4. Talent/cognitive ability
5. Work ethic
He delivered this message to the Ohio State football coaches clinic Friday.
Some weeks figuring out the biggest story is hard. This was not one of those weeks.
Jim Tressel did something last Monday he almost never did when he was head coach of the Buckeyes: Create headlines with a substantive speech.
Not only did the former Ohio State head coach stir up the rivalry between his old employer and Michigan by declaring the Wolverines are “a ways away from being at the level where there’s going to be a 10-Year War,” he also shared one of the secrets of their decline over the past decade or so: problems recruiting Ohio. Continue reading This Week in the Big Ten is agreeing with The Vest
Jim Tressel and Urban Meyer have plenty in common — more so now than ever since they’ve both coached Buckeye champion squads — but few would disagree the former and current Ohio State football coaches’ methods and philosophies diverge in plenty of ways, too.
Yet the 2014 national champions could not have been built without heavy influence from both.
As an example, take the defensive line that started the title game victory against Oregon: Four different bodies, four different talents, four different personalities — three Ohioans of varying natural ability and one out-of-stater with almost supernatural talent who just happened to be pulled north by the magnetic Meyer. Of course, Joey Bosa also possesses one of those ties to the Buckeye State that so many people all across the country seem to have, too, but that’s another story.
The result was championship football forged through talent meeting hard work and perseverance with a final game that featured Meyer’s formations but a game plan that could have fit Tressel’s style pretty well.
Read on for a full rundown of how the roster breaks down between Tressel guys and Meyer men: Link
The first game week of the season brings with it the first 2014 edition of my “Cus Words” column at BuckeyeSports.com.
After an eventful offseason that took a surprising turn toward the end, where do the Buckeyes stand heading into the Navy game?
I am curious to see the effects of Urban Meyer’s intense efforts to remake the culture of the program. Although he took responsibility, I think at least some of it is residue from the Jim Tressel era. That’s not to say it is from something Tressel was doing wrong but rather that these two coaches were not necessarily looking for the same attitude in a recruit.
Ohio State did not allow media to watch any part of day two of preseason football practice, but the school published a YouTube video of highlights.
Because this is the Internet and pixels cost little compared to ink and paper, here are about 30 seconds worth of takeaways from two minutes of clips:
So there you go for now. We’ll be allowed in Wednesday afternoon for day three, so be sure to check back for details here, on Twitter and at BuckeyeSports.com.
Ohio State picked up a pair of verbal commitments Wednesday morning, first four-star linebacker Justin Hilliard of Cincinnati St. Xavier then four-star defensive end Jashon Cornell of St. Paul (Minn.) Cretin-Derham.
While Hilliard’s hop on board highlights one issue of interest in regards to recent recruiting (Ohio State in Cincinnati), Cornell’s commitment has its own significance. The 6-3.5, 270-pounder is in line to be the first player from Minnesota to pick Ohio State since Willie Mobley in 2008 and only the third since 1988 (but probably much longer). When eventual All-American linebacker James Laurinaitis signed with Ohio State in 2005, he was believed to be the first scholarship Buckeye football player from the Land of 1,000 Lakes since the great Sid Gillman in the early 1930s.
But we’re getting at a larger trend here.