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Comment 21 Jul 2015

A big step towards helping this matter would be for the NFL to expand rosters. No reason linebackers, fullbacks, tight ends, etc, should be absorbing hits on offense/defense, as well as kick off, return team, FG unit, punt team, etc... Plenty of capable players out there that could serve as backups and special teams players (just like college coaches do). Furthermore, one of the reasons players are reluctant to pull themselves out of a game (or coaches are reluctant to pull them), is partially due to lack of depth. Lose more than one player at a position on a gameday, and you're essentially screwed.

The players union would never go for it though, because it would mean paycuts for them to make room for expanded rosters.

Comment 22 Jun 2015

This is my thinking as well. Those taking shots at him under the veil of anonymity are scared.

Just like Vegas... put your money where your mouth is. In the coaching profession, that means attach your name to your opinions. On here, it means don't offer a prediction you're not willing to back up with your money (which I have done before).

Comment 21 Jun 2015

I hope you're fucking kidding... because that TCU team had more guys drafted than Wisconsin... including a QB that as started every game since his rookie season and never missed the playoffs.

We can make fun of him for losing, and for the coaching decisions in the second half which were awful. But that TCU team was not "suckass and devoid of talent". They may have been the best team in CFB that year.

Comment 16 Jun 2015

The only reason they stand a chance is because of Lane Stadium and Bud Foster. A Top 5 home environment in college football when it's rocking (and it's been awhile since it's been rocking, but you know it will be when they host the Buckeyes). And a Top 3 defensive coordinator in college football.

Solution: Score early, take the crowd out of it, deflate the defense. Do this, and the Bucks will cruise to victory. Let VaTech stick around, and let the crowd stay in it, and let Bud Foster get cute with that defense, and things could be a little too close for comfort.

So score first, score fast. 

Comment 11 Jun 2015

Why do I feel like we're "poking the bear" way too much? Harbaugh is going to have a contender within 3 years, and I feel these articles will look silly in context by then. We need more in-depth stuff analyzing Harbaugh the coach, not "let's make fun of Harbaugh" click-bait. We'll have egg on our face when Harbaugh inevitably beats OSU. And it will happen within the next 3 years. 

Comment 11 Jun 2015

"So we'll chase him. Because we have to chase him. Because he’s the hero Columbus deserves, but not the one it needs right now. So we’ll hunt him, because he can take it. Because he’s not our hero. He’s a silent guardian, a watchful protector. A dark knight in a sweatervest.”

Thank you Coach Tressel for everything you've done for this great university, not the least of which was selflessly falling on the sword and paving the way for us to get Urban Meyer. This HOF honor is well deserved.

Comment 11 Jun 2015

I think this is the first downvote I've ever given anyone on here, because generally I don't care if people have differing opinions, and I don't believe different opinions necessarily deserve downvotes.

But I downvoted your comment because you clearly care more about what "the rest of the country" thinks about OSU and Tressel than care who Tressel actually is as a person, and how things really went down with TatGate.

And it was thinking like that - worrying about the media and public perception - which ultimately lead to Tressel being crucified, Pryor being blacklisted, and Posey receiving an unwarranted 10 game suspension (which probably cost him millions). That was all to placate the media and public and - by extension - the NCAA (which reacts to the public). You were part of the problem.

Comment 09 Jun 2015

better visionary

What does that even mean? And if it means what I think it means, then there's no doubt in my mind Dantonio is a better "visionary" than Urban Meyer. He built MSU from the ground up. He spent his first six or so years selling his vision and a bottle of hope to 2* and 3* players. Both visions of where he believed the program could go, and of what those individual recruits could become through his coachign and development. He passed on other bigger jobs and stuck to his vision. And his vision has come to fruition (as he said after hoisting the Rose Bowl trophy: "Completion"). And now he can sell what the program is instead of what it could become.

You're right about the other things though. Urban is better in all the other categories. But there aren't many better "visionaries" than Mark Dantonio. He's in a class with guys like Gary Patterson, Barry Alvarez, Frank Beamer, Bill Snyder... program builders. Guys loyal to a plan and a vision for where they could take their formerly irrelevant programs. 

Comment 09 Jun 2015

Urban likes to turn games into track meets but only at certain times because he knows that a team that runs nothing but smashmouth football cannot keep up. It's a mathematical impossibility.

It's not a mathematical impossibility. Improbable? Sure. But not impossible.

Minnesota patiently kept playing their style of play (smashmouth, field position, take care of the ball, try to force the other team to make mistakes) and they kept pace with us despite our quick 14 point lead and 17 point 4th quarter lead. If Minnesota scores on their first position of the 4th instead of throwing a pick (which set up our final score of the game), all else being equal, they may have been able to pull off a mammoth upset.

Also, Michigan State stuck to their style of play despite trailing by a ton to Baylor, and they were able to come back and win that one.

In the Outback Bowl, after Auburn scored 14 unanswered to take the lead (and looked effortless in doing so), Barry Alvarez doubled down on the smashmouth game to control the tempo and grind down Auburn. And it worked beautifully.

So while it is unlikely, it is not impossible. The thing is, you have to change your style of coaching. You can stick with your play calling and style of play, but you have to slightly alter your style of coaching and take some more calculate risks. Like going for it on 4th and 1 or 4th and 2 when you would usually punt, because you need to keep your offense on the field and allow the defense to rest (Alvarez did this in the Outback Bowl, and Dantonio did that to us in the 2013 BTCG... went for it on 4th and 1 or 2 when he would usually punt).

Comment 06 Jun 2015

We can make fun of him all day. But that shit plays well with 16 and 17 year old kids. If Michigan can somehow pull out a 9-win season, I expect them to end up with a Top 15 recruiting class. Something Harbaugh didn't even have at Stanford, and yet he still put together some excellent squads.

Boy oh boy, I'm salivating at this Urbz vs. Harbaugh matchup for years to come. They are both great coaches, probably Top 5 in all of football (Belicheck, Chip, Carroll, Urbz, and Harbaugh... in no order... Would have had Saban in there two years ago, but he's slipped as of late. Still a great coach though. Top 5 in CFB).

For the first time since 2006, I'm legitimately excited for The Game. It's soooo on.

Comment 24 May 2015

the more than made up for it when we didn't cover against Navy, VaTech, and PSU.

Season opener, big non-conference game, and prime time game where the underdogs covered, Vegas makes nice money on those. Probably made a good deal on Minnesota too.

Comment 24 May 2015

How bout Ben Roethlisberger? (though we didn't offer him)

Ricky Stanzi??? (I think Boeckman is underappreciated, but Stanzi would have been a RS FR or a true soph in 2007, and probably a little bit of an upgrade from Boeckman... may have been the litle extra boost we needed to beat LSU for the title... once again though, we didnt offer him).

Fred davis (TE.... USC and Redskins and Patriots)

Brian Hoyer (didn't offer him... but would have been a RS JR or true senior in '07... better than Boeckman = natty)

Greg Jones... don't think we offered him either, but he was as good and consistent a LB as the B1G has seen for a long time.

Mario Manningham

Kurtis Drummond

Comment 24 May 2015

Ben Martin... his production at Tennessee wasn't as stellar as it could have been due to multiple significant injuries (ruptured both achilles in consecutive seasons), but I believe that's because he was rushed onto the field before he was even close to being ready for it (saw significant time as true frosh).

If he'd have come to OSU, he likely would have redshirted, as we were pretty deep at dline. Would have likely been more physically ready for the position. Maybe his entire career would have been different (that, and the fact that he played under three different head coaches/staffs in five years at Tennessee).

http://sports.yahoo.com/footballrecruiting/football/recruiting/player-Ben-Martin-43275

Just my personal opinion. I remember watching Ben Martin in high school. The first time I ever saw high school film of Jadeveon Clowney, my first thought was "He looks as dominant as Ben Martin". That's how good Ben was. I compared Jadeveon Clowney to Ben Martin, not the other way around (note that Ben's best recruiting tapes were from his soph and junior years. His school's idiotic coach switched him to linebacker his senior year... a dumb f*cking move... and yet he retained his status as a 5* DE, despite not playing DE his senior year). You always wonder what could have been. And the homer in me would like to think that if he'd have come to OSU, he wouldn't have been rushed onto the field like he was at Tennessee. And perhaps then he stays healthy and becomes the star we knew he could be.

Comment 24 Mar 2015

From the man who investigated Tressel, Tim Nevius:

"He was always very professional, and I think one of the misperceptions was that, and when people look back and talk about the case, they still make an error and say that Coach Tressel lied to the NCAA, and that is not accurate."

http://www.cleveland.com/osu/index.ssf/2014/06/former_ncaa_investigator_tim_n.html

Comment 28 Oct 2014

Probably just as loud, if not louder. Because the LSU "earthquake" is a myth that has been debunked.

http://pnsn.org/blog/2012/01/02/debunking-another-sec-football-myth-by-the-pac-12

I've been all around the country for some big time games, and Beaver Stadium is far and away the loudest I've been to. Haven't been to LSU yet, but hoping to go soon. Also, it's been awhile since they've been in a position to host big night games while being in contention, but Iowa and Wisconsin used to get really loud, and I think they will again very soon.