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PHOTO: Buckeye poster lists Michigan's majors

Posted on: February 20, 2012 7:04 pm
Edited on: February 20, 2012 7:05 pm

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

We've already learned that Urban Meyer has reclaimed the "Team Up North" euphemism for his Buckeyes' hated rivals at Michigan, possibly in response to Brady Hoke's "Ohio" euphemism for the school and team its alumni will be quick to tell you is the Ohio State University. But it turns out Meyer is interested in getting in his jabs at the Wolverines in more ways than just avoiding the name.

This is a sign that appeared in the front of OSU's Woody Hayes Athletic Center last week:

Yes, that's a list of majors for Ohio State's football players on the left, and those for the "Team Up North" on the right, with the (alleged) number of Wolverines in General Studies (and Engineering, Biology, and Business at the bottom) having been highlighted. 

We are not going to wade into the merits of Meyer's argument, one we have zero doubt is already being waged by both Ohio State and Michigan fans in various corners of the Internet as we speak. More important from our perspective is that this is an argument Meyer wants to wage, too--that he is willing to tell visitors to the WHAC (which notably include both recruits and their parents) that the "Team Up North" isn't challenging its players academically. (Incidentally, Meyer wouldn't be the first coach to make this exact argument; former Wolverine great Jim Harbaugh did the same during his tenure at Stanford.) 

It's one thing to talk about a rival as the biggest game of the year, call them by a different name, or even talk a little smack about a winning streak. But to essentially call out another school's academic handling of its players in semi-public fashion is something else. We're neither condemning nor condoning the poster; as we said, we'll leave to that to the partisans on either side.

What we can say is that whether it's Meyer, Hoke, new Michigan signee Ondre Pipkins or anyone else on either side of the rivalry, the heat between the Wolverines and Buckeyes is rapidly approaching that of the Hayes-Schembecler glory years ... and as fans of spicy college football, that much, at least, we can endorse wholeheartedly.

Photo by Kevin Noon. HT: Eleven Warriors.

It's been a busy couple of days around Columbus and Ann Arbor; Gordon Gee and his magic mouth are at it again, the Wolverines just scored the biggest single recruiting weekend in the country this year, and Meyer's Gainesville home is for sale.    

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Since: Jul 28, 2009
Posted on: February 21, 2012 1:24 pm

PHOTO: Buckeye poster lists Michigan's majors

Ha.  It doesnt snow much in southern Ohio.   Winter can be cold, but not much snow.  Summer and winter are long seasons.  Hot weather lasts from late May to late September.    Autumn is rather short, just October and November.   Winter is about 4 months also - dec., jan, feb, and most of march.   spring is brief just like fall.  very nice.     there are better places in the USA for weather than Ohio, but it doesnt suck out loud either.   People wanting to make fun of ohio, fine, but come up with new material.

Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: February 21, 2012 1:19 pm

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Hey buck729. You choose to live in Ohio because you love 4 seasons? It's just unfortunate that winter has the Buckeye state in its grips for 7 months. Have to admit that the constant snow-shovelling is a great workout if you don't drop dead of a heart attack.

Since: Jul 28, 2009
Posted on: February 21, 2012 12:44 pm

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To the morons who keep saying Michigan is higher ranked than OSU.   That isn't even the point.   no where on that poster did it say Michigan sucks as a school.   they were comparing the majors of just FOOTBALL PLAYERS.

Since: Jun 24, 2007
Posted on: February 21, 2012 12:14 pm

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I hate both of these schools, but anyone with any knowledge would concede Michigan is a much higher respected academic institution than Ohio State.

Much higher respected?  First of all, that is some awful grammar...but that's beside the point.  I will concede that Michigan IS often rated higher by things like US News and whatnot but it seems that you are conviniently ignoring the fact that NEARLY ALL of the Big Ten schools are "public ivies" (with the exception of private Northwestern and Nebraska and maybe Purdue).  There is no shame in going to any institution of higher learning...but to try to bash Ohio State for Michigan's benefit is really a futile and pointless endeavor.

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: February 21, 2012 11:55 am

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The people.  The tradition.  The criminals.

Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: February 21, 2012 11:48 am

PHOTO: Buckeye poster lists Michigan's majors

This is why Hoke gets great kids.  He doesn't bad mouth other schools.  Most recruits are saying that - even ones that don't come to Michigan.  He doesn't need to put down other schools - he lets U of M and the great things about it sell it self.  Urban is going to get some good recruits . . . .  then in 5 years he'll quit after Hoke perennially gets better athletes.  It is kinda his MO.  I wish he would stay . . .  it would be nice to have another 10 Year War. . . .  but I don't think you will see it.  OSU is not as classy as U of M so they must try to intice people by making up stuff like this.  Funny thing is "General Studies" at U of M is probably more rigorous than all the programs listed on the Ohio side of the board.  Funny as well - didn't the Wolves just beat Ohio in Hoops? It is fun to see stuff get back to normal.

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: February 21, 2012 11:35 am

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meyer really is desperate.  is he actually trying to compare the schools acedemically.  my 14yr old could graduate today with a business degree from THE CRIMINAL university.  TCu

Since: Jul 28, 2009
Posted on: February 21, 2012 10:37 am

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Michigan is a great school.  As a Buckeye fan, I hate their football team, but respect the University.  Their fans, on the other hand, are insufferable, condascending twats.     Buckeye fans can be loud and obnoxious, dont get me wrong, but Michigan fans, due to their silly elitism, are even worse.   Your 'standards" may be high for non fb playing students, but your standards for football players are entirely different.  the facts speak for themselves when the most common major is Gen Studies.  If you want to refer to the university of M as the harvard of the midwest, fine, please just have the good sense not to do that on Saturday afternoons, b/c everyone knows that none of your fb players would get into Harvard, so stop it with the pompous non sense.  It's just football.

Since: Jan 7, 2011
Posted on: February 21, 2012 8:01 am

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Since: Jun 6, 2007
Posted on: February 21, 2012 6:50 am

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We are talikng about young kids right? The same one's that make mistakes like DWI and selling their memorabilia? Why don't you all check for yourselves;

Just click on the players name and it gives a short bio with major. I'm sure you can perform the same action on the Buckeye website although I have no interest in going there.  

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