No dog in this fight but watched the game. Cavs look like a team going through the motions ( especially LeBron). Sure seems like LeBron is taking a step back and the whole first half of the season feels like a tryout to see how many moves they'll need to make before playoff time. I still think they know Ray Allen is in the bag after Christmas but even with him they need more pieces. Dion Waiters is a waste on this team. He's never going to play anywhere close to anything resembling championship defense so I'd expect he's a guy they could move. Tristan Thompson just appears to be "okay" at a lot of things but he's probably got value come playoff time. You bring in Ray Allen, move Waiters and add some sort of big man lane/rim protector and they'll be close. They just need a couple more guys who understand playoff basketball and especially defense in the playoffs. They figure it and be fine come March.
To me fastest Buckeye means on the field in the game so I don't care about 40 times off the field/combine. Way too many factors go into those 40 times. Guys from the early 90s were timed by hand vs lasers and such these days. No real way to compare those times. Guys in the 70s and 80s ran on fast turf as well.
I'll take Bradley Roby on defense and Ted Ginn Jr. on offense...
Doran Grant is a FAST guy and I've seen Bradley Roby run right past him during a game. Ted Ginn Jr. flat out ran away from everyone and a lot of times didn't even look like he was trying. And he looked just as fast in the NFL. You stick the the 10 fastest Buckeyes on the goal line and have them field a kick and run 100 yards and Ted Ginn Jr. beats all of them. Easy.
Football season doesn't match the semester though. Kids in school 2.5 weeks after *ichigan game so they still had time to do this after the season. Plus they could have told him his appeal was in writing ( most of them are) but he got a face to face appeal. The fact that he has been seen exiting the WHAC the past few days is more fuel imo that this whole process got sped up.
Sorry if my question was confusing. My bad. Asking about events. Football program does a few small ones a year and typically does one big one as well plus the tunnel of pride. You just never see much of that for basketball so I was wondering why. Just remember Havlicek saying something a few years back like he comes back whenever he's invited but that's not very often. Can't remember the last time I saw Special K at a game supporting the school and not just there calling the game for CBS. We did the Bobby Knight thing 3 seasons ago but just doesn't seem to be a lot of that. Maybe it's a money/budget thing?
But that's the loophole. They didn't rule the first offense as a typical first offense. Hindsight being 20/20 they would have probably but he "technically" never had the first offense in legal terms because they ruled he was accidently dosed.
All we know is he failed two tests. I don't believe anyone has said what the second one was, right? Could have been an in house non NCAA scheduled test they did themselves to check up on him.
Also, just like the NFL most people think the NCAA is going to change the rules on Molly and other drugs which would make them non-PEDs. NCAA would most likely do the same thing the NFL did and reverse certain decisions.
Absolutely no reason for him to get a appeal date like this if him coming back this season wasn't on the table in one form or the other. If he had zero chance of coming back this year this appeal would have happened after the season. Good news imo. Great news could come on Tues. Go Bucks!
Going to put my money on this being optimistic realistic thinking by Spence and his family. He found out he got a favorable appeal date and he's going to go in there and say he's taken the right steps and that he should be banned for one year ( 13 games ). Last two from 2013/14 and first 11 from 2014/15 and ask to be able to play the rest of this season. I'd imagine his attorney said with the favorable date we got a real shot at this and that info leaked out..
I still think this is very doable for two reasons. We have no idea what he failed and when and for who. Two failed drug tests does not mean two failed b10 drug tests. And two the B10 can't undo their original ruling. The original ruling would have to be changed for the second ruling causing him to be kicked out permanently.
If he's taken the steps and done the right things I'm all for it... Go Bucks!
He wouldn't be a direct replacement for Spence imo. Spence as it turns out is the only speed rush end we have. VERY rare to have guys his size run sub 4.5 40s. Hubbard is a sub 4.7 guy. That's a big difference coming off the corner as rush end.
Then he should say that. In one special teams category we lead the country. He continues to blanket all of special teams under one stat. When he says Minnesota has the second best special teams unit to the Buckeyes what is he referring to then? They aren't second in the B10 in starting position ( 4th behind Nebraska & MSU) . He's talking about Minnesota Special Teams on the whole imo and saying on the whole OSU is first in the B10. And that's just not true. Top 5 in the B10 in most areas bottom 5 in others.
Not to mention the stat we are #1 win ( avg starting position) is more of an offensive statistic. Urban's smart enough to know the reason most teams do well in starting position is because their offense scores a ton of points and is kicking off all the time.
Anyone know the reason Buckeye Basketball isn't as embracing as Buckeye Football to past players? Maybe it's a Thad thing or something they had tried to do and players have resisted? But it always seems there are a number of events every year where Buckeye Football legends come back and around the school/team a few times a year. With Basketball you see the occasional player in the stands and they do some anniversary thing every so often but nothing on a regular basis. I always thought a tunnel of pride for basketball would be cool but don't recall ever seeing one. Anyone with an insight on this???
Still believe both things can be true. Bad pass and lazy route. Obvious that Smith thought the ball wasn't coming to him and really pulled up well before the pass got to where it ended up.
Love this coach and this team but still don't understand Urban continually saying we have the best special teams in the B10/country. We aren't very good at Field Goals. Kickoff return defense we are 50th in the country and 4th in the B10 behind Iowa, Northwestern and Minnesota. Punt return defense we are 37th in the country and 2nd in the B10 behind Penn State. Punt return we are 28th in the country and 5th in the B10 behind Purdue, Nebraska, Maryland and Wisconsin. Kickoff return 19th in the country and 3rd in the B10 behind Maryland and Wisconsin. We have no scores on punt returns or kick returns. We're 56th in the country and 7th in the B10 with only one blocked FG/EP ( northwestern leads the B10 with 6). Net punting 42nd in the country and 4th in the B10 behind Illinois, Minnesota and Nebraska. And I can't find a stat for it but I'd bet we are near the top of kick-offs out of bounds...
While I'm worried about the defensive run problems still can't help but think some of the problem was 15 degree weather and not wanting to tackle a 230 pound running back. There just seemed to be a lot of not wanting to get in Cobb's way. Even in the pros you'll hear guys say they tried to arm tackle a big back because they didn't want to get steamrolled. Believe Michael Bennett has a quote out there about the team thinking they had enough to win and sort of shutting it down ( something he didn't agree with). All of that may be more concerning then blown assignments I suppose so let's hope it was just a case of a young team wanting to get out of the cold.
Guess we really should shore up the special teams. Interesting to hear committee say twice "all three phases of the game"
Still can help thinking that the committee is charged with picking the best match-ups and how cool it would be if they did some maneuvering and we had this... 1: Alabama 2: Oregon 3: OSU 4: FSU... You get the Sugar with FSU and Bama and a traditional Rose with Oregon and OSU... It's a win win. Traditional Rose, great games and I'd bet most FSU fans would rather have Bama in New Orleans then have to travel to Pasadena to play Oregon.
JT even being in the conversation is another cherry on top for the playoff committee to consider imo. He may not catch Gordon or Mariota but even being invited would be good for him and the school. Although WHEN we make the playoff would prefer he not win the Heisman. He needs to be practicing and not doing the White House, Letterman, ESPN, Tonight Show tour.
Just playing the odds imo. The ACC needs the Coastal winner to be ranked and to have 10 wins at the end of the season for a shot at top 25. Tech is at Georgia which seems like a loss which would make them 9-3. Duke plays NC and Wake ( both at home ). Duke is the ACCs safety net should Tech lose to Georgia. if Duke fell too far wins over NC and Wake and a loss to FSU would knock them out of the top 25. Tech will lose to Georgia and get bounced. Duke will win their last two and finish like 18 lose to FSU and drop but still be in the top 25 and the ACC/Orange Bowl won't have a hissy fit.
Duke is in so there are two ACC teams in the top 25. No other reason. They want to keep an ACC team in the Orange Bowl should FSU make the playoff and the only way to do that is to keep an ACC team in the top 25.
You're going to continue to have wacky teams in 20-25 because they need a second ACC team in there and because NO ONE wants Marshal to end up ranked.
All the talk of who you beat seems like hogwash. It's who you lost to ( at least in these polls) . 2-7 is all ranked on best to worst loss for each one loss team.
Hard to imagine the Indiana game being close so at the very least would like to see the Coaching Staff throw someone else back there for a punt return or two to get some experience. Doesn't need to be early on, let Jalin do that, but later in the game get someone else some touches. I'm still more concerned about the decision making from Jalin than I am about the actual fumbles ( those happen). I'm sure he's being coached to wave his teammates off and not field punts over his head or inside the 10 but two weeks in a row he's made poor decisions. Yesterday they were magnified because of the snow/cold where you think he'd go the extra mile to be even more cautious, which he wasn't.
Fumbles happen. It's the decision making by Jalin that would have me bringing someone else in. No coach on the planet is teaching him to field a punt over his shoulder inside the 10 yard line. I'd go with someone safe like Spencer.
Spence getting suspended is having a domino effect. A speed rush end makes the whole thing work up front and we don't have a backup for Spence. No speed rush end means most downs we're throwing 4 DTs out there. With Spence in there you can roll that style for a series and then bring in Steve Miller for a series and present a change-up to the offense. We're one dimensional on the DLine right now. You pair that with our okay-so-so LB play and our starting DLine is being forced to play WAY too many snaps. There's just not a perfect combination of guys to rotate. If you rotate in younger guys on the line it exposes our LBs even more. If you try different combinations at LB you get mixed results and smart OCs can play call based on who we have at LB. McMillan is better against the pass and Grant against the run. Perry and Lee are better in space then they are with the play coming right at them.
Turnovers are part of the game. Some of this is on the coaches. Even if you take away the fumbles Jalin is making really poor decisions in the return game. He's not waving his teammates off, fielding the ball again inside the 10 and once over his head. Add the fumbles into the not making good decisions and at some point the coaching staff has to trade potential explosive plays for someone who can go back there and just make some safe fair catches. Special teams on the whole have been really disappointing this season..