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Comment 24 Aug 2015

Narduzzi's Defenses at MSU were phenomenal!   So, I would be upset if we did not copy some or all of his schemes!  However, the bottom line is that we played against the same Oregon Team that his defense faced and our D dominated Oregon while MSU lost to them.  And Our D also outplayed Narduzzi's D in the OSU/MSU Game.  So, who cares what Coach Narduzzi now says?

Comment 23 Mar 2015

I believe that the key will be the three big men that we will have next year.  We lacked any kind of inside presence this season, which resulted in double and triple teaming Russell, especially after Loving was suspended.  Without a legitimate outside shooter (Russell having been neutralized), we had no where to go to score.  In a few games, Scott took it to the hoop.  He should have done lots more of that. Ditto for Thompson.  But, the real problem was that when Russell or Scott threw it to a big man inside, they lost the ball or failed to take it up strong.  

We will need Thompson, Giddens and Bell to take it up strong next season.  That will open up things for the shooters (Grandstaff, Loving, Diop, Williams).  Another key will be conditioning and body building.  Our Seniors had the same bodies they had when they were Freshmen.  Richardson has got to do more to add strength as well as agility.  Diop, Mitchell, Lyle, Harris, Loving and Williams need to finish when they go to the basket.  To do that they need to be much stronger than the guys this year were.

I look at it as though the glass is half full.  We have a ton of talent and, finally, it is in all of the right places.  But we will be green and, unless we bulk these guys up, we will we weak in comparison to the opposition.  Conditioning, strength development and, finally, three quality big men.  We have chance to be good! 

Comment 07 Mar 2015

I would have taken Loving over Hayes, but it is too bad that we did not get both.  As I recall, Hayes's brother was an OSU Football player who got little playing time due partly to headaches.  The family, as I recall, was consequently not happy with OSU. Anyway, I would sure like to see him on our side tomorrow!

Comment 11 Feb 2015

Although Jones was terrific in the post-season, Barrett got us there with his outstanding work during the regular season.  In my opinion, Barrett, if he is healthy, should be our starting QB and Miller should become a WR.  However, if neither Barrett nor Miller can compete in Spring Ball, then Jones will be the starting QB in the Fall because only Jones, and Collier, will work with Beck in the spring.

The most likely outcome is that Jones starts in the Fall, because neither Barrett nor Miller can compete in the spring.  If Jones does the job, he turns pro next spring and Barrett becomes our starting QB for 2016 and 2017.

Comment 07 Feb 2015
If Weber and his family are really hurt because Stan Drayton followed his dream to the NFL, then Coach Meyer should release him from his LOI. I hope that Weber and his family understand that 80% of the OSU OL returns next year and that our 2nd and 3rd team OL would probably start at most D1 schools. He should also think about the fact that our OL Coach was the Top OL Coach in the country and is now our OC. Elliot is great, but those guys up front blocking for him were a big reason why he was great. And for the next several years those same OL or guys who may be better will be opening holes for Weber if he is here or Samuel and Walker. Every kid should go to the school that he wants to attend. If Weber is unhappy with his choice he should be allowed to go elsewhere. We will be just fine with Elliott, Samuel, Walker, Hill, McCall (I hope) and others.
Comment 07 Feb 2015
If Weber and his family are really hurt because Stan Drayton followed his dream to the NFL, then Coach Meyer should release him from his LOI. I hope that Weber and his family understand that 80% of the OSU OL returns next year and that our 2nd and 3rd team OL would probably start at most D1 schools. He should also think about the fact that our OL Coach was the Top OL Coach in the country and is now our OC. Elliot is great, but those guys up front blocking for him were a big reason why he was great. And for the next several years those same OL or guys who may be better will be opening holes for Weber if he is here or Samuel and Walker. Every kid should go to the school that he wants to attend. If Weber is unhappy with his choice he should be allowed to go elsewhere. We will be just fine with Elliott, Samuel, Walker, Hill, McCall (I hope) and others.
Comment 04 Feb 2015

You irritated the hell out of me young man, but I am thankful you are a Buckeye and part of the Buckeye Family!  You need to work very hard for the next 4 or 5 years, but we all know that you have the ability to be an exceptional player.  I know that you want to be a QB, but don't write off the possibility of being a WR.  I think that you would be an All-American and 1st round NFL pick as a WR, if you dedicate yourself to it.

Comment 30 Jan 2015

We won because of Russell, Scott, Thompson, Loving and Tate.  But, I do admit that Lee and Amir Williams did play with more aggressiveness and that really helped.  Need to get Diop and Kam Williams more minutes, but how can you complain about a 20+ point win over a top 20 team.

Comment 26 Jan 2015

I agree that we cannot play our bigs only 6 minutes against much longer teams like Wisconsin.  However, we also cannot beat those teams if we play bigs who have the ability to score inside, rebound and defend, but simply do not do things.  In defense of OSU's bigs, we need to get the ball inside to them a little more when the outside shooters are not hitting.  Williams and Lee seem capable of providing 8 - 10 points a game on the inside, and that may be enough to open lanes for Scott, Russell, Loving, Thompson and Tate, even against a team like Wisconsin.  But, they have to show up and, so far this season, the bigs have simply not shown up to play.

Comment 25 Jan 2015

Thad Matta is just a great Coach! With no big man upon whom he can rely, he plays a small lineup with Tate, at 6'4", being his primary inside player.  Tate responds with 20 points, 6 rebounds and an entire game of hustle, defense and tremendous inside offensive play. Also, Thompson and Scott are playing like seniors and leaders, and Loving is playing tremendously despite not starting.  

This Team is going to be very good next season when all of the Freshmen, except Russell, return and the 4 (hopefully 5) great commits they have arrive.  Also, Thompson and Bell, along with Giddens will give us an inside presence once again.  If Russell does return, this Team would be awesome.

For now though, we seem to have assured a spot in the NCAAs with this win and we could actually get a high cede if we continue to play the high tempo offense and man defense the way we did today.  Once again thank you Coach Matta!

Comment 28 Dec 2014

Glad that yet another B1G School has or will sign another great Coach.  B1G needs this badly.  However, Harbaugh will be a formidable foe.  This will become Woody & Bo II!  Could substantially affect recruiting even for 2015.  There a lot of Michigan players committed to us and a lot of other guys as yet uncommitted. We need to keep those already committed to us and also add Gallimore or Wilkins and Briscoe.

Comment 21 Dec 2014
No one has said Ash was offered the job and no one has said he accepted it. Let's worry about Alabama and then hopefully whichever team we play in the NC game. We can speculate as to what Ash will do after that. Ash has done an excellent job. If Coach Meyer has to replace him it will be difficult but he will get another great co-DC.
Comment 21 Nov 2014

We need to rotate in Munger and Hill early.  Likewise Holmes, Booker, Smith  and Burrows.  If we get a 3 score lead, we should playh a lot of OL back-ups plus Cordale and Samuel.  Yes, we need to win impressively, but we also need to get all of these guys some experience and some of them need to get into the regular rotation.

Comment 18 Nov 2014

Now we need Bowen and/or Richmond. Also Gallimore and a safety.

Team will only be as good as our OL and DL.  We already have tremendous talent and depth on the OL.  Bowen and/or RIchmond would be icing on the cake.  Not too early to think about which of these young guys becomes our future Center.  Do they move Price to Center after Boren graduates? If so, Knox and Burrell would be great at G.

Need Gallimore badly and we need for Munger and Hill to start playing up to their potentials.  Cornell should be a good one and Holmes has great potential too.  Hopefully, Spence gets one more chance next season.

Comment 17 Nov 2014

Munger, Hill and Schutt must play a lot against IU and Michigan!

Comment 11 Nov 2014

I agree about concentrating on Minnesota.  They are a very good team with an excellent Coach.  

Comment 11 Nov 2014

I definitely want Braxton Miller to return next season, but I also believe that Barrett deserves to be the starter.  So, looking at it from Braxton's point of view, it makes a lot of sense for him to play elsewhere next season.  To be honest, if Mariotta turns pro, the Oregon QB job would be perfect for Miller.  I hate to admit that because it would make Oregon our primary competition for the NC next season, but from Miller's perspective it would be ideal.

Another program that would be a great fit would be Florida State.  Great OL and great program.  If Winston has any common sense at all, he is going to turn pro before he is suspended for an entire season.  Once again though, FSU will be our primary opposition next season, so not thrilled about Miller going there.  Nevertheless, from his perspective, FSU would be a great fit.

Comment 09 Nov 2014

The OL controlled the LoS; Barrett and Elliott are stars; Herman kept his foot on the accelerator; Doran Grant was sensational; The entire D was great!  What a great win!  Meyer has his marquee win at OSU, with many more to come.  Ash and Fickell did a great job, as did all of the Coaches.  This year we outcoached the entire MSU staff!

There is no question but that we are a top 4 team!

But, we better be prepared for Minnesota next week and for the B1G Championship Game as well.

Comment 09 Nov 2014

The OL controlled the LoS; Barrett and Elliott are stars; Herman kept his foot on the accelerator; Doran Grant was sensational; The entire D was great!  What a great win!  Meyer has his marquee win at OSU, with many more to come.  Ash and Fickell did a great job, as did all of the Coaches.  This year we outcoached the entire MSU staff!

There is no question but that we are a top 4 team!

But, we better be prepared for Minnesota next week and for the B1G Championship Game as well.

Comment 03 Nov 2014

No one has said much about how well our Defense is playing!  I know that we have not played against great offenses the past two weeks, but the D has been solid and hard hitting.  The DBs have pressed aggressively without getting beat deep.  The LBs are playing exceptionally well.  The D Line is beginning to look like the D Line we were expecting (and Miller has been much better than advertised).  Bosa and Darren Lee are stars!  Our D will also give MSU fits!  Don't think anyone wants to play us either!  The advantages that MSU has are that: Braxton is out; JT is hurt; and ,most importantly, the game is played at MSU.