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Comment 05 Jun 2017

another reason why it's better to go out on top than the way Matta is going out... many will remember last two horrific years bringing the program WAY down..... many older folks like me will remember the good times too, but still, Matta over-stayed at OSU by 2 yrs...

and it's hard to say that he is exiting w/ program in better shape... on the contrary, program is in shambles... we will not be very good for a while, which is ok w/ me, but get a man who will rebuild this program to a competitive level for next 5-10 yrs. 

Smith took too long to make this happen... but 100% right decision...

life goes on.. no need for tears.. it's business... and Matta is richer by tens of millions last 13 yrs...

Comment 05 Jun 2017

long overdue... long overdue..

no feeling for a man that made millions and destroyed the program in worse shape than he entered...

sure he had good years (long long ago) due to few great 5 star recruits... but last few years, his program has declined to a point of embarrassment (lower than Dayton, Xavier, Cincy, etc)...

now, maybe we can rebuild the program and set a new foundation.... hopefully within few years, we can compete again at high level.

thanks but glad this guy is gone...

just being honest about it...

Comment 05 Jun 2017

oh geez.. Matta will be fine.. fat bank account.. no need for any sorrows.. had a long run at one school.

it was well overdue.. and glad it got done.. Smith finally did something he should have done 2 yrs ago.

now, let's build a new foundation that we can be proud of in the coming years... yes, it will take YEARS to rebuild ... sadly... any great person - coach or corporate CEOs - exits a program or company in better shape than when they entered.. but Matta absolutely did NOT do that... he's leaving the program in shambles.  Shame on Matta for that.  So what we didn't win championships or go to NCAA tourney, but you can't destroy the program last 2 years in the manner that happened..

in any case, new day and I for one, very glad it finally happened..

Comment 29 May 2017

Terps playing like they have been here before... (like 3 straight losses in finals).. it's THEIR time..

Bucks playing like the stage is too big... playing like crap...

it's just lacrosse..... I wish our BB program will one day make the champ game before my lifetime ends..

Comment 14 May 2017

been a Buckeyes fan for 30 years now.. I didn't go to OSU.. I grew up in Ohio.. my  sister went to OSU as did her husband.. As an Ohio native, OSU was my school.  I went to US Military Academy, served the country, now retired...

been through tough times and good times... never have I ever called for any firing or dismissal of any coach at OSU...

but I do now.  Matta is a good dude.. who makes millions... sure, he has had his share of good times..but like any organization, public or private, there is time changes are needed and we are due...

There needs to a change at the top.. need new blood, new philosophy, new culture, new energy...

This doesn't mean we compete for championship next year or two or even three... but might serve as a foundation for a new era and over time, we will be better off for it...

I am not in my 20s any more and every year is precious...but this needs to be done for brighter future..

Not feeling sorry for Matta ... he has made great money and security for his family for life at this point, and change of scenery would be good for him as well.. given his health, doing somethings outside of HC job might be good as well... (look how Tressel has done since leaving HC job at OSU). 

our Men's BB program is a total mess and there is no pretending it isn't like so many have done over the past 2 years...

Truth hurts but acknowledging it is a first step, MR SMITH!

Comment 06 May 2017

needless thread.. anyone shocked? 

we don't have a single player worthy of such invite.... haven't you noticed? 

you come to OSU for Men's BB program so you can go to Europe and make decent $100-200K/year.. that's the ceiling now...

sad state of this program and ridiculous to give Matta few extra years beyond his time here.... must be nice to be mediocre or below average and make millions

Comment 16 Mar 2017

I firmly agree Zeke needs to outgrow this behavior... I know I wasn't mature at 20 yrs so I won't talk all that...but given his stature and exposure as a professional athlete AND being an elite player for an elite team, he needs to just shut it for about 10 yrs... get the $, get the records, get to Hall of Fame.. then go play when you are mid to late 30s.... plenty of time left w/ all that money to go play...

Comment 12 Mar 2017

love Night... and I am sticking to it..

love TP.... was asking too much but Browns should have found a way to keep him... now I have zero reason to watch Brownies play this year.  and I can't stand Redskins... so double negatives for my Sundays...

Matta should have been fired period..... way too much lenience there.... not like 2016 was one fluke year... been bad for years and will be again next year....  amazing we are not even top 3 Ohio teams each year..... I guess Gene is happy enough w/ Football success....

Comment 10 Mar 2017

1. TP prob thought he could do better testing the market but didn't pan out... you can't blame him for trying though

2. Despite what he said about Cleveland, he is better off playing elsewhere w/ better organization and QB.  you can't blame him for that either.

3. Cleveland may have been right about not paying TP the kind of $ he wanted, for sure... but just lost one of the most popular players...they could have easily done something to bring him back for less than what TP originally wanted and more than 8M he got from Redskins, but they didn't try or TP didn't want to return...

So, I am not watching Browns games .. TP was 90% of the reason I watched stupid Browns... now I watch the scoreboard at best...

Browns suck in every way... been that way for decades... can't believe this is the Browns I grew up watching as a kid when Brian Sipe, Bernie Kosar, etc ruled the field and I was a happy kid... now, I am disgruntled middle aged man who watch the game just to see ONE player play... (now that ONE player is gone).

Comment 10 Mar 2017

Bob's not angry. he's just da truth... love the Coach... sure he's an ass... but appreciate his contributions to game of basketball... can't stand Coach K but love Knight... (Knight coached at West Pt; Coach K played at West Pt; and I am an alum of that institution)...

But being from Ohio, and family members are all from OSU... I can only hope for one day, our men's BB is relevant again.. been depressing few years...

And can't believe Gene gave Matta another freaking year of mediocrity... and yes, we will be no better next year... and yes, Gene will fire or Matta will step down next year...

Comment 04 Mar 2017

Matta should learn a bit about graceful exit (enjoy life w/ those 8 digit $ figures you've earned (or not earned but received $ due to contract) over the years). 

by now, graceful exit is out of the question.. just an exit of some kind to save school from further embarrassment...

go enjoy broadcasting or something more healthy for your mind/soul

Comment 04 Mar 2017

haha.. one step back.... we've taken about 50 flights of stairs back over past several years....

I don't watch the games... nor expect NCAA tournament any more. Not with this coaching staff and mediocre recruits.  Until school cares about men's BB and wants to compete at the elite levels, we will just be next to Penn State's of the worlds in basketball. 

I am just fatigued about writing about Matta and recruits after doing so for 4 years now...  Watching Wright State (my home town) is more enjoyable... Dayton, Xavier, Cincy, all more exciting... even Cleveland State can be more watchable than Matta and gang.

Sad but true state of men's BB program. 

Comment 18 Feb 2017

this is kind of games that happen right b4 a coaching change...

and yes, after past few years (not just few games), it's well overdue....

no coach stays on forever people... even coaches who win Nat'l Championships move on.... Thad hasn't even won any of those and it's time to move on for both parties. 

Not expecting immediate change just b/c of a head coaching change but need new blood, new culture, new recruits and set a new foundation for next 3-5 years...

Comment 28 Jan 2017

been an OSU fan of BB and FB for 3 decades..

hate to say it and admit it, but this year, I just can't get around to care about our men's BB.. over the past few years, interest has waned and it's at indifference at this point.  I look at score time to time, but I don't watch it. 

I say this to express how sad our men's program is at this point.  Not my job to fire anyone or call for change.  I just state the fact - our men's program is a stinking bad and has been for years (versus what we 'ought' to be, based on brand, facility, budget, etc).

I am just one person, but if someone like me after 30 years (who has seen it all under Ayers to Matta) can be totally indifferent, it's sad indication of our program.  

I just hate it... I hate NBA but has made me a NBA watcher in the winter vs watching OSU

Comment 10 Jan 2017

Bama would have won w/ this kid.. he's a stud...

but I m glad Clemson won..

now bama, osu and Clemson each has 1 national championship in this system..

rather that than Bama having 2... of course, Bama still is favorite next year... I doubt Clemson will be back w/o Watson...Watson is the best QB by a mile last 2 yrs.

Comment 09 Jan 2017

dang..JT is going to have nothing but newbies and inexperienced on offense next year... new coaching but players will be very young...

oh well.. it is what it is...

lot of 4-5 star players w/ 1 yr or no experience on offense.. a lot of new secondaries too next year...

Comment 09 Jan 2017

I am not a #fireThad fan club member... but I am a fan of mutually parting ways b/c it's TIME.... Thad has had a good run here but sometimes in life, it's time to move on for both parties.. that time has come already... well b4 this year...

need new blood... new coaching.. new philosophy.. better recruiting..etc..

Comment 04 Jan 2017

to be honest, I rather see another QB as starter... new QB might not have leadership and may make freshman-like mistake, but I am ready to see someone else take the helm...

nothing but love for JT but enough already... coaching might help a bit, but JT is not a good passer period and his limitations are obvious and upside limited. 

in any case, we blew a golden opportunity last year with BEST talent in college....this year, I am less disappointed as I didn't think we should have been in the playoff to begin w/ (b/c of pathetic offense and inability to throw and inability to develop receiving corps)...next year, playoff or not, I just like to see a better balance and have some IMAGINATION on offense (beyond a pee wee level)

Comment 04 Jan 2017

no surprise here... but I can't say I am 100% enthused... optimistic sure w/ new coaches, but dang, watching 2 years of JT was not easy..

nevertheless, it is what it is and he's coming back, so I have no choice but to root for the TEAM.. whoever the QB is..

but sure like to see some other QBs in genuine competition in the spring... don't just give it to JT... (although I am sure they will)

Comment 04 Jan 2017

based on today's report, Beck was headed to Texas 3 wks ago so it wasn't POST Clemson game decision.

BUT, if you think about it, Beck knew his end at OSU was imminent... unless you are stupid, which Beck isn't, he knew last 2 years and struggling QB play and offense, he wasn't going to get a 3rd year at OSU... anyone looking at future would have done what Beck did.. prob reach out to Hermann (or visa versa) to get a fresh start elsewhere...

this is plainly on Urban and his poor judgment in giving MOST important role to someone like Beck

Comment 04 Jan 2017

sometimes, when you think you can do anything.. Urban prob thought he could bring in Beck and make him a star like Herman... but we all know it didn't happen.. maybe partly due to Beck.. partly due to relationship w/ co-coordinator (I hate 2 people sharing responsibility)..etc..

didn't work and Urban finally needed a kick in his teeth (31-0) to finally pull the plug..

should have never took this kind of chance on Beck.... or even Warriner promotion to play calling.... those moves never made sense even last year...