We made it. We survived the Apocalypse.
Word of the day: foaming.
BEST NATIONAL BRAND. People, the Buckeye brand is strong.
Stewart Mandel took a stab at listing the country's five most attractive coaching jobs based on his criteria, and Ohio State made the list and its national brand not insignificant.
By The Athletic ($):
When I say "most attractive," I'm talking about the combination of history, fan support, resources, infrastructure, and above all, a fruitful recruiting footprint from you can sign national talents for the championship caliber.
Ohio State: I would argue that the state of Ohio is the # 1"national" brand of sport at this time, even more than Notre Dame. The fan base is enormous. Ohio is still a great high school state and most of these kids are growing up and want to be Buckeyes. It is the one northern program that seems to have been immune to the demographic changes that have led to the dominance of Southern recruitment.
The other schools in Almond's Top 5 Alabama, Georgia, Texas, USC, in no order but alphabetically.
I do not really have beef with anything but Georgia, but even that's fine, because there's no reason why Georgia should not be on the list. The Dawgs have underperformed most of my life.
The funny thing is that Mandel never considered Michigan. Next up were LSU, Oklahoma, Texas A & M and Penn State.
I'm sure that will work well with the mitten.
TOP-RATED TRANSFER. For a brief moment in time, the transfer of Justin Fields was the biggest news in college football. Therefore, it makes sense that he is considered the best transfer player this season.
By Barton Simmons of 247Sports.com:
The rankings are overridden by Justin Fields. We have classified him for a five-star high school hotel and he has done nothing to dampen that expectation. Having failed a stalwart starter in Jake Fromm, Georgia, Fields has the potential to develop as a transformational talent in Ohio State.
I think the general consensus is that no one doubts how talented Fields is. We just want the eligibility decision to be made so that we can get the worst-case scenarios out of our heads.
The good news is, this decision might come soon and it will be good news for the Buckeyes.
I still expect Justin Fields to be eligible for the 2019 season. I understand that news in this area could come in the next few weeks
– Alex Gleitman (@alexgleitman) January 30, 2019
Back to these rankings, there were several other fascinating names on the list. Outgoing Buckeyes Tate Martell and Keandre Jones check in at # 10 and # 34, respectively.
Meanwhile, Rutgers' Buckeye target Jonah Jackson of Rutgers arrives at # 5 and quarterback Nick Starkel of Texas A & M takes # 41.
Adding two of the top five available transfer players to needy positions seems to be good news.
FAST-BUCKEYE JOE THUNEY. Jim Tressel has three of his former players in this year's Super Bowl, but it could have been four if he wanted to take a chance on a No. 85 Ohio player in the US.
By Marcus Hartman of the Dayton Daily News:
"We were back and forth with Ohio State and (head coach Jim) Tressel was like, 'Well, I just do not know, Joe, are you a close or a defensive end? Are you an offensive lineman? "Remembers Mike Thuney. "Joseph graduated from high school maybe at 6-5, 240, so you had to come up with something."
Tressel, who had signed the outstanding star of Nick Mangold in 2002 and was known for his ten seasons as coach of the Buckeyes to find diamonds, ultimately never came up with an offer.
Another major college coach with roots in Ohio took advantage.
(Apart from that, Ohio's recruiting class in 2011 was one of Tressel's best, but no, thanks to their offensive linemen, none of whom prevailed.)
It turned out to Miss for Ohio State because Thuney All-American was in NC State and is NFL starter and is about to play in his third Super Bowl.
I think that shows that it's not all that new to miss out on the prospects from Ohio that will later be blown up, and frankly, it's hard to blame Tressel for being a guy who is not even at the top 100 in his position.
The only thing you can do is to cap Mr Thuney and hope that he makes the Great State proud.
NEW COLUMBUS BBQ KING? Former Buckeye defender Chimdi Chekwa and three of his friends jump into the food service game with a BBQ joint that looks perfect.
I have not tasted the food yet, but I have seen some photos and my dear sir, my body is ready.
Warning: If you are the least hungry, do not scroll.
The place is called The Pit BBQ Grille, 3545 Cleveland Ave. They also offer catering and have a food truck for reservation.
If it tastes 10 percent, how good it looks, maybe I've found a new home. You will receive an official review as soon as I am able to look at it.
CLASS 2037. People who Buckeyes have their point guard in the recruiting class of 2037.
Welp, the little guy just could not wait. Owen James Craft decided to bless us two weeks earlier!
Mommy killed it and she's fine!
Daddy is amazed with all his heart! pic.twitter.com/MoRwIiMoZN
– Aaron Craft (@ ACraft4) January 30, 2019
The Buckeye Nation will pray that he has the grudges, leadership, and preparedness of his father.
But maybe also the jump of his aunt.
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