Nice game for Craft to have for his last home game. What fun it is watching him play.
I am also tired of the media hype of the "Sam coming out" story. I am pleased to see Sam's low-key live-and-let-live attitude, and refusing to push it in people's faces. Waving it like a flag and looking for confrontation is counterproductive, even if that is what the media types love.
I recall seeing a piece on TV within the past year about Oregon's (then) new football training facilities, and a large $ number attached to that. Anyone recall how many $'s that was, or at least see that TV piece?
Me, too. The only fix I have found is to make Chrome full-screen.
Demetrius -- I am impressed, that is a great piece of writing. Better than I see from many of the college graduate engineers I work with! Nicely done. I look forward to watching you play!
Why are Malik McDowell's parents so set against him going to an in-state school?
C'mon. How much trouble could football players get into in Mexico?
I heartily agree with your take on the Brendan Gibbons case. Four years and 2 months between offense and sanction? At a 4-year university? How can that process be credible? How can one avoid the conclusion that the matter was covered up until Gibbons' eligibility expired? And just 4 weeks after the last game he could have played, there is resolution? The whole thing makes me angry and sad for corrupt systems at UM and in the AA police department. The sexual assault victim must be feeling a great deal of cynicism about justice.
I love what she said, too. I wonder if she would mind if parents of players we are recruiting called her? Would that not be great?
The Jayru Campbell incident certainly points out the importance of character in recruiting. Lots of us can name highly-recruited athletes who never came near their potential because of alcohol, violence, drugs, etc. They are no help when they are not allowed on the field. I hope UFM keeps recruiting the guys who are willing to do the work and make the sacrifices it takes to be champions. I would much rather have a 3-star who will work his tail off and keep his eye on the prize, than a 5-star who cannot keep out of trouble.
17 out of the top 300 for Alabama. 11 and 9 for for the 2 best B1G recruiting classes. That right there is what we must fix as the first step back to a respected B1G conference.
Eww That is eerie. It's like you have a camera in my living room and have been watching me, a la Jim Carrey in The Truman Show.
Well, Lane Kiffin at Alabama is going to be interesting. I cannot imagine what recruiting sneakiness could be in store. I think I will call "shenanigans" now, just because it seems inevitable.
I believed that everything happens for a reason. But Vrabel leaves the Buckeyes, Petrino goes back to Louisville, and Lane Kiffen maybe to Alabama? My world is spinning, and I feel like I no longer understand anything about college football coach decisions.
So the coaching staff at PSU is dwindling fast? I hope Mike Gesicki thinks about a potential future as a Buckeye. It would be great to bring him into the Buckeye Nation.
Hyde, Shazier and Roby -- such great contributors. Hyde made beast-mode real to me. And I loved Shazier's heart and hustle. Many thanks to them for what they contributed to the team during their time. We will miss them, but I look forward to seeing what they do on Sundays.
Ziplock007 -- great commentary. We all knew the defense was bad, but I had no idea it was as bad as your data and comments show. Add me to the list of people who are mystified how we can have the high level of athletes we do on defense, and the low level of performance we have seen. If it is not the coaching, then what?
I like how we look at RB. The younger players are not Carlos (who is?), but look really promising. With the speed UFM has brought into the program, the potential at receiver looks good, too. Hopefully Braxton's passing game continues to improve. I see this team doing great things next year.
If we want a respected B1G Conference, then we should all pull for the B1G to get the best coaches available and to out-recruit the other conferences. The Buckeyes need PSU to bring in a great coach. We also need to have all the B1G teams up their recruiting performance, and become especially good at bringing in the best recruits nationwide. In the long run that will be good for the Buckeyes. The Buckeyes of course will be taking the best-of-the-best.
For the sake of the B1G, I hope Penn State finds a good coach. If the Buckeyes want to compete for National Championships, then they need a competitive conference in which to play.
Kudos to you, Vico, for picking up the ball (so to speak) to give us our 11W fix on Christmas and New Years days. I will pull for the B1G 10 teams today, and hope to restore a little respect for our conference.
Really happy to see that Noah Spence may still play in the Orange Bowl, even though he did not make the trip with the team. After such a great year, he certainly deserves the bowl game experience. Wishing the best for him and resolution of the family issues.
I developed a fair amount of sympathy for Rich Rod after reading "Three and Out", the story of his time at UM. He was really jerked around by Lloyd Carr, the AD and even the UM president. I am pleased to see him doing good in Arizona -- he deserved a break after the way he was treated at UM. I would discount angry words from WV fans about Rich Rod -- they still hate him for leaving. Had he stayed at WV he would still be their hero.
Love the celebration video -- Aaron Craft, a leader on the court, and for celebrations! What a fun guy to watch play ball.