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Tuesday, July 22, 2008

The End Of The John Cooper Era

While my friend Mr. Seymour has asked me to stop revisiting these painful memories, I can assure you that this is the last article from that describes the painful ending of the John Cooper Era at Ohio State. Some of the areas that this article made me remember were:

  • The 1999 Kickoff Classic where Gary Berry took horrible angles on trying to tackle Miami's James Jackson. I also remember thinking Ohio State LB Jason Ott should have been nicknamed Jason "Out", as he was seemingly out of position continually.
  • The 2000 loss to Minnesota. The night before this debacle, I was offered the opportunity to go to this game and had to turn it down (how fortunate that turned out). I was at "The Holy War" game between Cleveland St. Ignatius and Lakewood St. Edward with the lovely Mrs. Minnich & my new in-laws. St. Ignatius continually thrashed and abused St. Edward's quarterback - you all may have heard of his name. His name was Troy Smith, and I believe he went on to do some good things at the college level.
  • The 2001 Outback Bowl. Not only was I hung over on New Year's Day, I had actually awakened to watch the final embarassment of Ohio State's season in losing to Ryan Brewer and South Carolina.

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