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09/19/2018 - 4:38pm Good lord, read the comments…

Good lord, read the comments to the WSJ article.  The responses from pro-Urban people are as unhinged as anything you would find on 11 Warriors.  Those OSU people can not grasp that if you want the truth about what people were texting about, you look for the texts, period. Forensic analysis is routine in this day and age.  Looks like the investigation was supposed to find some moderately bad facts so Urban could get his slap on the wrist and things could blow over, but definitely not supposed to find anything too bad.

09/18/2018 - 12:13pm If teams better than SMU…

If teams better than SMU stack the box against us, then we damn well better unleash Shea or we will go into the horseshoe with four losses on the season.

09/17/2018 - 1:36pm And let’s not forget, the…

And let’s not forget, the only reason the Rose Bowl wasn’t salted away was that WR blatantly pushed Woodson out of the way to catch a long pass late in the game.  And the ref swallowed his whistle.  One of the most blatant offensive PI you will ever see, and it wasn’t called.

09/17/2018 - 12:44pm If you really mean it when…

If you really mean it when you apologize, you don’t have to go back three or four more times trying to clarify what you meant the first time.

09/17/2018 - 12:36pm Because you and everyone…

Because you and everyone else does his job perfectly every day.  

09/17/2018 - 9:08am Trying to parse anything out…

Trying to parse anything out of answers like these, or indeed any vague answers to recruitment questions, is a fool’s errand.  We will know where he is going when he tells us.  Meanwhile, let’s enjoy the current season of football.

09/16/2018 - 4:26pm It is possible to say…

It is possible to say something positive about how your team played without demeaning the team that just annihilated you in the game.  How about, “the score may not have reflected this, but I thought we played hard from start to finish, we ran the ball really well, and did it in a very hostile environment.”    It’s just poor sportsmanship to talk the way he did.  At least, that’s how I see it.  

09/15/2018 - 12:30pm Default voice set to human…

Default voice set to human vuvuzela.  Awesome.

09/15/2018 - 7:15am I remember the Big 2 and…

I remember the Big 2 and little 8.  Winning the conference and going to the Rose Bowl every other year was nice, nicer than never winning the conference in over 10 years.  Is it better to win a tough conference?  Sure.  It would be nice if that started to happen from time to time.

09/12/2018 - 8:09am I loved how those Moeller…

I loved how those Moeller teams played offense, power running and aggressive downfield passing.  And that TD throw to Desmond in the ND game may have been the single gutsiest moment in UM football history.  

09/11/2018 - 1:07pm I wonder what Karan Higdon…

I wonder what Karan Higdon has to do to achieve a 70 grade for PFF?

09/09/2018 - 3:01pm Rankings this early are…

Rankings this early are dopey.  They shouldn’t rank teams until after the fifth week when voters have a chance to watch teams play opponents of varying quality.  

09/08/2018 - 7:34pm I think a lot of people…

I think a lot of people would be content with 10-3 so long as among the 10 there  were wins over OSU and MSU and ND at least half of the time we played them.  I think failures in those games more than anything else have people freaking out.

09/08/2018 - 3:23pm I missed the game last week,…

I missed the game last week, and opted not to watch it after the fact, so this was my first look at Patterson.  He sure looks like the real deal.  Those passes to Martin on the sideline and DPJ for the TD were big time throws.

09/08/2018 - 3:21pm Have to see the UFR, but it…

Have to see the UFR, but it seemed to me both Hawkins and Ross played well.  Great to see.  I don’t want to bury Metellus, but he had a few bad plays; I can see Hawkins taking his job down the road.

09/08/2018 - 11:27am It always has seemed best to…

It always has seemed best to play your first game against a cupcake to iron out any kinks and figure out what needs to be modified before going against a good team.  Supposedly, the greatest improvement in a team occurs between weeks one and two.  Would have been nice to have flipped these first two games.

09/01/2018 - 12:43pm This team will beat both OSU…

This team will beat both OSU and MSU.  There will be a loss or two in there, but those games will be wins.

08/31/2018 - 12:35pm What about that whole…

What about that whole erasing text messages thing, Urban?  And thanks for introducing the term “deliberate lie” into the lexicon, which we may now contrast with the “inadvertent lie,” which they seem to have concluded you were guilty of.  I always thought a lie implied knowing falsity, but OSU seems to have developed a more sophisticated take on the meaning of the word.

08/30/2018 - 4:03pm The code of omertà has been…

The code of omertà has been broken!  More to come?

08/30/2018 - 11:38am Watching OSU twist in the…

Watching OSU twist in the wind as more and more embarrassing details emerge is rather satisfying.  My only question is how  comfortable they feel about living in their Columbus, Ohio bubble, where national scrutiny is dismissed as irrelevant.  I suspect Drake at least has to be concerned, as well as many faculty members.  Football fans, not so much.

08/29/2018 - 4:48pm How about eliminating Penn…

How about eliminating Penn State and Nebraska and playing a full round robin every year and ditching the championship game?

08/29/2018 - 4:45pm I don’t understand how we…

I don’t understand how we can play them twice in the next eight years, and both games are in Minnesota.  How do you justify not having a home and home series?  

08/27/2018 - 1:30pm You need to cheer up.  The…

You need to cheer up.  The worm always turns in major football rivalries, sometimes it just takes longer than other times.  The Cooper years may seem far off, but they will come again.  Keep the faith.  Michigan has outcoached Ohio State but lost because of poor QB and OL play.  Those are being fixed, and the worm will soon be turning.

08/27/2018 - 12:28pm Come back!!!  To hell with…

Come back!!!  To hell with UCLA.

08/26/2018 - 9:38pm This has come up before, and…

This has come up before, and it is hardly a revelation.  The Lantern requested his text messages before the meeting where he discussed sanitizing his phone.  If someone could prove he deleted messages, it would violate the law and arguably give you the right to an order telling the school to do everything possible to restore the text messages.  There are no criminal penalties associated with the action, but there could be additional civil penalties.

08/25/2018 - 9:08am Supposedly, the Lantern (OSU…

Supposedly, the Lantern (OSU newspaper) requested the text messages before the meeting between Urban and the director of football operations when they discussed how to clear messages more than one year old.  If the Lantern were to file a public records suit, they could depose both guys to get details and if they could prove the records were deleted, they would have a strong case for an order requiring the university to restore them if at all possible.  Of course, many judges in Ohio are alumni, and that could influence the paper’s odds adversely.  Not to mention that the editors probably don’t really want to be shunned, if not worse, by 90% of their classmates.

08/24/2018 - 6:20pm I wonder if a lawyer or the…

I wonder if a lawyer or the OSU PR department wrote that for him after virtually every national football writer ripped him for his petulant performance at the press conference.  What a joke.

08/23/2018 - 12:18pm Please, God, let McMurphy…

Please, God, let McMurphy have or find one more big bullet to fire!

08/23/2018 - 12:16pm I’m not sure that is right. …

I’m not sure that is right.  Gary Moeller was a good coach with a winning record against OSU and MSU who put entertaining teams in the field.  He was dumped promptly for a drunken performance in a restaurant.  I don’t have total recall of the situation, but my sense is the fan base reacted with befuddlement more than pitchforks and torches.

08/23/2018 - 12:09pm Come on, if Joe Pa was…

Come on, if Joe Pa was coming off a recent national championship and a bunch of great seasons, and he wasn’t borderline senile, he would have survived.  They needed a reason to ditch a guy who should have retired five years earlier, and that gave them the reason.

08/23/2018 - 12:09pm Come on, if Joe Pa was…

Come on, if Joe Pa was coming off a recent national championship and a bunch of great seasons, and he wasn’t borderline senile, he would have survived.  They needed a reason to ditch a guy who should have retired five years earlier, and that gave them the reason.

08/22/2018 - 9:58pm Not aware=I never saw the…

Not aware=I never saw the texts.  Of course, she surely mentioned them issue to him and discussed the situation.  Dissembling.

08/22/2018 - 9:31pm This is laughable.  Meyer…

This is laughable.  Meyer and Smith just misunderstood their contracts, and thought they did not have to report abuse unless police charges were filed?  How convenient.  You can send a staffer to lobby the victim not to press charges, or maybe the local cops give a coach a break because, hey, Ohio State and all.  What a duplicitous way to avoid reporting abuse incidents.

08/22/2018 - 9:23pm Hey, it’s the entire…

Hey, it’s the entire preseason!

08/22/2018 - 12:18pm Or he could be there to…

Or he could be there to answer questions the Drake or the BOT may have for him.  Presumably he has not seen the final report (assuming there is a written report) and there may be information that raises questions they would want him to address.  I mean, if the process is being handled above board.  

08/22/2018 - 10:22am In 1962, then OSU faculty…

In 1962, then OSU faculty voted 28-25 to decline a bid to the Rose Bowl because a lot of faculty were concerned that the school was seen as an appendage to the football team.  The Columbus paper published their names, addresses and salaries, and they were hounded by fans.  Students protested wildly.  All mid-Ohio media excoriated the decision.  I am guessing that ended once and for all the notion that the football tail was not the one wagging the university dog in Columbus.

08/21/2018 - 10:18am Really interesting post,…

Really interesting post, although it left me feeling the OL is still a year away from being really good.  Didn’t surprise me, but did disappoint.

08/20/2018 - 4:01pm FWIW, Plain Dealer citing…

FWIW, Plain Dealer citing sources close to the investigation says a short suspension or perhaps “time served.”  Also says Drake will make the call after consulting with the BOT.

08/20/2018 - 12:56pm No way Meyer goes to LSU and…

No way Meyer goes to LSU and has to deal with Saban every year.  Think of his heart!

08/18/2018 - 10:13pm The report of the committee…

The report of the committee investigating the matter will presumably become a public record upon its delivery to the school.  Some media outlet will request it.  OSU will refuse to produce it, and a court will eventually tell the school to do so.  If the report contains damning information about Urban, the school will not be able to sweep it under the rug.  Having an executive session of the BOT to review the report with the administration seems routine, and I don’t think there are any conclusions about the ultimate decision maker to be drawn from that fact.

08/17/2018 - 10:04am I have no idea what OSU will…

I have no idea what OSU will do with Meyer, but there are serious people with good reputations on the committee investigating the situation, and they are not going to risk their reputations by preparing a whitewash report.  What OSU does with the report is one thing, but I think it highly likely that the investigation itself and the ensuing report will be thorough.

08/14/2018 - 12:55pm I hate Pryor as much as…

I hate Pryor as much as anyone, but give the guy credit for being the mature one here, and just walking back to his huddle after scoring a TD.

08/10/2018 - 8:12am Aren’t you forgetting Hudson…

Aren’t you forgetting Hudson?  Viper and all that, but he is more or less a linebacker, unless you want to say we only play two.  But even then, with all the talent recruited at the position the last couple of years, there is almost no chance we do not have someone good replacing McCray.

08/08/2018 - 9:18pm Well, the reason why we are…

Well, the reason why we are recruiting such a big class this year has become clearer with all the defections the last few months.  I don’t doubt McDoom was a good kid, but he certainly had not shown any likelihood he could be a difference maker at WR.

08/07/2018 - 3:15pm No. 25 for safety was a…

No. 25 for safety was a winner for Curtis based solely on his performance against Ohio State in 1969, without more.

08/07/2018 - 11:20am Good point about the OSU…

Good point about the OSU President.  That school is and will always be known as primarily a football factory unless and until someone in authority steps in and says “no, there are more important things than football here.”  I wonder if Drake might be the guy to do that, although he might be risking his tenure and alumni donations if he did.

08/07/2018 - 11:04am How about they pick up the…

How about they pick up the phone and call Courtney and tell her what Zach said and ask for her response?  Maybe she would have shown them pictures?  Or maybe text messages?  One phone call hardly makes this an extensive investigation.  Such an obvious and elementary step, and OSU chose not to take it.  

08/07/2018 - 10:59am If no one bothered to…

If no one bothered to contact Ms. Smith to hear her side of the abuse allegations, and simply took the wife beater’s denials, then there is no way they followed the proper protocols.  Whether it was Urban or Gene Smith or someone else, OSU dropped the ball on the investigation.

08/06/2018 - 2:50pm Maybe the guy is just a…

Maybe the guy is just a jackass in how he interacts with others?  Or he angers too easily—there’s a good possibility.  Or has a personality that is a bit too gruff for Urban’s sensibilities?  Who knows?  Pretty much sheer speculation that it referred to the domestic violence issue. It could, but it could also refer to a lot of other things.

08/04/2018 - 10:59am This nicely illustrates what…

This nicely illustrates what happens when you lie and a lot of different people are paying attention.  Different people pick up different things, and pretty soon you see multiple ways in which the story doesn’t make sense.  And then you have to spin your story even harder, and it starts to make even less sense as more people dissect it.  I didn’t think Urban would suffer any meaningful consequences for his statements and actions.  I am starting to reconsider that position.  It may actually get hot enough that OSU has to do something.