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Comment 10 Oct 2015

I watched the Indiana game in a bar.  The first six plays were 5 runs and a flare screen to a wideout.  The first play Cardale actually dropped back to pass he was sacked and fumbled.  Some a-hole shouted "I hope he broke his fucking arm".  I loudly said what an a-hole, who in their right mind wearing buckeye garb would hope one of our own broke his f-ing arm.  He later mumbled "shotgun or whatever your dumbass nickname is, get him the hell out of the game".  The guy was 17-20 in the first half.  Everytime Cardale made a completion, I screamed "12 gauge!".  You can question play calling or blown assignments, but when you bitch and complain about a coaches decision on who starts, or downgrade a player who is 17-20 in a half, you are out of line.  Remember all of those other guys on the other team, they are on scholarship too.  They aren't playing scrubs.  Enjoy the ride and support the team!

Comment 09 Oct 2015

Maryland - OSU - OSU 7

MICH ST - Rutgers - Sparty 6

Indiana - Penn St. - Indiana 5

Minnesota @ Purdue - Purdue 4

Illinois @ Iowa - Iowa 3

Wisky @ Huskers - Huskers 2

Northwestern @ Skunkweasels - Northwestern 1

Tie Breaker - OSU 59 - Terps - 17

Comment 31 Aug 2015

Franklin is a great recruiter, but if you watched his in game decisions and overall coaching, it leaves a lot to be desired.  Right now I would rank Michigan State, Michigan, Penn State 3rd.  

Comment 21 Jul 2015

I find it bizarre that a person (Clark) would think Ohio State and Columbus was just too big, yet goes to UCLA.  He does realize UCLA is in the second most populous city in the country and by land area I would imagine is the largest by far.  Hmmmm..... I have been to both, and UCLA  and LA is not all it is cracked up to be.  

Comment 20 May 2015

1972 USC Trojans.  5 First team All-Americans, plus 3 more sophomores that would later be named All-Americans.  Runner Up would be the 2001 Miami Hurricanes, and then maybe the 1971 Nebraska Cornhuskers.

Comment 10 Dec 2014

Here is a grid of classes with schollies.  As for the juniors, Underwood and Brown I think are not returning.  I would think Washington might leave early and Spence's career is over. 

Comment 08 Dec 2014

Steve Adazzio - Boston College. Urban Meyer coaching tree.

Comment 30 Nov 2014

I predicted that they may retain Hoke.  Here is my reasoning.  The last search they did, blew up in their face.  Harbaugh went to the NFL, Les Miles got a bigger contract to stay at LSU.  They need to make a huge splash with this next hire.  It cannot turn out like last time.  They ended up with hot dog water all over their faces.  If it happens again, the program is doomed for the next decade.  I believe they are having "back channel discussions" with a short list of their top choice candidates to gauge the candidates interest and likelihood they would join the university.  If they cannot make a huge name hire, a la "Urban Meyer" like splash, they would be best served to keep Hoke for the next year.  Harbaugh is not coming back to Ann Arbor.  He knows if he makes that choice, he will not get back to the NFL, as he does not regard that job as a stepping stone.  If he took it, he would be there for 15 + years, ending his quest for that NFL title.  They know they just can't fire somebody without a big time hire waiting in the wings.

Comment 20 Nov 2014

Pretty sure Santonio was a 3* and Cris for all his talent definitely didn't live up to potential at Ohio state with his early exit

Obviously you never saw Chris Carter play.  Flat out the greatest wide receiver that ever played at Ohio State.  He played in a run heavy Offense, and still was a monster and put up great numbers.  He missed his last year and is still near the top in many receiving categories.  

Comment 06 Nov 2014

The best scenario for all non SEC teams is for Alabama to beat LSU, lose to MISS St, and beat Auburn.  This will leave an undefeated Miss St., and all other SEC west teams with at least 2 losses.  Auburn is the wildcard obviously. 

This goes back to before the season ever started.  All the ESPN pundits stated it was going to be a wild, wide open year in the almighty SEC.  Their reasoning was how young and inexperienced the conferences top teams' QBs were going to be.  Alabama, LSU, A & M, etc., were going to have 1st year starters.   This was a well conceived plan by the SEC's partner ESPN to insure the SEC champ, which stood a good chance to have 2 losses, to be in the "joke of a playoff".  What they did not count on was the strong showing by the schools of Mississippi. 

So, in short, it is best if Miss ST finishes undefeated and the rest of the west division finishes with 2 losses.  That would almost guarantee 4 of the Power 5 conferences would be represented in the ESPN CFB Playoff. Which we know is not a playoff.  Because how is this the only sport on the entire green earth with a "playoff", that has no defined way of qualifying?? You qualify not by what you do on the field, but rather a group of biased people in a room, with a subjective opinion.  Yep, that sounds like a true playoff.

By the way, here is the definition of the word Subjective. 
adjective: subjective

based on or influenced by personal feelings, tastes, or opinions.

Comment 12 Sep 2014

I did not tear down this individual, rather gave my opinion. There were three different posts of this individual, so I responded three different times.  I have been consistent each time I have rendered my view.  He is not 180 lbs or 190 lbs. I have seen him play in person, and he is only about 155 lbs.  That is not a rip on him, it is what my observation was firsthand. In my opinion that is too small to play big time college ball.  He is very fast, once again not a rip, but rather a compliment.  He was suspended twice last season, once again a fact.  I heard it was once for not attending class, and the other for skipping out on practice.  These have both been speculated and reported on multiple blog posts in Cleveland area forums.  So is that hearsay?  Yeah sure, but not really a rip, it is a second hand fact.  I am not rooting against anyone, just stating I don't think he is a fit for the Buckeyes.  I compared him to Sam McGuffie, in size, speed and athleticism.  That is not a rip, but you saw how McGuffie fared right?  I guess lastly 12th, you can disagree with my assessment if you have a different take.  Have you seen him in person?  Probably not.  Did you read factual print in the Cleveland area that he was suspended twice last year for discipline problems?  Probably not.  Have you formed an honest opinion on his abilities to translate to big time college football from your own observations, or did you do that just from getting on the internet and reading feel good stories about him.  I would imagine the latter.  So toughen up, grow a thicker skin.  Don't let someone's honest assessment and opinion of a recruit, and opinion of how that recruit would translate on the field for the Buckeyes hurt your feelings.  There is no crying in football you candy a%$ !. 

Comment 12 Sep 2014

Pass on this kid.  First off, he is no where near 180 lbs.  Think Sam McGuffie.  He is fast, but too small.  He is more like 155 lbs.  Second, his coach is new this year.  He was suspended twice last year, for both problems at school, and on the team for his unwillingness to go to class and practice.  He is not the teammate his coach is spewing about.  I personally don't want to hear about all these 4 and 5 star track guys under 175 lbs that we are recruiting and getting commitments from.  I want to hear about some 5 star linemen that want to commit.  Until we hit home runs with those types, it doesn't matter who lines up in the backfield. 

Comment 17 May 2014

I saw McCall play and he is very fast.  He is no where near 190 lbs.  I would guess somewhere near 155-160 lbs is more realistic.  They continually ran him in between the tackles for the 1st quarter, and he got nothing.  I would guess he carried the ball 7 times for 7 yards in that quarter.  In the second they ran him outside and he averaged probably 15-20 yds per carry.  He did have discipline problems last year from what I hear.  He did miss a game for discipline problems.  I don't think this kid is worth the trouble.


Comment 09 May 2014

The Browns do not need Johnny douchebag to sell tickets.  In case nobody ever noticed, the Browns have been sold out even with a consistent 4-12 team.  This is not Cincy where they have a local TV blackout for playoff games.  The Clowns need players that will help them win games.  The tickets always sell out.  The Browns replaced one terrible billionaire owner for another terrible billionaire owner.  They passed on Sammy Watkins, bad mistake.  They over reach on a DB that they could have picked a similar one at 26, and they took a QB that was a mid second round at best.  In my opinion they could of had Watkins, Roby, and probably Su'a-Filo at 35.  But hey when your owner takes advice from a homeless guy, the future looks bright.

Comment 29 Apr 2014

I saw on the news in Cleveland yesterday, that Boardman Schools near Youngstown, will implement this same program described above.  That is interesting because it is a public school.  Obviously someone already stated the policy a private school could take with this, "if you don't like it, go somewhere else".  But this should be interesting if someone from a public school challenges this policy.  They said it would cost $ 40 per test and roughly $ 250,000 total for the Boardman district.  I see taxpayers getting a bit miffed to cover this bill. 

Comment 17 Apr 2014

Pete Johnson vs Any other Running Back

As far as Fickell vs Vrabel, Fickell was the greatest HWY wrestler coming out of high school, than anyone I have ever seen at any other school in any state.  His exploits were legendary.  Say what you will about his coaching, but his wrestling speaks for itself, and that would be all he would need in any circle drill.

Comment 16 Apr 2014

I think you are a little too much in love with JT Barrett.  He did some nice things in the second half when given the time.  When you included Jones as a run first guy, you lost all credibility.  The offensive line Jones was behind was definitely giving him less time than the one Barrett was operating behind.  Practice is where the job will be won.  Jones is pocket passer, always has been.  Just go back and watch his hs film.

Comment 15 Apr 2014

~~The real problem is that NCAA rules prohibit athletes from making any money on their own, via a job, unless during the specified time of year which the NCAA allows. They can get a job during the summer only, but can only make a limited amount of money. Ohio State's receiver Devier Posey was suspended 5 games for getting paid too much money for his summer job. These 5 games were in addition to the original 5 games he was suspended for selling his personal property for tattoos. How much was he overpaid? $ 2.37 total. So not only can they limit the so called "student athlete" to when and how much they can work, but they also can limit the amount of money that "student athlete" can earn. And if they don't like it they can strip a portion of your eligibility away and further damage your positioning in the NFL draft. The difference between him going in the first round where he was projected before this, and in the second round where he finally went, meant millions of dollars. Nowhere else in our society is this practiced or acceptable. No other student on scholarship for academics is restricted in this manner. And before anyone argues they are getting an opportunity at a free education most of us would be appreciative of, none of us are bringing in BILLIONS OF DOLLARS to the NCAA. The president of the NCAA makes somewhere north of $ 900K. The guy who sits on as chairperson for the Fiesta Bowl was getting paid over $ 600K plus perks equaling another$ 250K. That is to put on 1 football game per year. The head coaches are making $ 2 - $ 5 million per year in the top conferences. But yet a student athlete cannot get a couple of dollars to eat out, or buy some basic needs such as clothing. It is so nice of the people that are against it the most, are the ones who benefit the most off of the sacrifices of these “student athletes”. NCAA sports is a business. Period. It is time the employees are given something for their labor

The fact is very simple, NCAA sports is a business. The NCAA just signed two t.v. deals for the football playoff ($ 10 + billion) and the NCAA Basketball Tourney ($ 14 billion). To say the athletes that supplies the labor for these revenue streams should not be able to be provided with some form of monetary stipend above their tuition, is archaic and pure greed.

And let’s not forget who invented the term “student athlete”. It was the NCAA. And why did they invent this term? Read this article. http://johnclay.bloginky.com/.../why-the-ncaa-uses-the.../ It was the Colorado Supreme Court who ruled on the status to protect the financial gains of one of their state’s flagship universities. The monarch of the NCAA has had 6 decades to fill their pockets, without sharing with the labor which provides these riches.

The bottom line, congress will have to step in and set this all up. It is a very complicated mess with Title IX, IRS tax implications, etc to tip toe through this minefield. I just hope it does not destroy college sports. It will change from the current model, to what, I don’t think anyone can answer this just yet.

Those are the logistics that need to be worked out. Ohio State I think has the largest athletic department in the NCAA. They have 400 athletes on scholarship. They have a little over 1100 total athletes. So do you pay only the ones on scholarship? Because you do have to pay the girls gymnast that is on scholarship. That is the Title IX, that they cannot get around. So it is more than just football and basketball that needs to be accounted for. So $ 2,000 x 400 = $ 800,000. That seems like a bit low. Especially when you think the coaches are getting $ 4 million per yr. I know Ohio State, Michigan, and the rest of the big boys can afford to peel off about $ 2 million for their budget. But can the little sisters of the poor, afford to stay in business? I do not agree with the no pay for training camp. The labor board already addressed that, as well as, the travel time for some away games. Leaving on Friday afternoon and returning sometimes early Sunday. Just because the NCAA says it is only a 4 hour event, that labor board determined that they average well over the 20 hrs. per week that the NCAA defined as "20 hrs". When you factor in the education, room and board, etc., along with a monetary stipend, I would think somewhere between $ 4k and $ 5K would be sufficient. But we shall see