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Ramzy Nasrallah

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from Columbus, OH

Member since 30 August 2010 | Blog

Ramzy is 11W's Executive Editor and Director of Business Development.

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Comment 28 May 2017

Painful though it was, the Fickell year was pivotal to this transition.

This is ^ entirely the reason I cut the two eras the way I did when framing this piece out. Fickell could have run the table and taken off the interim tag.

Comment 26 Apr 2017

I mean seriously, what in the holy Christ was Tressel thinking.

He was thinking that Joe Daniels wasn't supposed to die, and that keeping him officially on the staff during his illness/treatments and decline would have favorable health insurance ramifications for his family when they needed it most. 

It was a pure Tressel move. The outcome was shitty. Kind of the theme of the end of the Tressel era.

Comment 24 Apr 2017

Not currently. That's a Kinesiology/B.S. in education, and I cannot fake having that background or those skills. We would need someone qualified to mentor a student in that program.

Comment 22 Mar 2017

My inability to self-edit is renouned. It's like unverbed, but the opposite.

Here, have some upvotes

Comment 22 Mar 2017

Oh, and re: Knight - and I embedded it in the article but didn't call it out explicitly: He was one of my instructors at IU and I also covered him/his team for the IDS while I was bouncing between OSU and IU. I got to see how he treats people he likes vs. people he doesn't like or doesn't know. You immediately know who you are. He was always good to me.

Comment 22 Mar 2017

Do you think that the small generational gap between Knight and Woody (esp. the era that each coached in) had anything to do with how each might be remembered as well? 

Nope. Coach K is only like 6 years younger than Knight. Leonard Hamilton is pushing 70 and Jim Boeheim/Steve Fischer are in their 70s already. And Knight is actively a dick right now. He does not care. 

 If Woody had coached today (or even 10 years ago, a la Tressel) under the microscope of the internet, would he be remembered as fondly?

My only memories of Woody were of the nice little old man who lived on Cardiff in UA when I was a kid - I don't have real or personal memories of him coaching because I was born in mid-70s. That said, I do think Woody took some good advice that was unfortunately bad for him - he should have been done in 1975 and gone straight to teaching. Like anyone else who shouldn't be at a job too long, the worst of him got the best of him and it ruined everything.

To wit:

"I was worn out the last three or four years," Hayes says. "I stayed a little too long. But you know one reason why I did? I had some advice from three great coaches who all felt they quit too soon. You know who they were? Bud Wilkinson. And see, he came back to pro coaching. Doyt Perry [at Bowling Green]. And do you know who the third one was? Vince Lombardi. I'll tell you what he told me about it. After he retired [in 1967], he became the general manager in Green Bay and I saw him in Cleveland in the press box. I took my quarterbacks up to introduce them to him. And he was going nuts there at the half time. He called me aside and said, 'Woody, don't quit too soon. I did.' "