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Should've Known Better

Feb 25, 2015 -- 9:55am

By Bruce Hooley |



After 16 years filled mostly with failure and futility, we all should have learned something.

The Browns should know never to create unrealistic expectations.

And Browns fans should know not to expect anything exceptional from a franchise that's reached the playoffs once since 1999.

Had either party kept that in mind before the pratfall of the Browns logo unveil yesterday, the organization could have saved itself some ribbing and the fans would have spared themselves another disappointment.

This was not a major gaffe, but an unnecessary one, nonetheless.

The Browns, in tandem with the NFL and Nike, will likely get overwhelmingly positive reviews on April 14 when they unveil their uniforms for 2015.

So why throw cold water on that anticipation by debuting a mostly-mehhhhh logo on Tuesday?

Sure, the new shade of orange is brighter and the brown facemask is different, but the team surely knew when images began circulating on the internet that fans were expecting much more than they were going to get.

That would have been the time for the Browns to step in and quash that speculation or rethink the decision to unveil the logo at all.

Knowing it was simply a touch-up of what existed previously, it would have been wiser to show nothing and simply let the excitement build for April 14.

What the Browns are attempting to accomplish is not easy, and they're making it harder by their approach.

When team president Alec Scheiner said the modest modifcations to the logo are an homage to the Browns' traditions, it shows the franchise is trying too hard to please every faction of its diverse fan base.

That is simply not going to happen.

There is absolutely no way Browns fans in their 60s and 70s are going to feel the same about the coming changes as those in their 20s and 30s.

Scheiner talked about tradition, and the need to preserve it.

The question is, why?

This franchise -- not the one that moved to Baltimore -- has virtually no traditions that should be untouchable. Its frustrations on the field have led to a migration of younger fans to more successful NFL franchises in other markets, most despicably, Pittsburgh.

Those are the fans the Browns need to win back, and if edgy uniforms and logos help do it, then explore every one of those avenues and don't look back.

Sure, the people who begin every team-related opinion with, "I've been a Browns fan all my life," will grumble.

But guess what?

They're not going anywhere.

You can divorce your spouse, sell your business, change careers and move across the country. Virtually any relationship in which one is entangled can be more easily broken than shedding your sports rooting loyalties.

For the health of the future fan base they're trying to build, the Browns need to filter every marketing decision through the prism of what will most appeal to younger fans who will grow into their season-ticket base of the future.

For the purposes of logos, uniforms and other such eye candy, Scheiner and his focus groups should forget the Browns have a single fan over the age of 35.

Because if they don't do that, they might soon find they won't have nearly as many fans as they want under the age of 35.


Bruce Hooley hosts "The Bruce Hooley Show" from 5-7 p.m. weekdays on ESPN 850 WKNR. He is the author of, “That’s Why I’m Here: The Chris and Stefanie Spielman Story.”

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Hometown Spotlight: Devin Smith

Feb 23, 2015 -- 7:53am

By Bruce Hooley |



NAME: Devin Smith

SIZE: 6-0, 190 pounds

COLLEGE: Ohio State

PROFILE: Smith was a football and track standout at Massillon Washington High School. He played all four seasons at OSU, but leaped to the forefront of the 2015 NFL draft wide receiver class with an outstanding senior season. He averaged 28.2 yards per catch, finishing with 33 receptions for 931 yards and 12 touchdowns. He had at least one 40-yard catch in nine of 15 games and at least one 30-yard catch in 13 of 15 games. Smith raised his performance over OSU's three post-season games in the Big Ten championship vs. Wisconsin, the College Football Playoff against Alabama and the national championship game against Oregon. He caught seven passes for 269 yards and four touchdowns over that stretch.

STRENGTHS: Smith can high-point the football and make catches in traffic. He also has a gift for making the big play, as evidenced by more than half his catches — 18 of 33 — going for 25 yards or more.

QUESTIONS: Smith played in an offense that rushed for nearly 4,000 yards, so was he open because of defense's pre-occupation with the run? If NFL corners aren't cheating up to assist on the line of scrimmage, will he be able to beat press coverage? Can he catch passes over the middle and withstand a hit, or is he comfortable only on go and post routes?

CONCLUSION: If Smith stood two or three inches taller, it would remove many of the concerns about him. Despite his average height, he possesses serious athleticism that also showed up during a stellar Ohio State track career. He high-jumped over 7-0, long-jumped 24-7 and earned All-America honors on the Buckeyes' 4x100 relay team. He also had experience as a gunner on OSU's punt coverage units.

CLEVELAND FIT: With Josh Gordon suspended for at least 2015, Smith would fill a serious need. Of course, general manager Ray Farmer would have to come off his stated stance that wide receivers aren't first-round worthy, because Smith is likely to be gone by the time the Browns draft near the middle of the second round.

LAST WORD: “[He] can track the deep ball, and a lot of guys can't, and when it comes over the opposite shoulder, [he has] the ability to track it and move with it,” NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock said. "He's got kind of that centerfielder skill to track the ball in the air, and that's rare, and when you combine it with his speed, that's a big weapon.”




Bruce Hooley hosts "The Bruce Hooley Show" from 5-7 p.m. weekdays on ESPN 850 WKNR. He is the author of, “That’s Why I’m Here: The Chris and Stefanie Spielman Story.”

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Bloodlust: Ohio State and Michigan go at it on the basketball court

Feb 21, 2015 -- 9:56am

By Bruce Hooley |



There's nothing an Ohio State fan loves more than clubbing a baby Wolverine, and they do not discriminate by species.

So, while Urban Meyer must wait until late November for his first crack at humbling Jim Harbaugh, OSU basketball coach Thad Matta can satisfy the bloodlust of his loyalists by adding to what has already been a miserable season for his Michigan counterparts.

Despite pre-season aspirations of a Final Four run, Michigan enters the 1 p.m. Sunday home tipoff against Ohio State having lost five in a row and six of seven games.

Injuries to starters Derrick Walton Jr. and Caris Lavert have conspired to drag the Wolverines down to 13-13 overall and 6-8 in the Big Ten.

Still, given OSU's four conference road losses, no trip away from Columbus offers a guaranteed win for the Buckeyes (19-7, 8-5).

Losing at Michigan would carry far greater consequences than the 59-56 defeat OSU suffered its last time out, at Michigan State.

That came against a fellow-NCAA Tournament aspirant, desperate to win and bolster its post-season credentials.

The Wolverines barely have NIT hopes, so this win is crucial for Ohio State, not so much because of the positive impact it offers, but because of the negative impact it avoids.

OSU will need a strong performance from freshmen D'Angelo Russell and Jae'Sean Tate, and it could definitely use a return to form from sophomore Marc Loving.

He played only five minutes and missed his only field goal attempt at Michigan State after missing the three previous games with a university-mandated suspension.


Bruce Hooley hosts "The Bruce Hooley Show" from 5-7 p.m. weekdays on ESPN 850 WKNR. He is the author of, “That’s Why I’m Here: The Chris and Stefanie Spielman Story.”

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Hey Ray

Feb 19, 2015 -- 8:30am

By Bruce Hooley |


Photo/USA Today

Browns general manager Ray Farmer is scheduled to meet with reporters at 10:30 a.m. today at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.

Tony Grossi, ESPN Cleveland's Browns analyst will be there at Lucas Oil Stadium for Farmer's press conference and will offer immediate reaction on The Really Big Show with Tony Rizzo and Jerod Cherry on ESPN 850 WKNR.

So, with the help of Twitter and callers to The Bruce Hooley Show, let's play, "Hey, Ray," and foreshadow a few of the questions Farmer should face today.

1. If you knew texting coaches during games was against NFL rules, why did you do it?

2. While you were doing it, or before the NFL investigation began, did Browns owner Jimmy Haslam know you were texting coaches during games?

3. In light of Josh Gordon's suspension for 2015 and perhaps beyond, have you changed your opinion on the priority of taking a first-round wide receiver in the draft?

4. Do you really believe an elite wide receiver impacts the game only on plays he catches a pass?

5. Will there be any team discipline for Gordon's teammates who accompanied him to Las Vegas on the private plane flight, during which he violated the league's substance abuse policy, resulting in his suspension?

6. Why have you been unable/unwilling to meet with Brian Hoyer or his agent, Joe Linta, to discuss Hoyer's contract demands as a free agent or gauge his interest in returning to the Browns in 2015?

7. Did the Browns have difficulty signing assistants with NFL experience for openings as offensive coordinator, quarterbacks coach and wide receivers coach?

8. Cincinnati's Marvin Lewis and Pittsburgh's Mike Tomlin are proven defensive coaches, and Baltimore's Dean Pees is entering his ninth year in the NFL as a defensive coordinator. You've hired an offensive coordinator who has never called plays, and QB and wide receivers coaches who have never coached in the NFL. How do you plan to overcome that imbalance in experience relative to your division opponents?

9. What changes in how you evaluate the psychological makeup of college players will be prompted by the results from drafting Johnny Manziel and Justin Gilbert last season?

10. You selected Manziel ahead of both David Carr and Teddy Bridgewater. Given their rookie seasons, compared to his, will this prompt you to change how you evaluate quarterbacks in this draft or in free agency?


Bruce Hooley hosts "The Bruce Hooley Show" from 5-7 p.m. weekdays on ESPN 850 WKNR. He is the author of, “That’s Why I’m Here: The Chris and Stefanie Spielman Story.”

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Buckeyes fall to Michigan State on Valentine's Day in ironic fashion

Feb 14, 2015 -- 3:56pm

By Bruce Hooley |



Michigan State coach Tom Izzo didn't need to call a timeout with the score tied and the clock ticking toward expiration.

On Valentine's Day, it seemed pretty obvious how best to defeat Ohio State.

The only surprise is that, with Denzel Valentine having already hit half his eight 3-point attempts en route to the prevailing 56-56 deadlock, OSU didn't see it coming.

Valentine, of course, hit the game-winning three Saturday with 3.2 seconds left to deny OSU a road win crucial for both its hopes of gaining a preferential Big Ten Tournament seed and for its NCAA Tournament credentials.

The Buckeyes didn't get off a shot in the time that remained, even though both teams called a timeout to plot strategy.

By then, the damage was done, chiefly because Valentine hit a huge shot and because OSU's Sam Thompson arrived fashionably late in attempting to defend him.

Thompson had just hit a tying triple of his own at the other end with 36 seconds left. Perhaps still admiring his own handiwork, Thompson allowed Valentine to curl from the left wing to the right wing and bail out guard Travis Trice, who had nothing going under the duress of an Ohio State double-team.

So, the Buckeyes kick away a winnable road game, just like they did last week at Purdue in a 60-58 loss when they again failed to get off a viable shot in the final seconds.

That lowers OSU to 19-7 overall and 8-5 in the Big Ten as they sit for a week in advance of a Feb. 22 game at Michigan.

''I thought we fought," OSU coach Thad Matta said. "Obviously, we have to make free throws. You can't come in here and shoot 5-for-13 at the free throw line."

You can, but you'll likely lose, which OSU did.

Thompson missed three of four attempts at the line to highlight OSU's frustration there.

The Buckeyes were even worse on three-point attempts, making 5-of-17, with leading scorer D'Angelo Russell going a woeful 2-of-7 as part of his 4-of-13 struggles overall.

Russell managed only 10 points, barely half his 19.5-point average, and didn't attempt a shot the final 3:30.

"They were able to beat up on D'Angelo throughout the game," Matta said. "That probably took a toll on him. But, give them credit."

Russell will need to figure out a battle plan against physical defense by the time he gets to the NBA next year. That strategy has caused him trouble against Louisville (6-of-20 FG), North Carolina (4-of-17), Iowa (4-of-16), Indiana (3-of-15) and now Michigan State on the road.

Valentine led MSU with 17 points and Branden Dawson had 15 points and 11 rebounds.

OSU held a 22-18 lead with six minutes left in the first half before allowing the Spartans to close with a 15-2 burst before the break.

"We got ourselves in a hole," Matta said. "We didn't play as well as we could have in the first half. We couldn't run offense. The physicality going on out there was incredible."

The loss wasted a rare 15-point performance by OSU guard Shannon Scott, whose two three-point field goals in the second half were his first shots from beyond the arc in seven games.

Scott hadn't scored in double figures in five games.

OSU sophomore Marc Loving, the Buckeyes' second-leading scorer, returned from a three-game suspension and missed his only field goal attempt.


Bruce Hooley hosts "The Bruce Hooley Show" from 5-7 p.m. weekdays on ESPN 850 WKNR. He is the author of, “That’s Why I’m Here: The Chris and Stefanie Spielman Story.”

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Buckeyes' chance to improve Tournament standing includes road test at Michigan State

Feb 14, 2015 -- 9:41am

By Bruce Hooley |



Members of the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee allowed media types to take their places this week to formulate a mock bracket for March Madness.

If the writers and broadcasters schooled in compiling the 68-team field were correct in their opinion of Ohio State, the Buckeyes can get a lot accomplished Saturday in a noon tip at Michigan State.

OSU emerged from the mock bracket exercise as a No. 7 seed, which means it would face a No. 10 opponent in the first round. That's the second most-evenly-matched opener a team can have in the NCAA Tournament, exceeded only by the No. 8 vs. No. 9 pairing.

A 7-vs.-10 game should scare the scarlet and gray out of Ohio State if it remembers how last season ended -- with a 60-59 loss to Dayton in the South Region when OSU was a No. 6 and UD a No. 11.

OK, then, time to get to work at East Lansing, which isn't as daunting a road venue this year as it's traditionally been.

Michigan State (16-8 overall, 7-4 Big Ten) is tied for fifth in the league and has already lost three conference games at home to Maryland, Nebraska and Illinois.

The giveway that Tom Izzo's team wouldn't be a home juggernaut came on Dec. 20, when a stunned Breslin Center crowd watched former Indiana coach Mike Davis bring Texas Southern to town and walk away with a 71-64 win in overtime.

Of course, Ohio State hasn't been a road force this season, either. The Buckeyes (19-6, 8-4) have lost three times on the road in conference, but they're getting second-leading scorer Marc Loving back from a university-mandated, three-game suspension.

OSU went 2-1 without Loving (11.7 ppg), who's made 12 of his last 19 three-point attempts.

If Loving keeps that up, he will provide the wing man freshman D'Angelo Russell needs.

In Ohio State's last four wins, at least one of Russell's teammates have scored 16 points or more. OSU is 9-0 when both Russell and a teammate hit that threshold.

But when Russell, the nation's leading freshman scorer at 19.4 per-game, gets no help, the Buckeyes struggle. They are 1-3 in games where he failed to score 14 and two other teammates failed to combine for 32 points or more.

Lately, Russell has been on an incredible roll that's jetted him up NBA mock draft projections.

Over his last seven games, he's averaged 22.9 points, 9.3 rebounds and 6.7 assists.

Junior guard Bryn Forbes, a Cleveland State transfer, usually starts for MSU. He's averaging 9.8 points per-game.

If OSU is going to get the RPI top-50 road win it needs, Russell and Loving will likely have to shoot well and freshman Jae'Sean Tate will have to win his matchup with MSU senior Branden Dawson.

Besides sprucing up its NCAA resume, a win would establish an edge over Michigan State in the Big Ten tiebreaking procedure, which would be huge in the seeding order for the conference tournament.

OSU and MSU are among four teams tied with four league losses. Since the two won't play again in the regular season, a win would give the Buckeyes the edge on Michigan State should they finish tied when the season ends.


Bruce Hooley hosts "The Bruce Hooley Show" from 5-7 p.m. weekdays on ESPN 850 WKNR. He is the author of, “That’s Why I’m Here: The Chris and Stefanie Spielman Story.”

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Catch him while you can: Buckeyes' Russell has pro future rapidly approaching

Feb 11, 2015 -- 4:48pm

By Bruce Hooley |



COLUMBUS -- Ohio State's D'Angelo Russell plays like the soon-to-be NBA player he will be, but there's proof he's indeed just a mere freshman when Russell states his battle plan for confronting the leg cramps that have been bothering him lately.

"Lots of Goldfish and pretzels," said Russell, who'll lead OSU against visiting Penn State at 7 p.m. Wednesday night.

If Russell devours a toddler's snack-time fare like he does the guys trying to guard him, he won't be salt-deficient for too long.

He's led Ohio State (18-6, 7-4 Big Ten) scoring 17 times, topped 20 points in a game 11 times and scored in double figures in all but one game this season.

The Big Ten this week named Russell both it's freshman-of-the-week and player-of-the-week for the second time this season.

His six freshman-of-the-week awards make him a lock for that honor, and there's increasing talk that depending on the Buckeyes finish, Russell could elbow Wisconsin's Frank Kaminsky aside for the conference's player-of-the-year.

What's not in dispute is whether Russell will go ahead of Kaminsky in the NBA draft. Kaminsky is a senior, so NBA teams will sniff at his age as some sort of debilitating illness compared to the multi-faceted Russell, the nation's leading freshman scorer at 19.5 points per-game.

Russell's 21 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists on Sunday at Rutgers was the fourth recorded triple-double in OSU history and came before 22 slobbering NBA scouts who'd love to add the 6-5 combo guard to their roster.

But when asked after that game about the impression he left on scouts, Russell put his hands over his ears to indicate his lack of interest in listening to down-the-road hypotheticals.

He was slightly more accomodating on the topic Tuesday.

“I just keep sticking to the same routine and not getting too high from the praise or too low on what the critics say about me,” Russell said. “I just try to stay focused on our goals and win as much as we can.

“My teammates make it easy for me to stay focused. We know what we have to do as a team. My individual success has nothing to do with us as a team. We are just keeping it that way.” lists Russell No. 3 on its mock draft beind Duke center Jahlil Okafor and guard Emmanuel Mudiay, a 6-5 point guard who signed with SMU, but opted to play this year in China. ranks only the 6-11 Okafor ahead of Russell, who won't even confirm yet that his departure after this season is certain.

“I feel like whatever happens will happen,” Russell said. “If it’s in God’s plan to happen, it’s going to happen. Only time can tell what that decision will be.”

Russell would be the ninth early entry into the NBA draft during head coach Thad Matta's 11 seasons.

Greg Oden was the No. 1 overall pick in 2007 and Evan Turner went No. 2 overall in 2010.

“It’s America and if kids can go and chase their dreams … I am kind of for it for them,” Matta said.

Some of Matta's one-and-dones have had one foot in the NBA before they set their first toe on campus. (Here's looking at you, Daequan Cook, Kosta Koufos and B.J. Mullens.) But Russell isn't causing his coach any headaches.

“How he has handled it as a tribute to him and a tribute to his mom and dad." Matta said. "I ran into his dad after the game (at Rutgers) and all he was concerned about was how he was doing academically. He said, ‘Is he doing all the right things? Is he saying please and thank you?’ I haven’t had to sit him down or talk to him or anything. He gets it.”

If Ohio State fans get it, they'll beat a path to Value City Arena for one of the few last looks they'll likely have at Russell.

After Penn State, OSU fans will have just three more home games to get a look at Russell -- Feb. 26 vs. Nebraska, March 1 vs. Purdue and March 8 vs. Wisconsin.


Bruce Hooley hosts "The Bruce Hooley Show" from 5-7 p.m. weekdays on ESPN 850 WKNR. He is the author of, “That’s Why I’m Here: The Chris and Stefanie Spielman Story.”

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Buckeyes' treatment of a top recruit shows slimy side of big-time recruiting

Feb 06, 2015 -- 8:07pm

By Bruce Hooley |


Now-former Buckeyes assistant coach Stan Drayton (Photo/AP)

It seemed strange the other day when Ohio State coach Urban Meyer went out of his way to credit sophomore running back Ezekiel Elliott for the successful recruitment of Detroit Cass Tech tailback Mike Weber.

And then, a day later, it didn't seem strange at all.

Meyer about broke his hand figuratively back-slapping Elliott for being "the best recruiter we have," and for becoming "a brother" to Weber throughout the recruitment process.

"That," Meyer said of Weber spurning Michigan for OSU, "does not happen without Zeke Elliott."

It was weird, because signing day is normally a victory lap for not just the head coach, but the assistant coaches at big-boy football programs.

It's the one day coaches like Meyer lavish praise on their staffs for a talent harvest that is months and sometimes years from the harsh light of reality exposing a recruiting class for what it truly is -- a collection of 25 or so soon-to-be freshmen, half of who will never contribute in any signifcant way, 20% of which will wash out before the midpoint of their career.

But when discussing Weber and the biggest role in defeating Michigan's efforts to flip Weber back to his original commitment to the Wolverines -- which he rescinded upon Brady Hoke's firing -- Meyer made clear Weber chose Ohio State because of Elliott.

And now we know why.

About 24 hours after Meyer took his victory lap for a consensus Top 10 recruiting class, the Chicago Bears announced that OSU running backs coach Stan Drayton had accepted the same job with them.

Drayton, by the way, is a John Marshall High School graduate.

Had Meyer credited Drayton on Wednesday for Weber's recruitment, Drayton's departure on Thursday would have looked even worse than it already does.

Drayton said Wednesday he was on the phone with Weber until after midnight, hours before Weber faxed his agreement to attend OSU.

Weber was waffling, torn between two rivals, pressed hard by Meyer and Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh, both of whom wanted him to play for them, and probably just as important... not play for the other.

"We do keep score against the rival in everything we do," Meyer noted Wednesday, when discussing Weber.

So score this one: Ohio State 1, Michigan 0, Integrity negative-100.

If you believe the Bears called Drayton Thursday morning, told him about their assistant coaching opening for the first time, interviewed him over the phone, then flew to Columbus for a meet and greet and decided he was their man, then you live in a world of unicorns and winged horses.

And if you think Meyer knew nothing about the assistant coach he put in charge of Weber's recruitment having two feet out the door to the NFL, even as he went down to the wire hounding Weber to attend Ohio State, then you probably named your identical twins Brutus and Buckeye.

Here's how Drayton recounted the harrowing final hours of Weber's recruitment once Weber had signed with OSU:

"That young man got to talking about the opportunity to play home in front of a home crowd, real stuff. Immediately I text Urban in the middle of that conversation, 'We have to keep recruiting this kid, it's not over. He has some great questions, some great concerns.'

"We knew at a quarter to 12, midnight, that we were still in the battle. It's not our first rodeo, we've been there before, but when you have a key component like that who's on the edge, it really makes your heart rate jump a little bit.

"I am constantly on the phone with him; Urban is constantly on the phone with him. We are addressing his concerns, we're making him aware of the opportunities that he has, reminding him of things we have already said to him just to recondition his thought back to what's substantial for him and his career and his future."

As sick and twisted as that is -- full-court pressing a kid Drayton likely knew he wouldn't coach even one day -- consider the closing argument Drayton laid on Weber:

"I have a wife from Detroit. I told him, 'If I sit here and coach you and not let you represent Detroit, my wife is probably going to divorce me.'

"There's no way in the world I am not going to let you represent where you're from. Not only that, I am going to be able to help you make an impact from the society you come from."

Exactly how is Drayton going to help Weber make that impact now, by shooting him Bears season tickets to pass around his old neighborhood?

Of course not, because that would be against NCAA rules, and the one thing you can be sure of is that the bait-and-switch Meyer and Drayton pulled on Mike Weber is not against even one NCAA rule.

If it were, assistant coaches at Notre Dame, Florida and Texas wouldn't have pulled their own Stan Drayton two-step and danced off to other jobs after recruiting players to sign with their former employers.

It happens all the time, all over the country, in the wonderful world of big-time recruiting, which is just a half-step above stalking and a half-step below harrassment.

Meyer likes to play himself off as a champion of the student-athlete, and he likes to pontificate about players who sign with him becoming part of a family.

If you were Mike Weber, or his father or mother, how would those familiar Meyer's refrains play now?

Urban Meyer doesn't need to do this kind of stuff to build a championship team, but he can do it and he will continue to do it because he will leave no stone unturned to churn out more titles.

And as everyone knows, the bigger the rock, the bigger the insects that dwell beneath it.

Meyer is unrepentingly relentless in his pursuit of perfection, and if need be, heartless and soul-less, as well.

He knows the rules of engagement and he will bend them like a flagstick in 50-mile-per-hour wind to gain the slightest advantage.

Friday, at a high school coaching clinic in Columbus, Meyer said key element in his success at OSU has been building trust between players and their individual position coaches.

That way, each player feels responsibility and accountability to the teammates they share a position with and the assistant coach who leads them.

Apparently, that trust is a one-way street.

As for Weber, Meyer said both he and Drayton have since called the distraught running back to talk him off the Tweet he issued Thursday, which read: "I'm hurt as hell. I ain't gonna lie."

"I had a long conversation with him and so did Stan," Meyer said. "We've got to move forward."

Oh, yes, we must move forward.

Just watch your step, lest you slip on the slime.


Bruce Hooley hosts "The Bruce Hooley Show" from 5-7 p.m. weekdays on ESPN 850 WKNR. He is the author of, “That’s Why I’m Here: The Chris and Stefanie Spielman Story.”

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