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.
I should have a proof reader look at my posts before I hit save. I meant to wright OSU there. Oops!
Two things Craft has that can't be replaced are his leadership and defensive presence. Scott is a great number 2 option but there is no way he can replace Craft in the starting line up. Basketball is a game of momentum changes and the second half is where the game is won or lost. Purdue was playing in front of the loudest crowd I have heard all season (even louder than Duke or it seemed that way on tv) and Craft consistently made big shots and distributions in the second half to end potential runs by the home team.
One other thing that was clear in Tuesday's game was the team's ball movement and agressiveness on the offensive end. They were able to pass the ball around to get open looks and shoot in rythm instead of the stagnet, hesitating, shot launching offense we have seen recently. Craft has a direct impact on flow of the offense. Stats don't give the complete picture of what Craft provides for this team.
What the Torg said!
Two big issues I see. The guards have no motion or rythm to their offensive game. The either throw up a three or drive into the defense to take a more difficult shot. The only way OSU will start to score is if they get into an area that doesn't have to be behind the arc and shoot a 15 footer in rythm. Second, there is no post presence at all. The only legitimate threat down low is Thomas when he posts up. The big men have been reduced to high screen setters and have no chance to clean up the boards because 1-4 stay on the perimeter. Their best offense came late in the second half when Thomas played on the block.
I watched almost all of the games yesterday and have a few observations. First, the Big 10 (other than Purdue) wasn't "embarrassed" and Nebraska wasn't "routed" as one media outlet reported. What is embarrassing is Nebraska's defense, TSUN's defensive play calling, and Wisconsin's head scratching 4th down and goal wild cat play with the all time touchdown record holder on the sideline. Second, the issue in three of the games for the Big 10 was the pathetic quarterback play. Robinson played WR for all but three games this year. Phillips was third string until late in the season and Martinez was, well we all know what he is (how did this guy get 1st team Big 10?). I should also mention that even thought it wasn't in a New Years Day bowl, Michigan St. needs to start the backup (Cook) and Maxwell should transfer to a DIII school where he belongs. Time for the teams in the Big 10 to step up and start recruiting quarterbacks.Third, there is no question that the teams that played yesterday were and should have been underdogs. They were playing two spots ahead of where they should have because of sanctions and it showed. They were all in their games until late but it's all about the "W".
Three other things:
Congratulations to Northwestern for carrying the Big 10 banner and winning their first bowl since 1949.
Clowney is an absolute stud and Murray is really good!
The fighiting Brady Chokes lived up the the name! Can you see me smiling in this sentence?
These officials are BAD!
So now Millen is trying to explain that the hands to the face (should have been a penalty) that took off the NIU defensive end's helmet is a "good little battle". Moron!
Lol! He at least doubled it no question!
Big 10 is down there is no disputing that but "embarrassment"? The only embarrassment is Purdue! Every team was and underdog and the teams that lost were in the games until the end. Don't forget also that the best team in the conference stayed home for the bowl season.
Millen is trying to explain how that is not pass interference. He has lost his mind since being sucked into the Detroit Lions black hole of incompetence!
I agree with everything you said except the importance of confidence. The more this team gets in rythm and starts knocking down shots, the better they will be able to handle the tough situations. Burying Chicago St isn't the important thing here but the ability to get more players involved and in sync will pay dividends in the future.
This team is still a work in progress and will hopefully work it out by the end of the conference schedule. Thad Matta is an outstanding coach and will put something together that will make this team better and more consistent. I think just as important is the team developing some confidence. You can see Ross,Thompson and Scott starting to get more involved in the offense and the big guys are getting a little more agressive. They are going to need more of this when they play tougher opponents every game in the Big 10 schedule.
I think the depth of talent is a good thing to have. Hall, Brown, Marshal, and Elliot can fill the slot with Brown and Hall getting the majority of touches. Seeing how Meyer makes freshman earn their spot, Marshal and Elliot will have to be amazing to replace the incumbants. I can live with that!
As far as the RB's Hyde will only get better and I can bet that Smith (who I think is the most naturally gifted of the bunch) has been told by Meyer that the fumbling has to go away or PT will.
I love the "earn your spot" mentality Coach Meyer has brought to the team. As fans we will see the best players on the field instead of guys that have just been around the longest.