating in the first half. Urb continues to preach not letting up, yet, they continue to let up. I do not have the same optimism some do that this team will be able to turn it up a notch when they feel like it. Perhaps, as my friend said, the team has ADHD.
There seemed to be little to no push on the majority of pass plays. Maybe the flashbacks to the Silver Bullets defense are clouding my judgment. But where are these unblockable studs we supposedly have on the D-Line? Apparently, they are only unblockable by our O-Line. If that's the case with San Diego, what's going to happen when they hit real linemen, like Wisconsin's? (Though, I will concede Bennett is gonna be a load.)
Pass coverage was better, but still not top notch, even with Roby and Barnett. Will be interesting next week when Cal throws 50+ passes, especially if the pass rush doesn't improve.
And I swear I saw the ghost of Jim Bollman in the press box. Running Jordan Hall up the middle time after time is so Dave. Still can't pull off a bubble screen. Then having your QB carry the ball into traffic near the goal line, when you allegedly have such a multitude of weapons, just seems dumb. I assume things will improve if Carlos Hyde proves himself on the punt team and gets to carry the ball eventually. But I cannot see this being an NC team with Jordan Hall as your number one tailback. Kudos to Kenny, though.
And how many times did receivers run routes one to two yards short of where they needed to be to get a first down? Are they really teaching that?
Special teams, and I'm thinking kickoff coverage, still spotty. Hopefully, Carlos Hyde can solve that problem, too, when he comes back.
That's my Cranky Buckeye Fan rundown.
But why did they do the 2-point conversions last week? Urb said it was to give teams something to think about, something they'd have to spend time game-planning about. Why is that any different from opening up the offense? Somehow, there is still a residue of Tressell and Bollman on this team. Play just well enough to win, and then go into a shell. That's not what Meyer promised.
I'm no doctor, but ACL, MCL, LCL and meniscus -- this sounds like a Willis McGahee type injury. What are the chances of a full recovery?
I must admit, despite his fine day, I'm disappointed that Jordan Hall is the number one running back. He's Antonio Pittman light. Hope he goes back to H-Back next game. There's too much talent to keep bottled up on the bench, and I don't think it was an accident that Dunn didn't get a single carry. Don't see how this situation continues going into next year. One, if not two, of the running backs will be transferring. Count on it.
A brilliant, hilarious piece. There were obviously some folks with a lot of time on their hands and just a little bit of information, which resulted in the avalanche of bloviation that is the Gordon Gee story. Add in the need to get online hits, and this is the result -- a complete and utter waste of Internet print. What Mr. Gee said could offend some, but really, apologizing to Bert Bielema? Surprised Mr. Gee didn't opt for suicide instead. I was not really offended by anything he said, not because I'm an Ohio State fan, but because I'm a Notre Dame-hating, ex-Catholic, who realizes the SEC is a scum-sucking vortex of corruption (and oversigning), and that the state of Kentucky is not a hotbed of scholarship. I was highly in favor of Woody, Tressel and Pryor leaving when they did, just like many of our blindly loyal fans. As a former journalist for 25 years, I normally would have been defending my brethren in the press, but this time, you nailed the lazy bastards masquerading as the morality police. I thoroughly enjoyed the folks who populated the sports department where I worked, but geezus, the alcoholic, cocaine-fueled gamblers who made up our sports department were the last folks to be holding others accountable. Same goes for these blowhards.
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New Mexico has a good big in the middle. Otherwise, similar to OSU. They play tough D and while offense is spotty at times, they've scored enough to win. They have one excellent outside shooter in Tony Snell and other guys who can fill it up if left open. A fairly athletic team. Living in New Mexico, I should know more about them. But am too busy following the Bucks to notice.
Can the Bucks play well, or great, 6 games in a row in the tourney? I think that is the overriding question. The team has had a few awesome games, mixed with real stinkers. The notion that a different player (along with Thomas) will step up to score for each of those six games is really not a winning scenario, no matter how well the defense plays.
At this point in the season, it looks like a streak hinges on Craft's ability to keep scoring at a decent pace and the ability of he and Scott to play together and create havoc on defense. We know now that Lenzelle comes and goes on offense, as does Thompson, Ross, etc. and that Rav and Williams could either play out of their minds on D or just disappear.
Love to see more ADV. He and Scott always bring energy into the game when they come in, something which can't be said for say, LZIII. I think his defense will get better (hey, he's already blocked more shots this season than Lenzelle) and the energy and 3-point threat will help the team in the long-run. He could easily steal minutes in different line-ups from Craft, Lenzelle and even Slam, who are to put it nicely, inconsistent as hell on offense. In fact, Lenzelle's 11 minutes last game seems just about right. And as for ADV getting broad-sided on a screen, that's as much the fault of his fellow defenders not calling out the screens as it is him running into them. I can't hear what they're saying on the floor, but it seems they rarely let each other know when a screen is coming.
I was very happy to see the Lenzelle only played 11 minutes tonight. He has played himself out of a starting position and it's time for Q and Scott to start eating up his minutes. He'll be a great 7th man off the bench, although at this point, I'd rather see ADV.
Not a shocker. I thought he was getting a little too much hype prior to the season, and while he played well, there were times when the interior line was just chewed up. He disappeared. I wish him well, but I fear he is another mediocre ex-Buck in the pros.
Seriously, you're singling out Thomas for bad defense? Did you watch the other four slugs on the floor? LS Jr. couldn't guard my grandmother and I'll never know why he gets minutes against good teams. Thompson, average at best. Amir, useless, especially when he's playing 10 minutes a game. Craft, gives a lot of effort, but when you're that bad on offense, it's about the only reason he can justify being on the court. And it's just lousy team defense. Hard to tell from watching on TV, but it doesn't seem that anyone ever calls out picks on defense. I learned to do that on my grade school team. No cohesion whatsoever. The defense has been exposed in the last few weeks as being pretty average. Subtract the numbers from the 10 patsies they played before the league play started, I'd bet the numbers wouldn't be all that exciting.
And it's not Thomas' fault the other guys can't hit a freaking open shot. They're just bad shooters, and combine that with taking bad shots, and you get what happened today. I applaud Thomas for still showing up and shooting the lights out when the rest of the team is afraid to shoot. I feel sorry for him that he didn't go pro last year. Playing with this team could drop him out of the first round.
Disappointing effort. Still wondering why Smith gets as many minutes as he does. It's become obvious he can't produce against good teams, let alone Indiana. Didn't stop anyone on defense. Glad Thompson only got 20 minutes today. That's probably more than he deserves. Thomas forced more shots than normal, but can't really complain about him. He's a baller. Otherwise, not much to say. They were outclassed in every way. At no point did they appear to have a chance to win this one. They're vaunted defense really doesn't look that good against teams that have a clue. It's actually reverting to being pretty average.
Yeah, he was on a mission from God.:) But agree, anybody who thinks he worked himself back into shape with no extraordinary help is in serious denial.