Came to say the same. And while I think this is some seriously low brow news to be the top headline ESPN, it is a preposterous move by OSU, so they deserve to be beaten up by the talking heads during the dregs of the preseason.
Without a doubt the position we have recruited the best over the last few years, and into the future with next year's eye-popping WR class. They are loaded for years to come.
Entry fee is $10k, not $100k. That would be a serious barrier to entry for most teams.
That article is outdated. They showed updated numbers during the game, where it looked like all the players equally got $140k, except for McCamey and Williamson who only got $60k. Williamson only appeared in like 1 game for a couple mins, and McCamey missed the first 3 games, so I guess it is sort of fair. I don't know what the coaches/GMs ended up getting.
Play of the game for sure. With the Elam ending that's a massive swing to get a steal and a bucket.
And maybe that's why I say that, as 2 of the biggest 4 involve ND, 1 of which involves TTUN AND ND, which does not excite me to watch in the least. Also those are a little later in the year too. So outside of LSU-TX, Clemson-TA&M (big games) and Auburn-Oregon (fake big game) there's not a lot happening in the first 3 weeks.
Did you know their payments will be distributed via Zelle?
(That's a joke, as they mention it at least 25 times per game)
Love the info and agree of the importance of these games. One thing I noticed is across all of CFB, there are not many big OOC games this year. There's some decent ones here and there, and you never know preseason who might end up being ranked by the end of the year, but on paper not as many games to get hyped about the first ~3 weeks of the season.
I think the better question is why Deshaun Thomas isn't playing. We knew Sully wasn't going to play but DT was his de facto replacement and listed on the roster initially. Did they mention why on the broadcasts? They will need his scoring and rebounding going forward.
EDIT: This answered my own question. Done in by weddings once again.
It's not even upsetting to me that we missed on the classic overachieving 3 star from OH, it's that our collection of 4 and 5 stars at LB pretty much all have vastly underperformed in that same time.
Bingo. I'm Don Brown will have them playing well, against lesser teams. But they have a lot to prove to be worthy of this top 5 preseason hype.
I'm not talking about this being a permanent change to the landscape of NCAA baseball. Nor really was I referring to it in the context of being something meaningful in the eyes of the media or the average sports blog forum poster.
However as an ex-player from this same demographic, I can say that at many times due to the history and overwhelming odds against you, that it feels like the B1G/MAC/A10/Horizon whatever are more like an FCS level than FBS. To make a football comparison. So things like Kent St. making a CWS appearance a few years back, and now this improbable TTUN run helps restore or build a belief that it is possible. I mean I hope OSU can look at it and say we beat these guys straight up, why can't that be us? Deep down I think the majority of all northern/midwestern programs are not setting their goals and truly believing they have a legitimate shot at a CWS title. This could help change that mindset.
Except TTUN doesn't even return THAT many starters from said pedestrian team. They lost the majority of their vaunted defense. It does boggle the mind.
I get it, the rivalry never sleeps and knows no boundaries and all that. But this is a pretty big deal for B1G baseball. The conference hasn't sniffed a title in over 50 years. It is unfortunate that it is TTUN in the spotlight here, but ultimately this is a good thing for baseball in the B1G/Midwest.
The most frustrating thing about the red zone offense was once both the coaching staff and Haskins himself committed to him being a running threat, they were much better the last 4-5 games of the season.
But the Purdue debacle had already happened, which I maintain would have been a completely different game if OSU didn't bungle multiple red zone trips in the first 2-3 quarters. Instead of a desperate defense getting gashed in the 4th, they would have been playing with a small lead and who knows what happens from there.
ALL OF THEM
Not really, but felt like it
Perhaps, but 2 years in a row a 30 point loss to a mediocre team was a major part of the undoing for OSU. So I would say not getting blown out by said mediocre teams is now a worthwhile data point. Also, not having a faux scandal hanging over your program's head in today's culture is worth noting.
Show me the data on that. Having fairly closely watched the conference finals and NBA finals, I would say at most he was balanced in his 3 pt / mid range / close range attempts. Would not say he lived by the long 2. In fact would still guess based on what I saw that fewer than 30% of his overall attempts were mid-long range 2s.
Which I think the takeaway can still be the same. He was effective at an MVP level because he did use the whole court and could score from literally anywhere.