John Cooper would be proud of the speed on this team; not a lot of "slow white guys" to be seen!
Just mind blowing that OSU could even lose an elite prospect it has signed to MSU. Cherry on top is Bollman vs. Warriner. The kid must be making an irrational choice based on something else (gf? friends?) if he goes to MSU. You can't even argue about playing time because he'd be able to legitimately compete for a spot next year with his talent.
If McDowell does visit i think LJ sr. closes him. Hopefully McDowell gets sucked in by the OSU mystique when he's on campus and the idea of being coached by the legendary LJ sr., on the way to winning a national championship. That's pretty compelling for any defensive lineman.
What's the latest on Derrick Nnadi?
98 OSU: 28
97 UM: 3
I get pissed thinking about all the free passes for losses, even late losses, these recent Alabama teams got, while our 98 team, arguably our greatest in the last 30 years, didn't for a fluke loss.
Promote LJ to D-Coordinator and demote Fickell back to LB's coach.
He coached and recruited a ton of studs on the D-Line for them like Tamba Hali, Jared Odrick, Cameron Wake.
The recruiting would be off the charts, as he would shore up the Eastern seaboard for us. Also, he legitimately is a top D-Line coach. It would be a homerun hire. Also, Holley would probably flip to us.
Doesn't he run more of a spread offense? Does Hackenberg stay and how does this hire affect OSU's chances of flipping Gasicki?
Just read the deadspin article on the academic shenanigans involving the FSU football team to see what happens down South. I think universities would be better serving their academic missions by completely separating football and basketball from the rest of the school and just hiring these players as paid independent contractors. Let them decide if they want to go to college as students later on once their college career is over (they will also face the same admissions standards as real students at that point).
The Silver Bullets designation is a badge of honor for an Ohio State defense and should not be mentioned in any sentence with this sad sack bunch we have. As for Coombs, one certainly wonders why if he were any good Kelly didn't take him with him to ND.
LMAO that Kentucky (in my best Allen Iverson "practice!" voice) had a chance of taking not just an Ohio recruit that Ohio State coveted, but a Glenville recruit. Ohio State busts other state's pipeline schools open (see: Cass Tech with Gholston and Webb), not the other way around. Especially to scrub programs. Yeah, Saban snuck in and grabbed 2 coveted recruits (Depriest and Kief), but that's Saban and he's only done it twice.
Secondary will be sick with Bell, Burrows, Conley, Apple and Webb. Just pray that Coombs isn't there to screw it up and all these fellows learn some old school Tressel era fundamentals like wrap up for the sure tackle instead of going for the knockout hit.
After tonight he can call him Jack Malone and our coach Oscar Meyer for all I care. Offensive line was like a revolving door not giving Braxton time to throw and exposing him to too many punishing hits. As for Meyer, his reputation took a big hit losing to freaking' meathead Dabo Swinney.
Mr. Mensa left a lot to be desired with his playcalling the entire season. Basic spread offense with power running. Did not see anything truly innovative like spread genius Chip Kelly brought to the game. Braxton Miller simply cannot read defenses and go through his progressions. I feel we win both the MSU and Clemson games with Kenny Guiton starting. I will take an accurate passer who can scramble over a runner who can't throw every day.
As for the defense, if Fickell and Coombs are not given walking papers after the debacle of the last 3 games in which OSU gave up over 1100(!) yards, they never will.
The next few weeks will tell if we have the Urban Meyer of old, with the all-consuming desire to win, or the new-age Urban Meyer who signs contracts with his kids promising not to work too hard.
If the status quo remains, the only way we will win national titles is we out-talent everyone by a large margin. The sad thing was that this 24-2 run means nothing. No B1G titles, and No BCS wins, and most importantly no national respect. Once again we lost to a Southern team.
One last thing, I am convinced Roby could have played but didn't want to risk getting exposed against Watkins (like he most surely would have). Don't give me any bs about injuries since he had almost a month to heal since the MSU game and he actually went back in that game. Friggin' Emmit Smith once played a game with a separated shoulder. Roby's head was not in the game the whole season as he had regrets about not jumping into the draft last season. I don't want Braxton Miller back regardless, but most certainly don't if he is going to pull a Roby next season.
As I said before about Roby, if he's able to play he should go out and lay it on the line against Watkins. His draft status is already fixed in the 2nd round; he's not going to slide into the 3rd just for getting torched one more time. On the other hand, if he plays the game of his life and shuts down Watkins he could slide back into the 1st round.
Read on one of the ESPN boards someone mentioning the B1G did surprise tests for PED's and he was snagged, as was Bullough at MSU.
Roby is seen as a 2-3rd rounder. If he gets torched by Watkins, his stock isn't going to drop much. However, if he can shut down Watkins he might just get himself back into the first round. Roby should play and do his best.
Sounds like a solid student and player. The best possible recruit. Impressed by his decision to major in finance.
Wide receivers were very average. Don't recall Evan Spencer making any noteworthy catches after his infamous trash talking, but do remember his drops in the UM and MSU games.
If I were Texas, I'd hire JT. Not a lot of national championship winning coaches out there available for hire. Screw the show cause. It'd be worth it. He'd have Texas rolling real quick (provided the Walrus doesn't come on down from MSU).
His best decision would be to come back. He goes now and he is a 2nd-3rd round pick. If he comes back he has the potential to be a first round pick if he shows continued improvement. Granted, there is no guarantee he will do that and the risk of injury is there. He should buy a good insurance policy and come back. The difference between first round and later round money is huge. Plus, the added bonus of enjoying his senior year of college, which is a once in a lifetime experience. Just look at what that one extra year of playing time did for Russell Wilson's stock.
"Did we win? Did we win?"
No we lost, and there needs to be staff changes on the defensive side. Hope certain coaches get their dreams of becoming head coaches realized during the off season.
Would love to see DJ Durkin or Ron Vanderlinden running this defense.
To continue the 2002 analogy, lets just hope we are not their Miami!
I think they are not impressed with the position coach. Doesn't Fickell coach linebackers? Hiring Ron Vanderlinden to replace Fickell would be a HUGE upgrade. Look at the linebackers Vanderlinden has put into the league from PSU; it's impressive.
Lots of chatter right now about Saban to Texas. If so I hope sooner rather than later as it would clinch Raekwon to the good guys.
Lost in all this news, I can't but think he would have been an impact player for Urban. He is going to be another cog in Saban's machine, but if he came here he could have been part of something special, i.e., starting a new dynasty and surpassing Alabama.