Fabulous moment there when Avery teared up and the team showed so much enthusiasm for their teammate's proposal and his bride-to-be's response. I recall Drue shaving his head in support of his grandmother and the kind words he wrote about her when she passed away. This young man is a fine one. I am thankful that he's part of Ohio State.
I think I've heard of you. Are you the guy that shoots a marvelous fadeaway jumper with a 1.5 inch floor clearance, while sporting some nice knee high athletic socks with two red stripes at the top? Hang in there, Champ. Legends are made, not born.
Mickey Marotti is assistant athletic director for football sports performance. He reports to Gene Smith, not the football coach. Student-Athlete Support Services, the Athletic Compliance Office and Sports Performance are independent entities within the Ohio State Athletic Department. Coach Day nor the previous coach, Urban Meyer, have the authority to hire and fire within those departments.
Agreed. We have no idea what kind of freedom Mr. Davis had in his coaching role. It's doubtful that he had full independence, with two d' coordinators, in implementing scheme and in selection of starting personnel. Regardless, the man is a faithful friend of Urban Meyer's and conducted himself in a professional manner. He deserves to be treated with dignity and respect.
My hat is off to Urban Meyer, his family, his teams, his colleagues and his legacy. I am thankful for his association with The Ohio State University and his support of the state of Ohio.
I came to Ohio State as a student nearly 40 years ago because two former, renowned faculty members there had taken the time and made the effort to respond to technical questions, in old-fashioned letters, asked by my obscure, paternal grandfather, a Scottish immigrant. I share that simply to make the point that Ohio has its share of special people. Urban Meyer, a man of a generation now misunderstood, is one of those people. His loyalty, his work ethic, and his determination to make those around him better get him in trouble at times, but those traits and qualities make him a man of substance. I admire him greatly and hope and pray that his days ahead are blessed and meaningful for him and all those around him.
I love that kid's heart and humor. The A.D., kind reporter and coaches feel the same way, obviously. Thanks for a great post. It's been a tough year personally, so this was particularly helpful.
In my opinion, Urban's loyalty and a desire to help others, despite the detrimental impact to his reputation in the case of Zach Smith, are commendable and signs of good character. It's important, once again, to point out that Smith was never charged, and, of course, convicted of assault on a female, though his other issues are significant. Obviously, Urban felt Smith and his family were best served by Smith's continued employment at OSU. Smith had a family to feed, clothe and house and his problems with substance abuse, etc. were best addressed if he remained on staff. Regardless of Urban's feelings about Smith's grandfather and his loyalty, I don't think anyone doubts that Urban would have fired Smith in a Minnesota minute if he felt the allegations of spousal abuse had merit.
I think Urban's long and successful association with the win at all costs mentality of big-time collegiate sports, his growth as a father and husband and his success in developing young men academically, morally, socially and athletically in his time at OSU makes him uniquely qualified to teach a course about character and leadership.
Outstanding! A sure tie with the great moniker, Truck Stop Fabio.)))
Having minored in business at OSU, I know that a 3.81 grade point average is darn near miraculous for a student athlete. Jordan is undoubtedly gifted, and a hard worker as well. Congratulations.
The precise definition of classy behavior, which is undoubtedly based on good character. Good examples and exemplary behavior are hugely important, and I am thankful that younger guys like Wyatt Davis are seeing it first hand. In addition to the entertainment we spectators or fans of the university and all its programs enjoy, we get the benefit of life lessons and inspirational actions, too.
I was very pleased to see the emotion Coach Matta expressed when he recognized his players and family, and the heartfelt gratitude from his former players. Ultimately, I believe we were created for relationships, and the relationships developed between coaches/teachers and athletes/students are extremely important to society and humanity. Coaches at the major university level have the almost impossible task of developing and maintaining good relationships with a lot of constituencies, while winning very high percentages of their games. Coach Matta succeeded at both, and managed several years of excruciating pain and physical challenges in an exemplary way. As an alumnus, I am both proud of the man and thankful for his tenure at Ohio State.
Thank you, IronPastor. Outstanding rebuttal.
That's a good question. I imagine the Senator will write 'em a letter or something.
Congratulations to D. Knox for playing an exceptional game and for persevering and producing so well this season. As Coach Meyer has always said, injuries are the worst thing about this great team sport.
I had to look up Lisfranc. I had no idea that it's a ligament named after a French surgeon. Hopefully, D's injury is a simple strain. If not, surgery is generally a must. Regardless, I am saddened by D's misfortune and hope and pray for a remarkable recovery.
Gee whiz, this interview was just the cat's meow.))) But, I can't believe you didn't ask the Senator about his hand-painted, pre-washed, Drue Chrisman jean jacket and how comfortable he and Ellen feel settling in for a game after enjoying the breakfast special at Perkins Restaurant and Bakery off Boardman. He did tell Ellen that he thought that jacket was going to be about as useful as a screen door on a submarine before he slipped it over his sweater vest, and realized how comfortable it was. Thanks for a great post.
Looking forward to a Tressel post by the Eleven Warrior guys. Something like this: The Senator was feeling a tad self-indulgent as he settled down in his recliner just before noon today. He and Ellen had enjoyed a fine breakfast at Perkins Restaurant and Bakery off Boardman. A favorite colleague, a professor of history at YSU, had regaled them with personal anecdotes about his childhood in Cleveland playing pickup games in the shadow of the old Municipal Stadium. Both couples spoke of the meaning found in relationships, games and a sense of place. The Senator had slipped on his Drue Chrisman hand-painted blue jean jacket over his vest as he stepped out early that morning, and was thankful as an unseasonably cold breeze nipped at his neck, just above his collar line. Because it felt so broken in and comfortable, he decided to keep it on as he tuned in the game. Looking down at his Elkhide slippers from L.L. Bean, the Senator was reassured by Ellen that a little rest and relaxation was warranted after putting in countless hours of service for the good people of Ohio. Ellen feared the worst when their favorite son, Drue Chrisman, outright muffed or shanked an ever important punt early on in the game. She glanced at the Senator hesitantly, knowing that he simply did not need another stress point at the end of a hard week. Surprisingly, the Senator grinned and said, "Ellen, dear, my boy Thoma is off the hook now, and I don't feel so bad about keeping him off the field anymore either. It happens to the best of us. Bless the boys and the greatest team sport of the ages".
Feared he might have flashbacks to Jonathan Thoma's shank and experience difficulty sleeping for a moment there. But I feel all is well with the Senator and Ellen this evening.
By all accounts, Booker is a remarkably gifted or freak athlete. I understand time is short and one-on-one instruction is limited at any level, which is tragic, because, with adequate instruction, he could be an All-American. Not pointing fingers but just lamenting the loss of potential. If paired up with an instructor like Buddy Curry, former Tarheel and Atlanta Falcons linebacker, for a period of time, his production would be incredible.
After having a look at those Babylonian symbols, I quickly understood what Vaughn was talking about. I'm 100% behind making the game safer but equally glad I don't have to make the calls. I feared Grant Delpit was going to follow Jordan into the showers early on in the game against Alabama, but think the correct call, an overrule, was made.
Brendon appears to be a chip off the old block. His dad, always gracious and humble, is amazingly positive, despite his prognosis and challenges. I am particularly pleased to see quality folks continuing to be associated with Ohio State.
Though the opposing team blocked poorly, Cade Stover showed a real nose for the football, which takes good vision, intelligence and an ability to read offenses. Exceptional speed is an unteachable gift, of course, but dozens of All-American University players and All-Pro NFL players have excelled at the linebacker position without it. The majority of successful defenses seem to tie up blockers with their interior linemen, and allow linebackers to sit back, read, fill gaps, help with the edge and make plays.
In such cases down here in rural Carolina, they use the French word "beaucoup" as a slang adjective. Unfortunately, it's pronounced "BOO COO", with a heavy accent on both syllables. ...............and to think I was accused of being from West Virginia when I was a student at Ohio State.(
It was a pleasure to read an analysis from an alumnus with a world class resume, who, no doubt, has a lot of respect and love for the university and football program. Thanks for a great post.
I just read an article about how clean and orderly the team left the visitors' locker room at Purdue. Acts like that speak of the class of the coaches, managers, players and program, which is what really matters in the grand scheme of things. A man in Urban Meyer's position has to absorb a lot of criticism, but he's an educator at heart and he teaches his players the value of consideration and respect for people and property, something significant in my mind.
Hoping and praying the team can work things out schematically and play up to their potential in the games to come. No respectable person expects perfection, losses are part of it, but it's maddening to see potential go unrealized.
The linebacker position is notoriously difficult to learn, because it's so difficult to read all the keys quickly, and respond before all the blockers arrive, good instincts are almost essential, and the popular spread offenses make athleticism far more essential than it was with traditional offenses. I can recall when relatively small, and relatively slow guys with a nose for the ball or good instincts and key reading skills could thrive, but that does not appear to be the case anymore. I can sympathize with the players and coaches these days.
Thanks for the great analysis. All the scheming and adjusting makes the game interesting. As others have said, it's a pleasure to see adjustments, regardless of their timing, working and allowing for success or wins.
Thanks for the input, Parabuckeye. You've made some important points. I imagine you are already involved, but, if not, I trust you can work to make your dreams a reality for yourself and those coming behind you. We all know about the strengths and extreme weaknesses of our current healthcare system.
This issue is close to home for me. My late father, at age 17, woke up one morning, the summer after his first year of college, a strapping farm boy with inexplicable back pain. That evening, while running up the stairs at the family home, he fell, and never walked again without the aid of a leg brace and crutches. Like many in those days, he was a victim of polio myelitis. Without the influence of a wealthy family from New England, he would not have been the beneficiary of the extraordinary care and rehabilitation provided by doctors in Baltimore and Warm Springs, GA(Roosevelt Warm Springs Institute for Rehabilitation).
Inspiration comes from a variety of sources, tragic and joyful situations alike. Ryan's determination and the care and support around him are inspiring to me. I feel sure his stride will return to normal in time and that he will make a full recovery. In the meantime, let's all do what we can to make a great sport safer for its participants. I don't know of any endeavor that requires more teamwork and dependence on others. It's a great part of our culture.