Let's talk football | BuckeyeXtra

Let's talk football | BuckeyeXtra

There are 83 comments on the Columbus Dispatch story from Jun 26, 2011, titled Let's talk football | BuckeyeXtra. In it, Columbus Dispatch reports that:

In little more than a month, Big Ten coaches will gather for the annual preseason media days in Chicago.

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The Mayans were wizards

Pickerington, OH

#1 Jun 26, 2011
You spend months trying to bury and "uncover" dirt on the football team, and now you want to tell us forget about all of that stuff, lets focus on actual football. I will never view The Dispatch the same way again. You were part of the witch hunt, along with ESPN, Bruce Hooley, and Sports Illustrated. Now we are without our coach and star quarterback. The stuff "uncovered" goes on everywhere and everyone who is around top college football programs knows this. A good old media witch hunt is what happened here.
zappa912

Toledo, OH

#2 Jun 26, 2011
Looking forward to this season more than any in recent memory. Not just because of the NCAA investigation of OSU, but with the addition of Nebraska, the league dynamics will change in a way not seen since Penn St. joined the league. The addition of the league championship game will change the post season bowl picture in ways never seen before.

Based upon the recent NCAA problems facing OSU, an appearance in the Big 10 championship game would probably be a major accomplishment. In my opinion, I believe the talent level is good enough to win the Big 10 and go to another BCS bowl. I have great confidence in Luke Fickell as the new head coach and look forward to his leadership of the 2011 Buckeyes.

GO BUCKS!!
jaxbuck

Jacksonville, FL

#3 Jun 26, 2011
I agree with Zappa....We will be a BETTER football team without the egotistical me,me,me, QB and others like him.Even though I love Coach Tressel,he became blinded by TP.There were many games when TP should have been on the bench watching,yet Tress was protecting him...Do not see Luke doing that. Expect to see the best man playing regardless of how long he has been there. Also expect to see many freshman/sophomore mistakes.but excited about the coming season. 9-1 or 9-2 would be great,but still happy at 9-3 even though we have been spoiled the past 10 years.....BUT, WE WILL BEAT THE MICHICKENS !

GO BUCKS !

Since: Sep 09

Defiance, OH

#4 Jun 26, 2011
I never thought I would ever look forward to an opener against Akron, but for crying out loud -- bring on the Zips. No question about it, the opener can't get here soon enough.

Amid the fallout and collateral damage from the last 4 months or so - is the frayed relationship between Buckeye fans. If message boards like this one are any indication, Buckeye fans have turned on one another. There has been a distinct split within the Buckeye nation between the Anti-Tressel and Pro-Tressel factions.

And I fear that until the NCAA once and for all delivers its verdict on the program, the civil war will continue.

Did I say "Akron can't get here soon enough?" - I probably should've said, "The NCAA sanctions can't get here soon enough."

Then some healing can begin around here.
bosco

Columbus, OH

#5 Jun 26, 2011
Ah! The buckeye faithful. Still talking trash.

Since: Nov 09

Reynoldsburg, OH

#6 Jun 26, 2011
I love the comment about about the League Championship ..... " it will bring more cash .... "
Southern Snowbird

Newark, OH

#7 Jun 26, 2011
I appreciate the DIspatch getting Greenstein's opinion for the story...he's probably the best source for objective Big Ten news in America. Rittenberg isn't bad, but he doesn't have a handle on things as well as Teddy does at this point. After all the program has been through, 9-3 wouldn't be the end of the world. Heck, Texas had a losing season last year and the only issue they had going into the season was replacing Colt McCoy.

A defensive player from Glenville committed to OSU this weekend who has a playing style similar to Jermale Hines...unfortunately, the Dispatch is still chasing around Kyle Kalis news, so I don't see any info on the website for this new recruit.
Stuck in the Stone Age

Atlanta, GA

#8 Jun 26, 2011
Too bad the new era of Big 10 football will be sullied and distracted from by The OSU. Great opportunities for Nebraska and Michigan to take over as the premier football schools again. And probably chases off, as will the looming NCAA sanctions, any quality coach to come to Columbus. I once thought Urban Meyer was a possibility but it's probably time to start considering others. Bo Pelini should have been brought in back in April if the likes of Gee and Smith were as smart as they are purported to be, as it would have taken Nebraska's coach from them and stabilized the program instead of seeing it undergo what will be a very, very long summer.
Stuck in the Stone Age

Atlanta, GA

#9 Jun 26, 2011
The Mayans were wizards wrote:
You spend months trying to bury and "uncover" dirt on the football team, and now you want to tell us forget about all of that stuff, lets focus on actual football. I will never view The Dispatch the same way again. You were part of the witch hunt, along with ESPN, Bruce Hooley, and Sports Illustrated. Now we are without our coach and star quarterback. The stuff "uncovered" goes on everywhere and everyone who is around top college football programs knows this. A good old media witch hunt is what happened here.
Yea, we should defend and memoralize the most scandalous coach in The OSU football history and the most Fake As*, Fake as He** Buckeye to ever don the uniform. Thank God the Dispatch proved it is independent of The OSU by covering the story as it did. It IS time for a new chapter to begin, though.
Darren

Coppell, TX

#10 Jun 26, 2011
zappa912 wrote:
Looking forward to this season more than any in recent memory. Not just because of the NCAA investigation of OSU, but with the addition of Nebraska, the league dynamics will change in a way not seen since Penn St. joined the league. The addition of the league championship game will change the post season bowl picture in ways never seen before.
Based upon the recent NCAA problems facing OSU, an appearance in the Big 10 championship game would probably be a major accomplishment. In my opinion, I believe the talent level is good enough to win the Big 10 and go to another BCS bowl. I have great confidence in Luke Fickell as the new head coach and look forward to his leadership of the 2011 Buckeyes.
GO BUCKS!!
From what I have seen of Fickell and thats very little, he seems to be more hard nosed than Tressel. And thats what we need.

Since: Sep 09

Defiance, OH

#11 Jun 26, 2011
Gerald Waugh wrote:
I love the comment about about the League Championship ..... " it will bring more cash .... "
Agreed, it's a beauty. As we debate the merits of players having the audacity to make an extra $500 by selling a ring, here come the Big Ten governors telling us that the conference could really use another $20M? That single sentence speaks volumes. Yet at the same time, an extra payday that is split 12 ways -- is desperately needed in places like Bloomington, Evanston, Minneapolis, and West Lafayette. Columbus, Lincoln, and Ann Arbor don't need the extra cash quite as much.

That said, from purely a football perspective, the winner of The Big Ten Conference badly needs to play an important game in the month of December. It's regular season schedule concluded too soon, and created a large layoff until the January bowl game. A championship game in December "should" make the conference's winner more tested and more formidable in it's bowl game.

Er, one would think.
DouglasJay

Boulder, CO

#12 Jun 26, 2011
The Dispatch, as in above article, constantly pushes for and profits from OSU sports. Funny, the Dispatch loves this type of government institution--they type they can exploit and that makes a fair amount of revenue for them. Otherwise, the Dispatch doesn't want corporations or the wealthy to pay taxes for a healthy public sector. Sounds a bit hypocritical?
Dude

New Philadelphia, OH

#13 Jun 26, 2011
The Mayans were wizards wrote:
You spend months trying to bury and "uncover" dirt on the football team, and now you want to tell us forget about all of that stuff, lets focus on actual football. I will never view The Dispatch the same way again. You were part of the witch hunt, along with ESPN, Bruce Hooley, and Sports Illustrated. Now we are without our coach and star quarterback. The stuff "uncovered" goes on everywhere and everyone who is around top college football programs knows this. A good old media witch hunt is what happened here.
Some of us still remember it was the Dispatch that got rid of Earl Bruce. They ran articles on him (True or False, take your pick) that was disgusting.

Yes he was in a down cycle but his gaining weight had nothing to do with his winning or losing. And that's what they (The Dispatch) focused on. Usually their unflattering pictures were of Bruce on crutches showing his weight gain. You beat something into someone's head enough and they will begin to accept it as the truth.

Coaching aside, a good man taken down by the press for what ever purpose.
Brutus

United States

#14 Jun 26, 2011
Stuck in the Stone Age wrote:
Too bad the new era of Big 10 football will be sullied and distracted from by The OSU. Great opportunities for Nebraska and Michigan to take over as the premier football schools again. And probably chases off, as will the looming NCAA sanctions, any quality coach to come to Columbus. I once thought Urban Meyer was a possibility but it's probably time to start considering others. Bo Pelini should have been brought in back in April if the likes of Gee and Smith were as smart as they are purported to be, as it would have taken Nebraska's coach from them and stabilized the program instead of seeing it undergo what will be a very, very long summer.
I wouldn't cross out any names yet. Now is not the time to go looking for a coach for 2012. No current coach at any school would even consider leaving their school right now because it would cause distractions for their team. As soon as the the OSU MI game is over, that is the time to start looking for a coach.
Reality Bites

Thornville, OH

#15 Jun 26, 2011
Face reality folks, this team is going nowhere with either a freshman QB (Miller) or an old guy that never had it (Bauserman). No team does anything in this conference without an experienced QB.

Opposing defenses will be 9 in the box stopping any run game and blitzing the crap out of the OSU offense on longer yardage situations.

There is NOT enough talent at the skill positions on offense, and the defense isn't particularly strong or deep.

Long season my friends!

Since: Sep 09

Defiance, OH

#16 Jun 26, 2011
Reality Bites wrote:
Face reality folks, this team is going nowhere with either a freshman QB (Miller) or an old guy that never had it (Bauserman). No team does anything in this conference without an experienced QB.
Opposing defenses will be 9 in the box stopping any run game and blitzing the crap out of the OSU offense on longer yardage situations.
There is NOT enough talent at the skill positions on offense, and the defense isn't particularly strong or deep.
Long season my friends!
Reality Bites,

First-things-first, it is refreshing to disagree with you about the game of football as opposed to everything else off the field.

For the past 3 seasons, the best teams on Ohio State's schedule (which equates to 2 or 3 per year, and that's how many OSU will face this year)-- all had the same game plan against the Buckeyes... make Terrelle Pryor beat us with his throwing arm. It frequently worked until Pryor ad-libbed and beat them with his legs. Every QB brings a different skill set to the position.

Placing 8 or 9 defenders in the box is an over-rated ploy. You can die with it as easily as you can live with it. Bauserman brings 4 years of knowledge about the Offense he will direct. Braxton Miller (the eventual starter) will bring a level of talent that exceeds Pryor's at this same point in their OSU careers. Lost in the Tressel & Tat-Gate saga is the fact that Braxton Miller left high school early to play in the Spring Game. He hasn't just flown under the radar screen - he's been altogether invisible.

Bottom line, Ohio State is Ohio State precisely because when an AJ Hawk leaves, a James Laurenitis replaces him.

I look forward to watching what will clearly be a very talented football team.
casey d jax fl

Jacksonville, FL

#17 Jun 26, 2011
Yes the season can not get here fast enough and I can not wait to see what Luke brings to the table. I will miss Coach Tres but now it is time to move and get this new era of Buckeye football started. I still think we will have enough talent to make it to the Big Ten title game but will we have enough to beat msu or nebraska in it is the question.
Okiebuck

Owasso, OK

#18 Jun 26, 2011
Stuck in the Stone Age wrote:
Too bad the new era of Big 10 football will be sullied and distracted from by The OSU. Great opportunities for Nebraska and Michigan to take over as the premier football schools again. And probably chases off, as will the looming NCAA sanctions, any quality coach to come to Columbus. I once thought Urban Meyer was a possibility but it's probably time to start considering others. Bo Pelini should have been brought in back in April if the likes of Gee and Smith were as smart as they are purported to be, as it would have taken Nebraska's coach from them and stabilized the program instead of seeing it undergo what will be a very, very long summer.
I too like Bo Pelini BUT...I'm not yet convinced he's a top shelf coach. Living here in Big 12 land or what ever it's called now, I've seen a lot of Nebraska games and yes their "D" is very good but overall especially on offense they make a lot of stupid mistakes and turnovers. They had to lead the country in delay of game penalties, holding calls and false starts. Also probably lead the nation in dropped passes. And Bo's got quite a temper that usually results in at least on misconduct 15 yarder every game. That's just my two cents on Bo.
zappa912

Toledo, OH

#19 Jun 26, 2011
A few more thoughts on the upcoming BigTen season. If Taylor Martinez of Nebraska plays the way he played the first half of last season, the conference will have two of the most exciting QBs in college football. I say that without knowing what the Buckeyes may have at QB.

Denard Robinson, in my my very biased pro-Buckeye opinion, is the most exciting player in college football in years. After watching him play last year, I truly believe he can score from any place on the football field at any time. He is absolutely lightning in a winged nut helmet. He has to be contained on every play or he will kill you. Also, last year, he was greatly improved as a passer. To me, his only drawback was that he was injury prone and not as effective at times because of that, And Martinez was not far behind him for half of last season as far as his running skills are concerned.

After watching Braxton Miller of the Buckeyes a number of times last year at the high school level, he could provide some real excitement if he becomes the starting QB. We'll see what happens there.

In the meantime, GO BUCKS!!!
Scott

Phoenix, AZ

#20 Jun 26, 2011
So the Dispatch wants to quit the foolishness and talk some football? Really? I guess they've had their fun. Oh yea, cant wait for the seasons press confrences to start so we can listen to the ill mannered hillbilly talkin Tim May get the first, the middle, and the last question. Tip to Fickle... tell May to sit down, shut your mouth, and maybe I'll call on you later. Maybe.

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