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  • SPORTS MOMENT: Being able to witness the 2006 game between #1 Ohio State and #2 Michigan. It is something I will never, ever forget. Electric moment in time with a buildup that was second to none, and a game result to match.
  • COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYER: Braxton Miller
  • COLLEGE BASKETBALL PLAYER: Aaron Craft
  • NFL TEAM: Cincinnati Bengals
  • NHL TEAM: Columbus Blue Jackets
  • MLB TEAM: Cincinnati Reds
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Comment 26 May 2016

Didn't Dino Babers cut his teeth under Briles?  Looks like he may have jumped the BG ship a year too early..

Comment 26 May 2016

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.

Comment 24 May 2016

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.

Comment 17 May 2016

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.

Comment 02 May 2016

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.

Comment 13 Apr 2016

I think the psychology of what happened in this situation, in New Orleans in particular (with all the homicides recently), along with the surveillance footage and witness testimony, paints a picture of what very well could have happened on that fateful night.  Bear with me here...

Smith's Mercedes SUV was obviously following Hayes at least for a few blocks.  He wasn't riding Hayes' bumper the entire time.  Suddenly, Hayes stops short for no apparent reason (based on surveillance footage) and Smith may have bumped him.  This is a classic maneuver for robbery or even for a simple shakedown to avoid any insurance incidents.  Smith sees this, and decides he doesn't want to caught in anything and speeds off.  When he notices that the same vehicle (Hayes) is now chasing him down and rear-ends him, I'm sure he felt threatened.  I'm sure the threat of something sinister and deadly had crossed his mind (there had been a reported 20 murders in 26 days) when he sees a man charging out of the Hummer at him.  It would not be surprising for Smith or someone in his party to have a weapon, based on the current New Orleans environment.  It would also not be surprising to warn the perpetrator that Smith had a gun in an effort to stop the situation.

Comment 12 Apr 2016

From my understanding, in college basketball it tends to be well-known that offers are given out on a 1st come, 1st served basis.  In this case, I think it is very likely that OSU offered Jackson and Trice, and told both they'd take the commitment of one PG who is not Markell Johnson.  With limited schollies and limited roster sizes (as opposed to what we hear of "commitable" offers in football), I believe all cards are out on the table for everyone to see, and recruits know if they are slow to pull the trigger they may miss their chance.

Comment 12 Apr 2016

Agreed.  I don't think that matters at all and is a complete non-issue.  If anything, I think it just goes to demonstrate how underrated Jackson has been.  Now after a year at JUCO, he's getting interest from UConn, UNLV, Missouri, Cal... he finally had the chance to be the lead guard and proved he was better than the recruiting rankings had indicated.

If he played PG the majority of the time in JUCO (I don't know if he did) and shot 45% from 3, that is a good sign.  That would likely mean he's a good shooter off the dribble, and good shooters tend to be even better when spotting up with a catch-and-shoot.  I think his size and the type of player he seems to be, based on his numbers, should transition just fine to OSU and the B1G.

Comment 12 Apr 2016

I don't think it does.  OSU still, currently, has very little in the way of true PG's on the roster.  If anyone wants to consider Lyle a true PG, I guess that's fine, but that is questionable.  Jackson sounds like he's more of a combo guard but can play PG as well.  Johnson is still needed and still would fill a major hole on this roster as a true PG who would allow Lyle to play more off the ball.

Comment 12 Apr 2016

Completely agree.  Obviously, my OSU pom-poms are probably skewing my vision here, but this kid seems like he's played for some very successful programs/teams, and he's been a big part of the success of each, albeit under the radar and behind some other more well-known teammates.  Hopefully he's a good fit within the team construct, and he fits in academically as well.

Comment 12 Apr 2016

Sounds like Jackson played alongside some other really good prospects on his AAU team, as well as his high school team his senior year (Montverde - same school as D'Angelo Russell and Micah Potter).  He may have been overlooked based on that.  Originally committed to George Mason, but coaching changes prior to his enrollment made him re-think things and he went the JUCO route.

I like his description in the story below.  Seems like a good all-around player.  He basically comes in as a replacement for AJ Harris, only bigger and a better shooter.

http://www.hoopseen.com/news/player/201604/schools-chase-after-cj-jackson

Comment 12 Apr 2016

Regardless, Hayes shot a "thought to be armed" man (says the defense) in the back 6 times and then shot the passenger in the leg multiple times.  Whether he felt threatened or not, there was no 2nd gun at the scene, and he shot multiple times at multiple people without EVER seeing a gun, let alone seeing one pointed in his direction.

Comment 12 Apr 2016

I don't think it necessarily means that anything is set in stone.  At this point, OSU just needs guards and I'm sure if Trice were to commit and Johnson wanted to reclassify and commit to the Buckeyes as well, Ohio State would definitely take both.  When you only have two "guards" on the roster, and neither is a true PG, you just plain need ball handlers.

Comment 12 Apr 2016

Agreed - at this point getting a guy like Cullen Neal from New Mexico would be huge, just because he has some PG experience.  The majority of the best grad transfers are scorers, and not so much of the PG variety.

Comment 06 Apr 2016

The one thing you're forgetting about Noah Brown - his freshman year when he surprised and got some time as a hybrid TE/FB/WR, he was playing at nearly 240 pounds.  He was heavy.  He worked hard during the offseason and came into camp lighter, leaner, faster, and quicker.  He was a svelte 220 from all the reports I remember hearing.  At 6'1-6'2 220, that is not necessarily a hybrid guy.  That's a big WR who is quicker than he's being given credit for, and was unguardable in practice against one of the most talented defenses OSU has ever seen.

Comment 05 Apr 2016

With Funderburk and Potter, OSU's post game will change dramatically from the past 3-4 years.  Both are good face-up shooters with range.  Neither is a huge post-up presence just yet, but honestly that is no different from what the Bucks have had recently (Amir, McDonald, Giddens) from their big men.  The biggest impact to me will be on how the offense can function as a whole.  With Funderburk and Potter, OSU can almost play a 5-out offense with the floor completely spread and driving lanes available for ball-handlers to penetrate.  The issue there is who will be handling the ball.  Hopefully we hear good news about Markell Johnson soon.

Defensively, the change will be interesting to see if the freshmen can bang down low, alter shots, and rebound effectively.

Comment 05 Apr 2016

Last night was the best ending, in my opinion.  The fact that Paige hit that shot the way he did, to tie up the game after UNC having been down 10 just moments before.  Then, after all the momentum seemed to have swung to the Tar Heels, Jenkins hits a 25 foot buzzer beater.

NC State-Houston is hard to top, but based purely on the game itself and the swings in momentum back and forth, with all the shot-making... I got to give it to 2016.