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02/09/2019 - 4:26am Is the how the University of…

Is the how the University of Michigan calculates a student's GPA... use the best scores and drop the rest?

01/16/2019 - 1:18am Reportedly, Fields is a…

Reportedly, Fields is a talented baseball player, and wanted to play at the collegiate level. While it seems that Georgia's officials handled this individual incident appropriately by dismissing the offending student from the baseball team, perhaps a hostile environment either already exists on Georgia's baseball team, or has resulted from the actions taken. I find it interesting that there is not a single African American on Georgia's baseball roster (40 players).

01/09/2019 - 2:37pm I think you badly mistaken…

I think you badly mistaken if you think Michigan holds an advantage over Clemson during the past four years. Clemson has a higher Blue-Chip ratio. Michigan would have had to recruit 12 fewer 3* recruits and 12 more 4* recruits from 2015 - 2018 to stay even with Clemson. Michigan is even farther behind Ohio State.

01/04/2019 - 12:44pm This year's recruiting class…

This year's recruiting class for the Buckeyes is turning out great! Thanks for asking. Even before the addition of Fields, this class's Blue-Chip ratio (3.875) is on par with Meyer's last 4 classes. Meanwhile, Michigan's larger 2019 class has fallen farther behind at 3.6 (which means Michigan needed 7 fewer 3* recruits and 7 more 4* recruits to stay even).

12/30/2018 - 11:26pm Top 5? Are you kidding?

Top 5? Are you kidding?

Over the past 4 years, Ohio State has recruited 42 more 4* recruits than 3*. Over that same time, Michigan has recruited only 9  more 4* recruits than 3*. (Ohio State also recruited 12 5* recruits over that time, while Michigan recruited only 4.) Ohio State's Blue-Chip ratio over that time period is 3.94; Michigan 3.6.

For 2019, Ohio State's Blue-Chip ratio is 3.875; Michigan 3.63. For Michigan to have stayed even with Ohio State, they would have to switch out 6 of the 3* recruits for 6 more 4*. Michigan has a fine 2019 class, but it is still falling behind the Buckeyes.

12/22/2018 - 4:52pm Is this what you're looking…

Is this what you're looking for?

It's not the cumulative rankings that maintains Ohio State's advantage over Michigan. It's Ohio State's Blue-Chip ratio, the ratio of Four Star recruits to Three Star recruits. (On 247, this roughly corresponds to the average team rating.) Of course, if a team maintains a high Blue-Chip ratio, it seems quite likely that their cumulative ranking will also be high.
 
How does this play out? Well,Ohio State has a 92.62 team average over the past 4 years (3.876 Blue-Chip ratio); Michigan 89.74 (3.567 Blue-Chip ratio). Accordingly, Ohio State recruited 10 Five Star, 65 Four Star and 22 Three Star players during that time, while Michigan recruited 3 Five Star, 45 Four Star and 42 Three Star players. Ohio State recruited 43 more Four Star than Three Star players, while Michigan recruited only 3 more Four Star than Three Star players. (Additionally, Ohio State recruited 10 Five Star players to Michigan's 3.) To match Ohio State's Blue-Chip ratio, Michigan would have had to recruit 28 fewer Three Star recruits, and 28 more Four Star recruits (an average of 7 Four Star players per year).
 
So how about this year's class (so far)? Ohio State has a team average of 92.16 (3.875 Blue-Chip ratio) to Michigan's 90.37 (3.600 Blue-Chip ratio). So we see that Ryan Day's first recruiting class matches Urban Meyer's output over the past four years. To match Ohio State's 2019 Class Blue-Chip ratio, Michigan needed to recruit 6 fewer Three Star recruits, and 6 more Four Star recruits.

12/19/2018 - 7:00pm Well, if true, we'll just…

Well, if true, we'll just have to lock down Ohio again, like Jim Tressel did. You remember how that went, don't you?

10/07/2018 - 4:07pm Haskins hasn't been asked to…

Haskins hasn't been asked to perform against a pass rush anything like Michigan will provide? Really??

Didn't he lead the Buckeyes to victory during the 2nd half of the The Game at the Big House last year, going 6/7 for 94 yards and a 198.5 rating? Or did you not catch that game?

08/20/2018 - 8:48pm Since your wife is…

Since your wife is intelligent, perhaps the opinion you hold is actually just an indication of your bitterness towards Ohio State.

08/06/2018 - 1:30am I cannot find this quote. Do…

I cannot find this quote. Do you have a link?

08/05/2018 - 11:38pm Well, the court case I cited…

Well, the court case I cited above dispels pretty much your entire argument, for the reasons I gave.

What am I arguing? There are issues that must be explained, just not the ones you are trying to raise. I believe Ohio State's investigative panel can get to the bottom of this relatively quickly, and provide these answers. We must be vigilant to be sure they do.

08/05/2018 - 10:57am Sifting through all the…

Sifting through all the meandering garbage you've strewn about, I agree that if the allegations are accurate, the university has a responsibility to keep people like Zach Smith away from their students, for a variety of reasons; and as such, the university needs to provide an explanation as to why those responsible for keeping him on staff (Meyer, the athletic department, human resources, etc) didn't feel the need to take such precautions. For example, I don't know if the lack of criminal charges is sufficient justification. But that's a different issue.from what I was discussing.

08/05/2018 - 1:54am You think he would have…

You think he would have changed his alleged behavior if he no longer worked for Ohio State? That he would no longer have contact with his wife? That he would stop living at his own house?

It doesn't work like that. To accomplish these things, Courtney Smith would have to take legal action of some kind (ie, pressing charges, or filing for divorce).

08/04/2018 - 11:41pm Nonsense! Being employed by…

Nonsense! Being employed by Ohio State did not provide Zach Smith access to his wife. Nor did it provide the venue. And the police were well aware of the situation.

A similar case involving Colorado University was dismissed in federal court, where the judge wrote, “Defendants’ alleged failure to follow the university’s rules and policies did not increase the risk of harm to (Fine) given that, as someone with no affiliation with or connection to the university, she was not within the group of individuals that the policies were designed to protect,” adding that the alleged perpetrator "could have engaged in the exact same conduct regardless of his affiliation with the university… The university and (defendants) provided neither access nor cover for Tumpkin’s alleged conduct”.

Compare that with the scandal at Penn State, where university officials hid the events from the police, while also giving Sandusky access to children and providing the venue where he committed his crimes.

I don't want Smith associated with Ohio State for any number of reasons, but Ohio State did not enable his conduct in any manner whatsoever.

08/03/2018 - 8:02pm That would indeed be a…

That would indeed be a mouthful, but you may have a point. It seems odd to report issues unrelated to Title IX (as seen in the Colorado case) to the Title IX officer, so I was initially uncertain about your interpretation. However, the university may not want untrained staff determining what constitutes a Title IX issue, instead leaving that to an official with expertise in Title IX. I could see that, or something similar. Looks somewhat confusing in the contract, though.

08/03/2018 - 12:56am This may be true. Perhaps…

This may be true. Perhaps that will be the only solution that not only best protects the university, but also helps motivate society to define better policies to protect women who are battered, abused and harassed. 

08/03/2018 - 12:00am Ad hominem attacks don't…

Ad hominem attacks don't really address the issue. In light of this ruling, do you think Ohio State can contractually show cause to dismiss Urban Meyer? 

08/02/2018 - 10:26pm The topic of this post is a…

The topic of this post is a Yahoo Sports article, which refers quite often to Title IX in ascertaining Meyer's responsibilities, so it does matter if journalists are incorrectly (and carelessly) pushing this false narrative.

Interestingly, I see nothing in either this article, nor in Meyer's contract, about lying to the press (if, in fact, he did).

08/02/2018 - 9:44pm This article is mistaken to…


This article is mistaken to say that Title IX applies to this situation. A ruling was issued last month in federal court regarding a lawsuit against Colorado University, in which Pamela Fine accused head coach Mike MacIntyre, athletic director Rick George, chancellor Phil DiStefano and President Bruce Benson of failing to properly handle the accusations of domestic violence against former Buffs assistant coach Joe Tumpkin. That lawsuit was thrown out, because, in the words of U.S. District Judge William J. Martinez, "as someone with no affiliation with or connection to the university, she was not within the group of individuals that the policies were designed to protect".

Courtney Smith is not a member of the staff, faculty, or student body at Ohio State; therefore, nor is she included in the group of individuals to which Title IX applies. So all this talk about Title IX violations is unfounded.

08/02/2018 - 9:31pm More to the point, a ruling…

More to the point, a ruling was issued last month in federal court regarding a lawsuit against Colorado University, in which Pamela Fine accused head coach Mike MacIntyre, athletic director Rick George, chancellor Phil DiStefano and President Bruce Benson of failing to properly handle the accusations of domestic violence against former Buffs assistant coach Joe Tumpkin. That lawsuit was thrown out, because, in the words of U.S. District Judge William J. Martinez, "as someone with no affiliation with or connection to the university, she was not within the group of individuals that the policies were designed to protect".

Certainly, neither is Courtney Smith included in the group of individuals to which Title IX applies. So all this talk about Title IX violations is unfounded. 

https://www.si.com/college-football/2018/07/20/mike-macintyre-lawsuit-colorado-dismissed-judge