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Comment 28 Jul 2014

Watching a game at St Johns would be nostalgic.

Comment 28 Jul 2014

I know what you're trying to say.  But all of that is based on stories and perception.  There's nothing based on facts there.  So despite what we all perceive to be true, there's nothing that can actually prove it.  Given the scandals and sanctions that other schools in other conferences are dealing with right now (OSU, PSU, Miami, UNC, FSU, USCw, and Oregon are in my head and I will acknowledge USCe here), its hard to even justify the statement.  

Comment 28 Jul 2014

I'm just not convinced that some of this stuff, maybe not as bad, isn't happening at OSU.

Comment 28 Jul 2014

Great points.  

I think Slam needs to improve his ball handling to be a 2.  If he can do this and play aggressive (attack the basket), he's lightning quick.  I think his shooting is OK, but getting some space because of a feared dribble drive could also help him on the outside.

Loving at the 3 is interesting to me.  Last season he really liked to play offense from the outside.  He was practically fearless from 3-pt range, and also had an OK dribble drive, although deficient ball handing and awkwardness were seen.  Still, he'd be a matchup nightmare at the 3.  But I suspect you're right in that he'd be a defensive liability.

The other thing I really like about this lineup is that we'd have one solid (or hopefully sub) at each position.  

1 - Williams, Goldstein, Russell

2 - Russell, Williams

3 - Diop, Tate

4 - McDonald, Bell, Thompson

5 - McDonald, Bell, Thompson

We've got another very deep roster this year, but we'll still need scorers.

Comment 28 Jul 2014

I picked Alabama, but thanks for calling me an idiot.  

Their ooc schedule is pretty weak, although they play a "neutral" game against WVU, who may be able to out offense them with that game being the first game of the season. Alabama plays @ LSU and Auburn (home), and even @ Ole Miss and @ Tenn could be problematic for them on the road.  They get UF, Miss St. and A&M at home.  As much as we want to rip their ooc schedule, their conference schedule looks very difficult.   

Despite returning 8 on offense, they are breaking in a new QB and 2 new OL.  As I said above, an experienced QB counts for a lot, especially in Alabama's system, in which they are also breaking in a new OC.  On defense, they only return 4 players.  While they are loaded with talent and have an excellent DC, they've got a lot of question marks.

FYI, Oklahoma returns their QB and 4/5 OL, total of 7/11 on offense and 9/11 on defense - they return more experience than Bama and play an easier schedule.  Oregon returns 10/11 on offense and 6/11 on defense. Oregon avoids USC, plays MSU, Arizona and Stanford at home and goes on the road to UCLA.  

Comment 28 Jul 2014

I'll chime in with one that no one is mentioning, focused on experience and Matta's love for players that stretch the court with the unique combination of size and speed.

Scott, Thompson, Loving, Lee, and Williams 

Comment 28 Jul 2014

“I don’t want to run like I did last year, at all. I’d rather throw it to our guys and let them make the plays for me.”

and 

But there’s a conscious movement away from the reliance on some of the designed quarterback runs.”

Talk is cheap, but I'm glad they are saying these things now.  The problem is that we don't know how the offense is going to be this year.  We're breaking in new WRs, RB, and an OL.  I can only hope that we can make it to conference play without having Braxton take too many hits.  His health is major concern this year.  If he goes down, its likely the team does too.

Comment 27 Jul 2014

I'm with you chief. The site is full of personalities, many of which don't bring any content or insight with them. Ah well, with popularity comes drama. 

Comment 27 Jul 2014

Id like to follow up this question. 

With 14 in, and "X" spots left, what do you think the breakdown of position needs is?  And then, where do you see the flexible point, meaning the point where they would not take a commitment at position of need to leave space for guys that are too good to say no to (it seems like there are a lot of these currently). 

Comment 27 Jul 2014

I think it all depends on the context of the conversation. The rules that Brandon has brought forth would prohibit Mr Elliot from actively recruiting - "come to Ohio State" type stuff. However, NCAA bylaws cannot prevent him from talking to a kid. Seeing how Mr. Elliot strikes me (I don't know him personally) as someone who genuinely cares about kids, my guess is that he's just there to support these kids the best way he knows how, as a father figure and not as a recruiter. 

Comment 25 Jul 2014

The Hemingway is an elite cigar. Id also mention Upmans vintage cameroon.

Comment 25 Jul 2014

You're not going to like those Rocky Patels or that Elijah.  I'll take them off your hands.  Consider it a favor.  You know, I'm too good to you.

Comment 25 Jul 2014

I think its a few things:

1. Football stuff - we have the best facilities and support system.

2. The campus - yep, it's beautiful and its huge

3. The city - dispatch preconceived notions about midwestern cities.

Seeing is believing and recruits can get a feel for a place on a visit and start to think about how they'd see themselves there.