Are we basically at the point where Kaleb Wesson has to be a talent somewhat like Jared Sullinger to save Thad? Because that's what it feels like 2017-2018 is riding on.
If we lose to Rutgers, we don't even make the NIT. Pressure would be pretty high on Thad at that point. Plus, I'm not sure we can get Archie Miller after next season. So Gene Smith might need to be proactive.
Does anyone else think CJ Jackson reminds you alot of PJ Hill?
Every possession where Trevor Thompson doesn't touch the ball is a bad possession the way Nebraska is playing.
We pay Thad Matta elite basketball coach money, and we haven't had an elite team in five seasons. With each season since being slightly worse than the year before. It's really that simple. No need for recriminations, just a simple statement of facts and need to make a change.
The program is just too comfortable. Urban made the tough coaching choices to fix his program. Thad never did the same. Thad might have been right about getting rid of the 4 players last year. However, the problem is that reflects back on him and his staff.
Ed might be the best offensive line coach in the country, and he had one great season working with Tim Beck at Kansas. There's a lot of evidence he's an average to below average Offensive Coordinator. I think whoever is advising Ed needs to ask if this is a wise move for him.
Maybe this is the best face saving move for Ed, but if he wants to be a head coach, he doesn't need to be an offensive coordinator. Urban never was, Fleck never was. I think odds are more likely Warinner gets replaced as led play caller in two years than getting a job better than MAC HC.
To engage in the hypothetical: Alex Grinch.
A bit concerned this is a spot where Schiano might get a look. Warinner would take it in a heartbeat but weird things would have to happen for him to be a serious contender.
It's not going to happen. Also, for those saying "But Schiano!" I would note Schiano was out of football for 2 years prior to becoming our Defensive Coordinator. Which strongly suggests based on his resume at the time he couldn't get the jobs he wanted. Not a knock on Schiano, just the reality of the situation.
Chip Kelly might not be able to get another NFL HC job, but his record in college should allow him to be a frontrunner at all the premium jobs next fall.
While Chip might love the game so much he wants to be around it this next year, Urban in his off year scouted coaching talent and it turned out very well for him and OSU. That's my guess what Chip does, tries to finds the Tom Herman of Defensive Coordinators for his 2018 team.
Brandon Saine played two years in the league. Jalin Marshall and Corey Brown made rosters despite some frustrating performances on special teams at Ohio State. He'll get a chance to return punts, play some receiver, or maybe even take a couple carries. Even if he doesn't make a roster out of camp, he'll play a couple years in the league because he does enough well to justify a practice squad roster until an injury happens.
Would seeing if a Co-DC title would make Pepper Johnson interested make any sense here?
Larry Coker 2.0. Lose a national title will define his career.
I think Helfrich would be smart to go be an OC at a well respected program for 2-3 years. Maybe him, Brady Hoke, and Charlie Weis can be an HC/OC/DC team at Purdue!
I'm of the opinion Ohio State only needs 3 things to happen to get into the playoff right now.
1) Win out
2) Oklahoma beats West Virginia
3) Washington State beats Washington
I tend to think for a bunch of reasons, a place like Purdue isn't the landing spot for OSU coordinators. Chris Ash I think is a warning to not take the worst jobs in the conference. If an OSU coach were to take the Purdue job, I'd say its either Zach Smith (Who I don't think gets a look) or Larry Johnson Sr. Johnson makes some sense because I think he wants to be a head coach, has a lot of respect in the game, and probably doesn't have the time to go take the Western Michigan (or another good non-P5) job, and hope he can flip that job in 2 years into a slightly better offer than Purdue.
Have to imagine the odds of Josh McCown to Dallas for a 3rd Round pick just went up alot.
Cleveland has the best rotation in the American League, however, the offensive production from the Catcher and Juan Uribe has just been awful. A bit disappointed they didn't DL Uribe right after his injury, his defense has been solid but his offense (wRC+) has been among the worst in the AL. I expect Cleveland to get very hot after the All-Star break, as some important players will return and be in form. The return of Brantley will help because it likely means Jose Ramirez moves to become the every day 3B, and it wouldn't surprise me to see Roberto Perez become the starting catcher when he comes back. The return of Abraham Almonte will also allow Cleveland to DFA Michael Martinez, so that will help.
I had Block O North tickets my first two seasons on campus. For my money, in terms of watching the game the seats are better in Block O North. I also had a season of Block O South and another of 34A tickets. I would agree the atmosphere is better in the South.
Hope Grandstaff finds what he's looking for. Two transfers in six months is the sign of someone who is deeply unhappy about something. Based on what was said after he left OSU, I think Grandstaff is struggling with the transition to College and dealing with the fact he isn't automatically the best player on the team. Instead of dealing with the deficiencies he has as a player, he's likely just getting mad at the coaches and projecting his failures on them.
Wish the best for Grandstaff, but glad he left. He would have never been successful here, he's gotta find out what he wants from basketball first. Sometimes you have to get the door slammed in your face many times before you start realizing where the problem really is.
100-222 3PT shooting this year. I like that. Shoots a great average despite a large number of shots.
I guess my question is: Is this a culture change or is this just getting rid of expendable players without actually fixing the culture?
Gotta work harder. Maybe pick up a grad transfer guard that can handle the basketball, move Lyle to 2 guard.
Really hurt to not have KBD out there. Really want to like Mitchell but he shouldn't be playing more than 6-8 minutes a game right now. Worried it will take 2 more seasons for him to move past that stage. Mitchell was a defensive liability that helped Florida get an early lead.
Moving forward, Giddens has to develop an offensive game. From what I've observed, Thompson starts because he's the more refined offensive player, but he just doesn't offer the hustle and defensive intensity that can really help this team grow. If Giddens can develop some offensive prowess, it will open up the whole offense.
Unless for some unstated reason they are trying to fire Cubit for cause, so very strange. Not sure what quality of coach you could bring into Illinois after spring practice has started, which is a factor if you are trying to provide stability.
Stays in the Box with Warinner.
The idea that you would fire Matta based on one season is a little crazy to me. Since your argument is premised on the notion that the program is slipping, I'll move straight to a realpolitick response. Firing Thad is terribly risky proposition. What coach can Ohio State get that would do a better job than Matta? Getting an established coach is highly unlikely, perhaps you could try to make it rain on Gregg Marshall, but I doubt that works. This would mean turning it over to Boals/Paulus, or a Mid-Major climber coach. Look at Minnesota, they fired Tubby Smith, who coached them to three of their eight NCAA appearances, and the program got a slight lift in year 1, but the program has gone straight down the tubes. It's nigh impossible to justify firing Matta over a season where it's still possible they make the tournament, and have no Seniors on the roster.