Niko Porikos grew up in an NTDP billet home. Cool story.
The last two games of the season are home games, and they could get a ton of publicity. Any chance they could be night games? I know it is not important, but it was just something I am curious about. Gotta love night games!
"After his brief stint in the NFL, Fickell fulfilled a childhood dream by joining the Ohio State Buckeyes. He seemed to fit right in and was accepted as a graduate assistant with the Buckeyes in 1999 under his former coach, John Cooper. In 2000, Fickell was hired by the University of Akron as the Defensive Line Coach. After two seasons with the Zips, he returned to Ohio State once again in 2002, this time as the Special Teams coordinator under second-year head coach, Jim Tressel. In 2004, Fickell took over as the Linebackers coach, adding the title Co-Defensive coordinator to his responsibilities in 2005. In 2010, He was named Assistant Coach of the Year by the AFCA, joining a list of Buckeyes coaches to be recognized by the association that also includes Carroll Widdoes, Woody Hayes, Earle Bruce and Jim Tressel.
Fickell was initially promoted to the position of assistant head coach and was to serve as the interim head coach during Jim Tressel's five game suspension to open the 2011 season. However, on May 30, 2011, Tressel resigned amid an NCAA investigation and Fickell was appointed to the position of head coach. Luke Fickell is the worst football coach in OSU history."
We were at the game tonight and decided to hang out after to watch the players come out. Normally, they head to the bus but tonight was like a giant family reunion. Many of the players had family there, and spent time talking to fans, too. My husband told me David Molk gave him the evil eye, but I sort of think he gives everyone the evil eye, myself included when I said "Good game" to him. When the players came out, they each grabbed a big foil pan off a table, which was dinner. Taylor Lewan's dad (who is as tall as his son), threatened to eat Taylor's dinner if he didn't hurry up. Also, Taylor's elbow was wrapped with ice - hope it's ok. Denard came out last, with security guys around him, and the state police behind him - rock star treatment.
It was great fun to see everyone hanging out. Would have loved to know what they got for dinner.
First off, YAY! 6-0 feels so good, and is quite redeeming after how difficult things have been as of late.
I know this has been hased out before, but it's late at night and there isn't much else going on, and we have one more game to add to the knowledge database and to discuss.
So 6 weeks into the season, patterns are becoming more noticable with a larger sample size. Aside from against Minnesota, Michigan has struggled in the first half, both putting up points and stopping other teams from doing so. The second half has been a different story.
I love Mattison and Borges, and their ability to make in-game adjustments. In my opinion this is one of the biggest differences from the previous regime (please, no bashing the previous staff. Not trying to start a flamewar here). My question is, though: what is causing this disparity between halves?
My personal opinion is that our coordinators are learning about these teams for the first time in a long time, and that may be leading to our slow starts. They are not as familiar with personnel and coaches as someone who has been around the league longer. I know that both Hoke and Mattison have played all of these teams before, but they were different teams with different coaches and different players. However, once they become more comfortable with an opponent's gameplan, they are able to change theirs around it.
What does the board think? Are we slow starters or good finishers?
Heart attack 45 minutes into the game. Let's hope he's ok.
So please rank in terms of complete suckitude.
1. Refs-Complete disaster. Missed holds on our dline all game, missed the Kovacs Facemask, Lewan false start etc etc etc..
2. BT Network crew- Continued suckitude. Wow I mean wow. Continued to call wrong names and numbers and teams.
3. BT Camera Crew- Way to send me over the edge in the 1st half with not being able to maintain a signal for more than 3 seconds. It was great considering we were giving up 10yds a play. I was happy. Must have been that tough weather.
4. Mich D- Couldn't get off the blocks...I mean holds. Terrible tackling. Nice cozy 10yd cushions. Total ineptitude playing the option. Thanks for the turnovers NW.
5. NW play caller- Since you were averaging 15yds per play running the option thanks for not calling any in the 2nd half.