Everything I have seen from Birm seems to be that Gary isn't thinking about OSU anymore.
Rutgers is spread out over 5 separate campuses in 2 municipalities, so there are a ton of busses. I would guess they would mostly be devoted to transportation for this game. Those busses are packed tighter than a can of Spam, so you shouldn't have to wait more than 10-15 minutes if the first bus your waiting for is full. The stadium is on Busch campus and there is a ton of parking there, and if you can't find room there you can park on Livingston, which has a ton of parking for games around the basketball arena. Livingston is on the same side of the river/rt. 18 as Busch campus so if you really wanted to walk it wouldn't be that bad. College Ave. campus has essentially no parking for tailgating so I would guess the worst case would be tailgating outside the basketball arena on Livingston. There are still tickets available for the OSU game through the athletic department so the parking may not be as jammed as you might think.
The RAC (Rutgers Atheletic Center) is the basketball arena. It's not a bad place to be pregame if you give yourself 20 minutes to get to the stadium by bus/shuttle.
Their wasn't anything crazy regarding Meyer's plans. He stopped by Cleveland before heading to NJ on a recruiting trip, and any player who is deciding to enter the NFL draft early or stay in school is going to meet with their coach.
Im not sure what your point is, but Meyer has to meet with the media just about every single day, and that means he has to explain his decision if he ever wants to talk about something different.
I knew what you were saying, but I was actually responding to JS3308's comment.
Most people would like an explanation when he is making a decision like this one. The media sure want one so they can drag the topic out even longer.
For the record I am or was a fan of Braxton with the caveat that he is fully healthy, and since he switched to H back I have no strong feelings regarding which one should start. I am just a fan of consistently electric offensive output, and don't care who out of JT or CJ starts. I just want the starter to do well whoever it is at QB.
My comment was strictly about the original comments Meyer made back on Sept. 7 when he started Cardale. The fact that he reiterated the same comment regarding the back up beating out the starter is what I find somewhat illogical in this particular case.
This comment seems to be trashing either Barrett fan boys or it is trashing no one at all. The comment Certainly isn't trashing either QB so the DVs don't necessarily correlate to trashing or complementing a player, but rather a comment poking fun at other people who are commenting would seem to be the potential issue. The comment Seems innocent enough to me.
I highly doubt Meyer "talked him out of going to the NFL". Ginn Sr. likely was a far greater influence on the decision Dale made than Urban. Urban really didn't have any reason to beg him to stay. Remember at that time he had two proven QBs besides Dale.
I definitely see what your saying and believe your logic is correct, but I really can't understand why Urbz keeps explaining his choice by saying Cardale was/is the starter and until the other guy beats him out he keeps his job. The logic from Meyer is good, but I'm struggling to figure out how JT shouldn't have been considered the starter in fall camp since he was fully healthy again. I feel like it should be Cardale trying to beat out JT not the other way around. It seems odd since JT was the starter last year and CJ comes in for him after his injury and plays well, but in my opinion general sports logic should be the starter is the guy who got hurt not a guy who got the job due to the starter's injury. Only if a guy gets enough games like JT did last year do you take a guy's job from him.
I just remember JT had to go out and play over half the season before Meyer would even mention JT competing with Braxton for the starting spot the following year. I certainly have no reason to doubt Meyer's coaching abilities, and that is why I trust his decision, but I still feel like his explanation is odd.
I think those who compare OSU's current situation to Florida state's situation last season are doing so with little understanding of what really hurt Florida state last year. Florida State had a dominant defense in 2013. They lost many of the key players off that defense and it showed last year. Their defense went from great to average by their standards. Defense tends to be the place where motivation or lack of motivation is most prevalent due to the energy it takes for guys to play 4 qtrs at maximum effort. OSU have one thing in common thus far with Florida state and that is their turnover issues. The biggest difference however is how OSU is putting an experienced and even stronger defense out on the field than they did last year, while FSU put an inexperienced defense that performed horrendously when compared to the 2013 defense. OSU is struggling on offense, but with their defense they can still win just about any game.
The schools that need 8 home games for revenue purposes would fall even farther behind the teams who really only need at least 6 or 7 home games, and even those bigger teams would start getting hit hard financially. 4 or 5 home games would never go down well with ADs. Local economies would suffer too. CFB is about a lot more than just who you play. Columbus' economy took a hit simply from suffering the bowl ban in 2012/2013 post season.
Rutgers Grad here...I always tail gated through the game, and that was less than 5 yrs ago. They may not enforce that rule, but It gives them grounds to kick roudy drunks out. I wouldn't swear on them not enforcing the rule, because rules can change quick if there is an incident during a game or something in the recent past.
Cardale actually had a QB run called with OSU 1st and goal inside the 1 and fumbled a perfectly good snap. Then it became 2nd and goal from somewhere around the 8-10 yd line. That mistake was definitely on Cardale IMO. He was trying look at the D and run before securing the snap.
the first trip to the goal line also had Cardale running on 1 st and goal. He ran for no gain to the outside as OSU got up to the line quickly to try and catch 'Bama on their heals after 'Zeke's long run. Running Dale to the outside wasn't a great idea IMO, and I can't say if that was called from the sideline or Dale just went with the quick snap on a pre designated play.
I think this is just semantics...I think Urban wants to get pro style mentioned with the offense more because the nfl pundits are constantly bashing the college players who come from "spread" or "read option" offenses. The nfl scouts will know what they are seeing on film obviously, but it may be for recruit's consumption. The NFL is running more shot gun w/ 3 Wr formations than ever, and he probably wants his offense associated with the term pro style more than anything. He will run the plays that work for his players. With Cardale starting, the option plays we have run in the past are less effective, and so the style of offense fits the players. IMO
I am almost positive that as soon as a player enrolls in classes his letter of intent is redundant. They can classify an early enrollee with the previous year's left over scholarships also, which is why you can theoretically take more than 25 guys in a class. Once they are enrolled and on campus in early January it's official and they are completely part of the team.
I will respectfully disagree with you in regards to Eli Apple. He may not have been a world beater, but I have to agree with Spielman on Apple being a future first round pick. By the end of last year he was certainly holding up his end of the bargain and made one of the biggest plays during the title game in the back of the endzone.
I also believe the coaches decision not to shadow Cooper with Grant speaks volumes about how good Apple was playing at the end of the year. A lot of people gave Grant all the love for holding Cooper in check, but In reality the coaches played their standard field and boundary corner alignment based on the ball placement rather than the opponents personnel. I believe if Apple is healthy for the MSU game we would have seen the same defense as usual.
If he is healthy Dixon should breakout and be the starter opposite Thomas by some point in the season. If Campbell gets touches early in the year especially with all the HBacks suspended for the opener, he could become a playmaker the coaches feel needs More touches. I don't know if he would play out wide as well as h back.
Assuming the change to an eight letter word represent the same symbolism that 7 stars did, it leaves less room for future additions.
they will have to go with 'Ohio State' iwhen they win their next title.
Maybe Urban had it placed that way to represent the target on their backs. It is just a small but subtle reminder, possibly?
The only problem with just laying down sod is that if you're going to host a World Cup match you are going to have to give the sod time to fuse itself together. That means at least a couple weeks prior to the first match their needs to be sod down and getting rid of the seams takes at least a couple weeks minimum. The players hate it when they play World Cup qualifiers at US stadiums where sod has been down for a few days ahead of time. You talk about injuries think about someone getting a stud caught in a seam and tearing their Achilles or something crazy like at. Grass is a must, so they would have to figure it out.
This GIF essentially backs up my overall point that is implied by what I said. Taking the ball on a designed run as QB is a different animal from trying to make that play even as a tail back. He would probably need to remind himself before the play which arm needs to go on top to offer the QB a pocket to stick the ball in on the hand off. Something as simple as that isn't second nature to an incredible playmaker like Braxton who is used to getting the ball via a direct snap.
i would rather pray for his health and start him at QB.
If Braxton switches to the H back role I don't believe he will log a lot of touches at least for the first 6-10 games. If you are going to contemplate switching Braxton to the H role it would have been critical to teach him the position and get him in that meeting room during spring practices. He doesn't have that edge yet, which he would need to block at the position and that would make logging lots of snaps difficult to begin with. Then if you begin mentioning all the other qualities Braxton would need to possess to be an elite option at the H position, you will likely realize just how far fetched the idea of him being a major contributer this season actually seems.
He would need to learn ball security first and foremost if he was going to play as a RB or WR. He would also need to possess the hands necessary to catch the ball in pads at full speed with defenders breathing down his neck, which is a lot harder than many fans realize. The list of qualities he would need to master before becoming A functional player at the position can go on seemingly forever.
I find it incredibly difficult to imagine him developing even half the skill set necessary to make the position switch, and those doubts are only magnified when you think about the fact that it has probably been 6-8 years since he even played a position other than QB during a game.
I think the single most important reason he was willing to make what some would consider a "lateral" move is due to his aspirations as a head coach in the future. It sounds like he wants to become a HC and UFM obviously has about as good a track record producing future HCs as any current college coach, and his guys will be getting a certain benefit of the doubt when they sit down for an interview with no prior experience as a head guy due to his assistants track record. He wants to go to finishing school for head coaches to be.
Loving What the Jets are doing.
Leonard Williams wasn't a need at all, but with the 6th pick you can't pass on him. Certainly not when it seems most NFL teams, scouts, and evaluators consider him the number one prospect in the entire draft.
Devin Smith will provide the explosive deep threat that the Jets need on offense to compliment their new no. 1 receiver in Brandon Marshall, and possession type of WR in Decker. Curley is one of the best slot receivers around in the NFL to go along with those outside guys. Now they just need Geno Smith to turn into a Joe Flaco or even Alex Smith type of QB and those receivers might actually get to catch some TDs.
De'Vier Posey is joining smith in Jersey too. Texans just sent him s part of the trade to get the jets 70th overall pick.