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Jun
10

Hooley: Understanding Ali Easy Now, Complex Then

Muhammed Ali (1942-2016)….He brought bravado and poetry to his life as an athlete and controversial figure. But in death the complexities of Muhammed Ali will be overlooked as casting a shadow on one of the world’s most identifiable figures. Read Bruce Hooley’s interesting comparative in today’s Press Pros inside feature.

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Apr
28

Hooley: How The Draft Fails The Model Of The Job Interview

Want to know how flawed the NFL draft is? Two years ago, the Cleveland Browns traded down from No. 4 to bypass wide receiver Sammy Watkins, then traded back up to No. 8 to take cornerback Justin Gilbert…only to find out he likes getting paid to play more than he likes to play.

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Apr
21

Hooley: Honesty Is The Best Policy, Except When….

One of these days, maybe Stephen A. and others offended by almost everything will let us know when it’s OK to speak truthfully and when it isn’t. But until then, coaches owe it to every prospect they coach…to have their assessments, and their word, trusted by those who hold the reins in the National Football League.

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Apr
7

Hooley: Of All People, The Browns Figure Out RG III….

Most say that signing RG III as a renovation project for starting quarterback is a reach. But don’t worry, Browns fans, the team that’s had 24 quarterbacks in 17 seasons, that hasn’t won since 2007, and went 3-13 last year, has finally figured it all out.

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Mar
27

Hooley: The Puppy And The Old Dog….

All the things Jim Harbaugh’s required to do to win at Michigan form an exhilarating adventure made all the more exhilarating by the coaches and empty suits he ticks off doing what he does.

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Feb
7

Hooley: Urban Doesn’t Have To, But I Bet He Would….!

They couldn’t be more different in their current recruiting personality. But if Urban Meyer ever senses that Jim Harbaugh’s status as, Minister of Cool, is costing him recruits OSU covets, you can bet he’ll scour his storage closet and find his sleeping bag.

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Jan
31

Hooley: Why First Places Coaches Get Fired

David Blatt never grasped that NBA coaches often serve at the pleasure of the talent on their roster. The trick is to get players to do what a coach wants, while making the players think it’s their idea.

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Dec
13

Hooley: The Problem With Heisman….

Had there been a Heisman up to and including 1843 — the year Mr. Webster died — you can bet he would have insisted on more precise parameters for those who select college football’s most prestigious award.

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Nov
21

Hooley: Now We Know (More)….

When a star player like Elliott drops a payload atop the coaching staff the likes of his post-game comments, scarlet and gray detectives will probe for answers.

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Nov
12

Hooley: Pinkel Bites The Hand That Feeds Him…

If you think Missouri football coach Gary Pinkel acted out of courage and character, understand now how the university president he helped dump once acted in the same manner to give Pinkel his job.

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Oct
18

Hooley: Time Has Passed On Meyer, Quarterbacks

The decision Urban Meyer’s struggled to make all season has been made for him to the extent no one will question it Monday when Meyer names Barrett his starter for the first time this season.

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Oct
9

Hooley: A Bit Too “Fan”atical…Ya’ Think?

The lunatic fringe of OSU fan web sites feed this blood lust, then, hypocritically, whine about it when the brushfire they’ve stoked explodes into an inferno like Cardale Jones experienced last Saturday night.

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Sep
21

Hooley: Meyer…And Tressel

Jim Tressel is still the living proof that the rogue always gets the benefit of the doubt in his hometown, which proves that everybody is loved by someone…somewhere.

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Sep
19

Hooley: Browns Miseries….When Your ‘Picks’ Go Packin’!

When Browns owner Jimmy Haslam bought the team, he said the road the rebuilding the team’s fortune would be founded upon picking first and second-round draft choices who would be Pro Bowlers. Uh…guess again!

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Sep
10

Hooley: Meyer Record, Pace, The Stuff Of Legends

Reason To Smile…Woody Hayes, Earle Bruce, John Cooper and Jim Tressel may have been legends, but Urban Meyer is the first coach who’s taken every asset at Ohio State’s disposal and maximized it. Read more in today’s Press Pros inside feature.

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Aug
26

Hooley: My Rotten, Unenlightened Childhood

Apparently, I grew up more unenlightened and with my human frailties more exposed than I thought. It took the modern culture of sound reason to set me straight…thank God!

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Aug
9

Hooley: Browns’ Training Move To Columbus A Calculated Risk…

Only time will provide the perspective on whether owner Jimmy Haslam’s plan to move the Browns’ training camp to Columbus is savvy…or just another instance of Browns’ front office dysfunction.

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Jul
25

Hooley: 10 Questions About Braxton Miller, (Buckeyes)….

Now that he’s declared willing and able to play a different position, how does Braxton Miller’s decision impact the future of J.T. Barrett, Cardale Jones…and the Buckeyes? Read more from Bruce Hooley in today’s Press Proz inside feature.

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Jun
26

Bruce Hooley: What I Liked About Fox, And The Open

There was a lot I liked about Fox’s first broadcast of its 10-year $1 billion deal to broadcast the Open. They crossed some boundaries, used new technologies, and almost made up for the fact of Tiger Woods being terrible…again!

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Dec
5

Dark As Knight…#1 Alter Falls In Division IV Final, 21-14

Praying For A Miracle…But the miracle evaded quarterback Dusty Hayes and the #1-ranked Alter Knights. Cleveland St. Benedictine throttled their bid for their third state title. Read more in the latest Press Pros update.

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