I'm glad I'm not the only one that noticed that about Roby, and I completely agree with you. I distinctly remember this play. Roby is just wandering around, looks almost completely out of position from the beginning, looks lackadaisical, and then reacts late to the play, takes a shitty angle, and makes a half-hearted tackle attempt.
Actually, Meyer's track record with recruiting QBs isn't so good.
He didn't recruit Josh Harris, Alex Smith, Chris Leak, Kenny Guiton, or Braxton Miller... all of those guys were already on the roster when he got to those respective schools. He did recruit Tebow, but the guy grew up in Florida's backyard and he grew up worshipping Danny Wuerfell.
Meyer recruited highly rated guys like John Brantley and Jeff Driskel, both of whom are/were just downright awful.
Granted, that is a very small sample, but of Meyer's best years at BG, Utah, and Florida, and now Ohio State, the vast majority came with QBs he did not recruit, while of the biggest three QBs he did recruit (Tebow, Brantley, Driskel), one had enormous success, and the other two were arguably the worst starting QBs on a major conference team. With Barrett, the verdict is still out, but spring game did not look good.
All that being said, I trust we'll be just fine with whomever replaces Braxton, as they're going to have more weapons than Braxton ever did, as well as an elite defense to fall back on. They wont be asked to do too much.
Dantonio does this too. He talks often about getting kids with "chips on their shoulder", and that "fit the system".
You guys do know that the "Why PSU will beat OSU" article isn't exactly 100% serious, right? I mean, he pretty much all but admits it's not going to happen, but if it were to happen, "these might be some of the reasons why". That's pretty much what he was saying.
DJ Byrnes, 27, of Marion, passed away tragically this week. A hero to Buckeye nation, DJ selflessly pulled a toddler from a burning vehicle on US-23, and once removed from danger, DJ went back to the car for the toddler's favorite Brutus doll. It was at that moment that a group of Wolverine insurgents drove a car full of explosives towards DJ. While DJ was able to escape the brunt of the explosion, the flames ignited a roaming meth lab, a danger which DJ could not escape. His last words were "I go to Woody and Warren now. I am at peace. Fuck Michigan". He is survived by his family, the city of Marion, and three million Buckeye fans. In keeping with DJ's legacy as a Marionaire philanthropist, the family asks that - in lieu of flowers - donations be made to Eat Too Brutus.
Let's see... here are some of DJ's opinions:
- Does not like the bowl system and would rather have a 16-team playoff (I personally love the bowl games.. great travel experience)
- Wants to flat-out pay players ( personally think the answer lies in the middle somewhere, possibly an increased stipend)
- Does not care about maintaining traditional rivalries (hence his willingness to leave the B1G)
- does not like the spring game
Tell me, DJ, what is about college football that you do like? You obviously don't care as much about many of the things that make the college game great (traditional rivalries, bowl games, the many players that play for love of the game instead of a contract, kids choosing one school over another because of pride instead of bag men). If you just like football, then by all means watch the NFL. Stop trying to change the sport I and so many others love, because many of us do love it deeply because of it's unique tradition and the way it connects the past with the present and brings generations together.
Hell yes I'm nervous. Because of two people: Tommy Tuberville and Gunner Kiel.
Tuberville is an extremely accomplished coach who knows his X's and O's. He's 4-3 against Saban and 2-0 against Meyer, the only coach to have a winning record against both coaches in that span. In 2003, when Saban won the national title at LSU, his only loss came to Tuberville. In 2006 when Meyer one is first title, his only loss came to Tuberville. Clearly, the guy can coach.
Gunner Kiel has yet to prove anything. However, he has the tools to absolutely burn our secondary. He's got a cannon for an arm and is very accurate. They also have a veteran offensive line in front of him, with possibly one of the most under-rated left tackles in the country to protect his blindside.
They have a coach that is familiar with Meyer and how to stop his offense (Tebow, Harvin, and Co. could only manage 17 points against Tuberville). And a QB with the potential to give us nightmares, especially if we're too aggressive in our new system.
I think we win. But I think they give us a serious scare.
Well, EIU was pretty damn good last year also. Every bit as good as NIU. In fact they went up 20-0 quickly when they played NIU, but the Huskies came back and when 43-39. Their QB went in the second round to the Patriots.
But, he was a big reason why they were good. And while EIU is sure to regress this year, Minnesota figures to keep getting better.
As for the other FCS games, I think all but one are locks.
Do you watch football outside of Ohio State? Minnesota is currently a 33.5 point favorite over Eastern Illinois.
Troy Smith had, and still has, a f*cking rifle with a nice, tight spiral on the ball. Johnny Manziel does not zip the football nearly as fast and tight as Troy Smith did/does. Anyone with a pair of eyeballs knows this.
This sounds like the reaction M*chigan fans and other fanbases had after Tressel won the title in 2002.
Everyone outside Columbus thought 2002 was a fluke. Well, it wasn't. They all thought we'd "come back to the fold" with the rest of the Big Ten. Instead, we separated from the pack considerably.
Dantonio is building his team the same way. And while they may not win 12-13 games each year, I certainly believe they will be a perennial 10-win team that is in the Big Ten hunt every year until the last week or two.
And you brought up the playcalling, and how that game would have been different this year. Well, look at it this way: if the refs wouldn't have prematurely blown a play dead in 2012 (a fumble that almost undoubtedly would have been returned for a defensive score), we'd have been riding a 3 game losing streak to Sparty.
Yeah, if Urban wins 2-3 NC's in the next ten years, I wonder if your thinking would change. I'm with you, and understand where you are coming from. But we are "what have you done for me lately" kind of creatures.
Well, maybe you're thinking would change. But mine wouldn't. To me, there's more to life than just winning football games. Things like this made me immensely proud to have Jim Tressel representing my alma mater: http://www.elevenwarriors.com/2011/05/the-man-who-wasnt-there
Well said, Owl.
Everything you have said is consistent with what I've been told by people "in the know" (which includes some directly involved with TatGate). Message me if you ever want to compare notes. Tressel is a great man who did not deserve his fate. Keep fighting the good fight.
May I recommend something? Write her an email/facebook message apologizing to her and tell her that if she wants to chat, you're available. I'm very interested as to why OTL is back in Cbus. Don't burn bridges. The media is a powerful ally to have on our side. You could use this as an opportunity to shine a positive light on the fanbase and the university.
Exactly. Given how positively Tress was portrayed in Youngstown Boys, and the positive reception that documentary had, I'd imagine OTL would be interested in some sort of follow up piece, specifically one that may shed a more positive light on Tressel, since beating him while he's down and already out of coaching wouldn't really be noteworthy.
That could also be true. But "unruly fans" doesn't seem like something an "investigative journalist" would be interested in. Maybe they're running out of stories to run (hint to OTL: Go South, young reporters).
I find this story intriguing in that OTL is obviously back in Columbus investigating something. You should have been kinder to her. Maybe she's back in Columbus to get the whole story on TatGate, a story that i believe would ultimately vindicate Tressel.
I would be surprised if she was just fishing for information on more violations. Urbz is a former ESPiN employee and the people there seem to have liked working with him, so I doubt they'd go fishing to bring his program down unless they really had something (which they obviously don't, or else she wouldn't have been showing up at your door. She probably would have had more solids leads).
I do wonder why the OTL people are back in Cbus. If anybody hears anything, please share.
Yet the first time he has a real moral dilemma, what does he do? Lies, lies, and more lies.
You consider what happened a "moral dilemma"? I could soundly argue that throwing two kids under the bus for something that is perfectly legal and did not harm a soul just to save your own job would be immoral.
And his only lie was the signing of a routine compliance form in September of 2010 that basically stated that no player on the roster had done anything to jeopardize their eligibility as far as he knew. It's a little like when every person that works for tips (pizza delivery drivers, waiters and waitresses, etc) doesn't report 100% of their tips on their taxes, yet signs their name saying they've truthfully reported everything "under penalty of perjury". Read the COI transcript. Tressel was told them in December that he'd received a tip (page 122). He didn't lie about it. The media just trumped it up later after they found out.
1. Coach K
2. Rick Pitino
3. Tom Izzo
4. Bo Ryan (I really hate saying that, but the man can coach)
5. Sean Miller
6. Thad Matta (built up Butler and Xavier, let's not forget that)
7. Jim Boeheim (only 4 Final Fours and 1 NC in 37 years, largely due to Melo)
8. Bill Self (impressive in a short time, but he does get a lot of talent)
9. Billy Donovan
10. Mick Cronin (is there anyone that has done more with less? The program was in shambles when he took over, the facilities were/are terrible, and there's always uncertainty about what conference they'll be in going forward)
Honorable mention: Brad Stevens. He'd be #2 on that list if he were still in college hoops (and it's only a matter of time before he comes back)
Give him a couple years and he could get on the list: Tim Miles.
Would have been on the list last year but saw his stock drop furiously this year: Tom Crean
I agree. I thought the Musberger/Herbie team was great. I loved how sometimes during big moments in games, Musberger would just go silent for a little bit and let the TV audience listen to the build up in crowd noise. It really helped set up big moments.
Like OSU, they're in a state with very little if any serious D1 competition. Also, if you've never been to a night game in Happy Valley, then you should make plans to go sometime. It's something special. I think that Michigan game last year is solely responsible for swaying a handful of recruits. The atmosphere and energy were incredible.
Excellent article DJ. There was something to be said about Tressel's approach of loading up on 3/4 star Ohio guys that would bleed to wear scarlet and gray, and then mix in a few playmakers from out of state. Loading up the roster with fiercely loyal Ohioans had the effect of entrenching the out-of-staters in a "This school, this tradition, is and always will be bigger than me" mentality. Sure, some of those lesser talented guys never amounted to more than special teams or scout players, but they would run through hell in a gasoline suit to wear that jersey. And sometimes, Tressel's loyalty to Ohioans was rewarded, like in the case of offering a three star kick returner in 2002 with our last scholarship (Troy Smith).
I know many of you hate both of these guys, but Herbstreit was on Cowherd's show back in November and pointed out that while everyone was dogging OSU for their schedule, it's not as if Alabama had played a tough schedule. Cowherd agreed, and repeated it in the coming weeks. He would say that while he still thought "Alabama was probably the best team" it was still fair to point out that "they really hadn't played a tough schedule compared to previous years". So we know at least two guys pointed that out at the WWL.
^So much this