First came the painful loss to Dayton in the first-round of the NCAA Tournament, then the departures of two players with remaining eligibility for the pro ranks and finally the decision by Ohio Mr. Basketball Luke Kennard of Franklin High School to attend Duke in the fall of 2015. What next?
The arc of Ohio State’s once-promising season intersected with the last fleeting seconds of Aaron Craft’s career Thursday in an ugly epitaph for both.
The tale of the tape on the Buckeyes? Their maddening offensive inconsistencies are always lurking to trump their defensive excellence.
They broke the five-game losing streak Thursday, but Thad Matta is the first to admit that the Buckeyes are anything but repaired…yet!
Jim Haslam came on like gangbusters and with truckfuls of money. But the firing of Rob Chudzinski, and the halting, ponderous search for his replacement has sucked every last breath out of all but the most ardent optimists.
What he lacks to make scouts salivate, he’s unlikely to add to his game as the Buckeyes’ quarterback next year. Braxton Miller pretty much is what he is, particularly given the set of blueprints with which he works.
Maurice Clarett has made great strides in recognizing his own culpability for what happened at OSU. But not enough of it does amid the stereotypical, hackneyed portrayal of him by ESPN as some undeserving victim.
What Urban Meyer said once as coach at Florida could come back to haunt him now as coach of the Buckeyes. Or could it?
Walking Into A Trap?….With OSU’s recent domination of the series the Ohio State-Michigan game lacks the pre-game drama it once held. It looks like Ohio State-Michigan, but has this rivalry, like many others, seen its best day? Read more from Bruce Hooley in today’s Press Pros inside feature.
The BCS fortunes of Ohio State are intrinsically linked to the fortunes of another OSU this Saturday, with a far tougher opponent than the Buckeyes.
Here’s hoping what transpires Sunday leaves Art Modell and Paul Brown rolling over in their graves, staring coldly beyond each other’s souls.
Eventually, we’ll lose interest in Martin and Incognito, after either one or both, along with a few coaches and front-office executives, are scapegoated so this never happens again (wink-wink).
Despair not. History actually tells that the Buckeyes are in a wonderful position to make the final BCS pairing. The old song…”Something’s Gotta’ Give”? It usually does.
Do we really need a Committee nearly double the size of the seven-member Joint Chiefs of Staff to pick four teams to contest a college football national championship?
While critics claim he should not be playing, Carlos Hyde’s teammates and coaches will remain trapped in the backwash of his poor decision in August. The more they accomplish, the louder the protests will ring.
Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany’s end-game is to preserve the system that’s lining his pockets, the schools’ pockets, and the pockets of the NCAA. His message, loosely translated, is the oldest playground lament, “If you won’t play by my rules, I’ll take my ball and go home.”
The Browns have charted a course toward what they fancy will be “sustained success” by initiating their forward progress with a bold shift into reverse.
Plainly put, Urban Meyer is likely the harshest opponent the Buckeyes will face until they journey to Michigan on Nov. 30, and for good reason!
If you’re upset with wasteful spending to the point of telling someone about it, you could contact your elected officials, or the OSU board of trustees!
We’re often asked to reprint stories and columns from the past, and none better than this one from Bruce Hooley, on the eve of another state tournament for track and field. People who mock the life in small-town America have never lived the life, or known the people, who characterize the best of what we aspire to be. Meghan Vogel gave us all hope through her personal example. Read Bruce’s proud Press Pros feature on one of the best from his own home town.