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Two-Minute Drill: Ryan Day and Greg Mattison Post-Practice Updates - 8.14.19  

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Tony Gerdeman
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August 14, 2019 12:22 pm  

COLUMBUS -- Ohio State head coach Ryan Day and co-defensive coordinator Greg Mattison spoke with reporters following practice on Wednesday. Day provided updates about the team as a whole, while Mattison answered a series of questions about the defense and how well they have adapted to the new scheme. Here are the highlights.


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August 14, 2019 12:29 pm  

Interesting that there is no 2nd string TB now- and not a good kind of interesting. Mattison's comment about "not knowing" whether scUM practices every day for OSU was mealy mouthed. Just speak the truth, drop the coach speak-evasions don't breed confidence.


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August 14, 2019 12:59 pm  

Agreed on both counts, Longtime. Makes me sad as I've been a Demario McCall fan since early his freshman year, but sometimes they just don't make that 'last adjustment'. Hope he has the 'lightbulb' turn on before he's passed by. And yah. Who cares if Sunny Jim doesn't like it that you've told the truth that they're too arrogant to put in sessions for their rival year-round. The proof is on the field.


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August 14, 2019 3:50 pm  

Believe that DMcCall needs to be a returner on S Teams as he's too explosive not to be there! Like to hear that Fields is being taught to stay within O, just not relying on his athletic gifts. If this O runs as I hope, full octane the 2nd TB is not as crucial as we might suspect, but it's good to be prepared. As preached many times, OSU O will be based on his ability to accurately place the short and middle ball. I expect OSU's D to be much more fundamentally sound than last year, the question is can it be stout for many possessions and Urban's Ds were.


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August 14, 2019 5:47 pm  

We better hope it was the last staff. Because...I'm starting to sense a little bit of an excuse with the LBs. To be REALISTIC... Look at our LBs vs Bama and Clemson.
Werner and Borland don't compare to those LBs at them schools. They are light years ahead of us. Sorry! They would NOT start at either one of those programs. Can we in a championship with them??? Hmmm


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August 14, 2019 6:08 pm  

Don't we say 'That team up North?" Isn't that a bit disingenuous as well? Not trying to be controversial but can't have it both ways.


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August 14, 2019 7:23 pm  

McCall’s problem is ball security I’d rather have a less explosive player take his reps and hold onto the ball. His fumble against ttun is almost unforgivable to me. Could care less whether he plays or not. He needs that talk with Coach Day imo.


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August 15, 2019 6:47 am  

I don't think your comment is controversial, it just misses the point. Although I've never been a "team up North" user- my references to that outfit are less flattering!- they actually ARE North of OSU. Mattison's comment, on the other hand, is a lie. He does know what scUM did for years in terms of preparation for OSU and, if he somehow was uncomfortable answering, should have said "No comment". If you read his replies to the questions/topics above, they are far too fluffy. These coaches have a media obligation that is contractual, and it's merely my preference that they treat fans with more respect than his answers frequently demonstrated- thus, my original remark. Frankly, the info about the 2nd string RB is more meaningful to the team's prospects, which is why I mentioned it first.


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August 15, 2019 1:26 pm  

I didn't appreciate Mattison's lying about not knowing whether Michigan practiced for OSU when he was there. He could have deflected the question in other ways than lying about not knowing if he didn't want to say "Duh-uh". It's bad enough having an ex-Michigan defensive coordinator who allowed 62 points in the most important game last year but he's not a straight talker and I lose respect with his BS non-answer that was allowed to pass. People had time to waste Coach Day's time with a stupid question about the trademark issue but they didn't call out Mattison for a clarification on his open lie. No way would Coach Day dodge a question by lying out of the side of his mouth. Of course Michigan prepared for the Buckeyes. No answer would have been better. Anyway it's an irrelevant question but I hate having liars on the OSU staff. "Don't know" might come in handy later on if the defense has a let down. Just when I was beginning to accept Mattison which is almost as hard as accepting that Bruce Jenner is a lady.


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August 15, 2019 3:53 pm  

Buckeye All-Star ... Mattison wasn't lying, it was his way of saying he wasn't going to talk about Michigan. Of course he knows if they did or not, just as we all know it. He doesn't expect anybody to believe him. He just wanted to move on from the question. Also, he wasn't the defensive coordinator at Michigan last year and hasn't been for a while.


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August 16, 2019 4:58 am  

Tony- Yes, Mattison DID lie in this specific answer. You aren't the person who lied; however, your defense of him is part of the problem. If you are right, and this coach "doesn't expect anybody to believe him" on an issue that is essentially a tangent, it doesn't bode well for the tougher questions that may be asked of him in the future. Media availability is part of duties he is paid WELL to complete, and the consumers of these types of interviews tend to be the more serious fans. The questioner should have pressed him based on such a foolish answer, and Mattison should have been better than that (Answers such as "Of course UM prepared", or "No comment", or "I'd prefer not to speak about past employment publicly" beat a lie any day of the week). It would also be a GREAT idea for him to drop the mindless triteisms such as everybody is "great", that the LB corp "has 9 starters", that he likes "everything" about any player he is asked about- as well as similar platitudes. People are just looking for candor, or even rational explanation for why candor isn't wise in a certain situation, rather than being treated like an adult reading an issue of "Sports Illustrated for Kids" (lack of candor has bitten recent OSU coaches, I think...). I'm fairly sure rational consumers of OSU football information don't expect intimate details of specific game planning; however, there are folks who have tired of being treated as an annoyance. Fans are a tiny bit important to the success of the program, yes?


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August 16, 2019 8:59 am  

Longtime...He is paid to answer questions, but no coach answers every question. He doesn't want to start something with Michigan in the media. That's smart, not weak or deceptive. It does the team no good.


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August 16, 2019 1:40 pm  

Sure Tony, of course he doesn't want to start a bulletin board war. "I'd prefer not to answer questions about my previous job" is truthful and not board worthy. Unless he's been under a rock, he's known these questions were sure to come. Again, lack of forthright behavior by some previous OSU coaches is the contextual backdrop.


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