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Comment 1 hour ago

I was and remain a Tressel fan. Even his offenses (football) didn't bother me as much as they did some others. Despite his "Senator" moniker, he could get feisty too ("We have an up tempo defense").

That said...the media hatchet job would not have been possible if Tressel himself did not hand over the the ax. JT made a bad mistake. Forgetting what he knew or didn't know beforehand, he lied on an NCAA compliance document: terrible move. 

But despite that...he is a great coach. He re-established OSU not just as a well supported program, but as a winner again. And I will always cheer him when he comes back, just as I did at The Game - 2012 edition.

Comment 27 May 2016

OSU football has a history that OSU basketball will likely never have. To expect the same performance is to be disappointed alomost every season. But contending for the B1G is a reasonable yearly occurrence. OSU hasn't been a part of that discussion for two seasons. I am a Thad fan, but I recognize that he likely has 2016/17 and 2017/18 to move this program out of the two season doldrums it's been in. Having said that, the program isn't far removed from an Elite Eight trip, so let's all just be like a bunch of little Fonzies and be cool.

Comment 24 May 2016

I would like to see OSU improve their team FT % by 10%. My post was only to point out that while OSU was terrible to start the season, they did in fact improve  a lot and shot very well to end the season.

And while Chris Jent was Mr. Intensity as a player and had a good looking shot, those qualities did not always translate to an great shooting -%. But I think his influence will be very positive nonetheless.

Comment 20 May 2016

This may be a very unpopular statement, but maybe the problem with the environment isn't the building or the graphics or the timeout skits. Maybe it's us.

I read a lot of romantic nostalgia here about SJA, but I went to every hoops home game from 1980 - 1990 and that building often wasn't filled to capacity. The upper balcony seats were in the stratosphere. And the only seasons where I would say the energy was great, like at a basketball-oriented school, were Gary Williams' seasons and 1990. Williams created energy by himself and JJ did that through his excellent play.

My observation is that OSU is not a great hoops school. Good, yes. Sometimes very good. But not great. That's the culture, and I think that's on us. 

The difference between football and basketball? In 1982 a sellout crowd sat through a driving rain to watch a middling OSU team lose 6-0 to an ok Wisconsin team. OSU cannot sellout all of its B1G basketball games. That's culture. And that's on us.

Let the DVs commence.

Comment 11 May 2016

It's as simple as this: OSU football is elite. OSU hoops is not. That happened long before Thad got there. OSU can get an Oden or a JJ, but it is unique. 

That said, Villanova just won the championship with a roster of 3 and 4* guys. OSU is recruiting those kinds of players and Ohio produces a good number of them. Just ask Izzo.