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Comment 17 Jul 2012

I'm sorry, but Braxton does not belong in the #3 slot as a passer at the moment.  If he lives up to his potential he could definitely be in the top 3, maybe even #1... but right now?  Absolutely not.  He definitely a top playmaker at the QB position, but that is because of the threat he poses with his legs, not because of his arm.  Hopefully he'll grow into that role, but I'm not buying #3 right now.

Comment 20 Oct 2011

Being an all-american/pro bowl linebacker does not automatically annoint you a good coordinator.  Position coach? Sure.  Coordinator is a much different type of role.

Where I come from you have to earn a position like D-coordinator at a place like Ohio State.  That means years of experience as a NCAA position coach followed by years of success as a Coordinator at a smaller NCAA program.  Cooper proved himself with a dominant HC career at Tulsa and a successful stint at Arizona State.  Tressel proved himself by winning multiple National Championships with Youngstown State at the D1-AA level.  Spielman has done nothing but take the Columbus Destroyers to a 2-15 season.  I love Spiels both for his on the field contributions and for what kind of a person he is off the field.  However, just because he is a Buckeye legend doesn't mean he should be handed a position as important as D-coordinator when his only experience is in critiquing other NCAA D-coordinators from a booth on live television.

Comment 20 Oct 2011

No disrespect intended... but is Chris Spielman qualified to be a D-coordinator for a school like Ohio State?  I wasn't aware he had much, if any, coaching experience.  We always rag on Siciliano for having no experience as a QB coach, is Spielman much different? At the very least, I don't think he can compete with Heacock, who has proven he can put together an elite unit capable of winning games all by itself (Illinois, and almost MSU) every single year.  Also, Heacock was Urban Meyer's boss years ago at Illinois State.  You think Meyer comes in and replaces his old boss with a guy that has no Div-1A coaching experience at a position as important as D-coordinator? Just sayin...

Also, is Ohio State sure it wants to pay $6 million/year (gotta be one of the highest salaries out there, if not the highest) to a coach who seems conflicted about wanting to coach at a high level?  The high salary screams: "Oh, alright... I didn't really want to deal with all the garbage that goes along with this job again, but if you're going to twist my arm to the tune of $6 million, FINE!"  Not sure that's who we want running the show.

Comment 13 Sep 2011

I'm no legal expert, but I think that Title 9 would make this or any type of asymmetrical revenue-sharing arrangement impossible.  In order to pay college football/bball players what that study says they're "worth", you would have to change the law.  It would take an act of Congress, and I'm sure there would be plenty of special interest groups who control political funding and votes that would not stand for 5% of the athletes on a University campus getting paid 95% of the athletic revenue-sharing arrangement.  If you're going to pay the football team, you've got to pay the swimming team (mens and womens), the track and field team (mens and womens), the golf team (mens and womens), the wrestling team, etc....

Comment 13 Sep 2011

3 year rule is for the kids safety.  Imagine a high school kid getting hit by James Harrison over the middle?  Instant career-ending head trauma could result.  Football isn't like BBall, in this contact sport kids need extra time to develop before they can safely play amongst men.

Comment 08 Sep 2011

I agree, brand equity titans make the Big Ten more marketable to the major TV hubs of the US.  Rutgers and Maryland, according to those that argue they are attractive prospects, are searching for REGIONAL appeal, not national appeal.  I guess to rephrase my characterisation of the Northeast, it is not a region that can be captured by taking the "regional beachhead" approach.  Northeast sports fans are more likely to tune in and watch a matchup between Notre Dame and Michigan than they are to tune in to Boston College vs. Northwestern (by a huge margin).  Pro sports come before anything else in the Northeast, so the best approach to capture the TV market there is to pull in those brand equity titans like ND, Nebraska, etc. that people will watch because they thing it will be a "can't miss" matchup.  I may be totally wrong on this, but I don't think there is any possibility of Delany going after Rutgers or Maryland.  They will only dilute the per school revenue of the Big Ten.

Comment 08 Sep 2011

Jim Delany is a smart businessman.  College Football speculators love to talk about which teams conferences might pick up but when it comes down to it expansion is about money.  Ask anyone in the financial services industry-- non-accretive acquistions (purchases that don't improve your bottom line over time) are a bad thing and any smart shareholder or board member will attempt to block CEOs from making dumb moves like that.  Jim Delany is smart, and he is the Big Ten's equivilent of Chairman of the Board.  He and the University Presidents (other board members) won't support the acquisition of schools like Rutgers or Maryland who would be dilutive to the per school revenue of Big Ten members.  Talk all you want about the potential TV revenue from NYC and DC, but I know from living in the Northeast for 9 years that people here just don't care about college sports.  People in Boston don't root for Boston College (not even when they had Matt Ryan and were undefeated going into the FSU game) and people who are natives of NYC don't care about Rutgers in the slightest.  The college football market in NYC consists of people who grew up outside of the city and moved to Manhattan later in life, meaning they all have allegiance to some school most likely hundreds or thousands of miles outside of the tri-state area.  Delany may have blown it with the naming of the conference divisions, but he doesn't make stupid deals.

Comment 10 Aug 2011

Growing up there simply aren't many situations in which you absolutely have to work together unselfishly with other people to be successful.  Other aspects of our society incentivise and reward self-serving behavior at a young age.  I don't think it's a stretch to say that team sports, not just football, is the most effective and best way for teaching those values at a young age.  This is even more prevalent at the college level where you're surrounded by people who have been as dedicated as you to get to where they're at.

As for the popularity of college football, you're right.  It's popular because its explosive and fun to watch.  But the institutions that fund these teams and populate the rosters have a mandate.  That mandate is to educate, not just fill the stands.  If the two come into conflict with eachother, which one do you think should win out?

Comment 10 Aug 2011

Every time someone on 11W posts a long article on some soap box moral issue everyone responds with "WELL DONE SIR!" "OMG amazing post!"

I'm going to be the dissenting voice here and say your article is way off base.  You have an agenda and you are just preaching that agenda.  You clearly don't think much of the NCAA and so you're quick to proclaim them profiteering fatcats and denounce their "draconian" system because it isn't the right fit for surpemely gifted athletes from poor backgrounds.

I feel I can offer a somewhat unique perspective on this subject as I logged 4 years of NCAA football eligibility at a small Division III college in New England.  The college I played at was one without scholarships and a 0.005% chance of a professional career (one guy I played with attempted workouts with the Ravens and Jets; eventually playing NFL Europe, AFL, and UFL for about 3 years before giving up).  Not only did I love the sport enough to play it with no potential for monetary gain later in life, but I paid (or more accurately my parents paid) approx. $45,000 a year so that I could do this while simultaneously bettering my education.

From this background I can say unequivocally that college football is not just a sport for you to watch on Saturday.  For those that actually play the sport it provides life lessons about leadership, integrity, perserverance, and loyalty that can't be learned anywhere else (except the military, where the cost for those lessons is potentially much higher).  These lessons are essential for the development of young men and therefore has a perfectly valid place on a college campus.  Paying players for their contribution to the game corrupts the entire value system that game promotes.  This is readily evident among athletes who have been handed things for their on-the-field performances all through life (Pryor, Clarett) and subsequently never really learned these values.

Going to college IS a huge privilege.  The academic/athletic platform at a good collegiate institution provides an unparralleled learning opportunity.  If gifted athletes from the poor backgrounds would rather get paid immediately, then by all means let's develop a minor-league system so they can bypass the annoyances of going to class and maintaining a 2.0 GPA, but as a former college athlete I have too much respect for the system to allow players to be paid for their on-the-field exploits.  I'd rather watch slow white kids play 3 yards and a cloud of dust than watch Cam Newton score 70 pts one Saturday afternoon and drive away from the football facilities that night in his brand new Escalade bought and paid for at the expense of the sport's integrity. 

Comment 03 Aug 2011

A fellow Boston Buckeye? The original Pizzeria Regina's in the North End is also not bad, and Ernesto's on Salem Street closely rivals both.

Comment 03 Aug 2011

I don't think Heisman voters will give Persa a chance since he plays for Northwestern... but I think that they SHOULD give him a chance.  Why should a player have to be on a top 10 powerhouse school to win the trophy if they're clearly demonstrating that they're the best out athlete on the field?  I'm not saying Persa will be the best athlete on the field next year but the reason he should have a serious look is that he is playing in the Big Ten.  Case Keenum faces C-USA defenses every week, Colt Brenann faced WAC defenses every week, and Kellen Moore faces MWC defenses every week.  With a few notable exceptions (UCF in C-USA or TCU in MWC), those defenses are a joke and make it easy for a good QB w/ a good coordinator to put up ridiculous numbers.  Persa's road will not be as easy, he'll have to work hard for everthing he gets.

If a player in a major BCS conference, albeit on a non-BCS contending team, can put up monster numbers (like I think he will) and single handedly pull off some big wins (like I think he MIGHT) then he deserves attention from Heisman voters.  Will he actually get that attention? Probably not.  Voting for the QB of the team with the closest-to-undefeated record is more the voters style, even if it doesn't reflect who the best athlete on the field was that year. 

Comment 13 Jul 2011

In case anyone was wondering, the new NCAA 2012 game by EA Sports that came out yesterday still has TP as our starting quarterback.  Kind of annoying.

Comment 02 Jul 2011

No comments on this?  Am I the only one that read this article?  No mention of it on Sports Center either, no 24/7 coverage or ESPN analyst opinions to be seen.  Is it cause of the holiday or does everyone just have scandal exhaustion?


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Comment 25 Jun 2011

Check this out:

I heard we might have to vacate the 1968 National Championship.

Comment 27 May 2011

"but also because you got to wake up this morning without having to hear some media outlet absolutely going to town on the integrity of the Ohio State football program"

Actually I did wake up to this, though I guess technically this was aired last night and I just didn't see it until this morning.

Lantern reporters all over ESPN getting their 15 minutes:

"He really didn't have an axe to grind because, well... you know, he had those axes to grind in college and... didn't."

That makes no sense at all.

Comment 16 May 2011

If I were to play devil's advocate I might say replacing you're head of football PR is also a business decision.

Tressel needing someone who could run is the same cop out response everyone makes.  He had 1 QB who knew the offense very well, could read college coverages, etc; and one young but extremely atheltic kid who effectively would just get the ball and outrun people.  There is no reason you don't use both of those assets at QB.  Beanie was back to 20 carries/100 yards a game two weeks later.

Comment 16 May 2011

Tressel is as "loyal" as anyone in his position can be, but he did turn his back on Todd Boeckman pretty badly... so like any human being he is certainly capable of such things.

Brooks' conclusion that this must be JT's doing doesn't hold much water, but neither does the claim that it could never happen because JT is without sin (clearly he isn't).

Comment 07 May 2011

Are you kidding, did you guys even read the article? The guy is selling cars in a different state now, personally owes the IRS $130,000, and is having his half a million $ home foreclosed on.  A title price of $0?  Sounds like the guy was evading taxes and using other ethically questionable business practices to sell cars at firesale values while maintaining margins lucrative enough to finance things like a +$500,000 home.  If I knew of a guy who was selling cars w/ 20,000 miles for 50% of the blue book price I would tell my entire family to buy from this guy too.  How can anyone prove any of this related to them being OSU athletes?  I bet this guy is in some serious trouble with the IRS, and all of the OSU athletes are in no trouble at all. 

Let's remember that the reason we're even under the mircroscope is because Tressell knowingly hid things from the OSU compliance department, a department that is held in high standing with the NCAA for being on top of its athletic program(rogue coaches aside).  It's not up to the athlete to investigate the blue book value of the make/model he is purchasing to see if he is maybe getting some kind of benefit before making a purchase.  That's on the University's compliance department, and if OSU compliance reviewed these purchases and was OK with them I am 95% confident we are fine.

Comment 06 May 2011

The NFL has several minor leagues:

NFL Europe acted as a springboard for NFL stars like Kurt Warner and Jake Delhomme, but was a losing investment so they rolled it up and called it quits in 2007. 

Arena league is still around but still has a hard time generating revenue outside of like 2 or 3 teams (Philly Soul and whatever Denver's team that Elway owns is called) and was forced to furlough their season in 2008 because of the recession.  They actually even have an Arena 2 league in smaller venues for guys who have to start out on the very bottom rung of the ladder (Manchester, NH Wolves, baby!).

CFL functions as a psuedo minor-league and is probably the longest lived of the "minor-league" venues for football... Warren Moon played in the CFL before making it all the way to the NFL Hall of Fame and Ricky Williams did a stint in Toronto while he was suspended for violating the NFL drug policy too many times. 

And now they also have the UFL league with 5 teams (was originally 4 teams but Omaha added one in 2010 to make it 5) that serves as a budding domestic minor league that also happens to play with a full field and comparable rules to the NFL.  I believe Clarett is playing for that Omaha team now, and Marty Schottenheimer is coaching the Virginia Destoyers.

So as you can see... there are plenty of "minor league" avenues for players post-NCAA.  It's just that no one pays attention to them so they usually fail financially.