What, wait a minute! The team that has won the most September Heismans and the team that has the all time wins record in college football has put 34 fewer players in the first round than the Buckeyes? How can that be!
Not arguing for or against your sentiments but it is fascinating to me to see the different perspectives on the same situation and who places emphasis on what aspects. For the crowd that wanted to see primarily Ohio kids playing at Ohio State and the beating of ttun every year there is no doubt that Tressel is the gold standard for that. As to winning national championships it has to be Woody but it was also a very different era and very subjective in determining those championships. We remember Tressel for both winning that natty but also for underperforming against Florida (and not sure how to look at the LSU loss as both teams backed into that championship). Just like Tressel, Meyer won his Ohio State natty in his second year but also had the beat down against Clemson and really inexcusable losses against Iowa and Purdue.
For all of that I would argue that there is only one program that could say they have had it better than Ohio State in the last 20 years - Alabama. Clemson has had it the last 5 years but before that they were not cracking the top 15 most years. LSU also had two titles in that time frame as did Florida but Florida became a mess after Meyer left and LSU has never made the playoffs except in the two years they won it (Bama had a lot to do with that). I will take that run every day.
I give Fickell a pass as there was a lot more going on besides the talent he had to work with. I also think with Tressel he needed a year to really re-shape the program.
Great story and hope the good guys land him. However, there is another Buckeye in the same time frame as Oden who is closer to who he would be that has achieved tremendous success in the NBA - a certain Mike Conley comes to mind.
But that was after Miller went down with his injury and it was clear they did not have time to adjust the offense for a qb that was primarily a thrower. Yes, it worked out later in the year but that was after they knew that Jones was their backup and not the 3rd string qb and so I am sure they made adjustments throughout the season in practices in the event Cardale had to become the primary qb.
We have attended the last 5 years and always look to take in another event. Couple of years ago they have lacrosse against ttun and that was great for the lacrosse team to play in front of a massive crowd and for the people attending to have two things going on. Last year the men's volleyball played later that evening and they were really good last year plus they played in St. John's. Like you said this year they had the baseball game (which, if you had your ticket from the Spring Game, general admission cost a dollar so we took in several innings plus that gave traffic time to clear. Women's lacrosse was playing and women's softball was playing ttun and gave that team its first conference loss.
Was wondering if there were a bunch of non-college schools on spring break either for the week coming up or last week with Easter being so late in the year. Spring Game tends to be a good time for families to attend.