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Comment 04 Feb 2016

Harbaugh did an excellent job this year. He got a few guys (David Long & Dylan Crawford, in particular) who I would've loved the Buckeyes to get.

If you're looking for solace for this massive injection of talent they just got, just remember: 1) Michigan finished strong, but the Buckeyes' class overall is equally good. Just because Jon Cooper & DeMario McCall committed so long ago doesn't make them any less of a big deal than any of the guys Michigan got late; 2) Given what his brother did, you can very realistically make the argument that you'd take Nick Bosa over Rashan Gary; 3) They "stole" Kareem Walker, and he ended up being ranked below the guy we got to replace him; 4) Harbaugh's only a year in and we're already starting to hear the first signs of issues around the antics that made people hate him everywhere else he went. 

Having said all that, I think Michigan's class next year will be even better and one of these years under him they'll get lucky and beat us. But by 2018 there's a 50/50 shot he's either getting on everyone's nerves in Ann Arbor or he's looking back to the NFL (or both).

Comment 26 Jan 2016

I knew Bob when he first began announcing at OSU. He was working soccer and other sports then. Always joking and fun to be around. I remember how excited he was when he got the football job because it was such a huge step from a few hundred people at a soccer game to 100,000. Bob's a great guy.

Comment 21 Jan 2016

Those Glenville guys do sometimes pop up late, so it's possible one or two guys for 2017 could still surface, but by now they usually are on the radar.

I have no clue what happened. Ginn's health troubles didn't appear to hurt the team that much. While they weren't as good as some years prior, they still made the playoffs and seemed to have a ton of talent. And talent is talent, right? Urban or Dantonio would gladly take a 6'1", 190-lb speedster from Glenville, even if he's raw.

Comment 04 Jan 2016

There's a hole in that reasoning, though. Regardless of what Tyvis decides he'd like to pursue as a next step in his life, the goal of college for anyone is typically to leave having positioned yourself best for that chosen next step.

In other words, if his career choice is whatever his degree is in, then he's ready for it. He has his a degree. He completed the necessary work to prepare him for success.

However, his career choice is professional football. So if that's where he's going to direct his effort and passion, it's in his best interest to use his college career to position himself the best way possible for a successful career in professional football. In his case, I think most would agree he could use another year playing on the collegiate level to do that. 

Comment 04 Jan 2016

Jim Tressel used to say if you're going to be a first-round pick, go ahead. If not, come back and get better. 

Bosa and Zeke, those guys have no reason to come back. But all of this with especially Jalin and Tyvis is ridiculous. Jalin is a super-talented athlete who could've been one of the team's top 2 or 3 playmakers next year. He finally could be in that dynamic offense without having to share touches with Devin Smith or Zeke or Mike Thomas or Braxton. He easily could've become a first-round pick. My guess is he won't go before Round 3. Tyvis, I'm not sure what he's thinking. He just doesn't look like an NFL caliber safety to me. 

Both guys could've easily benefited and made more $$ if they stayed one more year. Is there any other conclusion to draw other than they just don't want to go to school anymore? 

More importantly, is this a bad look for Urban and the program that guys are jetting as soon as they can?

Comment 22 Dec 2015

So nobody yet has answered the original question. 

Here's what I came up with:

Barring a miracle, Ginn won't be Newton's leading receiver. That'll be Greg Olsen, who currently has 28 more receptions and 300+ receiving yards more than Ginn. Although Olsen is a tight end, he'd still be considered Newton's top receiver. 

So we could instead rephrase the question in two other ways:

1. Has a WR ever been the top WR for both a Heisman QB and NFL MVP?

2. Ginn may very well end up being Newton's top TD catcher. He's 3 up on Olsen right now. So we could ask, has anyone ever been the top touchdown recipient for both a Heisman QB and NFL MVP?

In the Super Bowl Era, the answers appear to be 1) Yes and 2) No.  

Jack Snow was the leading receiver for both the 1969 LA Rams and MVP Roman Gabriel, as well as the 1964 Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Heisman winner John Huarte. However, Snow only led the '69 Rams in receptions & yards, not touchdowns. So (although it's kind of convoluted with the TD qualification), Ginn would be the first player in the Super Bowl Era to catch the most touchdowns from both a Heisman winner and NFL MVP. 

Great John Huarte Fun Fact: Some of you may know that 'back in the day', each season the NFL Champions would play against a team of College All-Stars from the previous season. John Huarte was the MVP of the 1965 game in which the All-Stars defeated the Cleveland Browns, who were the 1964 NFL Champions. That, of course, was Cleveland's last professional title. 

Snow, who died in 2005, was the father of former MLB'er J.T. Snow. 

Comment 13 Mar 2015

Don't this guy and the HS coach they hired from NJ a month ago feel crappy that they know there are hundreds of more experienced candidates out there and they only reason they were even considered was the chance to turn the recruiting tide in those areas? I don't blame Harbaugh for doing it because I'm sure it'll get them some traction -- and most head coaches would gladly fill a dumb role with someone like that if it meant more influence in a high-talent area -- but those guys should feel used.

Comment 09 Jan 2015

Mark May isn't as dumb as he looks. He's an average analyst if he plays things straight. He doesn't stand out among the other 15 college football guys on ESPN. But this role he plays -- antagonizing one of the nation's most popular programs continually, turning himself into a heel and getting fans all riled up -- makes him a lot more memorable. Jesse Palmer and David Pollack -- those guys play it straight. They're unbiased analysts. But nobody cares about those guys. May knows what he's doing. 

Comment 08 Jan 2015

I'm less concerned with Allen being out. They really spread the ball around this year and had success with a lot of different targets. They're not wanting at the offensive skill positions. 

Comment 30 Dec 2014

Not sure how I feel about the loose/joking around mindset vs. the alternative. I always preferred the "this is a business trip"/serious mindset that was more the team's attitude vs. Miami in '03. But there's an argument to be made for both and I suppose I should trust Urban, being the master of psychology that he is. 

Comment 16 Dec 2014

I'm not saying he's at the level of Urban as a college coach. He's not. But if you take what he did at San Diego and Stanford and add in that he rebuilt the 49ers and took them to the Super Bowl in 2 years, that's a pretty impressive resume in a relatively short period of time. He went 29-6 at San Diego. He took Stanford from 4-8 to 12-1, beat USC 3 of 4 times and won a BCS Bowl. And in four years as an NFL coach, this will be the first year he hasn't been 11-5 or better. 

My point is, if Michigan gets him, this isn't as if they hired Greg Schiano or Dan Mullen or Pat Fitzgerald. Harbaugh is a legit coach who has done nothing but win wherever he has gone. This isn't a "wait and see" hire. This would be a big-time get for Michigan.

(And to blow off his coaching experience at San Diego b/c it's an FCS school is a little hypocritical of us considering I seem to remember the Buckeyes recently having a coach who came directly from those ranks.)

Comment 16 Dec 2014

Couple things:

1) True, San Francisco might be better served to hold onto Harbaugh until February but pro teams aren't usually in the habit of treating head coaches like property rather than people (like they do their athletes). If Harbaugh expressed an interest in going to Michigan and it would make more sense for him to leave now to get there and build a recruiting class, there's a good chance the 49ers would allow the buyout and let him go. They're not looking to give Michigan or Harbaugh a hard time.

2) You guys blowing off this potential hire are either in denial or just crazy. Very similar to Urban, Harbaugh has built multiple college programs and taken them to high places. There's no question with his attitude and NFL background he's a guy that prep stars from all over the country are going to want to play for. It instantly puts Michigan in play for any blue chip recruit in the region. If Harbaugh comes to Michigan, we Ohio State fans are lucky we have probably one of only a few coaches in the nation that is even more dangerous.

Comment 27 Aug 2013

For the very little that was considered up in the air here, there are a few contradictions to what we've heard since camp started and I'm guessing it's a ploy to list upperclassmen as starters.

From everything Urban has said no way Chris Fields is your starter ahead of Dontre Wilson. Fields hasn't even been mentioned at that position as far as I've heard. That's respect to a senior if I've ever seen it.

Same goes with Jordan Hall as a RB. Why put Dunn or Ball as the starter there when you can say Hall is your starting RB, which leaves room for Fields at H-B? These depth charts are worthless for skill positions in offenses like Urban's.