I hear you. It gives me comfort that Urban Meyer, the other coaches and a small army of athletic department bureaucrats are surely paying a lot more attention to this stuff than we are. Hopefully that assures everything that we see from the outside is on the up and up.
Remember all those "Cardale's upbringing was so tough and impoverished" puff pieces from January? Boy, the ink barely dried on those before his "Year of Extravagance" commenced.
I don't follow Cardale of Twitter, but just off the top of my head from what has been celebrated on this site, he has the disposable income for: fancy custom iPhones, courtside NBA playoff tickets, jewelry and watches, tattoos.
I love the guy and don't begrudge him the celebrity and acclaim he is enjoying. It's great to see a guy like this enjoying the ride and having fun. But I would be lying if I said this stuff didn't make me just a little nervous.
Make it a four-way controversy.
Is Dontre Wilson practicing? I thought I read that he had another surgery in January. Is that true?
17 false starts? That's a couple quarters for JB Shugarts.
We'll always have the Sam Thompson highlight tapes.
So when the Buckeyes are invited to the White House, the Eleven Warriors editorial position will be less "What a cool, once in a lifetime experience for these guys" and more "Another politician exploiting our Buckeyes for their own agenda"?
I was hoping for Braxdale Barrett.
I have been on Team Barrett for a long time, even after the conference title game and the Sugar Bowl.
But for me the question now doesn't come down to Cardale and JT, but rather Ezekiel.
The coaching staff needs to determine if the Elliott-Jones combo is a "whole is greater than the sum of the parts" situation or if there is another explanation for Zeke's breakout. Was the line just getting that much better in the last three games? Was Elliott himself just figuring things out? Or was there a reason (Cardale's arm strength, perhaps) that allowed the RB's performance to skyrocket?
If they can determine that the answer to that last question is yes then I have to flip my "vote" to CJ, even though I think in isolation Barrett is the better QB.
Free advice for any NFL team:
- Draft King Cardale
- Let him learn on the bench
- Put him in for the Divisional Playoff game
- Win Super Bowl
Why would he come back? King Cardale only plays in games where confetti falls from the sky and there are on field stages to receive trophies on.
Is he really going to come back and play some boring mid-October game against Iowa? Rutgers doesn't even have a stadium with a roof that you can dump confetti from.
Thanks for the advice, Vico. But I think I'll be saving my "sick day" for tomorrow.
I've said it here before, but I don't think we know how lucky we are. Besides interim coach Luke Fickell, every man who has coached for the Buckeyes since 1951 is in or will be in the College Football HoF. (You could go back to 1947 of you want to count Wes Fesler, inducted for his playing, not coaching.) 64 years and counting!
This fact really is what separates Ohio State from the rest of the game's blue bloods. Not a Faust or a Weis or a Hoke or a Kiffin or Mike Shula among them. We may get one someday but we should appreciate what we have now.
Great to hear and well deserved. I like to think that timing is the foundation making a statement about what they think of Tressel's "crimes".
Last game I would have put $100 on "Cardale catches a pass."
Still don't think it's out of the question, but I'd probably only put $50 on or this week.
Hahaha. Work this morning.
Great Read, Patrick. Congrats again to Coach Herman.
I do wonder how Meyer is going to approach this hire. While everyone would love to have a play calling genius, I am worried about replacing the QB coach part of Herman. The things he's done having Barrett, Guiton and Cardale ready on short notice are nothing short of miraculous. I can't imagine we'll get so lucky in that regard again.
Does anyone know how many of Barrett's school record TDs are glorified handoffs like those two to Marshall today? Not taking anything away from my man. I'm sure he'll break it "legitimately" in the next week or two anyway.
If it was indeed stealing, he can always sit out a year and then quarterback Auburn into the national championship game.
It may have something to do with the limitations in his game. He can't catch the ball, he can't run between the tackles. He gets a couple of sweeps around the end every game. It wasn't like he was going to spell Hyde with the same plays that El Guapo would run. I hope he spends the off season working on catching passes because he can be a dangerous weapon if he is not so one dimensional.
I thought Shazier had already left. Dude was invisible last night.
Best of luck. A lot of good memories with him.
Sorry for the accidental down vote, Commander. Don't want to be mistaken for one of the Fickell Friends & Family who instantaneously down vote anything remotely critical of him.
What happened to suspended players being allowed to play in bowl games?