This coaching staff's first couple recruiting classes are going to be so thankful that they took advantage of the opportunities in C-bus. Time to get on board.
Really hope it's not Mike. Maybe LeBron suggested him.
I'm actually hoping Gene is using these initial interviews to educate himself about the most pressing issues in basketball today, and to round out his thinking before pursuing more desirable candidates.
I personally like what Scott Drew has done at Baylor, a successful program at a football-first school. Not sure if he would move his family, but he is a midwest guy and a renowned recruiter. Although he did have some ncaa sanctions for phone call violations about 7 years ago.
Chris Jent played with more hustle and grit than any Buckeye player that I've watched. If he gets the job, I hope he sheds the calm, cool NBA sideline demeanor that he has developed over the years and becomes a passionate, fiery leader.
Btw, today's Go Bucks weekly email just had some stats for 2016-17. Just a reminder that we might not always see it or agree with the decisions, but Gene has a pretty good idea of what he is doing:
3 team national champions
4 team national runners-up
7 individual national champions
3 national coaches of the year
I bet Starcat is keeping him posted. Telepathically, of course.
Thank you, Coach, for not just leading us to so many wins, but setting the bar in terms of running a class program. This is not the high note exit that you deserved.
Thanks, Brutus. It's true on a couple levels.
I see a 6th or 7th place finish. Delusional? Probably, but my optimism is fed by a report that Lyle quit because a teammate went after him for not working hard enough. That tells me that at least one of our players wants to change badly enough to push others to make it happen.
Having watched Jae'sean for a few years, I know he is intent on giving everything. Keita has to be hungry having had to miss last season. Kam just got served a big piece of reality with NBA feedback--definitely something to prove. Hell, everyone affiliated with this program has something to prove.
Losing Thompson hurts inside and will likely keep us for contending for anything, but I truly believe we're already better from last year simply by swapping Keita and Funderburk for Loving and Lyle.
Just watched Nance's highlights. He looks extremely comfortable with the ball in his hands, has a smooth, consistent shot, showed a range of footwork, has the type of court awareness you'd expect from the son of a great player, and seems like a nose to the grindstone kid who wants to excel. Would love to root for him as a Buckeye.
Appreciate learning the meaning of crisis. Too many people ignore the opportunity side of situations like this and focus on all the negatives. We need kids, like Hunter, who want to come in and be the ones that make Ohio State dangerous again.
They'll probably sell about 6 pairs maybe that was the inspiration
Hope Kam is focusing more attention to the feedback on his game and ignoring the negativity about program. In terms of his play last season, he appeared uncomfortable with the ball in his hands and was prone to rush his shot before squaring up his feet. At his size, he's gotta work on that handle 'cause he is quick enough to drive past people and is dangerous with that nice touch on the floater.
Hope he sticks it out and finishes a great senior season as a Buckeye!
Remembering his tape coming out of high school. So much quick twitch, you just knew he was going to excel. Way to go, Curtis!
Has Vegas released any odds yet on when Lonzo will legally separate from his dad?
Has Eleven Warriors ever considered getting a mobile home to travel to games? I would volunteer to ride along.
Future strong safety
Are they replacing Coach Coombs as our big energy provider?
Surprised to see us ahead of Sparty. Let's keep it that way.
The picture looks vertically compressed. Makes him look thick as a brick.
He is a world class guy, incredibly down to earth and kind. Prayers for the family and the incredibly talented people who are caring for her.
Thank u for mentioning Lyle's defensive mental focus. He will never be a complete player, never realize the full strength of his incredible talent, unless he develops a total commitment to being a great defensive player. It's everything.
Yes, a lot of colleges go this route. Honestly, how cool would it be for a different dorm full of students to actually get a free ride and ticket to a game in this day and age when the University wants to tax them for every little thing. It might just be enough to turn some of this kids into actual fans and make them want to be a part of more games.
I mean it, do we want a home court atmosphere that rivals Duke and MSU? Then get more of the largest student body in the country in the damn building.
Here's are 3 big fixes, starting with the staff:
STAFF - Find our version of Coach Mic Marotti for strength and MENTAL conditioning. Our guys now are mentally weak and lacking confidence. As they get mentally stronger, free throw shooting and end-of-game performance will improve.
We also need a lead recruiter to spot great talent and sell recruits on the incredible opportunities here (like Coach Pantoni). C'mon down, Scoonie Penn.
IDENTITY - There are 2 big reasons we lack an on-floor identity: First) Playing guys who are lazy and selfish. It undermines everything you preach and ruins team chemistry. Next) Thad changes his schemes to the talent on his teams. Great when you have a D'Angelo or Evan Turner. Bad when you lack star players to flow through. Pick one system and stick with it so guys can get better at it year after year.
ATTENDANCE – This is more complicated than how the BBall team performs. I think a big factor is that many fans feel a Football hangover in November and December. They’ve just spent a ton of money on fball and have a hard time switching gears to hoops. Fix this by scheduling better opponents, and lower ticket prices drastically for preseason games so more families can afford to go. Make a statement with Value City Arena that OSU values the fans-- it's an early-season investment in the BBall team that will pay off later.
And here's a Bonus Fix - at every home game, bus over a dorm full of students for free. It will help expose more students to the BBall team, build excitement, and add a few hundred more voices to the student section. Give them a reason to get excited.
I'm hoping Loving's minutes go to a healthy KBD.
And I like what I hear about Beverly. This is a quote from Braxton Beverly's coach (who has had 23 players go to the NBA)
"One thing Braxton does, he works extremely hard. He's a gym rat. He goes hard in every skill development session we have, every white-room session we have. He conditions harder than anybody I've ever coached."
If they do play, Thad needs to lock up the nice uniforms and have them wear practice gear to the games until every man on that team plays with all-out effort.
It would actually mean more if the players took it upon themselves to earn back their Buckeye silks. Take ownership of the situation, young men. Send a message to each other that you respect this university enough to earn back your right to represent it in all its glory.