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Comment 04 Jan 2017

Claeys tried to follow the example set by ex-Missouri coach Gary Pinkel in supporting the players boycott.  The issues were different (racism vs. sexual assault) and far more nuanced for Claeys ham-fisted approach.

Comment 06 Sep 2016

I think the contrast of the media's handling between Sarkisian's hiring and Tim Beckman's at North Carolina is interesting.  

Beckman had to step away because the media scrutiny made him a "distraction", while Sarkisian seemingly avoids the same level of scrutiny.

The timing of the hire I'm sure plays into the narrative reporters have the time and energy for - but man, if hiring Beckman less than a year after being fired for mistreatment of players is bad, what about hiring someone who was fired for repeatedly being drunk on the job?

Comment 30 Jan 2016

"I’m not embarrassed by it at all," he said. "And I don’t regret doing it because I don’t regret anything I do.

I don't understand this logic.  

I do understand that he means, in part, "I try to learn from all of my life experiences - success and mistakes.", but to not regret doing something that you did implies that you would do it again if presented with the same choice.

My assumption is that when he had to look his girlfriend in the eye the first time after this ordeal and explain what happened there was a lot of pain, tears, questions, anger, fear... (I believe they have a child together).

Unless you're planning on leaving the relationship, are you really saying "I don't regret what I did" to this person?

Comment 20 Jan 2016

I wish there was a dedicated and easily accessed archive section for all of Ramzy's previous articles.  Each one is worth a second read.  Better yet, if 11W collated all of his articles through the years and published it as a book, I would buy it.

Comment 19 Jan 2016

In Bill Rabinowitz's book, The Chase, he described Smith as anything but consistent.  After the Va Tech game in which he had a dropped TD, he went into a season long funk only to begin to emerge in the game against TSUN.

That said, I would rather have him back than not as he does have experience and good speed; and he was a key person on special teams. (Remember all of those tackles inside the 20 against AL on kickoff's?  That was Smith.)

Comment 17 Jan 2016

It was clear that Warriner needed to say in the coaches box going forward and that means someone has to take the reigns of being the OL coach.  It appears that Hinton is not best suited for this and he becomes the odd man out.

Some may ask, "Why not Beck?" as he drew most of the attention and ire of fans for the sluggish performance of the offense during the season.

I'm speculating, but I'm sure there were a number of factors that went into the decision... ability to recruit, Meyer wants a position coach dedicated to QB's and Hinton couldn't fulfill that role, Beck wasn't as responsible for the sluggish performance as much as we think, etc.

I saw a tweet where Vannett seemed a bit put off by the "demotion" of his position coach.  It's a ruthless business and it seems Meyer tried to make as humane of a decision possible when confronted with a situation where the best interest/desires of the team and an assistance coach may not line up.

It's no one's fault really, consistent turnover on the staff means the coaching staff puzzle has to be periodically reassembled.  With different backgrounds, skills and specialties sometimes someone isn't going to fit.

Comment 01 Jan 2016

Mike Weber looked great this summer before suffering a knee injury, and he's expected by many to be the frontrunner to take over in the Buckeye backfield. However, with Williams set to enroll in just a few weeks, don't be surprised if he's able to sneak into the two-deep at some point next season.

I'm excited about the new guys too, but I haven't given up on Dunn yet... he was highly rated, made an impact as a freshman and seems to have gotten his head on straight these past 2 years - just so happens to be behind an all-time great.

Comment 16 Jan 2015

My 11 year-old daughter and 8 year-old son stayed up with me the entire time to watch the game.  As the clock was winding down I told them to get their shoes on.  

"Why? Where are we going?" They asked.

"We're going to celebrate!"  I said, and we took a lap around the culd-de-sac in their pajamas (shorts for me) in 10* weather and 4" of snow on the ground.

This championship feels different to me...

- The Miami game (as Ramzy said) felt like the first ever,

- I felt like Tressel finally vanquished Michigan (my college years = Cooper).

- I feel like Urban vanquished the SEC and ESPN.

- After the '02 Michigan game, there was a month of build-up.

- After the '14 Michigan game we didn't even know if we could win the B1G Championship game.

- I was surprised we beat Miami in '03 - but I was a bit surprised more surprised at all the things that happened this year.

- This was now our 4th attempt in my lifetime.

- I could share this one with my kids - didn't have any for the last one.

Comment 08 Dec 2014

Right.  The last time I remember beating a highly ranked team so soundly was 1996 vs. Penn State (which I believe was ranked #5) at the time of the game.