It isn't just getting into the playoffs - it is about being able to win when you get there.
Recruiting, recruiting, recruiting.
Urban upped the level of recruiting in the BIG when he arrived. Part of what he had to do was fight against the perception (which was accurate) that the BIG sucked. Recruits want to play in big games against top level competition. If the BIG constantly looks like it sucks then we will win recruiting battles against PSU and UM but not USC, Clemson, Georgia, and Bama. If you don't win a few recruiting battles against those guys you will probably lose on the field against them too.
Urban recruited the best nationally and won his fair share against other perennial national title contenders. For coaches without multiple national championships to do that, they need to have a better story than what he started with.
If the BIG consistently wins more than its fair share of bowl games the perception of the league gets better and it gets easier to get national recruits in the door. If Michigan and PSU are consistently top 15 teams recruiting top level recruits is easier (though we will lose a few to them from time to time to other BIG schools).
It isn't about 2017 or 2018 CFP, it is about where 17 and 18 year olds think they will have the best opportunities.
If Zach had pushed similar details about Courtney to the press no one would have touched them with a 10 foot pole. And they shouldn't have. People have personal lives and it has nothing to do with the issue at hand (DV). Frankly this is awfully close to revenge porn or victim shaming (yeah, I just called Zach the victim in this). This was done simply to humiliate Zach. The fact that someone would publish them is mind blowing and shows a lack of class that seemed below even McWhatsHisName. All that said, I hope Zach gets another job in football but glad it won't be at OSU.
Guarantee that they already know the moment they go to school. Special place in hell for parents that do this to their kids.
Article is well written and seems fair.
The headline is poor at best, sensationalized and misleading at worst. Maybe someone other than Smith's ex-wife has a little bit of an ax to grind with him (or maybe they just want more comments and clicks).
That said, this appears to be a non-story other than for us Buckeye faithful that read about football on a random night in July.
If we needed a LB coach - Randy Shannon. But Bob Shoop should be looking for a job and did a very good job at PSU before he left for...greener pastures LOL!