He wasn't fired during the season. Robert Smith left the team in 1991 claiming the Uzelac pressured him to miss classes to attend practice. The spat went public and Uzelac was fired after the season, Smith came back the next season.
Schematically tOSU is pretty easy to stop on offense, they have shown no ability to beat teams over the top with the pass and the O-Line hasn't shown the ability to pick up blitzes very well. I'd put an8th man in the box and make J.T. have to throw over the top to beat me, he's yet to prove he can do that consistently and ther WR's even Noah Brown are untested. None of the teams they've played to date have exhibited gap discipline on the D-Line allowing Weber gaping holes. Samuel is a match-up nightmare, but he can be contained by not allowiing our O-Line and TE to set the edge against the DE and defending the Q-Run is difficult for every team as no defense accounts for the QB in the scramble game. Defensively they haven't shown great LB play , but the D-Line has been spectacular so they've gotten away with mediocre play by that group. The CB's are susceptible to the double move, slants and hitch routes Hooker looks into the backfield way too much and Damon Webb can't cover anyone's TE. The speed and athletic ability of this team is unbelievable the only team I've seen that's faster is the Jamaican 4X100 team, it will take and extraordinary effort to beat them, but they're not invincible.
I don't see the rampant pessimism as described above. What I see is an honest assessment of a football team's weaknesses and how this weeks opponent is capable of exploiting those weaknesses. Oklahoma has problems with QB's like J.T. Barrett, that's no secret and UFM and J.T. talked to Tom Herman who thrashed Oklahoma in the season opener, which they should have done.
Why is this even a thread? Only on a tOSU website would this be talked about, Eric Dickerson is a HOF'er and one of the top 5 NFL RB's of all-time. His rookie year was 1983 and no one has broken his record yet, why would he be concerned about Zeke, breaking it.
How good must Ezekiel Elliott, Jalin Marshall and Braxton Miller be, that Curtis Samuel and Dontre Wilson didn't get much playing time last season.....
A large part of the "SEC mystique" is predicated on not playing non-conference games on the road, now we know why.....
That's an excuse that is made quite often, pressure on a QB is pressure on a QB no matter what offense the team runs. Oklahoma's receivers won't drop slant passes when the DB's a re a half-step late. Baker Mayfield and his bunch will turn those into long gains or TD's.
For all of the talk about rotating 10 D-linemen, how good Sam Hubbard, Tyquan Lewis and Jaylyn Holmes are and LJ's vaunted "Rushmen" package, the D-Line wasn't impressive yesterday. If not for a plethora of dropped passes at critical times, James Knapke would have had a much better day, he certainly wasn't pressured very much. The only sack of the day came from Bosa in "garbage time." While they were stout against an under-sized O-Line and average RB's, they need to get much more pressure on the QB.
The way to establish a pipeline at a school is to recruit their athletes to your school, coach them up, have them play their asses off and get drafted. tOSU wins on all counts. It doesn't hurt to have a rock star HC with multiple Natty's either....
To, two and too, as well as, their, there and they're....
McCall has star written all over him, if he keeps his head on straight and stays healthy the sky's the limit. I saw two of his games in HS and the name that came immediately to mind was Ted Ginn, Jr. he probably isn't as fast, but other than maybe Joey Galloway or Usain Bolt who is?
I saw this earlier on Yahoo Sports, because I don't really follow recruiting until NLOI Day, but the comments from those people on the Yahoo site were mostly resignation and disbelief that it took this long for this to happen. I don't believe they ever thought he was going there and it doesn't really bother them. I don't go on their fansite until we sand their ass and then it's fun reading their comments and whining, so i don't know what that's like.
He's way too busy telling HS recruits about all of his NFL experience and all the All-Pro players he's coached, meanwhile what they see is every receiver who has started for Zach Smith at tOSU is currently on an NFL roster.
Who's got it better than us!!!
I hate getting into this discussion, but I'm not doing anything pressing today, so this is good. For me it's Wilt Chamberlain and it isn't even close. If your subjective measure for greatness in a team sport is number of championships won, you'll disagree. If it's just individual achievement then there can be no argument. Wilt retired from the NBA 43 years ago and he still holds 78 individual NBA records. The NBA had to change the rules to make the game fairer because of him, they widened the lane and implemented the 3-second rule after the 1960 season, his rookie year, in which he averaged 50.4 ppg and 25.7 rpg. He scored 30-points in 65 consecutive games, he has 7 consecutive 50-point games, and 1 100-point game. The most amazing stat of his career, other than the fact that he never fouled out of an NBA game, is that in the history of the NBA there are 5 games in which a player has scored 50 points and grabbed 40 rebounds, Wilt has all 5.
What you post fails to consider is how the top 10 athletes in each of those individual events would fare if they competed in all 10 events over a two day period. Usain Bolt won the 100-meters and said he didn't run faster times in the 200 because he was tired and the 200 was two days later, could he have run the 1500 the day after winning the 100? The Gold Medal winner in the High Jump was a Canadian, how would he do in the Shot put a few hours after winning Gold? The title of world's greatest athlete was bestowed on Jim Thorpe by the King of Sweden after he won the Decathlon in the 1912 Olympics, so it technically isn't even a sports aphorism. In today's universe every athlete who's popular is suddenly crowned "the greatest of all-time," which is why the phrase has lost its meaning to most people. LeBron James is a magnificent basketball player and may wind up being the best of his era, as were Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson, none of the three is the greatest basketball player of all-time and it isn't even close. What Ashton Eaton has done has only been done by two other men in Olympic history, that deserves some consideration.
Kordell Stewart, Antwan Randle-El, and Julian Edelman come immediately to mind, I could probably think of a few others if I tried.
You are 100% correct and many of the smaller religious schools don't have the advantages of the larger schools, but many states do separate the schools. CYO ball is a big feeder as well.
This is what many Ohio HS Football fans have been saying for years. I played at East Cleveland Shaw in the middle 70's and many of our best players were recruited to St. Joseph's HS, Euclid HS lost a fair number of players to both Joe's and Lake Catholic. Ohio is one of the few state's where public and private/religious schools still compete against each other. The playing field has never been level and never will be. With that being said, Massillon has been cheating for decades and it's an open secret. This slap on the wrist by the impotent OHSAA, which only cares about raising money and providing jobs for retired school district employees, means nothing to them.
Ah, I see what you did there. It wasn't even Le Clos.
This isn't the first assessment of Raekwon that says pretty much the same thing, the Draft guys on the NFL Network say the exact same thing. One of them used the classic line,"looks like Tarzan, plays like Jane." The consensus of most observers say that this tOSU team will look great getting off the bus, but can they really play, we'll find out September 3rd won't we?
Lots of angst for a meaningless preseason poll, where would expect a team that lost 16 starters and twelve NFL draft picks to be ranked. The season starts in a few weeks, then we'll know won't we?
John Frank, I never thought he had the requisite speed or size to play TE in the NFL.
The next airing of "B1G Elite; The 2002 Buckeyes" you may want to watch. That team had many flaws and close calls as well. The statement about the 2012 team is definitive and it should be.