Awesome write up. He would have made a great positive impact at OSU. Got to think he was the missing friend that MO needed to take some of the spot light off of him.
I thought this was going to be a forum about New Jersey.
It is perfectly fine to disagree with someone's decision making. It doesn't mean that we are not rooting for him. We are just saying simple math says he really,really screwed up. Never take $5 today in exchange for a good shot at $500 tomorrow.
The rule of thumb says, "If you are not a consensus #1 round pick you stay in school as long as you have eligibility." The money drop off from the first round is huge and every round after that is also a big drop. It was a bad decision when he declared and a multi million dollar mistake since the end of the draft. I wish him all the best, sorry he screwed the pouch on such a big life choice.
Big time college football is like a a big springboard into life. Too get the most out of it, jump out as far onto the spring board as possible to get the most lift and spring to catapult yourself out into the NFL-life's work. To waste the potential of the springboard then short hop it and get crappy results. We just witnessed the second with typical, crappy results.
If he stayed, he would have been the #1 weapon in Urban's arsenal on an always explosive offense and would have realized a nice financial windfall in the 2017 draft. That is what the "springboard" will do for you when used to its maximum potential.
They are not the most informed fan base that can not be disputed. The most Delusional yes. At least Alabama fans can claim some tittles to hang their crazy *** talk on but *ichigan fans......nothing.
If the Buckeyes don't win by at least 2 TDs I will be shocked. Urban completely de-pantsed Hairball last year and Hairball doesn't even have a decent QB this year.
Maybe they will give UNC-Ashville a life time ban to teach UNC a lesson.
There is no bigger sin against NCAA rules than what UNC was caught doing. NONE. Booster money, paying for hookers, coaches paying to funnel players to his team, tattoos(LOL), ect pale in comparison to a real university making up fake classes and giving out credits for said fake classes. WOW!!! Tell me again why there is even an NCAA in the first place.
Game changer for the program. You don't have to look very hard at the player and coaching changes to see that Thad took a hard right turn with the program after the last game of the season. I believe it was calculated and intentional. Coach Matta grabbed his successor and said "help me go out in a blaze of glory before I hand this off to you".
Sorry to hear it. We needed the big fella to plug it up in the middle this season.....health first though. Blood clots are nothing to play with- just asking for big trouble if you don't make that priority #1.
Grand slam if Matta pulls this off. Time to get excited about BBall again. Huge get!
Sad to hear. Troy, don't waste your Golden Buckeye credentials. Bad decision making like this will jeopardize your long term money making ability as a Buckeye Legend. Do as Archie does and you will be well taken care of by Buckeye Nation and OSU. Messing up in your private life will cost you $ as a living Buckeye Legend.
We as fans-humans usually are "too close to the forest to see the woods" and don't realize when we are in a "Best of Times Era". Well, for those that didn't realize it yet.....These are the best of times so soak it up and enjoy!!! This kind of dominance doesn't last forever. Enjoy and pray that Urban coaches another 15 years.
I agree with Timhbomb. There seems to be a changing of direction in the SS URBAN SPREAD. Like a huge battle ship, It takes a while to change direction and the first place to start is at QB and WR. The last two recruiting cycles have shown a change or tweak of the future Urban spread. The ability to go vertical turned a great Buckeye offense into a awe inspiring offense during the playoffs.
We will only see hints of it during JT's last two years but I expect a lot more vertical passing once he graduates. If your offense doesn't evolve it gets stale or "figured out". Urban is going to stay ahead of the curve.
I said this on another topic earlier in the week - 25 wins before the B1G tourney starts and sweet 16 next year. The following year is a 30 win season and real strong run at a NC. I also think it will be Thad's last season as he wants to go out with a NC and that will be the last shot his body allows him. I am sure he senses his body pushing him to a early retirement and he wants to make a good hand off program wise. I don't think this is pie in the sky. Thad has put together a whole team of 4 year guys that will gel together and look like men in a boys tourney if not next year the following year. At least next year will be much better than this one.
And he knows how to win. Not just some individual stuffing the stat sheet.
Next year's team will have 25 wins before the tourney starts and finish in the top 3 of the B1G. The bad vibe from the fan base will be gone and this team will be primed for a NC run the following year. We are not far from happy days again. Thad whiffed with last year's graduating class and it was a painful reset.
That is what I am worried about. Missing on another local late bloomer. I hope we get him. High motor- Buckeye fan....sounds like Tate to me and we need more Tate like players.
Very impressive film. His speed is sick. Camera man did a good job of not losing him. He is legit.
I too love what Tress did for our program. A class act if there ever was one and whom truly loved his players and The Ohio State. An absolute *ichigan killer too.
Maryland and Rutgers have their own division then?
13 hr drive and all, I plan on taking Dad, son and son in law with me. I was hoping tickets would be in the $150 range but that probably wasn't realistic. It should be a classic and look forward to what Sooner Nation has to offer in hospitality.
This coming season has the feel of one of those early 80's teams , after the Big Red Machine was dismantled. Going to be a lot of losses. It is sad the playoff window was so small with that last group we had. I thought it would be a fun 6-7 year run. Big disappointment.
It did my heart good to see the love and respect they have for Matta. With everybody back next season and this kind of team chemistry, next season will have a lot more wins than this one did. There was a lot of "jelling" that had to be done with all these new guys and no Alpha male player to fall in behind to start the season. They were all struggling to find their role with the team. Maybe they have found themselves.
I agree that the coaches earn their pay this year. So much "coaching up to do" and plugging holes. So many leaders that need developed and play makers to emerge. So many question marks across the board with the 2016 Buckeyes. I went into the bowl game (ND) with dread looking forward toward this coming season not wanting to let go of perhaps the most talented Buckeye team ever. But....I sense Urban knows something about this team that I don't. I can't help but see a little hidden smirk under his poker face that says " if we can get past the tornado in Norman, OK we are going to be in good shape". That these young guys are chomping at the bit to explode out of the gate and hit somebody in a different uniform. My dread has turned into a Christmas like anticipation. I can't wait to see what is under our "Buckeye Tree".