If you had 4 and 5 stars with development and mentoring by seniors who care as much about the program as they do about their careers, and under the tutelage of a consistent coaching staff, then I don’t doubt that this team would be giving bama and Clemson a run for their money right now. But instead we have a bias toward early departure of our franchise players and changes in coaching such that we are hitting the reset button too many times in too many areas and this is where we are at. And with all of that, Urban has this team scraping and clawing their way to a one loss conference championship season.
I’m both grateful for the results that OSU gets under these circumstances, and frustrated that the program has allowed itself to be put in this situation and will continue to be in it for the foreseeable future under this model.
To truly be an elite contender, more continuity is not only needed, it is essential. Without it, this is our ceiling.