Coach -- thank you for helping us get our "fix" in the weeks leading up to the bowl game. Tough question: As good a coach as he was, why did Coop have such a tough time beating Michigan? The guy did win some big games, but from your vantage was he different come the end of November?
BillConley (Dec 6, 2005 1:10:27 PM)
I think Coach Cooper would probably say one of the problems looking back -- which hindsight is always easy -- is we maybe overconditioned the players late in the season. They were probably physically worn out. You need to be healthy and fresh in November. I think we were relatively healthy, but could have kept our legs a little fresher by not conditioning quite as hard in the latter part of the season.
DantheMan (Dec 6, 2005 1:10:40 PM)
How important is it for OSU to defeat the media darling, Notre Dame: important for recruiting in Ohio and the Midwest, important to the program overall?
BillConley (Dec 6, 2005 1:12:10 PM)
All of the above. Notre Dame, with its great tradition, it just takes one good year to get them to the top of the media list for recognition. This game is huge for not only a regional but national scale in terms of recruiting. Two great programs, two great traditions that have a large fan base around the country. It should be one of the most watched and most highly publicized games in NCAA football history.
marksgforce (Dec 6, 2005 1:12:26 PM)
Do you think 1-4 against JT hastens Lloyd's retirement/transition plans? Is JT in his head? A lot of us discussed Lloyd barely acknowledging JT for the post game handshake -- does Lloyd have some negative feelings for JT?
BillConley (Dec 6, 2005 1:13:46 PM)
I don't think there is a tremendous amount of pressure this year on Lloyd Carr. The pressure is really on Jim Hermann the defensive coordinator. It would not shock me if there would be a change right after the bowl. I'm sure Lloyd Carr has no ill feelings toward JT. He's just tired of losing to the Buckeyes. If the Buckeyes win next year, there will be tremendous heat in Ann Arbor.
ToledoBucknutty (Dec 6, 2005 1:13:57 PM)
Good afternoon Coach and thanks! I read that you have said that we could pretty much handle anyone in the country, but how do you see the N.D. game playing out?
BillConley (Dec 6, 2005 1:14:58 PM)
I think Brady Quinn will be the best passing quarterback the Buckeyes have been tested with all year. I think they're playing with tremendous confidence. They've shown the ability to come from behind. Overall, however, Ohio State has superior talent and more overall team speed. The Buckeyes should win.
jcfiesta (Dec 6, 2005 1:17:31 PM)
3 starting LB'ers next season?
BillConley (Dec 6, 2005 1:17:36 PM)
Good question ...
BillConley (Dec 6, 2005 1:19:05 PM)
Marcus Freeman, Freddie Lenix and Mike D'Andrea (if he's heathy). That would be my first guess. Chad Hoobler would also be in there. James Laurinaitis is getting a chance.
DantheMan (Dec 6, 2005 1:20:17 PM)
Notre Dame averages giving up 23.5 pts per game. How many do you see OSU getting here? Can we PLEASE get some turnovers on Defense?
BillConley (Dec 6, 2005 1:21:15 PM)
If Ohio State can win the turnover margin, the Buckeyes should score in the 30s. I think pressure from the OSU front seven on defense could force fumbles and/or INTs.
ToledoBucknutty (Dec 6, 2005 1:21:22 PM)
Okay, so if Whitner and Youboty opt out, what does the nickel look like?
BillConley (Dec 6, 2005 1:22:56 PM)
O'Neal has to be in there, Jenkins, Mitchell at safety for sure, Welch probably in there somewhere and maybe Nick Patterson.
boulderbuck1 (Dec 6, 2005 1:23:12 PM)
coach, nice job on CSTV the other night, thought you handled yourself very well, sorry if this has been asked, but what is your opinion on the recent visists? do you think we snagged anyone thanks
BillConley (Dec 6, 2005 1:23:55 PM)
I feel real confident about the players from Glenville. As long as they meet academic standards, they should be good. I think they have a good shot at Dexter Larimore. That's about it at this point.
rbuck (Dec 6, 2005 1:24:06 PM)
Hi BIll, Sorry if already asked but are the Domers receivers really that good, I'd say we've faced a lot better this year.
BillConley (Dec 6, 2005 1:24:28 PM)
I think they're good possession type receivers. I question their speed.
jcfiesta (Dec 6, 2005 1:24:37 PM)
Bill, what do you prefer - Real or Fake? Xmas trees
BillConley (Dec 6, 2005 1:24:46 PM)
Real Evergreens, of course.
jcfiesta (Dec 6, 2005 1:25:01 PM)
Who were you higher on, Mo Wells or the RB for ND?
BillConley (Dec 6, 2005 1:25:54 PM)
I liked both of those players. I thought Wells was a little bit more versatile from the aspect he could also be a corner or a return man. Darius Walker is every bit as good a RB as Wells and I think will be an outstanding player for ND the next 2 years.
BillConley (Dec 6, 2005 1:27:09 PM)
First of all, there is not a lot of depth at the tight end spot. Ryan Hamby has been hurt. Brandon Smith who has been playing some at tight end was at defense at first. Marcel Frost had some other issues. The bottom line is there is much more depth at WR than at TE. You want to have Holmes, Ginn and Gonzalez on the field at the same time.
BUCKS79 (Dec 6, 2005 1:27:14 PM)
Is there a reason why we don't use the tight end more often on the offensive passing scheme?
BillConley (Dec 6, 2005 1:27:24 PM)
The answer to that one is above ... ha ha.
ToledoBucknutty (Dec 6, 2005 1:27:44 PM)
I personally think that containing Samardzija is THE key to the game. Stovall's good too, but I went to the Tennessee game, yes I know, but we WERE playing the Illini that week. Without Samardzija, Notre Dame didn't move the ball on offense.
BillConley (Dec 6, 2005 1:28:35 PM)
I really think that the key is stopping the running game first, which will allow the secondary to double cover Samardzia if necessary once ND is forced to throw the ball.
Fiestabound (Dec 6, 2005 1:28:45 PM)
Coach, looking ahead to next season is OSU looking a very down year straight in the mouth? They could possibly lose 9 starters on D.
BillConley (Dec 6, 2005 1:30:04 PM)
I think the key will be what happens with some of the juniors who are anticipating leaving. If the Buckeyes lose Holmes, Youboty and Whitner, it could be devastating. Fortunately, the key guy, Troy Smith, will be back. And Ted Ginn Jr. should be better. The question is going to be how do you replace the 3 LBs and a solid secondary.
scarlet and gray (Dec 6, 2005 1:30:11 PM)
do you think we are vulnerable to the jump ball? seems like Quinn throws a lot of them up.
BillConley (Dec 6, 2005 1:31:09 PM)
I think any time you go against tall wide receivers and your corners are under 6 foot, the jump ball is a definite problem. At times, you're going to need help from a tall safety like Nate Salley to make some plays. Athletically, however, the Buckeyes are better.
BUCKS79 (Dec 6, 2005 1:31:21 PM)
Is next year's placekicker going to be Pretorious or are the coach"s looking elsewhere? Also, who looks to be heir apparent at QB?
BillConley (Dec 6, 2005 1:33:12 PM)
I would say it's probably more Pettrey than Pretorius. I think Boeckman is the obvious heir apparent. The interesting thing is after Boeckman, you'll have a passing QB in Schoenhoft and an athletic QB in Henton (if he gets his academics). So the coaches will have to make another decision on what type of offense they want to run.
worthbuck12 (Dec 6, 2005 1:33:24 PM)
I assume Holmes is all but gone, are Whitner and Youboty closer to coming back or do they have 1 foot out the door as well?
BillConley (Dec 6, 2005 1:34:16 PM)
I agree with you on Holmes. I think Youboty and Whitner are both right on the fence. I think it's strictly 50-50. The game may be the deciding factor.
BillConley (Dec 6, 2005 1:35:29 PM)
This is a moderated Chat. The questions come to us, then we post them.
scarlet and gray (Dec 6, 2005 1:35:32 PM)
Do you have a prediction on the game score? Sorry if i missed it above. I think if we can put pressure on Quinn we will win easy if we give him time to throw it will be a dogfight.
BillConley (Dec 6, 2005 1:35:37 PM)
One sec ...
BillConley (Dec 6, 2005 1:36:44 PM)
I hesitate giving an absolute score. But I do think the Buckeyes are at this point two touchdown favorites just because of the superior speed. I think it may well be a tight game for 3 quarters before Ohio State pulls away perhaps at the end.
BUCKS79 (Dec 6, 2005 1:37:01 PM)
With Pittman established and an apparent superstar coming in at RB, does that mean that Mo Wells and Haw should maybe look to switch to defense?
BillConley (Dec 6, 2005 1:37:57 PM)
I think that is a possibility. Maurice Wells has the speed and quickness to be a corner. The negative is his height. Haw may have the ability to play a safety, depending upon how physical he is.
TexasBuckeye (Dec 6, 2005 1:38:10 PM)
Can you give a quick read on what you think are the immediate position needs in this recruiting class and compare those needs with those already verbally committed and the remaining players on the radar screen?
BillConley (Dec 6, 2005 1:39:41 PM)
The first very obvious need is probably LBs. The second would be a corner and a safety. I think tight end is crucial. Another speed rusher off the edge is important. I'm assuming they are happy with their kicking situation. They had a chance to get the kicker from Salem (Wright, I believe) but he took the offer from Michigan since the Buckeyes turned him down.
jsbuckeye (Dec 6, 2005 1:39:49 PM)
Why are so many O-lineman in Ohio going to other schools so far in recruiting?
BillConley (Dec 6, 2005 1:40:53 PM)
I think they are a little slow recruiting OL, thinking that their depth is pretty good right now. Aaron Brown was a very athletic lineman and I feel he would have been a good get.
-1 (Dec 6, 2005 1:41:13 PM)
Just joined in, who do you think the man is. Vince Young or Bush. I hope like the rest of us Nut fans that Pittman- Well will be the Bush-White of USC
BillConley (Dec 6, 2005 1:42:02 PM)
There is no doubt that Reggie Bush is the best collegiate player in the country. Vince Young is the best athletic quarterback. I think it's way too early to tell if Pittman will be in that same league. It's possible if he keeps improving.
BUCKS79 (Dec 6, 2005 1:42:12 PM)
With Kerr, Laurentis and Hoobler at LB next year, I think the question is at D-Line ( with the exception of Pitcock, of course) we really need a good pass rusher in the lineup.....agree?
BillConley (Dec 6, 2005 1:43:07 PM)
You always need good pass rushers in the lineup. That's why it's important for a guy like Jay Richardson to have a great senior year next year. Also, the coaches are very high on Lawrence Wilson. It would be great, also, if Alex Barrow would mature. He has tremendous speed.
jsbuckeye (Dec 6, 2005 1:43:16 PM)
How good do you think Ross Homan will be at Ohio State???Have you seen him play?
BillConley (Dec 6, 2005 1:44:18 PM)
I think Homan is an outstanding football player. The biggest question will be his speed for Division I football. Hopefully he'll be able to make the jump from a smallschool high school league to a big-time Division I program.
-1 (Dec 6, 2005 1:44:24 PM)
What was the partof your job as a coach that you least liked.
BillConley (Dec 6, 2005 1:45:22 PM)
As much as I loved recruiting, traveling, meeting coaches and players and parents all over the country, the part most coaches like the least are the long nights of phone calls -- sometimes well after midnight trying to get a hold of players from all parts of the country.
BUCKS79 (Dec 6, 2005 1:45:32 PM)
Do we have any recruits or returning lineman that can continue in the tradition of Bentley and Mangold at center?
BillConley (Dec 6, 2005 1:46:48 PM)
I think the guy that the coaches are hoping will take it to the next level next year will be Datish. The other player that hasn't seen any playing time that is physically a center prototype is Kyle Mitchum. Plus, they have Jimmy Cordle. The coaches were high on him until he got hurt. He's got to be in the mix.
marksgforce (Dec 6, 2005 1:47:03 PM)
A highly touted recruit who was "the man" in high school comes to OSU (or any elite program) and for whatever reason, never quite cracks the lineup. How does "he" handle it? How many accept that they didn't develop and got beat out? How many blame the coaching staff for being unfair to them? How many become cancerous to the team?
BillConley (Dec 6, 2005 1:48:46 PM)
The biggest problem that the so-called superstar has when they come to Ohio State is not having patience. Some of them just don't understand that the other players on the team were also superstars. Most guys that have the patience to wait their turn end up making it fine. About 20 percent won't be able to handle the pressure or will get involved in off-the-field problems (academics, etc.) and won't make it. That's typical in Division I football.
fairbornlawyer (Dec 6, 2005 1:48:56 PM)
It is easy to look at Vernon Gohlston and be impressed with his physical appearance. Will there be a time when he significantly contributes?
BillConley (Dec 6, 2005 1:49:35 PM)
I like Vernon Gholston a lot. Unfortunately, he's another one of those guys who got hurt. As long as he can come back mentally from that, he should be an outstanding player.
jsbuckeye (Dec 6, 2005 1:49:44 PM)
What is the key to slowing ND on offense, is it to get after Brady Quinn and hit him early and get him thinking about the rush?
BillConley (Dec 6, 2005 1:51:02 PM)
I think Ohio State has the confidence defensively to blitz early. The thing about Brady Quinn is that he has been able to bring his team back from being behind. So I think Ohio State must not be afraid to keep the pressure on through all 4 quarters. It's consistent pressure from a defense that is better than he's seen all year.
-1 (Dec 6, 2005 1:51:16 PM)
Who was there when a player came in that you didnt think would do much and then ended up in being the biggest surpise
BillConley (Dec 6, 2005 1:52:06 PM)
One of the players I had the privilege of coaching was Ben Hartsock. He was a guy that was closer to being an OL than a TE when he first got there. He ended up being a good receiver with good speed. He was as good a blocking tight end as Ohio State has ever had.
marksgforce (Dec 6, 2005 1:52:15 PM)
What's going on at Wisconsin? Are they going to rescind the offer to the defensive coordinator? With Alvarez gone, do you see a slide?
BillConley (Dec 6, 2005 1:53:26 PM)
Wisconsin is one of those teams that always seems to play above its abilities. Barry Alvarez did a phenomenal job. I definitely think that program will slide. How far, time will only tell. I believe Bielema will be the coach. Alvarez hand-picked him and he's still the AD.
-1 (Dec 6, 2005 1:53:35 PM)
How do you think we would have matced up with USC
BillConley (Dec 6, 2005 1:54:24 PM)
I think we would beat Southern Cal. Their quarterback can't run out of town in a day. Their defense is up and down. In my opinion, we're a much better overall team.
jcfiesta (Dec 6, 2005 1:54:29 PM)
Who was the best blocking FB at tOSU?
BillConley (Dec 6, 2005 1:55:04 PM)
Without a doubt in more modern times, the best blocking FB was Jamar Martin. Probably the best ball carrying FB was Pete Johnson. The most versatile FB was Matt Keller.
marksgforce (Dec 6, 2005 1:55:22 PM)
Coach, we all know you're good friends with Glen Mason, But as a loyal Buckeye, shouldn't you be giving him some misinformation about the state of h.s. football in Ohio?! Can you let him know the good players moved to Kentucky and to start scouting there?
BillConley (Dec 6, 2005 1:55:59 PM)
As good a job as Glen Mason does recruiting Ohio, he still is primarily getting the second level players. That shows when the Buckeyes and the Gophers face off.
boulderbuck1 (Dec 6, 2005 1:56:05 PM)
what about nickey sualua (sp?)
BillConley (Dec 6, 2005 1:56:54 PM)
I think Nicky Sualua was an outstanding FB. He was a good blocker. He had good hands. His problem was he couldn't stay away from the pizza and he wouldn't always go to class.
ajhawk4heisman (Dec 6, 2005 1:57:08 PM)
Looking at ND the things that concern me are 1swing passes to the RB D Walker 2 they love to throw to the TE also how do we contain that and create pressure on Quinn? Your thoughts please Bill
BillConley (Dec 6, 2005 1:58:40 PM)
First of all, I think the Ohio State defense does a great job of covering the backs out of the backfield. On certain blitzes, that means defensive ends like Mike Kudla have to pick up the back if he flares. As far as the tight end is concerned, the area where we have been hurt at times is the tight end vertical. TE drags and spot passes over the middle don't worry me, but a tight end going north and south does -- especially in 2-deep coverage.
worthbuck12 (Dec 6, 2005 1:58:50 PM)
if you can talk about it, who was "the one that got away" from you in recruiting?....ie who did you want to come to OSU but did not in the end
BillConley (Dec 6, 2005 1:59:37 PM)
Right now, the guy who would be on everybody's list would be Dwayne Jarrett at USC. He committed to us verbally, but changed his mind at the last minute. There have been a few guys like that over the years, but right now he's the one that may stand out the most to me.
jsbuckeye (Dec 6, 2005 2:00:32 PM)
How will are dbs do against notre dames bigger recievers, I'm worried about big plays on us?
BillConley (Dec 6, 2005 2:00:57 PM)
We talked about that earlier. You always worry about that, especially in the red zone on the fade route.
marksgforce (Dec 6, 2005 2:01:10 PM)
Coach, you are best known as a great recruiting coordinator at OSU. Was that your greatest strength? How would you rate yourself as a position coach? If you could choose, would you have rather been offensive coordinator or recruiting coordinator?
BillConley (Dec 6, 2005 2:02:27 PM)
I guess I consider myself equally as good a position coach. I coached 6 first-team All-Americans. I really enjoyed being a recruiting coordinator because the key to having successful teams is having good personnel. I probably could have moved around the country more if I was an offensive or defensive coordinator. But I was always happy just to be at Ohio State.
buckmark (Dec 6, 2005 2:02:38 PM)
Charlie Weiss talked about breaking down the whole buckeye season on tape. Is that what Trssel will do also? Go throught the whole ND season and break it all down?
BillConley (Dec 6, 2005 2:03:21 PM)
All coaches do exactly the same thing. They break down every play of every game. They completely dissect their opponent in relation to tendencies and all aspects of football.
boulderbuck1 (Dec 6, 2005 2:03:36 PM)
who was the one you stole away?
BillConley (Dec 6, 2005 2:04:31 PM)
I think Nate Salley was a big coup from Florida. I think Will Smith was a coup from New York. I think Michael Wiley from Calif. was a big deal. Ashton Youboty from Texas. Those are all kids who could have gone to a number of schools. There are many more. But those are some of the more recent kids.
buckmark (Dec 6, 2005 2:04:42 PM)
How would you attack our defense if you wer scheming to play the buckeyes? Where are we most vulnerable on defense?
BillConley (Dec 6, 2005 2:06:08 PM)
I think an offense would have to make our defense think instead of allowing Ohio State to come after them. Multiple formations early, motion, early screendowns. Anything you could possibly do to try and take away the aggressiveness of Ohio State. Those are the only things an offense can do to go against a great defense like this.
-1 (Dec 6, 2005 2:06:36 PM)
Do you think guys like Crable and Burgess regret goint to tsun when they lose to OSU like that and they could lhave picked them.
BillConley (Dec 6, 2005 2:07:20 PM)
I am certain that after losing to the Buckeyes as much as they have lately they are definitely having second thoughts. The important thing for Ohio State is that the kids from their hometowns see it. They won't make the same mistake of going up North.
jcfiesta (Dec 6, 2005 2:07:27 PM)
Coach, who was the best Ohio HS coach in your opinion? If you can't name one please give us a top 5.
BillConley (Dec 6, 2005 2:08:49 PM)
Too many great ones. Maybe guys like JD Graham at Newark Catholic, Chuck Kyle at St. Ignatius, Gregg Miller at Brookhaven, Rocky Pentello at Westerville South. There are just so many in the state. You also have Bob Lutz at Ironton.
BillConley (Dec 6, 2005 2:09:01 PM)
Just time for 1 or 2 more ... we'll go for fresh questions.
-1 (Dec 6, 2005 2:09:16 PM)
Did you ever run in to Carr when you were recruiting. Or run into a coach at a house
BillConley (Dec 6, 2005 2:10:17 PM)
Yes, both instances -- at the house, in schools, in hotels, in restaurants, in airplanes. You cross your competitors' path constantly in recruiting. Most of the time it would be in schools waiting to talk to a recruit or, in the South, at their spring practices.
hh (Dec 6, 2005 2:10:34 PM)
Hey Coach, Tress will be in South FL. tonight, any place we should take him?
BillConley (Dec 6, 2005 2:11:09 PM)
Take him to Broo's Room, former Ohio State and Miami Dolphin OLB Bob Brudzinski's sports bar. He has several locations.
BillConley (Dec 6, 2005 2:11:23 PM)
That's good for today!
worthbuck12 (Dec 6, 2005 2:12:02 PM)
ToledoBucknutty (Dec 6, 2005 2:12:04 PM)
Thanks as always coach!