We don't play Wisconsin this year in the regular season.
Edit: Oops. I now realize you meant the 2012 season. My apologies.
We don't play Wisconsin this year in the regular season.
I hope you're right. I think the defense can only improve in the years to come from the rough stretch over the past 2-3 seasons.
I'm likely splitting hairs, but I am most concerned about the QB position once Braxton's career ends next season. I realize we won a NCG with Krenzel as our starting QB, so I know it's not essential to have a transcendent talent at the controls on offense to win a national title. But, we have been spoiled with Troy Smith, Terrelle Pryor, and Braxton Miller over the past decade. Then again, Troy Smith wasn't a highly touted recruit (Zwick was!), and he became a Heisman trophy winner. Is J.T. Barrett the heir apparent or Cardale Jones? We'll probably get a look at them when (if) Braxton inevitably gets dinged up next season.
Not that it's overly important in terms of our players or the "on the field stuff" but I also thought it was a cool tidbit when Coach Meyer talked about his wife Shelley being a psychiatric nurse and how he really leans on her insights at home in regards to the "off the field issues." Great to have that kind of support at home! It's easy for the media, fans and national pundits to cast stones at coaches for how they choose to handle player discipline, but I think Urban does a great job at explaining that it's not so cut and dry. For example, the desire to want to help the young men, realizing the backgrounds that many of them have, etc. And then to make matters worse, there's the player they dismissed from Florida who ended up committing suicide shortly thereafter. It's not as easy to walk that fine line between help and discipline as many make it out to be. Jim Tressel could add to that discussion as well. Handling that aspect of a major college football program would be a real challenge.
I get that many people find Skip and Stephen A. to be obnoxious TV personalities, but in my opinion, Stephen A. was actually sticking up for Urban in regards to the Hernandez ordeal. Said he thought it's ridiculous that anyone would put any blame on Coach Meyer and that he didn't even see why his wife and daughter felt the need to defend him. I appreciated what SAS had to say during that segment actually.
Well, in that case, I can't stand that guy Gregg Doyel. What a HATER. Who cares what that clown thinks?
It's satire. The Onion is a newspaper full of fake, satirical stories. Never serious, except for sometimes making points through their sarcasm.
You make some good points. Losing to us and then doing all of that does make them look silly, but there isn't necessarily a better time for them to commemorate this season either.
seriously how did Zwick not make the list?
And I totally get that perspective. I do. But he could have been there for the birth of his son and hopefully still played in the Elite 8 and Final 4 games that followed (obviously allowing for the assumption that we would have beat Cincy without him...)
I'm not judging him on his decision, but if it were me, I would definitely choose to be there at the hospital for the birth of my son even if my basketball team was playing in the Sweet 16. Family first. Once in a lifetime opportunity to experience the birth of your first child.
Wow. Classy move by Tom Crean. Bummer, I don't think I can detest him as much now. I guess Bo Ryan moves to the top of my hated B1G coach list.
I thought the phrase was "plant the flag" not "plan the flag." Mistake or am I missing out on some reference as to why it's "plan" the flag?
Well I guess I'm not the only one who knows nothng about basketball (sarcasm)
Okay, so now we are going to personally attack each other. Thanks, man. For the record, I didn't expect a superstar. I had/have realistic expectations. You have proven on multiple posts to be a MAJOR Amir Williams backer. That's cool. Just don't knock me from having a very different opinion than you. We have both have watched the same games--last year and this year. You think he's gotten a TON better (what exactly do you base that off of seeing as you earlier claimed that he didn't play at all last year) and I think he has regressed a little bit. To each his own.
I watched the Bucks all year last year. I am aware that Amir didn't log many minutes except for blowouts and foul trouble for the other bigs. But when that was the case, he played very well for a frosh. He logged some good minutes against Cuse in the Elite 8 and IMO showed more during that one game than he has for this entire season.
Is there a post up center on this team outside of Amir? Nope because there isn't an effective post up center on the entire team. Period. If Amir was a post up center, then why isn't he getting good enough post position to ever receive the ball in the post? He's not assertive in any aspect of the game except for blocking shots--I give him his due in that regard.
I didn't say Q's shooting has been consistent but he sure as heck has had better stretches of encouraging play than Amir. Read my post(s)...nowhere did I say Ross was ready to "carry the scoring load." All I'm saying is that he has shown some very encourgaging flashes of talent in multiple games this year.
FYI, I am well aware that Amir is starting and Ross is not. But that hardly proves anything. Amir is starting because the center position is paper-thin and Ross is coming off the bench because we have some actual talent on the wing (Thompson, Lenzelle, DT).
Ross hasn't blown me away either, and I'm not saying he has been "special" at all. But I definitely believe that he has given Buckeye Nation a lot more reason for future development and the possbility of becoming an impact player than anything Amir has shown us thus far.
Agreed, BHartman13. That was definitely the game that made me think Amir was going to be the next great big man for tOSU. I'm just not so sure, anymore. He hasn't played like that again since the Cuse game.
All I will say is if Amir makes the same strides next year as he did last year, I will be very excited.
And I say if Amir makes the same strides next year as he has this year, then he will have progressed from completely confounding to mostly confounding. Hooray!
Plus I don't know about you but an inside game with a post up center would be SO much better to have than another outside shooter.
What team are you watching? What outside shooters do you speak of? We don't have anyone other than DT who reliably knocks down outside shots.
And I seriously think Amir has regressed this year from what he was showing in March last year. He rebounded better and seemed more confident at the end of last season.
IMO, Ross has shown far more flashes this year of future greatness than Amir. It's not even close.
As a side note, I really liked how we were getting the ball to DT in the mid post against Wisconsin. When our offense just keeps passing the ball around the perimeter for 20 seconds, it drives me crazy. I think we should continue to give DT the ball in the mid post, and we should even look to get the ball to Lenzelle in the mid post as well. His post up game is an extremely underrated aspect of his offense and maybe that would put him in a better position to succeed.
Lenzelle is the most disappointiing Buckeye to me right now (Amir is hot on his heels though!). If Lenzelle didn't really help us on the boards, then I don't even think he should be seeing the floor right now. I can't remember the last time he made an outside shot and when he puts the ball on the floor he is erratic and out of control. I expected more of a jump from him this year in the absence of Sullinger and Buford.
I'd give Q some minutes at his expense. Lenzelle isn't the future, but Q very well may be.
Great blog post, NJ Buckeye. I think you really do a great job highlighting the many things that Rutgers has going for it and why the rest of B1G country should be pleased with their addition. I'm looking forward to Rutgers being a member of the B1G!
People do have rather unrealistic expectations for conference expansions and there is no reason to be disappointed with the addition of Rutgers.
If it's not a popular opinion, then it should be. I think Rutgers is a program on the rise, has been an above average football program since Schiano turned them around during the Ray Rice era, and they do have some recruiting advantages to leverage.
I don't think you could say anything similar about Maryland's program which seemed to "peak" during Friedgen's time at the helm and has been on the decline since.
Rutgers should hit the ground running as a competitive team in the B1G; meanwhile, I think Marlyand will struggle to adjust and will be in the bottom 4 of the league for the beginning of their tenure.
False. They could sign Hubie Brown to be the team's starting center.
Speaking for myself alone, I am just hopeful, but it certainly is within the realm of possibility. If Craft can continue to bother Burke, then I like our chances.