Helwagen Chat: Nov. 18 Archive

Here are the excerpts from Thursday's Chat session conducted by Bucknuts.com managing editor Steve Helwagen. Click here for more on the Chat and how to take advantage of a special Scout.com offer.

swope (Nov 18, 2004 12:40:21 PM)
Our keys to victory, as you see them saturday? thanks, steve!

SteveHelwagen (Nov 18, 2004 12:41:34 PM)
Creating turnovers, pressuring henne into mistakes, making Hart leave one on the ground, one big defensive or special teams play, no or few OSU turnovers and running the ball effectively, after missing 100 yards for games 2-6, OSU has been over 100 the last 4 (although it has taken option, qb draws, etc. to do it).

jcfiesta (Nov 18, 2004 12:41:41 PM)
Steve, any current freshman Fball players having acedemic problems? Wondering if we will lose any of our freshman class. Thanks and Go Bucks!

SteveHelwagen (Nov 18, 2004 12:41:47 PM)
Not that I am aware of.

edbuck51 (Nov 18, 2004 12:41:50 PM)
Do you expect the weather to have an impact on Saturday?

SteveHelwagen (Nov 18, 2004 12:42:07 PM)
Possibly, forecast is for 64 degrees and showers. Not good, come prepared.

edbuck51 (Nov 18, 2004 12:42:10 PM)
Do you see a situation where Zwick might see some action?

SteveHelwagen (Nov 18, 2004 12:43:08 PM)
Only if Smith falters. I know no reason why they would throw a guy who hasn't played in over a month into this game unless Smith is a basket case or it's out of hand. Wouldn't the risk of a stray turnover be too much?

swope (Nov 18, 2004 12:43:19 PM)
who is currently our top talent/need/likelyhood recruit?

SteveHelwagen (Nov 18, 2004 12:44:17 PM)
Probably Maurice Wells or any top-line RB.

SteveHelwagen (Nov 18, 2004 12:44:32 PM)
As for other positions probably WR and LB.

SteveHelwagen (Nov 18, 2004 12:44:36 PM)
and always DE.

ThaBuckGuy (Nov 18, 2004 12:44:43 PM)
How bad do you think the situation with Clarett will affect current recruiting? Or do you see the recruits choosing sides on who to believe? Clarett or OSU.

SteveHelwagen (Nov 18, 2004 12:45:23 PM)
I don't think it will hurt them too bad. The coaches need to work the situation. They have to be proactive and talk to their recruits about it.

redondo (Nov 18, 2004 12:45:30 PM)
Hi Steve - Do you think that JT should have saved the Ginn option packege for this week instead of showing it last week versus Purdue? UM now has seen it and can prepare for it. Or, do you think JT will go in another direction and the option package will serve as a diversion making Michigan practice for it and consume prepartion time? Thank you.

SteveHelwagen (Nov 18, 2004 12:46:39 PM)
No, because they didn't think they could run effectively against Purdue and they may not use it this week any way (if they do, it may just be in small doses). I just think it gives them more looks to prepare for. Thank goodness they finally found something that helps tehm get the ball in Ted's hands and something that works, even if only a little bit.

ImBack45 (Nov 18, 2004 12:46:48 PM)
Steve, EJ Underwood has taken quite a pounding on the boards recently. If you would, what is your opinion of Mel Tucker as a coach? I find it hard to believe Underwood does not have the talent. I thought Gamble actually got worse his senior year. Under Jon Tenuta it seemed we turned out two all americans a year. Thoughts.

SteveHelwagen (Nov 18, 2004 12:47:57 PM)
Under Tucker's auspices, the secondary has been pretty good. I think, flat out, E.J. Underwood has been a major disappointment on and off the field. There is still time for him to turn it around, obviously. Let's see how he does next.

pdm (Nov 18, 2004 12:48:01 PM)

pdm (Nov 18, 2004 12:48:04 PM)
What is the realistic chance of winning this game?

SteveHelwagen (Nov 18, 2004 12:49:17 PM)
Well, they need to play their best game yet. Obviously, there is a ton of room for improvement in nearly every facet. They need UM to help them in 2 ways -- play conservatively on offense and, despite playing conservatively, turn it over at least twice ( afumble and an INT would be great). Ohio State has a fighting chance, playing in front of 106,000.

edbuck51 (Nov 18, 2004 12:49:25 PM)
Great story on Worthington. What are your thoughts on the recruits coming in for The Game?

SteveHelwagen (Nov 18, 2004 12:49:49 PM)
I need to study the list some more. Obviously great if they do, in fact, get Wells and Wilson in and whoever else.

ILBUCK (Nov 18, 2004 12:50:09 PM)
Steve, which recruits have spoke out about wanting to enroll early, and are they still set on it? Sounded like Boone wanted to get here early, and that would be HUGE for the bucks. Too bad we couldnt get one of the young RBs here early as well. Thanks

SteveHelwagen (Nov 18, 2004 12:50:37 PM)
I know Boone and Cordle talked about. Hartline does not seem so inclined at this point. It would be great to help with 2005.

swope (Nov 18, 2004 12:50:42 PM)
we seem to have many recently injured players slated to return saturday. who gives you the most concern, if any?

SteveHelwagen (Nov 18, 2004 12:51:38 PM)
Salley, he just hasn't done much, and also Whitner, just coming off surgery, no way he plays 60 plays. And Fox, groin strains are hard to come back so quickly from. I think you'll get small doses of all 3, but the backups must be ready to go.

jcfiesta (Nov 18, 2004 12:51:42 PM)
Fox, Wittner and Salley - are they available for this game? Why hasn't Matthews seen any action on defense? I'd rather have an ex safety playing man to man defense than on 3rd and long than some of our LB's. I'm predicting TGjr will throw the ball...hopefully for a TD.

SteveHelwagen (Nov 18, 2004 12:53:08 PM)
Yes, it sounds like those 3 DBs are ready. Matthews had a great spring, but Snyder said he needed to show that he could be trusted. It's too bad. Ginn has that capability to throw. Maybe that's what they're saving. Hmmm.

swope (Nov 18, 2004 12:53:12 PM)
which scum threat worries you most?

SteveHelwagen (Nov 18, 2004 12:54:20 PM)
Braylon Edwards, long, lanky strider, makes catches over the middle and gets big YAC. Then, they throw the fade and who can go up and stop. JT said he may be the best receiver in college football, and I might have to agree. I think the front 7 will do OK with Hart. Henne, they need to get after him. And Breaston is getting healthy, watch out.

redondo (Nov 18, 2004 12:54:26 PM)
Hi Steve - Over Lloyd Carr's tenure at Michigan if I had to pick one play that Michigan has used extremely effetively aginst the Buckeyes it would be the screen pass. I thought JT did an excellent job defending the first two years here, but last year I thought the defense of that play was substandard. Who needs to "mind the store" to ensure this play doesn't break the Buckeyes back this year? Thank you.

SteveHelwagen (Nov 18, 2004 12:54:58 PM)
Yes, they run the screen. They throw to Hart, no doubt. Good question, probably the backside LB and the safety.

ThaBuckGuy (Nov 18, 2004 12:55:04 PM)
Is Fox ready to play? And am I the only one missing Will Smith so badly? And dissappointed in Frasier's play?

SteveHelwagen (Nov 18, 2004 12:56:11 PM)
Yes, Tressel said he is ready to go, although let's be realistic. If you get him for half the plays, that's a bonus. Agreed on Will Smith. Pitcock is the only true difference maker I've seen up front all year. Fraser gets some heat, but hasn't gotten the play finished completely except just a handful of times.

swope (Nov 18, 2004 12:56:14 PM)
whom do you predict will have the best performance on our O-line and D-line, respectively?

SteveHelwagen (Nov 18, 2004 12:56:54 PM)
Best performance OL? Probably Sims. He seems to be their best lineman. I thought Downing made a great block on the Ginn run last week. DL? Pitcock is their best, so I'll go with him.

swope (Nov 18, 2004 12:56:57 PM)
got any state champ predictions?

SteveHelwagen (Nov 18, 2004 12:58:07 PM)
I made those a few weeks back when the parings came out. I think they were fairly straightforward with Colerain in I, Avon Lake in II, Steubenville (I think, and they're out) in III, Coldwater in IV (scraped by in OT last week) A-C in V and my pick in VI is out, I believe.

pdm (Nov 18, 2004 12:58:13 PM)
Steve, Since ( and during) the 2002 season, it seems that ESPN has taken a complete dislike to the OSU football program. Why?

SteveHelwagen (Nov 18, 2004 12:58:46 PM)
They don't see it that way, honestly. They tell us they saw a story to report (and without saying it, exploit) and they've run with it. They think they're in the right.

swope (Nov 18, 2004 12:58:55 PM)
what new play do you see us unleashing on the weasels?

SteveHelwagen (Nov 18, 2004 12:59:28 PM)
What's left other than the halfback option pass or a pass by Ginn? They've emptied everything else out already/

osufan25 (Nov 18, 2004 12:59:33 PM)
Hey Steve, I heard a rumor that Javon Ringer is coming to OSU on his official visit this weekend. I aslo hear that OSU may offer him at that time. What are your thought's on this?

SteveHelwagen (Nov 18, 2004 1:00:03 PM)
Have not heard that. There were reports he was coming for an unofficial and hoping for an offer. Maybe something has changed in that regard.

redondo (Nov 18, 2004 1:00:09 PM)
Hi Steve - My belief is the OSU offense needs to have success very early in the game to retain home field advantage. If the Buckeyes go three and out the first few times they have the ball, I think the mood of the 106,000 could change quickly. Your thoughts? Thank you.

SteveHelwagen (Nov 18, 2004 1:01:34 PM)
Agreed, they need the crowd to stay in the game. If UM could get on them early, it could really have an impact.

ImBack45 (Nov 18, 2004 1:01:43 PM)
Steve, don't you think with big ole Gabe Watson manning the middle if we are to have any success running it will have to be to the outside. I would think if we ran nothing but sweeps we could tire that blimp out.

SteveHelwagen (Nov 18, 2004 1:03:18 PM)
He's big at 333 pounds. He controls the point of attack well. Mangold and the guards will have their hands full with him, no doubt. Last week or 2, OSU has discovered you can run outside. Problem is Woodley, Manning and Shazor love to run those plays down, too. It won't be easy and there will probably be a bunch of 1- or 2-yard plays. But OSU has to stick with it and hope they hit something eventually.

osufan25 (Nov 18, 2004 1:03:21 PM)
Are we gonna get a visit from John Stewart or is OSU mainly looking at Ringer, Gwaltney and Wells? What are our chances with each of these backs?

SteveHelwagen (Nov 18, 2004 1:04:28 PM)
My feeling is that Stewart is highly unlikely. Gwaltney now has a Michigan visit. That probably lessens the chances of him coming here to about 25 percent with WVU and USC also on his list. Wells may be their best bet with Ringer kind of at their beck and call.

TheWarden (Nov 18, 2004 1:04:33 PM)
any big recruiting news in general lately or has it been quiet?

SteveHelwagen (Nov 18, 2004 1:04:58 PM)
quiet, I think they're trying to put out fires, schedule visits, etc. This weekend is big with 3-5 official visitors.

riverwatchbucknut (Nov 18, 2004 1:05:01 PM)
any word on beckum is he still coming in this weekend?

SteveHelwagen (Nov 18, 2004 1:06:31 PM)
I have not talked to him in several weeks. We need to check on that. He now lists Wisconsin as his favorite. As of 2 days ago, the Wisconsin scout site still had him coming.

ImBack45 (Nov 18, 2004 1:06:35 PM)
Steve, have you ever seen the media go after a university the way they are going after tOSU? I just picked up a copy of USA Today and can't believe the cover story on their sports page. Unreal!

SteveHelwagen (Nov 18, 2004 1:07:55 PM)
I can't recall anything like this, but this is the price you pay to be an elite program and win national championships. They'll do what they can to cut you down. The media loves Clarett and is enjoying this. They love to paint him as the sympathetic figure. It makes for great copy ... even if he is full of it.

swope (Nov 18, 2004 1:08:05 PM)
please issue a letter grade for turano's performance thus far. he's had big shoes to fill.

SteveHelwagen (Nov 18, 2004 1:08:14 PM)
Turano's letter grade ...

SteveHelwagen (Nov 18, 2004 1:08:51 PM)
Probably B-plus to an A-minus. He hit a couple quackers that hurt them, but overall he has come through. Let's see how he does in The Game.

swope (Nov 18, 2004 1:08:55 PM)
final home game for seniors- major factor?

SteveHelwagen (Nov 18, 2004 1:09:52 PM)
You hope so. This senior class has been largely a disappointment this year (except for Nugent, obviously). JT made a great point. If you make a difference in helping OSU beat Michigan, that is what you can be remembered for. These guys are at Last Chance Gulch.

swope (Nov 18, 2004 1:09:55 PM)
who gets your most improved player award thus far?

SteveHelwagen (Nov 18, 2004 1:10:02 PM)
Great question ...

SteveHelwagen (Nov 18, 2004 1:10:57 PM)
Pitcock has really come on, Youboty has had a borderline great year, can't think of anybody on offense. Those are the only two, kind of sad, huh?

ThaBuckGuy (Nov 18, 2004 1:11:05 PM)
Whats your thoughts on what seems to be a paranoia on the message boards about OSU slipping into a "2nd tier team" and not contending for national championships? And this not just being a "bad rebuilding year" or a young inexperienced team.

SteveHelwagen (Nov 18, 2004 1:11:45 PM)
I think people need to relax a little bit. Ohio State has really been in contention for national title since 1993 or so, they just couldn't break through until the 10th year in 2002. They're going to stay in that mix of teams that are always close. Whether they have the special kids and get the breaks they need to win it all is a tough question and, honestly, not something you can count on every year.

osufan25 (Nov 18, 2004 1:13:02 PM)
Hey Steve, In the latest edition of Ohio High Devon Torrence is the top rated Soph. It also said that he is a top baseball prospect too. Which sport do you think he'll choose?

SteveHelwagen (Nov 18, 2004 1:13:37 PM)
I believe Devon is at Canton South. Too early to really say. I know Bill Greene is high on him. Not sure if Gary or Duane saw him this year or not.

edbuck51 (Nov 18, 2004 1:13:45 PM)
Besides turnovers, doesn't it seem like if the offense can move the chains and not leave the defense on the field all day our chances will improve?

SteveHelwagen (Nov 18, 2004 1:14:28 PM)
Agreed ... nobody expects a 400-yard day from this offense against this defense. But, yes, just sustain some drives and keep field position (somewhat) in OSU's favor and wait for the three-run home run ... er, turnover.

riverwatchbucknut (Nov 18, 2004 1:14:31 PM)
any basketball players coming in for the game?

SteveHelwagen (Nov 18, 2004 1:15:35 PM)
David Lighty is scheduled to be here and Kyle Lamb says Daequan Cook could be there. B.J. Mullens and fellow frosh Yancey Gates and Rayshaun Goins may be there.

swope (Nov 18, 2004 1:15:40 PM)
please predict our final rushing yards. will t. smith be our leading rusher?

SteveHelwagen (Nov 18, 2004 1:16:43 PM)
Well, they've been over 100 the last few weeks. I'm going to say 160 rushing, 165 passing. Smith with 60, Pittman with 50, Ginn with 30 and the rest divided between Hall, Joe and Ross.

ILBUCK (Nov 18, 2004 1:16:48 PM)
Steve, Isnt 3-5 visits for a home game with Michigan rather small? Seems we use to cash in on this excellent recruiting opportunity. If any bigname kids were on the fence, this seemed to always be the make or break week for them. Hard to resist this old matchup. Why arent our coaches pushing or kids, already verbaled or not, to attend this game?

SteveHelwagen (Nov 18, 2004 1:18:03 PM)
No, that's fairly consistent with what we've seen. The coaches want most of their focus to be on the game and not entertaining. Usually they have no more than 7 official visits for this weekend. They'll invite any kid they want to see the game unofficially. Some kids have playoffs to think about, too.

osufan25 (Nov 18, 2004 1:18:11 PM)
Steve, I know OSU is looking at a bunch of safties and linbackers this year. Who do you think we have the best chance at?

SteveHelwagen (Nov 18, 2004 1:22:14 PM)
LBs, the usual suspects McCoyd, Felder, Mathis maybe this Spitler kid. DBs, maybe Carlos Thomas, it's getting kind of sparse there.

edbuck51 (Nov 18, 2004 1:22:21 PM)
We're coming in from out of town for The Game. Do you think it will be easier than normal to get tickets?

SteveHelwagen (Nov 18, 2004 1:23:26 PM)
Especially if it rains, should be easy because some casual fans won't be there and they'll send their tickets with friends. Might be a face value game if that happens. Can't believe you won't find a ticket somewhere in the stadium for $100 if you look hard enough. That's better than it's been most years.

redondo (Nov 18, 2004 1:23:36 PM)
Steve - I saw some good news in the LA Times today. The Harris poll people conducted a popularity survey and found that OSU is the 2nd most popullar program in the country behind ND and ahead of UM. the 3 Florida schools weren't in the top ten. Here's hoping the recruiting staff can leverage that into a few more OOS bluechippers.

SteveHelwagen (Nov 18, 2004 1:23:42 PM)
How about that!

ImBack45 (Nov 18, 2004 1:23:49 PM)
Steve, you mentioned we have to pressure Henne, I assume you mean by blitzing. Therefore, who would you put on Edwards...your the defensive coordinator...Fox or Youboty?

SteveHelwagen (Nov 18, 2004 1:25:01 PM)
OSU does not operate that way. For the most part, they will go field and boundary. Michigan moves its receivers around a lot to get the match-ups it wants. I think Fox, with his experience, is a good match-up. And Youboty, with his athleticism, is a good matchh-up too. They need the safeties to help out, something that has been a recurring issue, though.

edbuck51 (Nov 18, 2004 1:25:05 PM)
I have been intrigued about Nader Abdulla ever since he verballed, but have heard very little about him. Do you ever hear anything on him?

SteveHelwagen (Nov 18, 2004 1:25:34 PM)
He's on the scout team DL. We will see coaches Bollman and Snyder later today and I plan on asking them about who has stood out on the scout teams.

rbuck (Nov 18, 2004 1:25:40 PM)
What bowl do you think we go to with a win, or with a loss?

SteveHelwagen (Nov 18, 2004 1:28:30 PM)
With a win, Alamo, no question. I think the Wisconsin-Iowa loser has the Outback wrapped up. Alamo will take OSU over Purdue even though each would have a 7-4 record if they both win (and Purdue is playing Indiana at home, so that's a foregone conclusion). If they lose and can be competitive, Alamo may still jump Purdue (and MSU and NW) and take OSU at 6-5. Otherwise, Sun gets them for sure. I would know no reason why the Sun would take a pass on a potential OSU-UCLA match-up. That would be a great game (at least on paper). I think with the Alamo, you're looking at Texas A&M or Texas Tech or Okie State as the opponent.

Daytonbuckeye (Nov 18, 2004 1:28:42 PM)
Steve, Good Afternoon! Please give us your opinions, and maybe I am thinking ahead to next year when I should only be thinking about Michigan. But give us your opinion as to the state of this team for next year. Do you see any coaching changes? Also, with Tressels offense being so conservative, will his offense be ineffective in attracting out of state offensive all americans?

SteveHelwagen (Nov 18, 2004 1:31:10 PM)
I have heard rumblings there could be a staff shake-up, but nothing concrete to go on. Just the usual rumors when things go like this. I think the picture for next year is pretty bright. Probably 17-18 starters back and a great schedule with 3 nonconf home games(Miami O, Texas and SDSU), winnable Big Ten road games at Minnesota, Penn State and Indiana, good home games with Iowa, Illinois, MSU and NW. It all comes down to having to go to Michigan.

pdm (Nov 18, 2004 1:31:53 PM)
Steve, play what if, if the bucks lose to SCUM, and the MC media circus continues, does JT's stock begin to fall at OSU?

SteveHelwagen (Nov 18, 2004 1:33:17 PM)
Yep, probably so a little bit. He still has Geiger's full support, it sounds like, but Geiger admits he is probably not long for the job. My take is Holbrook also supports Tressel. Is that enough that he would become the AD (and solidify his standing as coach), I don't know. A lot of interesting things will play out here over the next 3 years.

swope (Nov 18, 2004 1:33:21 PM)
how does next year's recruiting class shape up?

SteveHelwagen (Nov 18, 2004 1:34:46 PM)
They need to close strong and fill some needs at DE, WR, RB (biggest need on board) and one more good OL. Right now it's kind of murky whether they'll do that. Check out a Duane post from yesterday when asked about our recruiting coverage. It's on the Ask The Insiders board. His sentiments are shared by me. They need a late charge.

edbuck51 (Nov 18, 2004 1:34:54 PM)
There was a discussion yesterday on the Insiders board about the differences between a T.Smith and J.Zwick offense. The idea was that if Smith is the man, OSU will be an option offense vs. with Zwick, a more pro-style offense. Do you think if Smith ultimately becomes the QB for the next couple of years that the Buckeyes will be an option team?

SteveHelwagen (Nov 18, 2004 1:36:22 PM)
I don't know that will be the case. They need to become a better offensive team, period. Move the chains and score touchdowns. OSU used to do it almost effortlessly. I think, in hindsight, it has been proved that for Smith to have been asked to run the "Ohio State offense" was absurd. They always said they would not tailor to the QB. Look where that has gotten them.

swope (Nov 18, 2004 1:36:31 PM)
under "double edged sword" in the dictionary there's a picture of clarett. are coaches placing extra emphasis on character now?

SteveHelwagen (Nov 18, 2004 1:36:55 PM)
Yes, I think they have to. No question. and the university's strict admissions policies are part of that, too.

ImBack45 (Nov 18, 2004 1:37:00 PM)
Steve, what do you like most about Matta so far? I haven't had the chance to see any games. Is his coaching style similar to O'Brien's?

SteveHelwagen (Nov 18, 2004 1:38:24 PM)
Matta brings that energy you want to see. He's constantly moving, always up, always coaching. I was confident that O'Brien would always make the right moves and, at times, he could be a fiery guy. But Matta is demonstratively fiery. He's up clapping when they make the opponent reverse the ball. The crowd picks up on it and starts cheering, too. Just imagine when they have 19,100 in there. Uh oh.

jcfiesta (Nov 18, 2004 1:38:29 PM)
Curious about Ben Person, I thought he was one of the best players at the Big 33. Do you have any word on how been is doing? If not please ask Coach Bollman and Snyder.

SteveHelwagen (Nov 18, 2004 1:38:40 PM)
I think he's done fine. Will ask about him.

ThaBuckGuy (Nov 18, 2004 1:38:48 PM)
Do you think with the Freshmen success of Henne and Hart, that the Wolverqueens might lose some interest from recruits and maybe steer someone to OSU instead? Or does it hurt us that they've played freshman and had success?

SteveHelwagen (Nov 18, 2004 1:39:08 PM)
No, you balance that by two straight Big Ten titles and no relief in sight.

edbuck51 (Nov 18, 2004 1:39:13 PM)
So even if we beat Michigan, you think the Rose will take them over Wisconsin?

SteveHelwagen (Nov 18, 2004 1:41:46 PM)
It is not a matter of the Rose Bowl "taking them." The Big Ten and Rose Bowl have a protocol. If Michigan loses and ends up 7-1, they will tie with either Wisconsin or Iowa (depends on who wins that game). If Wisconsin wins that game and ties Michigan at 7-1, the Badgers go because they had the better overall record (there was no head to head with UM, so it goes to overall record and UM lost to Notre Dame). If Iowa wins, Michigan beat them head to head so UM goes. Wisconsin would finish a game back at 6-2. It's all spelled out. The only time Rose Bowl has a choice is if it loses a team to the title game (like possibly with USC this year). Looks like they'll take No. 4 Cal to play Michigan or Wisconsin instead.

swope (Nov 18, 2004 1:41:55 PM)
one day, teddy will strike the heisman pose in the michigan end zone. you heard it here first!

SteveHelwagen (Nov 18, 2004 1:42:07 PM)
I'd pay to see that ... this Saturday.

swope (Nov 18, 2004 1:42:13 PM)
if you could change only one thing about tressel's philosophy or performance, what would it be?

SteveHelwagen (Nov 18, 2004 1:43:21 PM)
You have better talent then almost everybody you play (or maybe they don't ... I don't know), but OSU used to win 7-8 games a year by 2-3 touchdowns. This year they've won 3 by that margin (UC, Indiana and MSU). Time to get back to being dominant and putting people away.

SteveHelwagen (Nov 18, 2004 1:44:48 PM)
Check out our message boards for details on Eric Kaelin's book. I can't emphasize enough how this is a great Christmas gift. He has several book signings in Cols. this weekend. The CD alone is worth $30, folks. Plus, we now have it in our online store ...

SteveHelwagen (Nov 18, 2004 1:45:27 PM)
Also, I'll be at Chammps on campus (Lennox Center) from 3-7 p.m. on WKNR-AM with Ken Roda. Stop by, say hi and pick up a copy of Bucknuts The Magazine.

Daytonbuckeye (Nov 18, 2004 1:45:30 PM)
Steve, do you see any coaching changes next year?

SteveHelwagen (Nov 18, 2004 1:46:33 PM)
Yes, somebody will probably move on. My inclination is that Tressel will not want to outright fire anybody. But somebody will probably be "placed" somewhere, if that makes any sense. Again, no idea who it might be. I just see it as a possibility.

ThaBuckGuy (Nov 18, 2004 1:46:39 PM)
If Tressel ran a exciting offense and had the same season as he did this year, do you think he catches the same amount of slack? Or do you think the bad offense magnifies the distaste he receives from non-Tressel believers?

SteveHelwagen (Nov 18, 2004 1:47:20 PM)
Yes, no question, he is a lightning rod because most perceive him and his offense (among the 20 worst in I-A 2 years running) to be a large part of the problem.

swope (Nov 18, 2004 1:47:25 PM)
thanks steve! great analysis as always.

BuckeyeDave (Nov 18, 2004 1:47:27 PM)
How is Andy Geiger holding up? Any chance this will lead to retirement? (I, for one, hope not.)

SteveHelwagen (Nov 18, 2004 1:49:09 PM)
He is almost defiant. I think he will get OSU through these 2 NCAA messes (basketball and football), make sure all of his plans are on target and get out within 2 years. Those are the signals he has sent out himself. I don't think it's any great secret. He has done so many great things here, no question. The Schottenstein Center, say what you will, but when they're playing a good opponent and it's full can be pretty good. And they've set up Ohio Stadium for another 75 years.

Daytonbuckeye (Nov 18, 2004 1:49:16 PM)
Also, with the conservative type offense Tressel runs, do you see any issues in recruiting OOS offensive All Americans? Also, gives us your opinion of Snyder and his halftime adjustments? Do you feel he will be as effective as Dantonio was?

SteveHelwagen (Nov 18, 2004 1:51:27 PM)
Wel, they got Mitchum, Nicol and Lyons from out of state last year and Dukes as well. They desperately need a blue chip RB to compete with Haw and Pittman. Probably 2 if they can get them. Snyder is growing into the role. The defense has not helped them beat a great offensive opponent to date, so maybe take your cue from that. He doesn't have the same type of veteran material Dantonio had in 2002-03. He'll have it next year. That's when we can make such comparisons on a fair basis.

ThaBuckGuy (Nov 18, 2004 1:51:32 PM)
Steve, What can I do to help beat Michigan? LOL

SteveHelwagen (Nov 18, 2004 1:52:14 PM)
Just yell. Yell for everybody who can't be there. Yell for everybody you know who hates it when Ohio State loses to Michigan. Yell because it's just the right thing to do. That's all you can do.

SteveHelwagen (Nov 18, 2004 1:52:29 PM)
Anything else?????

SteveHelwagen (Nov 18, 2004 1:53:10 PM)
Thanks again ....

SteveHelwagen (Nov 18, 2004 1:53:38 PM)
Again, check out the Kaelin book and his events and come see us at Chammps between 3-7 tomorrow! And above all ...

SteveHelwagen (Nov 18, 2004 1:53:50 PM)
Enjoy The Game!

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