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Couldn't beat Michigan. If he was .500 against them he probably would have stayed as long as he wanted.
We are coming for you Bama!
Cooper got OSU back on the national stage with some absolutely sick recruiting.
However, his inability to win the big game in both rivalry and bowl contests sort of done him in. Blowing the lead against MSU was just heart breaking and his record against Michigan....no matter how bad Michigan was.....just horrible. I think Tim Biakabutuka is still running loose somewhere for a touchdown. We made that kid look like a star.
Tressel won his national title with John Cooper players. Jim Tressel players never won a national title.
This post was edited by Gobucks187TTUN 21 months ago
"The only thing That Team Up North will be tasting this year is the salty tears of defeat" - UFM
Well deserving hall of famer. From 93-98 he had as dominating of a run as anyone. 10-1-1, 9-4, 11-2, 11-1, 10-3, 11-1. 62 wins in six years, ending two of those years ranked #2. He won three bowls during that stretch and came close to five national titles. Yes, michigan was his black mark, but the arguement is not that he is another Bear Bryant, just another great coach. He also won a number of big games. He swept notre dame and had a winning record against penn st. His 95 nonconference run included wins against boston college, washington, pitt, and notre dame. He then beat penn st on the road. Few coaches would allow his team to start a season with that schedule now.
He put together some of the best offenses in osu history. With one or two breaks going his way, he might have gone down as the greatest ever at osu. If Springs doesnt slip and clements doesnt get blindsided by the shanked punt, they probably win the nc in 96 and 98. If Kat somehow hangs on to the int at the end of the mich game in 97, they win that game and are playing for a nc that year too (although neb ended unbeaten and would have won it). No excuse for 95. Lets face it, we all love Earle but we were not on the national map after 1980. We were 9-3 every year. Coop put us in contention for the nc every year.
A really good person who never quite meshed with Buckeye Nation. Coop certainly could recruit. His 2 quarterback system left a lot to be desired however. He turned out to be the only coach who could stop Joe Germaine.
"Ohhhh, man I wish I could go back in time. I'd take state."
Cooper was from Tennessee and never really seemed to be a "Buckeye"..He called it "O-HIO". I felt he would have been happy as the Tennessee Head Coach. His approach to the Michigan game and the Buckeye traditions was terrible.......to me, it felt we were beat, before we ever stepped on the field wiht the scUM teams. As a person, Cop was a very fine person, a real nice guy...he just never developed the "fire in the belly" towards the Northern Region Weasels, and I think they knew it.
He had so many chances and flopped in them all. I personally feel bad for many of our talented kids who played for him and watched him choke away big games. Thank God JT stepped in and put us back on top. We were slipping into also ran territory under Cooper.
Couldn't agree with you more...
I piss excellence.
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