For me, it comes down to what are you looking for with your decision. Are you wanting to leave early? If so, then OSU is not your destination. That would be Kentucky or Duke. Are you wanting to graduate and get a real job that pays very well? If so, then your decision is Duke. If you want to play for your childhood favorite, then all of us would choose Ohio State. That is why I chose to be a Buckeye. I don't know Kennard, but his decision leads me to believe that he wants one of my first two scenarios. And NONE of us should fault him, or Matta, for that.
Please tell us how Thad "let" him get away. You all need to back up and take off the scarlet colored glasses. I'm one of the biggest Ohio State fans there is, and like my name suggests, a former Buckeye athlete, but if I was a basketball player I'd choose Duke over Ohio State as well
How much time have you spent in a professional locker room Jake?? I've spent 9 years so I think I know what is normal and accepted.
I am saddened by the responses I am seeing here and in some other places. Say it doesn't belong or whatever you want, but the FACT is, this goes on in EVERY locker room in the world in every major sport. It is team bonding and almost everyone takes part in it at some level. Of the thousands of professional athletes currently playing, only one (Martin) has complained about the atmosphere. That should tell you all you need to know.
I'll be honest. I hate it. I guess I didn't see a reason to change things. If there were reasons I don't know about then I will gladly deal with the changes. But I'm not someone that likes to change just for the sake of changing.
It's just the appearance to others that you aren't good enough to play. If you're playing behind an All American it's one thing, but most of the time that's not the case. In this instance, our linebacker and DB play was horrible and everyone in the country knew it. If you are one of those positions and got redshirted, it makes you look bad
I was redshirted my freshman year, and although it sucks watching the game from the sidelines, in all honesty it was the best thing for me. And the best thing for everyone except the absolute studs that will be leaving after their 3rd year. It gives you a whole year to learn the playbook and get stronger and faster. And plus, almost no athlete graduates in exactly 4 years so this allows them to actually participate in their 5th year of school. Aside from the ego hit, redshirting isn't a bad thing
I don't disagree with what he said, but twitter is not the place to say it. Urban won't stand for it
Well that's one more scholarship that will open up
He needs to start for recruiting purposes. The whole country knows our linebacker group is terrible. If the #1 recruit at that position of need doesn't start that will show other recruits in the future they basically have no chance to come to OSU and start as a freshman. I might be wrong, but I know for a fact recruits look at that and they know which schools will play freshman early.
Both true, but it also will weaken the SEC, and more importantly, the perception of the dominance of the SEC.
Not sure why you think Coombs and Withers would be out as well. They are guys that Urban brought in. He was forced to keep Fickell. I think it's a foregone conclusion that Fickell is gone after this season and I think Urban already has a short list of guys to replace him.
Because for all intents and purposes, that may have been our starting offensive line next year. You wanna get them some playing time in game situations together.
I think part of the conservative play calling was due to Urban's respect for Wisconsin's coach. If it was still Bielema I think the pedal is all the way to the floor the entire game
Just a couple things...
1. Swish grew up in Columbus, and didn't move to WV until the 8th grade if I remember correctly.
2. Garofalo was never a starter at OSU, so that makes it hard to take his spot away. Swish was gonna be the starter as soon as he signed his LOI.
Having said that, it doesn't take away from the charities that Swish helps and the enthusiasm with which he plays the game
Thank God only one more year with Greg Beals as coach. And there is exactly 0% chance of an at large bid
Unless rules have changed since I left school, if he is a walk on and paying his own way he can play right away. Back in the day this is how players got around sitting out a year.
I think they got a silent commit, and 12 months from now (NSD 2014) it will become official. If I remember correctly, Zach Smith is the area recruiter for Virginia...could it be he got a silent verbal from Quin Blanding?
I heard he has an imaginary girlfriend that goes to Florida State and he wanted to visit her
In Tuberville's defense, he said the offer wasn't pulled
I think it certainly would help us with Watson if Boyd leaves. Unless they replace him with a senior starter, Boyd would be coming in and competing against a returning starter in 2014. Yes Braxton will be returning as well, but I think the ability to start right away as a freshman is Clemson's biggest advantage over the Buckeyes in regards to his recruitment.
I don't know Duron as a person, but I wouldn't be surprised to see him do well in the league. Or at least a professional league somewhere (probably in Canada a la Ken-Yon Rambo). Playing professional sports is alot easier in my mind than in college. You can focus all of your attention on your sport and getting better. Obviously there's no classes or tests you have to prepare for, and you don't have to worry about money or working. From the moment you wake up til the moment you go to sleep, all you really NEED to focus on is your sport. Some guys can handle that and excel, others can't. If Duron is truly focused on wanting to be successful at football, I think he has the talent to make it happen
You are spot on, Alex. I just think this point needed to be clarified. I'm willing to bet most people think we are losing 3 players per class, which is completely untrue.
I understand and agree with your math, but I would say it this way to keep it simpler. Since incoming freshman usually stay at the school all 4 years, they are utilizing their scholarships all 4 of those years. Basically since we have to be at 82 instead of 85, we are only losing 3 players total over the course of the ban, not 3 players per season or incoming class. Does that make more sense?
Scholly reductions have nothing to do with it. We will still end up with 25 in this class, which is where we would be even without the reductions.
Sir: That sounds great, but NCAA rules state that his scholarship would still count towards football. The only way that wouldn't be the case was if he didn't play football as a freshman but did play basketball. Obviously that wouldn't happen