Yeah I don't like the scarlet end zones, and HATE the white lettering. I'd be OK with some color in the end zones, but if they are going to do it, make one scarlet and one gray. Or just have some interesting use of color over a mostly green background. And I'd love to see a return of the diamond lettering that I've never seen live, only in old photos from the '60s.
There is absolutely no question that grass is a safer surface. It absorbs the contact with more give, you don't have rubber pellets causing problems, and it is MUCH cooler during the warm/hot weather games. The drawback is that it isn't as durable and needs to be replaced every 4 or 5 years or so. The problem that OSU had with their last season of natural grass had little to do with the lowering of the field, it had to do with the fact that OSU was trying to stretch out a 7th year of the surface that should have been replaced 2 years earlier. I'm an old guy and turf was first installed in Ohio Stadium the year before I was born. The switch back to natural grass was made during my sophomore year at OSU and at first I wasn't sure it was a good idea. It was, and I'd love to see a return. The interesting thing though, is that with OSU's grass surface you rarely saw grass stains, and almost never saw mud of any kind because the field was so well constructed. It is absolutely doable, it just will cost more over the long haul and OSU doesn't want to spend the money there.
I sort of get the point you are making here, but it's apples to oranges. OSU is a single institution, so comparing the situation where the 2 big sports prop up the remain gin 34 isn't the same scenario as a consortium of 14 institutions being mostly propped up by the top 1 (or 2 or 3). I also don't necessarily think it's a call for OSU to go independent either - although honestly that wouldn't bother me at all, it's a belief I've held for decades. But everyone knows and has already agreed to the rules about how the pie is divided up, so there is no room for complaints at this point. We could have been like Texas in the B12 and demanded an outsized share, and we would have a more legitimate claim to that than Texas, but we didn't, so you can't come back now and protest (not suggesting you are, just a general statement). It's equitable but not fair. Like literally everything in life that is divided into equal parts. But it's the agreement OSU entered into, and it's $50 million more into the bucket.
I have to assume $758.9 million :)
Great job fellas! Now go do some damage in the Finals. Too bad we don't have home course advantage. Any idea why Scarlet hasn't hosted it lately? It seemed for a while like it was in the rotation on a fairly regular basis.
A few years ago when OSU announced they were adding 2500 seats to the South Stands I said they were tone deaf, clearly not paying attention to national attendance trends, and were very close to the tipping point of having empty seats. And here we are. The game vs Rutgers last year was well under 100k, the Minnesota game that I went to had half the student section empty, plus a lot of empty seats in C deck - I only went to that game because someone gave me their ticket. People just aren't going to pay exorbitant prices for games, especially games vs shitty opponents. Sure games vs Michigan are always going to sell out, but aside from that, there are no guarantees anymore. And OSU just keeps raising the prices. This gimmick about "3 and 4 game" packages is not only laughable it's insulting. They want to sell games to Miami, Maryland and Wisconsin for $327! or UC, FAU and MSU for $297! They think people are going to pay $100 per game for games vs 2 shitty teams and a 3rd team that *might* be decent. Wow. What a fantasy world the OSU Athletics department lives in. They have a very inflated view of the value of their product, and don't have the slightest idea how the marketplace actually works.
I agree with you on both points. Mike Leach is a damn national treasure.
I thought PJ was more of a sideshow until I saw how his severely undermanned Minnesota team hung with OSU in Ohio Stadium last fall. While the outcome of the game wasn't really ever in doubt, the game never became a runaway and he utilized his personnel to perfection to get the absolute best result possible for his team. I think he and Frost are the 2 best coaches in the B1GW and as long as they both stay put, those 2 schools will be battling it out for the West title year in and year out.
And I have to also do an old school honorable mention. My all time favorite non-OSU coach has to be Hayden Fry. He built Iowa up from nothing and kept them competitive for 2 decades. And he was a great interview, with fantastic 1 liners. The best one was when his ranked Iowa team was trailing @ OSU 56-0 in the first half. They scored TD right before half (that would have likely been overturned now with replay) to make it 56-7. The sideline reporter asked him some silly question about momentum going into the locker room, he looked the reporter in the eye and said with a straight face "yep, we got 'em right where we want 'em" and trotted off.
While I don't have the same disdain for the school up north in basketball like I do in football, I am glad to see that he is moving on. I've always liked Beilein, he seems very down to earth, and has always been a class act. I'm not an NBA fan, but hope he does well with the Cavs, maybe LeBron comes back home yet again? Anyway what's bad for Michigan is good for OSU, so all around good move!
No chance at all. I'm gong to assume you don't follow college basketball at all because if you did, even causally, your would know that Beilein is one of the good guys. I've always liked him and I am glad to see he has escaped the cesspool up north.
I agree with pretty much everything you mentioned. Normally I would be more worried about an "unproven" HC, but being handed the reins on Aug 1 last year, I think he proved himself well. If that hadn't happened there is zero chance he'd be the OSU HC today. So I guess I am cautiously optimistic about the season ahead.
So 3 of the 4 most recent national champions aren't a good counter, that's an.... interesting... take.
But as a serious counter to the 1 and done argument, I think Thad did a great job with them when they started. He was able to mix in 1 year guys with experienced guys and I suspect Holtmann will do the same. The 2 coaches who have most bought into the heavy use of 1 and dones (Cal and K) haven't been dominating with them - each has 1 title this decade, so they are actually the anomaly, not the other way around.
I keep on forgetting about the Gavitt Games. OSU has only played in it twice, so it's not a guaranteed annual thing like the B1G-ACC is, so I guess we wait and see. And YES! to whatever game(s) is(are) in SJA!
Yep, UK in the CBS Sports Classic, which is in Vegas this year, and UC at home. Plus we will be playing in the B1G-ACC challenge, most certainly on the road because we've been at home the last 2 years.
It's Quicken's new branding schtick for their online loans, so I guess they wanted more pub for it.
There is a "trophy room" in the Schott that has a lot of trophies in it, going back to the early days right up through some more current ones. Not everything is there, but there were trophies from lots of different sports - basketball (obviously), Jesse Owens's bronzed shoe from the 4 world record day, a Rose Bowl trophy, at least one heisman, and lots of other trophies as well. Plus it's where the plaques are for the Varsity O Club hall of fame.
You are correct, and that Illinois game would have been Belisari's senior day. What a disaster that game was. Next week was better :)
That's an excellent point as well. Strength and conditioning had progressed very rapidly through the '80s and OSU was still using techniques from the '60s and '70s under Bruce. I remember being in high school and hearing about the amazing weight room that Nebraska had and schools all over were scrambling to build their own and hire strength coaches. S&C coaches weren't names anyone knew back then, and they probably didn't even have that as their primary job until Coop came along.
I was sitting in the North end zone in the last row of the lower seats and i was amazed at the people streaming out. They all kind of stopped in their tracks and pretty soon there was a mass of humanity in that row behind me! The friend I went with wanted to leave but I wasn't about to walk out of that stadium with OSU only down 1 score. He was glad I didn't let him leave.
I didn't have a problem with Coop's comment than and I still don't. We did have too many slow white guys. He recruited fast guys of all races and modernized OSU's recruiting and offense.
And regarding Fickell's "inherited talent" are you counting the guys who had to sit out half the season in those numbers? I think you are. And he was given the reins on May 31, with half the team's skill players suspended for half the season (or all season in the case of Pryor).
I totally agree Tressel did less with more. To go 7-5 his first year was pretty bad. Which is why leading up to 2002 season I was the least interested in OSU football as I had ever been up to that time. I figured he was going to go 8-6 and then limp out the door in a couple years and head back to 1-AA.
I'll say Kenny G because his "backup QB" moment was the classic backup QB scenario. Braxton was injured (on a play that should have been flagged for a horsecollar but I digress), and he had to come in off the bench, unexpected with his team trailing. To get that last TD AND 2 point XP with :03 left on the clock to send it to OT and then win in OT, preserving the undefeated season, was just amazing.
Cardale is a closet second, but when he came into the game we were already ahead, his first play was a handoff to Zeke who ran for another TD. Then of course his 3 game run was awesome, but that feels more like a "starting QB" scenario since he was the #1 guy in practice leading up to those 3 games.
I was always a "practice player" as well and usually only saw the floor when my team had a significant lead, but I loved being part of the teams I was on. And practices for me were fun. I got to harass the starters, I could foul almost as much as I wanted and never get whistled. My shooting was terrible (except FTs I was really good at the line - we all were because we had to run suicides when anyone missed in practice) but my defense was pretty good. Plus you know your teammates tendencies so you are in a better position to take away their dominant moves, forcing them to develop a more rounded game. Even though "role players" aren't anywhere near as good as the opponents your starters will face, you have different skills and talents that help make even the best players just that much better.
Congrats ladies! Buckeyes taking home more hardware in the spring. Good luck in the NCAAs!
Trophy case? More like another trophy room.
Congrats coach Tucker and the RacketBucks!
I loved swimming in the old natatorium, or as it was called in the late 80s/early 90s, the "varsity pool." I felt like I was swimming in some ancient Greek or Roman theater, and when I was finished with my laps I would watch the divers in the well and just shake my head. Those crazy people jumping off a perfectly stable platform 30+ feet in the air. But the air-cushioned water was pretty neat looking.