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What the data says about where B1G players call home

This piece in this morning's Buckshots, coupled with this infographic from this morning's Skull Session, got me pondering on the subject of geography and recruiting in Big Ten football. So, as is my habit when I find something that intrigues me, I do some data analysis. Here's what I'...
15 Jan 2013
by Andy Vance

All He Does is Get Snubbed

Well, here we are again. Chris Carter, Buckeye and NFL great, on the HOF ballot for the 6th time. Thats right, SIXTH time. Tell me why an 8 time pro bowler who is 4th all time in receiving TD's (130), 8th all time in receiving yards (13899), and 4th all time in catches (1101) has been snubb...
15 Jan 2013
by iball

Why I am angry with Lance Armstrong

In the Pixar movie The Incredibles, a beaten down Bob Parr (aka, Mr. Incredible) comes home and accidently damages his car. In a fit of anger he lifts the entire car above his head as if to throw the vehicle across town. When he looks down he sees a little boy on his tricycle watching the entire eve...
15 Jan 2013
by painterlad

Catching Up With Taivon Jacobs: OSU Visit

I was able to reach 2013 WR commit Taivon Jacobs to discuss his official visit to Columbus. Jacobs camped at Ohio State in June. He later committed to the Buckeyes in July.  On his visit: "It was a great time and I got to see a ton of things I had not yet previously which was very ...
14 Jan 2013
by Derek Young

'13 or '14? Best Chance For a NC

I've been wondering this for the last few days. Obviously this upcoming season we will have the nastiest, most explosive offense in the country but we loose so much on defense (esp. D-line and LB). Much of the defense's talent is unproven. Will X-Brax 360 and slew of returning offensive tale...
14 Jan 2013
by cinserious

Catching Up with Kyle Berger: Junior Day Visit

2014 Cleveland (OH) St. Ignatius LB Kyle Berger was offered a scholarship by Ohio State back in November, right before making a visit to Columbus for The Game. At the time it was Berger's first offer, but that was quickly followed by an offer from Cincinnati and then a few others. At the time K...

Vonn Bell Visit Details

Rossville (GA) Ridgeland S Vonn Bell was on campus this past weekend for his much anticipated official visit. Bell has three schools tied at the top: Alabama, Ohio State, and Tennessee. Bell brought most of his family with him this past weekend so they could check out the school. It sounds like the ...

Expectations for the Browns in 2013/14

With the news that the Cleveland Browns have tapped former offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski to be the team's sixth head coach in 13 years, fans have shifted from speculation over who the new play caller would be to "why in the hell did they hire him?" As fans, it is practically our...
11 Jan 2013
by Andy Vance

Loose End

The texts flood in, well past 2 a.m.  Fifteen hundred.  Two thousand.  Twenty-five hundred.  Most of them offer congratulations.  There’s hate mail — hate texts? — packed in there, too.  I’ll probably have to change this number, he thinks, after ...
07 Jan 2013
by Phutatorius

17 Year Old Kids Run Our Lives.

Ok not literally. But the way these high school seniors create amazing ripples into the landscape of college football is undeniable. In my ever-persistent procrastinating, I decided about a week ago to write a blog post explaining how. Naturally, here it is. College football to me, like it is to ma...
05 Jan 2013
by Codeezy

Matta and winning 'Big Games'

A rather heated discussion here got me taking a hard look at Ohio State head basketball coach Thad Matta from a statistical standpoint. While I am one of an unpopular minority who thinks the obviously outstanding coach is still a work in progress - or at least, that his work at Ohio State is not yet...
05 Jan 2013
by Andy Vance

Comparing Thad Matta to the Legends

Comparing two coaches within the same sport is notoriously difficult. Analyzing the relative success or failure of a major college football or basketball program involves a number of variables and inherent subjectivity. What is the most important thing on which to base the evaluation? Is it ...
04 Jan 2013
by Andy Vance

About Thad Matta - Can we Talk Seriously?

I had some time to kill before the Fiesta Bowl so put on ESPN2 hoping to see the Wildcats make a basketball game of it. All during the early portions of the broadcast - which was as long as I could bear to watch AACC cruising - the announcers were absolutely gushing over the scUM sophomore point gua...

Penn State Sanctions To Be Undone?

If you have not read the entire 43 page lawsuit filed Jan 2, 2013 by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania against the NCAA, then you need to do so immediately. A link to the document is already provided by the staff at Eleven Warriors. I, like most people, did not look beyond the surface of the publ...

SEC defense domination this bowl season?

Watching Louisville shred Florida's mighty SEC defense last night made me curious: Just how dominant have the SEC defenses been so far this bowl season? Let's take a look at the scores put up against SEC teams so far... Louisville 33 vs Florida Nebraska 31 vs Georgia Michigan 28 vs South ...
03 Jan 2013
by Killer nuts

Get to know your Roundball Buckeyes

I'm hoping this will open a discussion about our Roundball Buckeyes, I'd like to know if people agree with me or certainly what your differing opinions are.  As you will see, there are some advantages to having us non-writers stick primarily to reading because I can't say this ...
02 Jan 2013
by Buckeye2005

A Little Holiday Rhyme

I totally stole this from my buddy's dad.  I'm sure he wrote this half drunk, listening to some of the wonderful commentators on ESPN, but I thought it needed to be shared:   Twas the night before bowl season And all through the house Not a creature was st...
01 Jan 2013
by Buckeye80

Yeah, the bowl ban does really suck

I thought I'd be ok with the lack of the Buckeyes playing post-season.  I'd mentally prepared for it all season.  Figured, what the heck - there are plenty of other games to watch - I'll be ok.  I'm not.  Every time I watch one of these sucky teams play (i.e.., VT...
31 Dec 2012
by gordon38

Trey Johnson Details his Upcoming Decision

One of the Buckeyes' biggest remaining overall targets in the 2013 class is Lawrenceville (GA) Central Gwinnett LB Trey Johnson. The Buckeyes appear to be in the lead for the former Auburn commit as things stand right now. I briefly spoke to Johnson about his upcoming decision at the Under Armou...

2014 Georgia Recruits Visit Plans

I just finished chatting with a few of the premiere 2014 recruits on the Ohio State coaching staff's radar. The state of Georgia holds an all-star game after the playoffs have been complete for the current juniors. Several of those prospects have the Buckeyes in their top group.  LB Raekwo...
28 Dec 2012
by Derek Young

Anyone watching BTN this week?

Not sure if anyone is taking advantage of vacation time and has flipped through college football to find that BTN is basically replaying the entire B1G football season this year.  I have rewatched most of the games in the past few days and have a few observations:   1) Carlos Hyde had on...
28 Dec 2012
by abrahajc

George Brown Jr. Introduction

The Buckeyes are already taking a look at several 2015 prospects in the state of Ohio. While only one, Eric Glover-Williams, holds an offer from the scarlet and gray, many others are already hearing from the Buckeyes. One of these prospects is Cincinnati (OH) Colerain OT George Brown Jr. I caught up...
27 Dec 2012
by Miles Joseph

The appearance of impropriety

In my high school and college days, one of my mentors was an educator now working in the upper echelons of the Ohio Department of Education. Among the many things he taught those of us benefiting from his mentorship was to behave in a way that our actions were "beyond reproach," in other w...
26 Dec 2012
by Andy Vance

An "Insider's" Look at the Jayhawks

Last year I put together a preview of the KU-OSU tournament game since I am a huge KU fan and follow both teams pretty close.  It’s a bit early for a full-fledged preview since I don’t have enough time to watch all the games, but I figured I would give some thoughts on the Kansas te...
19 Dec 2012
by rdubs

B1G coaching turnover and down cycles

Two facts about the current state of college football are fairly well known: The Big Ten is "down," and has an overall disappointing season relative to expectations; and, There are no "legends" left in the B1G coaching cupboard. Turnover is a big issue in footbal...
19 Dec 2012
by Andy Vance

Why Notre Dame is no longer the B1G's White Whale

We've said more than a few times that conference expansion is about money, and money is about television rights. Conventional wisdom for 20 years has said that the ideal candidate for Big Ten expansion is Notre Dame, but in the current conference landscape, I'm not sure adding Notre Dame mak...
18 Dec 2012
by Andy Vance

Tressel to Wisconsin? Not a rumor--just a thought

If Alvarez has any grey matter left after putting up with Bret "booger eater" Bielema, he should try to get Jim Tressel in Madison.  I know there is the 5 game thing, but Alvarez could be on the sideline for those--most are out of conference anyhow.  Barry would love it--he would...
17 Dec 2012
by Jonnferrell

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