Play ball there under Ron Hurst?
I agree. Tuscarawas County is only three counties south of Cleveland/Cuyahoga. I always felt we were in the outer orbit of Cleveland.
In view of my screen name, I figured I'd better weigh into this discussion. I grew up in Newcomerstown and lived there pretty much until I moved to Atlanta in 1980. I would take issue with the idea that everyone in Newcomerstown knew Woody Hayes and that he hung out there so often. I did see him in action there on several occasions, but he wasn't there often. I saw him more often as a student at tOSU, which I was in 1971-75 and again from 1977-1980. Most notably for me, he stopped by my brother's hospital room at the Ohio State University Hospital. (It wasn't the James Center back then.) My brother was a good football player, seriously injured in our homecoming game against Ridgewood in 1973. Coach Hayes came by to visit him and our family twice, once leaving a signed edition of "You Win with People." Shortly after the Clemson debacle, I spotted Woody walking through the McDonald's area in the old Student Union. I called out to him and he stopped. When I told him I was from Newcomerstown and that we were behind him, he paused to chat with me about people we knew in common and asked how they were. He was always a gentleman in my presence, and expressed a real interest in life back home. He'll always be a hero to me.
What's the take on Finotti's ability to pull talent to TTUN? Will Lombardo be able to stop it? Is Lombardo inclined to feed talent to the Buckeyes? Anyone know where his allegiance is likely to lie?
The 2014 Silver Bullets were only 5th and 6th in the conference? Incredible. That's certainly not what we were seeing in those last three games. Can't wait to get the season started.
What I like the most is to see a Duke grad choosing tOSU for his graduate studies.
We have an all around great university!
Woody Hayes, from my home town.
I'm tired of the drama. Pining after Guarantano must send a terrible message to Wallace. Lock down Wallace and be done with it.
This is my favorite list, too. We must be Buckeye contemporaries.
I agree. I'm tired of the high school theatrics with Guarantano. Let's be thrilled we might have a JT clone on the way.
It worries me when I read that someone thinks we will waltz into Blacksburg and blow away VT in game one. I do expect to win handily, but VT is very well coached. They and their fans will be sky high. And we will be battling the over-confidence that comes with being the defending NCs. Makes me lose sleep already. And it's only April 6.
For so long as we have UFM at the helm, we can afford to let other teams flood the market with early offers and not follow down that path. He and his coaches have an uncanny knack for flipping the kids we want the most. Without UFM, I'd be much more concerned. Hopefully before we have to worry about that scenario, the rules will have changed to get this under control.
My family phone number growing up was 498-6686.
Reminds me of the discussion surrounding Curtis Grant this time last year. Would the former top recruit turn it around in time not to be overtaken by the new kid on campus? Grant turned it around and produced.
I'm hopeful for Schutt to step up. A year ago, we were having this conversation about the MLB, and the question was whether a former 5-start recruit who had disappointed to date could step up and have a strong senior year. Few at that time expressed the opinion that Curtis Grant would be able to do that. But he came on strong and contributed monumentally. Come on Mr. Schutt! It's your turn.
The intensity level. I love that.
I'd have to agree with you. Okay, I've calmed down now.
Now charges have been dropped against Taylor.
Has even Alabama at its highest point ever been loaded like this on the offensive side of the ball heading into a season? Yes they've had good system QBs with two great running backs and a great WR, but have they ever been over-stacked like this at so many skill positions at once? I doubt it.
Now Mark May. That's a whole different matter. Despise the guy. He's just about the only reason I want to see Lou Holtz continue on Game Day. Someone has to be there to balance the hater.
This means a lot to me. As I've mentioned elsewhere, I was blessed to grow up in Woody's hometown. To all of us there, he was a hero. Anyone who grew up in Newcomerstown learned to root for the Buckeyes before we were old enough to know why. As a student at tOSU (where else?), I had the good fortune to speak with Woody a few times. He was always gracious to me and took time to chat about the old home town and to ask about people he remembered. My most memorable and last conversation with him was a few weeks after the Gator Bowl incident. I was sitting in the old Student Union, in the area just off the McDonalds restaurant near 12th Street. He came walking through, alone, dressed in a trench coat and walking quickly. I assumed he was heading toward an unpleasant meeting of some kind. Still, I risked calling out to him. He turned toward me, and I was aware that he probably expected to be heckled by some student. I said, "Coach, I'm from Newcomerstown, and I want you to know we still love you there." That must have touched his heart, because he stopped in his tracks to smile and spend time with me catching up on things and inquiring about some of his favorite hometown friends. And then, he was off to whatever meeting he was facing. It couldn't have been pleasant for him. Seeing this video makes me remember it all, and brings tears to my eyes.
I love Izzo. If he can coach this lineup to a title, it'll go down in my book as the greatest BB coaching feat since West Texas vs. Kentucky.