I will swanton off the nearest and tallest highway overpass if todd boeckman is in the stadium that day.
I definitely see your point. Especially when opinions are used to bludgeon people when we really just want to be fans. I grew up in Dallas and Atlanta during the 90s. I'm just used to outside stuff being injected into sports.
I have to respectfully disagree. Just think of the deep connections/love people have for Tommie Smith and Muhammad Ali. Stories like theirs are part of the reason why sports have such an impact. Even if they make us uncomfortable in the moment.
I agree wholeheartedly. It takes courage for anyone to take a public stand on a controversial topic. It has to be doubly scary for teenager to do the same. I'm proud Urban is recruiting players that are bold enough to be confident in their beliefs. Whatever those beliefs are.
Most people in the south hate us but I don't think it has anything to do with that (this time). This is just a petty move by Auburn. They knew we were his second option.
Am I the only one that feels like this should've been locked down before they made the decision on Matta?
Weird timing. There's always a hidden story in the Big XII. Can't wait to hear about this.
A lot of people on here are saying Billy Donovan. He has a proven track record in colllege basketball plus he has no serious chance at a NBA championship as long as Durant & Curry are playing for GS. The Ohio State job is better than perennially contending for the Western Conference 6th seed.
I think a name to watch is Fred Hoiberg. The Bulls are old and their best player is probably gonna get traded. He was a really good college coach and I doubt he'll last more than a couple more years in Chicago anyway.
Gene has be looking at a NBA coach based on the timing of this "mutual decision." I'll be happy with anyone (pro or college) not named Tom Crean.
It'll be fun saying 'POW!' next year after he makes a play.
The entire premise of this article is confusing. Why would a Buckeye fan want to pick apples on a fall Saturday? You have six other days to go grocery shopping.
I actually went to the doctor after my 3rd two-day hangover. At that point, none of my friends had experienced even a single two-dayer yet. I thought I had gotten sick, or worse, developed a booze allergy. Who knew that aging was so serious.
It feels like a bump in prestige but I'm not going to complain about a full day of football and the World Series.
More CFP Fun Facts: #3 Seeds have yet to win a game and (not as fun fact) all have lost by 31 points or more.
Not mentioned: Urban's backups are undefeated 8-0.
Dream16 Scenario: Go back in time and swap Syracuse for Rutgers. Drop Purdue and add Missouri. Add Oklahoma and North Carolina.
That's not a bad thing in some situations. Though that will get you trouble
I completely agree with your assessment of Matta. His entire career at OSU can be boiled down to 2.5 great recruiting classes and D'Angelo Russell.
Alabama's history is fairly comparable to ours. In between the current coach and the legendary coach we both have had a handful of terrible years (though when they're bad, they are really bad) a few conference titles and one national championship. National Championship level football is cyclical but 7-8 blue blood programs are consistently relevant and competitive within their conferences throughout the decades.
There might only be 4-5 blue bloods in college basketball. It's harder to quantify since the national championship structure is so different. Kentucky's history is much more impressive than Indiana's. But let's compare ours to the Hossiers. Before Matta, we "officially" made the tournament 9 times since 1970 (13 times if we count the O'Brien years). Indiana only missed the tournament 7 times in the same span. In that span, they've had 12 conference titles to our 3 (5 if you count the O'Brien years). Indiana's recent "rough patch" still includes a handful of conference titles and sweet sixteen appearances. To me that doesn't look cyclical. This doesn't mean that we should accept embarrassing play and decimated recruiting classes. It just means that these these dips aren't abnormal and this specific down slide isn't as bad as it has been before.
"Like kissing your sister" is both gross and a bad cliche/analogy. Ties are like kissing a pillow. They're both weird and nothing really got accomplished. Argument #2 against soccer.
My intention was not to excuse a slide, but to explain that we have not experienced a long/sustained period of excellence since the 60s outside of Matta. We should be better (now and historically). As a comparison, so should University of Georgia football. But there's a reason why programs of that stature, in both sports, experience slumps more often than they rationally should. Because being a "blue blood" matters.
I hate being the one to down our program but (again) we need some perspective. The basketbucks were a great program pre-1970. But for 50 years we do not compare favorably to the top schools in the sport, especially if you remove the years that resulted in NCAA sanctions. A school like Arizona would/should not tolerate missing the tournament for 4-5 years. Neither should we but we're not there yet. My point is only that we have reached that specific low before.
As for your last point, you are 100% correct. A top 10 earning coach should not have a let our program get to this condition. If we're being honest, hes been overpaid for a long time
I don't think that was the point. I think this was a reminder that we could use a bit of perspective. Ohio State basketball is not a blue blood program. Based on our own recent history, we shouldn't be surprised by an occasional down slide. While today's situation looks bleak, our program has survived worse (on a couple of occasions) during most of our lifetimes.
Never thought it would (or could) get better than the Tressel years. Those were fun times.
I hate ABC/ESPN as much as anyone but their college broadcasts much better than Fox's. Maybe they'll improve since they upped their investment but it's way too similar to their NFL broadcasts for my taste.
This could be a good thing. The Calamity-15 recruiting class could've been the drain on the program. The team could rally next season.
OR...this could lead to a total implosion that brings new leadership.