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Columbus, Ohio (via Columbus, Ohio)

MEMBER SINCE   January 19, 2016

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Comment 26 Jun 2019

Even though Michigan owned that era, OSU had better teams than the Michigan teams of recent years. 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998 all superior any Harbaugh Michigan team. It was just one game each year. It happens. People read too much into one game.

I actually think Harbaugh's rebuilding job at Michigan closely resembles what Cooper had to do. Dig out from the end of the Bruce era (Rodriguez/Hoke for Michigan) and restock. Michigan is on a similar arc to Cooper in terms of finding an "elite" team. I'd compare the 2016 Michigan team to 1993 OSU. They have yet to match 1995-1997 OSU. Maybe that's coming.

I'd hardly call Cooper era "dark." They just had some really tough losses.

Comment 26 Jun 2019

That explains why the 49ers were the worst team in football before his arrival, made 3 straight conference titles and a Super Bowl, then sucked again after he left (and will continue to suck).
 

Comment 26 Jun 2019

OSU is more immune to slides because of geography. If you read the Jared Diamond book COLLAPSE it can really explain a lot about college football. Geography and economics work against Michigan. A weak Detroit = a weak Michigan. Detroit ain't coming back any time soon. OSU has Ohio -- already a better recruiting state -- all to itself.

The slide of Nebraska, Michigan etc. can be easily explained. It's not cyclical in this case. Harbaugh at LSU would be winning 13-14 games per year. The players just aren't there.

Barring a total disaster of politics, economics and culture the Ohio well will not be drying up.

OSU could "slide" to 8-4 and 9-3 in a fluke season, but year after year?  Not a chance.

Comment 15 May 2019

Hahahahaha whatever. Matta is a great coach and it would be the best possible job for him. He’s not a “Michigan man” or an “Ohio man” — he’s just a basketball guy. But... He would need to explain how his 2011 team lost so early in the tournament... 

Comment 15 May 2019

We may get a definitive answer if Matta gets the Michigan job which appears to be possible 

Comment 19 Apr 2019

Adding Fields was simply a piece of the post-Meyer firing "spin zone" charade that we saw. Meyer was told in August he was gone and the school had 4 months to line up Day, his new staff and Fields as a transfer. Oh, and also create the hilarious "classes" to be taught by Meyer at the business school. This was all one coordinated PR stunt which worked because fans are going to be fans. Landing the top transfer QB was all part of the "branding" of Ryan Day as the perfect successor. Baldwin was collateral damage. Pretty sure any QB was going to be supplanted by Fields. Paranoid? Maybe. Likely. But the weeks following Meyer's "retirement" were all way too smooth. It was nice to get a head start in August.

Comment 19 Mar 2019

Turgeon played on the 1986 Kansas final four team that infamously wore red uniforms in their game against Duke. Larry Brown had yet to be caught cheating so he was the coach. Building blocks of the 1988 title team in place on the bench.

Comment 12 Mar 2019

shit, this happens in high school, why wouldn't it happen in college?

we need to run an internal investigation to find out if this is how terrelle pryor got in to OSU, then we just decided to give him a chance to play football...

Comment 28 Feb 2019

The list of runners-up from the Big Ten is really impressive, and as you noted, this does in fact matter. Casual fans just don't understand that getting to the final 16 or beyond is "advancing far" in the tournament. Titles aren't the only metric.

Consider the following runners-up: 2005 Illinois, 2007 Ohio State, 2013 Michigan, 2015 Wisconsin. All elite teams. All of whom could have won their title games or a title any other year.

The B10 has had some "non-elite" runners-up in this span, such as 2002 Indiana and 2009 Michigan State and 2018 Michigan, but one of those teams ('02 Indiana) knocked off maybe the best Duke team ever in the final 16, and Michigan's team last year had a very strong year.

This doesn't even take into account all of Michigan State Final 4 teams.

Nor the 2011 OSU team, which I consider - along with 2015 Wisconsin - the best Big Ten team since 1993 Indiana/Michigan (take your pick there).

Comment 21 Feb 2019

the comments in response to this post are why every sports fan in america loathes OSU fans. of course these trips don't help them win games. that's not the point. as for NCAA involvement... really? we had andy katzenmoyer play here and he was actually eligible. think about that for two seconds. he was actually eligible.