Category Archives: College football

This Week in Big Ten Football is full of quarterbacks

Who says July is a slow time for college football news? Big Ten football news was cracking all week — even before Braxton Miller made all the speculation about his future academic with a revealing interview with the dean of the Ohio State football beat, Tim May of the Columbus Dispatch.

That means Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer and new quarterbacks coach Tim Beck officially have six scholarship quarterbacks on the roster for 2015 — and five could be back next fall.  Continue reading This Week in Big Ten Football is full of quarterbacks

Big Ten football 2015 spring review/look ahead

It’s the middle of June and you’re looking for something about football to read, right? Well I’m here to help.

We finally rolled out the last of our Big Ten spring football reviews at BuckeyeSports.com, and I have collected them in a handy list just for you!  Continue reading Big Ten football 2015 spring review/look ahead

National writers praise Meyer for Buckeyes’ personality

Interesting nugget from FOX Sports college football reporter Bruce Feldman in the latest podcast between Feldman and colleague Stewart Mandel: 

In the course of a discussion between the Feldman and Mandel about Ohio State potentially repeating and the difficulty of that because of the different variables that come into play, Feldman draws a distinction he’s seen between the Buckeyes and the last team coach Urban Meyer tried to lead to repeat titles at Florida.  Continue reading National writers praise Meyer for Buckeyes’ personality

This Week in the Big Ten looks at early offers conundrum

This Week in Big Ten Football may or may not be weekly, but it is back with more thoughts and links about what’s going on around the conference lately…. 

At an otherwise typical spring press conference last Tuesday in Columbus, Urban Meyer touched on what is becoming a major issue in college football: early offers and commits.

As he has done a few times before, Meyer lamented the calendar has been pushed up to where more kids every year seem to wrap up their recruiting even before the end of their junior year. He’s not a fan of this for a few reasons.  Continue reading This Week in the Big Ten looks at early offers conundrum

Michigan football spring game quick thoughts

The public’s first chance to see Jim Harbaugh coach Michigan football came Saturday in Ann Arbor, where the Wolverines held the first Big Ten spring game of 2015. It was about as exciting as the 7-0 final score would reveal, but there were a few things worth seeing…  Continue reading Michigan football spring game quick thoughts

This Week in the Big Ten wants better basketball

Welcome to the first week of the year college basketball gets dramatic enough a large portion of the population can stomach watching a whole game in one sitting!

OK, maybe that was a little over-the-top, but I am somewhat amused at the growing sentiment that college basketball has a big problem as far as entertainment value. Where have y’all been? Do you not watch the NBA at all, because it’s practically a different sport when guys can, you know, make shots on a consistent basis.

A representation of Ohio State's game plan last week
The state of basketball play in college

It’s been going this way for a long time, and the one-and-down thing ain’t the biggest problem. It’s just the extreme example of the larger issue that not enough guys stick around long enough for teams to learn how to play together or become recognizable and marketable. Going to two-and-done would only be a slight improvement for this overall. I’d trace the decline back to when guys like Allen Iverson and Stephon Marbury started making skipping more than one year of college more the norm.

I don’t blame guys for going pro when they can. They’ve got to do what’s best for them — or at least what they think is best, which sometimes turns out to be not the case. But the fact teams are harder to get to know makes following the sport more difficult. That’s generally a bad business prospect, but the decline of the product’s watchability has larger implications.

And based on a lot of what I’ve been reading lately, I’m not sure there’s much reason to expect it to get better.

Exhibit A would be a piece from Seth Davis of Sports Illustrated that presents two critical issues as “myths” then goes on to provide more evidence for their veracity than anything else.  Continue reading This Week in the Big Ten wants better basketball