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  • SPORTS MOMENT: a luxury box. It was bout as good as it gets... and I've been to 6 OSU/scUM games all between '98-'07 - so all the good ones
  • COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYER: I've changed this so many times, I can't answer it anymore. I love so many of them
  • COLLEGE BASKETBALL PLAYER: Jamar Butler, several others also. Dude was underrated
  • NFL TEAM: fantasy football since 2001
  • NBA TEAM: Indiana Pacers for as long as I can remember

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Comment 30 Apr 2015

Oh trust me I have. My family friend was the captain of the 2007-8 NIT title team, and lead them in scoring (curious if people remember my boy, so I won't name him).

For shits and giggles, I'll try to go to 10 (today, 4/30/15): Duke, Kentucky, Kansas, UNC | Uconn, MSU, Louisville, Florida, Arizona, Wisconsin

I'll tell you what hurts, OSU not winning a title since 1961 I think. You've got to cut down the nets when you have the chance. OSU is arguably a top 10 program, but not a perennial top 10. Syracuse, Gonzaga, OSU, Wisconsin have arguments. I still keep FLA there since you can't ignore the back to back titles.

Comment 30 Apr 2015

I don't even know how to feel. But my instincts tell me we'll look back on this time with a clear assessment, though it's cloudy today.  Matta is arguably the best coach we've ever had - you can't questions he's at least in the argument. But we should also have faith in the school he coaches for. OSU will never be on the mount rushmore of hoops (Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, UNC) those schools are cemented for the next 10-20 years with the opportunity to continue to pile on final 4s and titles. But OSU should have aspirations of staying a perennial top 10 program, and while we've been there for periods of time - we haven't been able to stay there. 

Comment 30 Apr 2015

We are so lucky to have Thad.

Couldn't agree more. I knew what I signed up for when this thread was started, in being misunderstood. I'm way out in front of this, and I only want to see the program reach what I believe is achievable potential of a perennial top 10 program. OSU has the resources to achieve this now in hoops, I really believe that. Thad's had us in the top 10 for the majority of his time here, right now we're a top 20 program even during years like the past 2. We owe that sort of success to Thad, no question. I just don't understand why we're not allowed to have questions as fans and banter on blogs that were created just for things like this. 

Comment 30 Apr 2015

I'm sure you subscribe to pay-for Buckeye blogs like I do as well as 11w. I wasn't talking out of the side of my mouth - there are discussions of his health in print and on tv - you know that. Nothing was criticized here, you're leaving an elephant in the room if you don't mention it. 

There hasn't been a dip in recruiting at all, who said that? You could argue that there have been misses, though. Guys we went after late, and missed out on. Guys we landed that didn't pan out. 

I'm not sure this warrants the outrage police reaction. I'm in bounds citing and referencing a sensitive topic. Sorry.

Comment 30 Apr 2015

I completely agree with your logic, though I would only say that I've seen each one of these kids play in person (sans Potter). So technically, no I wouldn't have started this thread if Potter went to MSU at all. I think people are missing the point here. It's not so much in-state talent leaving - it's been happening forever. Izzo grabbed Raymar Morgan and Delvon Roe back to back years from OH. It's more cbus talent being tapped into before OSU even notices seemingly - then we jump in late.

Comment 30 Apr 2015

I love your points, so true in many ways. I'm not asking for Matta to go, but I'm curious if you were to spin this forward if this was the beginning of the end, so to speak? It's a fair question, at least. Are we going to be saying in 2 years from now:

For the love of God, what are they, 3 years removed from back to back Elite 8 (nearly back to back Final Four) appearances? Let's pump the brakes a little.

what they are (now) 5 years removed from back to back Elite 8 appearances? I'm totally ahead of the curve on this one, and I'm not saying a change is warranted yet, but just curious - that's all. 

Comment 30 Apr 2015

Great points. I guess my concern is why was Funderburk the first offer? His dad's connections to the school? I've seen him play in person, and I wasn't blown away. It's a complex process I know, I just think the kids in your own backyard you should have vetted out before anybody else. 

Comment 30 Apr 2015

I've seen Funderburk play...Ward > Funderburk in my opinion. I've yet to see Potter in person, but the kid is in your backyard. You should be the first to get a pulse on a kid, and Izzo tapped Ward before any other school. He put the work in early. We lost the other kid from Gahanna (Moyer) to Syracuse to something similar. OSU didn't even start looking at Moyer until both Syracuse and Florida had interest. 

Comment 23 Apr 2015

I thoroughly enjoyed one of Mr. Berry's sloppy seconds circa 2001. My first set of fake boobs on a girl, who used to 'date' Gary Berry. Thank you, Mr. Berry: