No, Pelini isn't going anywhere - unless he wants to leave. In order, here's what I want to happen:
1. Fire Barney Cotton - Offensive Line Coach. Cotton's O Lines are undisciplined, exhibit poor blocking technique and they excel at neither run nor pass blocking. This is the lynchpin of our whole team - of any team - and it's a dismal failure. Gotta go.
2. Fire Ted Gilmore - WR Coach. Gilmore does not develop receivers. I can't think of a single guy who's gotten better under Gilmore. I can name a few who have gotten worse (Niles Paul, Curenski Gilleylen, Will Henry) and I could name a few who haven't seen the field despite the fact that they can catch the ball, but don't play because they cannot block. Rumor is that Gilmore plays favorites, and his favorites aren't the best players. Our best WR this year was probably Quincy Enunwa. Enunwa had maybe five balls thrown in his direction and caught one pass this year. That is a crime.
3. Fire Shawn Watson - OC. Watson may get a pass if we get rid of our OL and WR coaches and replace them with better coaches, but the fact is that Watson's getting shown the door. He may be the ringleader of the trouble or he may be a casualty of the other two guys not getting their jobs done, but his offense disappears in games ALL THE TIME.
You should be...you cost me 31 points in the confidence pool, you a$$hole!
I should have warned you guys. I'm "friends" with a lot of the seniors on FB and I was reading some disturbing posts prior to the game.
And to my new Big 10 brethren - don't sweat Nebraska based on the Holiday Bowl. If Martinez is healthy and if we get a better O Line coach, you're all going to be sorry you invited us to the party. We'll give you a hell of a tough game if we get those two things fixed up.
It's been a rough Big10 bowl season but I honestly think it's been a bit overblown outside of two games. Let me explain.
- TCU is an outstanding team that will be in a BCS bowl game year in and year out for the foreseeable future as the Big East representative as they are far and away a better program than anyone else in the conference. They would've won the ACC as well this year in my opinion. Play-calling down the stretch for Wisky had me scratching my head, that's for sure. Again, we didn't learn anything new here. TCU proved that a talented, senior-dominated, non-AQ school can play with the big boys...at least for one night. See: Boise State vs. Oklahoma and Utah vs. Alabama.
- Penn State had a shot to tie the game on the final drive but ended up throwing a pick-six to end the game. Potential overtime to a 14-point spread in the blink of an eye. Florida obviously had more talent on the field despite their struggles this season. The better team simply did what it was supposed to do; win.
- Northwestern, of ALL the teams in the Big Ten...was the one team that could not afford to lose its quarterback. Dan Persa was the entire Wildcat offense and he was lost to a ruptured achilles in the season finale. They got down early but it was a 7-point loss with a backup QB. Eh. I've seen worse.
Sparty and the Wolverines were embarrassed. Housed. Routed. That Alabama squad is the best team to ever play in the history of the Capital One Bowl. Alabama is a National Championship caliber team. They just had a couple games not go their way. The Spartans had a TON of close games that they somehow found a way to win. It was a matchup of an underachieving powerhouse versus an overachieving Michigan State squad.
Michigan is in total disarray. As a Buckeye fan, I honestly hope they can right the ship. The rest of the Big10 and college football as a whole should want this as well.
I'm not denying the Big10 took it on the nose January 1st, but 0-5 could've been 3-2 very easily.
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On to my Buckeyes and last night's Sugar Bowl. I was a wreck heading up to the game last night. All morning, all afternoon, and all the way until the Mallett interception late in the 4th quarter. It was a wildly entertaining game. I'm glad OSU came out on top.
Both teams had every opportunity to win this one and gave it away on multiple opportunities. It made for a ton of exciting, gut-wrenching plays. Arkansas receivers forgot to bring their hands. Ohio State forgot how to successfully hold onto the ball and not fumble, and how to perform a punt. This was on top of Tresselball being deployed in full effect after halftime. I think I can speak for all of Buckeye nation when I say I love Jim Tressel, and I'm glad he's our coach. However, I'm also glad football games are only 60 minutes because Tresselball often takes us down to the wire in games where we have had comfortable leads.
Cameron Heyward was last night's MVP in my eyes. The guy was unblockable. I felt so good for him having a game like that in his hometown and in the stadium where his late father played.
As far as the "Tat5" go...
Yes, I'm beyond disappointed that these guys sold items that I would've given my left backup singer for. They sh-t on Buckeye traditions and I'm sure Woody Hayes has rolled over in his grave more than once. They weren't "kids". They knew what they were doing was wrong but I don't think they knew why it was wrong. They knew they weren't supposed to sell these items because it was against an NCAA rule, but they weren't fully comprehending what these items represent and what it means to be a Buckeye. But I do think they "get it" now.
Whether they should have been on the field or not was hotly debated. The fact is, the NCAA ruled them eligible. Ohio State chose to play them just as every other school out there would've done. Be honest with yourself here, folks. I think Tressel gave this a lot of thought and I think he found a way to teach these guys a lesson in all of this. He thinks of these players as if they are his kids and treated them as such. "Young man, if you want to have ice cream (play in the Sugar Bowl), then you're going to eat your brocoli (return and serve the 5-game suspension). He didn't want them skirting the punishment. Now I know their "word" has to be taken at face value but please continue reading.
Part of me was hoping that a few would go pro (this was even before Tatgate). I was hoping for a fresh start with some new blood at certain positions. *cough* QB *cough*. However, they've all given their word that they'll return for next season in return for getting to play in the Sugar Bowl. It remains to be seen if they'll keep their word, but I hope they realize how many bridges will be burnt for them if they go back on their word that they gave to Tressel. They can forget about coming back as alumni if they humiliate JT in front of the entire country like that. If they don't care about ever stepping foot on campus again, or ever having a mentor and father figure in Tressel again, then it wouldn't surprise me if one or more of them bolt for the NFL.