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Tennessee (via Lancaster, OH)

Member since 09 October 2011 | Blog

Grew up in Ohio, the heart of it all. Moved to Tennessee after college for work and married a Southern Belle.


  • SPORTS MOMENT: Grounding out every at-bat in little league.
  • COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYER: Tom Tupa, Chris Spielman
  • COLLEGE BASKETBALL PLAYER: Dennis Hopson, Jay Burson, Jim Jackson, Michael Redd, Scoonie Penn, Ken Johnson
  • NFL TEAM: Browns
  • NHL TEAM: Blue Jackets (not much of a hockey guy, but if I h
  • NBA TEAM: Cavaliers
  • MLB TEAM: Indians

Recent Activity

Comment 17 hours ago

This was my favorite part of the story:

LeCounte corroborated Judson’s story to SEC Country, though he thought it might have been a joke and Meyer purposefully didn’t recognize Judson because he had on a dark blue shirt (Michigan colors). But Judson claims this was no laughing matter, and it’s hard for anyone to miss his trademark mustache.

Comment 09 Apr 2016

Yeah, admittedly the departures are a bummer, and I'm certainly not happy about them. I'm just trying to be positive and hoping for the best. But I really have no idea what to expect next season.

My question is this: if next year is more of the same, how long does Thad get to turn things around? I honestly don't want him to get fired. I like him. He's not beyond criticism by any means, but I like him. But how long of a leash does he have? Or, how long can he keep coaching given his health issues? Is his health holding him back from doing his job to the best of his ability? Would he resign knowing he can't continue to coach at a high level?

Comment 09 Apr 2016

I like Jeff Boals. By all accounts, the guy is a solid dude and a good coach. But, I know he's been wanting to move into a head coaching position for several years now, so congrats to him for getting the opportunity with Stony Brook.

I know it might not seem like it, but maybe losing all these pieces from this seasons could actually prove to be a good thing for the program. A little addition by subtraction.

I think Donlon would be a good candidate but I wouldn't mind Steele or Kuwik. As far as former players, I've always thought Scoonie Penn would be an excellent coach.

I'm cautiously optimistic about the future of Ohio State basketball, but then again, I'm a Browns fan, so what do I know... :)

Comment 05 Apr 2016

Michigan had "nearly" 40,000 at theirs this past weekend. 

I read an article that called Harbaugh "innovative" about 4 times and talked about him wanting to have the game at night and having 2 different rap acts perform during the game and had several former players there. Sounds pretty innovative...I guess recruits would be into that sort of thing, I don't know.

One thing he did that I thought was pretty cool, was that he didn't go to the locker room at halftime, but rather stayed out on the field and introduced the members of the 2016 class that were in attendance to the crowd.

Comment 05 Apr 2016

If you ask me, those are very calculated words coming from Gene. Is he concerned? Of course he is. But he's not gonna come out and say that. He's gonna give the impression that all is well and we'll be fine and we've got a great core coming back, but my guess is that what he's really said to Thad was 'you really need to get this thing turned around.'

From reading his evaluations of Matta and his staff from last season, Gene did not seem to be saying 'Everything's good, there's nothing to be concerned about.' Rather, he basically called out Matta and said they needed to step things up. I can't imagine this year's team did anything to change his thoughts. But, he's gonna give Thad a chance to right the ship, as he should.

Comment 05 Apr 2016

Not sure the truth of these, but speculation was that:

Grandstaff - playing time, had a kid and wanted to be closer to home, Giddens - playing time, how he was being used at OSU, people told him and/or he thought he should be playing the 4 instead of the 5, Harris - playing time, people told him he should've been starting over Lyle at the PG spot, and supposedly his grades aren't so great, Mitchell - wanted to be closer to home, his best friend on the team (Grandstaff) had left, he didn't have a great year after sitting due to NCAA eligibility issues, didn't like how he was being used.

Comment 05 Apr 2016

Here's my thought on Texas A&M: A&M will fire Sumlin if the team doesn't improve this year. From the outside looking in, it sure seems like he rode Johnny Manziel's 2 seasons in College Station about as far as he could. He was hyped in the media as a "great coach", got himself a big contract, and took the focus off of UT and onto A&M, much to the chagrin of the folks in Austin. But Johnny leaves and they've lost 5 games the last two years, and he's got high profile kids leaving. I just can't see him being retained if that trend continues.

Don't be surprised if we see Purdue fire Darrell Hazell this year and go hard after Sumlin. He played linebacker there in the 80's.

Comment 05 Apr 2016

Yes, that's the rumor. Someone (or someones) were in his hear telling him he was being misused at OSU and should be playing the stretch 4.

I'm not gonna bash the kid, but I've seen him shoot. We all have. It's a pretty big stretch to say he's a stretch 4...

Comment 31 Mar 2016

I did read that, and here's my question (not necessarily for you, but just a question in general): who makes the schedule? Is is Thad? Is it Gene? Do they work together on it? It seems to me that if Gene or someone in his office is putting the schedule together and/or assisting Thad on it, then some of the attendance issue falls on him.

Comment 31 Mar 2016

I think there is enough blame to go around for this mess. I don't have a problem with saying Thad and his staff shoulder a good portion of the responsibility, but each of these kids had their own issues with the program and has some level of responsibility of their own for things. It's pretty clear from everything we've seen and heard that the issue with most of them was playing time, how they were being used, and them not buying into what the staff was doing. But we also saw bad play with poor fundamentals, lack of motivation and effort, and the team get blown out multiple times. There were LOTS of issues.

I will say this though, if OSU had been better, won more games, made the NCAA and etc. I doubt all of them leave. But the fact that the team was pretty lousy made it easier for them to leave.