Since Barrett isn't going to put up the sort of dual threat numbers that Heisman voters apparently want to see these days, his best chance is to have a season like Marcus Mariota -- stay at or near #1, with game after game of 300 yards passing, 80 yards rushing, and 3 or 4 touchdowns. Above all, the Buckeyes have to be seen as an offense-led team this time around.
A problem with playing the Ohio MAC schools (and Cincinnati) is that there really aren't very many of them. If you rotate between the Bearcats, Ohio, Miami, BG, Akron, Toledo, and Kent, we would end up playing some of these teams in Columbus more frequently than we're currently playing some actual members of the Big Ten.
I don't mind making it a "once in a while" thing, but the fact that playing these Ohio schools became de facto Buckeye policy for 20 years was always Andy Geiger's dumbest idea.
Re what Chris said about Earle Bruce: the 1980s are the only decade in the last eight where Ohio State either did not win a national championship or have a legitimate contender to win one, and you have to say Bruce was the main reason why. I respect him as a true Buckeye and a world-class curmudgeon, and the guy had very good offenses despite pedestrian QB talent, but he was not a great head coach.
And regarding the Clemson loss, was I upset about it? Sure, you want to win every game. Would I have been a lot more upset if we weren't only two years removed from a national title? Well, obviously. Recent championships make the majority of the seasons where you don't win a championship much easier to tolerate.
Post-Sully this program absolutely became radioactive to Franklin County kids (leaving aside Tate, a legacy), and I can't really figure out why.
Wow, that was ... quite a commitment video. We may be within five years of actual Hollywood stars being cast in these things.
So far so good, but I really wish we were in on more big men.
Not to critique the list because I can't question someone's personal memories, but it's really amazing how much a freaking national championship win has receded in collective Buckeye lore in just three years. Beating Alabama has completely overshadowed actually winning a title for a lot of people. It's like the way Red Sox fans talk about coming back from being down 0-3 and beating the Yankees more than they ever recount anything from the subsequent World Series.
I take note of Archie's use of the word "unauthorized," because if there are any two people in the world who I would have guessed would say to Ohio State, "Sure, you have my permission to use my image any way you want," it would be Archie Griffin and Chris Spielman. If you're famous enough to be used to promote the school, there's a good chance you got rich in your sport. I'd say the relationship between the school and the players in these case has been win-win.
Here's one thing that concerns me some: if companies can't use images of vintage players in the way Honda has been doing at the Shoe, what's to stop them from cutting out the middleman and just buying the naming rights to the stadium itself? You don't see, for instance, Jared Sullinger going, "Hey, I don't want my photo displayed in the Schott any more unless Value City writes me a check."
Every since the NFL suspended Terrelle Pryor for breaking NCAA rules, I've just accepted they pretty much do what they want.
Interesting that Spielman had this attack of conscience only after he was no longer working for an IMG Sports Radio affiliate.
That's a pretty good list, though I have to say Mike Tomczak, whose time at Ohio State basically overlapped with mine, has never been a favorite of mine. I'd put him no higher than 12th.
And I've never agreed with the fan consensus that Germaine and not Bob Hoying was the best Buckeye quarterback of the '90s.
I didn't have any confidence in Nagy either -- he had been taken out of the rotation for a good reason -- but it was extra innings and for all Hargrove knew, it could be a multi-inning situation.
I always did think it was interesting that Tribe fandom has almost completely let Nagy, the actual losing pitcher in that game, off the hook and made Mesa the sole scapegoat. With the Red Sox in '86, it was just the opposite: everyone remembers Buckner, whose error came after the game had already been tied; but the identity of the guy who blew the save is practically lost to history.
He's always had the range. He just needs the reliability, and that can only come with time and practice.
Great. Now Jen has two babies to look after.
Well, they could use a guard right this minute, so a Musa in the hand is better than a Goodwin next fall. Looks like he has a similar profile to Andre Wesson, though maybe a bit better of a prospect.
It also gives us a three-man recruiting class, which is the start of us getting some decent spacing.
Best of luck to our previous S&C coach in his next sports endeavor.
Ironic that Buckeye Battle Cry was written just as its reference to "Ohio Field" was about to become obsolete.
That's about the right order, I think. But I have to confess: I've always found Across the Field to be not a lot of fun to sing. The melody is just not all that memorable.
And while I like I Wanna Go Back To Ohio State, it has one huge problem for a fight song: it concludes by acknowledging the possibility that we might not win the game. That's not very rousing.
That rivalry never was the same after Worthington got the second high school.
UA's image in the region has evolved too. 30-40 years ago, it was the epitome of the snooty suburb, but it's definitely been surpassed by New Albany and (thanks to Muirfield) Dublin. Even the best homes in UA are on lots smaller than the ones you'll find out in Muirfield, and that's what today's millionaires tend to want. Homeowners in Arlington nowadays are much more likely to be academics (like Simon Fraser's family was), or in two-career marriages where both husband and wife have good but not spectacular jobs. Not to get too far into the banned subject of politics, but you can trace this evolution in the way Arlingtonians used to vote in the 1960s and '70s and how they vote today.
A lot of people seem to be taking the position that Holtmann must have told Goodwin we're not interested anymore, which ignores that 1) Notre Dame is at the very least a sideways move for Goodwin; it's not like he's heading to the MAC or anything; and 2) there's not actually a replacement for Goodwin's commit lined up yet, or anyone else for 2018 for that matter.
It's certainly possible that we'll look back on this as no big deal, but until we start getting commits for this class, and on the same level as the recent decommits (and more of them given that how many open spots we have), people will be concerned and with good reason.
So much for OSU being the favorite destination for everyone from UA.
I wasn't opposed to the coaching change -- had basically been saying for a couple of years that it was inevitable -- but we're now down a net of 3 players (including commits for next year) since Holtmann came on board. This is, at the very least, a very poor start.
I have some sympathy for this point of view. Obviously, you want only players who can perform at this level, and there are more recruits out there who fit that description and WANT to come here than we can take -- we all get that. And if it's a choice between Baron Browning and Joe Somebody from Chillicothe, well ...
But a lot of recruiting decisions aren't as cut and dried, and if one player is ranked #84 by the recruiting services and someone else is from Ohio and ranked #106, do you always go with that first player? I think it only makes sense that being from Ohio is at the very least a tiebreaker in one's favor. This is, after all, THE state university. And Ohio kids -- and their coaches -- are the ones who will stick with you in the long run.
It might not be rational, but fans are always going to want the players on their teams to really love the school as much as they do. It's the difference between "fighting for your country" and being a mercenary.
Sure, there always seems to be one petulant Brady Hoke-type just becausetraitor in each grade who unwittingly unifies Arlington Buckeyes around her or him, but UA is still closer to a consensus than any town in Ohio.
I used to drive through Old Arlington on a regular basis, and right after you turned from Cambridge onto Arlington Avenue, there was a car parked at the curb all the time with a UM bumper sticker. It was there for years and impossible to miss. Guy liked living dangerously, I guess.
Don't expect the Buckeyes to use all seven spots; that's simply too many for a class if there aren't multiple one-and-dones. A five-man class seems much more realistic.
Yeah, God forbid the Buckeyes ever have 13 players on scholarship at any one time. Thad's bizarre insistence on forever banking two or three scholarships helped to get us to this point.
Remember that time back in the Ayers era when a bunch of players left, and Otis Winston went from being a recruited track guy to doubling as a basketball player, and instantly became one of the better players on the team?
Why am I thinking about this right now? Oh, no reason.
The top players in Ohio are either going to go professional or go to "baseball schools" in the Sunbelt, like the kid from that list who is going to Coastal Carolina, the 2016 national champion.
I don't believe there's a coach out there who can make Ohio State, or any Big Ten school, a national power in baseball. As good as Bob Todd was on the Big Ten level -- and the performance of his teams notably tailed off in his last decade or so -- they never went to Omaha or really competed with the best of the best.