If you're expanding the playoff to eight, functionally, you're expanding the playoff to 16 teams (Power 5 conference championship games become the round of 16). I'd rather move to the FCS model at that point. 24 teams, Give the Top 8 seeds a bye, give an AQ to all conferences.
I get the visceral "nope" reaction to Giddens and his past at Ohio State. However, I think we're really in a pretty narrow market for Grad Transfers. We only want a 1 year Grad Transfer, and I suspect Holtmann is not overselling the playing time. Sure, they will get a chance to compete, but he's probably nothing more than an 8-12 minutes a night player. That's means we're probably not getting starters from even lesser conferences to transfer in. We're looking for a guy who can compete and defend other bigs. That's something we can find in a grad transfer, we won't get a difference maker unless we can offer difference maker playing time.
I think it depends on what Brunk wants out of his experience. If he's a Keyshawn Woods, looking to win, he might be willing to take 10-15 minutes on a tournament team. If he wants to be a 30 minute an evening guy, my guess is he's on a Missouri Valley or MAC team next year.
Doesn't look like the right game for alot of Jallow minutes, Houston's gonna double Kaleb, need Washington or Ahrens out there, someone that can make an open 3.
Keyshawn Woods has been playing like someone who's not ready for his college career to be over recently. Always need someone other than Kaleb to play big for this team to be dangerous.
Ahrens still is a not a complete player. You see inconsistent defensive play and bad defensive decisions, but the guy can shoot. He probably should have played more, but it wasn't baffling why he didn't play more.
I'm sure there are some players who are mid-round NFL talents who might be interested in taking an early pay day, but as long as leagues like the XFL and AAF are coached by washed up NFL coaches and the assistants are fired FCS coordinators, I think it's gonna be hard to convince people this is serious big level football, and it's a smart alternative to forego the normal development path.
Yes, Kaleb Wesson is the most talented player on the team. He's capable of creating offense, which is something this team really struggles with. His presence attracts double teams.
Yes, he makes dumb fouls. What makes it worse is it looks like the foul trouble is really getting in his head. Every questionable foul his teammates have to restrain him from getting a technical.
That being said, LeDee is no help on offense, and not very good at defending physical interior players without fouling. He can run the floor, but he really needs to develop strength to be a real asset to this team.
Seems highly unlikely, in part because Cris Carter went on national TV and said he is no longer physically able to be a Head Coach and suggested Urban could have a major health event on the sideline.
If Urban wanted to coach again, I don't think he'd have his people giving future rival head coaches such powerful ammo.
Don't repeat the mistake of Tim Beck. Other programs have decided he can't handle top level football. Nick Saban kept him on staff for only one year.
I don't see the logic in hiring Don Brown or Schiano.
Neal Brown the Troy coach makes a lot of sense here I think. He doesn't make a large salary at Troy, He's from the same Hal Mumme coaching tree as Holgorsen, and his record is very impressive.
Although, don't rule out boosters trying to force a Rich Rod return, it's unlikely, but hell, Mack Brown is back at North Carolina, and Gary Andersen is back at Utah State.
Hiring Applewhite would be like hiring Tim Beck again. It's a bad idea.
Free graduate degree from Ohio State never hurts. Great coaches, and even an Ohio State backup like Kenny Guiton got a look in NFL. Plus if he wants a job in coaching, lots of opportunities to get connected to future head coaches on staff right now.
I think you're low balling the contract for Brantley and Miller. Brantley even hurt last year was worth a win and a half, and will be at least two this year. That suggests his value should be in the 12-15 a year range. The last two years suggest Miller is worth 20 million a year. We will see how the rest of the year pans out, but if Miller stays healthy, hard to see him getting less than 15 from a big market team. Cody Allen's an interesting case, he's been pretty bad this year. However, if I'm being frank, looking at the history of relievers who have spent several years playing for Tito, I think letting Allen go make sense. Look at how production has fallen for relievers who have a lot of appearances/heavy usage in recent years (Dan Otero, Bryan Shaw, Andrew Miller, Cody Allen),
Also worth noting, the salary for Lindor is probably going to be around 11 million next year unless Cleveland signs a long term contract. Kris Bryant signed for 10.7 as an Arb 1, and his production was lower than Lindor's.
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Wanting to play football again, and being cleared to play football again are very different things. Setting a high bar might help motivate and aide in recovery. That being said, he'll still need to be cleared to play again, and I think it will be hard for Shazier to get medically cleared. It's possible the severity of the injury was in part caused by a pre-existing condition, like spinal stenosis. That's a medical malpractice lawsuit waiting to happen. Wish him nothing but the best, but I think it's unlikely he could get cleared even with a 100% recovery.
Worst: 2011 vs. Michigan State. The 2015 loss hurt more, but watching Joe Bauserman quarterback was physically painful.
Best: 2017 win against TSUN. Stadium OHIO in their house was amazing.
In terms of a pure first man left out, I think you'd have Trevor Thompson ahead of Dakich.
Gotta wait for that team vote to occur.
We just beat the #1 team, and all of our losses were to Top 30 teams in the last poll. We'll be ranked.
It will certainly be an adjustment to Ohio State in terms of recruiting and scheme. He's had to build defenses designed to handle the PAC 12, the short offensive possessions of the Leach Air Raid, and Wazzu's below average talent. Moving to OSU where you don't have to scrounge for talent, might create challenges for Grinch. Also I've never been sold on 3 man fronts on defense in the Big Ten. He might never be able to make a defense work in the Big Ten.
That being said, this was a bad offseason for Wazzu. Leach was rumored out the door, Falk was hurt, Top WRs were gone, and Grinch spent time in Columbus. The performance was bad, but all the evidence suggests he's one helluva secondary coach, even if you aren't sold on Grinch as DC. It's a good hire.
I've spent a fair amount of time around competitive public speaking in college. Riveting I know. However, I think that circuit has a strong analog to the question posed. Like in college football, there are many haves and have nots. In a response to not meeting their own expectations rather than introspection/demanding more of one's self, a number of college speech teams have formed their own little leagues with their own championships. The team at Ohio University did this. They were once Top 5 National school to start this decade, now they are a non-factor. Not even a Top 50 program. When they leave their self created bubble, they get destroyed.
When your competition is weaker, you get weaker. Your standards slip. I also think you lose some self respect in the process.
Focusing on your perception of unfairness in a community is unproductive, self evaluation and self improvement is the only way out. Talking about why you aren't "wanted" is just self rationalization. We shouldn't be interested in creating national championships, we should be winning them.
Not to get too conspiratorial but does the Fulmer wanting to be AD thing mean he was in on the sabotage of Schiano's hiring?
It's been well established Peyton Manning knew ahead of time, hard to imagine Fulmer didn't either.
Honestly, if your Les Miles, do even you want this job? Based on recent events, hard to imagine the new Tennessee coach having a long leash. Like if Tennessee is 5-7 or 6-6 is the Tennessee fan base gonna accept that in year 1? Being on the hot seat in year 1 isn't going to interest many coaches, unless you're grabbing coaches where this is their one shot at a high resource job.
I don't necessarily disagree, however, I think this whole thing has made hiring Schiano too politically hot for another AD or a Board of Trustees to hire Schiano right now.