As a former sports video guy (with OSU athletic dept. as a student, then later with a local TV network in Toledo) I can say that blaming the video replay system operator is complete garbage. The video replay system operator is not the person who comes up with a cheating scandal - that comes from the top, meaning the on-field personnel. This position earns a tiny fraction of what the players and management make, and it's absolutely absurd to make him into the fall guy for this cheating scandal.
I stumbled upon this bathroom whilst walking home (Iuka Ave.) from classes at the Drake (Theatre major) 20 years ago. I had to pee when I left, and thought I could get home, but no, it wasn't going to happen. I ducked into the building and looked around for a bit, quite frustrated that I couldn't find a men's room anywhere. My face was flushed with the strain of holding back the burgeoning geyser when I finally discovered this gem in the basement. Upon opening the door I was struck dumb, momentarily forgetting my urinary needs, as I scanned the magnificent washroom. While I can't vouch for how it looks today, I can assure you that in the year 2000 it was a marble-clad beauty, far too grand to accommodate the waste of mere undergraduates such as myself. I left that place, not merely relieved of my basic biological needs, but better. Basement bathroom of Ramseyer hall, it was truly an honor.
Haha! I thought of that as I was typing it. At least I wasn't in the WHAC!
I was there! That's me in the blue shirt shooting the TV camera right over Tressel's shoulder. I worked with the Athletic Department Video Services crew for 2 years - still one of the best jobs I've ever had. I got to shoot some cool stuff, including Lebron James in the OHSAA boys basketball state tournament, but this was for sure the highlight of my time there.
"Yeah, well my name's Dignan man. So what?"
Clemson is a great football team that took advantage of every opportunity they were given in this game. That's what well-coached teams do, and they proved that they are both talented and well-coached. They have an elite red-zone defense and did a superb job holding us to field goals in the red zone in the first half. Their offense is also very good, and their playmakers made enough big plays to win the game. Give Clemson all the credit in the world for winning that game.
With that said, we were robbed of 7 points in a 6 point loss. I will never get over this game because this OSU team can never be assembled again. These players all had a chance to play for a national championship stolen from them by an overreaching, possibly activist replay official. The only solace I will ever get from this loss is if, at some point in the future, credible evidence is brought forward that the replay official in this game was corrupt. Absent that, I can only hold these two contradictory beliefs: Clemson is a great team that played well enough to win, and Ohio State had more points illegitimately removed from their score than the margin of victory turned out to be.
The National Officiating Supervisor said the call should not have been overturned. I don’t know how the officiating hierarchy works, but if the guy at the top of my industry says I made a mistake, then I made a mistake. And given the context in which I made that mistake, I would need to be held accountable, most likely by losing my job. That’s simply a mistake that cannot be made because the consequences of my mistake cost other people and institutions financial rewards and opportunities.
To all of you saying, “Well OSU should have handled their business in the red zone...,” I agree. We should have scored touchdowns there. But give Clemson’s defense some credit, because they are very, very good. However, the point many of us are making is that it’s disingenuous to say “OSU should have executed at X” when they did, in fact, execute at Y, but the points at Y were wrongfully removed from their score, which ultimately proved to be the mathematical difference in the game. Both of these things are true. Give us X but take away Y and we win the game comfortably. Take away X but give us Y and we win by 1 point. Take away both and we lose.
The fix was in. There is no doubt in my mind about that. They can’t dictate the outcome of games, but they can certainly influence them. In this case, the refs and the replay team certainly influenced the outcome of the game. The fumble return alone was enough to swing the result of the game.
It would be an amazing troll job if you had four photos of the overturned scoop and score, one for each step Clemson’s receiver took while possessing the football.
Two things can be true at the same time.
1. Settling for red zone field goals instead of touchdowns came back to haunt us.
2. The booth review overturning the scoop and score was unjustifiable and proved to be the difference in the game.
Give Clemson credit for 1, but blame the replay booth for 2. We lost by 6 to a great team, had many self-inflicted wounds, and had the officiating crew take 7 points off of our score. All of these things are true.
Fixed. This game was fixed and no one will ever convince me otherwise. I never go in on conspiracy theories, but the refs took 7 points off the board on that absurd fumble return call. I’ve never seen a more preposterous replay review in my life. The receiver had full control and took 4 steps.
48-17 OSU. I think Clemson moves the ball enough to score more in the first half but can’t punch it in, has to settle for field goals and misses 2/3. Halftime score is 21-17, and then we blank them in the second half. We crush them in the trenches and sack Lawrence a bunch in the second half.
I really hope they rank us #2. Clemson is the most physically gifted of the other three teams, and it would be better to, a) have 3 weeks to game plan for them, and b) be the first legitimate team they play this year. There’s also a psychological advantage to being downgraded, even after the insane gauntlet we just ran through, because it will give us that “prove them all wrong” edge.
ACC with 1 team, and the AAC with 3. Crazy.
The trouble with the current system is that the criteria are both subjective and inconsistently applied. My system is simple and is based entirely upon wins and losses - in other words, it is as objective as these things can be. The only change I might make would be to deduct 1 point for a victory over any team that fails to reach a certain points threshold - say, 3. That way, a win over Rutgers counts the same as a win over your run-of-the-mill Group of 5 team, and a win over a bad Group of 5 team counts as much as a win over an FCS opponent - which is to say, it doesn't count at all. Notre Dame is included because they play against as many Power 5 opponents as anybody else - and sometimes more. They are penalized, however, for not being in a conference and not playing in a conference championship game. Clemson being number 1 at this point in the season isn't proof of anything because the bonus points haven't been added yet. If their schedule is truly weak, then they will not receive as many bonus points for wins over good teams as, say, Ohio State.
I came up with a points system and posted about it on this site earlier this year. It's simple and effective. Check it out here.
Don't count the negative yards on a kneel down at the end of the half/game against the offense. It's a small thing, I know, but it's always bothered me.
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This bums me out. I was hoping that he would be a starting LB this coming year. But best of luck to him, wherever he lands.
This explains why he is pursuing the TV gig. I don't care how much money you have saved up, going from $8 million a year to $100k is a difficult adjustment. That requires a drastic shift in the way you approach your life, and it would certainly send me looking for a side hustle.
Let's be better than Gator fans, please. Urban gave us 7 glorious years, and set the next coach up for success. What more could we possibly ask for?
Technically he did coach the team in 2019.
I love Urban Meyer, and he doesn’t owe me or OSU anything. He can and should do what he loves if he is able to do it. With that said, the cyst took him to his knees on the sideline against Indiana. Against. Indiana. We all saw that, and he certainly didn’t run into another coach like the sideline reporter said. They covered for him. If he goes back to coaching, I’m afraid he won’t be long for this world. The stress and grind of being a head coach simply doesn’t work with having a brain cyst.