Complaining about the offense has some merit - but at least we're not UCLA, Ole Miss, Notre Dame or God forbid - Texas today. Offensively we are not the best team in the nation right now so discuss away. I'm not sure about Cardale. I want to trust Urban but the offensive play calling is suspect and Jones isn't making the plays right now. I'm frustrated about that but I'm not going to go crazy over it. I do appreciate intelligent analysis and objective discussion (something I can't get from ESPN)!
I basically quit reading comments after I was shredded for defending Fickell. It's embarrassing to be associated with some of these "fans." After losing my 5 year old son in 2013 I can't get that worked up over a poorly played WIN. I'm not even going to read any of the other posts today - I'll stick with the articles by the staff.
Hear good things about that Braxton kid. Neither current QB has been very impressive when you consider the entire body of work so far this year. Hope that changes but yesterday was better.
They say Fleck loves OSU. Now I've coached for a long time myself so I may have a unique perspective but with 100% confidence I say he was not playing for the cameras. He was trying to find an angle to sell his players on what he knew was probably an impossible task. Was it planned? Of course - but for his kids not for ESPN. Fleck wanted to knock off #1 and his style was on full display. The key is getting your players to buy in - after that who cares how people outside view you. He did a good job but he knew what the end result would likely be so yes he came across as too much but I give him props for trying. As a Buckeye it was a bit annoying to hear but as a coach I fully understand what he was trying to do. He will definitely rise in the ranks in the future.
I just mentioned this in another thread - I coach and pattern my Jr High defense after VCU - love the Havoc! Love my Buckeyes too but this defense can be tough when it's on. However if OSU handles the pressure it simply comes down to the better athletes and I like our chances there.
I coach Jr High basketball and I pattern my defense after VCU so I'm very familiar with them defensively. My heart is with my Buckeyes, but VCU's defense is normally disruptive and causes lots of problems. Could be an issue but we will see.
I'm still enjoying the National Title.
That wasn't as convincing as I'd have expected from Ohio State. I mean TCU put up 50+ too so I don't see how this is supposed to impress me - Mark May
What a performance. I don't think even the most critical people can call for Fickell to be fired tonight - tomorrow maybe - but not tonight! Lol. Just a complete game on both sides of the ball. Wow.
We are top 4 but agree if we get left out we know why. Regardless wow. What a performance.
I run into Spielman doing the basketball stuff with my daughter (he has a daughter the same age) and my impression is that like someone else mentioned - he is really busy staying involved with his kids lives so I can't imagine that he is in a place that would allow him to put in that kind of time that would be needed. And quite honestly as a parent I admire that he is more interested in staying involved with his kids than anything - lots of parents don't do that!
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Our local school's band director is an OSU Marching Band Alumni and pretty good friends with Waters. His issue is like most others - a small sample size was used to issue a report that embarrasses the entire history of the band. For a school like OSU to go public with that report without truly doing their due diligence is disgusting. What would we be saying if ESPN did this to our football team? Yeah I guess maybe they have in the past - lol. It's really not different though and it wasn't even an outside force that did this! He claims that in all of his years he never saw anyone forced to do something they didn't want to do and of course things got a bit crazy at times - it was college as he put it. However, he said that Waters actually was taking heat because he was trying to slowly change the culture because he realized that in today's world some of those things could come back to get the band - guess he didn't think it would be him as the scapegoat. I'm embarrassed by this whole thing, but mostly I think our new President failed as a leader in his first test or at the very least the people that supplied him with the information is a major concern. I hope Waters does get his job back although who knows!
Last year I lost my five year old son. Buckeye football was our shared Saturdays and something we bonded over and gave us many great moments during his short life. Creating a program that families can be proud of will determine success or failure. Winning is a by-product of doing things the right way. If our kids get good grades, stay out of trouble, work hard and we win some Big Ten titles then Urban's done his job. A national title or two would be awesome but will not determine Meyer's legacy for me. Now I watch the games alone and smile when I think of Seth's excitement whenever the Buckeyes would score. The "Woohoo" and him jumping up and down and the high fives. So for me every TD is a success. That's how I measure my Buckeye football.
Adequate? Horrible word. I mean what guy (with any self-pride) would be happy if his girl described his performance in bed as "adequate?" Ha!
They say this actually came from a video so it's not a true "selfie."
In the full article on this he actually asks what if a kid is hurt on defense and the coaches can't get him out of the game? He tries to lamely say that if there is no window for the kid to get off the field and he's hurt then there's nothing the coaches can do to protect the kid. What? I guess he can't coach his kids to take a knee when injured? His attempt to twist everything tells you what his true agenda is and it has nothing to do with player safety. I am so glad that he is part of the SEC now. He is a coaching disgrace.
I say put the "super fans" up there with those policemen that stand at the high points of the stadium overlooking everything. The blimp can still get some good pics of them, they can be as crazy as they want, and they won't block anyone's view. A total win for all......
A kid has high expectations when you come out of high school that highly ranked. Sometimes they are shocked by what they DON'T know or how big of a jump it is to big time college ball. I doubt that the coaching staff missed this one (of course they could have) but as a true freshman he just had some things he needed to work on before they felt he was ready. Add in a few injuries and suddenly here you are. I am sure his ailing father is the big factor in all of this but that he also doesn't believe or trust the coaches like he did coming in. I was looking forward to seeing if he lived up to the hype but I wish him the best and it is what it is.
I never get it when people say, "I don't want him because he doesn't want to be here." He never said that he didn't want to be at OSU. He just decided that he wanted to be at MSU more than any place else at this moment in time and in this situation it's probably to stay close to home and his friends - which mom doesn't want. That does not mean that IF he came to Ohio State he wouldn't put his heart and soul into the game that he obviously loves. You just can't really read a young man who is still trying to figure out his path in life. I know mine took a hundred turns between 18-30! I wish him the best either way but if he comes to OSU then great.
If you throw a punch during a game you will be ejected if it is seen. Period. The rules are clear on that fact. We got the short end of that whole BS but to say that you are glad that someone threw a punch means that you don't mind them being ejected because it will happen. You have to maintain your composure! Why do you think everyone else was pushing and shoving versus throwing punches? You can't get mentally beat like that!
Three Freshmen linked to alleged rape. Disgusting as it sounds remember "linked" and "alleged" is a far cry from "Three Freshmen involved in a rape." It's sick to even think about something like that. I've always been disgusted by the fans who have made fun of the Penn State stuff as well. Rape is sick and nothing funny about anything linked to it. At least for now though this may not be as bad as it makes you feel reading it initially.
ESPN now has journalistic standards? Wow. That is very cool. So I assume they fired Mark May then????