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Comment 25 Feb 2020

This is kind of a tight rope that tOSU management has to balance upon. You don't want to commit to a relatively unproven coach (face it, he has 1 season under his belt), and at the same time you don't want to allow another school to come in and throw around bigger bucks and lure him away. I believe that Day is deserving of this raise, I just hope he is able to maintain the level of the program that is expected. In other words, I hope he is not the next Kirk Ferentz. 

Comment 20 Feb 2020

His brother Judd recruited my oldest daughter to run Track for Ashland. I got to know him a little during that process. He is a pretty good guy and very passionate about Track and Field. Unfortunately however, my daughter had other plans and didn't have the desire to run track in college.

Comment 10 Feb 2020

I have always tried to give coaches that I have met, away from officiating, a little tip. Officials are going to make calls that go against you, good or bad. And you are going to have officials that are pretty good and some that are very bad. However, the best you can hope for is that they are consistent. If they are bad, they should be bad for both teams, same if they are good.

But whatever the case, berating them constantly will do NOTHING to help your cause. PERIOD!

I found that when a coach focused on his team and the game and understood that some calls don't go their way, the number of calls that go against them seems to be fewer. 

I did a game with a coach on my sideline that was all class. We had a play were his running back ran over 50 yds for a touchdown. Just as the back broke free, out of the corner of my eye, I see our Umpire throw a flag. I based on where he was, I knew this play was coming back. After the play, I got the call and went to the sideline to explain the penalty. This was a close game and the touchdown was crucial for that team. 

I was expecting that coach to explode when I told him we were bringing the ball back and marching off 10 yds for a hold. Instead, he calmly asked me the number of the player that held and politely responded with "Thank you."

I was dumbfounded. From that point forward, let's just say that any foul committed by his team from my point of view, had to be pretty agregious for me to throw the flag. (Actually, my rule of thumb was that if the foul was not a matter of player safety or had no affect on the play, I rarely threw a flag).  I don't remember if that team won or lost, but I do remember that coach was someone that impressed me with his disposition. 

Comment 10 Feb 2020

That's not really the point. As someone that worked the Ohio High School sidelines for 30 years, I can relate to Mr. Capron. As an official, your not trying to make friends or enemies, but working with the coach in an effort to prevent penalties down the line and run a clean game.

A few years back I was doing a game where the team on my sideline had a safety that was very close to some late hits early in the game. I said something to the kid about it to the affect that "Hey #32, you're pushing it on the hits when the ball carrier is going down. Be careful." The kid replied, "I play to the whistle". Wrong answer as the play ends with the ball becomes dead. The whistle is just to let everyone else of the field know that the play ended. It is the players responsibility to stop when the ball carrier is down.

Anyway, I go this his coach and inform him that #32 is going to draw a penalty and now is the time for him to address it to prevent it. The coach gave me essentially the same answer. Ok, if that's how you feel. About 3 plays later I get him for a late hit. 15 yd penalty on a 3rd down play that extended the drive that ultimately resulted in a touchdown.

The point is that in game communication is sometimes essential to the team that the official is attempting to communicate with. I don't know what conversations Mr. Capron had or attempted with Meyer. However, it is beneficial to at least hear what the official has to say. I never made a point to carry on a conversation with a coach just to chit chat. So when I did communicate, it had a purpose. I wasn't doing so for my benefit, but for him and his team. I'm sure Mr. Capron did the same thing.

Comment 20 Jan 2020

It wasn't a guarantee of anything but effort

That was my take. Too many people believe he was guarenteeing a win; he wasn't. He only said that you would proud of them on the field. I took it for what I believed he meant, that they would not quit and give a complete and solid effort in that game. That alone would be a huge change from the previous 13 years. 

Comment 16 Jan 2020

 I can't recall the play exactly but my recollection was there was at least one targetting missed on Clemson,

That would be the plan where Dobbin's hurt his ankle. As he was going to the ground, the Clemson defender lowered his head and hit Dobbins in the back of Dobbin's head with the crown of his helmet. The replay booth had plenty of time to review the play, but did nothing. 

Comment 10 Dec 2019

Exactly. I am rooting for Day to win it as I believe he has taken tOSU to another level from where Meyer had them. However, I cannot dismiss the job that Rhule has done at Baylor. They were a complete dumpster fire a couple of years ago and he had them within a game of making the CFP. I would have no problem if he were to win the award. 

Comment 10 Dec 2019

Haskins did not run the zone read effectively thereby reducing the most effective run play in the play book. That went a long way in hampering our ability to run the ball last year. It was NOT all about the line's blocking ability. With Barrett and Fields both being viable run threats, we were able to run an effective zone read that kept defenses from keying on a single ball carrier. Just look at Dobbins seasons. His worst was the one year we had a QB that was not a viable run threat. This offense is predicated on the QB's ability to run the ball. 

Comment 26 Nov 2019

As someone that lived the Cooper years, I wish I could agree with you. I know on paper we should take them behind the woodshed, but 1995 and 1996 are still way to vivid a nightmare to be feeling that confident. As Archie would say, in this game you have to play better than you are because you know that they will play better than they are. With all due respect to our true Military hero's, this is as close as these guys will ever get to an all out WAR! They need to be focused and execute on EVERY PLAY and don't take their foot of their throats until the clock reads 0:00. 

Comment 25 Oct 2019

They should not have been able to stall OSU four or five times in the red zone or score so easily

 Unfortunately, that's what happens when you are not able to consistently run the ball. Especially in the Red Zone. However, now with a QB that is very capable of effectively running the ball, they have been much better in short yardage situations.