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MEMBER SINCE   September 02, 2014


  • SPORTS MOMENT: AAU State Freestyle Wrestling Champ 2x, USA State Greco Roman Runner Up
  • NFL TEAM: Browns
  • NHL TEAM: Devils
  • NBA TEAM: Cavs
  • MLB TEAM: Reds
  • SOCCER TEAM: Holland/ USA , C-Bus

Recent Activity

Comment 16 Jul 2019

The Urban Meyer classes were great. Period. If there was a weakness in the program, it was that most of the athletes were gone after a few years.  We got a year or 2 less out of most players.  I felt like we needed a few more 3 star guys like AJ Hawk (Who doesn't of course) But those guys tend to stick around. They haven't had it in their heads that long that they are ready.  Plus, they aren't sure how long their NFL career will be, so the extra year to get the degree is crucial.  I really , really like that we have balanced the recruiting methods of Urban with the blatant need to have more seniors in the program. I love the balance.   

Comment 09 Apr 2019

Everything you mention, only mentions where he'd get taken this year or next? That only matters to the bank account in the early portion of a career, if its successful.  I thought the draft should have been an afterthought.  Money should not have come before preparation. IMO.   

With that being said. I love the kid and think he'll do fine either way. But this was very predictable.  Well, this potential possibility is anyway. 

Comment 09 Apr 2019

I can't blame him either. But I predicted it.  A ton go GMs won't even take a  QB without more than one year of college film. Parcells wouldn't.  And of course the NFL was gonna tell him he'd go earlier; they needed more stud QBs to hype up their draft.  I just thought staying an extra year was being on the safe side.  Either way, I hope Haskins lights up the league.  

Comment 08 Apr 2019

This wa my take too. I thought Dwayne should stay for a year to get that extra year of development to make him that much better and make up that money by winning titles.  But I also think Dwayne has a chance to be really special. Which is why I wanted one more year of development. Either way, I think he will be very good and I am excited to watch. 

Comment 29 Mar 2019

Can't lose what you never had.  It won't cost him anything if he hasn't made it yet.   Not later on you can say he coulda or woulda made more, but losing potential money is not at all the same as losing money.  

Comment 29 Mar 2019

This what I have been getting at.  Sure it may just be rub and tug...but isn't that somewhat beneath a billionaire who seems to already be a "sugar daddy" to some very attractive women?  Who knows what is going on there, but since that news came out, two people have had to call Kraft and tell him they are done. One just got there, the other us retiring a slight bit early.  That raises questions in my mind at least. 

Comment 26 Mar 2019

Further, Blue Smith was being pushed to TE, so it appears the coaching staff wasn't banking on him at that position.  I think if someone develops along with Olave, we will be fine. There are tons of guys waiting that could be good enough to be a 3-5 at wideout.  

Comment 24 Mar 2019

Sasso was right there with Micah, and much better on top and bottom, while not as good on feet. He will win a title and I think become a 3-4 time AA.  Kinner is a very good wrestler who may go 141.  Rocky Jordan could crack the lineup.  Gavin Hoffman was junior world Bronze and that is a great predictor of college success. I think next year we finish top 3, but the year or 2 after could be our years. 

Comment 24 Mar 2019

Our recruiting advantage is the freestyle facilities though. Therefore the best wrestlers we can get tend to be outstanding freestylers.  Its really hard to coach a guy to become a leech.  That is kind of born with you.  So we COULD get better riders, but 95% the guys we are getting are better overall wrestlers than the nationally ranked riders.  PSU really hit the jackpot with their hammers and may or may not do it again, but all those guys weren't insane on top or bottom.

I will say the one thing we could really work on is our mat STRATEGY. Sometimes we pick terrible choices for top and bottom. Ones that reek of overconfidence as we saw with Myles. The thing is, I am not sure that is Ryan making those choices or the assistants.  

But what I am trying to say is you don't teach a college wrestler leg riding. If they aren't really good leg riders already, forget about it.  I think we have taken some lower level recruits than PSU and been able to hang with them, even while they seem to get every call. Don't forget they conceded 3 Big Ten titles to us, because they felt beating us in Big Tens AND Nationals would be too tall of an order.  

I am just glad we go down fighting and swing at them and don't back down. It will pay off at some point. 

Comment 23 Mar 2019

Myles won it his freshman year because of his riding ability. He was just overconfident and left points on the board.  Moving forward, he can still be a 4 time AA and win the Olympics, nothing really changed to some degree. The silver lining is this experience hopefully helps him in his quest to get a World medal.