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Comment 18 Jun 2015

Unfortunately, there are some Buckeye fans who hear "strong recruiting class" and think Kentucky. This group is not like that and most programs can't do what UK is doing on consistent basis anyway. Plus, if you look at  Calipari it looks like the pressure is killing him. 

Truthfully, Matta had three bad recruiting cycles - the outgoing seniors, the Amadeo class, and the Loving class. He deserves criticism for that. I would say that Craft and Lenzelle did improve in many ways during their careers, just not as shooters. But they were complementary pieces in that class anyway. The problem was that all of the next three classes turned out to be complementary pieces, if that. It's hard to win with a group like that, which is why the last two seasons have been a struggle.

Losing DAR hurts, but Tate showed real fire last season and KBD could be a very skilled player. The new group appears to have a lot of upside along with Thompsond and Bell. We should all remember that, aside from Trevor Thompson though, not one of them has played a college game. They will likely not be like the freshmen Kentucky trots out. They will probably be more like the IU team when Cody Zeller was a freshman - some good wins with some very frustrating losses. I say that with the caveat that Matts > Crean.

Those growing pains should lead to a very good team in 2016-17 though.

Comment 08 Jun 2015

Dellevadova had one job last night - slow Steph Curry. Anything else he did was gravy.

Comment 03 Jun 2015

Toys are bribery? DJ did you identify with Scrooge?

Any old-timers remember Children's Palace? That place was like kid crack.

Comment 28 May 2015

Good find on the university district history. Two things on that:

Panhandlers is a badass name? That's old-timey slang for homeless people. Who the hell played for that team?

And chop suey at a Japanese Tea House? I guess it was all Asian back in the day.

Comment 26 May 2015

I know this is an opinion piece, and a damn fun one, so it is by nature subjective. But a few criteria might be helpful because I can't put guys who haven't played a down or showed up on campus ahead oh AAs and Heisman candidates.

You could look at the roller coaster nature of the player's recruitment, the competition, or getting the evaluation right.

Anyway, done pontificating. Fun read either way!

Comment 12 May 2015

You forgot the biggest difference between this past season and 2012 - Cardale beat Wisconsin, Alabama, and Oregon to win the first CFP NC. When you take care of business, you can Tweet your thoughts to the world.

And if OSU doesn't go undefeated in the Fall, it won't be because Cardale Jones called out Noah on Twiiter in May.

Comment 11 May 2015

Well OSU hasn't had a coach as good as Matta since 1972, which was the last year a Fred Taylor team had a pulse. Could they hire a better coach? Theoretically, yes. But anyone who is honest must admit that list is very short.

Comment 04 May 2015

I've changed my thought about this and think of it less of a mistake by the coaches. They were constrained by a very inexperienced QB and OL. Foster made a good adjustment, and I'm sure OSU's coaches told Barrett where to look. He just wasn't comfortable going off script at that point. As he got more experience, got more practice reps, and understood what the defense wanted to do to him, he became more and more effective. Plus the OL got better in the process.

Comment 04 May 2015

DJ - I lived 22 years in Columbus and 24 years around NYC, and there are good and bad about both. You can certainly focus on the cost of living NYC if you want, but you're missing out on a lot. I love both places and I'm glad to see my second home giving some love to my alma mater and my first home.

Comment 04 May 2015

That's the media's issues, not Cardale's. Seems like a guy his teammates like and he played hard and well in highest pressure situation. OSU fans are lucky to have him.

Comment 04 May 2015

Yep...rip Jeter for his UM pedigree, but the guy made winning plays his entire Yankee career. One of those guys whose career can only be captured by one stat - wins.

Comment 29 Apr 2015

I think it's the walk-on. My assumption when a walk-on gets a scholarship that it's a year-to-year thing. He got it because OSU was under the limit this past season. That's a nice reward for a role that is more toil than fame. But it's not like you get to keep that scholarship until your eligibility is exhausted.

As for Diop, he played quite a bit at the end of the season and I have no complaints with how he was used. Should be a vital player in 2015-16.

Comment 10 Apr 2015

Haven't seen this one listed: A scrambling Troy Smith throws about 60 yards in the air to Brian Robiskie to seize momentum vs. PSU in 2006.

Comment 10 Apr 2015

I haven't seen it at OSU since then until Zeke in the B1G and Zeke did not score.

Given the moment in that game and that Byars took it to the house, it was a great play.