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01/10/2019 - 11:09am Yeah that was pretty bad. I…

Yeah that was pretty bad. I guess it's time we just accept that we are a #footballschool

01/04/2019 - 1:10pm To me, there's a whole lot…

To me, there's a whole lot of "we'll see" to this. First, whatever you think about the reasons or the NCAA, he is likely going to be eligible this fall. And second, while the kid has all the tools you want in a QB, he still needs to put them all together and beat out two QB's who have a head start in the program. Martell has game reps and will be in his third year of Day's playbook and Baldwin has gotten great reviews during his one year in the program and was a recruit picked by Day. You'll likely see a three-way competition to start Spring ball. Most OSU fans will consider Fields to be the favorite, but he's going to have to earn it.

12/20/2018 - 9:24am Every dominant college d…

Every dominant college d-lineman ever was double and triple teamed. The actual dominant players still make plays. Gary is a very good player, he's just not a top-15 level player. 

11/27/2018 - 10:41am How do you see a Georgia…

How do you see a Georgia-Michigan match-up playing out?

10/03/2018 - 1:17pm Agree with you completely…

Agree with you completely. McSorley earned it. Probably the best game by a Big Ten QB this season.

09/24/2018 - 11:51am Michigan did what good teams…

Michigan did what good teams do against bad teams - trucked them. Now most everybody here seems to be in cautious-optimism mode. If they beat Wisconsin and PSU that same way, that'll say plenty, even to Buckeye fans.

09/19/2018 - 6:41pm Beast of a player, reminds…

Beast of a player, reminds me a bit of Malik Hooker.

09/05/2018 - 2:36pm Re: the cash Georgia and…

Re: the cash Georgia and Alabama pay recruits. Not saying it doesn't happen because it obviously does in modern big-time college athletics. But if fans can come to this conclusion (and love to pound the topic) then it should be obvious to coaches as well. Which leads to the real problem as far as Michigan is concerned: either Harbaugh and his staff think they can somehow get playersthat other schools are offering money to or they themselves also offer money and they are still losing. I lean toward the former, because I don't believe that Harbaugh and his staff are ignorant enough to not know about it and because I've seen no evidence that Michigan pays players (though Michigan boosters are likely as talented as other boosters). But it's a huge failure by Harbaugh and staff to chase these players when they have such a small chance of landing them. Stanford can win some of these battles because they are Stanford. Michigan can not. And Harbaugh has failed to know the difference.

08/28/2018 - 4:33pm From an outside perspective,…

From an outside perspective, I agree with most here (and the article) that crossroads is the perfect term. Serious rival fans know that this may be Michigan's year. Beast of a defense and finally a QB with the talent to get them over the hump. If Michigan were to fall on its face and go 7-5 or 8-4, while losing to the rivals, you'll get some Michigan fans start calling for Harbaugh. Recruiting will stagnate quickly. But if Harbaugh makes the Playoffs this year, you'll get a massive swell of optimism from the fanbase and recruits. The offense doesn't even need to be great for Michigan to make the playoffs this year because the defense *should* be stupidly good.

Week 1 will tell us a lot. I expect Michigan to win by 10+.

08/23/2018 - 3:31pm "Serial abuser". SMDH.

"Serial abuser". SMDH.

08/23/2018 - 5:38am For OSU' benefit or for…

For OSU' benefit or for legal accuracy? Unless you are saying that the entirety of Powell PD is willing to commit fraud. Or perhaps the man was never actually arrested. McMurphy is the only one who has this report and wouldn't release it for weeks even after Powell PD and other journalists called it into question. And if he's had the report this whole time saying Smith was arrested, why did he edit his original story to remove the bit about Smith being arrested almost a month ago? Why didn't he just hold firm and release the report then?

08/22/2018 - 10:49pm Legitimately laughed out…

Legitimately laughed out loud at this. How did Urban and Gene prevent Courtney and her kids from being in a better situation? Would OSU compliance have magically made their life better? Made the Powell PD press charges even after they investigated and chose not to? Zach Smith has still not been arrested or charged with DV, yet you act like they've been in a hostage crisis for years. Did Zach Smith abuse his wife? I don't know. The police didn't think so and her own mother says Zach didn't.

At the end of the day, it's shocking to see the lack of critical thinking and jump to conclusions from a supposedly highly educated and discerning fanbase just because you all want to see something bad happen to OSU. You all accuse OSU fans of being mouth-breathing rednecks who are dimwitted and only care about football when you all refuse to think about more than wanting OSU to have a rough time for once. If you truly cared about Courtney Smith and her kids you'd look more into their situation and try to speak in an educated manner about what has and hasn't factually happened. Very few people know the actual details of what happened inside the Smith home and both Zach and Courtney don't exactly seem stable. Yet you choose to believe Courtney because you want something bad to happen to OSU. Yet when it's a Michigan player accused of something, the response here is "let the legal process work before we rush to judgment". Funny how that mindset doesn't translate to a rival. Funny how you think a man should lose his job and legacy because an assistant coach's ex-wife accused him, not Urban, of domestic violence and don't care that the police and county prosecutor chose multiple times to not press charges. All because the football team you root for has mostly lost to its rival for the past two decades. Come on you guys, be better than this.

Bring on the downvotes.

08/22/2018 - 3:46pm I wasn't your downvote, but…

I wasn't your downvote, but Chase is not an equal talent to Gary and Bosa.

08/17/2018 - 4:04pm The SEC always gets D-Line…

The SEC always gets D-Line hype, but the Big Ten DE talent is crazy. I'd take the Big Ten's DE lineup over the SEC in heart beat this year.

08/06/2018 - 4:05pm Because this time around,…

Because this time around, Smith was actually charged with something - Criminal Trespassing. And his ex applied for a protection order. Urban may not have fired him in 2015, but it's not like Urban didn't notice the guy had issues outside of work. His own employee reviews noted that Urban said he needed to get things in his personal life under control. Combine the issues in 2009 and 2015 with the Criminal Trespass charge and protection order and Zach got fired. Urban didn't need the distraction of it and though Zach was an excellent recruiter, his coaching has left something to be desired for years.

Harbaugh (correctly) suspended Perry as soon as he was charged with sexual assault. Though Perry, if I remember right, eventually pled to a lesser charge. If Zach would have been charged with domestic assault, he'd likely have been suspended or fired immediately in 2015, just as Perry was suspended immediately. I brought up Perry because I find it interesting for posters here to say Urban should have "done something" regardless of charges or no when their own coach is on record extolling letting the legal system run its course before making a final decision.

08/06/2018 - 1:35pm As others have stated,…

As others have stated, YouTubeTV is a good option. We cut the chord 6 months ago and went to YouTubeTV with no complaints. Good channel options, especially for sports, and DVR options cover anything we need. User-friendly, too.

08/06/2018 - 1:25pm The PSU comparison is…

1VaBlue1, the PSU comparison is honestly disgusting. JoePa defenders who use the "he reported it to his superiors defense" are disgusting. Because all along somebody, anybody, should have called the police and no one did. In Meyer's case, the police were already involved and it seems as if Meyer's superiors knew about the accusations against Zach Smith. So who was there left to tell? If Meyer covered something up, it was a cover up from the press and no one else. And to be honest, most people who don't have anti-OSU leanings aren't going to care. Most people rely on the police to determine if somebody should be charged for an alleged crime, not a college football coach. Sort of like when Harbaugh let the judicial process work before making a decision on Grant Perry: 

"None of us liked that one of ours was in a situation like that. But it is good to have some resolution to it. It's been investigated, prosecuted, adjudicated in a court of law where everybody had their day in court. I mean, I’m not going to call it a good thing. And then we've already suspended him pretty severely from games and time around the football team. I think just following athletic department and university protocol is all we did the entire time through. Never anything where anyone did anything for Grant. He got himself into trouble so it’s up to him to have to face it. But now we're at this point, where there’s some resolution.”

How is that different than Meyer and OSU allowing the police to do their jobs? 

08/06/2018 - 1:12pm See, I think Meyer would…

See, I think Meyer would disagree with you on whether or not he has a duty to Courtney Smith. It's interesting to me that people argue that whether Zach was charged or not, Meyer had a duty to "do something" to protect her from being serially abused. Brian himself has made this argument on this site. But on the other hand, you are saying that Meyer had no duty to preserve Zach's job even though Courtney clearly did not want to affect her husbands employment? It can't be both, either Meyer had a duty to help the Smith family or he didn't

And your analogy that if Zach murdered somebody should Meyer not report it for Courtney's sake is being sensationalist. Meyer would obviously report it to the police, which in this case were already involved. And in that case, no one would care if Meyer reported it to the school or not, just if he contacted police. But everyone wants to gloss over the fact that police were involved with the Smiths many times and skip straight to some variation of Meyer having a duty to perform. First, it's he had a duty to the school. And if it turns out that the school was actually aware of the whole situation, well then Meyer and the school had a duty to Courtney Smith, the police and the justice system be damned. And then were back to your first line.

Honestly, I'm much more horrified by the internet mob and the lack of reasoned thought in the narrative of this whole situation than I am about "my guy" being targeted. The thought that down the road someone would try to target me if one of my subordinates was simply accused of domestic violence is disgusting and mildly terrifying. And I also can't stand being told that bias on one side of this ongoing discussion (that of OSU fans) is awful and shouldn't be allowed while bias on the other side (rival fanbases, those who delight in seeing a blue-blood program go down) is perfectly acceptable. EVEYRONE is affected by bias to some degree, but I've always tried to be reasoned in my responses anyway, especially here. And I don't think my statements have been lacking calm or reason. As I've stated previously, I have a lot of respect for Michigan as a school, program, and fanbase and it is very frustrating to see this site and its community jump on board the "Meyer is evil!!!!!" bandwagon so quickly and easily.

08/06/2018 - 12:56pm Reader71, per Meyer, he did…

Reader71, per Meyer, he did report and from Zach Smith's statement (for what it's worth), Gene Smith was aware. If shown to be the case, then that covers a lot of the moral question for me. I do not judge people on a moral basis for allowing an employee who has not been charged with a crime to stay employed. Especially if Meyer's superiors were fully informed and came to the same conclusion.

I do think that your #2 point is very valid. OSU fans have been saying for years that Zach Smith was mediocre coach and should be let go. Plus his public antics on Twitter showed a lack of maturity and the scuttlebutt around Columbus has always been that he's a drunk and a screw-up. And that was before this whole mess. Meyer had a ticking time bomb on his hands with that knucklehead.

Your point #3 is curious to me. This is entirely subjective because it's hard to say that Meyer brought disrepute on the University if he followed any guidelines that he was subject to. If you want to stretch it say that him allowing Zach to keep a job brings disrepute, well ok I guess. But it's still a stretch and on a person-to-person basis would likely rely on what your opinion of OSU football is. If you say that he's brought disrepute because he lied at Media Days, this is also murky. I'd love to hear Meyer be questioned on this. Now that it's been shown that McMurphy has edited his original post multiple times and that his first iterations (which were prior to Media Days and updated after) stated that Zach was "arrested for felonious domestic assault" which was not accurate, it largely depends on what exactly Meyer was answering. His answer was very vague to begin with, which is typical of Meyer (and Harbaugh and many other successful coaches), and could really be taken either way. If you had a preexisting negative opinion of OSU football, you likely look at it as a downright lie. If you had a preexisting positive opinion of OSU football, you likely took it as Meyer correctly, if vaguely, answering what had been reported about Zach Smith in 2015. If you were neutral towards OSU football, it likely depends on how much you've actually looked into the story.

08/06/2018 - 11:18am This was a near constant…

This was a near constant stream of abuse that went on for years. Not occasional incidents. Constant. Post-divorce. Smith was the bad guy in a Lifetime movie. And Ohio State did nothing.

This is a profound statement to make right after stating that Zach Smith has never been charged with a domestic violence crime. Would probably be best to preface this with an "In my opinion,". It's dangerous to present things that are your opinion or guess as a fact. I would be very interested for you to break down, in specifics, which parts of the evidence lead you to believe this and why you believe the police disagree with you. 

08/02/2018 - 3:18pm I don't know that his…

I don't know that his contract in 2015 had any verbiage outlining reporting a subordinate that commits domestic violence to anybody within the Athletic Department. I don't think there was. OSU has updated and added terminology in the wake of other school's issues in more recent contracts.

08/02/2018 - 2:47pm The key statement to me:

The key statement to me:

No but if you physically assault your fucking wife, you should be in jail and I don't know how you can coach football inside a jail cell? You tell me...

I don't know how Urban could have control over that whatsoever when police declined to arrest Smith. I'm fixated on what would or wouldn't have been best for Courtney because if I were in Urban's situation I would have lost sleep wondering what was the best course of action for her and her kids. I don't think there is a perfect answer for Urban in regards to Courtney and the kids.

Brian is right to say Urban should know. Urban should and likely does know everything that happens in his program. Brian is wrong to say Urban enabled Smith in the way that Penn State enabled Sandusky. Paterno and others declined to involve police when there was smoke about a child molester. Urban didn't even have the choice to ignore calling the police as they were already involved and chose not to arrest Smith. That's a gross, hyperbolic exaggeration to feign outrage over a situation that Brian is likely happy about because the coach of his favorite team's rival, which has beaten his favorite team without fail, is potentially going to be fired because of uninformed rage online. Brian is an intelligent, passionate writer and is better than such a lazy, disgusting analogy. I've been reading articles here for a long time and because there is consistently good work on MGoBlog, I've become accustomed to holding the writers and the readers here to a high standard. Michigan fans are typically more intelligent and reasoned than other fanbases and I don't think I am wrong to expect better takes than that from this group.

08/02/2018 - 2:34pm Good follow-up on the HR…

Good follow-up on the HR guidelines. I need to do some digging and find what the guidelines were when the event happened in 2015. I know OSU, and likely most universities, have updated their guidelines after the Baylor and MSU issues. I am very interested to know what Gene Smith did or didn't know as the consistent stance so far is that "everyone knew". And again, even assuming Gene or somebody else knew, I don't what the OSU Athletic Department should or shouldn't do in that scenario with police already involved. I don't believe that firing Smith in that situation would have done Courtney much good and in fact may have made her situation worse. She was after all trying to keep it quiet so that Smith would not be fired. What a mess.

08/02/2018 - 2:29pm Do you know that they didn't…

Do you know that they didn't at any point? I'm assuming that will come out soon. But I know what I would do in a similar situation... If I knew of a subordinate that was involved in potential domestic violence, but also knew that the police had been involved and had not pressed charges, I would stay out of it. I think most people would. Many have made the argument about Urban's newly signed contract having language that they must report a wide variety of situations related to "intimate violence", but this event happened three years before he had any such language in his contract. I don't know that Urban had any legal or contractual obligation to take this to anybody once police had been involved.

08/02/2018 - 1:57pm If Meyer knew that she had…

If Meyer knew that she had called the police for assault in 2015 before his answer last week, then yes he lied. To be frank, he owes no level of honesty to the media in regards to the Smith's marriage. If you feel he should be fired over that then I can probably find reasons why nearly every coach in America should be fired pretty quickly.

08/02/2018 - 1:48pm Yes, Urban should go…

Yes, Urban should go physically assault Smith, then call the police to come (again? I guess to arrest Urban for assault this time?), and then remove Courtney from her own home which she had thus far refused to leave. Got it.

08/02/2018 - 1:47pm Again, how would firing…

Again, how would firing Smith have helped Courtney? Should every job fire every person who does something shitty? Should Harbaugh have not let Grant Perry back on the team after his sentencing?

08/02/2018 - 1:45pm Again, what should they have…

Again, what should they have done? Urban didn't prevent the flow of information from anyone. Both Courtney's and Zach's families knew what was going on. The police were involved. Is it in Courtney's interest for Urban to take Smith's actions public? She was still married to him, with kids in the home, and had thus far chosen to not press charges or leave him. So at what point and how should the OSU Athletic Department stepped in?

08/02/2018 - 1:42pm rkfischer, I agree with you…

rkfischer, I agree with you 100%. A leader protects. But I don't know what that protection should have been. Firing Smith wouldn't have protected her. He can't remove Courtney or Zach from the home. He can't call the police to intervene because they already checked into it. I don't have an answer for what Urban "should" have done in this situation. It's so messy, so complex, that almost any choice you make is wrong in some way.

08/02/2018 - 12:21pm Honest question here, though…

Honest question here, though I know I'll get flamed for asking as an OSU fan... how is this similar to PSU and MSU? Where the police were not involved and people looked the other way to avoid a perpetrator being arrested, let alone fired. The police were involved from the beginning and did not press charges when Courtney Smith did not want to pursue it. They still have the power to do so if they feel it's needed. Urban did not try to keep her quiet to protect the program. He did not look the other way. He and his wife tried to help the Smiths on many occasions. Should he have conducted a citizen's arrest? I honestly want to know, Brian, what should Urban have done? Fired Smith? On what grounds? That everybody "knew" Smith was abusive, even though the police didn't think there was enough to arrest him? Courtney herself said she was trying to protect Smith's job and had the police report sealed. He, after all, was financially supporting the family and maybe she hoped things would get better. So is Urban supposed to step in and play God in their marriage and say, "you know what, Courtney, I'm going to fire Zach now in hopes that him being jobless will make him less likely to abuse you and will fix your marriage"? What was that going to do for her situation? It's not like it would have made it suddenly easier on her and the kids. Should he have called the police and insisted they arrested Smith? How does that work when the wife is pushing for nothing to happen? Comparing this to a situation where children were raped in the Penn State locker room and the authorities were never involved is immoral and disgusting, Brian. You and this blog are better than that. 

06/19/2018 - 11:58am You do realize that TCU,…

You do realize that TCU, Oregon State, Tulane looks no different, if not better than, than ND, SMU, and Western Mich in 95% of seasons, right? The rest of OSU's schedule is set by the Big 10, just like Michigan's.

06/19/2018 - 11:33am Honest question, why is it…

Honest question, why is it weird?

06/06/2018 - 8:52am This is, in my opinion, by…

This is, in my opinion, by far the best thing Bill Simmons ever wrote and it seems pertinent:

http://www.espn.com/espn/page2/story?page=simmons/090122

05/17/2018 - 2:20pm Jordan's Speech

I never understand why people were so shocked and bothered by Jordan's speech. Everybody loves the on-court, serial killer Jordan, but wants him to be a teddy bear off of it. The man was the best of all time because he was an absolute assassin who created things to be pissed about and did not accept anything less than winning. He was also the most confident player I have ever seen in any situation. The man literally believes he can win anything, any time. His manufactured grudges and constant searching for weakness in others didn't disappear when he stopped playing. His HOF speech was him being himself. Is he an ass? Sure. Did that probably help him become the best player ever? Likely.

05/10/2018 - 8:07am Like?

For example? He had 119 total tackles in three years at UM. That's not really that many stops, even factoring in his lack of snaps freshman year. 

05/10/2018 - 8:03am Ok

If that's how you feel, I'm good with it, but it still doesn't refute anything I said about Peppers.

05/09/2018 - 3:08pm I mean...

He wasn't exactly the most humble recruit coming in.

05/09/2018 - 2:50pm Every OSU Fan Agrees

Peppers is a fantastic athlete and excellent blitzer. ProFootballFocus pointed out a bunch of holes in his game after his final season, though. He has linebacker skills in a safety body. Lewis was by far the best defensive player in their final year at UM and should have been DPOY. Ohio State made a point of running at him whenever they could and it worked out well. He's not big enough to take on olinemen and can't cover to save his life. He's really a situational player and I'm flat out shocked when UM fans compare him to Woodson who is one of the best defensive players of all time. Peppers can't do a third of what Woodson could.

05/09/2018 - 2:49pm Expansion Team

From 1999 on the Browns have been an expansion team. Had an expansion draft and all. In reality, they had it much worse off than the expansion Jags and Panthers, but that's what happens to the Browns. Sorry, Lions fans.

05/09/2018 - 2:46pm Screens

Sam, every Peppers defender points to him blowing up screens as if that makes him this irreplaceable defensive god. He was excellent at blowing through WR and TE blocks and getting to the screen receiver. He's a very good blitzer situationally. Now what else on defense is he excellent at?

02/21/2018 - 11:22am Serious question...

Serious question, because I see a number of Michigan fans make this argument from time to time. Do Michigan fans really want to be like Wisconsin and MSU? Yes, they have done more with less over the years, but what have either of them really won? They are not considered elite by your average fan or pundit and generally lose when they play the elites nationally. It's really strange for me, an OSU fan, to feel a measure of revulsion when Michigan fans try to counter arguments against their recruiting classes by pointing to MSU and Wisconsin. Moments later it turns into schadenfreude, but still.

02/21/2018 - 10:09am Carried Tress off the field

Tressel's former players carried him off the field. What would you expect them to do, give the cold shoulder to the coach that led them to a National Title?

02/20/2018 - 3:28pm Agree

Agree with you. I still hate Michigan as much as ever. The 90's are a wound that will never really heal, so I cherish every failure Michigan has in any sport. This doesn't mean I don't respect Michigan as a rival, because I will always respect Michigan in a way that I can never respect Penn State. But that honestly fuels the hate even more, cause I can never hate Penn State the way I hate Michigan. 

01/24/2018 - 6:13pm Definitely a blow. OSU has

First time being bitten by the double post bug.

01/24/2018 - 6:12pm Definitely a blow. OSU has

Definitely a blow. OSU has had better production at CB than any other school with Coombs.

01/11/2018 - 8:56am "He lives UM football."

"He lives UM football."

So do a lot of you, but it doesn't mean the university should pay you all a half mil. This is a poor reason for someone to get a raise.

01/09/2018 - 1:52pm Thank you

Thank you for sharing, Ace. It's not easy to be so open about our personal struggles, be they health, mental, or spiritual. I'm a praying person and will include you when I do.

“Remember, Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.”

12/31/2017 - 12:36pm That was the first time OSU

That was the first time OSU has played at Iowa under Meyer.

12/28/2017 - 9:59am Carts

Had to log in to agree with this. God, this makes me furious. Walking 20 feet is not hard, what in the actual hell is wrong with these people.

12/22/2017 - 12:52pm As a Buckeye fan

As a Buckeye fan, the 2015 Buckeyes underachieved. That team was LOADED. Easily the most talented team in the country that year, but they struggled way too often on offense. The coaching on offense was borderline criminal that year. Whe they were motivated and the playcalling didn't overthink things or try to get cute, they destroyed good defenses. VT, UM, and ND all had good defenses and OSU did whatever they wanted.