Just what you want, an Ohio kid who is top 60 nationally with 2 years of high school to go. Coach Holtmann continues to impress and watch out B1G and the nation.
If Coach Holtmann keeps up this pace, teams in the B1G will be Sueing for peace.
Cincinnati is content with mediocrity and ineptitude as evidenced by keeping Marvin Lewis for so long and tolerating his tolerance of players like Vontaze Burfict who were undisciplined and cost them games like the playoff game against Pittsburgh a few years back. They have settled on an aging, average at best Andy Dalton when they could have drafted Haskins and set themselves up for years to come. It is what we should expect from a Mike Brown organization. As a Redskins fan, they haven't exactly been world beaters in recent years and there is some pressure on Gruden to produce and win pretty quickly. But I can't wait to see what the future holds.
I expect a lot of comments on the targeting rule. In my of course unbiased opinion, Ohio State really got the raw end on a lot of those calls while opponents, i.e. the Nebraska game were not "targeted" for their infractions. If an opposing player's head flopped around a little bit it was almost like targeting was assumed against the Buckeye secondary. The referee crews did not seem to be consistent so my concern is that the replay officials won't be any better.
Do I see a 2 QB scenario shaping up?
I hope Coach Day can change how Ohio State uses the TE position. I have said it before, if I was a top notch TE prospect, I would not even consider Ohio State. There has always been a hint at using the TE more but it never happens. It just seems like another weapon that could make defenses think about.
The last paragraph kind of says it all for me. He’s been able to run the offense with very few reps already. Add to that losing his black stripe so quickly. Fields wasn’t brought in to ride the pine.
I have to confess that I thought that Urban would have added two more National Championships to Ohio State's illustrious record book before he left. But we really shouldn't complain about 3 B1G titles and 1 Natty in his 7 years of which in only 6 were the Buckeyes really eligible for the post-season. How many other teams in the league can claim that?
The only thing that really leaves a bad taste in my mouth is the 2015 season. IF the committee did the right thing, Ohio State would have been the second B1G team in the playoff and would have destroyed anything in its path. That was probably the best team in Meyer's tenure and was badly mishandled.
I wonder if Carton and Walker will be on the floor at the same time for some offensive punch? I like Washington and Muhammad a lot. But I wonder about their shooting long term.
Funny how the 2011 team underachieved in the NCAA but the 12 team made the Final 4 and the 13 team would have except they decided not to play for the first 32 minutes of the Wichita State game in the Elite 8.
I always wondered what would have changed for the basketball program had Matta taken them to 2 straight Final 4 appearances since it was all pretty much downhill after the loss to the Shockers.
I am probably out of touch but it seems like if you have the right kind of LB's in the right position, the right kind of safeties in the right position, and the right kind of coaches and coaching, you don't need a position like this. I go on record as saying I don't want UM's kind of defense to migrate south.
Add them all up and divide by 9 using the standard grading point scale (4.0 A, 2.7 for a B-, 3.3 for a B+, etc.) and the average is 3.433. That is slightly better than a B+ average at this point. I don't think these ratings are too unreasonable. Maybe they are a little generous in spots, i.e. O-line.
If that is the case, there is a long way to go before this squad is at a championship level, B1G or otherwise.
All things considered I think we should be happy with an 11 seed against anyone.
Wow, this team went 1-7 in January and has had some really bad losses: Rutgers, Illinois, Northwestern, etc. I get that they have some good wins, but how bad must the other bubble teams be?
If they keep this to within 12 it will be miraculous. Kaleb is leaving?? I don't think he is an NBA player ever but he is a decent college player.
What we have in this team is what we should have expected. They are not going to make the NCAA. You can't get beat by Illinois with your best player, slaughtered by 35 at Purdue, and then get clocked by NW even if your best player is missing and expect to make the tournament. The conference record alone would keep them out.
I am ok with the NIT if they can win a couple and get some more game time under their belts.
Day did not go after Fields with the intention of keeping the highest ranked player ever to come to Ohio State on the bench. The one thing I am glad that I will never have to do is keep highly recruited players content who don't see the field the way they expect to see the field.
Very impressive attitude and proof that sometimes players come to Ohio State for not just football, but for the other opportunities that come with being a Buckeye.
Yes there has been regression since the start of the new year. Yes last night was about as low as you can get. But can people please take a step back and get off this "Coach better come through in a big way" next season stuff?
He comes in and patches together a respectable class in a short period of time in 2018 and wins an NCAA game against all odds. Then fields a team without an entire recruiting class that would have been seniors this season and a bunch of freshmen and sophomores that clearly was at best a bubble NCAA team. And then goes out and produces a top 10 recruiting class for this season.
Yeah why dont we put unrealistic pressure on the guy? He inherited a mess of a program and a horrible culture and that does not get fixed in 2 short years. Can we reconvene in 2021 if that is a bad season? Then we can debate the merits of the coach after a longer more appropriate sample.
Yes Kaleb Wesson did his team no favors. But we need to remember that this team was 1-7 during the month of January with Wesson including a loss to Rutgers. Add in a loss to Illinois prior to his suspension for good measure. It just isn't losing him that is costing this team dearly.
But I don't get why people are so shocked by this season. This type of year was nearly inevitable. Next year might be better but realistically fans need to temper their expectations until the 20-21 season. Last season coupled with a 12-1 start this year just got fans to have unrealistic hopes for this team.
It was hard to read year after year that his knee got the best of him. As it was he had two solid seasons in Columbus and back to back B1G championships. But can you imagine the kind of career he would have had if he had been healthy for 4 years?
He really is one of my favorite Buckeyes in recent memory. He truly has earned his shot in the NFL and I hope it pays dividends for him.
CJ has a propensity for the turnover but wow, losing 12 ppg and senior leadership make the likelihood of a win all the more improbable.
I think we need to have some perspective. We KNEW this was going to be a bad year and anyone who thought that a 12-1 start was a foreshadowing of things to come was woefully optimistic considering B1G play had not really started.
Are we forgetting that the Buckeyes lost an entire 5 man class that would have been seniors this year? Matta left Old Mother Hubbard's Cupboard pretty bare for Holtmann. He pulled a rabbit out of the hat last year, but the rabbit was clearly going to be much harder to find this year. I don't think there is any coach in America that could make this a successful season given the youth and lack of a star player like Bates-Diop last season.
I am tired of the naysayers. This is going to be a lengthy rebuild. Let's talk about crappy players and poor performances a couple of years from now. This team at least plays pretty hard which is more than we can say for previous teams.
It isn't just Kaleb Wesson to blame here. Sure he is a fouling machine at times, but this team has a real problem turning the ball over and missing precious opportunities to put up shots of which they aren't real good at making at this point. They play hard but it isn't a real talent laden team. And how often do they run the offense through him when he is playing? I don't see it as often as it should happen.
This was an ugly loss and you cannot lose to a 9-15 team when you are squarely on the bubble. I don't care who Illinois beat you just can't do it. Unless they pull a couple of upsets this team in no way deserves to get in the NCAA tournament. But we knew this was what we were going to be dealing with this season. And maybe the fact that they have won 16 to this point should bring cause for some degree of celebration. This just isn't a good team and it isn't surprising.
Take care of the ball and it would not have been close...CJ hit a huge shot but he is a turnover machine. He hangs with it though.