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Comment 3 hours ago
I think a better argument can be made for Cardale based on his pocket presence under pressure. Dude was nails. That said I fully expect JT to be the starter based on running the offense more consistently. I also don't think the criticism that his completion percentage under pressure is lower is all that valid, due to the fact that he suffered through the growing pains of the OL last season and he reduces those pressure situations by making quick and correct reads. But I'm good with whoever starts. Love both those guys. And I'm betting whoever doesn't start will still get about a third of the snaps.
Comment 4 hours ago
If you're running behind apache make sure the http connection limit isn't set to something ridiculously low for today's hardware like 150, which it used to be by default. That one has bitten my ass on more than one occasion.
Comment 18 hours ago
Good take. Saved me from writing it. UM fans should remember that practice is important, but correcting in game performance is something that takes playing actual games. They've got potential to be solid and dangerous by the end of the year, assuming they can avoid injuries and Harbaugh doesn't lose them by going ape shit on them. He showed pretty good demeanor in dealing with Rudock after the interceptions. Can you imagine if that had been Brian Kelly?
Comment 03 Sep 2015
Good take. The aspect of this game that everyone seems to be overlooking is the Ohio State defense vs VT offense. That is where I believe the game will be won or lost, and I fully expect an Ohio State win. The OSU defense improved dramatically over the course of the season, and they weren't exactly bad in last year's game. I also don't expect the VT QB to have the sort of phenomenal third and long performance that he had last year. I think it will take that kind of gutsy performance for VT to make a game out of it, in all honesty, and I say that with no disrespect to how good a team VT can be this year. Simply put, this Ohio State team is very likely the most talented in OSU history and in Urban Meyer's career, and he seems to have them firing on all cylinders, nine units strong. More importantly, it seems like so far they've avoided the complacency and entitlement that frequently poisons post championship teams. But stranger and bigger upsets have certainly happened in college football, and that's why I love it so much. I think Ohio State pulls away late, after about two and a half to three quarters of very physical, bloody mouth football. 34-17.
Comment 21 Aug 2015
That was Crable, but it was the last minute comeback win at Ann Arbor in 2005, which was highlighted a play or two later by a scrambling Troy Smith hitting a high rising Anthony Gonzalez down around the two yard line. Antonio Pitman rammed it into the end zone on the next play. Michigan Stadium let out a collective sigh. They knew how this one was going to end as soon as Ohio State got the ball back and they glanced over and saw that Jim Tressel was still on the OSU sideline.
Comment 20 Aug 2015
Are we sure this is legitimately from Iowa? The Most Interesting Man graphic is just so wrong on all levels, it almost looks intentional. Beyond the complete neglect of fundamental visual design principles, you have what appears to be a complete lack of awareness of the intended audience. The MIM meme frame may have somewhat transcended internet sub-cultures at this point, but is it really a good way to get the attention of young African American football players? I'm guessing an icon of sophisticated white upper-class values is not all that appealing. If this is a serious "recruiting" effort by Iowa football, it's not hard to imagine it making it all the way to Jim Delaney's desk, at which point he's going to take one look and FACEPALM. I would seriously fire the individuals responsible for letting that graphic get out.
Comment 15 Aug 2015

I find the level of seriousness expressed by those complaining about the new "feature" rather amusing.  As a web programmer who has also worn the web-site designer hat many, many times, I'm always fascinated by what users consider reasonable default settings.

Not saying that anything else is really needed here, but a nice future enhancement would be allowing the user to select show/hide default criteria in account settings.  For example, only show comments above 5 points or always ignore certain posters.  Since we're in pie-in-the-sky vapor-ware everything-is-possible mode, I'll go ahead and put in a vote for giving the user the ability to write arbitrarily long, full boolean logic enabled filter rules to determine what comments show up. (Not as hard as it sounds.  I've done it a few times building it from the ground up, but there's probably a few open-source packages around that could be plugged into just about any web server environment.)

Also have to agree with the notion expressed in a comment above that Ramzy might have an interesting take on the type of "complaining" expressed in this thread.  Oh yes, Ramzy, do make it happen! :)

Comment 12 Aug 2015

I can believe it.

I used to have Mark May as my avatar and everyone thought it was Mr. Potatohead...

Comment 24 Jul 2015

Another factor here, and I know Meyer doesn't really buy into some players being "gamers", but Cardale was "clutch".  He got significantly better, it seems, on those 3rd and longs against Bama and Oregon.  Meyer's position is probably more along the lines of players needing to elevate their practice level to "clutch" level, and then you'll rarely even have those "clutch" opportunities.

I also believe that JT will win the starting nod, with Meyer finding a way to make Cardale the 1A quarterback but still avoid the two QB system leadership problems.  JT has been working just as hard or harder than everyone else on improving all areas of his game, and he was coming from a position, I believe, where he was already in front of both Miller and Jones in terms of QB skills.  I saw a pic of JT soon after the Braxton "ripped" pic made the rounds and JT looked every bit as "ripped" for his body type (which is somewhat more sleek than Miller's).  It also wouldn't surprise me if his arm strength went up a few notches from last year. And to be honest I don't think it was ever the liability some have made it out to be.

People also underestimate, in my opinion, the value to a defense of being able to look at a lot of game film to diagnose tendencies and game-plan to take advantage of them.  Troy Smith's 2005 Penn State game (loss), Terrelle Pryor's 2009 Purdue game (loss) and Braxton Miller's 2012 Wisconsin game (close win) are examples of how bad good defensive coordinators can make good QBs look when given sufficient game film and a week to prepare.  Cardale still has that game or two in his future.

I think that's what we were seeing in JT late last season (and especially against Michigan with Mattison, one of the best defensive coordinators in the college game), when he didn't seem to be as sharp as he had been in earlier games.  But good QBs learn from those games and JT seems to be a very fast learner.  The improvement he made after the Virginia Tech loss is clear evidence of that.  (He actually played pretty darn well in that game and probably would have won it if WRs hadn't dropped certain throws or ran wrong routes late in the game leading to a TD interception return, but there were some key plays where he got flustered by the VT pressure and missed opportunities because he was no longer seeing the field.)

Still, Cardale winning the starting job wouldn't be a shocker either.  Because Cardale.  Enough said.  Almost. :)

Cardale's just got that wonderful, playful, winning aura about him that's a lot like Michael Jordan in his prime bringing the ball up court with his tongue hanging out about to drive for the game winning hoop with ten seconds on the clock.   And he'd still choke you over a game of checkers, but be quick to revive you so you could play again. :)

Comment 24 Jul 2015

I think Bollman sometimes gets a bad rap for the futility of his offensive "coordinating", due to having to operate under Tressel's constraint of "never put the D in a bad position and let's make sure we can get a good punt off".  I was really surprised I never actually saw a Tressel QB down the ball 10 yards back on third and long from the 35, just to give the punter more room.  You KNOW he wanted to. LOL.

One could argue Bollman only had a few games the second half of 2011 to actually run a good offense, games in which he both no longer had the Tressel handcuffs and had offensive players with enough experience to execute reasonably well, most importantly Braxton Miller getting comfortable at QB.  The Nebraska game offense was fairly unstoppable until Braxton got hurt and Bauserman/Bollman failed miserably trying to run a gameplan that Joe was ill-suited for or plays suited for Joe that the team hadn't practiced that week, if one wants to take a generous view and let Bauserman off the hook for just plain sucking :).

After shutting down the O to get the safe 17-7 win against Illinois in a very windy Champaign, the offense was also decent against Wisconsin, even excluding Braxton's great game-winning 40 yard TD pass to Devin Smith.  It spit and sputtered somewhat after that in the losses to Purdue and Penn State (both of which were winnable, and, to my mind, lost more because of individual player mistakes in execution, not the gameplan), but the Michigan game was excellent.  That game was lost because of bad defense.  Even so, if Braxton doesn't slightly overthrow a wide open Devier Posey streaking down the sideline in the last minute, that would have been a win. (And of course, if Posey had been available even a few more games maybe Miller's timing with him is better and that pass isn't missed at all.)

It's really hard, though, to come up with any excuses for Bollman's offensive line coaching.  One wonders what kinds of offensive numbers the 2005-2010 teams would have put up with someone like Ed Warriner developing the linemen (and less conservative playcalling).  I think Tressel really revelled in winning close games under pressure with great D and field position.  I guess the kindest thing that can be said about Bollman's line coaching is that it worked for the head coach.

Who knows? Take bad offensive lines and the 5-10 punts a game they result in away from Jim Tressel and maybe he's not nearly as successful.  Maybe that would've taken all of the fun out of it for him and he'd have just retired. :)

Comment 22 Jun 2015
This. Been there, done that. Young guys laugh at me when I tell them, "If she doesn't have a beautiful soul, don't even think about going there." A beautiful woman with an ugly soul is the most dangerous animal man has ever faced. Unless you truly are the heartless, cold-blooded bastard you egotistically imagine yourself to be and can hit it and get it, she's going to use you up until you have nothing left and then discard you like yesterday's trash. If you're lucky, she'll dump you for a better "prospect" early on. Most guys make the mistake of going back for more, or just one more time, and get further entangled. Big mistake. It's always the young guys that think "I'm invincible. She can't change me. I can handle this." No... you... can't.
Comment 22 Jun 2015
The funny thing is even if they are completely non-delusional thinking this is our best team in a decade, surely were going to be able to play with an Ohio State team we beat last year, especially in our place in a night game. And they may stay still get blown out about 55-17. It's way too early to say this will be our best team ever. Too many unpredictable intangibles go into determining team performance. But I have no hesitation in saying this IS the most talented team, top to bottom, in the history of Ohio State football.
Comment 19 Jun 2015
That pic will also be on his poster of "All I've known at Michigan is failure" in four years.
Comment 15 Jun 2015
That's kind of how I used to feel, but after seeing what he did with the offensive line last year it's time to pay the man and give him a chance to do it on a higher level. Without Ed Wariner and his slobs, there is no National Championship. I'd at least make him a very high paid assistant so he isn't tempted by one of those jobs that even Urban would find it hard to succeed at. But whenever he wants to leave, he has my blessing.
Comment 15 Jun 2015
THIS. THIS. THIS. Not saying Arnett doesn't have potential, but he was definitely a warm body type of recruit, as in "we've got to take a chance on someone, and hope they at least turn out to be a good practice player." Arnett was barely inside the Top 800 in the 247 composite rating system. Think about that. If the OSU medical doctors felt there was a decent chance of Dean re-habbing and being ready for 2016, there's no way the OSU coaches would have offered Arnett. And why can't people get through their heads the scale of the medical ethics violations involved in intentionally mis-diagnosing a student athlete due to the influence of a coaching staff? It's HUGE. It's also federal in scope, and could literally cost the University mega-mega-bucks in funding. You may argue that the OSU medical staff made the wrong call. That happens all the time in the medical profession. And it isn't because they are careless and not well trained. It's because there are inherent uncertainties in the art of medical diagnosis, affecting even the best doctors. I'm not one for name calling, but quite frankly if you're still trying to assert Dean's evaluation had anything to do with scholarship numbers, you're acting like an idiot.
Comment 14 Jun 2015

Contrary to popular belief, the BBB is largely just a protection racket for businesses, not for consumers.  As long as the businesses are ponying up, all they have to do to remain in good standing is make it appear that they've made an effort to resolve complaints.  Which really amounts to simply stating they've made an effort.  They can be lying through their teeth and the BBB will do nothing to follow-up, even if the consumer has massive amounts of documentation to prove it.

Your best option is to contact the Attorney General's office.  If that doesn't get any action going, and you're not yet ready to get a lawyer and sue them in civil court, write up a formal complaint letter with preferred remedies and have someone else sign it and send it, making it appear that it's from a lawyer and litigation is imminent if they don't do something.  You can also lead them to believe that you're talking to the local news station or newspaper, who are interested in doing a story.

Comment 14 Jun 2015

In a previous life, I did contract remodelling work for a real estate company in the late 80's that bought these horror story houses for pennies on the dollar, gave them a quick cosmetic makeover and sold them for about 20 times what they paid.  (It took another 20 years for yuppies to catch on and ignite the "flipping" craze.)

The first order of business was throwing everything out that wasn't part of the house. More often than not, the previous resident had been evicted and left a whole bunch of trash behind.

They also typically had the electric shut off for a period, before the owner put it back in his name. Frequently, the electric would still be off during the cleanup stage.

I've seen that fridge at least 10 times.  I refused to ever open another one after about the fifth time.

You really DONT want to know what's in there.

Comment 13 Jun 2015
Wut? The only thing I did was point out a "possible" relationship of the "academic" issue with the scholarship issue. I don't believe it or disbelieve it at this point. There's simply not enough information to go on. Who said anything about falsifying records? There's no need to. Privacy laws ensure you can get away with a generic minimum requirements issue and blame it on the high school or clearinghouse. But AGAIN, I'm not saying this is what happened. Merely that it's a possibility to consider.
Comment 12 Jun 2015
Maybe Birm has better knowledge, but that did not seem to be the way things were playing out at all for Damien Harris. Post UM decommitment, he was all Ohio State for about 2 months, then he seemed to be all about UK through the season, then it was all about Bama. While it's probably true Meyer dumped Harris before Harris dumped Meyer, it was pretty clear Harris hadn't bought in and was still welcoming all suitors, so he was at best about a 20% proposition. And Weber was close enough in talent level that there's no way you could say no to him to keep trying to reposition yourself as Damien's flavor of the month at the last minute.
Comment 12 Jun 2015

Good points all.  However, in most cases like this it's usually about the clearinghouse disallowing credits to meet certain requirements, and rarely about the player flunking out and being perceived as stupid.

But you're all right in that there doesn't seem to be much motivation to avoid simply saying "We're delaying enrollment to help the team get under the scholarship limit, which was discussed and agreed upon with Coach Meyer."

I suppose that still amounts to fuel for the haters to start screaming, "OVERSIGNING!!!", but seems pretty weak.

Comment 12 Jun 2015

Surprised so few are even attempting to read between the lines here.  Unlike Jamel Dean, this situation may well be related to being over the scholarship limit.  And I don't have the slightest bit of a problem with that, as long as it was agreed upon ahead of time.

I have no special knowledge so this is pure speculation.  Speculation in the sense that this is possibly part of the truth.  I'm not asserting that it is or it isn't, so please no attacks acting like I'm saying I know something that I don't.

The situation may be something like Mirko really wanted to be a Buckeye, but at the point the OSU coaches allowed him to commit (which was very late I seem to recall) they may have realized they were going to have a scholarship problem if Prince also wanted to sign.  They go ahead and let Mirko sign with the understanding that a scholarship would most likely open up, but if it didn't he'd have to delay enrolling for a semester, or stay in prep school for an extra year.  For the type of offensive lineman that isn't Orlando Pace, that extra year can be very beneficial from a development standpoint.  They most likely aren't going to be ready for a couple of years anyways.

This is basically "grey-shirting" without calling it grey-shirting.  Personally, I don't see why anyone would take issue with it.  You want to go to a certain school, but they don't have room for you right away.  It's up to you if you want to go on the waiting list, or find somewhere else to go.

We need to hear more details about what the "academic" issue is before deciding what the likelihood of this scenario is.  Of course, we may never get that unless the family volunteers it.