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01/18/2019 - 1:01pm There's a good book about…

There's a good book about the town where Ty Law grew up. SI a couple years back had an excerpt from it (featuring some harrowing stuff about Law). Showed how important (for better or worse) youth and high school football is to some towns, particularly towns whose best days are behind them.

https://www.si.com/nfl/2016/09/30/playing-through-the-whistle-sl-price-book-aliquippa-high-school-football

01/17/2019 - 5:52pm Gary's lack of production …

Gary's lack of production (compared to his #1 recruit status) is one thing. That happens. It's disappointing that he was good, but not great, but from all accounts he was really hurt for over a year and he gave it his all to come back and try to win games and did contribute, though not quite as much as we hoped.

Higdon, on other hand, had no first (or second) day draft position to protect, wasn't injured, and most importantly was a senior captain. Him skipping the bowl game is a "dead to me" situation. I don't wish him ill, but I'm not going to spend any time rooting for him either (for the very little that is worth).

01/16/2019 - 1:21pm I have no idea if he is a…

I have no idea if he is a punk or not; he's a high school kid, so if he has acted immaturely in terms of comments, that doesn't concern me.

What *does* concern me, as I've posted a couple times, is he doesn't dominate on the field. He is clearly athletically gifted; but it is shocking to me that Belleville didn't run behind him at key moments during key games, and during a good portion of play, he seemed disengaged.

Maybe the light comes on at MSU (nothing personal against him, but I hope it doesn't), but he has never truly been a 5-star, and I've never been disappointed the staff "missed" on him.

Barnett? That dude is really talented. Maybe he didn't perform well during that all-star week, but I've seen him enough to know he is very athletically gifted and "makes plays." He definitely would have fit at UM, but it wasn't to be.

01/15/2019 - 4:25pm Yeesh. He has had a tough go…

Yeesh. He has had a tough go of it. 

"The diagnosis by a neurologist showed that Doyle could seriously damage himself further by continuing to play. The problem can only be treated by a complicated surgery that includes side effects, one being a chance of not being able to have children."

Hope him not playing can delay that surgery as long as possible.

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Also, not worthy posting another thread about, but Aubrey Dawkins is having a very good season: 16 ppg, 5.5 rebs, on 47% fg, 35% from 3. His team's doing great too, 13-2.
http://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/player/_/id/3136493/aubrey-dawkins

 

01/10/2019 - 12:25pm Wholeheartedly agree. It's…

Wholeheartedly agree. It's sad and weird from a business perspective.

12/21/2018 - 2:15pm Nope. From the FAQ:
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Nope. From the FAQ:

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12/21/2018 - 1:10pm I guessed Die Hard before I…

I guessed Die Hard before I even clicked -- what do I win?

12/20/2018 - 12:56pm I am 99.9% sure we didn't…

I am 99.9% sure we didn't sign him. 

The far more likely explanation is someone in UM social media has prepped pics / text for a whole list of recruits and accidentally posted it, and then quickly took it down when they realized the mistake.

12/20/2018 - 11:38am Certainly the Peach Bowl is…

Certainly the Peach Bowl is another opportunity, but it is not remotely the same type in terms of NFL importance -- the Senior Bowl coaches are literally current NFL coaches. Beyond that, hundreds upon hundreds of scouts, coaches, etc from all the other NFL teams come down to watch everything.

It's like a another combine -- essential for a player like Higdon who needs to boost his draft stock.

12/20/2018 - 10:29am I love how ih8losing is…

I love how ih8losing is eating his lemon in his kitchen, his kid (off camera) says "Where's mom?" and he signals towards the basement and that's it. The kid doesn't say, "Hey dad -- why are you eating a lemon and recording it?"

Kids can be very perceptive occasionally, but usually they are oblivious to how dumb we adults are.

12/20/2018 - 10:24am I dislike when an uninjured,…

I dislike when an uninjured, senior captain, 3rd day draft pick does this, but it's up to him. I think even from a "it's strictly business" scenario it's not the best move, as a great performance could help his draft stock, but he certainly has plenty of tape, so it likely wouldn't make a significant difference.

The one positive is everyone who actually plays the Peach Bowl should be motivated -- the vast majority are playing for spots next year, even Shea (unlikely, but Dylan is no slouch). If someone lays an egg, with this big top 8 class coming in, you can get replaced in a hurry and you want all the good performances in front of the coaches that you can get.

Hopefully, they'll want to win the game for its own sake and for Michigan, but self-interest should also work in our favor.

12/20/2018 - 10:16am Senior Bowl is not really a …

Senior Bowl is not really a "bowl" it is an extended job interview -- it is filled with NFL coaches and scouts.

The practices/workouts for the Senior Bowl are as important as the game. Just watch ESPN / BTN / etc around that time. You'll start hearing "So-so really impressed on Tuesday, as he was dominating some of the top players from the..."

12/19/2018 - 11:34am All fair enough.
I…

All fair enough.

I understand you are being strict on the definition of "exhibition" -- i.e., games that don't count in your record. That is certainly accurate.

I was focused on "much less meaningful than key games in the regular season" which is how they historically were treated. That is what we are going back to (except for the playoff and perhaps the Rose).

12/19/2018 - 11:00am Are you serious? The Rose…

Are you serious? The Rose Bowl (and similar) were ABSOLUTELY considered exhibition games, for decades.

All the final national championship polls (with rare exceptions) for the longest time (until 1968) were taken *before* the bowl game. You could "win" a national championship and it didn't matter how you did in the bowl!

http://www.collegepollarchive.com/football/ap/research/championships.cfm#.XBpp_unPypo

Related, the NCAA didn't include bowl game stats toward national records until 2002. They were not seen as part of "regular" business (and they sure as heck weren't a playoff, until a few years ago).

http://a.espncdn.com/ncf/news/2002/0828/1423821.html

There's a reason the vast majority of bowls are/were in sunny climes -- they were started by travel associations and chambers of commerce to get wealthy midwest & northern people to buy more orange juice and spend money at Disneyland.

All that said, bowls haven't reverted to "meaningless" yet -- it would be a nice cap to the season to beat a Top-10 opponent in a top bowl. If we get blown out, trust me, it will become a "big deal." But let's also not act it's as important as regular season games against OSU, ND, MSU, Penn State or Wisconsin (to pick five games).

12/17/2018 - 6:27pm No. If this season turns out…

No. If this season turns out how we hope (now expect), it will be a very good three years.

But the best would be 1989 through 1994 (1 natl champ; 3 final fours; 4 elite eights)

If you don't count those b/c of Fab Five stuff, then it is 1964 through 1966 (3 B1G champs, 2 final fours).

Michigan has some history; don't discount it.

 

12/17/2018 - 6:22pm How full was it against WMU?…

How full was it against WMU?

The lower bowl behind the baskets looked about 2/3 full; the lower bowl sidelines (non-students) looked 80-90% full. But I have no idea of the upper bowl, as it is so dark up there.

12/17/2018 - 5:14pm I said it elsewhere -- if 6…

I said it elsewhere -- if 6 or 7 people sit out the bowl game (and they are not projected to be rd 1 or 2 picks), that's problematic.

But I can't comment on, "Oh man, it's terrible that X or Y left" when they haven't left. Life is too short to get stressed about unknowable possibilities and cryptic tweets (esp when absolutely zero is keeping them from "speaking out").

The OP is asking me to get upset about 3 players who didn't do much of anything at Michigan. I expect more people to leave (e.g., Nordin); I won't be glad about that, but I understand -- he got beat out and isn't likely to play next season (same reason as Hudson).

Heck, at OSU, Bosa clearly decided to sit out the season (not even trying to get back for the Rose Bowl or CFP!), and that's a program that has won 11-plus games for a decade. Would that have happened 5 years ago? Heck no.

This is the new world. If a players isn't startin', he's departin' (or even if he thinks he could be getting more carries, catches, etc). Churn is the new norm.

12/17/2018 - 4:41pm "some of which are from…

"some of which are from players with a clear path to starting..."

Who? Besides Solomon, who?

- Hudson? He was in a battle with Steuber all year. He had a chance, for sure, but no clear path.
- Walker? Please.

Who else?

12/17/2018 - 4:35pm So? Nordin (unfortunately)…

So? Nordin (unfortunately) seemingly is head-case and could barely kick a football without it being a knuckler the last half of the year. He then got beat out by a younger, better kicker.

And at a position like kicker, that means you have to leave if you want to play. So I expect he'll be moving on.

If Shea or DPJ likes a tweet, then we have an issue.

12/17/2018 - 4:32pm Freakin' A man, Hudson left…

Freakin' A man, Hudson left after the MSU victory! Walker left last year!

The 2018 OSU game, as bad as it was, is not the only, or even primary, explanation for things!

12/17/2018 - 4:30pm The ones he said "“My…

The ones he said "“My earlier tweet had nothing to do with @CoachJim4UM”?

Those tweets?

If anything, they had to do with the UM fanbase. (i.e., "After receiving more comments from Michigan fans O’Korn concluded the series of tweets with one more reading, “And by the looks of my mentions, I think I proved my point.”)

And, FWIW, O'Korn no longer even has a Twitter account.

I have no idea what's going on, except a few players who had trouble seeing the field at UM, have transferred. Until told differently (and this people are free to speak -- nothing's stopping them) I'll go with that logical explanation.

12/17/2018 - 4:15pm If 6-7 guys sit out the bowl…

If 6-7 guys sit out the bowl game, that would be a problem.

But these wash outs? People are too focused on their starz and not how they actually did / are doing at the college level.
- Kareem Walker played juco last year and had 64 carries for 207 yards with 1 TD.
- James Hudson got beat out and now plays for a team outside the Power 5
- Tyrone Wheatley Jr went to an FCS school ; he had 1 catch this year

...and so on.

I'm less than thrilled, from a depth & potential about Solomon leaving, but he had as little impact his first 2 years at Michigan as you possibly can imagine for a 5-star player; pair that with his extremely odd recruiting history, and it's no surprise he's gone.

If these folks have something to say, say it. Otherwise, they're just being internet trolls.

12/17/2018 - 4:07pm Is this like Jeopardy?
I'll…

Is this like Jeopardy?

I'll take "Three highly-ranked recruits who didn't do much (unfortunately) while at Michigan", Alex.

12/13/2018 - 1:50pm You certainly can compare…

You certainly can compare them in terms of influence.

MC5 are like the Velvet Underground -- negligible sales, but a huge impact on numerous, much more popular bands. The MC5 had a big impact on both punk and grunge. Heck, Pearl Jam just played Kick out the Jams this summer in front of 50,000 people -- it killed, as always.

Def Leppard was also hugely influential (specifically, Mutt Lange giving them those arena-ready choruses and guitar hooks) on the 80s pop/hair metal scene. They just happened to be amazingly popular, as well.

12/13/2018 - 1:45pm Hysteria was the first ever…

Hysteria was the first ever album (well, tape, technically) that I ever bought that I was disappointed in.

I loved Pyromania (still do; Photograph is one of the best rock songs of all-time) and then Def Lep had a serious hiatus due to Rick Allen's injury. By the time Hysteria came around, I was old enough to buy my own music, so I bought Hysteria as soon as it came out.

I listened to it for a good two weeks trying to like it and finally realized, "Eh....it's fine, but too plodding and overproduced." It didn't rock.

I spent much more time with Appetite for Destruction, which came out around the same time (that fantastic album perhaps rocked a bit too much -- my young ears did not quite know what hit them, besides that it was awesome and used some foul language).

Obviously, things worked out OK for them. They deserve to be in based on album sales and influence, alone, so good for them.

 

12/04/2018 - 3:00pm Agreed. The only thing I…

Agreed. The only thing I would add is Z hasn't (yet!) improved his 3-pt or his FT shooting, which was an off-season hope.

It's still early, but he's at 29% (same as last year) from three and I know I hoped he would reach the mid-30s at least; and no PG should ever be anywhere close to 40% from FT (on only 15 attempts, but still -- that's Ben Wallace territory)

I can see some team playing zone or a type of man and daring Z to beat them from the outside. That will be interesting.

12/04/2018 - 2:26pm A difference I see is that…

A difference I see is that last year, Beilein didn't know whether Z or Brooks would be the guy at PG -- it took 10 or so games to figure that out, as Z started out struggling (e.g., hardly ever shot at all until the OSU game in December). Once he figured out Z could play top defense and was decent enough on offense (e.g., slippery cuts to the basket; good ball handler), Brooks barely saw the floor once the B1G season started.

Contrast that with this year: Brooks has started out the gate doing a pretty good job -- shooting 40% from three, 47% overall, with a 2-to-1 ASST/TO ratio (which is OK, but could be better). That's reasonable for a backup, and obviously Z is the 32-min per game starter. DDJ just has a higher hill to climb to get to that 20% of time than Brooks did.

Not sure the other years are comparable (e.g., Morris played as a freshman b/c he was top recruit and what were the other options? Laval Lucas-Perry? Matt Vogrich?)

And I am cautious on Beilein and practice assessments. He obviously knows at ton more than me, but he has gone on about people as practice superstars (e.g., Donnal, Austin Davis) and that hasn't necessarily translated to game time.

But we'll see. It's nothing against DDJ, it's just a different roster situation than the past.

12/04/2018 - 12:49pm Agree on Castleton. I was…

Agree on Castleton. I was suprised he was mentioned as a possible backup contributor; I don't see that at all. Way too skinny and not skilled enough yet.

Dejulius is also likely not to contribute until *maybe* late in the year. It's just the nature of the Beilein offense. He has looked real unsteady out there so far (jacking up bricks), which is typical. I agree Brooks is more a combo guard, but he dribbles fine and more importantly, has show he can shoot the 3. I've been real pleased with his development. 

12/03/2018 - 3:54pm Sure, Cornelius "Corny"…

Sure, Cornelius "Corny" Johnson. One of the best athletes at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin; heck of a high jumper -- won the gold medal. Then, was an excellent postal letter carrier before he joined the merchant marine. Sadly, he died of a respiratory disease on his ship.

At least that's what Wikipedia tells me. Perhaps Harbaugh & co have access to better info.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cornelius_Johnson_(athlete)

12/03/2018 - 3:12pm Too late. It's Carl Pellini …

Too late. It's Carl Pelini (holdover from current staff).

Wonder what https://twitter.com/FauxPelini thinks of that?

12/03/2018 - 1:26pm UM athletics just doesn't…

UM athletics just doesn't seem to care about actual butts in seats -- creating a home atmosphere (more fans = more cheering), selling hot dogs & popcorn, or how it looks on TV. Not to mention if people attend games (esp kids), they are more likely to become longer-term fans.

There are ready, technological solutions to largely address this issue (e.g., all tix are already scanned; database tech is cheap; online marketplaces for tix already exist & can be partnered with), not to mention ready markets like every school / AAU team within 30 miles should be contacted for massively discounted group tickets for these games.

But my guess is UM athletics is a) lazy (the dept is awash in money largely due to TV -- do they really need the extra couple million that enabling this will generate? Nope.) and b) risk-averse (e.g., a good portion of the tix for 5 or so of the games are probably only really worth $5 - $10; they would rather there be thousands of empty seats than sell those seats at a level that brings back shades of "Buy two cokes, get one ticket").

They do this stuff sporadically (e.g., I attended last year's opener for $5 as part of a group) but they not to be more consistent and more aggressive, marketing wise.

12/03/2018 - 1:02pm What, you don't think it is…

What, you don't think it is worth spending $800 (if you include fees) for 4 tix in Sec 106 for the game against Binghamton?

Who lists these tix at these ridiculous prices? If people were actually able to get anywhere near that price, there would be more listed, but there are not (e.g., these are the only tix listed in Sec 106). And it's not like everyone else in Sec 106 is not listing them b/c they'll be using them; that section (like the entire bowl) will have dozens upon dozens of empty seats on Dec 30.

UM athletics had greatly expanded its admin staff over the past few years; a couple people need to work full-time on fixing this issue with the secondary market, in order get more butts in the seats, for basketball.

Doubt it will happen though -- it's been a problem for decades and I guess if UM already has it's money from the first sale, they don't care if it looks like an open practice in terms of attendance.

12/03/2018 - 12:50pm I have brought this up…

I have brought this up numerous times, and there doesn't seem to be a real answer: the secondary market does not function nearly as well for basketball as it does for football.

For football, you can get all sorts of seats--from 50 yard line to top of the end zone--for reasonable prices (i.e., under face, often quite a bit) for the SMU's of the world. Hundreds upon hundreds. For better games, there are even more, though of course the prices are higher.

For basketball,  I just looked this morning on StubHub for the Dec 30 game against Binghamton - the only cheap tix ($10 less, before fees) are in the absolute nosebleeds. On the floor, there are less than 100 tix available, typically for $75 to $150. That's ridiculous,  considering those seats will be 1/2 filled, at best.

I know Crisler is 1/10 the size as the Big House, but we don't get close to 1/10 the number of tix on the secondary market, esp in terms of variety (e.g., an inordinate # are top few rows).

UM athletics need to figure out how to incentivize season tix holders to get SOMEONE to use those seats, esp for B1G games. Something like give people credits towards next year's package if, say, 90% of games purchased are actually attended.

They also need to get much more aggressive in their pricing for tix for these bodybag games; the cheapest you can get for Binghamton is $15 (before fees, parking) for bad seats. You can say, "$20-30 per person is cheap! It's worth it!" The scads of empty seats demonstrate the market is telling them something different. But they don't seem to care.

11/30/2018 - 1:03pm I haven't followed all of…

I haven't followed all of recruiting, but I had never seen the name Dawand Jones previously, so I looked him up. Two questions:

- How does someone who has picked up offers from UM, OSU, Florida State and USC get ranked as the 994th best player in the country? I know his recruiting has really just started to heat up in the past month, but he's a HUGE dude who plays for a well-known program. How could everyone not realize, until November, "Hey...this 360 lb guy...he might be really good!"

- Related to this -- he's apparently a very good basketball player. How is some kid in high school supposed to defend or rebound against a person who is 6 ft 8 in, 360 lbs?

https://www.indystar.com/story/sports/high-school/2018/11/28/indiana-high-school-basketball-ben-davis-senior-duo-dawand-jones-jalen-windham/2137702002/

In conclusion, based on my 10 minutes of research, I am all for UM getting an absolutely humongous OL who has top offers, and is athletic enough to excel at basketball, even though he is currently ranked the 82nd best offensive lineman in the country.

11/27/2018 - 1:18pm I am definitely *not …

I am definitely *not *ignoring his whole tenure. While we have certainly done some nice things (e.g., adding Shea's running this year), I have not been impressed with our creativity and utilizing our best assets on a consistent basis. The PepCat is one of my (least) favorite examples of this lack of creativity; DPJ only getting 39 catches this year is one example of not utilizing a game-breaking asset.

I put this on another post, but our biggest road win this year was against NU -- and when we were down 17-13 in the middle of the 4th quarter, our first down plays were:

- Pass to Wangler (9 yards)
- Run by Higdon (1 yard)
- Run by Higdon (1 yard)
- Run by Higdon (0 yards)
- Run by Higdon (1 yard)

We got bailed out by Shea making plays and a great pass / catch by Gentry on 2nd and 3rd downs.

When the chips are down and/or we are facing our toughest opponents, Harbaugh too often relies on "set up" plays and body blows as opposed to getting creative or aggressive -- in my opinion.

11/27/2018 - 12:43pm I'm sure that is somewhat…

I'm sure that is somewhat true, but contrast that with OSU's philosophy which was -- we have a scheme that works, and we'll do it from the start, and keep doing it (with minor, but significant adjustments) until you stop it, consistently. 

Less non-productive "set up" plays. It's one of the ways you get to 62 points instead of 39.

11/26/2018 - 5:30pm They do it June, so they…

They do it June, so they could do the most equitable matchups, if they wanted. But I don't think that's the driving factor.

MSU-Louisville is purely a "name" thing. Miami is, right now, definitely a better program, but two of the top programs in the last 30 years being matched up is a better TV draw.

Also, they clearly take previous year's matchups into account: UM-NC and IU-Duke are the same as last year, just at different locations (so like a home & home). MSU last played Louisville in 2015 at Breslin, so I don't think it's a coincidence that they are matched up this year at Yum! Center.

https://www.theacc.com/news/2018/6/1/mens-basketball-matchups-set-for-the-2018-acc-big-ten-challenge.aspx

11/26/2018 - 12:52pm Good points, but one quibble…

Good points, but one quibble: I'm pretty certain that ball was underthrown b/c that's where the gap in the defense was -- if he had thrown it deeper, there were two defenders who could have made a play.

Regardless, the pass hit Gentry in the hands as he slid to the ground and, just like the previous week, he couldn't cradle it and bring it in. You see college players make that catch all the time, let alone those that are (were?) being talked up as top NFL prospects.

11/26/2018 - 12:48pm Yes, the Northwestern game…

Yes, the Northwestern game was the alarm bell for me. But I hoped we had grown from that; we really didn't.

We are in a fight for our life, down 17-13, and here is what we run in the 4th quarter on 1st down.
- Pass to Wangler (9 yards)
- Run by Higdon (1 yard)
- Run by Higdon (1 yard)
- Run by Higdon (0 yards)
- Run by Higdon (1 yard)

The "run the RB into the middle" wasn't working, yet we stubbornly stuck with it. But, with some great plays by Shea on 2nd and 3rd down (and a great catch by Gentry), we score. 

We need a new OC, with authority, to take us from a B/B- to the "A" that the modern game requires. Just like we improved the OL by hiring a top person with a clear line of authority, the same thing needs to happen to the offense overall. Otherwise, 10-2 is the cap next year as well.

11/26/2018 - 12:37pm Ronald Powell? Dorial Green…

Ronald Powell? Dorial Green-Beckham?

Gary didn't reach the level we expected, partly b/c of injury, partly b/c he perhaps wasn't playing his best position, and partly b/c he likely was just not as good as everyone hoped (very good, but not great).

But he gave it his all, which I appreciate, and definitely made quite a few plays. Again, just not as many as everyone (including him, I'm sure) hoped.

11/26/2018 - 12:33pm It would be great if he did…

It would be great if he did play, but I'd be surprised if he does. After Jake Butt, I don't begrudge any 1st or 2nd day draft guy from deciding it doesn't make sense to play in a non-CFP bowl game in order to be best prepared to maximize his dollars & status for his professional career.

11/26/2018 - 12:29pm Good luck to him. It didn't…

Good luck to him. It didn't quite work out as well as we'd all hoped, but he gave it everything he could.

I hope the injuries that seemed to plague him here don't follow him to the NFL.

11/26/2018 - 11:59am The offense was not a…

The offense was not a complete tire fire, but it didn't do it win it really counted. The two most important drives were the first drive of the game (3 and out) and the first drive of the second half when we had stopped them and a TD could put us in the lead (again, quickly over). Not only would scores there change the scoreboard, but change the emotion.

And it wasn't really creative -- the only play I said, "Wow, nice design!" was the fake & pass to Gentry (which he caught in the end zone, and then dropped when the defender hit him) -- where was the "full playbook" that is always soon-to-be-coming? Finally, it didn't utilize what other teams had done against OSU and had repeated, big play success against (jet sweep, ala Maryland anyone?) -- why not?

The truth in today's college football is sometimes you've got to score 50-plus points. That seems crazy, I know. But it's where the game has not only headed, that's where it is at (see Oklahoma, who likely will be in the CFP instead of us). Too many glancing "body blow" plays while the other team is successfully throwing haymakers.

11/26/2018 - 11:48am Uh, yes.
It happens all the…

Uh, yes.

It happens all the time in football. You let your best athletes make plays; that's what makes them the best.

Hell, Matthew Stafford is on his way to making $250 million lifetime earnings b/c he figured out that throwing to a covered Calvin Johnson is not a bad move.

I would 100 times out 100 throw a ball to a covered Nico or DPJ vs a covered McCurry. Those are the two options. If McCurry is wide open, sure, throw it to him; but he wasn't. Patterson got bailed out.

11/26/2018 - 11:29am But OSU played a lot of…

But OSU played a lot of teams this year, and they didn't boat race anyone of consequence like they did us. They literally played Michigan State and Maryland (two common opponents, whom we beat by double digits) earlier this month and it was nothing like The Game.

OSU saw what Indiana did and said, "Hell, we have a better QB and better WRs -- we can do that, but better!" and did it over and over (with some variations) until we stopped them (which was never).

UM saw what Maryland did to OSU on defense and....avoided it completely. E.g., did we run *one* jet sweep? I stopped watching after awhile, so maybe I missed it, but I do know Bell and DPJ got zero carries.

That's all coaching.

11/26/2018 - 11:25am Please don't bring up the…

Please don't bring up the Pepcat. That was the canary in my coal mine from "Wow, our offense is so creative" to "Why the hell are we doing *that* play, that way, yet again?!"

11/26/2018 - 11:22am No, you throw it to people…

No, you throw it to people like Nico or DPJ b/c -- even if they are covered -- they are physical specimens with skill who can still come down with the ball. Nico's down it all year.

I honestly can't believe you are asserting that throwing to a covered McCurry, on a jump ball, was the "best match up", but to each their own.

11/26/2018 - 10:57am It's more than recruiting…

It's more than recruiting.

The talent disparity was not 62-39. There was a bigger talent disparity last year, and that game was close in the 4th quarter.

There were coaching screwups up & down the field in how to use the talent we have. Certainly getting super fast safeties like Daxton Hill is key; but we need to use him (and everyone else) appropriately for what OSU is doing. That didn't happen on Saturday.

11/26/2018 - 10:53am My strong concern is he was…

My strong concern is he was out there on a 3rd and long play *and* then was thrown to when he was in 1 on 1 coverage (and luckily for us, was interfered with).

That was not a running situation. Why was he out there? More importantly, why isn't that ball going to big-bodied receivers like Nico or DPJ?

11/26/2018 - 10:15am I agree completely on…

I agree completely on McCurry. I can't think of a valid reason beyond 3 or 4 WRs being hurt, and as far as I now, that was not the case.

Tru is another matter. He is the best RB blocker (and our OL was struggling) and he has shown a nose for tough yards all year, in non-garbage time. He played as much as was reasonable -- and besides, his playing is about 34th on my list of offensive concerns from that game.