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OSU grad, born in Cincinnati, now living on west coast.


  • COLLEGE BASKETBALL PLAYER: John Havlicek (was lucky enough to meet him)
  • NFL TEAM: 49ers –Yorks. Met Joe Montana, R Lott, S. Young.
  • NBA TEAM: Muscleball? Nope.
  • MLB TEAM: Go Giants! Champs!
  • SOCCER TEAM: Offside rule, as enforced, is lame.

Recent Activity

Comment 15 Apr 2015

I suspect Tressel has moved on, and has found another way to help young people. The hours are a lot better, he can spend quality time with his wife on a daily basis, and there aren't any troubling phone calls after 11pm.

Based on that and the statements I've heard him make, I would not be surprised if he never took another football coaching job.

BTW, having won multiple National Championships and election to the Hall of Fame, he has reaching the pinnacle in coaching football. New challenges lie ahead.

Comment 12 Apr 2015

FYI:  The word homophile refers to homosexual individuals and the "advocating or supportive of the interests, civil rights, and welfare of homosexuals". In later usage the term also came to refer to an individual who accepts homosexuals, a supporter of certain rights of homosexuals, one who has positive thoughts about homosexuality, or an advocate of its social acceptance.

This definition—from Wikipedia—has a pretty broad spectrum.

OTOH—also Wikipedia:  Homophobia encompasses a range of negative attitudes and feelings toward homosexuality or people who are identified or perceived as being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT). It can be expressed as antipathy, contempt, prejudice, aversion, or hatred, may be based on irrational fear, and is sometimes related to religious beliefs.

Comment 06 Apr 2015

Duke wins with the fullback plunge and blows to the head.

Really disappointing that refs allow so much aggressive play, especially on offense.

Comment 05 Apr 2015

And yet again, in each sport the media anointed the SEC team as the eventual champion, and disparaged anyone who thought otherwise. I wish there were a web site that kept records of which writers were wrong (and their level of arrogance), so that we could discount their opinions next time around.

(In my bracket, I actually had Wisc over Ky.  But I picked Duke to lose in the semifinal. Dang!)

Comment 04 Apr 2015

So how is Craft doing for the Santa Cruz Warriors in the NBA D-League?

Aaron is averaging 9.4 pts/game on 44% FG and 80% FT shooting, 4.9 reb, 6.3 asst, 2.5 steals and 36.0 min/game. (Seem familiar?)

His team is tied for the best record in the D-League heading into the playoffs.

Comment 04 Apr 2015

I didn't see a link to donate for Rod's medical bills, so you can here.  The fund is just 70% raised as of this posting.

BTW, if you're helping out, don't place a $ before or .00 after the dollar amount.

Once a Buckeye, always a Buckeye !

Comment 02 Apr 2015

I watched the 1st half of the video. Maybe it's just me, but I wasn't overly impressed with either Esa Ahmad or Potter, even though he's just a junior. If Micah comes to OSU, I'd like to see more arm extension on shots for a higher release point, more elevation for rebounds and a bit more hustle. B1G players can do those things, and if Potter works hard at it, I think he can too.

Comment 01 Apr 2015

Matta's assistant coaches are a big part of recruiting the guys he has coming in later this year and next year. You want to ditch the guys who brought in a top10 class? 

I agree that assistant coaches are a big part of team success, and Matta has had some assistants go on to coaching success, e.g., Brad Stevens, both Millers, etc. So he either chooses good assistant coaches or develops them. Or both. (Would Paulus—from Duke—be at OSU if that weren’t the case?) Perhaps his current crew is just beginning to hit their stride.

Please consider this perspective: Some feel that Matta’s teams’ performance the last two years indicate he should be let go. If similar criteria were applied at other schools, some great coaches would be removed. Kansas would lose Bill Self, as his teams had similar records as OSU (25-10 and 27-9), and failed to advance past the NCAA round of 32 the past 2 years. The same for Villanova’s Jay Wright, whose teams also lost in the round of 32 both years, despite records of 29-5 and 33-3 respectively.

Comment 30 Mar 2015

Well deserved, DR.  Great hoops IQ and willing to do all the coaches ask. Please stay another year to demonstrate that again.

Meanwhile, teams that don’t buy in to what their coaches tell them will continue to be beaten by teams (even less physically talented ones) who have bought in.

Comment 29 Mar 2015

Why put any stock in big media hoops guys*? They widely acknowledged the Big 12 as the best CBB conference: but Big 12 teams went 5-7  overall (with 4 losing to higher seeds) and sent just 2 teams in the Sweet 16, and both lost (one ugly).

* I suspect they thought Kansas was a whole lot better than it really was, and that assumption led to a lot of subsequent over-rating.

Comment 29 Mar 2015

Yeah—B1G basketball was down this year. Only 2 teams made the Final Four. 

The Big 12 was widely acknowledged as the best CBB conference: got 1 2 teams in the Sweet 16, and both lost (one ugly). Overall big 12 went 5-7. with 4 losing to higher seeds.

Edit: I momentarily forgot WVU was Big 12, so I edited above.  Big Ten conference record so far: 11-5

Comment 25 Mar 2015

As B1G revenues begin to fully flow to Rutgers, they will be able to upgrade their facilities, though I suspect stadium expansion may depend on team success / attendance.

Also, even Ohio State doesn't get ALL the good prospects in Ohio, and even if Rutgers starts to reach Greg Schiano levels of success, they still won't get all the prospects. Although they should get some of the best recruits. Sometimes 11W commenters forget that it's the prospect's decision, and their decision criteria are often different: some want a smaller school, others find personal relationships with coaches more important, some prefer the best academic schools for their particular interests. The kids do not BELONG to any specific school in their state, and it's not a fail if the B1G school doesn't sign a particular in-state athlete.

Comment 24 Mar 2015

It seems the Matta haters are absolutely clueless about basketball, recruiting, development, relationships or reputation. OSU LOVES Matta, based on media releases and comments. If they fire him, who would give up their current gig for a job where they fired the best coach they ever had? At a football schoool? That reputation would sink a lot of hiring efforts. 

Matta has had some of the best recruiting classes ever, including the last two, and all the recruits Rosenbuck named above. A lot of the great recruits left OSU early, as shown below. 

He also has developed great coaches who got HC jobs at other schools: John Groce, Archie and Sean Miller, Todd Lickliter, Brad Stevens of NBA Celtics. Can fair-weather fans not see the obvious development in the players, who can play both man, zone, and press defenses effectively, have improved their rebounding, and so on, that they did not do well at the beginning of the season?

Matta's players who left early:

  • 2007: Greg Oden (Fresh), taken No. 1; Mike Conley (Fresh), No. 4; Daequan Cook (Fresh), No. 21 
  • 2008: Kosta Koufos (Fresh), No. 23 
  • 2009: B.J. Mullens (Fresh), No. 24 
  • 2010: Evan Turner (Junior), No. 2 
  • 2012: Jared Sullinger (Soph.), No. 21 
  • 2013: Deshaun Thomas (Junior),  No. 58
  • 2014: Amedeo Della Valle (Soph.), Italy
  • 2014: LaQuinton Ross (Junior), Europe
  • 2015: D’Angelo Russell (Fresh) ??
Comment 24 Mar 2015

If the hoops team worked like this, then...oh, wait... Bob Baptist of the Dispatch reports:

"Matta said David Bell gained 25 pounds since enrolling and Trevor Thompson 30. Said Thompson is about 240.

Matta says its up to the players in offseason to do a lot of work on their game on their own. Coaches get 2 hrs/week with them. Matta: Some do. Some don't. Some do it right. Some don't.

Matta: you've got to be able to post the ball. It helps the offense.

Could that be a leadership issue among the players? Outgoing seniors, who were basically role players for 4 years, may not have felt able or comfortable taking on that leadership role.  My wish? That Thompson, Tate, Loving & KBD get together and lay some groundwork for leading next year's team. The OSU athletic department must have some leadership materials available.