Hi everybody...looks like one more weekend of good weather for high school football and the even the Buckeyes! Let's hope the Buckeyes respond in a positive manner.
edbuck51 (Oct 8, 2004 1:07:51 PM)
Who are you going to be watching this week in high school?
GaryHousteau (Oct 8, 2004 1:10:21 PM)
Hi edbuck... my initial plans changed...I was going to make the trek to Dayton to see CJ but instead tonight I will be attending a double-header at YSU Stambaugh Stadium with Cleveland Benedictine against Youngstown Mooney followed by Akron Hoban and Youngstown Ursuline. Should be two dandy ball games. Last night I saw Howland and Niles locally, and Lance Smith is a pretty darn good junior running back for Howland. He reminds me a great deal of Raymond Williams, last year's Mr. Football from Benedictine.
scribeohio (Oct 8, 2004 1:10:36 PM)
Gary, will St Ed's make the playoffs?
GaryHousteau (Oct 8, 2004 1:12:55 PM)
Hi scribeohio...too many variables as far as wins and losses from their opponents that they do beat but if they go 6-4 they will have a shot to do what Ignatius did three years ago when they were 6-4 and went on to beat St. X in the state finals. I'm really hoping they can swing it and the remaining four opponents are quality wins for them if they can get them.
edbuck51 (Oct 8, 2004 1:13:00 PM)
Do you feel a little sad about Neutron Man? Certainly he had the passion.
NeutronManLivesOn (Oct 8, 2004 1:14:03 PM)
He was a good man. Our seats were pretty close to his. He just had a way to make everyone proud to be a Buckeye.
GaryHousteau (Oct 8, 2004 1:16:54 PM)
Oh my heart fell to my feet. I'm one of those guys who appreciate every aspect of being at Ohio Stadium on a Saturday. Even at the Marshall game, I turned to the Neutron Man and look up from the ground when the band plays the song. How empty a feeling that will be on Saturday. I loved the man and I regret I never took the time to get to meet him in person. I always thought I would and never went out of my way to do it. I hope we pay some tribute, a major tribute to him tomorrow. God bless the Neutron Man. We love you!
NeutronManLivesOn (Oct 8, 2004 1:17:08 PM)
Hi Gary... Do you feel that Lawrence Wilson is a ND lean at this point?
GaryHousteau (Oct 8, 2004 1:20:30 PM)
Hi NeutonManLivesOn...no I don't and for a couple of reasons. One is that his brother goes to OSU and all things being equal, he will pick Ohio State. I say this because I know he would have went to Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary-St.James initially if it weren't for the fact that his brother went to Walsh two years ahead of him and it was more convenient on his family. When his brother graduated, Wilson went to St. V
GaryHousteau (Oct 8, 2004 1:24:27 PM)
More on Wilson sorry...he has told me he's close to his brother and that means a lot. Secondly his father told me in a by chance meeting in the restroom at a St. V's game that they were all blown away by Jim Tressel and OSU at an unofficial visit prior to the season. Sure he likes Notre Dame and is considering them but Willingham realistically might not be there longer than his contract. Also, loyalty is big to Wilson and he's told me it's important to consider your home state team. He was loyal to Pitt because they offered him first. So between all of those factors...and I've talked to him in person and on the phone on more than a couple of occasions...I do not feel he is a ND lean have some have reported.
Losingsleep (Oct 8, 2004 1:20:38 PM)
I'm really nervous. After what I have seen, Mclendon avg 6 yds a carry and NW did what they did Marshall moved it on us. We have not faced a AD yet (Hope this game was a wake up call ) Im sorry buck fans (I HOPE IM WRONG) But I think we are going to be embarassed
GaryHousteau (Oct 8, 2004 1:27:30 PM)
Hi losingsleep... I remember what AD did to us a couple of years ago at Ohio Stadium when he was a freshman in JT's first year I believe. I too am concerned in a major way that Wisconsin will have their way with us on both sides of the ball but I'm hoping an emotionally charged Buckeye team will be able to come away with a win. Wisconsin does seem to have our number these days and I am a bit worried.
BuckeyeDave (Oct 8, 2004 1:27:41 PM)
It looked to me like in the 2nd half of the NU game, the Buckeyes only used Ross as a blocking back in passing situations and used Pittman as the primary running RB. Your thoughts?
GaryHousteau (Oct 8, 2004 1:30:36 PM)
Hi BuckeyeDave...I know that we will see more of Ross than we want to again this week but it's really time to give Pittman more of a chance from the outset regardless of the situations or circumstances. Let's face it...Ross will start and play most of the game, at least it will seem that way, and we will just have to live with it.
NeutronManLivesOn (Oct 8, 2004 1:30:48 PM)
Sounds like Jonathan Stewart is just waiting for us to offer. Why haven't we? Do you get the same feeling I do that there is a great chance he's a Buckeye with an offer?
BuckeyeDave (Oct 8, 2004 1:31:00 PM)
Steve's article about Stewart from Washington made it sound like he is truly interested in being a Buckeye. How does OSU's offensive impotence affect that? Does he shy away because of the O-Line problems? Might he be more interested because he knows that if he can really run the ball, he'll get the starting nod (a la Clarett)? Do you think he's really interested or is he just collecting offers?
GaryHousteau (Oct 8, 2004 1:33:31 PM)
I have always believed that we have a snow ball's chance in you know where of having Stewart on the team next year. I haven't spoken with him however so that is more or less of a gut feeling. I highly doubt he's seriously considering us anyway with or without an offer.
Cville Buck (Oct 8, 2004 1:33:56 PM)
Hi Gary, I know you liked Sutton for Mr Football widely because of his career stats. Any chance Ringer steals it or someone else IYO?
GaryHousteau (Oct 8, 2004 1:37:29 PM)
Hi CvilleBuck...sure there's a great chance that Ringer will win the Mr. Football award this year but I believe, barring injuries to these two, that it will be one of these two tremendous young men. I've just said all along that nobody should dismiss Sutton's chances not only because of his career numbers but, if anyone hasn't noticed, he's at it again this year. I'm really proud to have either one of these two young men be our state's Mr. Football award winner. I think Sutton will steal it in the end...no disrespect to Ringer! I love the Karate Kid from Dayton. Smile!
BuckeyeDave (Oct 8, 2004 1:37:43 PM)
On Saturday, I saw Joe wide open up the middle but Zwick passed to the outside. I looked like Zwick was focusing on Holmes too much. Was he or was Holmes the only one that was likely to get open and catch the ball?
GaryHousteau (Oct 8, 2004 1:44:19 PM)
Let's face it, Zwick is a young and developing quarterback who has many shortcomings. But like Nugent at one point...Zwick needs to experience adversity to grow and become a better signal caller. I like the potential package and even his running ability that he also displayed at Washington High School. I think Zwick has a football head on his shoulders and we will be more than happy with his continued progression from now until the end of his first season. If Holmes is the guy that he needs to have for a comfort zone to fall back on now...I'm glad it's Holmes. I for one would like to see him go to the tight end in times of grief or opportunity. I think will be just fine as he continues to gain valuable game experience every week.
edbuck51 (Oct 8, 2004 1:44:33 PM)
What are your expectations for Saturday in the Shoe?
GaryHousteau (Oct 8, 2004 1:45:20 PM)
A difficult, hard-fought, emotionally crazed win for the Buckeyes. It's a home game! We have to win. Period.
PDM (Oct 8, 2004 1:45:30 PM)
Gary, Would you say this is the turning point in the season?
GaryHousteau (Oct 8, 2004 1:50:38 PM)
Hi PDM...you better believe it...we will know destiny of this Buckeye by about 7 p.m. tomorrow night. Very pivotal contest. I've seen the wheels completely fall off at YSU even after back-to-back national championship seasons and tomorrow's game could potentially start a tremendous negative avalanche that can spell disaster for the season if we don't get the victory. So let's just win baby!
scribeohio (Oct 8, 2004 1:51:16 PM)
Gary, having followed JT at YSU for so long, what was your take on NW - is it likely JT/staff weren't prepped and this permeated to team or the team just took NU lightly or a combo. Did JT err in this way at YSU? How did he respond in the past?
GaryHousteau (Oct 8, 2004 1:57:36 PM)
There's just no excuse for what happened at NW...none! I have no explanation, especially coming after a bye week. I know for a fact JT prepares the same way for every opponent. I sat in at Tuesday press conferences for years at YSU listening to how good schools like Slippery Rock and Clarion were and how on top of their game the Penguins would have to be to gain a victory. Maybe the extra week was a negative because it was Northwestern. One thing JT always did at YSU was beat teams that the Penguins were clearly better than...always. I've tried my hardest to avoid any negative comments this week but that's why I've had nothing at all to say this week. I expect a great performance this week, especially since Wisconsin beat us last year at their place.
edbuck51 (Oct 8, 2004 1:57:55 PM)
Do you think there is anything going on with Manningham regarding the Buckeyes?
GaryHousteau (Oct 8, 2004 2:01:26 PM)
That sounds like a loaded question edbuck...smile! Why in the world would you ask me that? In short...no! Are there rumors beginning to percolate? Yes! The operative word here is rumors! Smile!
murphy98 (Oct 8, 2004 2:01:54 PM)
Steve, if the Bucks drop this one do we see some personal changes on the oline. Any of the young kids coming along ? I had the chance to have lunch with a olineman that played for Woodys last team and his opinion of some of the talent and coaching was not pretty. Said Sims was good but with some coaching and help he could/should be a lot better by now. Agree ??? I do, after playing Miami in the FB as a frosh I though he could be a great one.
GaryHousteau (Oct 8, 2004 2:06:52 PM)
Hi murphy98...I'll have to ask Steve what he thinks and then I'll let you know. Smile. We can't jump ship right now. We have what we have and up until last year...I always thought that Bollman's lines got better as the year went on. I like our young talent. From what I've heard from someone who knows...Kyle Mitchum is becoming the top young lineman in the group. I don't think we will see any freshman this year and I don't think Simms will be moved from LT either this year or next. I would like to see Alex Boone come in next year and be good enough to consider moving Sims to guard but I doubt that happens. I would like to see improvement by Sims and the entire offensive line this year however.
vabuck (Oct 8, 2004 2:07:38 PM)
Hi Gary, You have been around Jt for a long time. Do you think all the negative criticism is affecting him at all? I read where he was a bit snippy at a news conference this week. If we lose Sat it will only get worse. Has he ever faced such scrutiny at YSU?
GaryHousteau (Oct 8, 2004 2:14:04 PM)
Hi vabuck...whatever negative criticism he is receiving, if he is, isn't effecting him in any way. JT believes in what he believes in and nothing is going to change his approach. He was never, ever challenged by the media in Youngstown so guys like Hooley could wear on him quickly in times of grief I'm sure. Overall JT is a great person and pretty decent football coach who falls back on his religious beliefs when he does encounter negative adversity. He went 3-8 one year deep into his tenure and in times like that he has a vast resource of good will to fall back on.
cristo28 (Oct 8, 2004 2:14:10 PM)
Gary, Hello have you noticed any basic philosophical differences with the "D" with Snyder and Tucker as opposed to the previous years?
GaryHousteau (Oct 8, 2004 2:18:32 PM)
Hi cristo28...wow...I kept waiting for the Dantonio-like adjustments to come and they never did. I always like to see more pressure and penetration especially against a team like Northwestern, to force mistakes and turnovers. I still haven't picked up on the overall philosophy at this point when you consider the obvious strength of our team is at linebacker. Send them more and often to make football plays.
Guest (Oct 8, 2004 2:18:44 PM)
Do you think that Ted Ginn would be better served as a CB? I think we could use him. Last week it seemed that NW only threw to the left side at Underwood and our nickel back Everett. I think Ted Ginn would be a better nickel cover guy than using Everett, and could help out Underwood on that side. What do you think?
scribeohio (Oct 8, 2004 2:18:50 PM)
Gary, did you ever see run game problems at YSU under JT that you are seeing at OSU x Wells/Reecie? If yes, were they corrected? How?
GaryHousteau (Oct 8, 2004 2:25:07 PM)
At YSU, the Penguins were almost always better than their competition from a talent standpoint to begin with so that was half the battle. In the early 90's when were the winningest team in all of college football, we played almost exclusively smashmouth football. We were known for that. A punishing ground attack. Coincidentally or not, we always had talented running backs in that era. I've never studied JT's run offense like I probably should have by now, although I've spoken to many players who were in it, but I believe it's always been and continues to be a running offense that opponents know they are going to face, are able to commit more guys than the offense can block and therefore unless you have a Reecie or other talented back that can break tackles and bust it on their own...it becomes an exercise in futility. How else can you explain the success the members of our most recent line are having in the NFL this year. Only with a back like Reecie were they able to run the ball well and consistently.
GaryHousteau (Oct 8, 2004 2:27:38 PM)
Thank you all for chatting...I have two tough games tonight and I'm going to go with a Benedictine victory over Cardinal Mooney victory and an Ursuline win over Hoban. Thanks to Kirk and everyone for chatting today. Go Bucks!