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Comment 21 Mar 2017

Look at the playing field. In football, Ohio State looms highest above all. There are maybe ten programs who have the nationwide reach of the Bucks. In basketball it is much different. Schools like UD and Xavier have access to similar resources that Ohio State has and not having to support football allows them to invest more heavily into the bball programs. There are some intangible differences at schools like that, which Ohio State cannot compete with.

Facilitywise, the Schott is a nice arena, but so is UD Arena and Cintas Center. In fact, it can be argued that the smaller size of those arenas creates a more intimate feel for the college athlete which may appeal to someone. In addition, if you wonder why a 5* player could pick XU or UD over Ohio State, there are other intangibles too. Take the lack of football. When you go to UD or XU or Butler, Villanova, you are the BMOC. At Ohio State, even Greg Oden was overshadowed by Troy Smith. Hell, even Lebron would have played second fiddle to anyone on the football team if he went to Ohio State. For some of these big ego players, that means something. Look at all the basketball powers out there and how they do in football and vice versa. Typically, football schools are not as successful for a reason. Florida, OSU, Michigan are some rare examples of being able to have success at both ends.

So, I don't think it is as easy to say that OSU it the biggest and has most resources so it should dominate basketball the same way it does In football. There are more recruiting intangibles at play in basketball.

Comment 20 Mar 2017

Does Ohio State have the brand?? In football, no question. In basketball, it is debatable.

For much of the last 25 years, Cincy had a bigger brand in bball than Ohio State. I remember living in Cleveland and Cincy basketball was bigger than OSU at the time. Xavier and Dayton have also developed niche brands in the state too. In football, Ohio State dominates all corners of the state except maybe the Cincy area. In basketball, Dayton is UD first, Cincy is UC, XU, UK first. Cleveland is pretty fair weather on college basketball on the whole. So, I do not think OSU basketball is the brand that it is in football. if anything it rides on football's coattails to get there.

Comment 13 Mar 2017

It is interesting how football recruiting in the state has changed. It seems that more and more of the higher level prospects are coming from the Cincy and Columbus area now whereas up until the 2000's the top talent in Ohio was in the Northeast and East part of the state.  For so long, when the NE Ohio schools dominated state championships in football, it was all about their brute size over the Cincy, Cbus kids speed and athleticism. Now it seems like the Cbus and Cincy kids are winning more and more state titles with faster athletes.

At least this was my opinion based on cursory evidence.

Comment 21 Feb 2017

I hate comparisons like this. Academics don't like it because of jealousy, but Yes, The football coach is more important than University President. The football coach is responsible for raising more money for all areas of the university than the president is or does. Yes, they raise a ton for athletics, but they do so much more. Urban does a ton for academics too. Just think how much harder Michael Drake's job would be to get alumni donations without Urbs bringing good press to the school. Imagine how much money is donated by wining and dining donors at football games, pep rallies, bball games, etc. Yes, you have Wexner who gave a ton of money to the university, but athletics has helped with those donations immensely over the years. So when people complain about people's priorities being misplaced between academia and sports, they need to get a life because sports helps drive academics.

Comment 21 Feb 2017

It was more for recruiting purposes. I don't think any high school kid today knows who Kent Graham or Tom Tupa are. The only reason why Herbie is there (and I personally love Herbie, but he was far from a great QB) is because these recruits watch Gameday and recognize his name and face on Gameday.

Comment 10 Jan 2017

Watching the game, I felt Bama reminded me so much of Ohio State with a slow offense that was fairly one dimension and stout defense. Bama D was not much better than what OSU presented but their Offense moved the ball better or Clemson did not play as tough.

Clemson peaked at the right time. They were not a playoff team early in the season but they turned it on at the end. Kudos to them.

OSU Bama would have been a BIG slugfest if they had a chance to meet. I would have liked our odds better in that game then Clemson

Deshaun is a difference maker and showed it. Very few college QB's can place a ball like he did. I hope he enjoys his time in Cleveland next year.

Comment 09 Jan 2017

I follow the Buckeye Commandments and Commandment #3 states - Thou shall not speak negatively about Tress.

That being said, it is a completely different era now. Tress coached before 4-5 star athletes became a huge thing and before social media and twitter. Meyer understands the power of that and excels in this area. Tress developed local talent but often took longer but Meyer prefers the top athletes around. There is nothing wrong with Meyers approach because with top 5 recruiting classes each year, they just keep reloading on talent. Tress could not do this because the talent was not strong enough back then, it needed development.

I think for programs like OSU and Bama, gone are the days where they cannot contend for the playoff EVERY YEAR.

Comment 23 Dec 2016

Yes - because it does not afford due process to the accused. Reading through the report, I see someone who consented but regretted it later. There were things that happened she did not like but she consented to it. She also did not have recollection of all the players but it appears the title ix office is trying to rope them in. 

Not saying I approve of the players behavior but, that does not mean they deserve to have their right to defend themselves stripped from them

Comment 23 Dec 2016

You don't become a graduate transfer if you are the starting QB at Ohio state. Anywhere else is a step back. 

Graduate transfers aee are backups looking for more playing time or someone who is good looking to get more exposure at a top program. 

The only way JT is leaving is if he is going pro

Comment 22 Dec 2016

I am bitterly disappointed in the law enforcement officials tonight. Bitterly disappointed. There were no Buckeyes arrested and the officials only picked on my players for their wrong actions. Bitterly disappointed 

Comment 14 Dec 2016

Dabo understands that some recruits need toys like a slide to want to play football in the middle of nowhere SC.

Of course there are many elite recruits who don't need stupid gimmicks like this. They are called Buckeyes

Comment 02 Dec 2016

The one year was because the bucks were ineligible otherwise it would have been us. Remember for the first three years they were in our division 

Comment 02 Dec 2016

The trend I find interesting is that since its inception, the BIG title game has featured either Bucky or Sparty or both every season.

Comment 30 Nov 2016

I would pull for Bama in a heartbeat and be singing Roll Tide all the way. Michigan had their chance. Besides, I want a crack at Bama and to be able to knock them off. I hate the Tide but it would be much better to be the one's to knock them off instead of Michigan.

Comment 29 Nov 2016

I want to cut him some slack here. I remember in 98 rushing the field after the game and there was a fan in front of me who was smarting off to a scUM player as he was trying to walk off the field. That player delivered an elbow to the face knocking him down. I cant say the fan did not deserve it. To Peppers defense, he was coming off an intense game, and had not had a chance to even process the disappointment when he was confronted by a bunch of fans. Also, he is living under the microscope as a 20 year old. Lets cut him a bit of a break here.