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.
Undefeated with the current roster construction. Team is getting alot better, and I think Matta and the team know it. Don't pull the Heisman troll unless you think you're gonna have a good season.
Bollman like performance by MSU's offense.
TCU didn't get left out last year, they lost to Baylor. MSU's win over Baylor pretty clearly vindicated the CFP last year.
In terms of talent, I think we are a Top 4 team, but we lost against MSU. In the end, you can't put arguably the third best team in the conference in the playoff.
Also, if MSU loses tonight by a decent margin, and Stanford beats Iowa, I would imagine neutral forces could raise similar questions about whether MSU was truly a Top 4 team (Losing to 5-7 Nebraska, beating OSU with backup QB, beating SCum on a fluke).
Let go by Alabama and Texas, my guess is as a Beck replacement he'd not be an upgrade.
Damn you Indiana.
Losing the game by attempting to choke the Wisconsin punter would have made my day. sadly, it was not to be.
Increasingly looking like this team is at least a .500 B1G team. Giddens getting into foul trouble may be a lingering concern, but you see the promise more and more in these games.
Really love Thomspon & Giddens, but they cannot have 7 fouls combined by the under 16 timeout.
2 of the last 3 possessions a pretty basic mistake by Loving. Tough to see as you are trying to put the Gophers to sleep.
Ohhhh, I get what you are saying...John Cooper as Chris Ash's DC would be an interesting pick indeed!
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For a brief moment, I thought a time vortex brought back Ken Johnson to that 32 jersey. Really impressed with Trevor Thompson today.
Has some tough choice ahead. FCS and have the chance to play 2 years or FBS for just a senior year. Could see him at a Sam Houston State. Unless there's something the outside world is missing, hard to see a transfer improving his situation.
Spence also graduated from EKU this weekend. Looks like he's making positive progress. Sure looks like he's just a good Senior Bowl away from a high draft pick in 2016.
Showing more life, UConn missing some shots. Generally a fan, though, i think we settle for some less than ideal shots.
At 57, I don't see Brady Hoke getting offered another P5 job or him taking a random job like ECU. He's been a Midwestern coach the vast majority of his career, and with Pete Lembo is one bad season away from getting fired at Ball State. My guess is Hoke follows the model of Frank Solich, coach in the MAC for a decade and cement a legacy as a respectable head football coach.
That last Touchdown. Wide Receiver touchdown pass even though Houston snapped the ball three seconds late, sure looks like Houston's out coached and overwhelmed the Navy Defense.
Interim AD deciding on the Interim coach. Best decision is to just clear the board and dump Cubit. If a new AD comes to town with Cubit still in tow, Cubit's in trouble the first sign of poor performance because its tough to sell to that the best Illinois could do was a .500 MAC coach. Especially when the new AD didn't pick Cubit. Nice guy or not, Cubit is likely 5-7, a result worse than Beckman's last season, and too many interim folks (the Chancellor too) for a middling coach to get hired longterm.
If you'll note, I limited my comments on Warinner solely to Warinner as OC. Coombs is a great recruiter, and would be an excellent member of the staff as the special teams coach, however, I think that Chris Ash and his focus on rugby tackling is masking some of his deficiencies as a Cornerbacks coach.
I get that this team is on a historic run, but for Urban to preach a culture to players where they are hyper competitive and you can't want to redshirt, the same levels of competitiveness and self reflection needs to happen for the staff.
I think we need to acknowledge for each home run hire by Urban, he's also had some coaches that simply don't meet up to the needs of a National Championship contender team, and I think we need to acknowledge that iffy hires (Coombs, Withers, Beck, Warinner as OC) come when either we needed to hire someone because the coach we wanted left (Coombs/Beck) or we hired someone to do a job they were once fired from/left go and required their job title was a downgrade for their next job (Withers, Beck, Warinner). Are coaches like Coombs energetic and good recruiters? sure. However, we're at a level where elite recruiting isn't the sole job description.
My guess is that considering that Geiger has been inconsistent including missing a field goal in the game, the coaches didn't use the timeouts because they didn't want to give Michigan State the opportunity to run another play, get more yardage, and make the field goal even closer.
On the defensive side of the ball, with the exception of Coombs, I'm pretty sold on our coaching staff. I don't see LJ Sr. or Fickell leaving. If Ash gets a HC gig, I would like to see someone like Paul Haynes (If he's fired at KSU) to take Ash's spot.
The offensive coordinator spot is tough. Beck and Warinner worked well in Kansas as Co-OCs, but I don't think either have a firm grasp on how to run an offensive how Urban wants it run. I think Beck should just be gone, and Warinner is a great OL coach, but I don't think he'll stay here to just be that. While others may disagree with me, I think for replacing Beck as Co-OC, we should look at someone with some experience in more pass heavy offenses, for example the Western Kentucky OC.
I'm glad to see that former Buckeyes are getting love. Not sure Williams can, but I truly hope they make it to the NBA, because the D league pays pennies compared to what they could make elsewhere in Europe.