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Comment 03 Jan 2017

This is what I would like to see on the offensive side:

Studrawa ---> TE coach

Warinner ---> OL coach

New hire ---> OC and QB whisperer

New hire ---> WR coach

Alford ---> RB coach

Wilson ---> Analyst

Meyer ---> Less involved in play calling; let the OC take ownership

Comment 03 Jan 2017

I don't think Herman would hire Beck as OC just based on his recruiting prowess. Perhaps Herman believes that Beck is a good OC who was put in a no-win situation by Meyer. Also, it is interesting to see that Herman is not a fan of co-OC dynamics. He lived it when he was at OSU and he watched this clunker (OSU offense) from a distance in 2015 and 2016. With Meyer involved in play calling, it's practically a co-co-OC situation at OSU. Maybe Meyer should consider having one OC.

Comment 01 Jan 2017

At a personal level, it will be hard for Urban Meyer to fire any of the assistants if they don't have anything else lined up. In the past, Urban Meyer have pushed his staff members (see Hinton and Withers) to take other (lesser) jobs, but I don't think he has ever fired anyone. But considering the lack of development on the offensive side of the ball, not upgrading his coaching staff is no longer an option. I mean our offense was dysfunctional across the board last night and it was not an isolated incident. The fanbase has already lost confidence in Beck/Warriner/Smith and it won't be too long before players and recruits do the same.

Comment 30 Oct 2016

We don't have a vertical passing game but the reality is that we have not been very creative in that department. It looks like Meyer and co want to win the game by brute force, i.e., by winning one-on-one battles, which is not happening with these young receivers. But what about manufacturing a creative passing games where the scheme, and not the individual talent, allows the receivers to get open?

Also, I don't totally buy the argument that Ed Warinner is not creative enough. His KU offenses were very imaginative especially in the passing game. The problem may reside in the lack of chemistry among the offensive staff. 

Comment 16 Oct 2015

“Some of the things we do on third down are a little unique and different when you’re not counting on them to run the football,” Ash said. “You may not be as a sound in the run but you’re trying to get after the quarterback and affect the quarterback. The things we do like that are specific to third down.”

This statement from Chris Ash may explain the long runs from opposing QBs. But it sounds like it is more of a choice/preference of the coaching staff and not the inability of the players to stop those runs.

Comment 23 Apr 2015

Now compare that to what David Shaw has to say about his ex-boss:

"I do not have a medical degree, I do not have a Ph.D in psychology or psychiatry. Jim is out there, Jim is who he is," Shaw said. "There's no hiding it. Everybody's seen it; this is who he is. He drives people, he pushes people, he is the most competitive person on the planet. It's just who he is.

"He's going to rub some people the wrong way. He's going to find a way to win football games, because that's what he does. Some people are going to wear out (from him). Jim says that himself; he has a tendency to wear people out at times. You get the good with the bad. What you get from Jim is 100 miles an hour from day one."

This does not sound like an endorsement of any sort. 

Source: http://www.freep.com/story/sports/college/university-michigan/wolverines/2015/04/22/michigan-football-jim-harbaugh-stanford/26178043/

Comment 23 Apr 2015

Only 136 days stand between us and Ohio State's 2015 campaign kickoff, but if this week has been any indication... it's about to be a cold and dark offseason

Nah, this offseason has been dark and cold only if you are Mark May.

Comment 06 Oct 2014

There is no denying that talent reserves within the B1G's footprint are shrinking. In my opinion that was the primary motivation for Jim Delany to go east and add Rutgers and Maryland. When B1G was looking to add Rutgers and Maryland, I was so hoping for B1G to also add schools from talent rich states, e.g., NC or VA.

Of course B1G needs to invest more in hiring and recruiting, but that alone might not be enough to reverse the trend. To me, B1G desperately needs Jim Delany and the B1G's think tank to lobby for changes in recruiting rules, which currently favor the home schools. For example, if B1G schools are allowed to run football camps in the middle of SEC territory, it can be game changer. Earlier this year, James Franklin exploited a loophole in NCAA rules and ran a camp in Atlanta, GA under someone's name, and it did not sit well with SEC coaches. Changing NCAA rules won't be easy as SEC will do it's best to keep the status quo, but I think this is a battle worth fighting. 

Comment 08 Sep 2014

I am not big on calling out assistant coaches in public. Those things should be taken care of behind closed doors. I want to see assistant coaches leave OSU with their dignity intact, even if they were shown the door by Urban Meyer. Also, no one wants to work for a guy who throws you under the bus in public.

Comment 23 Jun 2014

If amateurism is totally sucked out of college athletics, I will stop watching college football. I have no interest in watching or promoting minor leagues.

I believe in doing more for the players and giving them a stipend--like many graduate teaching or research assistants get--will be a reasonable thing to do, but treating them as employees would be the end of the college football, at least for me. Instead of making them employees, let's scale down college athletics a little and allow student athletes to be both student and athlete.

As a graduate research assistant at tOSU, I worked my butt off. I got free tuition and a monthly stipend of $1600 for working 20 hours a week, but I don't remember working for less than 40 hours, and it was not uncommon for me or for my fellow research/teaching assistants to spend 70+ hours per week to meet the demands of their advisers and/or departments. My academic advisers and mentors who put in lesser hours than I did got paid handsomely. For most research projects, it is the graduate students who do most of the heavy lifting, but they don't get paid in proportion to their efforts. Should all the graduate students who get paid for 20 hours but have to work for 40+ hours unionize and start demanding a bigger share from hundreds of millions of research dollar? 

As students, we have to make many sacrifices; monetary rewards seemingly don't match the efforts students put in. Why student athletes should be any different?

Comment 02 Feb 2014

If Kerry Coombs won't be involved with the defense, then we have only three coaches working with the defense. Is there any precedence of having such a low number? I checked Alabama, Auburn, and FSU; all these coaching staffs have four (or more, if you count head coach) coaches on the defensive side.

Comment 21 Jan 2013

I don't agree with the premise. First, OSU students are not forced to buy tickets, and a good fraction does not. Second, the students seldom lose money on tickets. They usually sell one or more tickets in the open market, which more than pays for the rest of the tickets that they actually use. A good fraction of the student body even makes money by selling their tickets. So the actual money that flows into the athletic depart through ticket sales comes from the general public.