28.Dec.2011 “Next Year is the Year”…
I've heard this phrase muttered every year since 2003, when I started following OSU football hardcore.
This morning, I saw it on a forum for the first time this post-season. Gave me a good chuckle.
On some level I envy these people and their eternal optimism. On another level, I feel sorry for them. They probably believe U.S. GDP numbers, too. *sigh*
Anyway, what I learned years ago is that OSU never has a complete team. If one problem is solved in the off-season, another springs up. E.g. Next year's offensive line should be better, but the defensive tackles are now an issue. It's like an old roof with patches. The lack of DTs being recruited this year will cause a hole in the roof somewhere down the line, too. I realize every team has weaknesses, but it just seems like many of these shortcomings could have been prevented with some better planning…by simply looking at the depth chart and recruiting positions of need years ago. Now it feels like a mad, last minute scramble to patch a caving roof, and the only supplie Riley has are rusty buckets.