Very mature decision by what seems like a very mature young man. Good luck to Danny wherever his college football career takes him.
1) Ohio State
5) Notre Dame
8) Florida State
My top three are firm. After that, 4-10 it is a toss-up as to the order. I also considered Nebraska, Texas A&M, and several traditional SEC schools (Tennessee, Florida, Auburn, Georgia). Georgia just missed the cut because of their history of NOT winning the big game, but the recruiting base there is unbelievable.
Nail on the head here.
As most who have followed this site for a few years know, OSU's offense is based on the arithmetic, or numbers advantage, that each situation presents. When JT run the ball on QB sweeps or QB power, it is all based on having the additional blocker at RB. We don't see OSU use those plays when they're playing an inferior opponent, because they assume each blocker will win their own battle, and the ball carriers can make plays on their own. When OSU plays a "like" opponent, they assume it won't be as easy to win those 1-on-1 battles and that the numbers advantage is much more important.
As was discussed in the piece on Greg Schiano earlier this week, I think it is "funny" that OU's quarterback, albeit the backup, would actually say something like this, knowing full well OSU likely hasn't shown all the looks they will show on Saturday. When you have a top-shelf defensive coordinator, with NFL experience, along with a group of defensive coaches who helped lead a team to a national championship, you know they aren't going to be "basic" against a high-level opponent.
The chess match will be fun to watch. Interested to see if OU is even prepared for that, as right now it would seem not...
This relates to the game day and recruiting, more so than the game itself.
OU is having maybe their biggest ever "recruiting day" on the same day as maybe their biggest non-conference clash in years. We hear quite often about recruits who are visiting getting pulled in to Urban's office to talk with him and other coaches, or just in general that a recruit got to spend time with different players and coaches (and ultimately leads to them knowing they are a recruiting priority).
How does a typical game day go for a recruit on a visit, and how is it possible for a coaching staff and/or players to spend time with recruits when, I am sure, the task at hand is the one and only thing on their minds? With such a big game, and then so many big-time "priority" recruits at the same game, how does a coach have time to do all of this? Can something like this backfire on Stoops and OU if players don't feel like they've been made a priority or aren't given "adequate time" with coaches during an official visit?
I think Schiano has mentioned he only does 1-year agreements right now because he's technically still being paid by Tampa Bay, along then with his coordinator contract at OSU. My guess is it's all a money thing, and he wouldn't get the full amount from the Bucs if he signed a "long-term" coaching contract that is longer than 1-year with someone else.
He seems genuinely happy so far with his role - hopefully he sticks it out at least another year after this season so that this secondary has continuity going into what should be an absolutely loaded team in 2017.
It'll be interesting to see if OSU still plays so much man-coverage against OU and Mayfield. Mayfield can hurt you with his legs, and if he's able to get outside the pocket and recognize man-coverage, he could have some good running options.
I'll be absolutely shocked if OSU does not show several different looks, mixing and matching coverages throughout the game, to keep Mayfield guessing. The nice thing about the secondary and how well they are playing in coverage is that OSU can then attack OU's running game with more in the box. They can't let Mixon and Perrine to get momentum and start reeling off chunk plays in the running game.
I really believe Curtis Samuel is the first H at Ohio State that Urban can actually use similar to what he did at Florida with Harvin, Rainey, and Demps (and NO, I'm not comparing him to Percy!). To this point, H-backs at OSU have only been used as a slot receiver, or a guy that takes a pitch or jet sweep wide to the outside. Samuel, with his stronger frame and freshman experience already as a RB, is a guy who can do all that, but he can also run between the tackles. Harvin, Rainey, and Demps absolutely thrived at Florida because they had the ability to hit the hole, not dance between the tackles and bounce everything outside, and had home-run/breakaway speed.
Samuel is built for this role, and I can see many occasions where this offense will line up with a 5-wide look to get the defensive personnel on the field they want to see, motion Samuel into the backfield, and then let him run wild between the tackles.
I'm excited to see him finally get the opportunity to show off his versatility in full effect.
I've probably watched bits and pieces of these on YouTube 5 or 6 times. The callers are amazing, and watching Finebaum, McElroy, and Booger try to explain what is happening while the Buckeyes are in the midst of their 28-0 run is just... the best. The meltdown of the SEC fan-base during that game is classic theatre.
Chargers compromised on cash flow in years 2,3,4 + gave Joey Bosa largest upfront signing bonus in Chargers history; SD got offset language.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 29, 2016
Nevermind, Schefter is on it...
So I read that as the Chargers got rid of the offset language, since the entire contract is fully guaranteed. Right?
The signing bonus was already fully guaranteed, from my understanding. The only issue there was the timing of the payment (partially upfront, partially deferred to next March).
So it sounds like Ahmir has issues that give legitimacy to why Harbaugh would suspend him, and therefore lead to Ahmir leaving Michigan altogether.
Serious question here: OSU went after Ahmir for a bit, and then his "decision" came down to OSU and Michigan (even though Birm made it clear multiple times that OSU was no longer involved in Mitchell's recruitment). Did OSU have an idea about Mitchell's issues or immaturity? The recruiting analysts here would obviously be the only ones that would likely know the answer to this. I just always thought it was strange that Mitchell, a "top" recruit, had enough interest in OSU to put them in his final two, but OSU was not actually actively recruiting him any longer..
Thank you for being one to actually acknowledge this. I didn't have the time to comment on the initial post about Bosa's holdout, but the fact many were making it seem as if Joey just needed to sign the deal and move on so he can get into camp is ludicrous. Asking him to wait so long for his bonus money (with substantial CA taxes), and then also putting the offset clause in the contract would pretty much be a big fat loss for Bosa on all accounts. NO ONE, as a top 3 pick, has ever had to put up with a team insisting on both of these items in the contract.
The good news is at this point, DE is one of the easier positions for a rookie to come in and play right away. I don't think missing a few days to a week of training camp will really hamper Bosa all too much for the season. But, if something isn't done rather quickly then more problems will set in and the animosity between both sides will pick up steam. Not a good look from the Chargers.
Nope, his contract is an albatross. Even when he is putting up staggering numbers (he's 28-for-54 with 17 walks since the break, with a .625 OBP, 4 HR and 10 RBI), it is hard for any team to justify his contract in future years. I don't foresee Votto ever being traded, unless the Reds kicked in a TON of money in a deal. The good thing is Votto's game should age well as long as he doesn't lose bat speed. He'll continue to walk and get on base at a high frequency.
For those that don't follow the Reds all that closely, or haven't followed them closely for the past 7-8 years, I could see there being questions about Joey Votto's personality, his likeability, or in general just what kind of guy he is. He's a guy with a huge contract. He's constantly been questioned about how he plays the game - taking walks rather than swinging away, has had his toughness questioned multiple times, has been told he's not a team guy, etc.
All of these things stem from the fact that Joey Votto is maybe the most honest, thoughtful, and perceptive professional athlete I've ever seen. The guys just thinks about things differently than a regular human being, and he analyzes things from all angles. He's a smart dude who has mastered the art of hitting, and quite frankly the art of not making outs in the batter's box. His honesty has led to questions about him that I think have been unfair over his career at times (his panic attacks, his knee/thigh injury, his willingness to swing at a ball in order to drive in a run, and so on).
There is no doubt in my mind that Votto genuinely apologized for his role in the incident.
For soccer fans in the US, the next week or so will be about as good as you can get. Euro games in the morning and early afternoon on ESPN, and Copa games in the evenings on FOX. All day soccer isn't something we ever get to witness, even during the World Cup!
Klinsmann has grand plans. He wants the team to push the pace. He wants them to play proactive soccer. The problem is he continually puts together lineups that just aren't going to do that at the international level. When you plug in Bradley, Jones, and Bedoya together in the midfield, you have zero creativity - you just have guys with high work rates. Zardes, same thing. Plus, he's just not a winger at the international level. Dempsey is just past his prime, and he doesn't fit in a 4-3-3 at all. Put it all together and you have a disjointed lineup, once again.
Jurgen has players in this roster that can help play a possession-style, proactive and creative game. He has to make the decision at some point that his same lineup choices aren't working at the highest level, and to go a different direction. Nagbe, Pulisic, and Fabian Johnson need to be in the attack. Put them with Wood, use Bradley only as a holding midfielder, and I think the team has a chance to play attacking soccer.
Last night wasn't all bad. The possession was fine and the back four played pretty well overall. But 2-0 is 2-0 and you can't change that with the idea you "played them even." As Jurgen has always said, results matter.
Didn't Dino Babers cut his teeth under Briles? Looks like he may have jumped the BG ship a year too early..
I think a very likely scenario is for Baylor to take a look at former Baylor assistant coaches under Briles who understand the school and also understand Briles' offensive system. Someone like a Philip Montgomery, who is currently Tulsa's head coach, but was OC under Briles up until last season. That may be enough of a separation from Briles while still being able to have some continuity and familiarity with the current team.
Once again, the Buckeyes have several early season opportunities to pick up meaningful wins. Right away we should get a pretty good idea of what type of team OSU will have and if an NCAA tourney bid should be expected.
It's puzzling to me that they upgraded to a flagrant-2 (which would have automatically ejected him from the game), but he still is not being suspended for game 4.
Unfortunately, this is just another example of the NBA completely and absolutely playing to needs of their star players and top teams. It's been happening for years, so it's hard to get upset when it has become the expectation.
I think this idea, with some tweaks, could work perfectly in college football. My idea in the past was to create some sort of promotion/relegation system (for those familiar with global soccer leagues). If you have this top level of teams, with whatever number/amount of teams you need to make it work, along with other "minor leagues" for the mid-majors or others who missed the cut, I think you could do the promotion/relegation rather easily. My personal opinion is you need something more like 32 teams (4 regions of 8) in the top level rather than 24.
If you take a look at how Mandel breaks down the system into geographic regions, you can mimic the same exact thing for all other schools to fit into those geographic regions. For instance, in the Midwest Division, you could have Indiana, Purdue, Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, Kansas State, Iowa State, and Missouri as your 2nd Midwest Division. Let's say in 2026, Michigan falls flat on their faces and finishes in last place at the top level Midwest Division, while Missouri goes undefeated and wins the 2nd level Midwest Division. Those two would switch places the next season. Maybe you even switch the top and bottom 2 teams rather than just 1.
Either way, this would create a system where schools would basically decide - do we want to compete for championships or not? If so, spend the money for a good coach, big stadium, recruiting support staff, etc. You do that, and the results follow on the field, you get promoted to the top level and you have a chance to win a national championship. If not, you get left behind. No more could teams/programs survive simply on their name or brand. No more could teams schedule patsies out of conference to buy wins and still be in the running for a national title. These things would actually get decided on the field, and a program like a Boise State or Houston could possibly show their worth and their class, have an opportunity to play with the big boys on a more level playing field, and they could prove whether or not they deserve to stay there.
The amount of college football programs at all different shapes and sized lends itself to a system like this. It would not be hard to have 4 levels of 32 teams, each broken up into the same divisional structure from a geographic standpoint.
The only place Michigan can beat the Buckeyes... on paper.
The buzz is with Louisville, but I'm hoping Markell picks the Buckeyes. He's a dynamic athlete who would help make OSU's offense more diverse - having multiple guys on the court who can penetrate and break down the defense is exactly what this team needs to give their shooters more space to work.