I have no problem with a differing opinion, but your reason was wacky. You said "when has he last been to OSU" and that was your reason for picking ND when no one can even find the last time he was in South Bend. If you had said UT or UF then maybe your reasoning would be more logical. Instead you made yet another prediction purely to be a contrarian and then acted a victim when people called you on it. Get over yourself.
They're in our conference for men's volleyball (MIVA)
No need to get condescending... You used the language "confident" and I was pointing out that it is probably difficult for a staff to feel confident if that recruit just committed to another school. It's not the end of the recruitment, but it's a solid sign to look at other options.
Considering SKL is currently committed somewhere else....
I let the commitment sink in a bit and watch some film and in the end I am quite happy with this commitment. He is a much different QB than Barrett or Collier and that's a good thing. He will be very useful on scout team as a freshman when he is learning the system and then when he gets a handle on the offense will give the coaches a very different option for QB.
Watching his film the one thing that stands out is that he never gives up on plays and he is nearly always exactly where he needs to be. LOVE at 1:05 of the Hudl highlights when he see's the bubble screen reverse field and then gets upfield to deliver a NASTY block on a safety. Made a lot of mediocre wideouts look very good and made some difficult intermediate passes in traffic (which, imo, is the hardest thing to teach a QB). He's not going to out-athlete everyone, but he certainly has a head for the game and I think he'll end up as a top 15 Duel-threat QB in 2015 and a 4*.
Yes, cause UFM and the crew are sitting there going "aw shucks, guess we need to actually recruit people now"... seriously dude? We lost a recruiting battle, you brush it of and move on.
Really disappointing final result for Men's Lacrosse. No excuse to not win a very down ECAC.
This fan base is bored and spoiled. That's the only thing wrong right now.
I'm really sick of people complaining about Connor. He knows where he stands with the staff. We have higher ranked LBs on the board including TWO FROM OHIO (Baker, Hillard). Is he a good prospect? Yes. Would he most likely commit on the spot? Yes. Does that mean that the staff should take someone who they deem as a slightly lesser prospect because it will be easy? No.
Last year's class had 8 of 23 from Ohio, that's more than a 3rd of the class. In 2013 it was 10 out of 24. Currently half of our class (mind you, that's 1 our of 2) is from Ohio. If you look at best guesses (from people on LGHL, BP, and 11W) it looks like it'll be another 7/8 out of around 21/22, so another 3rd of the class from Ohio.
Offering kids in state when you are the only show like it is with Ohio State can be tricky. You HAVE to be prepared to immediately take their commitment to not offend their coaches. Tressel did this a lot and filled his rosters with a lot of reaches due to it. Some of those panned out (hello AJ Hawk) some did not (Hello lots of players from Glenville). Urban does not do this. He has a pecking order. If we are in on a national player (like Deberry and Shirby-Lane) that he ranks above an in-state player (Connor) then he will put the in-state player on ice. If the in-state player is top of the list, they get offered immediately (see EGW, Baker, Hillard this year... Lattimore and Booker last).
The only "void" is a potential recruiting leader (which would be nice, but Urban isn;t losing sleep over it) and the fact that this fan base is spoiled and bored. It's the offseason and we are dying for football news and our expectations do not line up with reality. Patience.
This is the first year I can remember in a while where the women's lacrosse team has flat out out-performed the men's squad. Really nice season ladies and I hope you grab a much deserved at-large into the NCAA tournament and make some noise!
Glad that we are taking care of business, but this has been a disappointing season. The ECAC is a bottom their conference and this is not the way to follow up a groundbreaking season that saw the Bucks take a top 4 seed in the NCAA tournament. I promise you this, the B1G will be a big step up in difficulty next year and I'd rather not fight with Rutgers and TTUN for the scraps at the bottom.
Penn State is finally recruiting how Penn State should be recruiting. They are by far the biggest program in the the MD/PA/NY/NJ area and they should be raking in that talent. Honestly, I would think Franklin was a crummy recruiter if he wasn't making a big splash.
That's blasphemous... Burritos was the best food I ate on campus (besides the blackwell)
This one really stings... but it was a pretty smart decision by Dzingel. Strike when the iron is hot, and boy is it hot! Who knows what he would have gotten in free agency, but his stock could have plummeted with a lackluster season.
My buddies flew into MSP to visit me and go to one game... we're getting 3 out of it and were proudly singing Carmen last night!
Hell of a game and it's been so much fun watching this team grow... NOW GO GET THAT AUTO-BID!
It was pretty awesome to be at. Going again tonight to be 4 dots of scarlet and gray in a sea of maroon and gold.
It was on ESPN... They flipped the info for ESPN and ESPN2 (at least for Comcast Xfinity). So even though ESPN was showing the B1G tourney, it claimed it was showing the ACC tourney. ESPN2 vice-versa... really annoying.
I don't care #4/#5 except for bragging rights I guess...
What I care about is a bit more selfish. I live in Minnesota and have buddies coming into town for the tournament but we cannot go to the 2 pm game on Thursday. Whoever had the ridiculous idea to have the first game that early in the afternoon should be shot. It's all dependent on who wins the conference apparently but I can't find any information at all as to which is when. It would royally suck to miss the only game the Buckeyes play in if we lose to MSU... booo
It would be an uphill battle for sure. But we are not completely out of it. We would need to essentially win out and get the quality wins over UW, Minn, UM. Oh, and we certainly can't lose to PSU.
Tough but not impossible to steal a bid.
This week is HUGE. If we sweep and the Gophs take care of Michigan, we'll be sitting in 2nd place in the B1G. It'll be a tall task, but if we managed a split in their barn, we certainly are capable of doing it in ours.
Also, we need to make a serious move in the PairWise if we want to not have to rely on winning the B1G tournament (which will be REALLY tough considering the home-ice advantage Minnesota will have) to get a ticket to the dance.
Think about it this way. The only sport that Miami competes on a national level in is hockey. That is why their students flock to the games (also, their student attendance numbers aren't THAT much bigger than ours, they just have a much smaller rink so it shows). It's the same reason why Akron soccer has a passionate following. Same with Ball State men's volleyball, Those are the sports at those schools that actually have a better chance of knocking off a big name like Ohio State on a consistent basis.
I don't think you'll see something like that Ohio St until hockey gets it's own arena. The Schott is too big for college hockey.
Oh, and that ESPN article was blowing smoke up its butt. It's gonna be a LONG time before Penn State becomes an elite in ice hockey. Program building becomes time and competition is going to be VERY stiff in the B1G (it took them 2/3rds through the season to get their first conference win).
As a biologist... this made my head hurt
This is a perfect example of why we need to be able to downvote forum topics again...
This fanbase is OBSESSED with blaming Fickell, it's like a drug to some of you people.
Right now we are outside the bubble. The key ranking to look at is the PairWise ranking. The tournament selection committee has their own formula that they don't release mid-season, but the PairWise is designed to mimic it (and it is damn good at doing so). We sit at a tie for 24 (NCAA tourney is 16 teams). Letting the games against Miami early get away from us is really hurting (as they suck now) and that 1-0 loss to Minny stings as a missed opportunity. Fortunately we get both Minnesota and Wisconsin at home which will be big opportunities. Our end of the season schedule is primed for a run with 5 of the final 9 games at home (or at Nationwide). Only roadtrip weekend is to PSU who is the "worst" team in the league. Plus the B1G tournament in St. Paul (which I will be attending and am SUPER excited for).
So the team has a lot of work to do, but it's not at all impossible.