Columbus Dispatch sports columnist; gatekeeper of Scarlet & Gray Matter.

Ohio State vs. Western Michigan | Scarlet & Gray Matter — Short-attention-span synopsis: Buckeyes apply barely enough makeup to look more than plain. Zeke gets 100, but like Buckeyes can't find the edge. Cardale conundrum: looks really good - except when he doesn't.

Rob Oller commentary | Warinner, Beck must mesh to get OSU offense on track — Urban Meyer says don't focus your frustration on the Ohio State quarterbacks. Fair enough, look instead at the two guys instructing those two QBs - and the entire offense - on what to do. Forget about Cardale Jones and J.T. Barrett and fix on offensive coordinator Ed Warinner and co-offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Tim Beck.
Sep 25, 2015

Column: Meyer says don't focus on the QBs. OK, then we'll focus on the coaches.… #Buckeyes

Sep 26, 2015

And in case you get bored ... wrote about the O-coordinators for today.…

Ohio State vs. Northern Illinois | Scarlet & Gray Matter — Short-attention-span synopsis: The Grind ... to a Halt. New chant: Hire Fickell. Still undefeated, but still No. 1? Pregame buzz: The shaky offensive showing against Hawaii last week was nothing more than a hiccup, right? The point-a-minute scoring machine would hang 50-plus on the Huskies, right?

Ohio State vs. Hawaii | Scarlet & Gray Matter — Short-attention-span synopsis: Defense to the rescue. Cardale starts. J.T. relieves. Cardale re-relieves. Pregame buzz: It was supposed to be a day at the beach, but while the Buckeyes didn't get burned, at times they stumbled like a child with sand in his eyes.

Hula Bowl connects OSU, Hawaii — Ohio State has never played Hawaii, but many former Buckeyes have played in the Aloha State as part of the Hula Bowl college invitation game. The Hula Bowl, held from 1947 through 2008, existed in several different formats - the game originally pitted college players vs.
Sep 11, 2015

Ohio State history: after Woody hid teams in the desert, playing in the Hula Bowl was like paradise.… #Buckeyes

Ohio State football | Q&A with former Buckeye Dustin Fox — Dustin Fox arrived at Ohio State as a safety but soon converted to cornerback, where he played opposite Chris Gamble on the Buckeyes' 2002 national championship team. But Fox almost didn't end up at Ohio State, briefly considering Penn State before sticking with his original commitment.

Rob Oller commentary | These days, top coaches ring up titles within four years — Sure, Hawaii has a lot going for it. Island breezes. Slim chance of tornados. But what Ohio has that the 50th state lacks is a college football national championship. And if Hawaii coach Norm Chow doesn't win one this year, well, research what happened to Captain Cook out there. Just sayin'.
Sep 11, 2015

College coaches, including Urban Meyer, are winning titles sooner than later, within 4 years on average.… #Buckeyes

Ohio State vs. Virginia Tech | Scarlet & Gray Matter — Short-attention-span synopsis: Cardale gets the nod. Braxton spins the sod. Buckeye Nation breathes "Thank God." Pregame buzz: Who would it be, Cardale or J.T.? The majority view seemed to be that Urban Meyer would choose Barrett, the safer choice. But Urb is as smart as he is serious.

Rob Oller commentary | Challenge facing Urban Meyer: Keep all that talent happy — As Pete Johnson watched Ohio State dismantle Virginia Tech's defense early in Monday night's game, the former Buckeyes fullback marveled at the embarrassment of riches available to coach Urban Meyer. A diamond in Braxton Miller. A ruby in Ezekiel Elliott. A chunk of platinum in Cardale Jones, not to mention other assorted gems and precious metals in J.T.

Ohio State football | Q&A with former Buckeye Paul Warfield — Paul Warfield is one of seven former Ohio State players enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, about an hour from his childhood home in Warren. The three-sport star athlete (football, baseball and track) was a receiver in the NFL with Cleveland and Miami but spent most of his time at OSU as a running back and defensive back in the single-platoon system of the day.
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Oct 04, 2015

I leave you with this, Twits. No one mentioned anything involving the defense. Imagine that.

Oct 04, 2015

Thanks for the interchange, Twits. Good insights. Now, about the Browns ...

Oct 04, 2015

Back to my original point. C12 is a little off. OC a little off. Receivers a little off. O-line a little off. Even the defense a little off.

Oct 04, 2015

I'll buy some of what you're selling. Logically, then, if C12 is good, he should not be asked to run the option.…

Oct 04, 2015

Interesting. Heuerman and Spencer definitely missed, to your point.…

Oct 04, 2015

Careful when using apparent, because apparently Urban does not agree. Not yet, anyway.…

Oct 04, 2015

Top vote getters: Offensive coaches and 12 Gauge. But plenty of other candidates, including O-line, no deep threat and turnovers.

Oct 04, 2015

Not really. Maryland, Penn State and Rutgers all worse than Indiana. But I get your point.…

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