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Comment 07 Apr 2014

As the saying goes, figures lie and liars figure.

That the value is down could be a reflection of the fact that we have not had an increasing GDP since the eighties (I will intentionally leave politics out of this per policy).  The real comparison should be between life time incomes earned by college grads versus those with HS diplomas or less.  While I suspect incomes in both classes are stagnant or have declined slightly, at least when COLA is factored in, I bet it is still the case that college grads earn significanly more over the course of a lifetime than non-grads, meaning a free education still has significant value.

 

Comment 07 Apr 2014

Let me say this up front--I do not throw out the amatuerism phrase in the same vein it is used by the universites simply to protect their profits.  But something has been lost here, which to me is driven by our continuous obsession with the 1% in this country -- college exists to prepare people for a career where they will later make money.  It is that simple.  Football isn't the only revenue generator whereby the student's efforts are not rewarded outside of a scholarship--almost all universities utilize students doing work in laboratories funded by multi-billion dollar research grants (Ohio State is one of those schools through its CIC membership).  Whatever revenue generated by these grants remains the property of the school, while "all" the student gets in return is a free education.  Likewise, professors must publish or perish, and while they earn six figure salaries, grad students who do the research and sometimes even some of the writing get nothing more than a free education and a by-line in the paper.  This is because, college exists to prepare people to later make money.

My 1% problem referenced above is that we continue to focus on the Johnny Footballs of the world, as if that is somehow representative of the college athlete.  It is not.  No one buys jersies for the team's right tackle or the place kicker.  Sorry if that is harsh, but it is true.  The vast majority of these kids will never play pro ball, as only about one-tenth of 1 % will ever be drafted.  So for most of the kids, it should be about the education, whether they realize it or not (and DJ, I have no idea if you have loans or not, but I do, and I will be paying then for the next 25 years.  Calculate what you will actually pay back plus the opportunity cost and you will see just how valuable that really is).

I do think that something should be done to cover additional expenses because of the additional time these student athletes put in.  I also would like to see something done to protect players for potential complications of injuries occurred playing a violent sport in college, but don't know exactly how to do it--possibly something in a trust fund/insurance policy.  But the idea that these kids are employees and should be so paid, I'm sorry, that simply doesn't hold water as far as I am concerned...

 

 

 

 

Comment 07 Apr 2014

"Football players generate that money, it is only fair that they keep it"

This is a bit simplistic for me.  Yes, we watch the football players, but we do so because it is Ohio State.  That is to say, I followed games QB'd by Joe Bauserman and Terrelle Pryor.  Texas fans still showed up for games QB'd by guys who couldn't carry VY's jock.  Much of the revenue generated is because of the Universities financial committments and tradition, and not just because of any particular class of players.  I do not deny that the players are part of the revenue equation, but like most other parts of this discussion, it is a bit more complicated than that.

Comment 07 Apr 2014

Kalis is getting the best punishment possible--he is 0 for 2 against Ohio State, and the shitty coaching at UM, particularly their o-line coaching, has him riding the pines for a pourous "turnstile" offensive line (and it is offensive, if you get my drift).  Sometimes the Universe just works things out...

Comment 26 Mar 2014

I am fine with it.  Ohio State doesn't want to lose to Dayton, then with superior talent, come out and play hard for 40 full minutes rather than go into "amir mode."  Dayton wanted the game more so they got it.  If this stings a bit, it should.

Comment 25 Mar 2014

Am I the only one who thinks that, while at times the D was maybe the best in the Matta era, it was spotty and inconsistent?  When we combine the team's athleticism with hustle, it was a stiffling D.  But at times, outside of the guards, it appeared interest in playing D waned at times with some guys simply not putting in the effort (see Amir).  More than the lack of offense, I found this the most frustrating thing with this team.

Comment 24 Mar 2014

With a little time since the Dayton game, I think I have a bit more perspective.  During the year, I developed a love-hate relationship with this team.  Because they play for the good guys, and because these kids by and large have stayed out of trouble, I loved this team.  But I hated to watch them play--I describe the offense as pass three times around the perimeter, then a fourth pass with a guy who dribbles two steps in, only to decide he can penetrate, who then fires the ball to a guy on the 3 point line who bricks a shot.  It was maddening to watch, especially as I watch some teams in the tourney with multiple guys who can create offense.  I loved Craft for what he could do, but he isn't a scorer (and I am still shocked to see such terrible shooting mechanics for a guy at that level).  This team did only two things at a very high level--defensive pressure for spurts during the game and defend the inbounds pass on the baseline--that folks, aint enough.  As one commentator said it, it's still called basketball (meaning you win the game by putting the ball in the basket more than your opponent).  It is unbelievable to me to see a team that, aside from Q, had basically no offensive threat whatsoever (I will avoiad talking about Amir, as that only gets me angry).  Here is my question--is it time to question: 1) Thad's defense first philosophy; and/or 2) the players he has recruited/signed to execute that philosophy.  I am not a reactionary, and will never suggest that Matta coming to OSU was anthing other than a really good thing.  Maybe I am spoiled, as suddenly a 25 win season seems inadequate, but I have been left wondering if we have seen as far as this approach and this type of recruting will take us. I would love some feedback if you feel like talking some roundball...

Comment 11 Feb 2014

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.

Comment 06 Feb 2014

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).

Comment 06 Feb 2014

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.

Comment 06 Feb 2014

^^^^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.

Comment 06 Feb 2014

“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. 

Comment 06 Feb 2014

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!!

Comment 06 Feb 2014

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. 

Comment 05 Feb 2014

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.

Comment 04 Feb 2014

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.

Comment 04 Feb 2014

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.")

Comment 04 Feb 2014

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. 

Comment 04 Feb 2014

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.

Comment 03 Feb 2014

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.

Comment 03 Feb 2014

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.