Why would someone go to ESPN.com? I do not understand.
I can beat that, 7 second abs!!
As a caveat, I have not read the other comments before posting this. Nice read--I think one day we will consider it absurd that Vonn Bell wasn't included in the top five. At this point, just a gut feeling.
Vonn Bell "developed" late in the year because someone refused to play him. I know there is a learning curve at each level, but just from an athleticism big play potential perspective, this was a mistake (says the guy who watches football from his couch and thinks he knows everything).
Yep. And it will stick a dagger in that School Up North's back every time he does it.
This article in Cleveland.com (http://www.cleveland.com/osu/index.ssf/2014/02/the_most_important_new_additio.html) points out something interesting that I did not know: during the week leading up to the game, the safeties and cornerbacks met in separate meetings. I must admit, I have never been a coach, but it seems to me that these groups ought to be in the same meetings in order to get on the same page. There was a lot of blown coverage with DB's throwing their hands up in the air. Does that idea strike anyone else as very odd? The good news is that it won't be that way next year, thank God.
^^^^This. I am sick of it. Percy is a one of a kind talent, and putting that kind of pressure on a kid is unfair. Let's call it the Wilson or Samuel Role.
“Coach Meyer told me if I come here nothing was going to be given to me,” McMillan said. “I had to compete just like everybody else. Yes, I have a good chance to start, but it’s all going to go to waste if I don’t put in the work right now.”
I love that Meyer tells kids that in recruiting and hope that Raekwon and all the recruits really believe this. It's nice to be a four or five star guy coming out of H.S., but once recruiting is over, that means squat if you don't put in the work.
I have to disagree at this point, wouldn't want Malik in C-blus. This is NOT sour grapes--kids should go where they think is best and there are lots of good schools out there. Hell, given the way we struggled on D and how dominate MSU's D was, I can see why a kid this year might have picked Sparty. But I repeat a mantra that many on here subscribe to--unless you want to be a Buckeye, you should be somewhere else. Motivation is what takes the high potential these kids have and turns them into good college players, and going somewhere you don't want to be undermines this greatly. Also, the rumor that is going around several places is that Malik's mom overheard MSU players saying things like "you don't even have to go to class here at MSU if you are a football player." I have no idea if this true--but, if it is, that sounds like a future headache the on probation Buckeyes don't need. Best of luck to Malik, hope he and his family sort this out. I choose instead to focus on the kids who want to be Buckeyes!!
I agree with this. So many people have jumped down Fickell's throat as if schemes and playing calling could have fixed everything. All the parts of a defense are co-dependent, so that, with such poor linebacker play, adjustments had to be made across the board, meaning Fickell probably couldn't have called the defense he wanted to. LB's were way, way below average, and that strained the rest of the defense. Throw in some injuries in the secondary that was good but not deep, and it seems like the people who just want to blame everything on Fickell aren't being realistic about the talent deficiencies on defense last year.
We know there is a bit of an art to the ratings, so consider this somewhere between 1 and 6. Alabama's class is absolutely loaded-I believe Nick got 5 five star kids and it's the most ever collected in one recruiting class (heard that on ESPiN, so take it for what it's worth). Still, I am absolutely excited to see what Dream '14 can do. I hope these kids take the opportunity to heart and know that, all that promise without the hard work doesn't mean a whole lot.
It is curious indeed that Wilson thinks Jones's last minute visit to MSU is very telling, yet he thinks McDowell goes to FSU despite visiting the good guys this past weekend. I suppose it is always possible he has additional details that he either can't or won't disclose from unnamed sources, but I just find this curious.
Doesn't Stanford have the same issues in the Pac 12? Strikes me that their revival was much more impressive than what Vanderbilt accomplished (and please don't feed me the wrote "SEC is the best from top to bottom b.s.")
Let's not give ESPN too much credit. Ohio State was sitting # 2 and would have played for a title if we had beaten State. That idiots like Pollack, May, et. all run their gums with anti-Ohio State nonsense functioned this year only to rile people up, nothing else (and most of us let them). Personally, I believe creating artificial controversy is their business model (the haters tune in because they love what is being said, and Buckeye fans tune in because they can't help the rubbernecking). For all it, we sat at no. 2 but didn't take care of business. That is the bottom line.
Franklin's quotes about dominating the region are what you expect a coach to say when hired. Time will tell. Whether he dominates or not, here's to hoping he is able to step up PSU's game at a time when the sanctions are being reduced. There aren't enough good-great programs in the B1G, and at least on paper, PSU has all the assets to quickly become such a program. No, they are not a rival, but we would benefit from a stronger PSU as we try and win a title or three. Here's to hoping he sorta hits the mark.
I understand your point, but, since when do we make tactical decisions on appeasing haters? That doesn't seem like a winning formula to me. People are going to hate tOSU no matter what (jealousy), so I really don't pay them any mind whatsoever.
And if I am not mistaken, weren't they a five loss team a year ago? Granted there were a bunch of close games that seemingly could have gone either way, but still, season like that are what can be expected fairly regularly when you are relying on building 2 and 3 star recruits into good to great football players. There will be down years as they develop, where as I would think the drop-off is far less when you are playing with 4 and 5 star guys.
Honest question, but if Jones stays committed and we pull of the coup and add McDowell, I know a big if, can we start talking about this class possibly being the best in Ohio State history (and I am talking about at the time signed, as I know things don't always pan out as expected)?
Bacon actually was very neutral toward Ohio State and pretty critical of UM, especially Dave Brandon. Honestly, wasn't tough to read at all, and I do think that even though he does ramble on at times (not sure what his over all point was), he makes so many good arguments and gives you enough of a behind the scenes look at the B1G, that it is well worth the read.
You are missing the big picture--battle of the bands (as Florida A&M supposedly has a great band).
Of course, they didn't bring their band.
Bacon asked: "who would you expect to be more passionate, a volunteer army or hired hessians (think, CFB players pick the school, pros are drafted. Good analogy)." Exactly. There are walk-ons and even 2 and 3 star kids who know they will probably never be drafted and ever play a down in the NFL, which means they are doing it for the love of the game and representing their school and community.
John Bacon does a great job of extolling the virtues of CFB over the NFL in his book "Fourth and Long." One of my favorites was the description of the stadiums on campus surrounded by majestic buildings versus cookie cutter stadiums surrounded by asphalt parking lots.
Good article DJ. As a general rule, the more CFB is made to look like the NFL, the worse the sport gets for those of us passionate about what makes CFB unique.
People, we need to lay the "ESPN hates Ohio State" conspiracy to rest--it makes us look like a**clowns. I hate ESPN more than the next guy (e.g. only watch for live games, haven't been to their website in 4 years) because I think their content sucks, but it makes absolutely no sense for them to bash Ohio State when they hold tier-1 rights to televise Ohio State games (i.e. devalue one of their own assets). Just doesn't make sense to me folks...
GoBucks, excellent letter. Could have spent a day writing something and it would not have been as powerful and succinct as your post.
John Bacon wrote a book on the Rich Rod years, and after reading it, it is evident that they tortured that man simply becuase he wasn't a/n
Ohio Michigan Man. I will keep this incident at the ready next time I hear some Michigan Man try and take the high road. Yep, trading trinkets (they mean a lot more to me than that, but I understand what a broke college kid thinks) for a few bucks = raping a woman.
Absolutely disgusting. Perhaps there really is a thing as Karma, and it reared its ugly head in the Penn State game--not that that even begins to make up for what happened to the poor college co-ed.