Originally Posted by jojo
Actually, if you root for an SEC team (especially two in particular), you completely understand rivalries on a level that-for as great as the OSU/Michigan rivalry is for college football-big ten fans really can't comprehend. OSU-Michigan is no great mystery.
That's not a criticism of big ten fans. It's an acknowledgement of a different brand of fanaticism where football means more than it should.
But ya, Urban has a few screws missing. Making scouts-professionals that could largely help student athletes realize their professional aspirations and guests of the University-conform to a dress code or be forced to wear Buckeye swag in order to do their jobs? This was just the kind of thing that "Big Ten fan" used to mock about Urban when he was part of the problem rather than perceived as their solution.
Rivalries in college football are what make the game special. Being an Auburn fan there are some goofy things that they must do in regards to Alabama.
Urban has as many screws loose as every other big time college coach. Part of a job is embracing the team, city, and history of a program. There is a story that when John Cooper was hired he was perceived as a west coast guy. One of his first things he did as a coach was sign an endorsement with a hot tub company that sat wrong with many buckeye fans.
Urban has embraced everything OSU and has made it known that of great importance is beating Michigan. Its a page out of Woody Hayes book, one thing you don't screw up at OSU. If he doesn't allow scouts to wear blue at an open practice people in Columbus eat that up. As for two scouts making a difference in the player's further ambitions, I doubt that. If those two scouts left you think Bradley Roby would suffer any?