Was Jim Tressel snubbed?
On the surface it definitely looks like a snub, but it's actually a sign of respect for the
Basically what the voters are saying is, "The Buckeyes going 13-0 is no big deal, we almost expect that out of them. But
I know, that probably doesn't make you feel any better. Tress definitely deserved those awards as much as Ferentz. But it goes to show the respect people have for OSU's program.
In an unrelated note, it's kind of funny to look back on the quarterback decisions made by Tressel and Ferentz last year. What was a bigger mistake: Tress starting Steve Bellisari over Craig Krenzel, or Ferentz starting Kyle McCann over Brad Banks?
This has been a question mark all season, but I think it's safe to say that OSU's offensive line has had a pretty good year up to this point. They left us holding our collective breaths during most passing downs, but they were always able to get the job done in the end.
As for next year, I think we could be looking at one of the top lines in the country. All five junior starters (Ivan Douglas, Adrien Clarke, Alex Stepanovich, Bryce Bishop, Shane Olivea) will be back and we learned this year that freshmen Rob Sims and Nick Mangold are on their way to outstanding careers. The logical assumption is that Mangold will start at center next year and Stepanovich will be moved to guard (which happened several times this year), but who goes to the bench? Clarke? Probably. Bishop? Maybe.
What about Sims? Could he knock Douglas or Olivea from the lineup? Probably not. I think Douglas and Olivea (along with Stepanovich) are among the best linemen in the Big Ten. But another option is moving Olivea to guard and starting Sims and Douglas at tackle.
Any way you look at it, it will be nice to have a talented/veteran line with depth next year. Hopefully they take their first big step towards proving they are among the nation's best against
FEELING RIGHT AT HOME
There is a town called Buckeye,
TOP RIVALRIES IN COLLEGE FOOTBALL
There's been a lot of debate about this recently. Here's my take...
4. Florida State-Miami
5. USC-Notre Dame
A few years ago, Oklahoma-Nebraska would have been on the list, but they don't even play each other anymore (can't figure that one out)...
It's amazing that I live in
Not sure why you would pump all that money into hiring guys like Chris Spielman (who's daily show is the best thing out there, next to the Bucknuts Radio Hour of course) and not have enough power for half of
Last winter, when
"When I met him last winter, the first thing he said to me was, 'We're going to be champions here.' I knew right then that Reece was something different. Something special. He came in with all those accolades, but all he was thinking about was helping us win ball games," Allen said.
I know you've heard just about enough of the Dennis Franchione situation, but I am going to bore you with my take.
First off, I don't buy this crying from
But, like everyone else, I have a major problem with the gutless way Franchione left without saying a word. How can you take a new job and not address your players in person? Fran made one of his assistants break the news to them, probably because he was feeling guilty about begging them to stay committed to the program, despite being on probation.
This is just another reminder to Buckeye fans of how lucky we are to have Jim Tressel. Not only is he a great coach, but he is not going to be out there job hunting each year (like 80 percent of his colleagues). Tress already has his dream job and isn't going anywhere.
Is the most impressive defensive player I've seen all year. He's a 6-foot-3, 220-pound sophomore strong safety and runs the 40 in 4.3 seconds.
McGAHEE ALMOST A BUCKEYE...
This is an excerpt from an ESPN.com chat with Kirk Herbstreit.
Herbie: I don't think the officials from the Fiesta Bowl have seen
Ain't that the truth.
Of all the things that are impressive about LeBron James, near the top of the list is the fact that he was a first-team All-Ohio selection as a sophomore... in football. James played wide receiver for Akron St.Vincent-St. Mary and was a bigger version of Randy Moss. At first, he decided not to play football as a junior, but four games into the season his competitive drive took over and he decided to join the team.
James did not play football this year, but you really can't blame him with all that money sitting on the table. But I must admit I am a little worried that he is going to end up signing with
We are probably headed for the closest vote ever in the Heisman race (Bo Jackson-Chuck Long in 1985 is the closest thus far). Larry Johnson must be feeling pretty good about his chances after sweeping all the major awards on Thursday, but I don't think he's going to get it for some reason. It's hard not to give it to a guy that rushed for over 2,000 yards, but I think one of the quarterbacks will get the nod. Hopefully it's Ken Dorsey so the Buckeye defense has one more reason to be fired up against the Canes.
Which area Tressel targets the most in recruiting? Definitely
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