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A game against Cleveland State tonight might not hold a little extra for Ohio State men's basketball fans, but it does for some of the players.

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Dec 22, 2009
 

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Bob Baptist,

Please help us out with a little more journalism on this one.

Does the coach have incentive and bonus clauses in his contract attached to wins, rankings, and tournament appearances? If this is the case, how in the world would he ever do anything but schedule a "winning" season? It would be hard to ask someone to go against their self-interest.

Could you take a look at this?

Maybe the contract should reflect the revenue that is generated by the schedule? Does Gene Smith think these deep thoughts? It might make the business of college sports too much of a "business," but if the coach's incentives are linked to revenue they would be aligned to the welfare of the university.

(By the way, this is the only way that incentives should be structured for the cavern that Value City becomes for college hockey.)

Let us know if you have the time to report more on this.

Thank you.
Insulting

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You mean people aren't lining up to shell out money to watch OSU play Benedict Arnold Junior College or whatever creampuff they schedule in order to make their record look better than it is? To borrow from former OSU AD Ed Weaver, "it's only basketball" and the only team in Columbus that can get away with scheduling patsies and still having a full house is OSU football.
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For those who don't really pay attention, Cleveland State is a pretty darned good team this season, and I will be there to watch the game tonight!
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Dec 22, 2009
 
But I do agree that there have been some pretty p*** poor teams on the schedule. A Big 10 team should not be playing any teams with a religious connection in their name....
Jeff Columbus

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Dec 22, 2009
 
if you lukewarm fans think only ohio state plays a schedule like this than I am convienced you couldnt find you butt with a flashlight even if you followed the smell.

let's see this year we've played north carolina, california, florida state and butler, yeah that's a creampuff schedule if I ever saw one.
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Dec 22, 2009
 
Why does Matta ignore the Ohio MaC schools? They travel well and would contribute some fans vs. S.W Cupcake U from West Texas...
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I think scheduling Cincinnati, Xavier and Dayton for an every year tournament would be a way to fill up The Schottenstein Center and allow OSU to see some tougher competion that would be of benefit come tourney time.

Also, scgeduling Ohio U, Miami Toledo, Bowling Green (one each year) would boost attendance - so many alums of those schools would buy tickets.
Shane Falco played at OSU

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Dec 22, 2009
 
All large schools play schedules like this, obviously. How is OSU any different for playing some small schools that are guaranteed wins? How is it some teams have near 30 wins come tournament time? By getting some easy wins early on against some cupcakes.
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Dec 22, 2009
 
Be very, very careful OSU fans. I watched Cleveland State almost beat #6 West Virginia this weekend. They are a very good team and hopefully, OSU will win this.
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Dec 22, 2009
 
I live out of state and would love to be able to attend some OSU basketball games. I just checked online and the seats cost only $27 - you can still get good seats in the lower section, the club section & the upper section.

I could see skipping some of these games, but you local fans should sell the place out tonight against Cleveland St. They almost upset #6 West Virginia on Saturday.

Come on, Buckeye Nation!$27 is real cheap compared to an NBA game and I would much rather watch the Buckeyes than any NBA team.
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Dec 22, 2009
 
Pile up the home non-conference schedule against "cupcakes" and we're expected to think this team will be prepared for the conference and post season games? Doesn't impress me 1 bit. It's all about money to pay for all those high coaching salaries and facilities...Jim, Columbus
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Dec 22, 2009
 
Right on, everyone.

Schedule patsies and you get this result. Scheduling a tougher non-conf sched would help in attendance and better prepare you for Big Ten play.

OSU football should be ashamed for scheduling New Mexico St this year...
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I have a problem with Ohio State selling their tickets through TicketMaster. This adds on additional fees per ticket. It does add up if you want to buy a few games. Plus,$30 per game or close to that to sit at the very top, per person? I don't think so! I love going to games, but I am not willing to spend that much money on some of these games. It would be nice if they could lower the prices a little for non-conference and up them for conference games. That way, you get what you pay for.
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Dec 22, 2009
 
Two losses - a powerhouse schedule and the loss of the best player on the team....still rated and that equals a false sense of security and an insult to the remaining BIG TEN teams. At least the rest of the "big" Big Ten teams play a reasonable schedule. Can anyone spell OVERRATED?
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I requested a refund after the Delaware State game. Where did their coach come up with the strategy of holding the ball for 25 seconds and then working for a shot in the final 10? If you're undermanned, what chance do you think you're giving your team to create offense by wasting over 2/3 of their possession time?

That would be equivalent to Sweater Vest taking Tressell-ball to another level by taking a knee on first and second downs to further lessen the opportunity that something bad may happen.
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Dec 22, 2009
 
Wow, Bob. I take it you're a Wisky fan. Tough schedule you have too. IPFW, Oakland, etc. Gee, it looks a lot like the bucks schedule. A few good teams and a lot of trash.
Sun, Nov 15 IPFW W 75-46 ----
Wed, Nov 18 Oakland W 58-42 ----
Mon, Nov 23 Arizona W 65-61 ----
Tue, Nov 24 at Gonzaga L 61-74 ----
Wed, Nov 25 at (21) Maryland W 78-69 ----
Wed, Dec 2 (6) Duke W 73-69 ----
Sat, Dec 5 Grambling St. W 79-46 ----
Wed, Dec 9 at Wis. Green Bay L 84-88 ----
Sat, Dec 12 Marquette W 72-63 ----
Wed, Dec 16 Cal Poly W 90-42 ----
Waterford Bob wrote:
Two losses - a powerhouse schedule and the loss of the best player on the team....still rated and that equals a false sense of security and an insult to the remaining BIG TEN teams. At least the rest of the "big" Big Ten teams play a reasonable schedule. Can anyone spell OVERRATED?
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Jurassic Park wrote:
That would be equivalent to Sweater Vest taking Tressell-ball to another level by taking a knee on first and second downs to further lessen the opportunity that something bad may happen.
Please delete this comment immediately. Tressel might read this forum, and I don't want him getting any ideas.
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#18
Dec 22, 2009
 
There is no excitement surrounding this team. And now with Turner out, there is really no one player anybody is going to want to see.
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Dec 22, 2009
 
Comparing football and basketball scheduling is like comparing apples to oranges. Football plays 12 games per year, and is scheduled many years in advance - you do not know how good or bad a particular team will be when you actually play them unless they are a perennial powerhouse. Think Michigan wasn't laughing when they scheduled little Appalachian State back in about 2004? They schedule some gimmes at almost every school, although the BCS is showing that may not be wise. A total of only ten teams make the BCS and Championship Bowl games.

Basketball schedules are often not 100% firm until late summer, and non-conference cancellations are not all that uncommon. Scheduling can be a major scramble at the last minute. If you are in a solid conference, you have to make sure you get to 18 wins, if not 20, to make the field of 65. A handful of "cupcakes" is expected to be on every school in a power conference in case the team takes a couple close conference games on the chin.

In football, if you take a couple of close conference games on the chin, you are in the Alamo Bowl or worse, possibly not even in a bowl (although if you can't finish at .500 or better - should you really be providing "entertainment" in a bowl game??).
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Dec 22, 2009
 
What a @$@ed up system this is that forces schools to schedule South-West East Montana States!

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