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Radical new college football plan

Georgia’s President Michael Adams has a beef with the NCAA and Ohio State. Ok, Mr. Adams here’s a new plan…

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This story has been ongoing since before the BCS title game to be honest with you. Here’s a snippet from the Columbus Dispatch about Adams’ position-

University of Georgia president Michael Adams accused the Big Ten and Pacific-10 conferences, along with the Rose Bowl, of being “the largest impediment” to a major college football playoff system.

The plan promoted by Adams would have an NCAA committee select eight teams and seed them for a three-round playoff. He has called for the quarterfinal games to be played as the Rose, Orange, Sugar and Fiesta bowls, with the semifinals taking place on the second Saturday in January and the national championship game on the third Saturday.

Adams, who just last year voted against a playoff plan proposed by University of Florida president Bernard Machen, defended his apparent flip-flop. Adams said the BCS has produced “bad matchups” most of the time, and “this year was the tipping point. Continue reading

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So now we just wait on Pryor…

James Laurinaitis is coming back for his senior year. Sorry about your luck Michigan.

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So let’s get this straight- The Buckeyes will return 9 starters on defense. That’s 9 starters on a unit that ranked first in the nation in most categories, and held Michigan to 91 yards of total offense. On offense, they lose Kirk Barton and Dionte Johnson, who was splitting time with 2 other players anyway. Coming back are Hartline and Robiskie who combined for over 1600 yards and 17 TD’s, and Chris Wells who had 1609 yards himself and 15 TD’s.

That same Michigan team has lost QB’s Chad Henne and Ryan Mallet, RB Mike Hart, WR’s Mario Manningham and Adrian Arrington, plus OL’s Jake Long and Adam Kraus. Defensively they lose 4 starters, including Sean Crable. On top of that Michigan will have to travel to Columbus this year. All of that with a new coach and system to learn. Yep. Good luck with that ground hogs.

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Tressel did what???

Here’s the first line of an article I came across…

Jim Tressel encouraged 13 of his juniors to ask the NFL where they might be selected in the next draft.

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Of course my first thought was along the lines of, “What are you thinking? Have you gone mad?” But as I continued to read through the article, which is an AP article available after the jump, I realized Tressel was simply trying to control the situation. There is no doubt that some of these young men would be entertaining notions of leaving early, and Tressel wants them to understand where they would stand if they decided to enter the upcoming draft. It also seems like he is trying to avoid a repeat of what happened last year, when players might have been distracted by talk of the NFL before the big game. It seems the players themselves realized this could have been a problem last year, and are taking steps to correct it. They have decided as a group not to talk about it until after the game against LSU. Let’s hope that’s true.

As for Tressel, it makes a lot of sense for him to help his players make this difficult decision. He has invested a lot into their lives for the last three years, and he is always trying to make them better men, not just better football players. Despite what Mo Clarrett said, Jim Tressel does have his players’ best interest at heart. I suppose I am more comfortable with our young players getting coached through this process by the Vest than Ted Ginn’s dad, like what happened last year. Perhaps Antonio Pittman would have come back for his senior year, instead of bolting for the NFL. He could have been a Heisman finalist this year. Instead, he sits on the Rams’ bench. Full Article follows… Continue reading

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They fear the vest!

Seriously…does anyone want to coach Michigan?

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This morning’s report that Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano has decided to stay at Rutgers instead of accepting the open job at Michigan has to be disheartening for the big blue alumni and fans. Even before Lloyd Carr’s retirement presser it was a foregone conclusion that LSU’s Les Miles would jump at the chance to coach at his Alma mater. Last weekend that idea hit a serious snag. Miles decided the grass wasn’t greener in Michigan. His contract extension reported yesterday pretty much slammed the door on any return to groundhog country.

The man on the left is Iowa’s coach Kirk Ferentz. He was or wasn’t a serious candidate for the position as well. That depends who you talk to. According to the Detroit News however, he is no longer being considered. Could he be the third candidate to say thanks, but no thanks to what was called by many to be “the best coaching job in the country”? Actually, the first man to say no thank you would have been Stanford coach, and UM grad Jim Harbaugh, but let’s be real, he wasn’t going to be a candidate anyway. Continue reading

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It’s set…Ohio State vs LSU

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The stage is set. January 7th, in New Orleans the Buckeyes will look to avenge last year’s disappointing loss in the National Championship Game. While the field won’t exactly be neutral, the Buckeyes will be well represented by those fans loyal, and lucky enough to be able to afford such trips. USC will play Illinois in the Rose Bowl, Georgia gets Hawaii in the Sugar, and Oklahoma faces West Virginia in the Fiesta Bowl. 1 loss Kansas draws Virginia Tech in the Orange. On the outside looking in- last week’s #1, Missouri. Thanks for playing.

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Un! Be! Leave! A! Bull!

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I never thought Pitt would beat West Virginia. I may have even said WV covers that 24 point spread. And as I type this Oklahoma is up 35-17 with only 7 minutes left to go. Obviously Ohio State is in the Championship game. But who in the world will we play? Georgia? The #4 team in the country? They didn’t even make their conference championship game. LSU? They have 2 losses, including last week! Kansas? Not a chance. USC? As good a bet as LSU in my opinion. Arizona State? Again, not a conference champ, and got rocked by USC recently. How about Oklahoma? Why not them, they won the Big 12 and knocked off #1 to do it.

As an aside, how painful was it watching a Dave Wannstedt coached team nearly blow that game? Yeah, the refs made some questionable calls, but that game should have been over at the beginning of the 4th quarter.

And can we put to bed the Chase Daniel for the Heisman talk now?

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No offense, but no games ’til 8:00

Good day to get some things done if you’re a Buckeye. Both games we will be watching are on at 8:00. ABC gets the Big 12 championship, West Virginia plays on ESPN (that one is a 7:45 start.) I’m wearing the scarlet and gray today, how about you?

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