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September 14, 2009 - Robert "Bubba" Kapral
When The Ohio State University needed a head football coach to replace John Cooper, I championed the cause for Youngstown State's Jim Tressel to fill that Buckeye void. It was a good fit then and one OSU national championship and several big-game letdowns since, it still is. But one thing needs to change. Tressel and his staff must realize when you play the USCs, Floridas and LSUs of the world, it is not Big Ten football. Conservatism against such teams will get you beat, as reflected again Saturday night before the largest crowd ever in the Horseshoe. The 106,000 plus crazed Buckeye partisans witnessed the Scarlet & Gray dominate play against the explosive Trojans for most of the night. That record throng also watched Tressel play things much too close to the vest, wasting opportunity after opportunity to put USC out of its misery. Tressel fails to realize when going against explosive and speed-laden teams such as USC, playing field position doesn't get it done. You cannot beat teams like the aforementioned three teams by scoring 15 points. You must seize the scoring opportunity when it presents itself. The field position-defense theory can and has been successful in the grind-it-out and mule-infested Big Ten. Until Tressel opens it up in out-of-conference marquee games, the heartbreaks will continue. Go Bucks!
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