Yep. Agree with both Tim's starting five and your second team. No arguments here.
I call b.s. While I think Thad Matta has been terrific at OSU, his teams' FT percentages in his 11 years here have been mediocre at best, but mostly awful (all stats via Basketball Reference):
This year: .675 (ranked 230 nationally)
Last year: .689 (206)
2013: .708 (126)
2012: .709 (107)
2011: .701 (138)
2010: .696 (153)
2009: .701 (129)
2008: .687 (177)
2007: .703 (137)
2006: .718 (84)
2005: .656 (257)
Combined: .6948 (average rank: 159)
If it's a sickness, it's lingered for a really long time, not just this year.
I ranted about this on Twitter during the game. Even in the 1st half before he was hurt, Barrett was a statue in the pocket, rather flat-footed and still IMO, instead of on his toes and ready to roll out. I don't know whether he just doesn't like to roll out, or the coaches don't want him to, but he has to develop a passing game while rolling to his left or right. You pointed out the one time he did early in the 4th quarter led to an easy 1st down pick up, just by opening up the passing lane and moving the pocket. If the line is suspect, and he has a hard time seeing the field from the different blitzing looks, rolling out is the best antidote. He didn't do it, and it drove me insane the entire game.
It's kind of/sort of a neutral site game...in reality it's a home game for Navy. It was decided to play there vice Annapolis, as Navy/Marine Corps Stadium is pretty small, and the USNA wanted to accommodate a larger crowd (as did OSU)...so it was moved up the road to Baltimore.
Same thing as when we play Cincinnati at PBS, or when we played Toledo at Cleveland Browns Stadium. Both are away games for OSU, but at larger venues for the home teams to generate more revenue and accommodate the larger throngs of Buckeye fans.
Good stuff DJ.
Wow, Jason, very happy for you and everyone involved with the site on a great 2013. Been visiting and following since late 2007/early 2008 when I was still living in Japan, desperately looking for OSU updates, and it was just you, Chris and Corey running the whole shebang. My my, how far you've come.
I don't comment much here anymore, but I still visit a couple times a week as time allows, and follow most of the writers on Twitter, and I'll still visit as often as I can. And I'm definitely looking forward to the redesign. Congratulations and looking forward to more exponential growth in 2014!
Totally agree. I remember going to several state title games in 1984 and 85 in Ohio Stadium, as well as the 1981 big school title game at the Akron Rubber Bowl (which was played in subzero conditions on concrete, and the crowd was fantastic...that was the 13-0 McKinley win over Moeller). The games in the Shoe felt like they were being played in a mausoleum; it was cool to see, but the crowds felt quiet and terrible as a result. The two most recent years I attended state title games in Canton and Massillon were 1999 and 2000; the atmospheres were a significant improvement over something so massive, and felt like just the right size.
Incidentally, Fawcett Stadium is in the process of getting a total makeover starting after this year's HOF game, so it would be ready to host the games again in 2016. This two year hiatus couldn't have come at a better time for the 75 year old facility. Links:
Vandy is the only SEC school that has my complete respect. I have some respect for some aspects of the academic reputations and quality of Florida and Georgia, but that's it. The rest are hot garbage...no matter how many national merit scholars you claim enroll at your school.
Not Sure, but it's clear Upgrayedd has nothing on this guy.
Agree to disagree...mostly because four-year scholarships did exist until the early 70s, when many coaches complained about the lack of roster flexibility (boo freaking hoo). Either way, that's a HUGE problem to me. I have no problem with a coach telling a S-A he's not going to get playing time, but to make his life 'a living hell' is exactly what's wrong with the system. At least with a four year ride, he is guaranteed that he will have the opportunity to finish his degree...which is, along with research, the reason universities exist (I know that's hard for many people to accept). I love Ohio State football, don't get me wrong, but I care much more about the welfare of the students and quality of education they receive than their success in athletics. At least with a guarantee than the student-athlete will not be denied the opportunity to get that degree due to any on-field issues (and the coaches are serious about students getting an education), the threat of no playing time is somewhat diminished. And that's what this is about: Improving S-A well-being.
John Infante also addressed this today on his Bylaw Blog:
Good takes all around, and I like the Euro-idea, DJ. However, if multi-year scholarships are not overridden and four year offers become the norm (and incoming student-athletes should insist on it), 'cutting' for on-field performance won't be possible anymore and the oversigning issue might become moot (with a slight tweak, as discussed by Infante).
Look, no one is saying the SEC is the only conference that oversigns. We all know this. We also know that the B1G is the only conference that has specifically banned it for over 50 years.
Take a few minutes to read Infante's post at Bylaw Blog (linked in my earlier comment). Bottom line is that the post was written to discuss solutions to this problem...and make no mistake, it is a problem, like so many other instances where schools insist on keeping student-athletes 'in their place' (e.g. Danny O'Brien at Maryland [football], Todd O'Brien at St Joseph's [basketball]). I could care less if a college coach who makes a ridiculous amount of money has to manage his roster while not being able to cut players because of on-field performance.
I can never get a read on Dilbert's boss. He shows the way regarding college sports networks and new revenue streams, yet he held off so long on a playoff. Then he essentially endorses exactly what I've always wanted: National semifinals on the campuses of the highest seeds. So confused.
Nicely done, DJ. I'm still the original though...
Outside of 'Fun with Peter King' on KSK, the rare reunion on Deadspin and other occasional articles on some of the bigger blogs, the art of the FJM takedown has become lost on many writers. Thanks Luke for showing folks what a proper FJM-style ripjob should look like.
(For the uninitiated who don't know what I'm talking about, go read some of the old stuff on firejoemorgan.com. You're welcome.)
Wow...you win. The last stop on my senior crawl was Joe's...June 95. So wish I had kept one of those buckets. When I came back the following year to do the crawl with my graduating friends, we bought roses from some random dude and laid them on the vacant lot on our way to the next stop. Of course we were completely blitzed by that point...
RIP Joes...and Larry's...o, and South Berg too. Fuck Maxwell's though...
It was Woodruff, and I was appalled to see that it was gone when I came back for the Navy game a couple years ago. Was probably my favorite hangout along with Out-R-Inn on north campus. Ate mostly at the south BDubs (remember that one? such a pit...), especially during sophomore year.
Craft. I know it's easy to pick him because he's here now, but I like his overall game more than any others listed. Can score on occasion, but runs the offense with confidence and vision, and we all know his defense is superior.
Don't remember where I saw this, but apparently Meyer made a call to Dorial Green-Beckham, the speedy 6'6" 220 WR from Springfield, MO. If he pans out, he could be another Megatron down the road, but could be an outstanding first option for Miller, even as a frosh. Thoughts?
Of all the 1 loss teams, OK St's is probably the most forgiveable. The Pokes lost on the road in double overtime to a bowl eligible team...less than 24 hours after a horrible tragedy befell their university. Those kinds of losses are not as big a deal as home losses, no matter who they are to. Bama may have only lost by 3, and Boise by 1 by missing a FG as time expired, but both losses were at home. Stanford got buried at home, as did Va Tech.
OK St should be in very good shape, if they beat OU on Dec 3.
Actually, LF earned his lone pair of Gold Pants as a player in 1994 (22-6)...my senior year at tOSU. Had a class or two with him as well...good guy even then.
Beautiful, beautiful Buckstache. Not as immaculate as Spielman's, but a solid effort nonetheless.
Just because people report things doesn't mean they shouldn't follow up or make an extra call to ensure the right people got the info, so fair enough (e.g. was my/our report passed onto the proper authorities? did we find out who the boy was? etc). Regardless, everyone is at fault, not one person.
I don't care if he's not 'technically' a law enforcement officer. He's their boss. That's gross negligence and covering up. Hell, Paterno wasn't 'technically' Sandusky's boss in 2002, either...but he's just as wrong as Schultz. Reports should have been made, and in Schultz's case, all he had to do was call the actual Chief of PSU Police...also known as his direct surbordinate. You won't convince me otherwise, so don't bother trying to change my mind.
Sad thing is, Paterno is really no different from an overwhelming number of coaches in college football (or basketball, for that matter). How often do we hear of Luke Fickell talking about how he has no idea what is going on in the world other than football practice, games and film room study? That's how head coaches at these programs operate. They literally don't try to look at anything else...just keep the machine running.
Speaking of which, everyone attached to a leadership position at Penn St is responsible for this, even and especially the Board of Trustees, who ignored investigations into Sandusky's actions for years. IMO, they're just as guilty as Spanier, Curley, Schultz, Paterno, etc. Schultz, by the way, was in charge of university police. As far as I'm concerned, when McQueary was called in to speak with Schultz and Curley, he was talking to the AD and Chief of PSU Police. Let that sink in: The Chief of PSU Police had the information and did nothing. I find that more offensive than probably anything else.
That's why I felt that PSU should not be allowed to play football the rest of the year. The way I see it, the institution and its leaders have forfeited their right to field a football team for the rest of the year due to its egregious failures. Instead, they still continue to cash in on being Penn St Football both home and away, and could even get paid at the Rose Bowl. They talk about using it to raise awareness of child abuse? I call b.s. Even a systemic coverup by the university leadership and its football program of the actions of an assistant coach, both while active and in retirement, can't stop them from cashing in on being a big time football program. Just keep the machine running. (I know I'm in the very small minority with that stance. But that's my opinion.)
I've always respected Penn St, and I'm sure I will again; good school, great alumni...but it'll take awhile to respect their leadership again. My thoughts are with the victims; may they find the peace they need to overcome what they experienced.
HIS blown opportunity? Petersen didn't miss TWO chip shot field goals that would have won the game (26 yards at the end of regulation, 29 in OT) at Nevada, which was a really good team last year too, and played their best game of the year. Despite the plethora of dropped balls and execution mistakes, the game plan was sound. That loss is all on the kicker.
Bottom line: Chris Petersen's teams always perform well on the big stage. They simply don't lay eggs. They are always prepared...even last year at Reno. My question is, how would he do with access to talent he simply can't get in Idaho?
MoC makes a really intersting point halfway through the piece:
"The UFL would actually be bigger if they scouted and signed high school players. And you get paid a real salary, then you go to Bellevue or (Nebraska-Omaha), a respected school in the city. Then the NCAA has to compete."
What if the UFL did exactly that? Granted, it will never make a ton of money, but what if the UFL decided that it wanted to be a league for true professional football development for those who were not interested in (or don't qualify for) college, offered 1-3 year contracts, paid each player a modest salary while continuing to provide the coaching they need to be ready for the NFL draft? I'm guessing it could be a workable business model, especially with the right sponsors, and I guarantee there would be people out there who would take an interest to watching 'the stars of tomorrow today' develop at that level (I know I would).