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Comment 01 Sep 2013

I would agree that Boyd didn't play his best game, but he played very well.  His wide receivers dropped many balls yesterday and he had to throw the ball away on a few occasions because Georgia had very good pressure.  In my opinion he basically won the game for Clemson.  He consistently put the ball in a position to be caught, and he picked up some tough yards rushing, including two touchdowns and the key first down at the end of the game to seal the victory.  If Gurley wasn't hurt earlier in the game though, it may have been a different story.  They couldn't stop him all night.  It seemed like every time he touched the ball he was running for daylight.  His second touchdown run was a thing of beauty, but then again Clemson's poor tackling did help.  It was a great game.

Comment 02 Aug 2013

I'm not for or against four year scholarships, but I think it may be better to just keep the current system and put a cap on how many players you can get rid of in a year, say for instance 5.  It would force coaches to make decisions about the type of players they recruit and evens the playing field so schools can't just horde talent and then cut those who don't produce.  

Comment 03 Jan 2013

I was stationed on my first ship watching the game with about 4 other Ohioans and we were going beserk.  I had never had some many up and downs watching a game.  There were some crybaby Miami fans there and they couldn't believe their precious U was getting it handed to them.  They kept talking about the refs losing the game for them.  I didn't even point out the fact that the bad out of bounds call against Jenkins, I simply said, "Y'all still had a chance to do something about it, but you didn't so stop crying."  As a side note I was almost jumped by some Miami fans in Panama after we beat them a few seasons ago.  GO BUCKS!

Comment 24 Nov 2012

I woke up this morning with a smile on my face because it was five hours and 48 minutes until the game. GO BUCKS!

 

Comment 17 Nov 2012

Sports wise it wouldn't be the best move today, but money wise and television wise it is a great move.  Both schools have 35,000+ current students, offer good academics, and have very large markets in their footprint (Washington D.C, Baltimore, NYC, and New Jersey).  I think in the future this move would only benefit the conference.  And as already pointed out it would help in our recruiting in those areas.  I definately think it is a good move and hope it goes through.  GO BUCKS, MUCK FICHIGAN!

Comment 20 Oct 2012

We may have played like crap most of the game, but this team did not quit!  Let's go BUCKS!

Comment 20 Oct 2012

It ain't over till it is over, gentlemen!  GO BUCKS!

Comment 08 Sep 2012

I am a little concerned with our D-Line play though.  It seems like the only ones making consistent plays are the freshmen. When Washington was in he made an impact.  He pressured the QB and I believe he was the one who blocked the extra point.  Hankins played well the last quarter, but the other three didn't seem to be in on many plays.  Simon hasn't had his named called much this season.  I personally believe they should move him inside.  He is quick off the ball, but he isn't fast.  He would be better served inside where you can use his quickness  and strength and have a shorter distance to the qb.  He would be a great 3-4 end, but not so much a 4-3 end.  Also LB's need to step up.  I did think the secondary played decent, but there were too many blown coverages at important times.  Offense needs some more plays made by anyone other than Braxton.  I think as the season goes on we will see improvement, so stay patient.  GO BUCKS!

Comment 02 Sep 2012

I'm just glad for once after a game we aren't all complaining on how bad the line play was.  Hopefully this will be a trend for the rest of the season.

Comment 23 Jul 2012

I think the penalties were just about right.  I understand $60 million doesn't seem like a lot for such a rich school, but when you factor in how much they will lose on merchandise, ticket sales, stadium sales, and money being spent by travelers to the games; I believe the total will be much higher.  I know some think that they will always sale out games, but if they start losing games to MAC schools on a regular basis fans will stay home.  I don't know where State College is located but if it is remote as people say, who is going to travel a couple hours to see their team get beatdown by teams they historically had their way with?  Especially a fan base that is used to winning. The NCAA president stated that they stressed to PSU that non-revenue sports should still be supported regardless of the penalties.  So they again will have to come out of pocket.  The fact they lost their share of BIG bowl money means that is another $13 million they won't have.  I wouldn't be surprised if the total financial hit by the end of the four years rose above the $150 million mark.  What happened to those children is deplorable, especially considering how it could've been stopped years beforehand if someone just gave a damn.  I know it can't be changed, but in my opinion they are paying a hefty price and I hope the criminal trials result in the other conspirators being thrown in jail with along with Sandusky. 

Comment 22 Apr 2012

Even though he had the one pick, I was impressed with Guiton.  Considering we haven't seen much from him on the field, he looked like a nice option for the backup QB position.  I also thought that Chris Carter had a very good game considering his lack of experience on the DL.  He may not have the athletic ability of a lot of defensive linemen, but his strength looks amazing.  He was blowing people off the ball and he was getting off the line fairly good as well.  Overall I think both teams played fairly well, but it still seems like the OL needs a little more work because there were times when Miller had to scramble to soon in order to make plays or had no time at all.  GO BUCKS!

Comment 06 Apr 2012

The Buckeyes did do something similar about 25 years ago.  The held a scrimmage at Barnitz Stadium in Middletown, Ohio.  Back then they had a decent amout of Middletown Middies on their team (Cris Carter, Sonny Gordon, and others) and they had one who had recently been drafted by the Bears (Todd Bell).  I don't know if they were using it as a way to drum up more recruits, but it definately has a lot to do why I still love the Buckeyes till this day.  They even sold commerative t-shirts with the Middletown players numbers in purple and the other stars of the team in scarlet. GO BUCKS!

Comment 05 Feb 2012

I don't know the process on how the HOF votes members in and what criteria they need in order to make someone a HOFer, but it is a travesty that he hasn't been voted in yet.  Here is a man who was third all time in receiving yards when he retired,  second all time in touchdowns, and second all time in receptions.  If that doesn't qualify what does?  I know Irvin had 3 championships, but he didn't do that on his own.  He had a very good qb, great rb, great line, great head coach, and great defenses.  I don't want to take away from his accomplishments, but I hate when people use that as the determining factor as to who gets in and who doesn't.  Carter's numbers exceed his in all aspects and it is a crying shame he has to go through this process every year when he should've been elected the first time up. It just baffles me.  The same goes for Edward DeBartolo.  I know his end of ownership of the 49ers was mired in controversy, but his teams won 5 championships.  No other owner can say the same with the exception of Mr. Mooney.  I know it isn't a life or death situation, but give those who have earned the distinction their due.  Congrats on those who were selected.  It is well deserved. 

Comment 09 Dec 2011

This is post really has no bearing on the article, but I noticed the new O-Coordinator was from Cincinnati.  How many great coaches has Ohio produced?  It seems like every big time coach now-a-days has come from Ohio or coached in Ohio.  Just an observation.  It would be interesting to find out how many D-1 coaches and coordinators are from Ohio. 

Comment 28 Nov 2011

I'm glad tOSU hired Meyer and I can't wait until next year to see how his coaching will affect this team, but I'm mildly optomistic that next year we will win more than 8 games because we still need o-line recruits.  We will lose our two best o-linemen (Brewster and Adams) and Shugarts.  Regardless of how you feel about them, that was 30 plus game starts for each.  And what have they brought in the past 2 or 3 years to replace them?  Virtually nothing as far as tackles and the guards are suspect.  We did bring in a good center, but I still think next year we will struggle mightily. I am hopeful Meyer's name will bring in some quality recruits to fill the voids, but until they get some games under their belt, I just don't see how we will win the amount of games we are accustomed to.  GO BUCKS! 

Comment 19 Nov 2011

I understand we don't have the most accomplished wr's, but can't we throw in a couple screens, maybe a rb in the flat, something to get our qb into a situation where he can get more comfortable and confident.  It is kind of like the old basketball adage where the guy takes the ball to the hole for an easy bucket which gives him the confidence needed to make the outside shot.  The other thing I've noticed all year is that our o-line doesn't get to the second level very well.  It seems that once they double team a a d-lineman they both stay on him instead of one of them peeling of and blocking the linebacker, which he should do.  The defense played lights out in the second half, but I don't understand why a coaching staff only seems to make adjustments during halftime.  We have 30 minutes during the first half, use some of them to tell players what they are doing wrong.  I'm wondering if that is the problem with the o-line.  If bollman is in the booth, how can he relay to his o-line what they are doing wrong?  Just a thought.  This has been a very disappointing season.  I like Fickell, but I don't see how they could keep him as the head coach next year.  I pray that some how we can put it all together for Missagain. 

Comment 10 Nov 2011

I tried to read the grand jury results from the case and I couldn't read the details about the sexual abuse, but I read closely the details about how McQuery found the victim and abuser and the meetings afterward.  My first thoughts is that McQuery is one of the biggest cowards I've heard of.  How on God's green earth does a grown man allow a 10 year old boy to fend for himself against a molester.  How does that happen?  Secondly, there isn't a bone in my body that believes for one second that all parties involved didn't know the horrific details of the encounter. There is no way that a private conference would take place and all the details not be known.  Think for a second.  If someone accuses your friend of commiting a serious felony, would you not want to know all the details of what was seen?  Even if he only said there was some "touching" or "inappropriate" activity in the shower between a grown man and a child, common sense would tell you that there was abuse.  This whole situation turns my stomach.  And personally I don't see how any caring and logical human being could believe that they are all guilty of not doing their best to make sure that this child was protected.  I know Joe Paterno has done some great things in his life and I don't want to diminish those things, but I find it hard to believe that he didn't know his friend was abusing kids and then still allowed him to use their facilities.  I know Joe doesn't make policy, but I'm sure one word from him that his ex-defensive coordinator was now persona non-grata he could've made it happen.  They are all disgusting and I hope they are all held accountable for their actions or lack thereof.

Comment 07 Nov 2011

I don't have the BTN, so I tried to watch the college football wrapup the next day on ESPN to get a few highlights of the game.  The first 10 minutes or so was dedicated to the LSU/Alabama game.  I understand it was a big game so i really didn't mind eventhough I really had no interest in the game.  They then did a quick countdown of the scores and highlights of the top 10 teams and then the Florida/Vanderbilt game.  And for no reason what-so-ever they did their court routine where Mark May and Lou Holtz argue about a topic.  Their topic was if Florida would still be relevant 4 years from now because they lost all their games in October.  Isn't this November?  They just won the game, why is this relevant?  Anyway after that mess they then interviewed Les Miles.  I had enough I didn't watch to see if they ever got to the OSU game or any other game.  I had enough.  I just don't understand how with a straight face these things happen and they don't see anything wrong with it.  Did I just miss the OSU highlights or did I dream that the whole show was basically about the SEC?

Comment 30 Oct 2011

I think it would be a mistake to fire him if he wins out and wins a bowl game.  That would put him at  a record of 11-3.  Who would've thought we could win 11 games this year considering the turmoil facing the program and the firing of JT?  I think we should stop looking at the what could be and start focusing on what we have.  Which in my opinion, is a coach who has grown as the season has worn on and who has galvanized this team into contenders.  I don't have anything against Urban Meyer or any other coach they would look at, but to me it would be wrong to fire him if the winning continues.  Isn't that the purpose of the game?  Stewart stepped in for only one game before he was hired.  Fickell has the whole year, so evaluate him on the year and not what happened the 3 or 4 years into the season.  The adminstration at least owes him that much.  GO BUCKS!

Comment 23 Oct 2011

I know I'm probably being a little bit too optimisitic, but if we win out it leaves us a great chance to get into the conference championship game.  All we need is for PSU to lose to someone besides us.  Unless I don't understand how the tie breakers go, that should put us as the top team in our division since we only lost to two teams in the other division.  If Wisconsin had won even if we beat them, I don't think there was a chance they would lose to anyone else on their schedule.  GO BUCKS!

Comment 01 Oct 2011

This team has a myriad of issues.  Firstly, it seemed to me that only a few players played hard all game namely Hall and Simon.  In my opinion they should make these guys the captains for the rest of the season because young teams need someone to lean on and look towards when things go bad and this is a very young team.  Secondly, Howard looked very out of place today.  Roby did a pretty decent job after the staff made the move to put him on Cunningham, but that decision seemed to come about two quarters too late.  Thirdly, this was probably the worst line performance since Purdue a couple years ago.  Late in the game Michigan State was rushing three linemen and getting enough pressure that forced Bauserman to scramble.  A DT shouldn't beat three linemen to apply pressure to the quarterback.  I understand that our QB's are inexperienced, but it seems like there isn't any progress made from week to week.  Where is the coaching?  This isn't a slam on Miller, but it didn't even look like he could recognize when the blitz was coming.  Fourthly, we need to coach up our wr's.  They are so young and it is very unfair to tell them to make plays when OSU gives them a coach who is coaching wr's for the first time.  I'm not trying to disrespect Drayton and I'm not a coach, but I would imagine coaching rb's and wr's would require different skill sets.  Lastly, we need to do something about our recruiting.  How on earth do you have a situation where Pryor was the only qb on the roster who seemed like he had some sort of clue.  Is Guiton that bad that he is worse than a ture freshman after being in the system for so long?  I mean who waits four years to find the next starting qb, they should've stocked up.  And next year our offensive line will more than likely we worse than this year.  Whoever is making the decisions on who to recruit, here is a clue recruit whomever Wisconsin is recruiting.  Better yet hire their offensive line coach.  Let's face it, we have been living of the Brew Crew for the last 4 years and it seemed like the coaching staff was happy with that, but their time is almost over and it seems like our two most important positions on offense (qb and left tackle) have been neglected for the future.  This isn't a damnation of Miller, I think he will be great, my point is there should've been someone on the two deep better than him so that he wouldn't be in this position.

Comment 31 May 2011

I know young adults aren't always the brightest people, nor are they known for making the best decisions, but I can't help but be taken aback by the shortsightedness of the Tat-5 and Pryor in particular.  Why would you bet the hundreds of thousands or even millions you have the potential to make in the pros for tattoos and cars now?  Before they even stepped on campus I would bet that Pryor, Posey, and Adams knew they would be drafted into the NFL.  They were very high profile players and in the top 5 of their posisition coming out of high school.  Their path was set as long as they weren't injured or made stupid mistakes.  And now they've potentially cost themselves a great deal for a couple thousand bucks worth of tatoos.  It just doesn't make sense.  Now there is cause to believe that Pryor may not even play another down of college football.  He was already on shaky ground before, now if he isn't allowed to play he very well may not get drafted at all.  Again for tatoos and new cars to temporarily ride in.  I hope this fiasco serves as a wake up call for future college players to start thinking of the long term instead of the short term.  I also don't buy all this crap about them selling stuff to support their families.  I understand your family may be struggling, but chances are they were struggling your first 18 years before college and another four years wouldn't make that much difference.  Especially since they probably wouldn't have to support you much since all your meals, lodging, books, and tuition is paid for.  I don't agree with a lot of the rules of college ball, but when you decide to take the scholarship, you agree to live by the rules of the NCAA and you very well know before then that you aren't going to get any of the money from your jersey sells, so stop throwing that lame excuse out there.  Regardless of how much money the NCAA makes from your name, they are providing you with an opprotunity to not only get an education, but hone your craft so that you can be able to make a living playing football.   If you don't take advantage of that situation (looking at you Ray Small) you have no one to blame but yourself. 

Comment 26 May 2011

This is what I don't get.  Regardless of whether or not you agree with the NCAA rules, why on Earth would you put all your dirty laundry out there for people to see.  If you received extra benefits why are you going to tell it so that your school gets into more hot water?  I just don't understand it.  As a player if you received benefits keep your mouth shut.  Of course the school shouldn't turn a blind eye to NCAA regulations, but players shouldn't say a dang thing about what they received or who got what, unless they are questioned by the NCAA on the specific matter.  Why add fuel to the fire by telling a news publication about what may or might not have happened.  I'm not saying players should break the rules, because they shouldn't.  But if they do, there shouldn't be a word spoken about it unless directly questioned by the NCAA, the university, or law enforcement.