A couple of things -
1. Did you really just compare Tuf Borland to Chris Spielman? Really?
2. Chris was more athletic than Tuf ever will be.
It's the same argument people make about Ohio three-star recruits on here - "Wait! AJ Hawk was really freaking good! So we should take more Ohio 3-stars because AJ Hawk was good!" Stop using the extreme case to try and prove points about the typical case.
Tuf Borland seems like a smart, hard-working guy. He also has below average agility and speed. It's fine, he just shouldn't be the starter at MLB at Ohio State. He'll likely do just fine in life.
This is all well and good, but for a player like Borland, I don't think it'll have a big impact. Sometimes you just don't have the agility or flat-out speed to make it to the hole before the blocker or RB. Sometimes you just don't have the athleticism to stay with a RB, TE, or Slot while covering the middle of the field. You can diagnose instantly, but if you can't get to the spot before the other player or are too slow to force them to the sideline, what does it matter? Borland is a LB built for the 60's.
Birm has a great write-up on Thomas today:
Not too surprising, there hasn't been a lot of talk about him from practice. Lot of WR talent on the team and coming in.
Good luck to him. Now go win the Miami job.
Just to clear Brutus' name, Rufus got destroyed on his first attempt. Brutus chucked him aside at mid-field. Second attempt was a blind side from behind. Pansy move.
More or less they did. Mertz had offers from everyone and looked like a stud at the all star game. OSU definitely wanted him. I fully expected Mertz to start even if Hornibrook stayed and it looks like Hornibrook agreed.
I appreciate Fields being willing to simply say, "I don't really want to discuss Georgia." Perfectly acceptable answer. A lot of kids would feel pressured to say something and it's good to see him be clear-headed enough to realize that it's hard to get in trouble with your words if you just don't say anything.
This is why I never fault a kid for leaving early. Hope he can get healthy again soon.
Sidebar... this is also why I don't blame Bosa one bit.
Yes, we love the arrogance. Yes, we love to lord it over other fanbases. But we will also have to occasionally eat our words because of it, like after Purdue this year and Iowa last year. Now Tate has to eat his.
I hope the kid excels, but I also think he deserves the push back. He very publicly shot his mouth off and looks like he's quietly reversing course a week later. He should learn that if you don't want to be publicly called out, then you shouldn't run your mouth to everyone on Twitter.
Naw, Tate wouldn't do much there either.
Pretty sure he liked the same time ago. But honestly, it would be hilarious if he just did it recently in response to Tate's mouth. Seriously would have been a great comeback.
Meyer was fairly lazy with the staff the last couple years. Day was a good hire and seemed to be the last one where actually went on a search. Stud, Davis, and Taver all involved minimal searching and effort.
he believes the players should be adequately compensated for what they provide to the university.
This is the part that's always a hang up for me. People say that players should just be paid for the value they are bringing in, but who judges that? If you are truly paying them for their value, wouldn't that mean that not every player would be paid? Because obviously Brady Taylor was not as valuable to OSU as Dwayne Haskins. So at that point we are talking about only some players being paid and in varying amounts. If that happens, it's basically free-agency. Because if you then pay all the players equally, you will always have someone who is not making enough for their value. Fourth string LBs essentially have no value for the athletic department's revenue, but if you start paying them, don't you have to also pay the baseball team and the women's track team? They are bringing in as much value as that fourth string LB.
The poster above who stated that the football team's revenue is paying for the track team, the baseball team, the soccer team, etc. had it exactly right. If you divert that money to paying KJ Hill, where does the soccer team get its funding?
And the argument about how much money coaches make is not a good case for paying players. Urban Meyer brought real, measurable value to OSU. Not only to the athletic department, but to the university as a whole. His legacy at OSU will be far greater than any one player, just as Woody and Tress' are.
Where I think a change should be made is allowing the players to profit off of their likeness. That's something that can be measured. If Gatorade is willing to pay Haskins $100,000 to use his image on a bottle, he should be allowed to do that. That's a situation where the market can dictate what his likeness is worth and has no affect on any other athlete at OSU.
My take on the CR situation:
Buckeyes have definitely offered and an aggressive offer at that. CR's preference would be to stay in Baton Rouge so he is hoping to leverage the OSU offer into more money and responsibility at LSU. Things are dragging on because LSU has been slow to take it seriously and to counter. CR will not confirm publicly because it would damage recruiting, especially since he prefers to stay at LSU. It seems the only way he comes to OSU is if LSU can't come close to the Buckeye's offer. My guess is he stays put, but would love for him to end up in Columbus.
Clemson has had a crazy amount of staff-continuity. From what I can tell, that has given them the biggest advantage since '14. OSU and Bama have basically recycled entire staffs many times over.