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The NCAA Coaching Carousel: While We’re Waiting…

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Ohio State offensive coordinator Tom Herman is taking the head coaching gig in Houston. I suppose it is a tad unrealistic to think that he wasn’t going anywhere after this season, so I suppose I’m just glad that he isn’t taking one of the Big Ten openings.

Urban will have to replace him though, and Eleven Warriors dug into the possible replacement list. I’m not as sold on the Buckeyes luring current OC’s from other programs to the Buckeyes (like Mississippi State’s Brian Johnson) but if anyone can do it, Meyer can. Certainly the Buckeyes would pay Johnson more, and maybe the former Meyer QB recruit is itching to reunite with the coach.

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The Bo Pelini “I’m Coming Home” video didn’t take long. I think this was a terrific hire by Youngstown State, and good for Pelini deciding that there was something else besides chasing the next D1 job. He would have found one, but he can make a bigger difference at Youngstown. Tressel approves.

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I have been a little surprised that there hasn’t been more said and written about the suicide of Ohio State football player Kosta Karageorge, at least as it is related to concussions.

The defensive end walked on the team as a senior, but was a wrestler throughout his college career. Did he suffer from concussions during wrestling? Is there a link between concussions and depression and suicidal tendencies? Will we really ever know for certain?

“Perhaps this is all best summarized by the conclusions from a recentneurological study of 45 retired football players. The researchers found evidence of trauma-related neurological problems in some of the subjects, but they also found that the majority of players had fairly normal-looking brains. The authors suggest that perhaps the view that professional football “frequently leads to chronic brain damage” is overstated.

Some professional footballers have suffered serious consequences, almost certainly linked to their play. But from an epidemiological perspective, the evidence doesn’t yet suggest that suicide risk is broadly elevated among professional football players overall.”

I know enough to know I have zero answers to this subject, but I do believe this issue will ultimately lead to the decline of football. I’m not stepping onto a narrow ledge there.

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On a much, much lighter note: there is a new board game cafe opening up in Hudson. The Malted Meeple will be opening in January (according to a response to a Facebook comment) and boasts they will be your local hangout for craft beer, mega milkshakes and hobby gaming. Look forward to it.

For those wondering what in the world a ‘Meeple’ is, well they are wooden tokens shaped roughly like people that represent players or workers in a board game.

You may remember that there is a board game cafe opening in Ohio City called the Table Top Cafe. This opening has been delayed a few times as the owners await licensing. I was in contact with the owner on Tuesday and while they are frustrated, they are pushing forward and have just one permit left to obtain and are waiting on the city to finish. Hopefully we will have news of their opening soon.

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Speaking of board games…If you missed it last week, I published a board game gift guide. I am also in the process of putting all my previous reviews into the same format with the board games tag, in order to be easily searchable here at WFNY. I really enjoy doing these reviews and will be doing more of them, including at least one this week.

If there is a game you would like to see reviewed, please tell me and I’ll try my best to do so. I’m always up for a conversation on gaming, so please feel free to hit me up on twitter @rickgrayshock.