I think it is time to think logically about the situation surrounding Luke Fickell and the defense. Urban Meyer kept Fickell on staff as defensive coordinator when he was hired as the only holdover from the Tressel era. When the defense struggled, it was primarily the back four that couldn't cover anyone and were especially bad attempting to cover the bubble screen. Second, the person in charge of defensive backs "left" for a lower division and a job that paid roughly half of what he was making. Lastly, why would a coach as accomplished as Meyer leave a coach who under performed on his staff when he could hire pretty much anyone he wanted? Coach Meyer obviously thinks Fickell is a quality coach or he wouldn't have a job at tOSU.
I saw in a tweet from Bill Rabiniwitz that Grant ran 4.6 -4.7, Heuerman ran a 4.7, and Spencer a 4.4.
How about tOSU v Washington 1993? http://youtu.be/Yt5jwxwSuWE
I wasn't there but friends say it was the loudest game they had ever been to.
I think the big difference that the article fails to point out is that many of the medical disqualifications at tOSU are guys who actually played significant minutes as opposed to Bama players who never saw the field or were gray shirted. Meyer's first year also saw guys kicked off the team (weeded out) for disciplinary/academic/ legal reasons as well.
On a side note, I find it hilarious that the article addresses over signing in the real world of college football and the comments are all about how they recruit in the NCAA 14 video game. It's not the same as real life fellas. Just sayin.
I'm ADD enough as it is but then I had to go back to The Lantern story and figure out who said what about which quarterback! Not cool at 6 am DJ. Not cool at all.
The next time ESPN shoots a playoff commercial, I officially nominate Jacob Jarvis to take the place of Buck-I-Guy.
Couldn't agree more!
I'm past the cute daughter stage though she still calls me daddy sometimes. She now, along with all the other freshman girls, twerks at the school dances in a dress I think is too tight and short. And yes, I am locked and loaded!
Oregon didn't play Stanford football last night. I think all the mental reps Miller took in the Spring are carrying over into every day life. This to me shows great focus.
While I want tOSU to win every game and get upset when they don't, I realize that I live in this thing called the real world. I find it humorous that fans want to fire a coach because a bunch of first year starters fail to execute a game plan put in by coaches who last year everyone thought were the greatest ever. I don't think the coaches called a good game but I'm not going to say they need fired. I'm going to wait for Ross Fulton's breakdown later in the week and listen to what an expert has to say about the game. And for all those people who keep bringing up the 4th down play in last years B1G championship game, get over it. If it worked you would all be saying what a great call it was.
To add to the irony, a golf fan could text BRUTUS to report a violation of the policy he/she saw on television!
I would like to meet the people who thought this was a good Idea. First of all it is a football game. If you don't want to deal with fans being loud and standing up during a game stay at home or go watch tennis and golf. Secondly, I wonder how many people/students (I have to admit I have thought of the implications of doing it myself) are going to text about an "unruly fan" from the comfort of their couch as a joke.
I will post later when my mind is working better. By the way, having knee surgery the opening week of college football > calling in sick for the opening two days of the NCAA BBall tourney!
Either Dottie Sandusky is the stupidest person in the world or the most narcissistic. How can you live with a man for 37 years and not know or have some hint that your husband is a complete monster! My only other explanation is that she is so worried about her "reputation" and appearance so the woman keeps up the charade to keep herself from realizing what a dope she has been. One think that hasn't been in the forefront of the story from the beginning is the thought that Dottie may have known all along what was going on and did nothing to help those kids! This makes her just as bad as her horrifically evil husband!
As a parent, I always wonder when I hear a student athlete say they have no money to buy food or clothes what happened to the people or person who raised them? The athletes parents were obviously able to clothe and provide for them for 17 to 18 years of their life including all of the athletic gear and money for camps etc. Now that their son is in college and not eating at home you would think the parents could send some money for extras since all of the every day expenses it takes to raise a child are now being paid by the university. I am not naive enough to believe that all parents have extra money to send their son so maybe a stipend can be based on the need of the student athlete taken from financial aid forms.
I thought the exact thing! I believe Boone credits LeCharles Bently for his success both on the field and off. (Would up-vote if I could)
I would guess our assistant coaches are not paid as well as the the schools you mentioned. These coaches have an ability to stay at the school they are at and wait for a quality head coaching job at a school that has a chance to compete on the national stage to open up instead of jumping at a job like Kent State, Cincinnati, Purdue, etc.
What day is this?
I saw that Deadspin article yesterday and thought two things. One, those players are butt hurt because Urban Meyer identified Florida for what it is, a stepping stone program not a destination one. Two, the players couldn't take the discipline, effort, or accountability that Coach Meyer demanded and have it easy under Muschamp. By the way, how's the new coach working out for you?
Definitely take the over. This was the first thing I thought of when I saw the match up because all the media (ESPiN) does is sling crap that bashes everyone but the almighty SEC. I won't be watching the SEC network for the next month or so. On a more positive note, I love the match up and can't wait to see El Guapo and XBrax run over the Tigers.
Vrabel..."You have learned much young padewan".
JM..."The circle is now complete. When I left you, I was but the learner. Now I am the master".
"We're going to tailgate and pregame hard, then march to Ohio Stadium and beat the Badgers so badly that you are all individually going to get written reprimands from PETA."
"It'll be fun!"
Literary genius! I laughed out loud at this!
Have to agree about the youth factor on the defense. The way they got sucked in on that screen pass was a perfect example of it. Jumping on the quarterbacks cadence was driving me crazy especially since they were using the right guard to signal the snap by tapping the center. The good thing is OSU is winning these games and the defense is getting a lot of game reps. I have seen improvement since the first game and feel pretty confident that they will continue to do so.
Barrett has been limited in practice because of the knee and held out of the spring game and I am assuming with Braxton and Kenny at one and two on the depth chart that he will red shirt.
I saw pretty much what I was expecting out of the Bucks at the game. D line will be a force again this year and the d-backs looked to have good coverage even on completions. The offense will look completely different in the fall when the running game is installed and the qb's can run. Most of the sacks wouldn't have been sacks in a regular game.
The one thing that concerned me going into this game was if someone would emerge at the middle linebacker spot. I think that concern has been put to bed. Enter (finally) Curtis Grant. There wasn't much running yesterday but when there was a run he was right there. Grant looked in control of the defensive calls and moved to the ball with good pursuit angles and always seemed to be on his man in pass coverage. With all the physical attributes Curtis has he can be a force behind that defensive line if he looks as good as he did yesterday.
It is great that Cris was there to support his son through his troubles but it seems he would have been better served to either teach him some tough love like Buddy Ryan showed him or start holding him accountable at and early age. It amazes me that Duron would have such an attitude of entitlement when he had an example of how that can derail your dreams right under his own roof. Hopefully after numerous seccond chances (I lost count exactly how many) he has realized that just because he has talent and his last name is Carter doesn't mean the NFL is going to put up with lack of effort and poor work ethic. To them he is just another guy.
Gongrats to Cris Carter for the HOF! Long overdue!
Have to agree with you on the entertainment value of watching this team develop into something special. They are scrappy on the defensive end and work as hard as anyone in college basketball. As frustrating as this team has been on offense at times (they remind me of how I felt watching the Football Buckeyes on offense under Coach Tressel) I have seen a lot of improvement in team chemistry, aggressiveness, and confidence in the last few games. They are not to the point where I can consider them a legitimate final four team yet but if they continue to improve at the rate they are now I could see them as a contender by tourney time.