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LoufromOSU

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  • SPORTS MOMENT: Being at the 96th Rose Bowl game.
  • COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYER: Orlando Pace, Eddie George, and John Simon
  • COLLEGE BASKETBALL PLAYER: Michael Redd
  • NFL TEAM: Pittsburgh Steelers
  • NHL TEAM: Pittburgh Penguins
  • MLB TEAM: Pittsburgh Pirates

Recent Activity

Comment 12 hours ago

On pryor, I read he is not eligible to be on practice squads, hence he isn't in the league right now.  Even if he was willing to do a position switch, no one is going to use a roster spot on a pure project.  He may have to follow Troy up north in order to have a full career. 

Comment 13 hours ago

Us folks up here in youngstown just hope he is content being a president instead of a senator.

Comment 18 Sep 2014

Well, when I was at the Vtech game, I had hokie fans asking who 47 was, because they saw the jersey everywhere.  I think Hawk is definitely in the top 5 and would say he would be above Troy and MoC just based on their immature decisions while in college (not saying they haven't redeemed themselves).

I haven't seen Santonio Holmes name anywhere...without him or Gonzo, I am not sure Ginn gets the touches at WR.  Ginn much more explosive athlete, but Holmes was the man at WR on those teams.  Then again, he was another one with questionable decisions off of the field.

Comment 18 Sep 2014

Agree, and Eddie George has aa short blog post regarding actions of JW:

http://eddiegeorge.sportsblog.com/posts/1086190/jameis_winston_puts_florida_state_in_a_bad_position__again.html

Comment 12 Sep 2014

Add to it that the initial visit to the St. Louis Children's hospital was during Eze's spring break.  The dad was tweeting with Eze's mother and told her he was going to be there with his twins.  Since he was home on spring break, she sent Eze down to visit them.

How many other 18-19 year olds visit children's hospitals on spring break?  Gotta pull for him to succeed.

Glad to see Urban also host the family.  I believe they live in NY but dad is an OSU graduate.

Comment 11 Sep 2014

Do we really think our LB play would be worse with Grant, Raekwon and Perry on the field at the same time??

I do.  It would mean taking the best linebacker that has been starting off of the field in Darron Lee and moving another guy out of position.  I don't want Grant playing outside and I am not sure McMillan is an outside guy either.

I get you want McMillan on the field, I agree he should play more, but linebacker positions aren't just interchangeable in this system (nor most other defenses).

And I would defer to Larry Johnson on defensive line rotations.  He seems to have it handled.   I don't think I would consider Grant a better pass rusher than Michael Bennett, but what do I know. 

Comment 11 Sep 2014

Well, as Ramzy once put it, take Tressel out of Tresselball and 2011 is what you get.  He was the defacto QB coach and OC.   When Gene Smith wouldn't allow Luke to hire anyone except his own replacement (Vrable), the offense was doomed from the beginning.

Comment 11 Sep 2014

Really?  Tressel inherited every bit of the dumpster fire that Urban had to take over, less the scholarship restrictions.  Cooper's last team was a total mess.  While the talent was there on the defensive side, Tress had one of the top defensive staffs in America to develop that talent.  Tress also had to move a sophomore safety to corner along with play an underclassman WR two ways in order to field a secondary...so I wouldn't minimalize it so easily.

And no matter the coach or schedule, you don't go 24-0 without some inherited talent, lest you forget that the best linebacker on the team in years was inherited from the prior regime.  I think the 2002 defensive staff would have made the last 3 defenses much better.  Hopefully this is the year of improvement on that side of the ball.

Both are top 5 coaches and we are lucky that we were able to bring in Urban after losing Tress.  We need to embrace it and hope Urban can replicate his magic that he  performed in Utah and Fla.

Comment 11 Sep 2014

I think the problem/perception is that this is a developing recent trend.  If they didn't flounder to end last season, I do not think this loss would be having this huge affect on the fans.  Everyone will forget if they run off several straight wins and the team improves.

Frankly, I think Urban gets much more leeway from the fans then Tress did, especially if this is all the scrutiny he has to face.  

Also, for clarification, OSU hadn't lost to an unranked non-conference opponent since 1982, so this was something that fans aren't used to at all.

Comment 11 Sep 2014

Not sure if they were louder, but the Vtech fans in attendance made their voices be heard.  I myself thought the crowd was quiet, especially after the third TD.

Comment 10 Sep 2014

No one is disputing that he didn't take over a rudderless ship headed up by a worthless captain (jeans smith).  What does that have to so with coach speak?  All I am saying is that the 'straight shooter' is oftentimes just bunk.  He says player x and y will play, and they don't.  He says player x and y need more touches, which doesn't happen.  Maybe he means to do it, but I think he just speaks to appease rather than tell the full truth.  And that's fine, I just don't buy what he says it as gospel like a lot of fans do.  

Comment 10 Sep 2014

You mean you are allowed to throw to the TES?  I thought VTech was breaking some kind of rule in doing that. 

Comment 09 Sep 2014

I would take you up on that bet.  Don't underestimate how good Hyde was.  He showed it on the highest level on sunday.

Zeke was pedestrian at best against Navy and while he has talent and has shown flashes, is not nearly the back that Hyde was (at least not yet).  He may become great before its all said and done, but then again Samuel may take his spot and start.

Comment 09 Sep 2014

Herman isn't above criticism because he can run the score up on bad defenses.  He may be a good coach, but come gameday he doesn't adjust very well.

And while the defense has been a huge issue, in the 3 recent losses, the defense has put the offense in a position to win the game and the offense failed.  He needs to prove that he can put his young players in a position to succeed...adjust to your talent.

Hopefully the offense will improve as the season goes on.

Comment 08 Sep 2014

Those are valid factors and excuses, although the defense point is interesting since the offense didnt help it out by keeping on doing 3 and outs.  It surely didn't get an A+, but the simple fact is that in 3 of the last four games that have been losses, the defense has put the offense in the position to win (or tie) at the end of the game and the offense has come up short (just a point not saying the defense has been good).    

But I also find it funny how the inexperience excuse works for this OSU team, but other major schools seem to run out younger players with success.  VaTech replaced 6 of its front 7 on defense and had a QB who transferred into the program.  This wasn't some veteran team across the board.  Great coaches find ways to play with talent.  This is now Urban's talent.  The excuses should be gone, so hopefully the team will learn and improve from this game.