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Comment 19 Feb 2016

While I don't doubt that there is some fair weather nature to following OSU basketball, I'd love to see national figures for all but the elite programs.  For me, CBB has the least compelling regular season because of the bloated playoff format (and don't get me wrong, I love March Madness.  But like many, it's all I watch because I realize the regular season matters very little). 

Comment 19 Feb 2016

He wasn't fired for going 8-8, at least not from what I've read.  He had worn out his welcome.  The players were tuning him out and he feuded with Baalke over personnel decisions even though Baalke already proved his competency there.  Even though my initial objection seemed like it was semantics, my more precise statement is that it was "already trending in that direction."  Almost all of the talent was still there when he went 8-8, so how do you explain it if Harbaugh is such a great coach then?  As for "worst coaching call in the history of sports," this is hyperbole,  Don't make me dig, I can find worse.  I would not have fired him with that track record, but as I have said repeatedly, I don't think this was because of track record.  Harbaugh became too difficult to work with and they had enough of his shit. 
 

Comment 18 Feb 2016

Seems like you are forgetting that last year.  Despite a ton of talent, they were 8-8 and missed the playoffs.  So NO, not every year.  Many people in and around the Bay Area openly talked about the feud between Baalke and Harbaugh and the fact that players had already tuned the high strung Harbaugh out.  Granted, those were millionaires and not wanna be millionaires, which probably is a huge difference, but PLEASE, FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, STOP CHERRY PICKING DATA.    It was already falling apart in SF WHILE HARBAUGH WAS THERE.  Look it up, it actually happened.

Comment 18 Feb 2016

meh.  Whether he was a good NFL QB has nothing to do with his coaching abilities.  Coaches move around taking different jobs all the times, just as Meyer has.  While Urban worked him that first year, JH was playing with someone else's kid, a talent deficiency, and I believe a culture problem.  That doesn't get fixed overnight.  I wouldn't trade Meyer for Harbaugh under any circumstance, but your post is mostly silliness. 

Comment 18 Feb 2016

You are taking a lot of liberties with what I said.  I never said there weren't good years Harbaugh was there, there were.  And while he did take them to a SB and a NFC championship game, the accumulation of talent begun before he got there and Baalke deserves at least some of the credit for players added after he got there.  I am not underestimating him, he is a very good coach.  Elite?  I will wait till he wins a championship (which in my book is what makes a coach elite).  My point was suggesting it fell apart only after JH left ignores what had occurred his last year there--a very talented team went 8-8 and didn't make the playoffs.  Say what you want about it, but they were already trending in that direction ON HIS WATCH.

And yes, thank God we have Meyer, but that has nothing to do with the lunatic up north. 

Comment 17 Feb 2016

"The 49ers completely fell apart once they were stupid enough to let him go."

Um, no.  They were 8-8 in his last year there and missed the playoffs.  Kapernick regressed badly and the team was generally a mess.  The players had already tuned the high strung Harbaugh out.

We can expect Harbaughpologists to rewrite history.  We don't have to do it here.  #it'sallTrentBaalke'sfault

Comment 12 Feb 2016

“The fundamentals that Dwayne Haskins possesses right now is as good as I’ve ever seen in a young quarterback,” Meyer said.

I vaguely remember the recruitment of Haskins.  Was it the case that Wallace said he was in first and we only wanted one QB in the class?  The way they rave about him and the fact that he was such a huge OSU fan growing up, I can't see how he ever ended up at Maryland.  Does someone else remember exactly how this went down?

Comment 09 Feb 2016

As Urban says, this early in the process, just means you are in the top 3.

I always worry when a kid has listed someone else as their top choice then commits out of the blue without ever visiting.

But, welcome Haskell, hope to see you play in Scarlet and Gray.  Welcome to the family.

Comment 20 Jan 2016

It wouldn't be the same if the schools and their logos and uniforms weren't in the game.  I see no reason why they can't be used, but out of an abundance of caution, schools started pulling out (it was rumored OSU was first). 

Names already arent included.  I don't see any reason they can't have blank slates (all players start a default skin color, no number).  Then if the user modified it too look like the roster, there is no way that can be on the game programers.  This can be done, and my guess is, once the dust settles it will be back.

Comment 20 Jan 2016

If this keeps up we might as well eliminate the Big Ten championship. What would be the point of it besides giving some creampuff a chance to dope fiend the conference's legitimate playoff hope?

I made this argument (in writing, still have it) when we were deciding how to originally split the teams.  I understood wanting to protect tradition, but based on history of the conference, I knew if Michigan hired the right coach, this would often be your de facto championship game.  Looks like it is trending in that direction (with Michigan State thrown into the mix).  It may be several years before we see a West team actually in the conference.  I do think this game will be a blow out far more often than it will see a West team win it, which will make it a farce.  At this point, it's only purpose is an additional semi-quality opponent for OSU at the back end of their schedule those years we get to the game.  #somelovefakechampionships

Comment 19 Jan 2016

I have to admit, this made me smile a bit.  It's one thing for a kid to decommit, happens all the time.  It's another to say "Urban was basically like a father and I talk to him all the time about non-football stuff for advice" (this is a paraphrase of his quote) then jump ship and go play for TTUN. 

It also makes me think that what lead him to leave was us cooling on him rather than the other way around.  Urban and his staff have this recruiting thing down to a science (as much as that is possible).  I think we'll be alright here.

Comment 15 Jan 2016

Ha ha.  You think you have as much information as he did?  Were you at practice everyday?  One of the things that I read is that it took JT longer to recover from surgery than was anticipated and that he simply wasn't ready to go from the start.  Plus, no real reps for him in the Spring and Summer.  What if that is true?

It is amazing to me that internet poster thinks he knows more than a coach with Urban's track record who is there day in and day out. 

Comment 15 Jan 2016

When anything goes wrong in Buckeye Nation (and by that, I mean losing one game by a field goal in a 12-1 season). some on this board immediately begins a witch hunt so they can metaphorically burn someone at the stake.  I guess people need a scape goat because the other option is to admit we were out played at times during the season.  I mean, a few years ago it was Luke Fickell, and in looking at this latest crop of LB's, it's clear Fickell has no idea what he is doing.  These people were right, he should have been fired a few years ago.  I mean, are we really supposed to trust a coach with 3 titles and a.850 life time winning percentage to pick good assistants?  The people on here know better.