Posted on: November 12, 2011 9:05 pm

Buckeye Blitzes - Academics vs. Football

How much concern do you think OSU (or any other school) has for their players to do well in academics?  It sometimes feels strange that you rarely hear the coaches, administration, or the media comment on the player's academic performance - even when they have several kids who do quite well.  You would think that would resonate positively for the university, the Big Ten and within the graces of the NCAA, but in reality it comes far from trumping their football performance.

You used to hear about academics often and the program's diligence to ensure the players are doing what they are supposed to be doing to ensure their academic success.  I guess that highlights the fact that the football programs are what brings in the big bucks and academic performance has little fund-raising power.

Yet, it's academics that creates the whole purpose of the university's existence.  With all of the scandals concerning NCAA rule violations, I would also think that a return to demanding academic excellence would be a welcome trend and a necessary one too.  Notre Dame has always demanded this, but then their football program's quality has taken a beating for the past 10 years.  The coaches claim that the high degree of academic excellence demanded from their players makes it more difficult to find and attract recruits.

On the other hand, you don't hear of many of their players getting in trouble with the police or finding themselves in difficult social situations.  What do you think?  Is it time to put the importance of academics back in the lead of the football program's spin


Posted on: November 8, 2011 12:32 pm

Buckeye Blitzes & Big-Ten Bits: Introduction

Buckeye Blitzes is a blog to offer topics on Buckeye football that are viewed from a new angle or from an abstract view to foster discussion, conflict and debate on any program issues.  Sometrimes a fresh view can find solutions that were dangling in front of us all the time - the answers were never really hidden, we just become closed-minded to thinking in a more open way.  It's similar to brainstorming.<br>

<br>If you want to create a thread to discuss conference issues, just label it as a Big-Ten Bit with a hyphen or colon to separate the related topic.  I'll try to post at least once per week, but my health has been improving slowly and hopefully I can soon do more.  In the meantime, I'll need all the help I can get from the Buckeye Nation to keep fresh content on this blog, which hopefully will attract more members to join.  I'll be looking forward to hearing from my fellow Buckeye fans and Big Ten conference followers.  If you have any suggestions on changing the blog purpose or format, I'm open to anything and will give it consideration.<br>

<br>Start joining and posting and lets do our part to improve Buckeye football and the Big Ten conference.  If we make enough noise, someone who has the power to make things happen will listen.<br>


buckboyy - a die-hard Buckeye fan for over 50 years.
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