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Comment 09 Jul 2015

Those "extras" are nice, but unless you sat on a log and did absolutely nothing in high school or had a bad GPA, a 34 with a good GPA will get you into just about anywhere. 

Comment 09 Jul 2015
If she got a 34 on her ACT she should absolutely not go to Alabama, and this has nothing to do with my buckeye loyalty. A 34 can get her into schools with a significantly better reputation, including ivy leagues, and she would still receive a scholarship. Her score can open up some pretty amazing doors for her. So, I would say don't let her waste that opportunity on Alabama.
Comment 10 Jun 2015

More than anything I think this quote is telling from the Austin Ward article: " didn’t beat out J.T. [Barrett] going into the Michigan game. I didn’t beat out Braxton [Miller]. Unfortunately both guys got hurt, and luckily enough I was prepared to try to take advantage of the situation."

Really shows his perspective and that his success has not gone to his head too much.

Comment 08 Jun 2015

Players keep playing through injuries and concussion because of their competitiveness. It is the same competiveness we love to see Urban push for and bring out in our buckeyes. Many fans cheer and laud Urban for creating a competitive atmosphere, winner loser days, everything is a competition. Well the individuals who succeed in that sort of culture are also the type who will play through an injury, no matter the consequences. I think the culture is fantastic and love the competitive spirit of our team. However, I think it is hypocritical for many fans to say "compete" but not too much. You cannot have both, they are one in the same. That competitive person who will fight you over a ping pong game, will also play through a serious concussion.

I really enjoyed the post. It captured the spirit of why a player keeps playing as well I have read. Similar to you, I suffered a concussion while playing football. I took a knee to the temple. I also played through the injury for the remainder of the season. After the season ended I was diagnosed with a grade III concussion and an autoregulatory disorder by a neurologist. I played two additional seasons after my injury and regret none of it. Thanks for your post!

Comment 07 Apr 2015

A defense to most of these lawsuits would be assumption of the risk. Which is if a plaintiff voluntarily engages in an inherently dangerous activity and they are injured due to the inherent, known risks of the activity then they are barred from recovery. There is even a seminal case illustrating this doctrine that involved an NFL player who was injured while playing. I cannot remember the name of the case being that I took Torts I almost 5 years ago.

I am also unsure what current and former players are basing their arguments on. I think it has something to do with the NFL's failure to properly inform them of the risks associated with playing football (a somewhat tenuous argument if you ask me).

Comment 04 Apr 2015
To your point about the masses wanting high flying offenses and fantasy points; I don't really know how to say this without offending some people , but I think the NFL has started to shift away from its core fan base to appeal to its other fans. The game I love has changed and I don't always think its been for the better. Too many times I have seen a late 4th quarter drive extended because a defensive linemans hand touched the qb's helmet (I mean give me a break). Over the past two to three years I've watched the NFL less and less and sadly I don't see that changing.
Comment 03 Apr 2015

I am always torn with this topic and I have an unpopular opinion on the subject. Having played football at a competitive level for a significant portion of my life I feel that as long as players are made aware of the risks and proper tackling is taught, the game does not need to change. I feel for those who were not instructed properly or made fully aware of the risks and have suffered injuries similar to Kevin and Steve. I suffered several severe injuries while playing, including a grade 3 concussion and I likely suffered numerous small ones.

Football is inherently unsafe. If you do not want to play it, that is perfectly fine and I have total respect for you in making your decision. However, if I choose to play this game and put myself at risk that is my choice and I don't think that others who are concerned for my safety should change the game.

Comment 18 Mar 2015
I won three high school football state championships, started as a defensive tackle my senior year. I tackled, or attempted to tackle, Javon Ringer on kick off coverage my junior year. Won 4 national team powerlifting championships.
Comment 03 Mar 2015

I find Perry's comment very interesting. I wonder if this is just a concern or something the team is actually dealing with.

Comment 25 Feb 2015

I am a tax attorney focused on credits and incentives. Super exciting.

Comment 21 Feb 2015
618, I lost my father to suicide. No matter how alone you feel or how deep the darkness feels, this isn't your only option. Not a day goes by that I don't think about my father. A major reason I have not committed suicide in the past is because I know the pain it causes first hand. Know that you will be missed and there is another way.
Comment 31 Dec 2014
FACT, Fickell was a co-coordinator on a lot of those Tressel era defenses. While Heacock was the primary coordinator, does he not deserve any credit for those? FACT, our offense has co-coordinators, does that mean that Herman or Warriner are not as good of coaches because of the "co" title? It takes time for a coach to find their ryhthm as a coordinator and a head coach, hell it took Woody several years.
Comment 29 Mar 2014

No. Unless you consider every student who receives a scholarship an employee. Because of my goals and the requirements to maintain my scholarship I regularly had 50-60 hour weeks for school. Then I worked two jobs to help make ends meet. My position as a student did not make me an employee, so neither are these players.  

Comment 29 Mar 2014

See my post above, if you think Gene Smith getting an 18,000 bonus for a championship is offensive, you don't understand how a large portion of the real world works. The revenues at my firm are significantly larger than those of the NCAA and all other athletic departments combined and my salary is less than the value of the scholarship/services these players receive. Plus I have a mortgage as my student loan payment.   

Comment 29 Mar 2014

Players are being treated more like adults than they realize. The reason schools have access to certain personal information is because they are trying to monitor the amateurism of the sport and the school is trying to comply with the rules that are in place. You want the PRIVILEGE and OPPORTUNITY to play college athletics on a scholarship? Then giving the school access to your personal information is a small price to pay.

It is a choice. I choose to work for my employer. If I have the OPPORTUNITY to become partner I have to grant the firm access to all my financials because the firm has to be compliant with state and federal laws and regulations in order for me to be partner. The firm can and does monitor my "private" social media accounts (social media is almost by definition not private), and I can be fired if they feel my social media account is inappropriate and does not represent the firm well.

I paid my own way through undergrad, my JD, and my MBA via scholarships, student loans, and working two jobs. I chose to have student loan payments. I now have a job where I am billed out to clients at between $400 and $500 dollars an hour, I see less than one tenth of that as my after-tax salary. I would likely be laughed out of the room, my competency seriously questioned and perhaps let go if I asked the partner for part of the profits he earns because I feel like it is unfair that he gets all the profit that I worked for.    


Comment 18 Feb 2014

Can't really be upset with West Chester University. The contract clearly states the rules and the University is correct, there insurer will not pay since the half court shot was on the second attempt. Sucks for everyone involved. 

Comment 14 Feb 2014

I had thought about basketball, but the powers that be at the NBA would never allow players to skip a few weeks in the middle of the season to play in the Olympics. Wrestling does not have the same issues in switching as basketball and the NBA.  

Comment 14 Feb 2014

Yeah, I understand that when you are that level of competition a sport is not longer really "seasonal" and becomes an all year process. I would think that more exposure and increased popularity for the sport would be more important to the wrestlers than a fun location.  

Fair point regarding mingling with the beach volleyball players, but have you seen some of the skiers and snowboarders from nordic countries and the women's curlers? They give the beach volleyball girls a run for their money.

Also, I don't think building a separate facility for wrestling would be too costly. Or maybe they could repurpose one of the ice rinks once skating is finished.  

Comment 14 Feb 2014

Thanks Curt, I always enjoy hearing a little about the wrestling bucks. Also, a somewhat random question, but what are your thoughts on moving wrestling from the summer to the winter Olympics? There are significantly fewer events in the winter Olympics and wrestling is a winter sport. I could see the switch helping wrestling gain more exposure.