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Comment 20 Jun 2017

I had the privilege of attending some of Woody's military history lectures in the ROTC building when I went to OSU.  He spoke about military history with the same passion and expertise he spoke about football.  The man was a giant.

Comment 17 Jun 2017

As long as donors want to pony up and pay for it, why not? It is worth mentioning that like OSU, Michigan's athletic department operates in the black. This isn't costing taxpayers or general students a dime. In fact, the athletic dept. GIVES money to the general fund.

I see the reasoning.  NCAA is made up of colleges.  So long as donors pick up the check, it costs schools nothing...therefore, why not?

The 2 flies in the ointment are 1) Not all schools have sugar daddies with deep pockets (unfair between schools);  2) I don't see donors lining up to pay for non-football player students to take European trips.  That makes this the very definition of "extra benefit" and therefore recruiting violation (at least in spirit).

Congrats to those kids that got in under the wire and I suppose Harbaugh gets credit for keeping his team of nitpickers looking for loopholes in the letter of the NCAA bylaws.  

However, it makes me wonder why we never heard about Stanford team trips to Europe, Asia or wherever.  Lack of donors...different institutional ethics...nobody had thought of it yet????  (Serious question and institutional ethics is a perfectly valid answer without assigning probabilities.)

Comment 13 Jun 2017

Exactly. Almost no way to not just be subjective in this ranking as well as the ones they do.

- Stats as a true freshman (otherwise your results are skewed by the college's relative ability to develop talent)?

- Stats over college career (again, overlooks school's ability to develop talent, but at least gives a broader measure)?

- NFL draft rank (same weaknesses as above...and throws in the team needs and quality of pro scouts)?

Comment 12 Jun 2017

Who knows.  A kid whose only played 1 year will double his experience before he gets here...should skyrocket, but could run into a plateau from the learning curve.  More tape is needed before anyone can really answer that question.

LJ sees lots of potential...that's plenty good enough for me.  The pecking order will work itself out after a few more games this fall.

Comment 06 Jun 2017

About 20-ish, based solely on football money and general school prestige.

We are not and never will be a bball blueblood.

We are not and never will be a bball-first school.

We are not and never will be a school where bball is a big draw regardless of record...in spite of not being a bball-first school (examples would be Wisky, MSU).

We have no tradition of excellence in bball.

We have no very recent program success to build on.

However, we do have to play several schools each year that have those things and will have strong teams.

All we have is Football providing plenty of money, good facilities and a good university.  No tradition, rabid fanbase, huge following or recent success to build on.  

In the B1G alone, MSU, Wisky, Indiana and Maryland are more desirable jobs for a coach.  Purdue and Ill may or may not be on that list too.

Just my 2 cents.

Comment 03 Jun 2017

I've never tweeted in my life, but what's the point.  Is retweeting really any expression of a fanbase's dedication or their love for the players/recruits?

If it was really a "how many tweets can I get" contest to prove worthiness of a fanbase, it becomes a matter of who can write/buy better code to stuff the ballot box.  A 2min Google search turned up half a dozen services to generate umpteen retweets.

Enjoy yourselves young uns...then get your ass in the weight room.  It's summer, time to separate from the pretenders.

Comment 16 May 2017


More of a comment on the difficulty of the task of projecting kids development 4-6 years into the future (down to the level of top 5 versus the field) as well as the services ability to do said task than it is about OSU being better at developing "not top kids" into top prospects than anyone else.

Forecasting is HARD.  Forecasting about the future is DAMN HARD.  Forecasting a given kid 6 years into the future relative to 1000 other kids all with the same goal is essentially rolling the dice. 

Comment 02 May 2017

Dark Lord is the king...but only available at the plant on one day per year...if you can get a damn ticket (which ain't easy).