This is a college football blog first and foremost, but obviously I have lots of interests. I do a lot of reading, and I have a lot of thoughts from around the sports world that might not fit into 140 characters.
I’ve been thinking for a long time I needed to get into the habit of blogging on these types of things, but I always let something get in the way. I had a few, “This Week in Big Ten Football” posts last year that were fun, but I still never made them as much of a habit as I should have.
We’ll see how long this one sticks, but that’s a primer for what we’re doing here.
BREAKING: Ohio State Planning Potentially Not Terrible Alternate Uniforms
I was going to lead with LeBron, but Ohio State takes the top spot thanks to a little news item that dropped this afternoon.
In a general news update emailed to reporters, the school confirmed what was reported over the weekend: The Buckeyes will wear an alternate uniform at some point this season that pays homage to Chic Harley, one of the team’s first All-Americans and the star of the first Ohio State team to win a Big Ten championship and the first to beat Michigan.
He wasn’t quite the physical marvel Joey Bosa is, but he was even more disruptive.
While Sports Illustrated put Craig Krenzel on the cover after the Buckeyes won the national championship over Miami in January 2003, Austin Murphy focused on the defensive line’s role in ending the Buckeyes’ three-decade national title drought and gave Smith the first quote in his cover story.
If you listened closely, you could hear it calling out: Pop my cork–you’ve earned it!
Someone had left a bottle of Moet in the ice bucket in Room 6414 of the Princess Resort in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Even as the hundreds of Ohio State fans at the hotel — and the rest of the red-clad horde that had descended by the tens of thousands on the Valley of the Sun for the Fiesta Bowl — swung into full party mode, neither Will Smith nor Darrion Scott seemed much interested in champagne.
Could playing two quarterbacks regularly this season work for Ohio State?
Maybe the best answer at this point is, “Why not?”
Initially I doubted we would see it (barring injury), but a lot of the rhetoric seems to be pointing in that direction. Well, the chatter from the coaches, at least, as Urban Meyer and offensive coordinator Ed Warinner both talked up some of the potential positives of using both J.T. Barrett and Cardale Jones rather than picking one with which to sink or swim. That comes a couple of weeks after Barrett and Jones both expressed some misgivings about a two-quarterback system, though one got the impression from both they would go along with whatever they were asked to do.
The quarterbacks both made good points, too, as far as being able to get in a rhythm and play through mistakes. I certainly think that is valid. Does it trump the possibility of getting more of the good than the bad out of each of them, though? I don’t think we can answer that definitively.
And while I don’t think they should play both simply as a way to avoid hurting feelings, I am starting to see how it could work.
The bottom line is hardly anything that has happened before compares to this situation. Almost no quarterback battle includes two players who have actually performed well and won on the big stage. What Meyer and Warinner and quarterbacks coach Tim Beck are making isn’t an educated guess like it is when trying to choose between two guys who have only done it in practice, which is a poor substitute for games, and that is great for piece of mind if not for drawing distinctions between the two. Continue reading Playing two quarterbacks has merit for Ohio State→
Of course when something like “winning a national championship” happens, everyone has something to say.
The theme of my reaction column at BuckeyeSports.com was simple: Ohio State not only won a fancy gold trophy on Monday night, it also wiped out every narrative people have used against the Buckeyes — sometimes more correctly than others — since that stunning night in the desert in January 2007.