By Day Four of Kevin's absence, the ranks are depleted. Morale is low. We need a hero: someone to erase all of Ramzy's obscure references and save us from Johnny's hip-hop allusions that no one understands. Unfortunately for you, I am no hero.
That's right, it's the intern's time to
shine crash-and-burn. I have finally received my license, Kevin has given me the keys, and I can not wait to crash this piece into a wall while getting absolutely obliterated in the comments below. On that positive note, let us begin.
- Quarterback recruits visited, left impressed
- What will the 2019-2020 basketball roster look like?
- E.J. Liddell is Illinois' Mr. Basketball...Again
- Purdue renames Ross-Ade's student entrance the "Tyler Trent Student Gate"
- Ohio State's recruiting and its effect on expectations
- K.J. Hill is looking to replace the leadership in the receivers' room
- Brendon White is learning two positions: Safety and "Bullet"
- Mike Conley is the Memphis Grizzlies' all-time leading scorer
Word of the Day: Incipient
The Miami version of Tate Martell is more than just a 2019 version of Spring Breakers. It turns out he's had The U on his list since high school.
From The Athletic:
“I don’t know how much you guys kept up with me in high school, but I put Miami in my top seven without even talking to them because I wanted to come here,” Martell said. “That was my way of trying to get them to talk to me. The history and the swagger the people played with here, that’s kind of what intrigued me from the jump.”
If Martell is even an average quarterback for the Hurricanes, it will be must-watch television. Can you imagine Tate rocking a $100,000 chain after a touchdown drive?
He was also asked about what Urban Meyer taught him.
“How to work and what it takes to be elite,” he said. “I really think that’s the two biggest things. And being in that system that I was in, it taught me a lot, knowing coverage-wise where to go with the ball and how to be efficient in the West Coast passing system, which is what we run here, too.”
Tate Martell should have no trouble winning the starting job for Miami and leading them to a 8-5 record while getting blown out in a bowl game against a cold-weather team.
Secondaries coach Jeff Hafley is already making an impact in the defensive backfield.
Shaun Wade gives the gist of what Ohio State will be doing in the secondary this season: We start, well probably be in Cover 3. You dont know if were in Cover 3 or man because the corners are pressed and bailing out late...
— Marcus Hartman (@marcushartman) March 27, 2019
This scheme will be a monumental shift from previous years. Greg Schiano had a, uh, very specific way of playing defense, which tended to fall apart whenever his personnel did not match his style. Remember when Oregon State torched the Buckeyes for three 60+ yard plays?
This development, along with his insistence that the cornerbacks will finally look for the ball, should be well-received.
BASKETBALL'S 2015 RECRUITING CLASS IS WELL-TRAVELED
Ohio State's 2015 recruiting class was ranked fifth in the nation. After the Buckeyes loss in the tournament, it is only right to look back on the seniors'... astounding number of transfers?
Lyle: OSU > New Mexico
Harris: OSU > New Mexico State
Grandstaff: OSU > Oklahoma > DePaul > Texas A&M Commerce
Mitchell: OSU > UC Santa Barbara (signed, never enrolled) > Arizona State
Giddens: OSU > Alabama > ?? https://t.co/MjM2hoGct1
— Bill Landis (@BillLandis25) March 27, 2019
So, one of two things happened here: Ohio State's coaching staff criminally underused this class (but somehow utilized D'Angelo Russell the following year) or the recruiting websites that formulate our opinions do not actually know anything. I prefer to think it is the latter (friendly reminder that Rivals once ranked a football player that does not exist).
But seriously, an entire class transferring out within two years, some of them transferring two or three times, has to be some sort of record.
“THE MOST DISAPPOINTING EXPERIENCE I'VE EVER BEEN THROUGH IN MY ENTIRE LIFE”
Yes, I rushed the field on November 24, 2018, as the Buckeyes ran circles around the "best defense in the nation" while Chase Winovich taunted the home crowd at every possible moment. This day lives happily in my head; I imagine it invokes different emotions for the losing side.
The final two games of the season resulted in huge losses for Michigan, ending a once optimistic season on a sour note. Per WolverinesWire, it hit some of the coaches pretty hard:
This wasn’t just some run of the mill two-game losing streak. This was everything to him.
“The most disappointing experience I’ve ever been through in my entire life,” Brown said. “The whole thing.
Defensive coordinator Don Brown let up 107 points in the final two games of the season after allowing just 13.5 points per game in the 11 games before. He later compared his team to the old Miami defenses.
“Can I get off the beaten (path)? Can I just make one comment?” Brown said. “In this passing thing, right? We’ve given up, since I’ve been here – under 2,000 passing yards a year. I know, that’s not a big deal. The last team to do it was Miami when they had 10 first-round draft picks. Okay? It’s not the concept. What it is sometimes is: ‘My guy is better than their guys and I’m gonna just shove it.’ Well, sometimes, you’ve gotta do a little better job.
It is interesting that Brown brought up Miami, I wonder who broke that dynasty...
Anyways, Michigan will never have 10 first-round draft picks, just a defensive end that looks like Rapunzel.
AAF IN DANGER
The world's best pro football league may soon be bankrupt.
The Alliance of American Football's inability to secure cooperation from the NFLPA to use young players from NFL rosters has put the AAF in danger of folding, according to Tom Dundon, the league's majority owner. https://t.co/qXiuFtQR3D
— USA TODAY Sports (@usatodaysports) March 27, 2019
I have to say, I am not that surprised. Year-round football is a great theory, but different sports have their times. Competing with March Madness in the Zion Williamson-era can not be good for business.
On the other hand, I would love for the AAF to be successful. The Alliance employs a number of former Buckeyes and has the unique opportunity to experiment with concepts not seen in the NFL.
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