The reason this article was written is because Urban's offense runs the QB too much. I would prefer to see running the QB only in important games and only if required. We have the athletes to line up and out muscle our opponents so running the QB should occur in special situations vs being the staple play. Braxton is injured as a result two seasons of running the ball and taking unnecessary hits. This is Charlie Bauman's revenge. If we ever play POS Clemson again I hope we put several players in the hospital (with most of their fans). I don't like all of this QB running one bit.
My letter is short and sweet. Fix the damn defense. I don't every want to see that again. The end.
Excellent Analysis. Covered all of the bases including the tackling. How about the play of the DL?
Who do you have to negatively rep the Penguins all the time? Can you pick a directional school from the state up North or use another school in a different state like say-More Head State? There are a lot of Buckeye-Penguin fans. Coach Tressel always said that the Penguins should try to be the second best team in Ohio and scheduled the YSU games around the Buckeyes games so that we could watch both. Your comments don't do well for our recruiting and we can get some of the kids that may choose Cinci.
But nothing in the punishment addresses the root cause and it does not support any type of corrective action. The punishment basically sends the message, no matter what you do, don't get caught. Records retention policies will likely be changed in many schools. The punishment is not effective. It seems that nothing the NCAA does is effective. Do you feel comfortable that OSU athletes will not sell their memorabilia after alll of the bad press, scholarship reductions, and bowl bans? What has changed that will prevent this? Was it Tress's fault and Urban will stop this because............he's Urban???
NCAA membership is voluntary so it is suprising to me that they do what they do and retain all members. Yes there is a lot of money at stake, but .....
Not sure I agree with the NCAA in this case and here are the reasons why:
#1. The people involved in this terrible scandal were mainly administrative/leadership. However, the punishment will affect the fans, the businesses around the university and the depth of the B1G.
#2. There are clearly criminal activities involved and this should be handled in court. Nothing that happened at tOSU was criminal. A legal contract was broken by Tress, but the students in our case did not commit a crime. In the PSU case, crimes were committed and it was covered up by top officials. The top of the PSU organization needs to pay for this, not fans and businesses. Who has been prosecuted (no one yet?) and how do you make life painful for those that are running the administration at PSU?
#3. I am a huge Buckeye fan, but in reality vacating wins has more impact on the student athletes and others that had nothing to do with the child abuse scandal. It is not fair to the student athletes past and present that had nothing to do with what happened. In addition, the communist organization (aka NCAA) happens to think that vacating wins on paper matters to fans and schools. It means nothing. Ohio State still beat TTUN & Arkansas in the bowl game the year before regardless of what wins were vacated when Tress got his azz in a bind. This is like punishing employees for bad management.
#4. If the NCAA wanted to do justice, they would develop a hotline for student athletes and coaches and implement periodic audits and follow-up visits to athletic departments as a corrective and preventive measure. This type of solution would force the administrations of the universities to act appropriately. This would drive continual improvement of leadership and provide a check and balance system that would prevent corruption and absolute power that exists today.
#5. The $60MM fine will hurt all other athletics programs dependent on FB revenue. Why should these kids and coaches pay the price for an administration that was intent on protecting their own butts?
At the end of the day Emmert has overstepped his bounds with an ineffective solution once again. All schools have skeletons in the closet, some worse than others, but it amazes me that the SEC just doesn't seem to have any. Is it a coincidence that Emmert was the SEC commissioner and none of his previous schools are in trouble? How many scandals in the last few years? Do we forget USC, Miami, UNC? But the Scam Newton case never got traction? Give me a break.
I happen to think the Price is wrong.
And by the way, why the slam on the Youngstown State Penguins? Please don't slam in state schools. The area around Y-Town is drastically changing with the sheet shale fracking. It is getting really nice there.
I posted something similar after the Miami game. I do not normally post (read everyday). Please read this because this is the problem. Solve it and we'll be okay.
I am a YSU Penguin OSU Buckeye. There is a lesson to be learned about Tressel's departure. When Tress departed YSU for Ohio State he left some of the coaches at YSU. He took most of the good ones he would need to be successful. He did, however, leave his Asst. Head Coach (Jon Heacock) and offensive coordinator (John klacik) at YSU. We figured that since Jon Heacock (Jim's brother at OSU) was an experienced coach with the Tressel system that we would be in great hands..........turns out we were completley wrong. John Klacik was Tressel's OC at YSU and we learned that he was just a figurehead in Tressel's system. The first year after Tress for OSU left we played the two FCS teams during the regular season that would eventually face off in the National Championship. We lost 23-0 and 19-0 respectively. The defense was on the field almost the entire game in every single game played in 2001. Defenses would stack the box and dare us to throw and the OC would just run the ball straight into it. The D was good enough to allow us to compete in any game. It wasn't fair for the defense to be left on the field creating turnover after turnover just to have the offense go 3 and out. You just can't leave the defense on the field for the entire game and expect to win. The O has to do its job.
One of the problems is that the coaching fraternity is such a tight knit group it is difficult for coaches to fire their piers. What happened at YSU is that the new head coach (Jon Heacock) was a successor in Tressel's system. He didn't choose the coaches. He inherited them. Many of the coaches were his friends and piers, (they had worked together for years) and it took several years of bad individual performance for Heacock to force them out of the system. When Jon Heacock finally got his coaches in the system it was 2006 and YSU made it to the national semifinals. Those were the kids Heacock landed in his first 2 years of recruiting as HC. That would be Heacock's only playoff year in ten years. My point it s that when you don't win now it hurts recruiting. By the time Heacock was able to get his coaches in there (and he did keep some of them from the Tressel era at YSU) we lost our recruiting advantage because the coach lost his reputation as a winner/champion. The number of games we lost and way we lost those games tarnished the reputation that YSU had as a football powerhouse in I-AA. It would have been better for us to have a clean break with a whole new coaching staff. At the end of the day YSU lost 10 years (But I gained 10 more with the Buckeyes). YSU did not renew John Heacock's contract in 2010 and Hired Eric Wolford early in the year. Wolford has brought in his own staff and the Penguins are certainly headed back to the top (likely next year).
I guess my point is that this situation is delicate and we should not trust that the OC can call a competent game. Tressel WAS the OC. It was clear at YSU that Tressel clearly made every play call and developed offensive game plans. Tress was a QB in college and was a great QB coach. The OC at YSU was inept and ran a high scool offense and there was more of the same Saturday. There is no reason we should have lost to Miami or MSU regardless of having all of our play makers. Missing the big play people did not impact the fact that the Buckeyes could have played a possession passing game. MSU stacked the box and dared us to thorw. We should have been running draw, and screen plays to neutralize the blitz. BM doesn't need to read the D to run those plays. In addtion, isolation plays would have helped us in certain situaitons and we didn't use the FB. MSU struggled against Younsgtown State because they spread the field on them. Some stats to help everyone understand the underperformance of the O. YSU had 20 first downs and dominated the TOP against MSU. OSU has better atheletes and should have rolled that team. MSU is overrated. Running a spread, which OSU used to do under Tress (when needed) would have completely neutralized Gohlston. He was a 1 man wrecking crew on our OL.
It was so frustrating to watch. The coaching situation is a carbon copy of what hapened at Yougstown State. Changes need to be made immediatley. I've seen this before and unfortunatley, I had a feeling that this was going to happen.I just thought that it would be different this time. I thought that we had more coaching talent. On the otherhand, Tress had Mark Dantonio, Mark Snyder, Jim Heacock on the staff at YSU so you would think that someone would know exactly how Tress operated. It is amazing to me that the formula for success is not taught to the other coaches by Tress. It is really puzzling because you would think that they would learn from him. BM has the ability to become a great QB, but the QB position is not being developed. How many times have you seen BM with a headset on when he is on the bench? He should be walking through the plays menatlly when he isn't playing. How many times have you seen a coach talking to him on the sideline after a series? I haven't seen it once.
I had two really big problems with this game. The first was that we were down by 7 with 38 seconds left in the half and we ran the ball up the middle (So we made a good gain on the play) and then waited 5 seconds to call a timeout. There is no game management happening. None, zilch, zero.
I believe that Fickell will learn eventually, but a $65 MM football program shouldn't have to provide the training wheels.