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Comment 23 Apr 2015

Now compare that to what David Shaw has to say about his ex-boss:

"I do not have a medical degree, I do not have a Ph.D in psychology or psychiatry. Jim is out there, Jim is who he is," Shaw said. "There's no hiding it. Everybody's seen it; this is who he is. He drives people, he pushes people, he is the most competitive person on the planet. It's just who he is.

"He's going to rub some people the wrong way. He's going to find a way to win football games, because that's what he does. Some people are going to wear out (from him). Jim says that himself; he has a tendency to wear people out at times. You get the good with the bad. What you get from Jim is 100 miles an hour from day one."

This does not sound like an endorsement of any sort. 

Source: http://www.freep.com/story/sports/college/university-michigan/wolverines/2015/04/22/michigan-football-jim-harbaugh-stanford/26178043/

Comment 23 Apr 2015

Only 136 days stand between us and Ohio State's 2015 campaign kickoff, but if this week has been any indication... it's about to be a cold and dark offseason

Nah, this offseason has been dark and cold only if you are Mark May.

Comment 06 Oct 2014

There is no denying that talent reserves within the B1G's footprint are shrinking. In my opinion that was the primary motivation for Jim Delany to go east and add Rutgers and Maryland. When B1G was looking to add Rutgers and Maryland, I was so hoping for B1G to also add schools from talent rich states, e.g., NC or VA.

Of course B1G needs to invest more in hiring and recruiting, but that alone might not be enough to reverse the trend. To me, B1G desperately needs Jim Delany and the B1G's think tank to lobby for changes in recruiting rules, which currently favor the home schools. For example, if B1G schools are allowed to run football camps in the middle of SEC territory, it can be game changer. Earlier this year, James Franklin exploited a loophole in NCAA rules and ran a camp in Atlanta, GA under someone's name, and it did not sit well with SEC coaches. Changing NCAA rules won't be easy as SEC will do it's best to keep the status quo, but I think this is a battle worth fighting. 

Comment 08 Sep 2014

I am not big on calling out assistant coaches in public. Those things should be taken care of behind closed doors. I want to see assistant coaches leave OSU with their dignity intact, even if they were shown the door by Urban Meyer. Also, no one wants to work for a guy who throws you under the bus in public.

Comment 23 Jun 2014

If amateurism is totally sucked out of college athletics, I will stop watching college football. I have no interest in watching or promoting minor leagues.

I believe in doing more for the players and giving them a stipend--like many graduate teaching or research assistants get--will be a reasonable thing to do, but treating them as employees would be the end of the college football, at least for me. Instead of making them employees, let's scale down college athletics a little and allow student athletes to be both student and athlete.

As a graduate research assistant at tOSU, I worked my butt off. I got free tuition and a monthly stipend of $1600 for working 20 hours a week, but I don't remember working for less than 40 hours, and it was not uncommon for me or for my fellow research/teaching assistants to spend 70+ hours per week to meet the demands of their advisers and/or departments. My academic advisers and mentors who put in lesser hours than I did got paid handsomely. For most research projects, it is the graduate students who do most of the heavy lifting, but they don't get paid in proportion to their efforts. Should all the graduate students who get paid for 20 hours but have to work for 40+ hours unionize and start demanding a bigger share from hundreds of millions of research dollar? 

As students, we have to make many sacrifices; monetary rewards seemingly don't match the efforts students put in. Why student athletes should be any different?

Comment 02 Feb 2014

If Kerry Coombs won't be involved with the defense, then we have only three coaches working with the defense. Is there any precedence of having such a low number? I checked Alabama, Auburn, and FSU; all these coaching staffs have four (or more, if you count head coach) coaches on the defensive side.

Comment 04 Jan 2014

I don't know; it's a tough one. In this situation, usually coaches look the player in the eye and ask him "can you do it." Without knowing what conversation happened on the sideline, it is difficult to say if we were better off with Kenny G.

Comment 04 Jan 2014

I am afraid Meyer won't fire Fickell now. At this time of the year, Fickell won't find another opportunity, any opportunity. If Meyer were to fire Fickell, he would have done it after the MSU game. Also, firing a position coach at this stage can lead to de-commitments.

What Meyer can do is hire a real defensive coordinator (read: play caller) and quietly demote Fickell to co-defensive coordinator/assistant head coach/LB coach.

Comment 04 Jan 2014

I don't understand people complaining about the offense. It's all on the D. No offense can score consistently in 40s or 50s against good defenses. Urban Meyer's UF teams won many ugly defensive battles. Nick Saban's teams won many games where both teams would exchange field goals all day.

If D stinks, offense cannot make up for it. Scoring more points than the opponent does not always work. If you have an elite defense, scoring in 20s or 30s should be enough to win games.




Comment 17 Dec 2013

I feel Meyer/Herman rely on Miller's legs only when they cannot rely on his arm. Against MSU, Miller had multiple opportunities to make throws down the field. In most cases, the receivers had a step, but Miller consistently under threw the long ones. Once his passing game became stagnant/ineffective, Meyer/Herman were left with few options. Yes, Meyer/Herman should try to further limit the "pounding," but Miller has to improve as a passer for that to happen.

My guess is it more than football we are talking here. Maybe Miller's introvert personality does not mesh well with the rah-rah personalities on our coaching staff. Herman has mentioned multiple times that how he has be trying to make Miller have more fun.

Comment 19 Sep 2013

It looks like our receiving game has taken the next step. In fact, every unit has made progress from 2011 except for the LB unit. This is what we have recruited in the last three years at the LB position.

Ryan Shazier, Curtis Grant, Jamal Marcus, Josh Perry, Camren Williams, Trey Johnson, Mike Mitchell, Christopher Worley, Luke Roberts*, David Perkins*, Conner Crowell*, Ejuan Price*.

These were some of the highly sought after recruits in the country, so what happened? I think Meyer is not publicly criticizing Luke Fickell, which is a wise move, but things have to change. If we don't fix what's ailing the LB corp, best of luck getting Raekwon McMillans of the world in future.

*no longer with the program

Comment 27 Feb 2013

The OL recruiting was solid for 2012 and below-par for 2013. I think you are reading too much into a small sample size (n=2). I would be worried if the trend holds after another 2 to 3 years.

Comment 21 Jan 2013

I don't agree with the premise. First, OSU students are not forced to buy tickets, and a good fraction does not. Second, the students seldom lose money on tickets. They usually sell one or more tickets in the open market, which more than pays for the rest of the tickets that they actually use. A good fraction of the student body even makes money by selling their tickets. So the actual money that flows into the athletic depart through ticket sales comes from the general public.

Comment 15 Sep 2012

I would rather win 10 to 3.

Either our current D staff is not mashing well together or Jim Heacock was the real man behind our perennially great D of the past. Last year Jim Bollman got exposed in the absence of Tressell, and this year it might be Fickell's turn.

In the last ten years, we have never looked this bad on D, not even when we went against elite offenses like those of USC, Oregon, or Texas. If we keep on going like this, we may have a few new faces on the staff come next year.

Comment 08 Sep 2012


Since coaches work as a team it is very hard to tell which coach is responsible for bad performance. But your point about Vrabel just being a position coach is well taken. I hope we are saving some creative blitz packages for big games.


Comment 08 Sep 2012

Well, I thought I will be preaching to the choir by explaining the perils of blitzing with 5 or more players. I am sure, Fick knows how to blitz, but that was not my point. Blitzing with 6, 7 players is not the solution even if it results in an occasional sack. If we want to be a great D, we have to generate pressure with the front four, and that's on Vrabel.

Comment 08 Sep 2012

I thought he played linebacker and tight end at New England. Tell me if I am wrong. It is not about blitzing; anyone can get to the quarterback by blitzing. The problem is that our front four is not winning the one-on-one battles.

Vrabel may "know" his stuff but he has not coached before 2011, so I have my doubts. By the way, he coached linebackers in 2011 and that group was horrible.

Comment 08 Sep 2012

I don't blame the secondary. We have a new coaching staff for secondary and they are switching from man-to-man coverage to mostly zone coverage. So occasional break down/confusion in the secondary is not surprising this early in the season. What I am worried about is the DL and its all on Vrabel. Vrabel has no coaching credentials, and it has been long time he dealt with DL in any capacity.