Except that the LS in question appears to contradict that in the link supplied by NavyBuck above.
Grayshirting is acceptable IF it is all worked out in advance AND the scholarship commitment is honored the following year. The number of quality recruits (esp. at a specific position) can vary from year to year, and a kid can have lots of competition simply due to his birthdate; meanwhile the following year may have more room. If a kid really wants to go to a particular school, this is one way to accommodate that.
Unplanned grayshirting to bring the number down to the 85 limit IS bullshit. If that is what is happening here, I don't support it. But let's allow all the facts to come out.
I hope everything works out for the kid, wherever he ends up attending.
I'm also quite willing to let all of the facts come out with this situation, and whatever else happens to bring the scholarship number down to 85. However, this particular situation would not look as bad if OSU was not oversigned in the first place. Spare me the talk of "big boy football".
I agree - it sucks that the Big12 is going to get everything they want w/o having to split up the money pie any further, unlike the Pac12. Fwiw though, I would also point out that for a while there the Pac12 was considering raiding the Big12 (OU, OkSt, TX, TT) and becoming the Pac16.
Exactly - the regular season game between the two Big12 CCG teams will mean nothing. I'm OK with rematches in CCGs, but not when guaranteed like this.
My #7 jersey (the only one I have) will forever be associated with Joe Germaine. Green is just a bit before my time, but not by much. Glad to read Marshall will be wearing #7 next year!
For some of us, the frustration is derived from the following:
-- Urban Meyer is usually blunt and forthright about everything, so with a simple question of "how is OSU going to get to the limit of 85?" one would expect an honest answer from him, and not a bunch of hand waving. The OP is wondering if such a question has been asked, that's all. No one "expects" or "deserves" any info, just not happy with OSU being in an oversigned position and hoping for some kind of explanation and/or clarity.
-- That being said, there may no be info to give out. If guys want to transfer, they should be allowed to look for other schools in anonymity. However, if they won't "know" if they want to transfer until after spring camp (and decisions of future playing time are made), then I doubt that would be OK with the B1G office, who likely would need better justification for going 3 over the limit.
-- This site features daily updates on UM, Harbaugh, and a host of topics better suited to the AV Club. A monthly reminder and/or discussion of roster management is relatively healthy.
I completely agree - the relentless, daily posts about UM, Harbaugh, etc. are getting old. And fwiw, I attended OSU during the Cooper years.
People, the chant goes "we DON'T give a damn about the whole state of Michigan".
Do you mean the place that was just south of Chittenden, up a set of stairs and next to a Subway? Because I loved that place, whatever it was called.
Navy is joining the AAC, which ironically would make them outside of the new SEC definition for "Power 5 non-conference".
Also, does the committee know that Purdue and Maryland are in the same conference now?
Hopefully this means OSU won't have to rely on their half-court offense too much. Could be a blessing in disguise.
As a kid I liked the Oakland Raiders, but as I got older I began to understand what a prick Al Davis was and that went by the wayside. I don't follow any NFL team now, and the only pro team I follow regularly now is the Crew.
I've been an OSU football fan all of my life, and during my post-doc at UW-Madison I was asked by one of the grad students in our lab "How does it feel to root for a different team now?". My response was laughter, followed by "wait...are you being serious?".
Just a little joke, didn't mean to offend anyone. I resisted posting something like this a few weeks ago when the new Crew uniforms were first introduced, but with MLS having its "Jersey Week" I took the opportunity. Hopefully the Crew will actually get to wear them this year.
For the record, I'm pretty much done with alternate unis for the OSU football team, but I'm fine they want to try something new for a single (non-ttun) game every few years or so.
Here's a good link about Big12 expansion from Frank the Tank, who consistently gives the best commentary on conference realignment: http://frankthetank.me/2013/10/30/the-big-12-expansion-index-wake-me-up-when-its-all-over/
His analysis of Houston concludes with "There is also the wild card that the Big 12 may want a physical presence in the Houston market in the same way that TCU is located in the Dallas-Fort Worth market, but the Cougars would still need to have some overwhelmingly extraordinary football success for this to be a possibility." We'll see what Herman can do about the latter part of that statement.
Did not see the game so I have no overall comment on the officiating, but after seeing the gw shot I have to agree that it looks like a moving screen. Pretty bad no-call.
If Urban Meyer is asked by the media about either the Weber/Drayton situation, or the fact that OSU is oversigned I'd like for him to give honest answers, with as much info as can be divulged. This is a coach whose candor is routinely praised within these comments, and now that there are a few genuine issues regarding recruiting I'd hope to get more than "Weber is a Buckeye, and that's it" or "the numbers will work out in the end". Note that I am not saying that I (or we) "deserve" this, just commenting on what I would like to hear from a coach that normally does not hold back much.
From every schedule I've checked, OSU actually plays Western Michigan, not Central Michigan. Still a MAC team, but WMU is usually much better than CMU.
I agree with the first half of your comment, especially with regard to the defense. Also, the WRs bailed out Cardale several times by out-competing DBs to get the ball. During the post-season though, I think Cardale's "dgaf" attitude was his biggest asset. As for next year, I'm fine with any of the three being the starter - as you said it would be great to see Braxton get a chance to run this offense.
Actually, ESPN3 is the one that is available to everyone for free. I don't have cable, and have used it several times. I watched the spidercam version during the semifinal game vs. Alabama, and it was like watching a video game.
Fickell? Sorry, couldn't resist.
Reading these comments reminds me of why I usually don't visit these threads.
Ah, the glorious Land Grant Trophy. I bet it has secret compartment containing a smaller, more tasteful trophy.