Things kind of fell apart at Florida when his key assistants left. Urban took on too much, as he didn't have the same comfort level with the new assistants, and ended up burning out. Looking back at pictures at that time, he looked stressed, tired, thin (from dropping weight from the stress) and not happy. I was a bit concerned when the first of his assistants at OSU left (ok, other than Withers). Somehow, at OSU, he has (hopefully) figured out how to deal with trusted assistants leaving and reloading/trusting the new guys. He has been looking happier, less stressed and seems to be enjoying his time at OSU. I'm sure there are many reasons for this, including experience, the type of kids he has in the program and the way that they have totoally bought in, the coaches he has been able to get, being back home, and the support system he has. I hope that these are the good old days for him, and that they continue for a long time.
VA Tech IS the in state home school in Virginia when it comes to football. They have a large and passionate fan base, and pretty much sell out (or come close) their home football games every year despite being in the boonies, having meh teams some years, and being a good 4.5-5 hours from Northern Virginia/DC suburbs where a sizable portion of their fan base resides. Spouse graduated from there, and we try and get down to see a couple of games a year. Going down I-81 from NoVA on Friday night or early Saturday morning, it seems like every other car has Hokie stuff on it.
The only people who get excited about UVA football are alums, friends and families of the football players.
BTW, I grew up in NW Ohio, little over an hour from AA. Columbus is closer to 3 hours away, so I should be a TSUN fan, right?
Read a tweet from Rusty Miller that Gene actually didn't get another bonus because he had hit his bonus for titles ceiling in his contract.
And really, who would have thought that a team that trains on the Olentangy would win a national championship, especially after the craptastic winter/spring that Ohio had. Lots of erg machines in St. Johns I guess, but still... massive kudos!
Very clever, Mr. Jenkins!
And how people couldn't figure out that those pictures were all of his wife is beyond me. I wish I could look that good after having 5 kids!
This this this this. I would expect it from Dave Brandon at TSUN, due to his decisions to commercialize athletics there, but not so much at OSU. Some smartypants lost sight of OSU's mission and place in the community.
They must have looked only at possible revenues, but obviously not the psychological impact of those decisions. Since OSU's football team is the closest thing to a pro team for a big chunk of Ohio, perhaps they thought that OSU could operate like an NFL team and jack up the prices of preseason scrimmages, because the market would supposedly bear it. Instead they teed off fans and alumni, made OSU look foolish and greedy (even though funds were going to charity), potentially messed up recruiting, and had to eat crow and knock ticket prices down a day before the game.
The Shoe should have been filled to the brim with happy OSU fans on a fabulous Spring day.
This is a case study waiting to happen at Fisher.
The NFL has profited by having college teams be their minor leagues. Screw it, let the NFL set up minor leagues, let kids who don't want to go to school sign with them like they can do in the NHL and MLB. They then can learn about the luxurious lifestyle of minor league ball players. Would imagine it would be similar to baseball's minor leagues. Get drafted and play for the Detroit Tigers' A ball club West Michigan Whitecaps. Players make so little money (like $1200/mo) that they stay with host families and get something like $35/day per diem. If they get any money when drafted, it is usually the signing bonus, which they, if they are not careful, will piss away on cars, jewelry and rounds for their friends and entourage.
I know a few people in R&D. They get a small "bonus" (like $1000) for inventing and patenting and item/idea for their company. That's it. Pretty standard. They then might get a company-wide bonus at the end of the fiscal year if the company has hit its monetary goals, some of which might be accounted for by revenues generated from the item that they patented. Their job is research and development. That is what they are paid for.
And I put the nail in the coffin. I brought our winter coats to the dry cleaners this past weekend so that I could get them cleaned and packed away. What was I thinking? Of course we got a tad bit of hail and sleet tonight, and temperatures are expected to be hovering around 30 degrees tomorrow morning. Aaauuugghhhhhhhh
CGROVERL, I'm sorry about your mom.
It's easy to follow the ball, especially from the stands, which is the best place to watch a lacrosse game, IMO. Once you get the hang of the game (not tricky at all, think mix of hockey and basketball on a grass field), you will get it. It is easier to track in person as compared to tv because the tv cameras often focus in tight on the guy with the ball, and the camera operators can get faked out. You also don't get to see what the other guys who don't have the ball are doing. It can get a tad hard to see the ball when there is a crowd in front of the goal, but otherwise, few problems.
BTW, BTN is televising the lacrosse game tomorrow starting at 11:00 AM.
It seems that it is expected in SEC land, kind of like bribing government officials in South American countries-it is the way it is. They just are more sophisticated in their payoff ways.
Comments section was interesting-of course commenters insinuated OSU and Urban (and Tressel before him) are dirty dirty dirty since they pull big deal kids out of the South. Would not surprise me if there are bag men in the B1G and other big conferences, but not at the level of the SEC. Whatevs. If someone wants to be paid, he will find those who will be willing to accommodate him.
Actually, men's lacrosse is a great game to watch-has some similarities to hockey. Given that they will be playing That Team Up North, it should be a fun game. Wish I could be in Columbus for the lacrosse and spring games. I hope you guys have nice weather, big crowds, an OSU win, and no injuries. Oh, and some commitments before the weekend is out.
To sarcasm font or not to sarcasm font, that is the issue... right Earle?
Ross Fulton, what are you doing down in Chapel Hill? Kidding. Nice breakdown for those of us who don't necessarily get x's and o's, but can understand this. Nice points on the psychological issues that lurked and eventually bit the defense in the behind later in the season.
In my first big girl job after college, I worked with a guy who played high school football with Calvin Murray, they were good friends. Calvin told him that when Art Schlichter came in as a freshman QB, he pissed the offensive line off so much that they intentionally let him get sacked a few times during the season opener against Penn State. They wanted to send a clear message to him that he needed to play nice with his o-line, or else. Let's just say they had a brutal week of practice after that game, as Woody and the assistant coaches figured out what they had done, and were none too happy about it. It was worth it to the players. BTW, Art learned his lesson.
More about Art-friend from home lived on the same dorm floor as he did (Park/Stradley, that's where most of the freshman football players lived at that time). He was not well liked on the hall as he came across as a bit of a jerk. She felt kind of sorry for him-she didn't think he was a very happy or well-adjusted guy. He had tremendous pressures on him as the starting QB as a true freshman, and he had a real stage mother kind of dad. Dad would threaten Woody that he would make his son transfer if Woody didn't run an offense that was more suited to Art's talents, that kind of stuff. Can you imagine your parent threatening Woody back in the 70's? Yeahhh. His dad was the prototype for the term "helicopter parent".
Eons ago, I had a marketing class with Tom Cousineau (when he showed up to class that is). The main grade in the class was a quarter-long group marketing/advertising project, so it kind of sucked for his group. He had a certain confidence and charisma about him-no wonder he was a team captain. He had swagger for sure.
Had a friend who was on the team, back when you could have 105 guys on the team-he was way, way down the depth chart. During the fateful 1978 season, he had remarked a few times that Woody was a bit detached from the team that year, his assistant coaches really ran the team, and that he had some temper flashes that my friend had not seen the previous year. That was the year that Woody punched the Clemson player in the bowl game. Later, we found out that he had not been feeling well that year, and that his diabetes had really been causing him problems-as was evident by his actions.
As much as I hope he catches on in the NFL, I would also love to have him back as a GA at OSU. I just think he would be such a calming influence on the QBs during games-Braxton has stated how Guiton he was a tremendous help to him, so just think what he could do with JT, Cardale or Collier.
Ugh. My Redskins signed him. We shall see. You may have dodged a bullet, Cleveland.
I for one have not said anything about greedy football players. BUT if they are considered employees, don't they have to be paid at least minimum wage? Since they don't work for tips, it's not like they could be paid less and make it up with tips unless boosters get involved-- "hey Braxton, that was a darn good game there, lemme tip you $1000 here. Beat That Team Up North and it will be $10,000." Anyways, paying all of the varsity athletes would still impact the budget.
I would really have a problem with transfers with no sit time. I do think they should be able to transfer where they want, but choices have consequences. You don't think the Alabamas of the world would say to a Kahlil Mack at U of Buffalo, "hey buddy, come join us, you'll start right away in the big boys league"? Or a big headed freshman who isn't starting thinking the grass is greener elsewhere, so he bolts to play the next year somewhere else? What a mess. Even the NFL, NBA and MLB have free agency regulations.
As to medical issues, yeah, I think that needs to be seriously looked at, but I'm not sure how to do so and where to draw the line. Chances are if a guy is a D-1 OL, then yeah, he will have knee issues down the line. But should he be covered for that in his 40s under unionization at universities? Or just covered while in college for athletic injuries that occurred while playing D-1?
So if unions do become a reality, then it will raise the cost of having an athletic program at any university. If the NLRB is saying that, among other things, a student athlete is an employee based on the number of hours devoted to athletics, then wouldn't all student athletes on varsity teams qualify? To cover it, universities will have to look at raising ticket prices, cutting admin costs, increasing non-ticket revenue (The Huntington Bank Field at Ohio Stadium anyone?), and dropping teams (more men's, to comply with Title IX). I just don't see how athletic departments that are just barely breaking even or are running a deficit could stay afloat without drastic measures, and on a much smaller scale.
For Olympic sports, would this foul up a college athlete's amateur status? For example, OSU fencers were in the last Summer Olympics. We had hockey players in Socchi. In the future, would this void their eligibility? I know the rules for "amateur" have changed, but I am not sure if it is in all Olympic sports, or whether it is ruled by each sport's governing authority. So while you can have professional hockey players and basketball players, as examples, what about the synchronized swimmers and divers (as examples)?
I must admit though, it really does bother me that jerseys with the college athletes' last names can be sold, with no renumeration to the athlete (say, after his/her college days are done).
I understand that there are those who are leery of the MMR (measles/mumps/rubella) vaccine, and I understand that they are concerned about theories that link an increased risk of autism to that vaccine. If one believes that, then one also has the option (not nearly as available but still available) to have one's children vaccinated with the single vaccines for each disease, supposedly dramatically decreasing the possibility of autism (if the theory is believed and is an obstruction to vaccinating one's children).
The issue that I am concerned with, is that there are now those vaccines that were originally deemed "lifetime" vaccines-and have been shown to not be lifetime, and need booster vaccines. With the increase in mumps/measles/rubella, will we see an upswing in cases reported for those who DID have the vaccine, but the vaccination "wore off" at some point, especially for those with compromised/lousy immune systems? These diseases are nothing to be trifled with, but especially if they are contracted by adults, or, in the case of pregnant women and rubella, exposed to it-it can cause miscarriages. I was part of one of the last generations who contracted rubella, mumps, and measles, along with chickenpox-the vaccines came out after I had already had those lovely afflictions (I am in my 50's), so I don't worry about myself. I do, however, have a concern about those younger than me who were vaccinated, if there is a significant upswing in the non-vaccinated, and associated increase in mumps/measles/rubella cases.
Ugh. You hate typing that and I hate reading it. Anybody but UM. OK, anybody but UM and Indiana. Wait, ok, anybody but UM, Indiana and MSU. Oh, and Wisconsin. Ugh ugh ugh. I could even deal with UK, as they just pull in a certain type of one and done player that probably wouldn't work well at all at OSU. Duke is Duke.
And Space Food Sticks!
Grew up in a college hockey mad town (Bowling Green, back in the day when they had Jerry York, who has won a bazillion NCAA titles with Boston College and one at BGSU, and Ron Mason, who won NCAA titles at MSU), and I have to say, college hockey one of my favorite sports. Not a big fan of pro hockey, but love my college hockey. Before the Schott, the OSU team played in the dinky and dingy ice rink next to St. Johns Arena-how times have changed. Very excited to see them play for the B1G championship.
Can't think of a better way to spend a week or two on an NFL team's dime (I read he gets paid this year by his ex-team unless he finds a job)- hang with good buddy Urban, still be involved with a game he loves, watch a powerhouse football team and its films, and give advice, while filing away the stuff that Schiano thinks would work at the next stop. No stress, no commitment, no responsibility. I'll take it.