For as much OSU fans may miss Tom Herman, he was the OC for some real ugly games last year, too. VaTech, Penn State and Indiana were not at all pretty. OSU peaked at the right time last year. Urban Meyer is still the HC and is one of the best, if not the best, in college football. Tom Herman was great but he had real bad moments, too. Ohio State is definitely not screwed without him.
Look at all of those "subsidies" at the MAC and other mid-major schools. It looks like it's approximately $1,000 per student on the main campus, give or take $100. Want to go to Miami, OU, BGSU, Akron? Over four years you'll pay $3k to $5k to support an athletic program that 90% of students will hardly care about.
West Lafayette sucks. It's the worst campus/college town in the Big Ten (although I've never been to Piscataway/New Brunswick). There's really not much to do there for out of towners. Don't go.
First, very proud of Perry. Thank you for representing Ohio State so well.
Second, I know it's all innocent but can we please stop describing intelligent African-american men as "well spoken"? It's not really much of a compliment.
It's actually not such a bad question. I bet people would love to see LeBron play WR.
Yes, please elaborate
I bet there's a lot of people that did drugs in college and didn't get kicked out of school, too.
Spence has his problems and you'd like to see more maturity, but this incident isn't a big deal.
I'm sorry but this isn't really that big of a deal. The guy was drinking, threw a bottle and admitted it was a stupid thing to do. He's a college kid. I bet more than half of the people on this thread commenting that he needs help did a lot worse when they were in college.
Yes, he has a bad history but this isn't out of the ordinary for a college student at all.
The only thing exciting you'll get in terms of nightlife is Athens on the way.
There absolutely will be nightlife, whether school is in session or not. When school is out kids stay in Athens to party, and alums are always traveling back to go out there year-round. If you like beer/bars and you've never been, you should go even if it won't break your trip up much (still a long drive to Blacksburg). It's not just drunk college kids, either. If you're older, there are great bars with character that serve the grad students there and local young professionals - Jackie O's, Casa Nueva, The Union. Plenty of great bars for the college kids, too.
Athens is great.
I thought "C" stood for "Cube", as in Ice Cube.
Fingers crossed for Sterling Gibbs to come to Ohio State. I like Lyle and Harris, but an experienced senior PG that can shoot the 3 would be so important for this young team.
If OSU loses a lot of the players eligible for the draft, it likely means the team had a very good season (hopefully as repeat champs). It'd hopefully a win-win for Ohio State if they put 5-6 guys into the first couple rounds next year. It looks really good for the program, too, and has to help with recruiting.
I get the feeling that the Potter offer means one of two things: (a) VJ King isn't coming to Ohio State or (b) someone is transferring.
Giddens, Funderburk and David Bell seem to be very athletic front-court players – these guys don’t look like the slow-it-down, carve-out space post guys like Sullinger was (that’s not a knock against him b/c he was GREAT). This just seems like we’re introducing a new breed of a front court that’ll be conducive to a faster-paced offense. I’ve never seen Trevor Thompson play so I don’t know what to expect from him, but when you’ve got Giddens and Funderburk on the court as your 4 and 5’s it looks like the future of this offense could be fast-paced b/c those bigs can MOVE.
...and the award for most overpaid coach in NCAA basketball goes to Tom Crean
I'd like to get someone's input on the offer made to Micah Potter (Mentor, OH). My understanding is OSU has limited scholarships for the 2016 class (only two available). Funderburk seems like a relatively high probability signing for OSU, so if OSU were really confident in getting VJ King, why would they offer Potter? Potter seems like a good player, but let's be honest VJ King and other guys OSU is going after seem like higher impact prospects.
Either VJ King and the other guys aren't likely to come to OSU, Funderburke is going to surprise and go elsewhere and/or we have a surprise transfer that'll open up a scholarship (Marc Loving??). What is going on? The Potter offer surprised me.
You'll probably find people that don't think Mitchell has a jump shot. He's a terrific athlete and passer, though. I think if he were a pure shooter he'd be a top 25 player in the country.
As much as I'd love him to stay, Russell should go. Athletes' ability to earn off their abilities only lasts so long, so go make the most of it while you can.
Deshaun Thomas and LaQuinton Ross left early to go play in Europe. Nobody would blame Russell to leave to be a sure-fire lottery pick in the NBA.
I just sure hope that AJ Harris and Jaquan Lyle can be adequate ball handlers next year. One player I don't quite think I understand is Mickey Mitchell...he kind of looks like a 6'7" small forward with some PG skills. Am I crazy to think he'll be given chances to play PG next year?
Arizona is one of the best teams in the country. Look at how many five star recruits are on that team. They are arguably the 2nd best team in the country. They have a lot of size and length. This Ohio State team performed very poorly when they played legit teams this year. Even D'Angelo Russell has performed poorly every time he's played vs. good competition -- look at his stats. This team wasn't good this year b/c Sam Thompson, Shannon Scott and Amir Williams never developed.
Thad Matta has spoiled most Ohio State fans. I see stuff about how well Dayton, Xavier, Cincinnati are doing...yes, they are good teams. Those schools take basketball very seriously so I'm happy for them, but let's not pretend those schools don't have down years, too. Xavier had two bad years in 2012-2013 just like OSU these last two, Dayton is peaking out and Cincinnati has been pretty mediocre lately.
Matta just brought in a guy that's going top 5 in the NBA draft, and we're retaining two other freshman (Tate and KBD) that have promising futures. ESPN ranked Matta's 2014 and 2015 recruiting classes as the BEST IN THE BIG TEN, and it looks like he'll be able to add two top 50 recruits for 2016. Matta is tremendously under appreciated. We are lucky to have him.
Indiana, Michigan State, Maryland -- I think OSU can reasonably beat them all.
OSU has no answer at all for Kaminsky, though. I love Jae'Sean Tate, but he had no chance guarding him -- he's just giving up too much height. Amir is too slow to chase him. Sam Thompson is too weak.
Thad Matta does very well in this tournament, and they are coming off an embarrassing loss, so you can imagine practices have been hard. I always think its good to get punched in the face right before you get to tournament play. I wouldn't be shocked to see OSU in the championship game b/c they match up pretty well vs MSU and Maryland.
Am I the only one that thinks this was Marc Loving's last game in Columbus? He's not even trying out there. Something very strange happened with that suspension and ever since he's been a very lazy player. It's really a shame. Hope he gets straightened out and doesn't become a Toledo Rocket but something isn't right.
This was the first thought that came to mind for me. We are really tight on scholarships for the 2016 class, however. Moyer's father didn't exactly sing the praises of Ohio State a few months ago, so even if no Syracuse for Moyer, there'd be some work to do on Matta's part. It's really a shame b/c right now it looks like a class of VJ King, Derek Funderburk and Matthew Moyer would be a very legit possibility. It looks like there's really only room for two in 2016, unless there is a surprise transfer.
Big time fan of the basketball team here, but I've been frustrated with the lack of development in Sam Thompson's offensive game the last two years. I love to see him get fired up and get motivated, but a big part of me wishes he got this serious a couple years ago and put in time (i) on his shot, (ii) in the weight room and (iii) on his ball handling skills. His jumper hasn't improved in the last two years (it's worse, if anything). He's athletic and I think he'd be an effective slasher if he were stronger and handled the ball better. Sorry to be skeptical of Sam, but some people can back up the talk. I don't think Sam can at this point. Prove me wrong.
Ohio State ranks quite high on the "Efficiency" rankings, like KenPom.com (#15) and ESPN's BPI (#13). A lot of the lines in Vegas are based on these rankings, and of course are adjusted by the market to reflect their thoughts. If you disagree, argue with the actuaries that are paid big $$ to set these lines. I'd be shocked if OSU were a 4-seed, but Vegas uses these efficiency rankings. They are the ones putting $$ behind (not Joe Lunardi) so it's worth something.