The Weekly Rant
In-State Recruiting: Part 1
To anybody who has paid any
attention to my many rantings on various social media sites, you know that I am
not only a recruiting addict, but also a staunch supporter of locking down the
state of Ohio from all who dare try to take our talent elsewhere. I am not shy to argue my ways and am open to
argument from any and all who challenge me, but the matter of the fact is that
in my arguments and my rantings, a truth lies within: The in-state pipeline is
EVERYTHING! The only other states that have produced more great talent in the
past ten years or so have been Florida, Texas, California, and Georgia. Little
argument can be made over the fact that Ohio as a state plays some of the best
damn football in the country on the prep level.
In a study done in
2008 by USA Today, Ohio ranked 5th in the nation with 231 players
sent to the NFL. With all the talent that Ohio produces annually, Ohio State has
taken advantage and usually cleans up the state of all of its best talents.
Sadly, Ohio State cannot keep all of the players in the state whether it is
because of lack of scholarships available, lack of interest in the player, or
lack of interest from the player.
Whatever the reason may be, the starving institutions from around the Midwest
flock to the Buckeye State to scoop up those players left over. Schools such as
TSUN, Michigan State, Notre Dame, and other schools from the Big Ten and around
the region are able to collect a few players or more, and add some of the best
talent available to them to their rosters. Now I know that Ohio State can’t get
them all, and I also know that Ohio State may not even want them all in the
first place, as some players may have character issues, flaws in their game, or
may just not fit right into the system. What I do know however, is that it is
the responsibility of the coach at Ohio State, whoever it may be, to get as
many Ohioans as possible in the recruiting class to not only make sure the
schools surrounding know who runs the state, but simply because most recruits
outside of the state just can’t truly appreciate what Ohio State is, what the
rivalry is, and what Big Ten Football is. You may not believe what I believe,
you may think that my logic is flawed and that I don’t know a damn thing about
recruiting and College Football, but I ask you to keep on reading, and listen
to the argument that I bring to you. In this seven part series, I will bring
you six coaches that we know all too well on both sides of “The Game” and tell
the tale of the importance of recruiting in Ohio. Are you ready? Let us begin.
Greetings Buckeye Nation! I am new BHC administrator EB Cooper, and I would like to tell you about the new era of
the Buckeye House Call blog and a new offer we are extending to our readers.
If you have been keeping up with the blog, you may notice that there has not been a new entry for some time now. We at BHC
apologize for this, as we are going through a transitional period in our blog. As such, we are extending an invitation to our faithful readers out in Buckeye
Nation to come join us at Buckeye House Call and become full time writers on our staff. WE are looking for talented, motivated, and dedicated Buckeyes who
have a strong passion for the Scarlet and Gray and are willing and ready to lets their creative juices flow and extend their voices out to Buckeye Nation.
On December 23, 2010, during a broadcast of the MAACO bowl, Kirk Herbstreit broke Tatgate to the nation (outside of Columbus). I remember it like it was yesterday, having a drink at the bar, and sitting in a daze of what I just heard. I promptly closed my bar tab, put on my Ohio State fleece, and snuck out unnoticed.
At one point in the evening, I was both listening to Columbus radio and hounding the Internet. Betrayal became the prominent word. Buckeye Nation had been back stabbed, not only because it involved some of the most important awards in Ohio State lore, but it involved superstar players. As the days went by and the scandal was regurgitated to death, the nation laughed at us (especially the SEC). I assume a large part of the laughs stemmed from jealousy of the three years of beat downs of those involved in the Tat5. The laughs turned to rabble-rabble as the Tat5 were allowed to play in the Sugar Bowl (funny how it seemed much more vocal than that of the Cam Newton loophole).
Sides divided in the Buckeye world as well, sit them or let them play. They played and what followed was one of the most intense games of the 2010-11 Bowl Season. After the game one of my friends, brave enough to watch the game with me, said, "You look like you have been to hell and back." Sweater vest covered in beer, a couple of blood stains on my rolled up sleeves, you know, normal people stuff. Aside from the 2002 title, this was one of the most personal and vindictive wins of my OSU sporting fan life. It meant everything. 30 years of oppression at the hands of the SEC was resolved.
As a couple months passed, I would wear my Sugar Bowl Champs shirt without a care in the world. OSU flag hanging proudly in the dead of the miserable Midwest winter. The Tat5 would serve their 2011 suspension and that was that. Little did we know that EVERYTHING was about to change.no comments
Good morning temporary Boston Celtics fan extraordinaire. I hope everyone had a safe Memorial Day weekend, had your minds where they belonged given the occasion and have started trying to figure out what to do with your inmates kids since they're about to escape Alcatraz for the summer. It's that time of year when Kingsford charcoal flies off the shelves, bloggers go hunting for something to entertain the readers with and this guy, in long pants, calmly strolls toward the NBA Playoffs MVP trophy.
Speaking of hoops, the Buckeyes are still in the running for a championship. Ok, not any current Bucks. And not Evan Turner, who's gutsy Sixers squad took the Celtics to seven games before bowing out over the weekend. But Daequan Cook of the Oklahoma City Thunder is alive! In OKC's Game 1 loss he logged 8 minutes, missed his only shot from the field and unenthusiastically suffered a minus-10 in the +/- category. But Cook, of the 40 earned credit hours and a $3.3M annual salary plan, has kinda already won, no? Game 2 is scheduled for tonight at 9pm from San Antonio.
Enough of the nonsense. Let's collect some hardware...no comments
"What we do over here is a lot of fun, and I'm sure people recognize Ohio State football and all of that, but it's not as recognizable as that flag with the stars and stripes."
Jim Tressel always had the men and women of our armed forces on his mind, finding any way he could to honor them, going so far as to create a position on his Ohio State staff for a Director of Military Appreciation. He honored the armed forces both publicly and privately, through his highly visible position within college athletics, and he always did it with class.
His father Lee, who had enrolled at Ohio State to play football in 1943, participated in his first spring game before choosing to enter the United States Navy. He served in the South Pacific before returning to play his college football at Baldwin-Wallace. That dedication to his country was never lost on Coach Tressel.
"I recall vividly, as I learned more and more about my dad, that serving his country came first to him, even more than his football playing and wanting to live a civilian life."
Among many other things, that appreciation to the United States Armed Forces was something Jim Tressel shared with his father. In August 2010 Tress was honored with the Patrick Henry Award, along with his Director of Military Appreciation Bob Tucker, which recognizes "local officials and civic leaders who, in a position of great responsibility, distinguish themselves with outstanding and exceptional service to the Armed Forces of the United States."
Coach Tressel knew the importance of his position at The Ohio State University, but he also recognized it as a platform that would allow him to actively seek out opportunities and channels through which he could support our military members, especially the hometown heroes from the great state of Ohio. But his efforts weren't limited to only the state for which he was employed.no comments
Memorial Day. The dictionary defines it as the last Monday in May, on which those who died in active military service are remembered. America has long been entrenched in war, from the jungles of Vietnam and Korea to the trenches of France and Germany and the deserts of the Middle East. America was built from war, it is in our blood. The fighting spirit of our forefathers, who called their brethren to stand and fight against tyranny and injustice, forged a nation. That nation has known war ever since, and this is why we mourn and remember those who have given their lives to serve and protect our nation and preserve our freedoms. It is with this fighting spirit that was born a sport of controlled warfare, a game of gods and gladiators, bearing the colors of their respective homes and carrying the pride and spirit of its people within their hearts. This game would become more than just a game to those few who would so choose to take part in it.
War and football are more in common than most people realize. Forged during the Civil War era from a similar game brought to us by our cousins from across the sea, football quickly dug its roots deep into the heart of America, and in time, spread like a brush fire to all corners of the country from the white collar Ivy League cities, to the blue collar towns in Pennsylvania and Ohio, to the sun drenched wetlands in Florida, the oil derricks in Texas and the beaches of California, this game would become one of the most powerful enterprises in America.no comments
Happy Sunday morning, Buckeye Nation. For those of you who are either serving or have served in our Armed Forces - and to those family member of those who are or have - we wish you a wonderful Memorial Day Eve and thank you for all you have done and continue to do for this beautiful country.
Plenty to talk about around the B1G this week, although we won't be giving you your weekend dose of Buckeye love today. We started a new weekly series here at BHC yesterday to cover everything Scarlet and Gray for you, passing out helmet stickers to all the best Ohio State news and commentary from around the Buckeye blogosphere for the week that was - 28 links in total - ranging from full coverage of the Gene Smith Saga to the psychology of Urban Meyer and his approach to competition. We slipped in some hoops chatter and gathered plenty of football coverage, as well as hopping into the Wayback Machine and pulled in stories about former Buckeyes such as Joey Galloway, Cris Carter, Keith Byars and Chris Spielman - all written this week. If you haven't yet, go get caught up on all things Ohio State before we roll into enemy territory. We'll wait...
Back? Good, because a Purdue baseball player threw a punch in the B1G tourney, fans around the B1G hate Bret Bielema (you don't say?), Warren Buffet donated more money to Nebraska than I could fit in my work cubicle and Northwestern celebrated their Buckeye-less football schedule.
Enjoy the B1G links from the week that was - 26 in total...no comments