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Comment 19 Feb 2015
I don't know that I am completely against the idea as long as all of the conferences follow the same rules. In addition the scholarship numbers will need to be increased too. Because of Title IX, this will cause a ripple effect across all sports. Many freshman, while having the physical ability to play their sport, are not prepared for the rigorous academics that are also required. This would give them time to adjust without the concern of needing to play each week. This used to be the standard back in the day of Woody. So it will be interesting to see how this plays out.
Comment 17 Feb 2015

You have been one of the most sought after recruits in the country this year. You have met coaches, visited various campus', and learned about what each school could offer you and your family. What would you change in the recruiting process?

Comment 16 Feb 2015

I believe he learned from his health issue and Shelly made sure he changed. On HBO they interviewed both of them and she was visibly upset when talking about his collapse in the bedroom. He also realized at the time he wasn't invincible. Together they found a solution and he has made it work. Additionally, I believe he is recruiting a different kind of kid than he did at Florida. Now he seems to only take kids that are well rounded athletes, good families and good students. I don't know if that is what he recruited while at Florida. Those kids seemed to get into all kinds of trouble while he was in Florida. I don't perceive that to be the case here at TOSU. 

Good kids, good family's, good students translates to caring about each other and winning NC's.

Comment 14 Feb 2015
Watch both Shelly and Urban on the podium after winning the NC. She looked at him and held up 3 fingers and he smiled at her. There was for a private moment that they shared. It was brief but showed that they are both in this together. Ohio State football would not be where it is,today without Shelly. She pushes Urban. She pulls him back when needed. But more importantly she is always there when he needs her, without question. Congratulations to them on this Valentines Day
Comment 08 Feb 2015
I have never been recruited nor heard the stories that coaches tell kids to get them to sign on the dotted line. The right thing would be to basically start over with Mike. If he decides this isn't what he wants to do then let him go. Attitude is as important as physical ability. Secondly, Mikes biggest issue is probably his friends and hanger ons who are telling him I told you so. If he was from Ohio this wouldn't be such a big deal to him.
Comment 04 Feb 2015

You may be right. While I was not criticizing his coaching ability because he does have a knack for elevating players, I just believe he may not be that great of a recruiter. You are also correct in that next year will be a better year for them, recruiting wise. So we shall see. 

Comment 04 Feb 2015

I am not convinced Coach Harbaugh is a very good recruiter. Yes, Stanford has high academic standards. But, the below rankings are provide some insight. 

Rivals Class Ranking

2007 - Stanford -  Ranked #51

2008 - Stanford - Ranked #50

2009 - Stanford - Ranked #20

2010 - Stanford - Ranked #26

So, why are their fans convinced he will save TSUN's football team. He is able to coach up some players but that still won't be good enough to beat Ohio State and _ichigan State. He will become competitive with the likes of Penn State but not us. While, everyone is saying he didn't have much time to build relationships with the kids this year or was out of college coaching for 4 years and blah blah blah. How about, maybe he is not a great recruiter. 

Comment 03 Feb 2015

Guys thank you for all your efforts. 

Based on the players and family's you have met or talked with from this class how do you think they will integrate into the current football family? Chemistry is probably as important as athletic ability. I believe UFM is trying to maintain the closeness this team has developed. 

Comment 15 Jan 2015

I am sure there are many people telling Cardale what the right thing is to do. I believe he has made some mistakes in his lifetime that he has later regretted. I also believe that he is experiencing things that are very new to him. His easy smile and nice demeanor lends to believe he is generally a nice person. There are no assurances that if he stays he will be given to the opportunity to showcase his skills. As a result, his value likely will decrease. In addition, if he does stay and plays opposing teams will find holes in his game and exploit those. It happens to everyone. However, the pedestal that we have placed him on could begin to crumble. Not knowing where he is at from a maturity level and really his overall skill it is difficult to suggest he do anything. However, given the reported lower number of  higher skilled quarterbacks entering the draft this year and uncertainty of the future, I would suggest he secure what he can. He may never have this opportunity for himself, wife and daughter. Whatever happens I truly hope it works out for him. He has made it to a level of competition and notoriety that 5 years ago I am sure was not expected. Congratulations to him and his support team. You have done well. 

Comment 11 Jan 2015

Here are some of the important facts when UFM made his decision. 

  1. He is originally from Youngstown, so he has a understanding of what is Ohio State football
  2. He was the head coach of multiple high school teams in Texas to the State Championship level, so he can recruit Texas.
  3. He coached on the offense with Ed Warriner while at Kansas, so there is a comfort level with those two. 

He has had success at the college level while demonstrating the ability to manage an offense. He will help in coaching the quarterbacks, while Ed handles the play calling. UFM has had great success in developing quarterbacks so if Tim is not coaching a technique how UFM likes, it will be changed. It is not a home run but a good fit to an already unbelievable offense.

Finally, if he was able to again get a young, up and coming OC, then it would be difficult to give the newcomer play calling authority while Ed has earned that responsibility.

However it works out, I don't think UFM has any desire to bring someone here who can't help. He basically has his pick of coaches. So there is something that he knows that we really don't.  

Trust in UFM 

Comment 11 Jan 2015
He has won high school championships in Texas. Brought Kansas football into the college ranks. He is an Ohio guy. He will be running Urbans offense and won't be calling plays. The only concern I have is his coaching of quarterbacks. But again I think Urban can help there as well. Good hire.
Comment 07 Jan 2015

That is kind of what I am talking about. While the younger guys may be inexperienced I believe give some time off to Bosa and Miller will only help us when we really need them to be fresh.

Comment 06 Jan 2015

For the Sugar Bowl we smoked ribs in 30 degree temperatures and they were amazing. All season we have been hoping for the NC game because we will be serving a beef tenderloin shredded, on a hogie bun with provolone. The bun will be quickly dipped in the juices of the tenderloin similar in concept to a wet beef sandwich. Thank you Buckeyes for making it to the championship game I have looked forward to it all season.

Comment 16 Dec 2014

It sounds like Torrance will do well being around a coach like Urban Meyer. As long as he focus' on the right thing, such as school, family and football he will be fine. I am glad he got a taste of real competition while at The Opening.  It should prepare him and propel him to excel. He is a solid recruit for us. 

Comment 05 Dec 2014

First, because he has been around college programs his whole life I am sure he understands how the game works. His Dad also understands the "college game" and wouldn't want to lead his son astray. Also, keep in mind that Gibson could play a receiver position and with his height it could be an amazing position for him. (see Jalin Marshall) So, yes he has other options outside of Ohio State that could provide an easier path to starting, but will they lead him to a National Championship. If he is good he will play pure and simple.

Comment 01 Dec 2014

I read that his parents bought plane tickets to this game. He may end up watching the game with his Mom and Dad.  

Comment 20 Nov 2014

See what happens when scheme matches talent. Last year we had the talent but the scheme was all wrong. This year we can see the results of how coaching can have a direct impact on each player. 

Comment 20 Nov 2014

Even if this is true and we all know that he wouldn't be in football shape. However, just his presence could impact an opponents blocking scheme. This could free up Bosa, Bennett and the others.