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Jul
8

If The Ivy League Jumps Off The Roof, Will The Big Ten Follow?

Perspective and logic have taken a prolonged holiday, perhaps never to return — certainly not by Wednesday when the Ivy League makes its grand announcement about the future of fall sports among its membership. Bruce Hooley writes for today’s Press Pros.

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Jul
4

Don’t Apologize For Loving The America You Knew, And Want To Preserve

There’s nothing wrong with having grown up with some privilege – of living in a community safe from harm and secure with people who cared about you.  It’s the America we remember, and the one we celebrate on our nation’s birthday.

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Jun
22

Are You Ready For Some Football…And Activism With It?

If there are fall sports you may actually need a program, not to know who’s playing, but to know the issues being protested…that might supersede the game. Bruce Hooley writes for today’s Press Pros.

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Jun
14

Bruce Hooley: Football Can’t Unite Us…!

We’re headed for a fall where half of Americans show their love for this country and the values upon which it was founded, and another half with an entirely different idea.  Sadly, football won’t bring the two together. Bruce Hooley writes in today’s Press Pros.

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May
31

Hooley: Crisis, Chaos, The New Game In College Sports

Eye on the ball, and the bottom line…Cuts in revenue due to the pandemic are meaning cuts in college sports. And if there’s no football in the fall expect a veritable bloodletting of some sports. What to do? Read Bruce Hooley in today’s Press Pros feature.

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May
25

Bruce Hooley: What If Tressel Hadn’t Been Fired…?

Nine years ago today, the course of Ohio State football history, and college football history changed with the firing of Jim Tressel as head coach at Ohio State.  Take a moment to reflect as Bruce Hooley writes the details…in today’s Press Pros feature.

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May
18

Bruce Hooley: Nolan ‘Juiced’ For His Second Comeback

Once was not enough…After a four year hiatus to do some things he couldn’t do when he was coaching, Steve Nolan’s discovered that some things are inevitable. “Coaching is part of who I am”…so he’s preparing for Act Two this fall with the Troy Christian Eagles. Bruce Hooley writes for today’s Press Pros.

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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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