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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
  • SOCCER TEAM: USA

Recent Activity

Comment 26 Jan 2015

Not because of ability, but mainly due to his lack of size at the position - not sure Jacoby Boren will be an NFL player.  I would LOVE for him to prove me wrong, but 6'1 280 going against some monster nose tackles in the NFL is tough duty.

Comment 26 Jan 2015

I highly doubt that by penalizing, Painter means levying anything close to fines or taking away meals or some other sort of monetary penalty.  I am sure he means something in the way of a game or a half suspension, or something of that variety.

Honestly, I agree with him.  With the emphasis now on limiting fouls to the head or neck, guys take advantage of that by embellishing contact made in that region, or even acting as if they've been hit when no contact was made.  Anyone remember when Russell flopped in a game earlier this season (Minnesota maybe?) when there was very, very little contact on the play?  That has been happening more and more in the college game with no repercussions.

No one hates a team/player that flops (cue the Duke hatred) because it is a disgrace to the integrity of the game.  I'll all for something happening, and soon.

Comment 25 Jan 2015

When you look at the in-state talent in 2016, as well as the out of state players already committed or extremely high on OSU, this next class is going to likely end up #1 or #2 nationally.  Then look at how 2017 has started and things look even more amazing.  The snowball has just started rolling downhill, and the hill is more like a mountain. The Buckeye freight train has just begun!

Comment 25 Jan 2015

Eaker and Bosley, yes! Like I said, there were so many kids with zero concern for what they were doing. 

Thanks for the Stonerook clarification. It seems Tate was the one let go rather than Shaun. 

Comment 25 Jan 2015

Shaun Stonerook/Stonebrook, maybe? I'll be honest, the separate groups of "troublemakers" in the mid-90s make it hard to pinpoint.

You of course had Charles Macon, Greg Simpson, Damon Stringer, Shaun Stonerook, et al. It's amazing the amount of talented players, yet terrible kids, that were in the program at one time. 

Comment 16 Jan 2015

Also - it is not like his potential earnings for things like appearances, autograph signings, speaking engagements, etc. are going to go away.  He is a national-championship winning QB with a great backstory, and no one can take that away from him.  Even if he doesn't start or play another game for Ohio State, he has earned celebrity status in the state and across the country, and Buckeye alums will take care of him, if needed, when it comes time to line up a job.

The man is making a sound, logical decision based on what he feels is important in his life not just right now, but also into the future and the remaining years of his life.

Comment 14 Jan 2015

My 7 and 4 1/2 year old boys were right there beside my wife and I, watching every second until the game had ended.  Growing up huge Buckeye fans, it's a moment I hope they will never forget - I know I won't!

Comment 14 Jan 2015

This year's team... wow.  It's one of those things where I saw it all with my own two eyes - the ups, the downs, the adversity they faced - yet it is almost unthinkable what they accomplished after coming together and playing for one another.  2002 was an amazing season filled with heart-pounding endings, but this year's team had something so special about it.  Hard to put into words how proud I am to say I am a fan of The Ohio State University football team, and how proud I am of a group of young men whom I have never met.

Go Bucks!  A season for the ages!

Comment 08 Jan 2015

It's important to point out he is NOT being hired as the DC.  Dantonio promoted Mike Tressel and Harlon Barnett to co-DC's in order to keep them from leaving for Pitt.  The article in the OP indicates Snyder will either work with the front seven or the special teams.

Comment 04 Jan 2015

Thad FINALLY made the change, and we immediately see positive results.  There is no coincidence here - the energy and intensity completely changed when they went to man. 

This team could play some zone, and I think it wouldn't be a terrible idea to mix some in here or there to force the opponent to adjust. However, any good team or a team with a coach worth a damn will eat that zone alive if it is played as the sole defense for the Buckeyes. They purposely extend on the outside, but the anchor in the middle (mostly Amir) is too weak and too passive for that to work. Shannon Scott, especially, can be a totally different and more dynamic player by utilizing his strength as an on ball defender. 

Comment 30 Dec 2014

Unfortunately, I don't see much changing in the near future with this team as long as the philosophy and rotation remain exactly the same. It's a young team that will naturally improve, but right now there is too much to overcome. 

Like others have already noted, I also have been and remain a Matta supporter. However, for the first time I'm truly puzzled by his decision-making with this team. The zone is terrible for many reasons, and leads to issues elsewhere (rebounding, lack of aggression, no ball pressure, and the list goes on...). But the fact Matta refuses to use man AT ALL is unconscionable. And, saying it didn't matter what D they played today is a cop out. 

This zone, and all that it entails, will be the undoing of this year's team if Matta doesn't realize soon enough just how bad it is. ANY team with a pulse can get any shot they want, and if they miss those wide open shots, no worry - the defensive rebounding is horrific if Tate isn't on the floor. 

Sorry for ranting, but this is truly frustrating with the talent and athleticism on this team. 

Comment 30 Dec 2014

I don't think OSU has any reason to be "afraid" of this hire, but let's put down the pom poms for a second - Harbaugh is a REALLY good coach. He's proven that everywhere he's been. I'll be surprised if that team doesn't win 9 games next year, which would be an amazing accomplishment considering their QB situation. 

In 3 years tops, Michigan will be back, legitimately challenging for B1G championships. Again, Harbaugh has proven he can win and win quickly. Recruiting is going to ramp up right away. 

With all that said, how long does he last? How long until he's feuding behind closed doors with the administration?

Make no mistake, this makes the last Saturday in November much more dangerous for Ohio State, and the margin for error is much thinner. Yet the B1G absolutely NEEDS this right now, IMO. 

Comment 28 Dec 2014

Good for TTUN, but just how long will their "savior" last in Ann Arbor?

This could end up being a case of Harbaugh turning Michigan back into a respectable program in the next four years before Jim decides he really is just made for the NFL. The guy just isn't made to be somewhere long term, so the real question is how quickly he can turn it around. 

Comment 23 Dec 2014

Beck is well respected.  On one hand you can look at Nebraska the last few years and ask "where was any sort of passing game?" and you would be right.  However, dig deeper and look at the "passers" he's had to work with: Taylor Martinez, Ron Kellogg, and Tommy Armstrong.  Not a murderer's row there.

Considering that, and how good overall Nebraska has been offensively over the past few years, I could get on board with this hire.  Remember, it has been the Huskers' defense that has let them down, not their offense.

Comment 18 Dec 2014

And again, the Craft haters think when you talk poorly about the team, you are talking about everyone excluding Craft.  No - I mean the entire roster and coaching staff. 

The roster last season consisted of a bunch of guys who didn't mesh well together offensively.  You had a guy with a skill set to be a dominant college scorer, but he was just way too inconsistent (Ross).  Big men who had not developed at all and were a hindrance on the offensive end of the court.  Swingmen who could shoot the lights out one night, and not hit the side of the barn the next (LSJ and Slam).  Point guards who were not shooters or scorers, but because of the focus of the offense were repeatedly forced to try and make plays at the end of the shot clock (Craft and Scott).

Comment 18 Dec 2014

Exactly.  Facts and reasoning was asked for and given.. and suddenly Craft is no good for a different reason.

Craft was not a scorer.  He was not a good shooter.  He was pressed into trying to make plays for last year's team that didn't fit his skill set.  Many people criticized him last season, and at times it was warranted.  But, it had more to do with the team than with Craft, and as the season wore on he became a punching bag for the people who never liked or appreciated his game.  Go back and look - it's not as if people were downvoted into oblivion for saying he wasn't playing well at times.

At the same time, what is the point of starting a thread just to bash one of the most accomplished players in Ohio State basketball history?  Frankly, it is pointless and a losing proposition because many people DO appreciate AC's game and how special he was, especially post mortem in his OSU career.

Comment 18 Dec 2014

... And I JUST gave you the answer, same as several others have.

You can continue to beat the horse asking the question and getting the same answers.  He's a good kid who helped the Ohio State program do extraordinary things for four straight seasons.  He left his heart out on the court.  People feel like they "know" him, and many have personal examples of the type of person he is.  All the while, he was able to achieve many individual awards because HE was such a GOOD player.

Comment 18 Dec 2014

Why is Aaron Craft beloved at Ohio State?

Aaron Craft, first and foremost, is an awesome, awesome kid.  Awesome.  He gets it.  He's a hard-working individual.  He is a competitor.  He came from a small-town upbringing, with everyone doubting him, and he worked his way into one of the most accomplished Ohio State players in the university's storied history.  He played in a Final Four, two Elite Eights, and 3 Sweet Sixteen games.  He was a 4-time All-B1G defensive 1st teamer, and two-time B1G Defensive Player of the Year.  He was a two-time Academic All-American of the Year(I think).  He was a national defensive player of the year last season.  He holds the record for most assists and most steals in a career at Ohio State.  Any time a loose ball was on the floor, you didn't even have to watch the game to know who was going to come away with the ball.  Seriously.

Add it all up, and add in the fact he played for four years on four really good teams, and he becomes part of the "family" so to speak of Ohio State basketball.  You "get to know" players that play all four years and are one of the more recognizable players all four of those years.  Doing all those things, and epitomizing the "underdog" role makes him one of the more endearing players to ever put on the Scarlet and Gray, on any athletic team.

Comment 18 Dec 2014

I'll bite here because I'd love to hear this response:

What players have been "better" than AC at Ohio State?  More specifically, what point guards have been better than Aaron Craft?  This is not rhetorical... I'd love to know what your opinion is on this.

Comment 18 Dec 2014

Let's try this...

Let's say Shannon Scott played the role of Aaron Craft last season, and Craft played the role of Scott.  In other words, Scott never left the floor, almost always handled the ball, and had to make big plays against good opponents in clutch situations.  Would you have been confident OSU would have had the same season last year as they did? 

Let's say we plugged Aaron Craft onto this year's team in place of Scott - do you think this team would be any different thus far?  Do you truly believe AC would have had to sit out the last 12 minutes of the Louisville game because he was hurting the team?  That answer is no, by the way.

I'm not here to downplay Shannon Scott.  He is a good college point guard.  But PLEASE let's not downplay Aaron Craft now that he's no longer with the team.  I would venture to say if AC had these weapons at his disposal this season, he'd be putting up some gaudy assist numbers as well, with far fewer turnovers.

Comment 18 Dec 2014

I'm fine with Harbaugh to Michigan as well.  Let's not fool ourselves - this would make Michigan the one true, legitimate threat to OSU in the B1G.  I doubt they would be at that level right away in year one (they need a QB), but make no mistake - Harbaugh knows how to turn things around and quickly.


If I was a UM fan, there are just a few things though that would scare me about Jim Harbaugh: 

1) He changes positions frequently because his "schtick" grates on those around him and who work with him after only a few short years.  From all indications, he's tough to work with for a long period of time, especially if he is not getting exactly what he wants. 

2) He has not yet shown the ability to build the long-lasting relationships with his players that are imperative if you want to be a first-class recruiter.  Guys who played for him at Stanford rarely talk about him, and when they do it tends to be more of the negative variety (Richard Sherman/Doug Baldwin).  Yes, some of this could be coincidental based on not being in the job long at Stanford, and also competing in the NFL's best rivalry today against some of his former college players.  But, if he wants to truly bring in the big fish to Michigan he's going to have to work on that.

3) To go along with #2, Harbaugh is more of the intense, fiery competitor type, similar to Urban Meyer and Nick Saban.  Those coaches tend to attract similar types of players.  We saw with Brady Hoke at Michigan the difference in personality and environment compared to OSU.  Michigan was all about "laid back, family atmosphere" while OSU is all about competition and "choking your opponent over checkers."  Friday Night Lights versus Big House BBQ is a perfect illustration to the difference in focus of the two programs under Meyer and Hoke.  Harbaugh is more Urban than Hoke, so they'll be competing for similar recruits.  Can Harbaugh outmanuever Urban and Saban for the big-time athletes nationally?

Comment 17 Dec 2014

Actually, Brian Johnson is not the MSU play-caller.  He's not even an offensive coordinator right now.  Dan Mullen calls plays, and there are two co-offensive coordinators (Billy Gonzalez and John Hevesy).

Johnson may not have "flourished" as a young play-caller (and when I say young, I mean 24-25 years old), but he did very good work with the QBs at Utah, including having quite the injury conundrum themselves during that time.  Also, keep in mind Utah was in the process of just getting in to the PAC-12 while still having a Mountain West roster.

I'd like to think he helped Dak Prescott quite a bit in developing into a legitimate college QB.  I would not be shocked if he was the guy who is hired as QB coach at Ohio State, with Warinner and possibly Stan Drayton becoming the co-offensive coordinators.