This doesn't change anything as far as the player he was when he wore an OSU uniform.
True. And the longer things drag out, the narrative changes from 'they did this, so they deserve this" to "well, shoot, we gotta do something to them, this has been going on so long."
Obviously the NFL doesn't care about timeline or looking good. But Deflategate made them all look like a bunch of buffoons, and you'd think they'd try to change that image.
What I don't get about all of this, is why has it taken so freakin' long? I mean seriously. Shouldn't they have been able to figure something out with this sooner? The longer this drags out, the worse it looks for the NFL.
My question is how do you quantify the benefit (financial or otherwise) that a school and/or sponsor receives from using the image or likeness of a former player?
I don't know. It's hard to tell with Harbaugh. I think the NFL intrigues him for sure, and there will always be questions of will he or won't he leave for a pro job. My guess is he'll either leave in the next few years for the NFL, if say, the Chicago Bears job opens up again, or he'll stay at Michigan for the long haul.
I don't think, though, that UM will fire Harbaugh. He is their Golden Boy. It would take A LOT for them to even consider parting ways with him. I don't think losing to OSU over and over again would be enough.
I'm not saying Gene is lying, but he is under no obligation to tell us exactly how everything went down on this search. At this point, I don't even care one way or another.
My guess is that when Holtmann initially turned down the offer, Smith went hard after other candidates including McDermott. How hard? I don't know. And it doesn't really matter. Besides, I'm pretty sure if McDermott was offered the job, Gene's not gonna come out and say it now, especially not when he's 'got his guy' now.
No commitment, but he's been picking up some pretty good offers lately. Xavier, Maryland, Florida, Syracuse, Virginia Tech, Louisville, and Georgetown have all offered since he de-committed from OSU.
While I could see Holtmann reaching out to him, I think that ship's probably sailed.
Pretty cool to see a kid from where I call home (Murfreesboro, TN) earning a Buckeye offer. It's one he's been waiting on for a while.
Here's the 2017-18 roster. While I do think we have some decent players. We can use all the help we can get.
No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr. Hometown (Prev School)
0 Micah Potter Center 6-9 240 SO Mentor, Ohio (Montverde Academy)
1 Jae'Sean Tate Forward 6-4 230 SR Pickerington, Ohio (Pickerington Central)
3 C.J. Jackson Guard 6-1 175 JR Charlotte, N.C. (Eastern Florida State)
4 Derek Funderburk Forward 6-9 205 RS FR Lakewood, Ohio (Hargrave Military Academy)
14 Joey Lane Guard 6-1 180 JR Deerfield, Ill. (Deerfield)
15 Kam Williams Guard 6-2 185 RS SR Baltimore, Md. (Mount St. Joseph's)
24 Andre Wesson Forward 6-6 220 SO Westerville, Ohio (South)
33 Keita Bates-Diop Forward 6-7 235 RS JR Normal, Ill. (University High)
Braxton Beverly Guard 6-0 180 FR Hazard, Ky. (Hargrave Military Academy)
Kaleb Wesson Forward 6-9 280 FR Westerville, Ohio (South)
My old roommate was a big IU fan. One of his favorite things to say back in the day was 'Dane Fife is a tool!'
It may reek of desperation for good reason...
And as far as the timeline, just speculation here, but from what I've gathered, the summer programs for most teams begin in the next 2 weeks or so. He needs a coach in place at OSU soon and before current coaches start summer workouts. Not to mention getting on the recruiting trail...
So, if you believe various tweeters tweeting on the twitters, rumor is that Holtmann did have interest in the job initially (so I assume that means when first contacted within the last couple days) but didn't like the "aggressive" timetable that OSU was giving him to make a decision.
Honest question: what past performance makes you confident in him?
I assume the first is BACK SP...
Yeah, except after the hire UM fans acted like Hoke was the second-coming of Bo and the guy they wanted all along.
Unless Gene brings on someone big, I can't see OSU fans doing cartwheels and acting like that.
What, no John Wooden?
Yeah, but he does have a point.
if you fire Thad in June you better have a plan because it sure does look like Gene is just flying by the seat of his pants on this whole thing.
I've seen a couple places saying that Gene is "getting help" on this search now from former Vanderbilt and South Carolina coach Eddie Fogler, who in recent years has been somewhat of a headhunter for schools looking for coaches, with varying levels of success.
Dear Gene Smith,— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) June 8, 2017
If you are gonna fire Matta in June, you may wanna have a plan. And not sure best course action is to ask Fogler for help.
I'll tell you what does intrigue him: glasses. Seriously, I read a story about him and he's got like 30-40 different pairs of glasses and switches them out depending on what he's wearing. True story. Mike Brown loves him some fashion.
So, I'm thinking McDermott himself or his people leaked it and as a result he's gonna end up with a bigger, more lucrative deal @ Creighton in the process. And meanwhile OSU is all coach-less and Gene's on Craig's List trying to find someone who wants the job in June.
Do we know, 100% that he was actually offered the job?
Why? This seems like a bad idea.
Has he ever coached college ball? Has he ever recruited high school players?
But hey, Wikipedia says he was born in Columbus but grew up overseas...
Go Gene, Go!
I prefer to act like such things never happened, but yeah, you've got a point.
Honestly this all just feels like a HUGE bungle of a job by Gene Smith all the way around.