Calling Chicken Little, Calling Chicken Little

Written May 8th, 2014 by MDotySr

For the beginning of this discussion, please see Tuesday’s recruiting rundown.

Calling Chicken Little, Calling Chicken Little……

There is no cure for the avid Ohio State Football Fan who thinks they could help coach our beloved Buckeyes. It’s hard to be a passionate fan of The Ohio State Buckeyes without thinking your coach would do a better job if he’d just listen to you for once in his pathetic, misinformed life.

There is a product out there that reduces the urge to be a know-it-all. For us Ohio State fans, that product is  URBAN MEYER!!! For us, it’s a passion that we enjoy! For Urban it’s his way of life and he is very good at it!

One of the biggest compliments you can give Meyer is that he makes it very hard for you NOT to pause and think in this world of second-guessing. He makes it easier for you to trust him. In dealing with most head football coaches, you want to see into their heads to help them find a clue. With Urban, you open the curtains to his brain and get a glimpse of how nick it looks.

Armchair Head Coaches? Here, have a little Urban Meyer.

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Weekend Wonderings

Written February 9th, 2014 by Ken

thinking chimpWelcome to this week’s edition of Weekend Wonderings. The men’s basketball team seems to be finding its way, the women’s team is still in the wilderness and the football team had a very successful Letter of Intent Signing Day. Grab whatever beverage that you prefer, or need, and let’s proceed.

The James/Wexner

  • A new study identifies the molecular pathway that enables cancer cells to grow in areas of a tumor where oxygen levels are low, a condition called hypoxia.

    The findings by researchers at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC – James), might offer a new strategy for inhibiting tumor growth by developing agents that reverse this hypoxia-related pathway.

    The study focuses on how cancer cells use the amino acid glutamine, the most common amino acid found free in the bloodstream. Under normal oxygen levels, healthy cells use glutamine largely to produce energy, with a small amount diverted to make fatty acids and lipids.

  •  World Health Organization declares air pollution a carcinogenWell no surprise for me with this one. A pollutant is a pollutant. All the more reason to ‘go green’.


So, we had a big day on Wednesday, eh? Twenty-three new members of the Buckeye Family. Honestly, I didn’t follow the entire process too closely, but did pay attention at the end. Your milage and sorting may vary, but here’s how I interpreted the signees “positions”. Read More

Darius Slade Is A Buckeye!!!!

Written February 5th, 2014 by MaliBuckeye

What would “second Christmas” be for college football fans without at least one present under the tree?

With much of the Ohio State 2014 Class wrapped up well before mid-January, the only speculation today was on what color windbreaker Coach Meyer would wear during the afternoon press conference.

Sure, there were other things that could have changed the perspective, but none more exciting than a last minute addition of a top ranked student athlete… and one that was believe to have been a “lock” for Sparty for a while.

New Jersey defensive end Darius Slade was expected to sign with Michigan State today, but informed the folks in East Lansing that he wanted to visit Columbus before making a final decision.  He had initially verballed to Nebraska, but “flipped” to Michigan State earlier this year.

The 6’5″, 235 pound senior from Montclair high school also held offers from Miami, West Virginia, and Penn State; it’s believed that his relationship with former Nittany Lion Larry Johnson solidified his commitment to Ohio State.

While “only” a three star by most recruiting services, Slade’s ability to get to the quarterback is undeniable- after the jump, you can see some of the 37 sacks he amassed over the past two seasons, as well as his ability to pressure an offensive gameplan: Read More

Women’s Basketball Picks Up Triple Commitment

Written July 30th, 2013 by Eric

Today was a huge day in Ohio State Women’s Basketball. After months of quietly building his staff and putting his program together, Kevin McGuff picked up three big recruits for his class.Marcus Hartman of Buckeye Sports Bulletin had the news:

Kelsey Mitchell is rated between the #1 and #4 overall player in the 2014 class, and the #1 or #2 PG, depending on your recruiting service of choice. She’s a scoring PG that can put the ball in the hoop from any range. She is also a dynamic passer and will add serious dimensions to the OSU offense.

The Buckeyes also picked up a commitment from Chelsea Mitchell, a forward, who seems to play with a “do it all” mentality. While she is not a spectacular shooter, she can hit consistently from long range (roughly 25% shooting). She adds to that a solid rebounding and assist game which should give her something to build on.

Alexa Hart is the #15 or #16 overall player, and the #3 Post player in the class. She reportedly finishes strong on offense, and is a shot-changing player on defense.

This is a huge start for McGuff, and should serve as a warning that he’s come to Ohio State to make things happen in for the Women’s team.

Welcome to the Buckeye Family!

Silver Bullet Points Catches Some Rays

Written June 19th, 2013 by MaliBuckeye

Happy Wednesday! By now, we’ve all found our headbands or just decided that our hair replacement scars aren’t a big deal, and we’re getting ready for the weekend. Here’s a look at all the news that’s fit to distract you from your mid-week responsibilities.  Quick editorial note: SBP will be on hiatus next week, as your humble correspondent has a previous appointment. Here’s a little clue in this week’s soundtrack.


Not Just For Oval Beach

Buckeye 411

  • Scheduled Interruption- Welp, we’ve got the first casualty of the 9 game B1G schedule, as Ohio State has backed out of their 2016 game with Central Michigan. This leaves Bowling Green, Tulsa, and Oklahoma in the non-Conference slate; it’s nice to see that the program stayed loyal to their MAC brothers from in-state.
  • Gardening- It’s not yet been officially announced, but it looks like the Ohio State/Notre Dame hoops game this coming year will be played in Madison Square Garden. Nice to have the BTN presence in the Big Apple, now ain’t it?
  • Kids These Days- With Coach Meyer’s philosophy and the national trend to “offer” everyone under the sun, it’s getting more and more challenging to follow recruiting full time. In many ways, that’s one of the reasons that we’ve been remiss in delving into the topic: also, there are lots of experts who do this professionally, and we’d rather defer to them. That being said, there are some interesting potential Buckeyes on campus this weekend, and it seems as if the staff is working diligently to identify kids early.  A couple of folks outside of the 2014 class to keep an eye on would include this guy and also this one… who hasn’t even played a down of high school football yet.
  • Nice Gig, If You Can Get It- Say what you will about Gene Smith (go on… we’ll wait), but the man makes friends in interesting places. For instance, Tuesday it was announced that he’ll be part of a larger group of Athletic Directors that will be providing guidance to the NCAA… because what The Association needs is more bureaucracy and committee meetings.  Interestingly enough, Smith will be joined by Maryland’s Kevin Anderson, making the B1G the only conference to be dually represented. The SEC’s member will be the AD of Kentucky, which I simply find hilarious for numerous reasons.
  • Big Shoe To Fill- With all the talk about new seats in Ohio Stadium, Jeff Svoboda wonders if there will come a time when Buckeye games have reached a tipping point of sorts, and the stadium starts to see some vacancies. It’s a logical question, particularly given the increase in ticket prices and the fact that most of us would rather get drunk and watch the game on our 50″ plasma participate in the livechats from the comfort of our own basements.
  • That Being Said- Sammy Silverman reminds us about the “sacred encounter” that happens on gameday: Read More

Wednesday Night Rumble: Catfish Taste Terrible

Written January 23rd, 2013 by Jason

The Buckeye hoops team dropped a tough one in East Lansing. Recruiting rankings were released and the Buckeyes are on a roll. My girlfriend is hotter than Kate Upton. Yeah, so what if we’ve only met on the internet?! What’s the worst that can happen? Let’s rumble!

The Rivals top 100

On Monday, the newest and last Rivals top 100 for 2013 was released. Among those 100, Urban Meyer’s coaching staff has received seven verbal commitments and is still waiting patiently for answers from two others. The most “top 100” players the Buckeyes have ever claimed were 8 commits in 2008. If either Vonn Bell (safety from Rossville, Georgia, ranked number 32) or Dontre Wilson (running back from Desoto, Texas, ranked number 100) commit to Meyer’s 2013 class it will match or exceed that ’08 record. I am a math genius.

Vonn Bell... still deciding

Vonn Bell… still deciding

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Recruiting LiveBlog: Under Armour All-American Game

Written January 4th, 2013 by Eric

There’s about a month left in the 2013 recruiting cycle before the recruits actually get to sign on to their schools of choice. That means that it’s time for the All-America bowls!

Tonight features the Under Armour All-America Bowl, which begins at 5:00 PM Eastern Time. We’ll start the liveblog at 4:45 to get people ready for all the glorious action. The game itself is being played in St. Petersburg, FL, and will air on ESPN.

Two uncommitted players that have shown interest in the Buckeyes are playing this evening – ILB Trey Johnson, and S Vonn Bell.

Several Buckeye commits are playing in tonights game, including:

One Fan’s Opinion: Recruiting Ohio Athletes

Written December 11th, 2012 by MaliBuckeye

Recruiting Hotbed

Ken weighs in on the Ohio/Mich*gan recruiting battles-

Last week, there was an article of Massillon Washington H.S. student Gareon Conley committing to Ohio State. This comes after the lad decommitted from TSUN. Of course, this led to some back-and-forth in the comments, generally on the theme of “Ohio H.S. players who commit to play football at TSUN“. I decided to do some brief research to find out if it is ‘Much Ado About Nothing‘, or MAAN.

I thought I’d see if there were something in the profile of Ohio players going to University of Michigan (Michigan).  I used Rivals as my source and used the past six years as reference. I based the research on; number of players in Michigan’s signing class, number of players from Ohio, and how many of these Ohio H.S. players were offered by Ohio State. I used the signing classes of 2012-2007, inclusive.

For fun, because this is for fun, I compared Ohio H.S. players that signees with Michigan, that signed with Ohio State and those that had ‘cross-offers’. A cross-offer is where a high school player had offers from Michigan and Ohio State, but chose one or the other.

Below is a brief table, with notes, on the safari through Rivals:

The first three columns should be fairly self-explanatory; number of signees during the period, number of signees from Ohio and the percentage of Ohio signees to total signees.

Summary comments:

  • Almost 27% of Michigan’s signees were from Ohio while over 55% of Ohio State’s were from Ohio.
  • ŸFive of Michigan’s 37 Ohioans also had offers from Ohio State, but chose to go to Michigan. Conversely, thirty-two, or 86% of the Ohioans did not have an offer from Ohio State. More on that later.
  • ŸOf the 71 Ohioans signed by Ohio State, 26 (36%) also had offers from Michigan.
  • ŸOf the 31 players with dual Michigan/Ohio State offers, 26 (84%) chose to sign with Ohio State. Clearly, if you had an Ohio State offer, you were likely to sign with the Buckeyes. By a large margin.

During this signing period (2012-2007), I wanted to look at relative Rivals ratings between Michigan and Ohio State signees from Ohio. At first blush the rating difference, Michigan-3.3 stars and Ohio State -3.6 stars seems pretty inconsequential. As expected, combined 4-star and 3-star signees comprised the vast bulk for each university; 92% for Michigan and 93% for Ohio State. Peeling the onion reveals something a bit different. The table below shows the Rivals rankings and number of signees ranked for 2012-2007.

The number of 4* and 3* signees by Ohio State (35, 31 respectively) are fairly well divided. Meanwhile, Michigan’s signees (11, 23) are weighted to the lower end.

It’s quite possible that Michigan and Ohio State’s offers to Ohio high schoolers could be judged on type of talent coming out of high school and each university’s needs. It’s also quite possible, if not more likely, that the ‘not as good players’, based on Rivals rankings, did not get offers from Ohio State, but did Michigan.

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