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- Don't even bother turning on sports talk radio. All they talk about is OSU 24/7. Occasionally they'll take a break to talk about the Blue Jackets, but its almost all OSU
- As a few people have mentioned, most alums and OSU fans in general are respectful. I've had some great conversations with Buckeye fans about the rivalry, Bo & Woody, and what not. That said, there are a fair share of jerks out there, but you won't hear much from them
- There's no Michigan bar. Usually you'll find a few scattered Michigan fans at the bar and around town (there are far more Michigan fans in Cbus than there are OSU fans in Michigan)
- Columbus is one of the few midwestern cities that is actually growing. A big part of that is because the city has a wide radius and extends out to what would likely be suburbs in other metros. There are a lot of nice neighborhoods, including the Short North, Victorian Village, German Village. Dublin, Westerville, and Worthington are pretty nice suburbs.
- The Arena District and Short North has a lot of nice bars. Blue Jackets games are a lot of fun, and the Red Wings obviously make it to town regularly. The city's AAA baseball team, the Clippers, has a great new stadium in the Arena District as well. Definitely one of the nicest minor league parks I've been to.
- As others have mentioned, you'll get all the Michigan games on the Big Ten Network. All the Michigan coverage you got in Cleveland you'll have in Columbus
|1 year 44 weeks ago||Right Call||
Heartbreaking to not get it, but it was the right call all the way. Gardner was badly banged up and we were without Gibbons. Overall, that's not a good recipe for overtime. I was surprised Hoke stuck with the 2-pt call after OSU called the time out though. Still the right call - Hoke has guts. I don't think I've ever been more proud of a team in a losing effort - they played their hearts out. The atmosphere around here has been pretty gloomy the past few weeks, but this program has bottomed. Good things are ahead...
|1 year 44 weeks ago||Fair points, and I hope that||
Fair points, and I hope that we don't have to find out what a Borges offense looks like long-term. We've got a lot of young offensive line talent that will help us out long term. As nice as it is to have a Taylor Lewan emerge as a redshirt freshman, offensive linemen typically need more time to develop. The situation we have on the interior line where we have three underclassmen starting won't be happening two or three years from now. I'm with you on wide receiver concerns - I don't see anyone set to emerge there.
|1 year 44 weeks ago||There are holes with Lewan,||
There are holes with Lewan, Schofield, and Gallon gone - no doubt about that. Gardner is back, and Fitz isn't a huge loss. Fitz was put in a horrible position with this year's line, but he hasn't looked like the back we saw in 2011 this year or last year. The interior line will take a big step up, as should Jake Butt. The early playing experience will help them down the road. All the young lineman will have another year in the system too. I'm not saying the offense will be dynamic, but with a very good defense we don't need them to be great.
|1 year 44 weeks ago||True, but the situation on||
True, but the situation on offense reminds me of the defensive transition from 2010 to 2011. Mattison deserves all the credit, but that defense likely would have taken a big step up no matter what given the youth on the roster. I see this offense doing the same thing. Frankly, I don't see how it could possibly get any worse than it is now.
We knew going into Hoke's tenure that "The Process" and the overall state of the depth chart at that time might put us in a position where we could regress this season. Unfortunately, that happened and this season has been extremely painful. Comparing this team to the stock market, I think we're approaching March 2009. Almost everyone is negative - we'll never get out of this: the sky is falling and we're destined for another ten years in the backseat to OSU and MSU. I don't see that happening - I think we're bottoming and we can expect sharp improvement from here. All the young talent that Hoke and company have brought in are set to improve dramatically with an offseason of experience, and I think Ron's data supports that.
|1 year 44 weeks ago||Thanks for putting this||
Thanks for putting this together - it definitely helps to quantify something we've known all along. It helps to further validate what Mattison has done while putting more fire on Borges. As Ohio has shown, good coaches can develop their players and overcome that youth gap. However, I think their players there in much better position for their offensive transition versus ours. I hope Hoke realizes that his job is tied to Borges. As a defensive-minded guy, he needs to have a top notch offensive coordinator that he can trust.
Another thing this data shows us: given the youth on the team and the caliber of talent Hoke has recruited, we should expect a massive leap up next year.
|3 years 48 weeks ago||Definitely gotta stay for the||
Definitely gotta stay for the band! Frank Solich has done a great job turning that program around. I think OU won two or three games each year when I was there, and the Bobcats have been to bowls several years in a row. Now we just have to win one....
|3 years 52 weeks ago||At this point, OSU would be||
At this point, OSU would be wise to send the team (and the NCAA, more importantly) a message and dismiss Posey. There's simply no excuse for knowingly taking money after already being suspended for it once. Not to mention that one other time was during one of the most highly publicized black eyes in program history. I'm not saying Fickell or Smith will actually follow through with it, but he's let his team down and the program needs to hold him accountable and set an example.
|4 years 27 weeks ago||I grew up a Michigan fan in||
I grew up a Michigan fan in Columbus (my Dad went to UM), and lived there for most of my life before starting my MBA at Ross about eighteen months ago. There are certainly some things you'll have to watch out for, but Columbus is actually a good city in many respects.
|4 years 30 weeks ago||Its good that you're thinking||
Its good that you're thinking about this now, but keep in mind that most people work for 3-5 years after undergrad before going back for their MBA. It is extremely difficult to get into most top programs without work experience. Be sure to snag a good internship or two while you're at VT. Other than that, I agree with the other posters. Keep the grades up, stay involved in extracurriculars, and prep hard for the GMAT. The nice thing about the GMAT is that you can benefit significantly from preparation. Plan on spending 3-6 months preparing for it. The GMAT score is only one of many factors admissions considers, but it is important. The average GMAT score at Ross is about 90th percentile, but with significant prep that kind of score is very possible. Best of luck!
Ross MBA Class of 2011
|4 years 33 weeks ago||While Devin isn't going to||
While Devin isn't going to jump over Denard, it will be very interesting to see his progress in spring practice. When Devin played last year, to me he looked like he just wasn't quite ready. However, he definitely showed flashes: he can make some of the throws that Denard can't. Hopefully a year with the team and a year in the weight room has paid off for Devin. I think we'll see a big step up in his ability at spring practice.
|4 years 37 weeks ago||No, its not true. However,||
No, its not true. However, he did joke about changing it. One of the first things Bo did upon arriving (according to "Bo's Lasting Lessons" is study Michigan's history and traditions. I can't find exactly where it is in the book so I can't explain the whole story, but he joked with some people in the athletic department about changing it knowing it would get under their skin.
|4 years 38 weeks ago||Hang in there, M&BWahoo.||
Hang in there, M&BWahoo. Calling each person individually takes a lot of time and they do break it down over several days. I believe my call came on the third day after they started. As hard as it is, try to stay off the MBA message boards and do something to take your mind off it.
|4 years 38 weeks ago||Congrats, Zone Left! I'm||
Congrats, Zone Left! I'm sure that's exciting and a huge relief. Good luck at Ross!
|4 years 38 weeks ago||I'm a current MBA2 at Ross,||
I'm a current MBA2 at Ross, and remember how anxious I was hoping for the phone call from admissions. Ironically, this coaching search seems to trigger that same level of anxiety! The application process involves a lot of hard work, but that one phone call makes it all worth it. Regardless of the outcome, you've been admitted to two great schools and I'll bet you have an excellent chance of getting into Ross. Good luck!
|4 years 38 weeks ago||No, its not. Its something||
No, its not. Its something Tigerbait is reporting on their premium site or premium message board from what I understand. The thread title should be changed to prevent further head explosions...
|4 years 38 weeks ago||WJBO Baton Rouge radio (same||
WJBO Baton Rouge radio (same station alleging Miles to UM) reports that Miles danced around the Michigan rumor question at the press conference. He did not say no to the rumor and that he was saying
|4 years 38 weeks ago||WJBO Link for streaming:||
WJBO Link for streaming: http://www.wjbo.com/main.html
|4 years 38 weeks ago||Well if they were looking to||
Well if they were looking to fly a plane down there that won't attract massive attention, that's a huge fail. It certainly would be one hell of a coincidence. I wonder when LSU is scheduled to return from the Cotton Bowl. Tomorrow evening?
|4 years 39 weeks ago||Jackson was fired with the||
Jackson was fired with the rest of the assistants. However, there's always the possibility that he could be rehired. Given his standing with the program, one would think that's a pretty strong possibility.
|4 years 39 weeks ago||Pelini's ties to tOSU is a||
Pelini's ties to tOSU is a huge selling point in my opinion. He would immediately have an understanding of the rivalry and the importance of The Game, and would likely understand the importance of tradition and the M's history. I'm not sure why he would want to leave Nebraska, but he certainly seems like a viable candidate to look into.
|4 years 39 weeks ago||That's definitely encouraging||
That's definitely encouraging that he got to 62%. I think he was at about 55% last year, so that's a sizable jump. It might take a couple years, but he should definitely make it.
The only knock on Barry is that he couldn't stay healthy. It would be interesting to see how healthy Lark would have stayed if he didn't play on Astroturf his entire career. The old-school Astroturf was like playing on concrete, and had to really wear on him. At one point in his career he actually offered to pay to have grass installed at the Reds ballpark. Regardless, when healthy he was one of the best all-around shortstops of all time.
|4 years 43 weeks ago||I'll bet you $500 that Denard||
I'll bet you $500 that Denard starts and runs all over Mississippi State. RR is just playing games with Mississippi State's coaches so they have to potentially prepare for two QBs.
|4 years 43 weeks ago||Right - but it's a lot bigger||
Right - but it's a lot bigger deal when its the head coach. The national media cares about RR and his job security, but not about the defensive coaches. The local media cares about the defensive staff, but they aren't going to beat it into the ground like they do with RR.
|4 years 43 weeks ago||If RR is the coach,||
All he has to say is "We'll be evaluating individual position coaches at a later date." Done.
|4 years 43 weeks ago||I had a very similar||
I had a very similar experience about three weeks ago. It was the Tuesday after the Illinois game, and I was interviewing with a regional bank in New York state. The guy I interviewed with played football in college and coached for a while before pursuing other careers, and was an OSU fan. Out of the 40 minute interview, we spent five minutes talking about the company and the job and the rest of the time talking about Big Ten football, Bo, Woody, Tressel, and The Game. My first interview question (pretty much verbatim) was:
"Assuming Michigan finishes 7-5, you're David Brandon and you're making a decision on the coaching staff. What do you do?"
I gave him my opinion that I'd bring him back and replace the defensive staff. He followed up with:
"Jim Harbaugh calls you on the phone and says he is available, but this season only. Does your decision change?"
While the talk was about football, he was also checking to see if I'm able to make decisions for the long term and stick with them. It definitely gives you a little bit of an "in" to be able to talk Michigan football (or sports in general), and situations like that in interviews aren't uncommon.
|4 years 44 weeks ago||Think of the hours Rich Rod||
Think of the hours Rich Rod works. Think of all the emotion he puts into getting things right with the team. He's passionate about the team and when you go through all the negativity he's gone thru at times, it only makes sense that he's so emotional. Like the guy or not, the certainly didn't picture things working out this way, and the negativity has taken its toll. Nobody wants to turn things around more than Coach Rod
|4 years 45 weeks ago||Herbstreit has no credibility||
Herbstreit has no credibility talking about Michigan coaching situations. Remember when he came out and "broke the story" that Les Miles accepted the job at UM in 2006? Great work that was. Regardless, Herbstreit is simply regurgitating other meaningless drival in the MSM and really adding nothing new to the discussion
|4 years 45 weeks ago||I think there is some truth||
I think there is some truth to that. Michigan has three big natural rivalries, while OSU really only has Michigan. From that standpoint, it elevates the rivalry a little more for OSU than it does for Michigan. While the Michigan coaching staff historically doesn't emphasize doing things throughout the season to prepare for OSU, Tressel has his team do that. Is that right or wrong for UM? I'm not sure, but RR and his staff certainly have to be aware that its a key focus in Columbus every week and OSU is going to get a little better prepared and a little hungrier for the game as the season progresses.
John Cooper's undoing was treating the rivalry like just another game, and a lot can be learned from that. Words can't describe how much I'd love to see him back, because his prep for The Game was a joke. If we were playing against him, there would be no doubt in my mind that we would go into the horseshoe as big underdogs and beat OSU.
Rich Rod had the team fired up to play last year and we'll see the same strong effort this year. Remember how he had Ufer radio highlights playing during practice last year? You could tell how much The Game meant to Rodriguez last year, and you can bet that he'll do absolutely everything to prepare and motivate the team. Like every week, this team will leave it all out on the field.
|4 years 45 weeks ago||I grew up a Michigan fan in||
I grew up a Michigan fan in Columbus (my dad went to UM) and I lived there for most of my life before coming to Michigan to get my MBA.
Columbus actually isn't that bad of a city. Unlike most midwestern cities, Columbus is still growing and has gotten a lot nicer over the past 20 years or so. Cost of living is low, traffic is ok, and there are many quite a few nice neighborhoods to live in.
As for being an M fan in Columbus, it actually isn't as bad as you might think. However, when I lived there, I made a very deliberate point of not listening to sports talk radio or the sports portion of the local news. Ohio State football is the only sport in Columbus. Since the city only has one professional team, the Blue Jackets, people in Columbus pretty much talk about Ohio State 24-7-365.
Another observation: you'll see a lot more people wearing Michigan clothing in Columbus than you'll see people wearing OSU clothing around A2. I would regularly wear Michigan stuff around Columbus, and rarely would I get a comment (walking around campus may be a different story). However, there were days where I would wonder why people were constantly glaring at me and then remember I was wearing a Michigan hat. Most OSU fans are respectful, but you'll run across the occasional douche bag.
Long story short: its not that bad being an M fan in Columbus. The city is actually pretty nice, just be sure not to turn on sports talk radio because listening to that crap will definitely induce projectile vomiting...
|4 years 46 weeks ago||Its hard to believe it was||
Its hard to believe it was four years ago. It was so shocking that he died the day before the biggest Michigan-Ohio State game in a decade and one of the biggest of all time. RIP Bo