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|1 day 7 hours ago||Remember that one time, three||
Remember that one time, three years ago, when we landed the top-rated five-star defensive tackle in the country? Who's a senior on the team now? No?
|3 days 6 hours ago||I really, really, really||
I really, really, really hope Kugler pans out. If you believe that teams are built from the inside out, then it would be pretty devasting for us to completely strike out on landing both the top-rated NT in his class (Pipkins) and the top rated center in his class (Kugler).
|1 week 1 day ago||Saying Verlander is "above||
Saying Verlander is "above average" is too kind at this point.
|1 week 6 days ago||Pretty much||
|2 weeks 3 days ago||I agree with you, in general,||
I agree with you, in general, but it's uncommon for a guy to be coronated a starter at this point unless they were a star the previous season. We have no stars from the previous season, which is partly your point. But that doesn't mean that some guys are getting clear separation this spring.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Nothing about taking Ruddock||
Nothing about taking Ruddock would deter "long-term gains"
|2 weeks 5 days ago||The only guide you'll ever||
The only guide you'll ever need is right here:
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Guy is a troll just trying to||
Guy is a troll just trying to rile people up. Ignore.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||It's actually pretty darn||
It's actually pretty darn common
|4 weeks 8 hours ago||I'm excited as hell for the||
I'm excited as hell for the Harbaugh era, but people were raving in 2008 about the tempo of RR's practices and how they were a welcome departure from the slower Lloyd days. Then they were raving about how much teaching took place in Hoke's practices in 2011 and how they were a welcome departure from the hurried RR days. Now they're raving about the tempo of Harbaugh's practices and how they're a welcome departure from the slower Hoke days. Pretty funny.
|4 weeks 9 hours ago||They hit their threes. We||
They hit their threes. We didn't. That was the ballgame.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Very unique player that fit||
Very unique player that fit perfectly with the 2003-2008 Pistons. I would have guessed he retired at least two years ago, though.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||One of the QBs will pan out.||
One of the QBs will pan out. We have four guys who are all highly rated, top-20 in their class QBs. Just like any other position, if you have that many talented players, a good coaching staff will get at least one (and probably more) of them to perform.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||That absolutely is elite. I||
That absolutely is elite. I challenge you to find even five other teams in the country with more talent in their two-deep. I'd bet there aren't five teams with a higher 247 Composite average in their two-deep.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||ww||
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Cincinnati to the Big Ten||
Cincinnati to the Big Ten would be great for us, and we should all be advocating for it. It's an unbelievable structural advantage for Ohio State that its the only major football program in the most talent-rich state in the conference. It's honestly a miracle that they don't win the conference every year. Their situation is almost the hypothetical equivalent to UF being the only major football program in the state of Florida. Only if the state of Florida were surrounded by Minnesota, Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan, and other states that don't produce much talent.
The higher the profile of Cincinnati, the worse for Ohio State, and the better for us.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||See my comment above.||
See my comment above.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Ohio State has 93 scholarship||
Ohio State has 93 scholarships committed right now, from my count. Big difference.
|6 weeks 3 hours ago||I've been on this blog a long||
I've been on this blog a long time, and this may be the worst board day I've ever seen.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||No, you forgot that we're||
No, you forgot that we're somehow the only team in the country that has three consecutive recruiting classes of <20.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||No he's saying that instead||
No he's saying that instead of telling kids that you recruited and accepted into your football family, "you'll never play here again," Meyer should say, "every day is an open competition, and I'm going to do my best as your coach to make you the best player you can be and have the best chance to compete."
|6 weeks 2 days ago||In the last five classes,||
In the last five classes, during which Ohio State has signed 121 recruits, they've prematurely "lost" 19 of them. They still have to clear about eight guys from the roster prior to the start of the season.
Here are the 19 who have already been "lost", their 247 composite star rating, and the reason for departure:
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Yes, I'm not sure what Ace is||
Yes, I'm not sure what Ace is talking about when he says the cuts this spring will be "just normal roster management." Having to shave eight players off of your roster because you signed 27 recruits without the space is not "normal roster management." It's oversigning. No one else in the Big Ten is in this situation.
I take issue with two other comments:
They've officially "lost" ten (not including Reeves and Dunn), and that's precisely because they oversign and have had to shave a ton of guys from the 2011 and 2012 classes. Saying they "lost" them is doing OSU a service. Go look at those kids they "lost." Most were buried on the depth chart and transferred, flat out quit, or were dismissed. Only one was a medical. As I said above, they've cut 20 kids in the past four classes, and they'll have to cut eight more before the start of the season. That's ridiculous, and no one else in the Big Ten does anything similar.
No we're not. We have 80 scholarships officially committed right now. Ohio State has 93. We're doing things just like MSU, Wisconsin, Nebraska, and every other Big Ten team aside from Ohio State.
Sorry for the fisking, Ace, but I think you guys are just being contrarian here.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Disagreement||
Good post, Ace, but I think you're dismissing Ohio State's oversigning too easily.
According to Rivals, they've signed 122 players in the 2011 through 2015 classes. We've signed 101. For Ohio State, 20 of those guys have disappeared from their roster (not including graduates/early enrollees or the three career-enders you mentioned), and as far as I can tell they still have 93 scholarship players as of now (pending official announcements of the three career-enders and nonrenewed fifth years).
By comparison, we've lost 13 of our 101 recruits, and as far as I can tell we are currently at 80 scholarship players (not counting walkon scholarships or new transfers).
So, can we explain the roster management decisions for all of these other early leavers who signed LOIs to player for Ohio State?
|7 weeks 2 days ago||You nailed it.||
You nailed it.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||I don't understand why in the||
I don't understand why in the world a coach would ever do what Petrino did. The path of least resistance in this situation is to do what Urban Meyer is doing at Ohio State: just sign them all and sort it out later. Both courses of action are equally unethical from an intent standpoint. Petrino is making it more flagrant and sensational by renegging on a promise the day before signing day. Meyer will be (or has) renegging on (approximately 24 over the past four years) promises in a more behind-the-scenes fashion.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Those are the number over the||
Those are the numbers over the past five years, but the point stands. They're still up 24 recruits on us over the past four years.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Bottom line: You've signed||
Bottom line: You've signed 105 kids over the past four recruiting classes. That is ridiculous and criminal.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||My response is that our||
My response is that our previously large class sizes have nothing to do with. Our retention has everything to do with it.
We signed only 14 kids this year, only 16 last year. You may argue that we signed 27 in 2013 and 25 in 2012. Well, guess what, Ohio State signed exactly the same number of kids in 2012 and 2013 and their class size this year was 27 and last year was 27. That's 24 MORE RECRUITS IN THE PAST FOUR YEARS that they have to work with compared to us, and 30 MORE OVER THE PAST FIVE YEARS. Let that sink in. Over the past five years, Ohio State has had 30 more scholarship players than us in their system. That's more than a full starting lineup's worth of players. They've signed 132 players during that window; we've signed 102.
I looked back over the past five years, and Notre Dame has signed 16 more kids than us. Penn State, which supposedly got the death penalty at some point in that window, has signed eight more kids than us since 2011.
Michigan State is the only one of our rivals who appears to playing on a level playing field, with only two more players than us since 2011.
This is a major, major competitive disadvantage for us.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Just to be clear in light of||
Just to be clear in light of Mike Weber's ridiculous comments earlier about U-M somehow deceiving him: this is how a program truly deceives a recruit. And it ain't right.