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Comment 20 Oct 2014

It's puzzling, but if I were to guess, they are gambling that he can weather everything to date long enough to get through this season, but don't think he can make it another season without inevitably doing something stupid to drop his draft stock even more.  Of course he wouldn't see it that way....from the Jameis perspective, he would likely see it as avoiding another year of an unfounded witch hunt that reduces his draft stock.

Comment 09 Oct 2014

I just appreciate this kid and what he's doing for his team this year, and awards or lack of them won't change that.

Comment 05 Oct 2014

Agree. Even though Sparty took a nap in the 4th last night, they cover their 1 on 1 match ups nearly flawlessly, and their cornerbacks are turned with their eyes on the ball at the right time without allowing their man to break free. Very few teams have that kind  talent, ability and discipline right now. I'm thrilled with the week to week improvement the Buckeyes are making, I just also believe it will take significant improvement still before they are ready to go to EL. With that said, I also believe they are capable of making these improvements and if they do, they will be conference champions. 

Comment 29 Sep 2014

I don't think the two scenarios are remotely comparable. Unlike Dantonio, Hoke has a well demonstrated pattern of poor game management and scratch your head decision making.  This has translated to very bad results on the field. That alone makes him very fireable.  Prior to getting hit in the head, Morris had no business in the game any more. He'd committed numerous turnovers and had lost his mobility in that his left leg was about useless. It was already insane to have him in there from a game management standpoint when Gardner was healthy and sitting on the sidelines. Morris staying in the game was a high risk, zero reward scenario at this point.  The best possible outcome in this scenario would be for him to not injure his leg any worse than he already had.  Take the kid out and begin the healing process. It's garbage time anyway.  I just don't see the case for keeping him in. Then, the hit happens. 

Gholston was clearly knocked out, and probsbly shouldn't have played. But I'm not a doctor. I am concerned about the decision to play him, but there is a possibility that he was evaluated properly and given an adequate clearance. I wasn't there. I also don't know if Morris was concussed or not and I don't think it is the heart of the matter except in principle.  Once he was blasted, and had difficulty standing, just what the hell is the reason to keep a healthy QB on the sidelines while a clearly failing and rapidly deteriorating situation is taking place on the field?  Put in Gardner, find a helmet that fits your third stringers head, and take Morris to the locker room and ask him some questions.  And if you can't find a helmet for your third stringer, perhaps consider using a time out.  

Dantonio's competence as a coach is not being questioned. Hoke's already done numerous things to invite questioning about his. That series was just a perfect storm of everything that is wrong with a once proud program. 

But sure, dig in your heels and plant a flag in Hoke's camp. He just needs more time and it will come together. 

Comment 29 Sep 2014

If that were all there were to it, then I'd agree.  He was clearly hobbling on one leg for at least 3 plays prior to the big hit.  He lacked the mobility to protect himself, risked agravating the leg injury more, and was more vulnerable to the hit.  Strike one.  After being hit, he is slow to get up and looks shaky and clearly not right, even when being helped.  He is left in the game for another snap.  Strike two.  After being replaced by Gardner, he is put back in after having been on the sideline for just a few minutes....lacking either the time or adequate location to perform an effective evaluation of his condition or potential for brain injury.  Strike three.  And for good measure, their coach feening ignorance about what is happening, and then saying that it is on the player (a kid trying to win a starting QB spot on an FBS 1 team) to tell him if he is ok or not to go in, at a time when he may not be thinking clearly.....well, there just is no logical defense.

I used to have the "keep Brady Hoke because he's good for OSU and great to make fun of" mindset, but this is different.  If that were my son, the transfer papers would already be filed.  This is embarrasing to the B1G, and it is embarrasing that this is OSUs big rival.  He should have been canned this morning.

Comment 26 Sep 2014

I love reading this site and don't want to come across as negative, but if I never see the 1921 talking point or any of the following statements in another article on this site, that will be just fine with me.  I think I've heard once or twice that:

-Buckeyes were 112th in pass defense in 2013

-The Loss of starting QB Braxton Miller is "devastating"

-Tuberville is 2-0 against Meyer

-O-line is still developing

End vent.

Comment 21 Sep 2014

They've been in the small space between being unsatisfied with his results to date, and allowing him time and continuity to build his program. This is reaching a tipping point very quickly.  But the real problem is the AD. Replacing Hoke won't do any good while Brandon is at the helm. 

Comment 19 Sep 2014

Excellent post.  Through all of the hype and hysteria and biases that fans, media, and athletic programs will have, this just cuts right through all of it.

I remember the Barkley thing well too.  Although the "I am not a role model" statement doesn't hold water very well with me on its own, it was part of a larger point about parenting that he was making.  The statement ended up on t-shirts, and was often associated with his brash identity in the 90's, but the context of it got lost.  After saying "I am not a role model", he expanded on his point to say that parents are responsible for raising their kids and are responsible for what they do and that they can't blame celebrities when their kids make bad choices.  Although he denies his platform in the first part of his statement, I think their is merit to the rest of his point too.  Kind of a tangent from the specific topic at hand, but I think still somewhat relevant to the overall conversation about the dichotomy between the roles that high visibility athletes and ordinary citizens play in our culture.

Comment 17 Sep 2014

Agreed, I've just adjusted my expectations some for this season.  There absolutely is potential for great success this season, but I acknowledge that some things still need to come together for this potential to become a reality.  Like someone else mentioned, I was drinking heartily from the kool-aid pitcher; but looking back, Meyer never led me to my delusions.  He was honest about where the team needed to see improvement, and openly admitted the team wasn't ready for VT before the game.  Some good tests await this year yet, and it will be great to see the progression into a force, whether that happens next week, next month, or whenever; I will savor every moment.

Comment 17 Sep 2014

I think that the lesson from the VT loss isn't who to blame, but whether or not a young team learns what they need to develop from their struggles in that game and whether or not the coaching staff learns how to get these young players' best performance out of them.  When all units are performing at their peak level as a team on a squad loaded with this much talent, the Buckeyes will be downright scary; but it is a process and the only thing we know from the VT game is that they aren't there yet.  Brick by brick.

Comment 15 Sep 2014

If recovered, Braxton will be the starter.  The only way there would be a 2 QB system is when unleashing a Kent State like thrashing on an opponent. It's only my opinion but I think that this won't even be up for debate, and that is with all due respect to JT, whom I like very much. 

The state of his injury/recovery is the only question mark.  Though the odds change after an injury like that, you can take comfort in the fact that Drew Brees had a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder before he won a Super Bowl. 

Comment 11 Sep 2014

While I enjoy stuff at Hoke's expense, he has never struggled against OSU in his tenure at SCUM. 1-2 with 2 losses that weren't decided until late in (or at the very end of) the 4th quarter against Buckeye squads that may prove to have been much more complete than this years team doesn't have me playing Nelson Muntz pointing up north until after a win is in the books for the good guys this year. 

Comment 09 Sep 2014

I completely agree.  I didn't word my post well and am not calling for a return to Tresselball at all. It was a thinly veiled point about how 21 points should be enough to win games. Lost in all of the talk about the stacked boxes, inexperienced line and QB, dropped passes, and one dimensional play calling, is the fact that Buckeye offense found the end zone 3 times. Now one could argue that a pick six negates one of those drives but, with a stout defense, 21 pts is plenty. 

Comment 08 Sep 2014

I agree.  I'm especially interested in Ross' take on the defensive secondary too.  Offense has been taking a lot of heat for this game, and I understand the frustration, I feel it too.  But with that said, in the era of Tresselball and the Silver Bullets, 21 pts by a very inexperienced offense and and QB making his second ever start would have been more than adequate to win the game.

Comment 07 Sep 2014

Low quality but for those of you who didn't get to see it:

Comment 07 Sep 2014

Time for some soul searching by all parties involved. Braxton covered for a lot of weaknesses that this team had in the past, and even he would be struggling with the protection that o line provides. Secondary is still abysmal.  

Comment 28 Aug 2014

ESPN just is what it is and it isn't going to change anytime soon, and if it does, it won't be for the better.  You can see it for what it is and choose not to watch if it bothers you, or you can watch and not be surprised when you see ESPN being ESPN. But knowing what it is, and then choosing to watch it and then complain about it seems pretty pointless. It's like continuing to take back a girlfriend that won't stop cheating on you, expecting her to suddenly be loyal this time.  But if you choose to sleep with her once in a while totally knowing that you are getting used and don't expect anything more, you'll probably be just fine.