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Comment 16 hours ago

No, unless FitzBuck really meant to use the Spanish pronoun. I'm guessing (s)he meant cue, though I suppose it could have been queue, as in the UM fans are getting in line (queue) for whatever.

Comment 06 Feb 2015

I don't think Vrabel quite fit with Urban's coaching style

This may be true, but if it is, it's the first I'm hearing of it. What was the mismatch?

Whether a coach leaves when Vrabel did or when Drayton did, it's going to affect recruiting. Hiring Larry Johnson was the right move, and just because we didn't get every single five-star D-line recruit doesn't mean there was that much of a drop-off.

There was a clear issue with D line recruiting in this cycle - by OSU standards of course. Birm said Vrabel's departure caused a bigger problem with recruiting than he (Birm) could have imagined. Birm didn't elaborate on that, but I'm taking him at his word. Certainly hiring Johnson was the right move.

Urban will make the right hire, and Weber will be fine.

I'm sure things will be fine one way or another, but that doesn't change the fact that at the moment there is a fire to put out.

Comment 06 Feb 2015

when did Weber say he was lied to? I don't recall that tweet. I know he tweeted "this is gonna hurt, ain't gonna lie".

Weber did not say anything about lying in his tweets. That is an inference just about everyone (including on this board) is making about why he is upset. It's a reasonable one, given what we heard from Meyer about how he and Drayton were on the phone with Weber at 1am the night before NSD - we don't know what was actually said, but we can make reasonable guesses.

Please elaborate how much more "lying" that Stan Drayton did to Weber compared to the "not lying" that Vrabel did to recruits he was talking to the day before he left.

I never said anything about Drayton lying. I'm sure he was careful not to say anything untrue. There is a difference between being told explicit lies and feeling like you were misled, even by omission. Fact is, Weber feels mistreated and the relationship with him will need to be repaired (again, per Birm).

Based, again on the rumors we heard, the situation with Vrabel appears to have been completely different in that until shortly before leaving he wasn't planning on doing so. The ugliness of that situation had nothing to do with lying. In fact, it had nothing to do with players at all. But, if the rumors we heard are true, it was very ugly, and as a result the staff lost an excellent coach and recruiter who also happens to be an OSU legend. I really hope we see him back some day

Comment 06 Feb 2015

Three things:

1) I don't remember anyone feeling like they were lied to when Vrabel left, which is the big issue here.

2) Vrabel leaving ended up having a lasting negative effect on recruiting, per Birm. I don't think it's an accident that this is the lowest ranked recruiting class since Meyer got here.

3) The rumors swirling around Vrabel's departure were even uglier in their own way.

Comment 19 Jan 2015

They deliberately moved Hilliard and Baker down ten spots each in the final rankings and moved Weber up when Harbaugh started going after him.

Seriously? Did they also fake the moon landing and assassinate Kennedy?

Comment 17 Jan 2015

I've thought about this a bunch myself - having a WR who is also a QB split wide where he can choose to either pass or run. However, the way you have it drawn up, Braxton (WR at top left, correct?) would need to drop back ~7 yards in order for the pass to him from JT (in pistol) to be a backward pass. If the forward pass goes from JT to Braxton, then Braxton's options are limited to running, pitching to Jalin lined up in the slot, or some crazy hook and ladder play, since at that point Braxton would no longer be able to throw a forward pass.

But what about play action that starts with JT lined up under center and Braxton and Jalin switched. Now JT can fake a handoff and immediately throw over to Braxton. Braxton can pass to Jalin, Vannett, Thomas, or even Zeke once Zeke is done faking his run through the line, or run it himself.

One more thought though - a pass across the field to Vannett or Thomas had better be either accurate or out of bounds, because if it's intercepted by a safety or a linebacker in the middle of the field, it will likely be a pick-6.

Comment 12 Jan 2015

Don't the big boys of data deal with this issue, at least in part, but storing one copy (well, limited copies) of resources used by, in their case, millions of people and retrieving them via some kind of record entry instead of storing a copy of the file for every user?

Obviously not for tonight, but maybe a user-contributed library of GIFs, and for high-traffic events like this turn off posting of outside ones?

Of course there's still the problem of every user bombarding the GIF server every time someone posts one, but maybe you can get their browser to cache ones they've already seen?

Comment 28 Dec 2014

Big Ten needs Michigan to be good - to be relevant and to make watching Big Ten games fun again, at least some of them. OSU needs Michigan to be good - to push our coaches and players to be even better, to give our team a serious test before going to the playoff, to pad the SOS. I welcome this.

On the other hand, I can't say I wouldn't enjoy the assplosion meltdown on MGoBlog, should the Raiders introduce Jim Harbaugh as their new coach on Monday, or Tuesday, or Wednesday, or whatever.

So, really, this is going to be great either way. So much better than another "..... Him? .... Really?" hire would have been. And if we get the assplosion meltdown, we might get another hire like that later on anyway.

Comment 27 Dec 2014

But but but Harbaugh COACHED IN A SUPERBOWL. He's OBVIOUSLY more accomplished than Meyer.

This argument is thrown around a lot on MGoBlog, believe it or not. The grasping at straws is embarrassing.

Comment 20 Dec 2014

This fanbase and those who comment on this website are just as guilty of all those things the OP hates so much in MGoBloggers. Going by the threads on here you'd think OSU already beat Bama. And anyway, they're only good because of SEC cheating dontcha know.

So how about we all just focus on not being jackasses ourselves?

Oh, and OP, why are you reading MGoBlog if you find it so insufferable?

Comment 18 Dec 2014

It doesn't really matter. Alabama was probably the best team in the country that year. 

This was my point. Had OSU played ND for the championship, it would have been one of the best arguments for the playoff.

Comment 17 Dec 2014

He is as good as Meyer or Saban in my opinion.

This may or may not be the case, but I don't think he's proven it (yet). He reached about Chip Kelly's level of success, but it wasn't as sustained. He hasn't shown that he can recruit like Meyer, much less Saban. Nothing I've seen out of him so far suggests Ten Year War kind of parity with OSU. More like Bama under Saban vs Auburn under Chizik/Malzahn - Auburn has a couple of big wins, but Bama has more wins and more MNCs. Except OSU isn't winning MNCs like Bama yet, and nothing about Michigan with or without Harbaugh indicates a championship anywhere in the near future.

Comment 10 Dec 2014

I thought it was his sophomore year (last year) that was almost entirely lost to injury? I thought he, together with Spence, played a lot, though never started, his freshman year.

Comment 07 Dec 2014

By the three major services they are ranked 4th (247), 6th (Rivals), and 6th (Scout), so you're being a bit selective there. More importantly, compare Bama's and FSU's classes to OSU's and tell me they are not on another level. For that matter, this class is step back from the previous two. Not a big one, but a step back.

Look, call me spoiled if you want, but I don't care if OSU's classes are better than almost anyone else's - I consider that the minimum. As long as OSU's classes are a step or two behind Bama's, catching up to them will be nearly impossible.

Comment 07 Dec 2014

Last night's performance aside, I don't think anyone coaching this defense will get a sniff at any job above MAC level. I'm not sure how to separate Hermann's contribution to the offense from Meyer's, but if they think he's valuable enough, I'd like to see them go to the same lengths to keep him as Bama has with Kirby Smart. I think the guy is making close to 1.5M/year. I think he's the only one that might generate real interest from any program above ... well, Kansas.

On a separate note, I don't know about anyone else, but I'm still smarting from the loss of Vrabel. I'm not sure we felt it so much in performance, but we seem to have felt it big-time in recruiting. I dream of seeing him back as DC sometime soon. Unfortunately I don't think he'll stick around very long, since he seems to be ultimately aiming for an NFL HC job.