Over the years, Ohio State's success on the football field has bred an expectation for winning among its fan base. Things go swimmingly as long as the local team wins the big game.
But when it doesn't, like last Saturday night in a blowout loss to No. 5 Oklahoma, things can get hectic quickly.
Erratic reactions to losses are part of being a sports fan. Is J.T. Barrett the worst quarterback in the history of college football? Should Urban Meyer retire? It's tough to say, but you didn't have to look hard in our comments this week to find similar takes from frustrated fans.
Turns out, former players are not immune to such reactions. Players from the John Cooper to Urban Meyer eras lined up on social media to deposit their post-loss takes.
Some were spicier than others.
Zach Boren vs. Noah Brown & Dontre Wilson
Former Ohio State linebacker/fullback Zach Boren dabbles in media when not helping run his family's dumpster empire.
Part of being in the media is having opinions. On this week's 11W Web Report, Boren primarily blamed the receivers for Ohio State's offensive struggles.
Zach Boren on the 11W Web Report: I'm putting all the blame on the wide receivers right now.https://t.co/T9dRxyGpE0— Eleven Warriors (@11W) September 13, 2017
This did not sit well with former Ohio State receivers Dontre Wilson and Noah Brown:
Smh wow . Just wow . https://t.co/LTxSXMrZhJ— Dontre (TRE) Wilson (@treydayy_) September 13, 2017
For how long is this ignorant...yet so widely accepted comment valid?? Asking for a friend https://t.co/kelVvbOaAt— Noah Brown (@Nb_Eight5) September 13, 2017
This caused Boren to clarify his criticism of the receivers:
I was simply asked if all the blame should be pointed at JT Barrett and I said no, my blame would be WRs. I was never calling out WRs. https://t.co/dBWwjUOz0M— Zach Boren (@ZBoren44) September 13, 2017
I own my comment but would never call out my brothers. I was asked to point blame somewhere on offense and that's where I pointed https://t.co/x4t5AZ3yMq— Zach Boren (@ZBoren44) September 13, 2017
Buckeye on Buckeye violence: Never a welcomed sight. Especially after a loss.
Kirk Herbstreit & Tate Martell vs. Micah Parsons, Jackson Carman... and Jaiden Woodbey!?
You know Ohio Sate lost a big game when a former and current Buckeye quarterback slug it out with high school recruits on Twitter.
This one got so convoluted, it ended it Woodbey taking a stray bullet from an ABC analyst.
It started with five-star 2018 defensive end Micah Parsons weighing in on Ohio State's QB situation while on an official visit for the Oklahoma game.
Parsons walked that back Sunday morning, but it didn't stop five-star 2018 offensive tackle Jackson Carman from dropping the same opinion Monday:
This drew the ire of Herbstreit, who advised all recruits to keep silent about their collegiate teams.
Can someone get a memo to ALL RECRUITS of EVERY SCHOOL to please keep quiet and worry about their own teams. Not a good look for these guys. https://t.co/5NLH5PXBHV— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) September 12, 2017
Of course this didn't sit well with Carman, who reminded Herbstreit he's not yet committed to any team:
Pretty sure I wouldn't have any problems in Dabo Swinney's or Clay Helton's locker room for my OPINION on OSU's qb issues. https://t.co/FMVwGpAJ2J— T H E J I A N T (@Jackthejiant) September 13, 2017
Which, sure. But Swinney and Helton would have a problem if Carman voiced a similar opinion about their teams:
There isnt a high-level D1 coach in America that is going to happily listen to recruits telling him that theyre coaching wrong. Sorry.— Jeremy Birmingham (@Birm) September 13, 2017
A point to which four-star 2018 safety commit Jaiden Woodbey concurred:
Bingo ... Lions don't worry about the opinion of Sheep https://t.co/v8layNxSiW— J-DUB (@JaidenWoodbey) September 13, 2017
For some reason, Tate Martell thought Woodbey was referring to Herbstreit as a sheep.
Which led Herbstreit to ask Martell to guide these young men in the ways of the land:
Tate--Can you help the young fella?! https://t.co/R0TuKC2ExP— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) September 13, 2017
Poor Woodbey. Carman still thinks Herbstreit is a sheep, though:
As far as his influence upon our future and his choice to openly condemn an individual's personal opinion, he is a sheep https://t.co/LQVNF0hFlc— T H E J I A N T (@Jackthejiant) September 13, 2017
Beanie Wells: Baker Mayfield will pay in the NFL... if he makes it.
Beanie Wells: Ohio State Alum Will Punish Baker Mayfield In NFL https://t.co/ppR49cYltb— TMZ (@TMZ) September 12, 2017
Mayfield acted like a dick, but he earned that right. That said, I wouldn't be mad about it...
Former safety Jermale Hines: Meyer can't develop players.
Urban a great coach, but my personal opinion is, I don't think he develop players that well.— Jermale Hines (@Male_Hines7) September 13, 2017
That's such a spicy take it should have its own brand of hot sauce.
Matt Finkes thinks fans are idiots.
Finkes has no time for fans that criticize J.T. Barrett.
What's wrong with Ohio State's offense? Opposing coaches say the issue isn't J.T. Barrett. https://t.co/8YxvKrKxR6— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) September 12, 2017
Obviously these coaches are idiots. The Buckeye fan base has already diagnosed the problem as JT Barrett & their knowledge is indisputable. https://t.co/GhvXTUdNBK— Matt Finkes (@MattFinkes) September 13, 2017
What year was it you played QB?— Andy Taynr (@BigTayn77) September 11, 2017
What year did you play anything for a major college? https://t.co/FwKwYKoP0L— Matt Finkes (@MattFinkes) September 11, 2017
I majored in partying, Finkes. I majored in partying.
Shelley Meyer takes hiatus from Twitter.
The coach's wife has seen enough hot takes this week to last her through the winter. She's out, folks.
1/1-This- sent to me by very special friend-a coach's wife, reminds me why I need to TRY be like Jesus, even THIS week- "stix and stones"... pic.twitter.com/3bfMMcSOg0— Shelley Meyer (@spinnershells) September 12, 2017
2/2-I'm out, twitter-Going silent to reflect on what's really important at this time of tragedy in our own nation w haters & Irma/Harvey...— Shelley Meyer (@spinnershells) September 12, 2017
3/3-LOVEmy very loving, giving, supportive followers who share my perspective on life. thank u. See you all when the haters go away.— Shelley Meyer (@spinnershells) September 12, 2017
Please save a margarita for me, Shelley.
"One cannot and must not try to erase the past merely because it does not fit the present." Golda Meir #QuietTime— Jim Tressel (@JimTressel5) September 13, 201
Talk to 'em, Senator.