Good points. To the first:
Sometimes we are more harsh with the ones we love when they fail, because we know them and expect better from them because we know they are better. Maybe it was more disappointment than it was principle.
To the second: ESecPN, of course! :)
I think his dropping us in the polls after the Sugar Bowl win vs. Arkansas offended me at first. Then I realized after Treas resigned why I think Herbie did that. I think he felt Tress sold out his principles to pacify Pryor. We saw that played out on Twitter. I think Herbie dropped us and was critical of the Bucks QB play at the end because of his own principles. If TP was more mature then (like he is now) I think none of that would have happened and no one would have a problem with Herbie. Most of this complaining about him and his SEC love affair didn't really start until the TP stuff.
And let's be honest, Tresselball was boring and offenses were changing and innovating at the time. As a former QB, you can hardly blame Herbie for wanting OSU to evolve with the game. He loves Urban Meyer for that.
Didn't know that! Good. I've never really liked Cheeseburger in Paradise. It'll be nice to have a better restaurant there.
Of course, if this kid wanted in, we'd take him. But he's GONE to the NBA for sure in a year.
While I loved DRuss...it sucks we only got to see him play for one year on a mediocre team.
Haven't we all also watched Wisky and Sparty with a little envy...players that come in, play hard, stay & develop? Heck...Wichita State is doing that!!! Have you been to Wichitia?!? Yuck.
I'm glad we are recruiting top players, some from Ohio, who I'll get to watch grow like David Lighty, 3bler, Craft, and Turner. It's easier to be invested in a team you know.
Not against one and done entirely, just really would prefer to get to know a team and have success the way Wisky and Sparty do. I loved the Thad 5.... But the only one I really remember is Lighty because he stayed. Heck, I loved that Sully stayed 2 years. I think OSU BBall can be the class of the Big 10 with these players we are bringing in now...provided that one of these post players turn out.
If you're going back that far, Conley would start over Craft in the "All-Thad Matta Era."
I thought the same thing about Lyle and KBD. Which is why I have them at 6/7 pushing for starters minutes. Just thinking how Thad will start, Kam, Loving, Thompson all have longer time in the program. I do think that work ethic, team ball, and talent will be the final determiners of minutes. I get the sense that Thad wants to get back to the type of teams whose athletes smother other teams with defense and whose offense shares the wealth.
Braxton's amazing. I think what people think are his weakness are: making the wrong read in the run game; not going through enough progressions in the pass game.
The first one is likely due to the fact that he's so good at running, his instinct is to keep the ball. The second is possibly due to the 2013 receiver core being relatively weak at getting open. Will be interesting to see what he can do with a healed body.
Harris - Williams - Tate - Loving - Thompson
Lyle (6) KBD (7) Mitchell (8) Grandstaff (9) Giddens (10) Bell (11)
I think this is how we will start the year. I expect Tate to work on his shot this off season b/c he's a competitor. I think that will use a deeper bench again. Harris just screams leader and work ethic to me. Like Aaron Craft.
I expect Lyle will back-up Harris & Williams, KBD & Mitchell will be pushing Tate & Loving for minutes. I think we will have a 50%-40-10 sharing of center minutes with the three big guys by seasons end.
I worry most about Loving maturing & having the right attitude for this. Next I worry about Kam Williams who has talent but for some reason, defense maybe, doesn't have a solid lock on a position/role.
Honestly, the schools are probably even at LB pro-production.
PSU is a solid school with a great tradition, tarnished as it is by pedophilia cover-up now.
They aren't Rivals, because I think there is only one Rival.
But, the games I really worry about/look forward to after TTUN are Michigan State, Wisconsin, & PSU in that order.
Tamba Hali is a great football player, but he's really a defensive linemen. I know it's a 3-4 & people could technically call him but that's not what he was in college nor in the pros. Justin Houston is the one who stands up as an edge rusher.
Let me correct that for you
strength coach of the year Strength Coach of the Century.
Awesome. Good thought. Indirectly, this is a post about how great the state of Ohio State football is in. Urban Meyer came into a much better climate and situation than Hairball. It's the offseason. I'm bored. It's Friday...there is no football game tomorrow. Sigh.
Great point! I've always wondered why we could never recruit a pro-caliber QB...and how we still dominate in spite of it.
Good point. I was thinking that this morning, but wanted to press deeper than just leadership at the top.
True, the right head coach is important. But look at Rich Rod...winning at WVU & UA. Michigan? Some of those factors really kept him from winning. He's a very good head coach but couldn't win at UM.
TTUN will be back in some sort of fashion, and Harbaugh is a very good coach, if not great one. But perhaps the road back is tougher than TTUN fans think.
I'd throw all of our bigs at Kaminsky and play the hack-a-Shaq game against him. It might actually make our bigs be more aggressive. Beat him up, let DRuss take over the game.
That sounds like David Boston size/strength/athleticism.
Wouldnt mind if he's the next David Boston....
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Doran Grant won't last until round 4.
I could also see Belicheck drafting Evan Spencer in the late rounds. He loves those team guys who do the little things right.
I could see Huerman going to NE, too.
The author of this article got it right. How can you argue with a staring 5 of NBA players? Had Oden been able to be healthy, he'd be an all star, but the talent was there.
I love Craft, 3eibeler, Lighty, Dials, Lauderdale, Thomas, Buckets...but talent wise...they're not in the league.
The knock on him from insiders was that he didn't really have the desire for pro-football. In college he was so much stronger and better than everyone his unique personality didn't come through. The NFL is a different beast. Seems like it never fit Vernon's unique personality. People just said if he was played at the right position and he had the desire/focus for NFL - he'd dominate. I hope he put it all together and is focused and gets a good shot.
This is not a critique of him, I love #50. He just liked other good things/interests in life than the NFL grind.
Favorite news-reader. Good call. Quintessentially French lady.
Price of paying players has skyrocketed in the SEC as they seek to keep up with Urban Meyer and the resurgent B1G.
To think we had Orlando Pace and Korey Stringer on the same line. Wow.