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Steve Bellisari was arrested for drunken driving in 2001. file photos Todd Boeckman lost his starting job last season.

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RSH

Glastonbury, CT

#1 Oct 20, 2009
How about starting Bauserman and having Pryor at running back and wide receiver.....
Vinny

United States

#2 Oct 20, 2009
Bellisari brought down Cooper. Not too far of a stretch to think the same could happen for Tressel with Pryor. Hopefully, the new coach will be able to handle the quarterbacks better. I think Urban Meyer fits the bill.

“The Buckeyes Win Again!”

Since: Sep 09

Martins Ferry, Ohio

#3 Oct 20, 2009
good article.

i would hope no one would ever consider something that would REQUIRE metal detectors to insure tressel's safety.

i am certain tressel recognizes the gravity of the situation he's gotten The Buckeyes into. i've lost faith that he can right the ship.
the '02 season brought us many reasons to have faith in tressel's ability to win close games. since then i for one have lost all memory of that religion.
i'm sorry but, in my opinion, it is time for an expensive mis-season buyout of the tressel contract, appoint an interim coach (this season's lost, and too much damage done anyway), and start making the rounds.
i doubt any of that will happen, but i think that's what needs to transpire, in order for My Buckeyes to be at the top where they're supposed to be year in and year out.

GO BUCKS....
Rich in FL

Fort Myers, FL

#4 Oct 20, 2009
Hire Walt Harris as Offensive Coordinator. He is at Akron for Pete's sake. He will get Pryor in line and build his mechanics. Pryor needs confidence and he is being left hung out to dry. Everyone talks about SEC speed. It isn't speed it is play-calling and innovation. That can make any team look fast.
Keith in Franklin

Cincinnati, OH

#5 Oct 20, 2009
First of all, it wasn't Belissari that brought down Cooper. It was his inability to beat Michigan, combined with some severe discipline and team chemistry problems. Bottom line, he lost control of the team. As for Pryor, it is very difficult for me to believe that Bauserman would be worse on the field than Pryor has been. Even Belissari wasn't that bad. The writer hit the nail on the head. Tressel hasn't altered his offense to suit Pryor's skillset. If you notice, Urban Meyer isn't running the same offense with Tebow that he did with Chris Leak. But Tressel is running pretty much the same thing he ran with Boeckman, and with Troy Smith, and with Justin Zwick, and with Craig Krenzel, and with Belissari. There's been very little variation. I watch Florida's offense and think "That's what OSU should be doing". You can't fit a square peg into a round hole, but that's what Tressel is trying to do, and the only one who truly doesn't realize that it's not working is Tressel.
Joe

Columbus, OH

#6 Oct 20, 2009
Rich in FL wrote:
Hire Walt Harris as Offensive Coordinator. He is at Akron for Pete's sake. He will get Pryor in line and build his mechanics. Pryor needs confidence and he is being left hung out to dry. Everyone talks about SEC speed. It isn't speed it is play-calling and innovation. That can make any team look fast.
Haven't you noticed how pathetic Akron is this year?
Vinny

United States

#7 Oct 20, 2009
Cooper had no clue as to what type of quarterbacks to recruit, how to develop them, or who should play or start. His offenses and pertinently, the quarterback position, were what held back his teams from greatness. Seems to be a problem for Tressel, except for one fluke year in 2002.

Replace can't beat Michigan with can't win against the Big Boys out of conference, and you've got Tressel as Cooper. And beating Michigan and winning the conference title just doesn't seem to mean much with a weakened Wolverine program and Big 11 conference, in my opinion, unless you're winning those games against the Big Boys, which Tressel has struggled to do since he ran out of Cooper recruits. To be honest, few (I'm going to predict you are one who does, though) sincerely care about the academics or the players' futures, unfortunately. It's all about winning, like Jamar Martin said after Cooper was fired.
Keith in Franklin wrote:
First of all, it wasn't Belissari that brought down Cooper. It was his inability to beat Michigan, combined with some severe discipline and team chemistry problems. Bottom line, he lost control of the team. As for Pryor, it is very difficult for me to believe that Bauserman would be worse on the field than Pryor has been. Even Belissari wasn't that bad. The writer hit the nail on the head. Tressel hasn't altered his offense to suit Pryor's skillset. If you notice, Urban Meyer isn't running the same offense with Tebow that he did with Chris Leak. But Tressel is running pretty much the same thing he ran with Boeckman, and with Troy Smith, and with Justin Zwick, and with Craig Krenzel, and with Belissari. There's been very little variation. I watch Florida's offense and think "That's what OSU should be doing". You can't fit a square peg into a round hole, but that's what Tressel is trying to do, and the only one who truly doesn't realize that it's not working is Tressel.
MyEyesHurt

Norwich, CT

#8 Oct 20, 2009
What a pack of losers! You arguably have the best coach in the country. Certainly the best coach at Ohio State. EVER! You have to be kidding with this crap!

Right now, the angry whiners are just beginning to alter the recruiting landscape. How Tressel ever gets kids to leave the sunshine to come to Columbus remains a miracle. Don't screw this up.

If you think Ohio State is not doing well, what do you say about the whole Big Ten. Ohio State has dominated the conference during Coach Tressel's tenure. In all likelihood, the Buckeyes will still win the Big Ten title again this year.

Do you think all the rest of the programs in the Big Ten have not been waiting for years to see anything in Columbus that even resembles "re-building."

Since: Oct 09

Cincinnati area

#9 Oct 20, 2009
If Coach Tressel wants to stay in Columbus for much longer he needs to follow the example of one of his heros: Joe Paterno. Be the head coach...but get out of the way! Tressel's micro-management style is not working. Further, the person listed as his "Offensive Co-ordinator" MUST be replaced...by someone with PROVEN ability. A REAL Offensive Line Coach MUST be hired to insure coachable, quality offensive linemen are recruited and properly instructed on both zone and drive block techniques. And, as MANY of the posters to this site have indicated in the past, there is an urgent need to hire a COMPETANT Quarterbacks Coach!
As you may remember, when Tressel was hired he was of the opinion that it was best to employ coaches who were not necessarily experts at the positions for which they were hired; they only needed to know a little bit about this...and a little bit about that (watch the tape of his public introduction if you still have it!). What we have been witnessing over the past several years is the result of that philosophy. Yes, players have failed to live up to expectations at times...but it is the foundation of the coaching/hiring policy which has laid the groundwork for disappointing performances on the field.
However, if you still like the work being done...just hang on. Ohio State will continue to slide to the point where if the Bucks do sneak into a National Championship game again they will be able to suprise another overconfident, favored opponent like Miami.......or NOT!
Cincibuck

Cincinnati, OH

#10 Oct 20, 2009
I support Coach Tressel and his quarterback. They win and will continue to win. Their offensive game plans are innovative and sophisticated. Half-aware fans think that when a running play is stuffed behind the line of scrimmage that a pass play was the obvious solution, and when a pass is dropped, a running play was certainly the answer. Both do however require that blocking be executed and also require that a few series per quarter start without a procedure penalty. OSU coaching staff understands offensive football as well as any in the country. You see it week after week yet you whine incessantly about conservatism and lack of creativity. Whatever, I'm glad OSU's coaches don't read the paper much. Go Bucks, get to work on those protection schemes.

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Carnivore

West Chester, OH

#11 Oct 20, 2009
Jim T is probly to conservative to do anything about it (TP) untill he forced look at his play calling in the past losses?
BigBuckeyeFan

Fort Smith, AR

#12 Oct 20, 2009
Let's have some constructive criticism on the TP issue and the offense. Move TP to wider receiver and let Boser try to run the offense. Run a modified wildcat with the defense never knowing exactly who is going to be under center or taking the snap in the wildcat position. Oh, stupid me! That would be innovative, creative, and a great strategy that might catch a defense off guard and cross them up! Ok, I'll go back to my hole and OSU will continue to telegraph every play so the defense can stack against it and move them backwards. Wake me up when something interesting actually happens with all the offensive talent Tress is wasting!
wolfe

United States

#13 Oct 20, 2009
Someone wrote the obvious yesterday. Were giving the opponents defense too much time to adjust and get set. If we run a no-huddle, or hurry up style offense you can attack, attack and attack again, and get outstanding results. Samething Frank Beamer did with Michael Vick. Samething Miami did against that OSU Stingy Defense in the 2002 Championship to get something going. The only problem was Maimi's "O" Line got tired. I believe our line could handle this challenge.
Jim Owen

Lakeland, FL

#14 Oct 20, 2009
I remember when they questioned Paul Brown's ability to coach. I can only fault the lack of coaching when the offense - or defense is off the playing field. When the camera pans the bench - there is no dialectic between players and coaches. Failure to adjust.

Penn State performed better when Joe was observing from the Press Box. Adjustments were made.
Chuck Montana

United States

#15 Oct 20, 2009
Pryor was a great High school QB.He needs to be benched now and let him do some soul searching. At this point anyone would be better.Just watch him on the field, he has the deer in the headlights look about him.For those who say"he's only a sophmore,give him time" I say look at the USC QB. He's only a Freshman and look where his development is already.They were touting Pryor as the second coming of Vince Young.Fat chance.
Huh

Stamford, CT

#16 Oct 20, 2009
My problem with the assistant coaching staff is that they just aren't that good. When was the last time our defensive or offensive coordinator was being pursued by another big time college team to be their head coach. Mark Dantonio is the last one I can remember. Obviously they aren't doing even a decent job if no other schools want to even talk to them for openings in other programs. Never again will I be drawn into the hype of any recruit coming to Ohio State, seen them not live up to the expectations because they can't get the coaching they need here.
toddherm

Marysville, OH

#17 Oct 20, 2009
Seriously, people! OSU is having a 'down' year. Tress is entitled to to an off year once in a while. Let us not forget his predecessor, 1-12-1 against Wichigan and no national titles! OSU over-achieved several of last several years, due largely to coach Tressel. Now everyone acts like they want to run him out of town! Support your team - even when they lose! GO BUCKS!!!
hog2561

AOL

#18 Oct 20, 2009
Ok folks can we get on with something else besides bashing Ohio State they have another game coming up it is over and done with you can't get this game back anyway they still have a chance at winning still like I said these are kids getting education first not to satisfy your thirst for bragging rights face it osu is limited this year there comes a time when you have a rebuilding year it is just growing pains and you cannot handle it
Crisis averted

Columbus, OH

#19 Oct 20, 2009
What crisis? They are not good this year and everyone including Tressel knows it. Let Pryor play it out.
Mike McCleese

Massillon, OH

#20 Oct 20, 2009
I do not think the play calling by coach Treessel is the problem. TP threw picks against USC and Purdue that were the difference in the game. It is all on him. I think the offensive line is frustrated because TP is not a team leader and makes them look bad due to his turnovers and lack of concentration. The receiving corps is young but probably one of the most talented in the country. I watch TP and his mechanics are terrible. That is due to coaching, period. Hire a QB coach with NFL credentials.

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