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Matta says Sullinger will play Tuesday vs. Lamar

Posted on: December 19, 2011 5:32 pm
Edited on: December 19, 2011 5:34 pm
By Jeff Goodman

Looks like Thad Matta doesn't come to this space all that often.

My suggestion to the Ohio State coach was that he shut down his star big man, Jared Sullinger, for the time being. Let him relax over the holidays and sit out tomorrow night against Lamar and later this week against Miami (Ohio).

However, Matta told the media this afternoon that Sullinger, who has battled back spasms and now a foot injury already this season, will play on Tuesday.

It makes no sense.

The last we saw Sullinger he was hobbling off the court on crutches, shortly after his team defeated South Carolina.

That was Saturday.

It was diagnosed officially as a bone bruise to his foot and I may be overreacting, but there's just no reason to risk throwing out there the guy who will ultimately determine whether you can make a deep run in March.

Let him sit back and listen to Christmas music. Just take it slow.

Evidently, Matta disagrees.

Since: Sep 20, 2007
Posted on: December 20, 2011 9:21 am

Matta says Sullinger will play Tuesday vs. Lamar

Wow, I've wandered onto the elite message board.  We have doctors, NCAA compliance officials and NBA scouts all weighing in on the Buckeyes.  What an honor.

Since: Dec 3, 2007
Posted on: December 20, 2011 8:25 am

Matta says Sullinger will play Tuesday vs. Lamar

Teres you obviously have no clue! Dirtiest football program? You must be a hater from U of M! Your analysis of both the football and BBall programs is seriously flawed. Support your findings with legitimate facts my ignorant friend!

Since: Jan 19, 2008
Posted on: December 20, 2011 8:20 am

Matta says Sullinger will play Tuesday vs. Lamar

Teres has an agenda. (S)he's not citing facts; (s)he's just looking for opportunities to Buckeye-bash. That's his/her right, but it's difficult to take his/her posts seriously.

Ohio State's big men are always injured? Koufus and Mullens are the last two big men to go pro from the school. They weren't injured during their college careers, and they haven't been injured in the NBA. They aren't all that good, but it has nothing to do with them "always being injured." Greg Oden was injured *before* he enrolled in OSU. His injury was to his *wrist*. Matta sat him the first several weeks of the season, then allowed him to play on a limited basis with a cast. Oden did not reinjure his wrist during his year at OSU, and his wrist has not been a factor in the NBA. His knee problems, requiring microfracture surgery, developed during his rookie year at Portland. It had nothing to do with the wrist. In summary, Oden has been injury prone in his life. He was injured before his year at OSU, and he was injured afterwards. He suffered no injuries as a Buckeye, and Matta's handling of him had no bearing on his NBA career.

"Dirtiest football program in America"? Unless you have inside information the the rest of planet earth isn't privy to, you really can't back that charge up with facts. But tell you what: after the NCAA releases its sanctions on OSU and finishes its investigations of Miami, let's line the results up side-by-side and make a judgment call. What Tressel did was wrong, and his firing was deserved. OSU will be penalized for "failure to monitor," the second-harshest sentence in the NCAA book. But what other schools have historically done has been much worse; they have "lack of institutional control" with major sanctions for those. Miami will either get slapped with those sanctions or will get the dreaded "death penalty." So to recap, OSU had some issues and deserved a medium-level punishment. But your rant, Teres, is simply over the top and lacking in any credibility.

Since: Aug 5, 2011
Posted on: December 20, 2011 3:13 am

Matta says Sullinger will play Tuesday vs. Lamar

Teres, where do you get your stats from.  There has been only one big man that has always been injured and that is Greg Oden.  Please name the other big men you are referring to?   When painting with your "broad brush" I think you got too close to the paint thinner.  OSU has not had a lot of NBA stars, although there are some good players out there now.   And please tell me one example of OSU being a dirty program!  Are you referring to that vile "tattoo gate".   That was stupid....but not dirty.  It was kids being kids and a coach that shouldn't have tried to cover it up.  No rape, no robberies, no drugs, just some tattoos.  

Since: Aug 5, 2011
Posted on: December 20, 2011 3:07 am

Matta says Sullinger will play Tuesday vs. Lamar

What is all the fuss about?   This is a 20 year old kid who got a bruise!  Thad said he would play but he did not say he would play 40 minutes.  I think this sends a strong message that teams should prepare for the ENTIRE OSU team, especially with conference play just around the corner.  OSU is developing a lot of young players and they have played well, even in the Kansas loss.  This is not a one man team.  OSU and SUllinger will be fine.

Since: Dec 20, 2011
Posted on: December 20, 2011 1:47 am

Matta says Sullinger will play Tuesday vs. Lamar

Its easy to see that you're not a Buckeye Fan. I don't believe we're the dirtiest program, I do believe we "play the game"(NCAA Rules) the same way other programs have been skirting around these rules for years. Wake up! If you have money, prestige & power you can navigate your way around any NCAA Rules. Thats why we're THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY!!!

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: December 20, 2011 1:32 am

Goodman is 100 percent right here

This is a perfect example of why Ohio State big men are always injured too badly to become stars at the next level.  They can easily beat Lamar without Sullinger, and playing him is a no-win situation.  Hopefully, recruits and their parents will realize how little Ohio State thinks of the health of their players and those with NBA potential will start bringing their one and two year rental acts elsewhere.   
Ohio State is the dirtiest program in football, and they are beginning to look like they have less regard for the health of their players than any program in college basketball.  Sullinger should just quit right now and get ready for the draft. 

Since: Dec 20, 2011
Posted on: December 20, 2011 1:32 am

Matta says Sullinger will play Tuesday vs. Lamar

I think Jared should play only if he's a 100% healthy. That being said, I truly believe Thad needs to give more minutes to his other players. There will be a situation later on in the season, where a key player or two will be in foul trouble or God forbid injured & somebody(somebodies) will be thrusted into action with no significant playing time under their belt.

Question: Does anybody think Jared Sullinger is ready for the NBA after this season?

Here's my take on this! I think Jared is not NBA ready, I believe he still has a lot to develop with his overall skill sets. I would hate to see him go Pro and end up on a NBDL team or be stuck on the end of the bench.

Since: Mar 19, 2009
Posted on: December 20, 2011 1:15 am

Matta says Sullinger will play Tuesday vs. Lamar

I disagree. These authors aren't, for example, writing Encyclopedia Articles on the 1898 Spanish-American War.  They are sports opinionists.  Sports cannot survive without columnists describing a coach's decisions by words of affirmation or disagreement.  Sports thrives on analytic controversy.  Matta needs writers to get noticed.  I teach Jr. High.  Our hockey and flag-football intramurals don't need writers.  Men's College Basketball does.  I mostly agree with the authors.  Thad Matta should sit easily-injured Sullinger against Lamar & play him against Miami-Ohio, an in-state rival.

Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: December 20, 2011 12:09 am

Matta says Sullinger will play Tuesday vs. Lamar

I always take the medical advice of know-nothing sports columnists. Matta should too. Who cares what team doctors or Sullinger say about the injury? I agree that their views are not worth considering, so why even ask them?

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