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! :)
I can believe it.
I used to have Mark May as my avatar and everyone thought it was Mr. Potatohead...
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. :)
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. :)
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.
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.
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.
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.