Yes, they need both players... but Baker SEEMS to be an athletic freak, and those players are few and far between. When you stand out athletically at a place like Ohio State, well, everyone can assume that you're special. I'd play Baker as much as possible, knowing that Booker will get significant minutes.
Hate, hate, HATE that this class is down yet another Ohio kid. Before all the experts admonish me for thinking I know more than Urban, or for not understanding that championships are won recruiting on a national scale, you're wrong. I don't know 1/100th as much Urban Meyer does and I understand that you can't have it both ways; winning national titles and exclusively recruiting 3 star local players... but in reading Clark's heartfelt de-commitment, I would've sworn that those were my words coming out of his mouth had I been fortunate enough to be an 18 year old recruit who had to move on from his life's dream.
Meyer's not going anywhere, certainly not to LSU. Not to be arrogant, but Ohio State is undeniably one of the top 3 programs in college football... today, tomorrow, yesterday, historically. Very few, if any, schools could lure Meyer away... and LSU is far from one of them. Notre Dame is about the only place that Urban Meyer MIGHT consider listening to if they were to call, but even ND wouldn't be able to pry Meyer out of Columbus, imo.
HAHAHAHA! If Urban Meyer leaves what is universally considered one of the country's top three programs, in addition to being Meyer's personal dream job in his HOME State, to take the LSU job then I WILL EAT MY SHOES.
It simply doesn't matter. If Ohio State goes 12-0 they're in the playoff. If they go 11-1, and the loss comes in October, I think they'll still get in.
All of these guys know X's and O's... all of 'em. Coaching is far less about "scheme" and far more about building a program/culture/attitude than most people wanna admit. Do you think Bill Belichick wins because he's a better game planner, or because he X's and O's better than Bruce Arians? Nope, it's because he has the best culture in football and he absolutely knows how to win. Just about everybody coaching at the college level can X & O with the best of them, but a relative few can develop what's needed 'tween the ears to win titles. Brown is good at his job... but not as good as Urban Meyer is at his.
There's only one kicker I give a rip about and it's the ass clown MSU windmilling place kicker. On November 19, I hope like hell someone in scarlet and gray knocks that guy's teeth out.
I like Terrelle Pryor. I wasn't one of the people hammering him for 'tatgate', and I thought/think he took far too much blame from a portion of the fanbase for the end of coach Tressel's career. I'm very happy for him and give him immense credit for sticking with it and making himself an NFL receiver out of thin air. Very impressive stuff... but his body language is horrible. When the Browns missed the game winning kick yesterday Pryor looked like somebody who was just told that the winning lottery ticket he thought he had was in reality one number off. I had forgotten how dejected he looks when things go poorly...
I don't understand why Miles, a guy I don't care for, but a fairly good football coach with a national title, would punish himself by taking the Purdue job. He's older, 63ish, and Purdue is an enormous rebuild... it just doesn't make sense for him. Bad facilities (although a new football facility is in the works, I believe), lousy stadium, relatively infertile recruiting state... there are zero built in advantages at Purdue.
Franklin sucks. Any coach who actually says, OUT LOUD in an interview, that he only hires assistant coaches with "hot" wives because that says a lot about the assistant's ability to recruit, well, that coach is an idiot. Think it all you want, but saying it is moronic. Franklin is an idiot, and while he can recruit reasonably well, he simply cannot develop the talent to save his ass. Bad, B A D hire...
Agree in totality with you, OSUJ... and I fully expect those who say, 'these players have the right to freely express themselves, and whether or not you agree or disagree with their protest is completely irrelevant' to censor your forum topic. Btw, I AGREE that the players are free to protest... but freedom of expression SHOULD be a two way street and it most definitely is not in 2016 America.
If they aren't going to have a hard conversation with Danny Clark then Cage is safe, imo. Cage is a player far more worthy of a spot than is Clark, especially if we're defining "worthy" as talent level only. Meyer could create an open spot with any player, it doesn't have to be position specific.
No truer words have ever been written on this site. Never. How Dinardo is on TV is beyond me. He doesn't look the part, have the verbal skill, or have the coaching resume. He's a younger Lee Corso. Hearing those two coaching losers opining about what it takes to win championships is the acme of irony.
I disagree completely with the BTN guys. COMPLETELY... and in another thread on here today I praised Dantonio/MSU AND said that, as of right now, MSU can point to the scoreboard, so we'll see what happens in November. Having said that, I believe that if Ohio State and MSU were to play this afternoon the Buckeyes would win... and not just by a field goal, but something bordering on convincingly. The raw talent Ohio State possesses is dramatically better than MSU. In addition, OSU is far, FAR deeper. I give a ton of credit to Dantonio and the program he's built, despite him growing whinier with each passing year about their "lack of respect". Mark, when you bitch about lack of respect and get into the playoff only to embarrass yourself Vs Alabama then you should spend less time bitching and more time recruiting. It REALLY surprises me that the BTN analysts unanimously picked MSU in this hypothetical matchup. Very, very surprised.
If you don't respect what Dantonio and MSU do then you don't appreciate football. Having said that, I've grown to really dislike Mark Dantonio, despite his Ohio State ties, because of his never ending whining over his team's 'lack of respect', his constant scowl, and his repeated beating of OSU, derailing TWO potential national titles. I hear what you're saying regarding the disparity in talent between Ohio State and MSU and that's clearly accurate... but it's very difficult to call them "inferior" when the results have been what they've been. I believe they're inferior. I'd bet that everyone on here thinks they're inferior. But the scoreboard, as of today, says otherwise. We'll see what happens in November.
Have you ever yearned for brown to be incorporated into Ohio State's threads? Buddy, it's your lucky day
From what I've read on here, that's exactly what's going to happen to the helmet Vs Nebraska this season. A BROWN faux leather helmet. I mean, how far off is the above photo of that RIDICULOUS Brutus uniform abortion from the "Chic Harley" Nebraska throwbacks? Brown helmets? Check. Striped jerseys? Check (one vertical and the other horizontal). Leaving the best uniform in college football in storage (EVEN the Bruce era uni they brought back in 2013 is still the best in the NCAA) for a nationally televised night game in Ohio Stadium? Check...
Belichick and the Patriots are THE standard by which all football teams should be judged, including college programs. The guy is amazing. His culture and system are elite. It's the very best combination that's ever existed in this sport. He simply plugs players into spots and wins... always. He knows the kind of player he likes and rarely are these guys the most talented in the league at their position. I am in no way a Pats fan/supporter... but if you can't admire what Belichick is doing then you don't appreciate football. He's a football genius... yes, I used "that word" because it's completely and entirely appropriate in this case.
If PayPal was an option, I'd be swimming in 11W wares... but for some unfathomable reason it is not : (
They made a terrible coaching hire... and they let their kids play a significant role in deciding who that terrible hire was.
It SEEMS, from the outside looking in, that Stacy Elliott does, in fact, smother his son. Very rare is the father who follows his son to college. Going away to college is a rite of passage for many of us. It's the time when a boy first learns to live on his own, to manage money, to pay some bills, to get himself from point A to point B on time, to... grow up. Stacy Elliott's CONSTANT presence in his son's life has prevented Zeke Elliott from growing up... and now you have a boy who's been handed tens of millions of dollars and is struggling with it. Imagine that. Taking it further, this "Ambassador Elliott" stuff is a bit odd, imo. Clearly, Urban Meyer knows EXACTLY what he's doing relative to the OSU program, but why Stacy Elliott is still involved in the program, and refers to himself as "The Ambassador", is a question I've asked myself a few times recently...
Especially becomes "ecspecially" whenever Herbstreit takes to the air. He also has no earthly clue what the word "literally" means. As an example, he'll say, 'This guy was LITERALLY flying down the field". No, Kirk, a guy can't literally fly down the field... unless he's in an airplane.
Horrible, HORRIBLE hire... but that's what happens when the AD lets 19 year old players pick the program's next head coach.
I see (OU) dropping their second straight to Texas
I'm not sure why many are crowning Texas as "being back". They beat Notre Dame, at home, in double OT and then turned around and got beat by Cal. I'm not convinced OU loses that game (I sure hope they don't) and I'm not even REMOTELY convinced that Charlie Strong ever deserved that job, let alone that he'll keep it.
This matchup would be an annihilation... The Buckeyes would run that team out of the building. The talent difference is so big, so enormous, that Houston simply couldn't keep up.
Alex Boone has become my least favorite Buckeye in recent memory. From his antics post graduation, to the constant running of his mouth, to not acknowledging Ohio State on his taped introduction for games, to lambasting Terrelle Pryor out of the blue for arrogance Pryor showed a decade ago, to now telling Vikings fans to "shut the fuck up a little bit". He's the very definition of "bore"... Hey Alex, shut the fuck a little bit.