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Comment 16 hours ago

I lived in Charlotte for 17 years and weather that time of year is complete crap shoot. As an example on Jan 12 (day of the championship game) it was 50+, but on Dec30 (Belk Bowl day) it was closer to 40 at a 6:30 KO.

In the 2013 Belk Bowl game it got down to 21, in 2011 they got nearly an inch of rain during the game

But is has also been 66 at game time twice, so very hit and miss

Comment 17 Apr 2015

I would love for this to happen but i think you are being a bit optimistic. Below are a few i think are stretches

1) Purdue beating Marshall in WV, I take Marshal and give you 21 points. Purdue has zero offense is on a 6 game losing streak and will likely have the worst record in conference again as their recruiting sucks, Marshall still has a ton of offense and would likely go .500 in the B10, to me this is a big win for Marshall

2) NW over Stanford - although not impossible i think Ftiz life cycle has passed. His team lost 5 of their last 7 and 14 of their last 20 while Stanford has nearly their entire offense back from an 8-5 team who beat Maryland by 24 in a bowl and UCLA (ranked) before that. I think Stanford wins although it may be close because it is in Chicago

3) MD at WVU, sorry MD will be terrible this year having lost a lot off season i think WVU wins here

3) the following games to me are at best toss ups Iowa vs ISU in Ames, MSU vs Oregon, Rutgers vs Wash St, UM vs BYU, UM at Utah, Nebby vs Miami in Miami, Iowa vs Pitt, and Ind at Wake.

Thats 11 games where i either disagree or at best think your being optimistic. if 5 of those turn out right then the conference goes 46-10, still quite good but to me much more realistic, i think your 51-5 is best case scenario

Comment 15 Apr 2015

The school he is at is not in the NCAA. They are NAIA so even if banned for life from the NCAA he could still get hired by these guys

Comment 15 Apr 2015

The bowl revenue numbers above includes the playoff payouts which were massive.

However, many bowls struggled to put anyone in seats and are at risk of disappearing. Making a judgment on long term viability based on the first year is risky.

However the following bowls will need to do something to survive long term.

Each of the following drew less than a 2/3 full house for their game

10. Belk (Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, N.C.), Georgia-Louisville: 61.9% - UGA is less than 4 hours from Charlotte and they could not fill that stadium?

9. Miami Beach (Marlins Park, Miami, Fla.), Memphis-BYU: 56.5%

8. Heart of Dallas (Cotton Bowl, Dallas, Texas), Illinois-Louisiana Tech: 54.29% - La Tech is a decent regional team

7. Hawaii (Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii), Rice-Fresno State: 50.73%

6. Foster Farms (Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, Calif.), Maryland-Stanford: 50.42% - Stanford's campus is a 20 minute drive from this stadium and it was barely half full and it only holds 68K

5. Potato (Bronco Stadium, Boise, Idaho), Air Force-Western Michigan: 49.25% - Air Force is a good regional team for this event

4. New Orleans (Superdome, New Orleans, La.), Louisiana-Lafayette-Nevada: 48.8% - a Louisiana team in a La site and it is less than half full

3. Poinsettia (Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, Calif.), Navy-San Diego State: 46.4% - SDSU playing a home game and Navy supports their teams well

2. Birmingham (Legion Field, Birmingham, Ala.), East Carolina-Florida: 42.05%

1. Quick Lane (Ford Field, Detroit, Mich.), Rutgers-North Carolina: 36.73%

Many of those bowls if that kind of attendance and likely terrible TV viewership persists may close their doors

Comment 14 Apr 2015

I sometimes wonder how much people want to see the TE do. Aaron Hernandez in '08 caught 34 balls for 381 yards and 5 TDS, last year Heuermann and Vannett combined (since they split the job fairly 50/50) caught 36 passes for 427 yards and 7 TDs

in '06 Ingram his primary TE caught only 30 passes all year for 380 yards and 1 TE while Heuermann in 2013 caught 26 for 466 yards and 4 TDs

seems to me Meyer is using his TE's about the same amount as at Florida

Last year our TEs caught a combined 37 passes in 15 games, thats 2.5 per game. They accounted for just over 14% of our completions...if we want them to catch more, who do we take receptions away from to do it? We completed a school record 260 passes last year. If we duplicate that, who gets less touches to give the TE's more?

WR's caught 70%, and RBs caught the rest ie we throw to the backs less?, take away some catches by Thomas, Marshall, Wilson etc, to ge the ball to Vannett more? or dp we simply thow more and give the ball to our Heisman caliber RB less?

John Frank holds the single season record for a TE at 45 in 1983 and that unit had zilch for WR's that year with Cedric Anderson and Thad Jemison. I for one dont want to see Vannett get more catches at the expense of some of our other playmakers

Comment 13 Apr 2015

You didnt know this because its not true

UC is 0-4 vs BGSU (lost o them 4 times in the early to mid 90's), but they are 5-3 vs Toledo making them 5-7 overall

Against the entire MAC UC is 97-93-10

for years UC was basically on par with the MAC but once the moved up from the Independent ranks to CUSA in 96 but especially when they fired Minter, hired Dantonio and moved to the Big East between 2004 and 2006, they have also funneled a ton of money into their program, that it is no longer the same as a MAC school.

Since 96 only Toledo has a better win pct than UC in Ohio outside of the Buckeyes (Toledo is .621 UC is .591), and since 2004 when they hired Dantonio, they out pace all MAC teams and are 20th nationally.

That said they are not close to OSU.

Although they are 20th nationally they have 1 "marquee" win a 3 point neutral site win over a 7-6 Va Tech team in 2012. They have won 94 games in the last 11 years but 10 of those are against Miami O alone. Adding in non bcs level schools they account for 52 of those 94 wins, and the ones over BCS teams are as follows:

USF - 7, Syracuse - 6, Oregon St - 2, Rutgers - 5, WVU - 2, Louisville - 4, Pitt - 4 and the following once each, TCU, Illinois, NCST, Vandy, Va Tech, Duke and Purdue, so other than Va tech (who was down that year), they have not been exactly murderers row as the TCU win came while TCU was still in CUSA

I think part of UC's cockiness comes from the hoops side and beating OSU head to head back in the 60's and the dream that they could make that happen in football too.

Comment 10 Apr 2015

So for for a final analysis

OSU played 15 games, 8 of those were away from the Shoe. ALL 8 of those games played away from the shoe involved a team that ended up in a bowl game (Navy, MD, Penn St, Mich St, Minn, Wisconsin, Alabama and Oregon). 3 of them were in the top 5 and a 4th in the top 13.

TCU played only 6 of 13 games away from their home stadium and one of those was in Dallas (SMU, Baylor, Texas, WVU, Kansas and Ole Miss) 2 of those teams were the worst teams in D1A football (SMU and Kansas) who were both so bad they fired their HC's mid season. Only 2 finished the year ranked (Baylor at 7 and Ole Miss at 17)

Baylor played only 7 games of 13 away from Waco and lost 2 of them (WVU and MSU) (also played Buffalo, Iowa St, Texas, Oklahoma and Texas Tech), only MSU finished ranked

OSU played only 3 teams under .500 or below FBS level all year (Kent, Indiana and Mich)

TCU played 5 such games, Baylor played 6 such games

by any measure OSU played a tougher schedule

even ignoring Bama and Oregon, we still played more games away from home against tougher teams and had the same record and we were the 4th seed

Comment 09 Apr 2015

Our TEs caught 37 balls last year for 429 yards and 8 TDs.. They caught 34 for 546 yards and 5 TDs in 2013 in 1 less game. That is fairly solid production from that Position

The numbers during Tressel's years are as follows

2010 - 30-343-3 with Stoney and Fragel

2009 - 16-180-0 with Ballard and Stoney

2008 - 11-133-2 with Nicol and Ballard

2007 - 29-233-2 with Nicol and Ballard

2006 - 15-156-4 with Nicol and Ballard

2005 - 15-149-0 with Hanby and Frost

2004 - 19-212-2 with Hanby and Nicol

2003 - 51-480-5 with Hartsock and Hanby

2002 - 23-256-3 with Hartsock, Arden and Hanby

2001 - 25-278-4 with Sanders and Hartsock

2003 is the obvious outlier there, but across those years the averages are only 23 catches and we averaged 13 games a year. or just 1.8 par game. The last 2 years we have had 71 in 29 games or 2.45/game. That's a 36% increase in average production.

I think we see Vannett's role will be similar to Heuerman's 2 years ago when he was to clear #1, with Baugh falling into Vannett's role from 2013.

So if between them they catch another 37 passes then i think Vannett will get the clear majority with something like 30 and Baugh getting maybe 6-8 and a frosh picking up a couple.

Comment 09 Apr 2015

Ohio State will never play UC in Nippert because it is simply too small.

Nippert at best holds just over 40K with their latest expansion (their web site claims 40K+)

Below is a list of the smallest road stadiums we have played in OOC in the last 20 years

Carter-Finley - NCST - 57,583 in 2004

Arizona Stadium - U of AZ - 57,803 in 2000

Mountaineer Field - WVU - 63,500 in 1998

Pitt Stadium - Pitt - 69,400 in 1995 and 1993

The last time we played in a stadium that held less than 50K was the Carrier Dome - Syracuse - 49,262 in 1992 and Alumni Stadium - BC - 44,500 in 1990

the last time before that was in 1967 when OSU played Oregon in Autgzen Stadium when it only held 41,078, which had just opened that year.

In fact the last time OSU purposely scheduled a road game in a stadium that held 40K or less was in 1940 when we played Cornell in Schoellkopf Stadium in Ithica which held only 21,500 at the time,

given today's economics, OSU will NEVER schedule a game in stadium under 50K, sorry UC

Comment 24 Mar 2015

not trying to be "that guy" but i have seen this so many times, Cameron did NOT play rugby, he played Aussie Rules football, completely different game with almost no tackling compared to rugby

Comment 13 Mar 2015

I love Troy but he is simply not NFL caliber. Across his 2 NFL stops his one year with the Omaha Nighthawks and parts of 2 CFL seasons, he has completed only 50.6% of his passes across 555 attempts,,, thats a long enough resume to know he hasn't got it.

Comment 08 Mar 2015

you shouldn't be ticked at Herby for 93, because that was Bobby Hoying and Bret Powers not Herby. Herby graduated in 92 and tied them in the Shoe in his last game with a TD pass late in the game. In fact in that Game Herby completed 28 of 46 passes (61%) and threw for 271 yards 1 TD and 0 INTs

granted the 9th place vote in my mind can only be chalked up to being pissed about the Tat5 being allowed to play and punishing them with his vote

Comment 07 Mar 2015

a little more insight into this picture, The D coach William Gunlock was hired by OSU away from Army in March of 1961, so it cannot be any earlier than that. and James Herby was only an asst in 1961 and 62, all the other assts listed had been there quite some time and would remain for several years after except Herbstreit and Bo. Assuming this is the entire staff my guess is this is 1962 as Woody's staff in 61 had a guy named Ernie Godfrey on it and he is not listed here. 61 was Godfrey last year at OSU, so I am going to guess this is 1962

Comment 09 Feb 2015

Office of Distance Education and ELearning

Comment 29 Jan 2015

although i think you may have a bit of a point here, exageration and using the Indiana game dont quite do it

1) Value City's capacity for mens hoops is only 18,809, the lowest attendance all this year was the 12,508 for Campbell or 2/3rds full. The average home attendance has been 14,497 or 77% of capacity so no where near half as you state

2) the Indiana game had the highest attendance of the year at 17,322 or 92% of capacity and you claimed it was a morgue that night

Although I tend to agree that ticket prices are too high, lack of bodies in chairs as you insinuate is not the problem.

13K is plenty for a game to be loud. OSU hoops fans simply tend to be much more "reserved" than the football fans are. I went to games in St John's and when the team was mediocre, fans tended to be quieter, same is true now.

Value City was plenty loud when Oden and Co were here. But perhaps we have become a bit spoiled as fans (kudos to Matta for setting our expectations high), but often unless we have a dynamic, awesome hoops teams OSU B-Ball fans have historically been "quieter than most"

Comment 27 Jan 2015

TCU has consistently "inflated" their attendance numbers as well. Their official game attendance is often way more than actual bodies in seats. Do search for TCU attendance and pathetic an you will get tons of hits dating back years.

The worst was in 2013 when they played Kansas when a real estimate was that only 5-10K were there but they listed the official attendance as nearly 42K, there are pictures on line of the game in mid game when they stadium is nearly empty

Comment 23 Jan 2015

I often dont understand Hoops like I do football, but here goes

1) why oh why do we still see Thompson shooting any 3's? they guy has never been a good 3 pt shooter and this year especially since conference play has started is awful. he is shooting 56% inside the arc and 7% outside, if he shoots anything other than a desperation 3 the rest of the year, he should be benched

2) Scott, Kam Williams, Tate, and Kieta all are just about as bad as Thompson at shooting 3's, in conference those 5 guys (including Thompson above) are taking an average of 9 combined 3's a night and making less than 16%,,,stop shooting so many 3's

3) that said why this team shoots nearly 19 3's a night is beyond me. Granted Russell and Loving take close to 60% of them and do at least a reasonable job, but why not limit yourselves to just those guys taking them and the others being only desperation of late shot clock type attempts dumbfounds me

4) as bad as Amir is (and i agree he is pretty weak), and as frustrating as he is to watch, he is still the best option at Center. Even in B1G play he has a high shooting percentage, and higher blocks per minute, a higher steals per minute and is essentially even with McDonald in rebounds per minute and commits fewer fouls per minute than McDonald and his turnover rate is essentially equal to McDonald as well. Assuming we wont be going to a 5 man under 6'8" rotation, he is and should be our primary Center and perhaps get even more minutes than he does.

5) how is it even possible for this team to have so many bad FT shooters? in conference we have 4 guys in our primary rotation (Loving, Scott, Amir and Tate) all shooting under 65% from the line. We know what Amir is and his results are not surprising, but the other 3 have taken 44 FT atts in conference and made only 23 for 52%, thats Shaq bad.

6) I think the move of Loving to the bench in favor of Tate should be given a couple more games to play out. I think the Lee experiment was ok from an offensive perspective but he got out played by NW center as he was a non factor on the boards and allowed his primary man to score 16. Maybe 1 more game from him, but he has shown little all year to warrant more minutes

Comment 23 Jan 2015

I tend to agree that Anderson should have just let this be water under the bridge.

However I think this may be an issue of a misunderstanding between what he thought he was getting into and the reality he ended up dealing with at Madison

Perhaps,, (again a bit of tea leaf reading here), he had discussed admission standards with Alvarez during his interview and maybe Anderson's perception was that although they are a bit tight, he would have some flexibility.

Now jump 22+ months foward and he has had on a few occasions to rescind scholly offers to kids who he thought had done what they need to do to qualify and now feels he was sold a bit of a bill of goods by Barry.

Not saying Barry lied, but that Anderson's understanding of the situation was different from Barry's and UWM was not going to budge, so he simply said adios then

Not sure but this seems at least reasonable. Now why pick Oregon St? Do I think Oregon St addmission standards are so much worse than Madison? Maybe a little, their acceptance rate is certainly higher at around 78% and their composite ACT score is 21-27, but does that mean Corvalis is letting in rock pounding dummies on their football team, not sure thats true, besides does that mean he will win more at Corvalis, most likely not.

So what can explain his sudden departure? I think it is because he felt deceived and potentially lied to by UWM admin and AD department. Hence, he leaves suddenly for what appears to be a lesser job, and makes a quote that although UWM's standards are what they are he felt he had been denied the ability to recruit some kids who he felt had met what they wanted only to be told no later and then having to eat crow in front of a kid and his family.

So good for UWM for having good standards, and to some degree, if he did feel deceived, good for Anderson for standing up for what he believed to be right

however, discretion is the better part of valor and perhaps silence rather than explaining would have been a better course here for him

Comment 23 Jan 2015

2 things that make that a bit misleading

1) they didnt have 21 QBH's in fact the official stats for that game show zero, i think this is a bit of hyerbole

2) although it was 7 sacks, 4 of them came in the last 8 minutes as we were in basically pass only mode

Comment 21 Jan 2015

Liberty University ranks 80th by US News and World report among "Regional Universities" in the South.

By comparison the 80th ranked regional university in the Midwest per USNWR is a place called simply Dakota State, no north or south, simply Dakota, located in Madison, SD.

The closest Ohio college to thank ranking is Ohio Dominican University in Columbus which ranks 84th.

I went to Ohio Dominican (back when it was still named College and not University), and I got a reasonable education, very heavy on the Catholic doctrine with mandatory religion classes and once a year mass attendance (back in the 80's), during Easter week.

The school had zero name value though as place to hold a degree from as many Columbusites had never even heard of the school.

Liberty due to the tie in with Falwell has a better name value, but at best that's a mixed blessing due to the massive polarization Falwell's name causes, ie maybe more infamous than famous.

No many majors at ODU, i think in the 80's nearly 2/3rds majored in Business or Accounting (including myself). But frankly I had to go off the Grad school at Dayton to enhance my value to recruiters as many people held ODU in such mediocre regard if they were even aware of it.

A couple more schools in Ohio in the rough academic neighborhood as 80th are Walsh (at 65) and Mt Vernon of the Nazarene (67th), USNWR only ranked 96 schools in the southern region as many refused to reply (primarily because they dont like how they get ranked), so they simply dont send in their data.

So Liberty ranks 80th out of 96th, not quite prestigious. I will grant that similar to my undergrad school it does not mean you cannot get a good education there (has more to do with how you apply yourself in most cases than the actual school itself), but a degree from Liberty is not much better than having one from Columbus State to be honest

Comment 16 Jan 2015

his team, James Madison went 9-4 overall (with a season opening blow out loss to Maryland), and 6-2 in conference and got a 1st rd bid to the 1AA playoffs where they lost to Liberty 26-21

his team allowed 29 points per game, (27.1 per game if you ignore the MD game), 239 yards passing per game 79th in pass eff d in FCS, 25 pass tds allowed vs only 14 ints

ranked 91st in total D at nearly 425 yards per game allowed and 80th in scoring D

they won because they had a good offense