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Comment 6 hours ago

Freeze told Yahoo last Friday that the call had been brought to Ole Miss administrators’ attention by former coach Houston Nutt’s attorney, Thomas Mars, and that they had questioned him about it. 

Houston Nutt may not know much about football, but he knows something about choosing lawyers. That is what you pay a lawyer for.

Comment 15 hours ago

And why r these guys expecting McLaurin or Campbell to suddenly show anything serious?

Neither of these guys had played much WR in high school; they were recruited as raw athletes with the potential to develop into good receivers. It takes some time to learn how to beat press coverage, run routes, track the ball, catch properly, etc. I agree that neither guy has been impressive so far, but I don't think either has reached his ceiling.

Comment 15 hours ago

I understand that we would all rather think about the Spring Game, than think about the Clemson game, but Victor showed some flash against Clemson.

A lot of guys struggle to perform consistently, early in their careers. I'm not going to jump off the Bin-Vic hype train because of one tepid performance in a glorified scrimmage.

Comment 15 Jul 2017

I expect the TE to be used more (I know many are skeptical)

Well, there's a certain similarity between this assertion, and doomsday people saying the end is near: they've said it for years, it hasn't happened yet, but sooner or later, they'll be right. But, in this case, I hope you're right.

Marcus Baugh showed some flashes of his considerable talent last year, but it also seemed was good for at least one glaring mistake (penalty, dropped pass, or missed block) every game in 2016. Some guys don't put it all together until their last year; hopefully Baugh can be one of those guys who makes a giant leap in his final season.

Comment 14 Jul 2017

The collective bargaining agreement gives the NFL the right to discipline players.

It also give the players' union the right to appeal the disciplinary measures.

On days ending with "y", the lawyers win.

Comment 14 Jul 2017

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.

That's a good point. Maybe it's because the run that Nagy surrendered was unearned (due to Tony Fernandez' error).

I totally digress here, but Buckner's career is interesting. Looking at his data in baseball-reference.com, he played for all or part of 22 years in the majors, and amassed an OPS+ of 100, oWAR of 12.3, and dWAR of -12.2. His last few seasons weigh his numbers down, but, overall, he was an exactly average MLB hitter whose defensive liabilities almost entirely wiped out his offensive contributions, yet he played for 22 years, and finished in the top 25 of MVP voting 25 times.

Comment 12 Jul 2017

I'm not sure why, but somehow I feel like I should be neither for, nor against, net neutrality.   /s

The issue isn't relevant to OSU sports, but it could be relevant to people who want to discuss OSU sports on the internet, especially if they use a web site that isn't owned by a huge media conglomerate.

Comment 12 Jul 2017

park at the Kroger at Lane and North Broadway.

Do you mean the Kroger at High St. and North Broadway? You may be able to take a bus, from that Kroger, down High St. to Lane Ave.

AFAIK, Lane Avenue and North Broadway do not intersect, and I can't think of any Kroger stores anywhere on Lane Avenue.

In any case, the businesses around campus are aware of the football parking gambit, and you run the risk of returning to the parking lot to discover your car has been towed. What is your tolerance for risk?

EDIT: Oops! Sorry, Niblick, I just saw your post below, with the correct location.

Comment 12 Jul 2017

Last year, the Bravo restaurant at Lennox would allow you to park in their lot for free during the game, if you ate there before or after the game. 

Comment 10 Jul 2017

 the OSU football machine deserves lots of credit for this increase in my opinion.

Well, I'm sure the football team's success hasn't hurt. But there's a lot more to the story.

  • The University hasn't raised tuition in years.
  • The University has spent a ton of money on new and upgraded facilities: The Thompson Library, Ohio Union, RPAC,  numerous new academic buildings, and new dorms.
  • The University, and Campus Partners, have worked to make the east side of High Street more appealing.
  • The University has raised its profile as a research institution; this has brought in grant money and highly-regarded researchers, and has provided terrific research opportunities for students; there is a specific emphasis in providing research opportunities to undergraduates.
  • The University has raised a ton of money from donors; some of that goes to buildings, but a lot of it goes to scholarships. And the CampusParc contract added a bunch of money to the University's endowment, and provides a recurring funding source for a lot of scholarships.
  • There has been a focus on providing the kind of "student experience" that potential applicants want.
  • The University has focused on improving the education that it provides, and on recruiting better-qualified applicants. Better faculty, better facilities, and better students have improved OSU's academic reputation, and increased the value of a degree from The Ohio State University.

Put all of that together, and you have the picture: the quality of "the product" has improved pretty dramatically, while tuition has held steady, and scholarships have increased significantly.  The value proposition is undeniable.

And it's probably worth saying: while it's easy to criticize the OSU administration about this-or-that (and I'll admit I've done it), the advances I've noted are not accidental. They are the result of a decades-long concerted effort to improve the educational product and make it more affordable.

Comment 09 Jul 2017

Glad to get a good player, obviously. 

Just want to caution people to keep their expectations in check. If he reclassifies to the 2017 class, he will be, in terms of age and experience, a high-school senior playing against D-I athletes. He might be ready to compete at this level, but we just don't know that yet.

Comment 03 Jul 2017

His 211 tackles in 1978 still stands as a single season school record.

As long as spread offenses are in vogue, it will be hard for anyone to approach that record; although having (potentially) 15 games might make it possible.

Question: how subjective is the process of awarding "assists" on tackles? Is there room for an official scorer to be "generous" with the assists?