Interesting theory. I would like to see the average eligibility of the 22 starters for NC teams the past 5 years. Anyone have some extra time on their hands?
Thanks for joining us on 11W. Thanks also on the game day info. I will be using it since I am making the long journey to see this meeting of historical programs. I hope you stay in contact with us throughout the season. We had a guest come on board last year from Virginia Tech and gave us insight to their program and updates throughout the season. This type of interaction is one of the big differences between college and pro football . Soonerbred, good luck all season except the night we play you. I hope you will post here many more times before the game and give us insight to the psyche of Sooner fans leading up to the game.
Maybe the #1 help in developing depth would be about 4-5 games with huge leads at halftime. Nothing like 2 straight quarters of game time reps to get the young guys up to speed.
So come on 1st string, give us some early blow outs.
Looking back it is hard to believe after 4 great seasons that Coop didn't have a couple QBs ready for to take the helm. Belisari at QB was to much to over come.
To his credit Belisari was the best special team tackler I have ever seen. He would have made money in the NFL as a safety. He was always the first down to make a play on kick offs and punts. Watch 97'- he was an animal. Just played out of position later on.
I had forgot how much pressure the whole coaching staff was under during this period. Musberger talked about the potential for Coop to lose his job the whole *ichigan game. How in the world did Coop and the other coaches not coach"tight" and or loose their minds.
How in the world could Coop recruit with all the negative talk around him?
The Buckeyes were noticeably faster as a team in 1994 than they were at the end of the Bruce era.
Yes, if he had never had to leave coaching but after 5 years of being out and at his age.... no. After being totally away from the game that long he has gotten to enjoy all the things he was missing out on for the first 60 years of his life. Football has found its proper place in his life now and he is balanced. When you are a head coach of a top tier program like Ohio Srate, life can not be balanced and it's not until you unplug from the whole lifestyle that is HC at OSU.
As long as you are on that bike, you don't know anything different than grinding from season to offseason to season again. Once off that bike for that long you don't crave that lifestyle again. To win a championship you have to love the grind.
Maybe Cooper was our RichRod. Except OSU let him stay long enough to change culture and recruiting and our once stagnant I formation offense of the 80s.
he fought an up hill battle against a lot of Buckeye fans almost the entirety of his career, like RR.
*ichigan.....the champions of hype and nothing else.
No substance, just fluff.
After watching the games from the 80's from the other thread- I think these guys would beat the 80's Buckeyes by about 3 TDs.
"Detroit Diesel" . That is the nickname that will roll off the commentators lips.
It is not easy to change the culture of a program and to do it within a few months is very rare. Thad is a fabulous coach and person and I am very happy he turned this around and so quickly. Jent and Major are huge additions. With his health situation he needed some old guard help and he got just what the doctor ordered. Jent = top assistant in the country= smooth transition to Matta's eventual retirement.
Totally agree that away games are a must. Seeing the opposing fans in awe of our sheer numbers is fun. Their amazement is worth the drive.
Rutgers, *ichigan, Pitt, Indiana, Cincy, Orange Bowlj
Welcome back, Alan. Your head coaching stint will help Thad a lot because you will know how to watch out for the HC's blind spots.
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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!