Mike Lantry, 1972
Weather looks fairly mild for Saturday at this point. (Ignore the "Snowy Weather Arrives" text... it's only an ad.)
Thayer Evans of Fox Sports says:
The University of Miami is doing it right by self-imposing a bowl ban. That’s something Ohio State never did . Granted there are differences, however, OSU still allowed players to play in the Sugar Bowl after 5 players became ineligible by accepting illegal benefits (now known to include money as well as tattoos). The NCAA should never have allowed this. Now, OSU is still trying to “snake its way out of NCAA woes” by minimizing penalties.
“The NCAA should factor in Ohio state’s arrogance” when deciding what penalties to impose.
I think we all know it’s inevitable. Not Meyer taking the job, I still have a minimal amount of unrealistic hope that he’ll turn them down, and that I get to laugh at my OSU acquaintances. But they’re going to offer, if they haven’t already. They aren’t going to handle things in a businesslike manner, waiting until after the season wraps up in January, getting together with Fickel for a few chats, and sleeping a few nights on it. No. They are moving now, in season, and reminding us that a metaphorical discipline bomb could be dropped at the 50 of the Horseshoe and this organization’s immediate response would be : “Well, what can we do to keep winning football games at any cost?”
Should Urban Meyer take the job, what would it mean for Ohio State and Michigan both in short terms and a few years from now? Here are my thoughts:
Do you remember when you were a child, and did something very bad? Do you remember a disciplinary figure giving you hell for it? Do you remember the day your father, or older brother, or mentor, or person that everyone in the room loved and respected, stepped in on your behalf and told those in charge of keeping order that “they’d talk to you about it”?
If Urban Meyer takes over at OSU, put your popcorn carts away. He’ll intercede for them. With Tressel at the helm the Buckeyes would have suffered the long dick of the law. With anybody else, they’d still get nailed for pulling off and covering up a scandal rivaled only by the past three decades at Miami, but not with Meyer.
Just like a pastor, or a youth care worker, he’ll step in, have a short chat with the NCAA board and say exactly this, or something like it, “I’ll talk to them about it.” At this point, everyone in the room will put on their bedroom eyes, and look fondly on Meyer as though he is a returning vet with a purple heart. Someone might even say “You go get em’ TIGER!”
Meyer will save Ohio the slap on the wrist. Write this down.
THE YEARS AHEAD:
This is going to end in one of two ways. Both of them will benefit Michigan.
Option 1: This whole thing blows up in their face. We’ve beaten Urban Meyer before. We will continue to beat him. The recruiting momentum is in our favor right now, and with this Michigan team rising to the current occasion, I don’t see it changing any time soon. Even if Les Miles showed up in Columbus with a scarlet hoodie and a headset. And remember, while Meyer is one hell of a coach, he’s a quitter. When the going got tough in Gainesville, he left, for health reasons. I am not going all conspiracy theorist on this. He probably had shit going on. But then he came back, swept in and took his Castle back a la Jay Leno, and when the ratings didn’t go back up, it was all of a sudden “family-time” for the Meyers. He proceeded to bail on Florida once more, and then proceeded to
spend considerable amounts of time with his family travel around the country producing editorial segments and calling games for ESPN. Now that college football season is winding down and he will finally have that valuable time with his kids and wife, he is settling in at home, and making plans for vacations and down time with his family talking about and addressing rumors about a return to Columbus as if he were waiting on the phone call. If he takes the job this winter, and we’re looking at an 8-4 buckeye squad in 2013 and 2014, will he stick around? The only thing more entertaining than Braxton Miller’s attempt at passing the ball fourteen yards will be Meyer’s newest excuse. Grandchildren? Erectile Dysfunction? Time to spend a few months responding to fan mail?
It works. Two years from now, the Buckeyes are looking at 10-3 post bowl game, and as a result are ranked #3 in the preseason polls for the next year. Don’t get me wrong, while I wish we Beat Ohio every year, instead of rolling a squad that can’t put a decent drive together, I’d rather take a big old piss in their chicken noodle soup. I don’t just want Michigan to beat them, I want them to ruin Ohio’s season. And as a result, our path to a National Championship just got a little straighter. We need our #1 rival to be a top ten team. It’s just how it is. Texas-Oklahoma Alabama-Auburn-LSU, Michigan-Ohio State. It’s rare that any one of these teams makes waves in the annual run at the BCS championship when their (or one of their) corresponding rivals don’t have a decent shot at 10-11 wins.
Meyer may mean we go from taking the Buckeyes 9 times out of 10 to maybe 6 or 7, but at least with him at the helm, we’ll not only get beat by a clean, talented program, we’ll have the opportunity to do it to them, just after thanksgiving, every year.
Either way, bring it on! Whichever one of our rivals (Notre Dame. Lolz) (Michigan State. Perpetual dream state that I’m confident will end soon. Very soon.) (Ohio. A big fat mess right now) wants to try and derail us….I say let them in.
In one year, Hoke and Co. have taught this team to play like Michigan again. But they’ve only gotten the job halfway done. Last off season, the fundamentals were laid in place. Last off season, they learned (and are finally showing it) how to play the game right. But his spring and summer, these athletes learn the other half of what Michigan football is: The toughness, the swagger, the Tremendous Tremendousosity. We’re only at the summit, friends.
And whether he’s in the media booth, or on the opposite sideline, Urban Meyer won’t change that.
From the director of "Les Miles: Thug Life,"
"Les Miles is the King of Pop and You Are Not,"
and the made for TV Lifetime classic, "Will You Be My Coach?"
comes the next in a series of bizarre, ADHD induced and talentless photoshopping.
"The Walking Dead"
On a side, I think I want Ohio blood this weekend more than the zombies in that show. We will feast this weekend, brothers and sisters. We will feast.
Welcome to OSU week everybody. May it be one for the ages!
Much as we hate to admit it, the B1G's two best teams just played a classic. And as much as I dislike these teams and their coaches, I hate it more that immediately after the game everybody was talking about the (probable) rematch in Indianapolis. Obviously a ton of things can and will happen between now and then, but these two teams are certainly the favorites to meet in the Inaugural playoff game. And by definition, that game will be more important than this game. It's not too hard to imagine that in a few years down the line, Michigan and Ohio will meet in Ann Arbor or Columbus with only 1 out-of-conference loss each - and absolutely nothing on the line, since the rematch a week later will define their seasons. While the M-OSU situation could be avoided by putting them in the same division, there's no getting around the fact that with a 12 team conference, a rematch in the title game is inevitable at some point. Unless we go with my totally bats idea.
What if the B1G played a round robin schedule (11 conference games) and worked out a deal with the NCAA that because of this, every team in the conference could play 13 games? (Isn't that deal-making how the SEC Title Game started this craziness off anyway?) Obviously, this would mean we only play a cupcake out of conference other than ND - but really, isn't that the scenario we're faced with after 2012 anyway? This also might mean a return to co-champs and other such nonsense, but since the Rose Bowl bid no longer goes to the co-champ who hasn't been to it for the longest time, we'll know who the "de facto" champion is anyway. I can already think of a few reasons it'll never happen (and feel free to post plenty more, BTCG=$$$$ for conference being #1) but am I just being incredibly old-fashioned in wanting a system like that instead of the current B1G setup, or are there any other MGoBloggers who'd rather have that?
Really sad news out of Akron ahead of their game against Ohio, reports are saying a ROTC student commited suicide in stadium and was discovered this morning. Looks like the game will be played as scheduled.