He seems like he has a really good head on his shoulders.
I'm sympathetic to the comments about being limited by the scheme, but let's be honest, there isn't a single coverage scheme that involves NOT teaching guys to turn around and look for the ball when it's in the air.
It's one thing when you're just beat and trying to catch up, but I couldn't believe the number of times last year guys had decent position and then got flagged for PI or didn't make a good play on the ball because they just didn't turn the head around. As a former cornerback that just kills me.
Now, not being a fly on the wall in practice, I can't say whether that's a coaching problem (and if it is, whose problem) or if it's just a lack of execution on the players' part. But I would sure like to see a lot less of it this year.
Completely agree. One interesting difference, though, is that it's Urban talking about playing time this time around.
As I remember, most of the buzz surrounding Wilson was from fans/commentators, with Urban occasionally telling people to put on the brakes because he wasn't there yet. Now he's the one putting Samuel in the top two. So there's at least some cause for optimism, I hope.
I think you're partly right about distinguishing from other schools, although it actually dates back to the 19th century when the Legislature gave the university its new name. From the Ohio State Library site:
However, the "The" was actually part of the state legislation when the university was renamed in 1878. The following excerpt is from the Board of Trustee minutes:
"...the educational institution heretofore known as the 'Ohio Agricultural and Mechanical College,' shall be known and designated hereafter as 'The Ohio State University.'"
Those who wanted the name change thought the original name was too narrow in scope, and that it was inadequate for the institution that was the only beneficiary of the land grant act. President Edward Orton was insistent that a new name would separate the institution from other colleges in Ohio.
Legend also has it that "The" was used to show the other colleges which institution was supposed to be the leader in the state - both in size and in financial support from the legislature.
Definitely. And that's before you take into account that the Rhodes Scholarship has always placed a large emphasis on success in sports--it's not just about brains (obviously, in this case).
Echoes of Rutgers hiring an AD with a history of abusing players while dealing with the fallout of having to fire a coach for abusing his players. Really doesn't inspire a lot of confidence in these university boards.
Top notch reporting, as always. Thanks, Birm!