My wife is a huge UNC basketball fan. I've watched all their games the past few years (football and basketball, I truly am a UNC football fan now due to that, obviously they are a far distant second to the beloved Buckeyes). We went to Chapel Hill for a game a couple years ago.
That place is magical for basketball. The same feeling you get walking into Ohio Stadium, translate that to basketball. The Dean Dome and the atmosphere is electric. For that reason, I will never be surprised to see a kid pick UNC over OSU, until we truly turn things around.
Holtmann has got this. We're going to continue missing elite and local kids in the short term, but once things start turning around and fans actually show up to VCA to watch and not knit or read the newspaper, we will start landing an elite guy here and there. If I've learned anything over the past 4 years, a great team can beat great talent. Holtmann kind of proved this the last couple seasons at Butler. We will be fine and we are heading towards a future where local kids want to play at OSU again.
Academic scandals be damned, I don't care, I love watching the way UNC plays basketball, I would kill for OSU to play even a percent of the unselfish team ball those dudes played the past 2 seasons.