Helwagen Chat: April 24 Archive

Here are excerpts from Steve Helwagen's Chat on Monday afternoon. Stay tuned for the updated Chat schedule.

ODOGG45 (Apr 24, 2006 9:53:19 AM)
Steve - Give me your starting 11 on D for Ohio State.

SteveHelwagen (Apr 24, 2006 9:53:33 AM)
And here we go, good first question.

SteveHelwagen (Apr 24, 2006 9:53:57 AM)
I'll give you 11 guys to start and also my thoughts on who also gets to play.

SteveHelwagen (Apr 24, 2006 9:55:11 AM)
At DE, my starters would be Wilson and Richardson with Barrow and Gholston right there. At DT, my starters are Pitcock and Patterson with Penton definitely in the rotation and either Denlinger or Abdallah there with them (both looked great on Sat.) ...

SteveHelwagen (Apr 24, 2006 9:56:31 AM)
At LB, my starters are Freeman and Laurinaitis outside and Kerr in the middle. Kerr may have to come off on passing downs, like Schlegel did. Homan is thisclose to being a starter. I also like Terry and Hoobler may have salvaged some things with a nice game on Sat. D'Andrea would just be extra gravy. His knee just doesn't seem like it wants to cooperate.

SteveHelwagen (Apr 24, 2006 9:57:52 AM)
In the secondary, I like O'Neal as one safety and the other will be Nick Patterson or Russell. Patterson knows the defense, while Russell just makes plays. Mitchell figures in there somewhere too. But to me Russell is the nickel right now. At corner, Jenkins is a given. The other one is still up for grabs. It's Antonio Smith now, but I think Washington, Amos or Coleman will step up.

Guest (Apr 24, 2006 9:57:57 AM)
Steve, Coleman, Homan and Wells is a good way to get last years recruiting class off to a good start! All three were imperssive and have a good chance to see the field quickly!

SteveHelwagen (Apr 24, 2006 9:58:10 AM)
keato asks about the debuts by Coleman, Homan and Wells ...

SteveHelwagen (Apr 24, 2006 9:58:24 AM)
Wow, wow and wow. What more could you have possibly wanted or asked for??

SteveHelwagen (Apr 24, 2006 9:59:03 AM)
Coleman has an incredible pick, denying Dukes a certain TD. Boeckman got robbed of extra bases on that, Coleman made a Willie Mays catch (ha ha). ...

SteveHelwagen (Apr 24, 2006 9:59:35 AM)
Homan calls the signals at WLB, 8 tackles and a fourth-down sack to boot (the last time we saw that one guy was tackling his future brother-in-law ... hmmm). ...

SteveHelwagen (Apr 24, 2006 10:01:00 AM)
And then there's Beans (the more informal name I have for Beanie). My how you have grown. He lost Mitchell in the backfield, even put a hand on the ground for balance and got the first down. Caught a swing pass and needed 7 for a first on third down, and got 8 -- and 2 defenders with him -- on that play. Wow. He's the No. 2 tailback, to me, and it's not even close. Just needs work on the pass pro, but that will come.

edbuck51 (Apr 24, 2006 10:01:15 AM)
Who where to the three players who got you most excited on Saturday?

SteveHelwagen (Apr 24, 2006 10:02:59 AM)
There were so many, it would be hard to limit it to 3. But Brian Hartline, 8 freaking catches. That's why I refer to him as the indefatigable Brian Hartline. He just keeps coming back for more. Jay Richardson came alive with 2 big sacks, muchly needed. Others -- Homan, Wells, Denlinger (welcome to the party, young man), Robiskie, Boeckman (other than the 2 picks, which Coleman made a great play on one and Kerr pressured him hard on the O'Neal one), Laurinaitis (getting into the flow) and on and on and on.

kippy (Apr 24, 2006 10:03:15 AM)
Hey Steve... Besides the two night games... Have any of the gametimes been announced?

SteveHelwagen (Apr 24, 2006 10:05:48 AM)
No, and even those aren't official from the Big Ten, the schools or the networks. I imagine we will know something concrete on the exact times of those night games and at least the Sept. nonconf games and Michigan maybe by the end of May. But just guessing today, I'd say noon for NIU, 8 p.m. for Texas, noon for UC, ABC will keep PSU during the day (noon or 3:30), probably 7:45 on ESPN for Iowa, noon for BG, noon or 3:30 for MSU, noon for Indiana and Minnesota (maybe 3:30), noon for Illinois and NW and then noon or 1 for Michigan on ABC. 8 p.m. For the Fiesta Bowl on 1/8/07 (ha ha).

keato (Apr 24, 2006 10:05:57 AM)
Steve, the draft is Saturday and I may have my Buckeye Blinders on but I think 5 and maybe 6 Bucks go in 1st round and probably 12 players selected over the 7 rounds. What are your thoughts?

SteveHelwagen (Apr 24, 2006 10:07:07 AM)
I think Hawk, Holmes and Mangold are certain first rounders. I think Whitner or Youboty makes it and maybe Carpenter goes late first round to a team that needs an LB (maybe the Steelers, sad to say). I can't see all 6 in the first round, but it's possible ...

SteveHelwagen (Apr 24, 2006 10:07:48 AM)
I also think Salley, Everett, Kudla and Sims will be drafted. Schlegel is a possibility, as is Green and maybe even Huston very late.

kleintime16 (Apr 24, 2006 10:07:53 AM)
Hey Steve, whats the latest on Derrell Johnson? and what is all this tuesday is the day talk?

SteveHelwagen (Apr 24, 2006 10:09:12 AM)
Not sure what Tuesday means. Maybe that means DJ will be more comfortable discussing where he stands on Tuesday. But my sources say this is and remains an admissions issue and something that will be dealt with in May. Then and only then will we know whether DJ will be clear to enroll. It's clear the coaching staff wants in the worst way to offer DJ, but the matter is pretty much out of their hands.

SteveHelwagen (Apr 24, 2006 10:10:30 AM)
The staff wants to offer, but can not officially until they get the okey dokey from admissions. Admissions, obviously, wants all of his updated paperwork (senior courses, latest tests, etc.) and sometimes it just takes a while to assemble that file. But word I heard was the improvements he has made can only help him get through admissions.

labuck (Apr 24, 2006 10:10:49 AM)
As always thank you for the chat Steve. My biggest concern is not that we have talent on defense to replace the stars of last year because we obviously do. I want to know who is going to step into the huddle and be a leader on the road when the other team is driving and we really need a stop? A role I was hoping Whitner and or Youboty would play. Is it going to be seniors like Mike D' or Mitchell because they may not even be playing? Or will it be a younger guy who hasn't really seen the field that much yet? The leadership on D is my biggest concern!

SteveHelwagen (Apr 24, 2006 10:11:54 AM)
Great point. I see some of those qualities in Jenkins and also in Laurinaitis. They are outgoing kids. I think you make a good point -- who will be the identity of the defense. I think David Patterson can be that kind of outspoken guy. Richardson maybe as well.

hamiltuckbuck (Apr 24, 2006 10:12:06 AM)
While it's a bit early to compare Homan to AJ Hawk, I was wondering if ND's Claussen has a sister...

SteveHelwagen (Apr 24, 2006 10:12:29 AM)
Ha ha, I don't know about that but they have a limo. Wow, what a folderol that was. I bet Weis was just loving that.

ODOGG45 (Apr 24, 2006 10:12:34 AM)
When does the basketball schedule come out and do you see a preseason tournament like the NIT or Maui?

SteveHelwagen (Apr 24, 2006 10:15:45 AM)
The schedule will probably be out in August. It takes them a long time to nail down the building conflicts and TV coverage. TV waits as long as possible to see what guys go pro, get hurt, etc. Not sure about preseason events. I know the NCAA is considering legislation to change the game limits and adjust so you can play in those every year and they only count as a game or 2 (and everybody across the country will be able to play 28 or 29 games instead of the current 27). I guess stay tuned. My thought is the fields for those events are already done for this year. Under the old rules, OSU would not have been eligible this year, either. They were in Maui in 03-04 and Guardians in 04-05. With 2 in 4 rule, they had to sit out last year and this coming year.

NCBUCK (Apr 24, 2006 10:16:14 AM)
So when is somebody going to admit we are a lot better than what we thought? By the way, the Fiesta Bowl is on ESPNU right now. Yesssss!

SteveHelwagen (Apr 24, 2006 10:16:33 AM)
Ohio State is a lot better than we thought. How's that? Tell me who wins.

kleintime16 (Apr 24, 2006 10:17:26 AM)
Steve, I saw your pictures from the spring game and the one that i am curious about is the one that had Ballard, Moeller, Gibson, and Smith. There is a person standing behind Ballard and Gibson in a BLack Yankees cap holding a cell phone. Was that Henton or am I just imagining things?

SteveHelwagen (Apr 24, 2006 10:18:30 AM)
I have no idea who that was. I think that was another kid who will be a senior. Maybe the Derrick Henry kid from Worthington I mentioned in the recruit article.

edbuck51 (Apr 24, 2006 10:18:35 AM)
Didn't get to see the game, but it sounded like Schoenfoft had a tough day. Jitters, poor protection, overexcited, dropped passes, what is you assessment?

SteveHelwagen (Apr 24, 2006 10:20:53 AM)
A lot of those incompletions were late in the game. He threw a bad pick down the middle to Laurinaitis. He had a couple balls batted at the LOS. He had a ball go off Nicol's hands. He was flushed on a couple. Hoobler broke up a couple passes at the receiver on him. It was a mixed bag, some on him and some on some others and the defense, I'd say.

SteveHelwagen (Apr 24, 2006 10:21:51 AM)
One sec. ...

kippy (Apr 24, 2006 10:22:34 AM)
Steve... I have been hearing from some reliable sources that OSU wants to add 20,000+ seats to Ohio Stadium specifically above C deck... Hear anything like that?

SteveHelwagen (Apr 24, 2006 10:23:25 AM)
No, nothing to that. They're next move is to drop portable stands from aircraft. I used to believe the first row of C-deck was pretty high up. ...

SteveHelwagen (Apr 24, 2006 10:23:49 AM)
But they have lowered the field 15 feet and it's now a real long way from where we sit in the press box down to the first row of C-deck ...

SteveHelwagen (Apr 24, 2006 10:24:52 AM)
And moreover, they still owe about $250 million in athletics building debts for the stadium, Schottenbanger Center and much more. They are not interested in incurring more debt any time soon. How many more seats do they need?

manhattan buck (Apr 24, 2006 10:24:59 AM)
Hey Steve, recruiting question: Pete Carrol seems to have raised the bar in the past few years in terms of converting freak recruiting into daunting teams especially offensively. I love the osu coaches and think theyve recruited the "good" kids with four star talent that want to be here as well as many diamonds. My worry is with USC"s 5 star recruiting classes over the past three years being the nucleus of their team in our 2008-9 upcoming series is there anything we need to change nationally or instate to not only match up with them but ND texas FLa in potentially nc implication games in the next five years? thanks

SteveHelwagen (Apr 24, 2006 10:26:18 AM)
That is some forward thinking there. I heard Chris Spielman on the radio and he said, "They will be the favorites in the Big Ten and I'll be disappointed if they don't beat Texas and go on and play for the national championship. I'm concerned now with who they will play there." ...

SteveHelwagen (Apr 24, 2006 10:27:36 AM)
That's fine and good, but they need to win their regular season games first. Everybody's goal is to win it all every year. Ohio State is uniquely positioned to do just that. Hey, in a year or 2, looks to me that Hartline and Robiskie and Chris Wells could make you forget about Holmes, Ginn, Gonzo and Pittman. They look good to me. Whatever they are doing, they just need to keep doing it.

edbuck51 (Apr 24, 2006 10:28:00 AM)
In the last month of last season and the bowl games, do you think OSU beats Texas and USC?

SteveHelwagen (Apr 24, 2006 10:29:30 AM)
Oh man, either of those offenses against Ohio State's defense would have been a great show, I know that. Yeah, I think they could have beaten either of those teams on a neutral field because the match-up between the OSU offense and the defense of either of those teams later in the year would have probably favored OSU. The other match-up with the OSU defense and those teams' offenses would have been a push.

labuck (Apr 24, 2006 10:29:40 AM)
Of the Ohio players that we are after, which ones do you think want to commit early to a school before their senior season starts in the fall? Martin, Evege, Clifford, Saine, Hubbard, Hines, Herron, Williams, Mabin; I know I'm forgetting someone, but who will commit early so we can target other needs with our limited spots in this class?

SteveHelwagen (Apr 24, 2006 10:31:30 AM)
I don't think you can ever "count" on somebody committing early. Oliver did because he wants to be a Buckeye. But Martin sounds really torn on the issue. Evege could go before the season. Clifford and Saine sound torn between OSU and UM. They have not offered any of the rest, so they can't commit until the staff is comfortable and offers. I think talent in Ohio is strong and the staff wants to wait and make sure it makes the best choices, probably through Nike (when OSU will be able to evaluate in-person) and the summer camp.

edbuck51 (Apr 24, 2006 10:31:35 AM)
When was the last time you felt this comfortable about the starting QB heading into the season? Troy is the bomb!

SteveHelwagen (Apr 24, 2006 10:32:45 AM)
Krenzel in 03, probably, or Germaine in 98. Both of those years ended with 11 wins, so that bodes well. Maybe Troy can make it 12 or 13. Who would have ever thought the No. 10 would be retired, and it would be for Troy Smith? Could happen if he goes all the way (to New York ... and Phoenix).

manhattan buck (Apr 24, 2006 10:33:15 AM)
Lockdown cornerbacks win championsips. Seems like we have lbs with enough talent experience to make transition (Grant?) I like speed and ability of cbs. I love our coaching staff on d. Do they have enough time to find and develop that special cb or is it time for tg2 to step in Gambills shoes and fufill missing link in nc quest?

SteveHelwagen (Apr 24, 2006 10:33:21 AM)
Great, great question ...

SteveHelwagen (Apr 24, 2006 10:34:52 AM)
Tressel seems adamant that Ted is strictly offense and returns. That's a lot on one guy's plate. They do not want to kill the golden goose. Maybe he is a situational player early in the year on defense and will move there later on. I'm not sure Antonio Smith is the answer. It would be a great story if he has a decent year and starts from beginning to end and they can win with him. I wonder if Amos, Washington or Coleman is able to step up and supplant him by 9/2.

edbuck51 (Apr 24, 2006 10:35:02 AM)
It was frustrating when F.Davis and D. Jarrett did not become Buckeyes, Mannignham as well. Isn't it interesting how with Ginn, Gonzo, Hall, Robiski, Hartline, Dukes, Lyons that we don't really seem to dwell on those losses too much? I guess someone on the staff is fairly competent in evaluating WR talent.

SteveHelwagen (Apr 24, 2006 10:35:45 AM)
Yep, I think they've done just fine. When Dukes and Lyons are struggling to get reps and Small is waiting in the wings (provided everything checks out), you've done pretty well. Hartline and Robo are on their way, no doubt.

buckeyeinsaline (Apr 24, 2006 10:35:53 AM)
Steve, Sorry I'm late. Did Arizona Buck give his prediction for the season on Friday last week? Missed it somehow...

SteveHelwagen (Apr 24, 2006 10:36:36 AM)
No, NevadaBuck did not make a prediction. I think he is saving that for his next front page column. Dave and I make predictions in the upcoming Bucknuts TV segments you'll see wrapping up the spring.

edbuck51 (Apr 24, 2006 10:36:40 AM)
When will we get the final word on R.Small? Will we know at the end of his senior year, or will we be sweating it out with the clearinghouse going into fall camp?

SteveHelwagen (Apr 24, 2006 10:37:06 AM)
I can't predict that. You hope it will be finalized by June 15. Usually you know by then.

edbuck51 (Apr 24, 2006 10:37:46 AM)
Is Thoma actually on scholarship at this time?

SteveHelwagen (Apr 24, 2006 10:38:18 AM)
Not that I am aware of. Has somebody reported that? My impression was if he earned his way into the lineup he'd get one.

buckeyeinsaline (Apr 24, 2006 10:39:01 AM)
Steve, Any update on Gentry's condition ? Praying for full recovery.

SteveHelwagen (Apr 24, 2006 10:40:19 AM)
No, there has been no further update on Gentry. It was interesting to hear Tressel talk and say that Taliaferro was injured in late Sept. and it was Dec. before he felt anything. I think, from what I've been told, Gentry may be on a faster track than that. But this will obviously take a long time.

SteveHelwagen (Apr 24, 2006 10:40:31 AM)
Our prayers go out to him and his family as well.

edbuck51 (Apr 24, 2006 10:40:35 AM)
I guess it was if he played, he'd get one. I wonder if he'll hang around and wait his turn, then get one.

SteveHelwagen (Apr 24, 2006 10:41:25 AM)
True. Thoma would be a RS freshman this year, meaning he could stay and be the starter after Trapasso leaves. He'd get one then, obviously, maybe sooner if one opens up. He averaged 45 yards on 3 punts to Trapasso's 46.3 average.

edbuck51 (Apr 24, 2006 10:41:35 AM)
Is Andy Geiger offically done with his duties, or is he still doing some work on campus? Do you think they will honor him some Saturday in the Shoe? I wouldn't let him dot the I, but he certainly deserves a pat on the back for a job well done.

SteveHelwagen (Apr 24, 2006 10:43:12 AM)
Geiger's contract as a "consultant" probably runs out June 1 or thereabouts. He has really been way behind the scenes since Gene Smith took over on April 15 of last year. I think he was kept on in that consultant role to help OSU complete the NCAA proceedings and O'Brien lawsuit (hey, a .500 batting average ain't bad). I think they recognized him -- the band did, I believe -- with a Geiger formation at a game last year.

ethan (Apr 24, 2006 10:45:57 AM)
sorry about the ealier mix-up, i'm a first time poster...anyway, i saw that laurinitis played sam and mike during the spring game and was very productive at both. can you talk some more about his development because it seems that he and freeman are the two linebackers who have their spot pretty-much locked in for next year.

SteveHelwagen (Apr 24, 2006 10:48:01 AM)
Freeman is locked in and I think Laurinaitis is locked in pretty much as well. Homan could have something to say about it. Kerr is the MLB almost by default, but maybe he surprises some people. I know Fickell really likes Laurinaitis and it was good to see him making some plays. He's the biggest of the younger LBs, maybe he moves to MLB and gets flanked by Homan and Freeman. Those may be your best 3. Nice problem for Fickell to have, particularly if D'Andrea comes back and is solid as well.

kleintime16 (Apr 24, 2006 10:48:06 AM)
Out of these two names - Belton - Smith - Which QB qould you take, I know Daune thinks highly of Belton

SteveHelwagen (Apr 24, 2006 10:48:17 AM)
Darn that's hard ...

SteveHelwagen (Apr 24, 2006 10:49:28 AM)
Smith has more experience and probably a stronger arm. Belton has the frame and has played with and against 4 times better players than Smith has. Let me see them side by side at a camp. I guess I'd say Belton today, but Smith reportedly has a WVU offer and they are coming off a great BCS win and some think they could be a Fiesta Bowl contender.

buckeyeinsaline (Apr 24, 2006 10:49:35 AM)
Steve, Must have been a big day at the Shoe with 65,000 in house. Hopefully impressed the recruits. What was the atmosphere?

SteveHelwagen (Apr 24, 2006 10:50:38 AM)
Amazing. I looked around in the second quarter and there were a ton of people up in C-deck. I spoke with Toney Clemons last night and he was completely impressed by the scene.

edbuck51 (Apr 24, 2006 10:50:46 AM)
How do you think Troy's Heisman candidacy will be handled by OSU? Do you think they will run a campaign, or do you think they will just let things play out. It should be interesting to see how this plays out in Coach Tressel's team first environment.

SteveHelwagen (Apr 24, 2006 10:52:32 AM)
If, after 3-4 games, Troy seems like a candidate in that race, OSU will quietly do some mailings, maybe a web site, etc. to push him. The player has to justify it, though. They don't do a lot of preseason things like that. Believe me, if he and Ohio State are as good as everybody thinks they will be, he'll be on SportsCenter more than Neil Everett.

bb1 (Apr 24, 2006 10:52:53 AM)
Steve, after watching smith tear up the D the first series, my thoughts were "This D isn't going to be very good at first", then later, my thoughts were "This D will be fine", so, is Smith that good or are the other qb's that bad? Or is the D that good?

SteveHelwagen (Apr 24, 2006 10:53:58 AM)
Smith is that good. The defense is that good and the other QBs are not that bad. The QBs were victimized by some drops and some MAs by the offensive line, which was makeshift and walk-onesque later in the game, particularly with no Barton or Datish and limited reps by Downing.

Guest (Apr 24, 2006 10:54:15 AM)
In last week's chat w/NB, he said staff wasn't as concerned about o-line and d-line numbers as much as many fans were. Do you think Miller and Ballard are a couple of reasons they aren't so worried?

SteveHelwagen (Apr 24, 2006 10:54:33 AM)
edbuck asks about depth on the OL and DL and the status of Miller and Ballard ...

SteveHelwagen (Apr 24, 2006 10:55:33 AM)
First and foremost, I think Miller and Ballard are tight ends. I firmly believe Jim Tressel has missed the ability to go to two tight ends whenever he wants to. I think those guys are tight ends. Miller did not look like a Big Ten OL to me, neither did Ballard. Come back in 2 springs and maybe that will change ...

SteveHelwagen (Apr 24, 2006 10:56:05 AM)
I think Ohio State is confident in its ability to lure big-time OL and DL. I think they need 2-3 OL and probably 2-3 DL, with a premium put on the DT position.

Vittorio Amuso (Apr 24, 2006 10:56:10 AM)
steve any new features from BN that we should keep an eye out for. i love the new radio hour format and roundtable show.........

SteveHelwagen (Apr 24, 2006 10:57:06 AM)
Nothing that big planned. We will have some video highlights from the game and some Bucknuts TV segments with Dave and I breaking things down. I'll do a post-spring Big Board at some point. We have some big summer promotions planned that I think will be nice ...

SteveHelwagen (Apr 24, 2006 10:57:35 AM)
But we'll just stick with what's been a good formula. I hope to be at the King James this weekend in Akron and at the Nike Camp at OSU and so on.

bb1 (Apr 24, 2006 10:57:47 AM)
I'm watching the fiesta bowl right now, and I just saw Mo Wells lined up on the opposite side of TG on the drive w/ the fumbled pitch down in the red zone, do you think the coaches will allow him to be in more 'space' this year?

SteveHelwagen (Apr 24, 2006 10:58:42 AM)
I suppose. It was nice to see Chris Wells catch that swing pass and run through two guys for the first down. Mo Wells is just one of many weapons. It was apparent (again) in this game, though, that he isn't going to get much between the tackles.

manhattan buck (Apr 24, 2006 10:59:07 AM)
With all do respect to jt seems like the golden goose might be killed if it doesnot play d. The buckeyes chances of a national championsip will be determined on back seven play. Why take a chance and kill the goose on defenense when u have a bird in the hand...Our offense without tg2 is still a contender albeit sharp drop off.. We have great recievers. We do not have proven corners. Why not play but limit tg2 on offense start him on d and increase nc odds?

SteveHelwagen (Apr 24, 2006 11:01:34 AM)
You make a good point. I guess that is an argument that Tressel and his coaching staff will have to have internally. You'd hate to see a NC team go by the wayside because the DBs are suspect when you have Ginn at your disposal. If that happens, they will be second guessed, no doubt. Lot of dynamics at play. Ginn is a big part of your return game (he's worth 3-4 first downs and, every other game it seems, a touchdown just on returns) and your offense. They don't have anybody else, really, who will stretch defenses like he can. Yes, Gonzo and Hartline and Dukes have get-deep ability, but Ginn has proven touchdown ability. There is a slight difference.

SteveHelwagen (Apr 24, 2006 11:02:12 AM)
I do not see Tressel playing Ginn on defense unless he feels it is absolutely necessary and he absolutely will not start both ways until Gamble did -- middle of the season on -- because of the heat.

SteveHelwagen (Apr 24, 2006 11:02:22 AM)
He's just too valuable.

Vittorio Amuso (Apr 24, 2006 11:02:25 AM)
when is the osu nike camp...date & time?

SteveHelwagen (Apr 24, 2006 11:02:33 AM)
Evening of Friday, May 5.

kleintime16 (Apr 24, 2006 11:02:59 AM)
Last I read Thad Gibson was around 210-215 pounds ... how much weight will he have to put on in order to be a force in the Big Ten, and how long do you think itll take before he contributes significantly

SteveHelwagen (Apr 24, 2006 11:03:41 AM)
I think he can get to 230 easily with proper diet and a strict workout regimen. Maybe his second year the logjam will allow him to make an impact. Would be a great RS candidate with so many LBs in the fold already.

ebbuck51 (Apr 24, 2006 11:03:48 AM)
Have you heard of other schools having a panel to review DUI cases and suspend students, or is Ohio State a pioneer in this activity?

SteveHelwagen (Apr 24, 2006 11:05:35 AM)
Yes, a number of schools have similar provisions to govern on-campus behavior. The way I understand it, Boone's DUI is considered on-campus. That's why student judicial is involved. This would be the same as assaulting somebody on campus. They are taking this crime seriously and hoping it serves as a deterrent to this student and others to not put people in the campus community at risk by drinking and driving. They have decided they do not want that on their campus. ...

SteveHelwagen (Apr 24, 2006 11:07:03 AM)
As a student, Boone is under their purview just like every other student. It's not the football team and the university with separate rules. This is a hot debate -- is the penalty too much for the school to penalize as well as our court system? You will get a lot of people coming down on each side of that issue, for sure.

bb1 (Apr 24, 2006 11:07:18 AM)
Is Small the only signee w/ any work left to do? what about M Johnson, T Gibson, Rose etc?

SteveHelwagen (Apr 24, 2006 11:07:26 AM)
As far as I know, Small may be it.

buckeyeinsaline (Apr 24, 2006 11:07:32 AM)
Steve, After seeing Chris Wells a few times now, what are strengths and weaknesses? Do you see him starting this year in any games?

SteveHelwagen (Apr 24, 2006 11:08:42 AM)
Strengths, size and yet a low center of gravity, good to great acceleration, takes a great play to bring him down in the open field (I think Andre Amos made one on him). Weaknesses, learning the offense and pass protection, will need coaching to help him overcome the youth. ...

SteveHelwagen (Apr 24, 2006 11:08:53 AM)
Do I see him starting? Only if Pittman falters or gets hurt.

SteveHelwagen (Apr 24, 2006 11:09:08 AM)
Pittman is their guy, but C-Wells is real good.

SteveHelwagen (Apr 24, 2006 11:09:18 AM)
Anything else today before we close it out???

kleintime16 (Apr 24, 2006 11:09:57 AM)
THanks Steve, Keep up the good work!

buckeyeinsaline (Apr 24, 2006 11:10:12 AM)
Steve, Your the MAN!

labuck (Apr 24, 2006 11:10:23 AM)
Thank you Steve! Go Bucks!!

Vittorio Amuso (Apr 24, 2006 11:10:27 AM)
good work steve

SteveHelwagen (Apr 24, 2006 11:10:44 AM)
It's been fun. Stay tuned for a ton of more features this week from the end of spring football.

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