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Across the Web: Arkansas

Written January 2nd, 2011 by MaliBuckeye

We are indeed blessed  to be joined by the guys from SBN’s Arkansas Expats for the last edition of this year’s blogger exchange.  Check out our thoughts on their meticulous interrogation over here:

Courtesy of Kevin Dearth!

1) With all the suspension news in Columbus, what’s your take on the NCAA’s decision to let these guys play?

Well, objectively speaking, it’s hard for us to really justify why, if an offense is worth suspending players for, the suspension can be postponed until *after* the upcoming big game. We suspect there are a lot of players and fans at other schools (the A.J. Green situation at Georgia comes to mind) who find that more than a little curious. More than anything, the whole debacle just illustrates the ridiculousness of the NCAA and it’s enforcement policies.

But, speaking as Razorback fans, we’re very, very glad the Tat 5 are going to be playing. We’d rather have our best go up against your best, without any excuses either way regarding the outcome. It’s more appropriate competitively, and it’s a lot more fun to watch as fans. So yeah, in this case we’re happy that it all turned out the way it did.

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Get Excited: Sugar Bowl

Written January 2nd, 2011 by MaliBuckeye

Yeah, we know- the Big Ten had a horrible day, going 0-5 in games where they were all underdogs, and 0-3 to the mighty SEC.

But, while it’s cool to rep our conference, we’re not ones to go around shouting “Big Ten” when Illinois wins or when Michigan beats Florida to send Lloyd out a winner. Nope, we love our brothers (except the one we merely tolerate), but we’re Buckeyes first and foremost. And we know there’s one more game to go.

So, to help regain focus and get even more excited about upcoming clash with a great Arkansas team, our friend Cole has created this little bit of visual and auditory preview for your enjoyment:

Graphic Content: Sugar Bowl

Written December 28th, 2010 by MaliBuckeye

It’s been a while since we’ve been blessed by our friend Kevin’s work, but since you all got shiny new computers and stuff for Christmas, he decided to provide us all with something to help get excited about the big doin’s in the Big Easy:

Sweet.

More is better… but at what cost?

Written December 19th, 2010 by MaliBuckeye

ESPN has a great piece about the oversigning phenomenon in college football; for example having 20 scholarships, but getting commitments from more than 20 incoming students and either realizing the recruit won’t make it through admissions, or finding a way to open up a scholarship from a player currently on the roster.

Check out the report…

While this is a problem in the SEC (rand the state of Alabama; Bama, Auburn, and Troy have continued to have higher numbers coming in than they have openings for), it’s not limited to these programs. All conferences have guidelines regarding this practice- in the Big T1e1n, there are expectations that programs will be able to explain to the conference office how they plan to get under the limits; and are only allowed to go above these on a limited basis (once every few years).

If you’re wondering why this might matter, Tony Gerdeman brings a piece of perspective:

Auburn has signed 119 players since 2007. That’s most among BCS teams, and 19 more than Oregon–or another entire class.

You think there’d be an advantage in getting an additional recruiting class ever four years or so?

If you’re interested in learning more about this, we cannot recommend the great oversigning.com highly enough- they’ve been on this for a while, and are even discussing the phenomenon of abusing medical redshirts to get under the limit. For instance, they’re pointing out that the Razorbacks have signed the equivalent of two additional Ohio State recruiting classes since 2006.

Aside from the “Whoo! Our team won some games!!” aspect of this, what really troubles me is the impact that this has on the student athletes- Think of former Buckeye Mike D’Andrea, who came in with a great recruiting class but struggled with injuries his whole career. At another program, one that has a history of the oversigning practice, he would have been cut free to open a roster spot, leaving him without the degree opportunity that the institution promised him during his recruitment. If that happened to your son or brother, how would you feel?

“Paying” players ain’t the only unjust practice in college sports.

Silver Bullet Points Gets Into The Holiday Spirit

Written December 7th, 2010 by MaliBuckeye

Festive

It’s a bit quiet in Columbus… not a creature was stirring, as it were.

Buckeye 411

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How Sweet It Is!

Written December 5th, 2010 by MaliBuckeye

It’s official:

We're in good hands

January 4, 2011, 7:30 PM

The Ohio State University against the University of Arkansas. This will be the first meeting between these two programs.

More commentary, analysis, and so forth in the coming days.

Silver Bullet Points Looks Ahead

Written November 30th, 2010 by MaliBuckeye

Scoping it out...

No press conference this week, but we do have Tress’ thoughts from after The Game and so forth

Buckeye 411

  • Award Winners- Congrats to the members of the Ohio State team who were honored with All Big Ten accolades by the conference’s coaches. The Buckeyes led the conference with ten winners, including first team Boom Herron, Mike Adams, Dane Sanzenbacher, Cam Heyward, Brian Rolle, Ross Homan, Chimdi Chekwa, and Jermale Hines. Second Team honors went to Justin Boren and Mike Brewster, with Honorable Mention given to Barclay, Pryor, Posey and Simon.
  • Tress Talk- On Michigan

Michigan is among the elite programs and will be and their record will reflect that in the course of time but, you know, we all have our ups and downs in a period and so forth and it’s highly competitive. It’s going to become more competitive because we’re adding Nebraska. The world changed when we added Penn State. The world changes even more when we add Nebraska. The world changed when Dano (Dantonio) went over to Michigan State. There’s constantly changes, but Michigan will be back, we don’t have to worry about that.

  • Game Award Winners – Terrelle Pryor was the Offensive Player of the Week, and former Wolverine Justin Boren earned Lineman of the Week honors. Jermale Hines won Defensive POTW, while Nathan Williams was the Attack Force POTW. Jordan Hall was singled out for his efforts on Special Teams, and Hines won the Tatum award for big hit (personally, I would have gone with Berry’s block on the KO return, but what do I know?)
  • Not All Better, But A Start- Since Earle Bruce was fired, the Buckeyes are now 11-11-1 in The Game. You read that right, Tressel has now overcome the hole Coop dug for us. Here’s to seven more.
  • Award Winners Continued- TP2 was only honorable mention, something that obviously did not meet his expectations.
  • Tress Talk, The Sequel- Looking back at the season-

REPORTER: Jim, obviously you talk all the time about you want to get better over the course of a year. To be 11-1, where do you feel like this team is in achieving this goal and just how good of a team do you think you are at 11-1 at the end of the season?

COACH TRESSEL: Not good enough to be the outright Big Ten champions and automatic bid to the Rose Bowl and all those things that you shoot for, but we’re pretty fair, and I believe we’re a top ten football team and probably going to get to play a top ten football team and see if we’re allowed to stay in the top ten is what I would guess, but I think it goes beyond that.

Sometimes the ball bounces funny and you end up undefeated or you end up losing however many, and our guys just kept working and whatever came their way, they handled it and pressed on and handled adversity and handled success as it came. They need a little break and they need to take a deep breath and then they need to think about playing against one of the top teams in the nation wherever we play, whoever it is. We’ve had — really we’ve had 13 games in 2010. We played a pretty good Oregon team on the first day of the year, so it’s been a lot of fun.

  • Bowling For… Signs point to a Sugar Bowl match up against either South Carolina (again!) or Arkansas (for the first time). We’ll keep you up to date on the details when things are announced on Saturday, but will offer this travel advice: When in N’awlins, 1) 11W speaks truth, 2) this guy does not.
  • Let There Be Lights-Kicking and screaming, the Horseshoe is being dragged into the modern age.  Plus: Late night games equals more “socializing”. Minus: You know this has everything to do with television revenue…
  • Tressel’s Komedy Klassic- Again, presented without commentary or context

But who cares what I think. See ya

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The Week That Were: 11.27.10

Written November 28th, 2010 by MaliBuckeye

Here’s the soundtrack for this week’s journey through the recent past. It’s from one of my favorite artists, and the greatest Thanksgiving movie ever ANDIWILLFIGHTYOUIFYOUDISAGREE. Ahem.

Although I usually don’t take requests, I almost made an exception for Coach Rodriguez.

What a great week of football- three days worth of collegiate goodness, interspersed with some NFL stuff, lots of food, and the occasional neighborhood game. Although, this year things ended up being a little messy.

There, there... let it all out...

I guess you could say that the mess all started on Thursday, when our friends in burnt orange managed to lose their rivalry game against the Aggies.  As you can imagine, the good folks at Shaggy Bevo are taking this well, particularly given that most of the losses happened in Austin.

The Longhorn’s collapse is the first time in recent memory that a team has gone from the BCS championship game to not even being bowl eligible.  As a “fun fact”; this BCS season will be without the following names: Pete Carroll, Mack Brown, Nick Saban, Urban Meyer, and Les Miles, with the jury still out on whether Bobby Stoops gets an invite.  You know who’s going to be at the BCS Ball?  Jim Tressel.  Again.

Fridays’ games were just as exciting, with Auburn performing the “Greatest Iron Bowl Comeback Ever To Be Vacated” against ‘Bama after being down 21-0 in the first quarter.  Granted, Alabama QB McElroy was injured in the second half, but the Tide followed their protocol and inserted the next person with the same haircut. Read More