The War Against The Texas Christian Horned Frogs
I have never been a fan of coaches who jump ship for another program that was built by another legendary football coach. Coach Meyer took over after Coach Jim Tressel built the Ohio State program to a national powerhouse as in the days of legendary Coach Woody Hayes. Coach Tressel was 94-22 from 2001-2010 and won a national championship in 2002 against the Miami Hurricanes. It appeared with a .810 winning percentage that Coach Tressel would be the Buckeyes coach forever, until Terrell Pryor sold some Ohio State gear.
"On March 8, 2011, Ohio State suspended Tressel for the first two games of the 2011 season and fined him $250,000 for failing to notify the school of NCAA violations involving Ohio State football players. The players had a financial arrangement with Edward Rife, owner of a local tattoo parlor, who was at the time under investigation by the FBI for drug trafficking. The arrangement, which resulted in five Ohio State football players being suspended, involved trading championship rings, jerseys, and other football-related awards for tattoos. That arrangement was a violation of NCAA rules, and would have rendered the players, including star quarterback Terrelle Pryor, ineligible to play for portions of the 2010 season." - Wikipedia
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Urban Meyer is partly hated across the United States because he has been one heck of a football coach that has amassed a 73-8 record while at Ohio State and has a record of 171-31 overall. His tactics on the field seem to always work, but his reputation for being very untruthful and his attempt to cover up domestic violence has left America wondering what is expected out of a high performing Head Football Coach off the field. Do they not have to live up the laws that average citizens of America do or even former Head Coach of The Buckeyes, Jim Tressel. If Coach Tressel did attempt to cover up his teams NCAA violations for the sake of a young man (Terrell Pryor) or his team as a whole, it is now completely excused if we look at all of the evidence against Coach Meyer throughout his illustrious career. Many D1-FBS college coaches have stated to me that "everyone is breaking the rules, it's just about who reports them". This statement is obviously 100% correct, as things of this nature are failed to be reported to ANY authority everyday. Why? When the clock strikes zero in the 4th quarter, we must be on the winning side in order to live up to that big name, contract or just to fulfill an ego that big time coaches seem to develop rather consistently.
Let's take a look at the current TCU Horned Frogs roster and how they recruit outstanding football players that fit their scheme, instead of looking at how many stars a recruit has by his name.
Instead of departing after immense success all through the 2000's, Coach Patterson has exemplified what it takes to build a program from the ground up. They were so dominant in the Mountain West Conference, that Coach Patterson and TCU were able to move on to the BIG 12 and they were instantly productive, as in their third season they were able to finish tied for 1st in the Big 12 and finished the season 3rd in the AP and Coaches Polls.
Ohio State Runs A Very Similar Scheme To The Killer Frogs
TCU uses a spread formation attack that makes the defense cover the entire field of play, which can create opportunities in both the run & passing games. But in order to run this particular version of the spread offense effectively, you first need an outstanding Dual-Threat QB like 6'2, 228-pound Shawn Robinson. The Horned Frogs attack utilizes almost all of the running backs that they dress on game day, as they want fresh legs and speed on the field at all times. Browsing through TCU's roster, I even found a running back as small as 5'5, 148 pounds in Sophomore Jason D'Armore and many other key components to the TCU offense that helped the Horned Frogs become the best program in the state of Texas.
The two recruits above were deemed 3-star recruits by 247 sports and so was College Football Today's top recruit Daimarqua Foster. All three players have produced off the chart numbers that prove they are much better football players than their 5-star counterparts. Foster has rushed for 4,290 yards on only 385 carries (11.1 avg) and now has 68 total touchdowns after his record breaking performance last season. On the contrary, 247 Sports top running back recruit Trey Sanders out of IMG Academy has 101 total yards rushing (3 games) behind an offensive line chalk full of big time recruits. When I look back at the class of 2015 wide receiver rankings by 247 sports, I see that KaVontae Turpin received the same treatment by the mainstream recruiting media. I guess 5'7, 157lbs is not worthy of anything above a 3-star rating, yet his production on the field and blazing speed will probably get him drafted into the NFL. There are so many different styles of college offensive and defensive schemes that when you combine each individual coaches overall philosophy, it is impossible for media outlets like 247, Rivals or ESPN to even come close to gauging the actual potential of a college football recruit. This style of recruiting has become similar to the hype surrounding the NFL draft and is used to generate revenue for big corporations like everything in America today.
Most high school athletes do not know what type of scheme that they fit in at the next level. They are often told they are too small or not big enough to play at the FBS level or at all. There are still many coaches like Coach Gary Patterson and staff that value overall football players, academics and character before they trust an online source. Their knowledge of the game of football is light-years ahead of many in the industry because they had to build a program into a house that can withstand any storm.
"It’s the last test for Ohio State without Urban Meyer on the sideline, and it’s an opportunity for TCU to show it’s no “little sister of the poor” as former Ohio State president Gordon Gee called the Horned Frogs in 2010 when saying programs like TCU and Boise State didn’t deserve to play in the BCS Title Game." Coach Patterson - 247 sports
In 2014, the BCS Committee had TCU ranked 3rd during the final poll of the regular season and the Buckeyes 5th respectively. The next week TCU beat Iowa State 55-3 and Ohio State won the Big 10 championship 59-0 over Wisconsin. When the final BCS rankings came out, TCU had dropped to 6th and the Buckeyes had moved up into the 4th and final BCS playoff spot. Coach Patterson thinks much like College Football Today and was very confused by the final outcome.
“The rules seem to have changed,” Patterson said. “I thought we got into it so we could take the computer part out of it. Now we’re looking at strength of schedules and who we played, championship games and everything else. I thought it was just a committee looking at tape, seeing the four best teams that were playing the best at the end of the season and choosing them.
“If I was the committee, I’d want six to eight teams in the playoffs so you could get everybody in.” Coach Patterson quote from 247 sports.
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