How can you talk of Olave's contributions last season and not talk about what he did in The Game?
Head Coach - Vrabel
I’d cheat and make previous NFL coaches my coordinators. Have some player coaches too.
OC - Ryan Day
DC - Hafley
Secondary - Coombs
Linebackers - Shazier
OL - Orlando Pace or Bentley
DL - John Simon
ST - Nugent/Ebner
Day is pretty good at this recruiting thing. Me likey.
This is pretty much how I would have it too. I might swap Ruckert. Is it bad I don't know who Pahl is? I totally agree that Wade and Okudah should be the corners, but I'm sure Arnette will play a lot still too. Prob as a nickel.
I'm real interested to see the RT battle. I hate to speak ill of captains, or former Buckeyes, but I couldn't believe that we didn't have someone better than Isaiah Prince these last few years. Stud has his hands full with all of the open competitions on the OL. I still think the 2nd biggest loss of any player to the NFL this year (besides Bosa but including Haskins), was Michael Jordan. But we'll see how things shake out.
Well....duh. That's why the whole defensive staff outside of LJ was let go. I doubt Mattison or Washington are going to worry about who started last year. They don't have much time to turn things around. They know Hafley and LJ won't be blamed if the front seven don't perform. It's pretty clear that both of those coaches will be focusing almost exclusively on that unit.
I kind of only pay attention to these awards the day they're announced, and then I forget about them. We talk about COY enough that I knew Meyer had never won it. That's a shame, but....
HOW IN THE HELL HAVE WE NOT HAD A DB WIN THE DB OF THE YEAR AWARD?
IIRC, Roby, Conley, Lattimore, Apple, Hooker were all 1st round picks. Bell was a 2nd rounder. I'm probably forgetting someone too. That's a true crime that we didn't have one in Meyer's era win the award. Hooker especially jumps to mind, because he had multiple INTs returned for TDs.
Johnson must love what he's doing. The Associate Head Coach title doesn't seem to really carry any additional responsibilities. I have to believe if LJ wanted the D co-coordinator position he would have gotten it. Mattison seems well aware that LJ is running the show with the DL, and they'll work on the front 7 scheme together.
I hope there's a plan in place to move Washington to the DL once LJ finally hangs it up. We need to retain that institutional knowledge. Mattison will be gone before LJ I would guess, just based on age.
I agree with others, there would have been a revolt both inside the locker room and with the fan base had LJ not been retained/given a raise.
They're our rival in this sport. When you look at the last 8 years of conference and national championships, they're definitely a worthy rival.
In reality, Belichick is the D coordinator. Brian Flores didn't even hold the title of DC this season. They only gave up 3 points in the Super Bowl. I think they'll be fine on D. Schiano is a good recruiter, but his player development is probably more suited to the pro game.
An overall grade for the class would be a nice addition to this article. A grade on Day's effort or the new coaching staff on their potential as recruiters would be cool to see as well.
I think his QB grade is more on depth. Had Tate stayed it might have been an A+. Day has said they want 4 QBs on the roster. The fact we have 3, and one is a converted walk-on definitely drops the grade. But there's no denying that Fields is a massive get. Had we just kept Mathis and Martell would the grade really have been higher? It shouldn't have been. I'd be fine saying A-.
Grinch and Johnson are probably gone since they didn't land elite talent in their groups. By OSU standards I pretty much agree with your assessment.
I wondered this myself. If we averaged all his grades like they would in college...
B+, B, A, B, C-, A-, B+, C- divided by 8 grades = 2.96 or a B.
But if you look at the per player average and realize we finished 3rd in the country, I think you'd have to still give the class an A. Our 5 stars that enrolled early are all great young men off the field as well. I think Day did a tremendous job based on what we went through this year. Canning Johnson and Grinch look like excellent moves now based on their recruiting too.
Probably because they averaged 33 points per game in both the regular season and postseason. Their lowest scoring game of the year they got 6 points. They dropped a wide open TD pass and missed a FG in the game. There were very low odds they'd only get 3 points.
Seriously. Herman was still talking to JT and Cardale in 2015 regularly. How did he watch that room fall apart and then hire Beck at Texas? I don't get it.
This makes sense. We lost to Michigan, everyone moved up a spot except for Missouri stayed at 5. We were moved to Michigan's previous ranking.
Moore's lackluster win, and our inability to win in the middle weight classes (157, 165, 174) is really hurting us.
Future is bright for the program, but I don't see a B1G Championship this year.
I'm not so sure about this. Even if Miami lands a great coach, their facilities are downright awful from what I hear. Now they're playing in a stadium nowhere near campus. They have a fair weather fan base. Florida State and Florida have been down, to their lofty standards, and Miami still hasn't capitalized. I'm not saying it's impossible for them to ever compete for a conference or national title again, I just don't see a dynasty being built there without dramatic changes.
USC used to be THE school to attend out west. Now with LA having 2 good NFL teams and programs like Oregon and Washington siphoning off recruits, I doubt they'll be able to rival the success they had in the early 2000's. A great coach certainly helps, but I think it'd be hard.
The two most dominant programs in college football right now are essentially 3 years and out too. Just have to hope you get 2 great years out of the top recruits. Then reload.
Pretty obvious Day needs to make OL and CB a priority for 2020. I like the early signing period, but it's going to be a long few months now before spring practice and game.
This wasn't the ringing endorsement I'd hoped to read. Then again, he really coached them up in Cleveland (multiple pro bowlers). Day passed on retaining Schiano to bring this guy in, so hopefully he's a good coach that will be able to recruit.
He doesn't have a Twitter account, so I don't know how they'd announce it. But he wouldn't have shown up on that training center's website as being a player that was getting ready for the Combine if he wasn't declaring.
When Kyler Murray gets measured at 5'7" at the Combine, I think AZ will announce they're taking Bosa. I definitely see the Giants trading up to get Haskins. I think OSU will for sure have two top 5 picks in the draft. One player on each side of the ball. Amazing for recruiting here.
I think Martell has a much better chance of getting his waiver approved than Fields does (I think they both get approved). All he has to do is serve up McMurphy's articles as "proof" that heinous things were going on in the OSU program. Zach Smith recruited him. All the NCAA says is you need documented proof. Well the media storm that led to Urban's stress headaches and ultimate retirement could be used as things outside of his control. Obviously I think it's a BS excuse, but I will not be surprised at all if the NCAA approves it.
He's got to get our approval on his hardship waiver first. Then he has to get the waiver approved by the NCAA. If that happens, then I could see trolling coming.
For the last few years I hadn't really defended ESPN on these boards, and I definitely have watched their programming less and less...but I didn't believe their bias had much of an effect on things. That view has changed, and I think it's only bound to get worse with ESPN controlling the rights of the ACC Network. There's 0% chance that Tua or Trevor Lawrence don't walk away with the trophy next year.