Buckeye Battle Cry: What To Make Of Joe Burrow Transferring From Ohio State?

Buckeye Battle Cry: What To Make Of Joe Burrow Transferring From Ohio State?

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Buckeye Battle Cry: What To Make Of Joe Burrow Transferring From Ohio State?


After months of speculation, Ohio State quarterback Joe Burrow made it official today — announcing his decision to transfer to another program. Our latest Buckeye Battle Cry asks the three writers if he made the right decision?


 

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Buckeye Battle Cry: What To Make Of Joe Burrow Transferring From Ohio State?

And so it goes.

Where there is smoke, there is usually fire. This time it came in the form of Ohio State quarterback setting the table for a possible transfer out of the program if he wasn’t named the starter in spring ball.

He graduated just this Sunday, and now he’s made it official as a graduate transfer that he’ll be leaving the program to take on another challenge somewhere else. That means it’s now likely that Dwayne Haskins will be your starter under center, but one has to ask the question: Did Joe Burrow do the right thing?

Terry is up first …

Contact/Follow Terry Johnson

At the risk of sounding like a grumpy old man, I’ll say that he made the wrong decision. I think the best thing for Burrow to do was to stay and compete. That way, he would know that he did absolutely everything that he could to win the starting job at Ohio State.

Don’t get me wrong: I completely understand why he made this decision. I wouldn’t want to be on the sidelines holding a clipboard when I could be out on the gridiron somewhere else. Heck, if there were an opening for a 40-something year old quarterback, I’d sign up tomorrow.

With that said, I wish Burrow would have remained with the Buckeyes. While he may not have been the starter going in, he still had an opportunity to become the guy with a solid showing in fall camp. Considering how well Burrow played this spring – including the long TD he threw on the final play of the Scarlett and Gray game – I’m surprised he didn’t like his chances to earn significant playing time in 2018.

Since he gave his heart and soul to the team for four years, I wish Burrow nothing but the best going forward.

Contact/Follow Mark Russell

I love when Ohio guys stay home and attend The Ohio State University. I also understand why some leave or choose to go elsewhere. Ohio State is one of a handful of NCAA FBS schools who’s backups would start at most other programs. In some cases, even the third string guys!

I don’t understand when a guy like Jackson Carman (who spurned OSU for Clemson this signing season) leaves his home state. But hey, to each his own.

In this case, I feel like Joe Burrow is making what he feels like is the best decision for his future. And I can’t fault a kid for that. Sure he could stay and compete, and as a fan, I would much rather that happen. But no one can see into the future. If he stayed, maybe he is still the second string guy. If his hope is to play in the NFL one day, it makes sense that he go someplace that will give him the opportunity to showcase his abilities.

I agree Terry, I wish Joe would’ve stuck around, but I also wish him all the best. Unless, of course he finds himself facing the Buckeyes on the field.  In that case, I choose to endorse Nick Bosa’s recent tweet…

Contact/Follow Phil Harrison

Ha. A good ribbing from former teammates is always good fun.

This is a hard one for me. I can’t blame a kid for stacking the deck in his favor to take advantage of every opportunity that he can to better himself within the rules. But on the other hand, if you are so confident in your abilities, stay and continue to compete, win the dang job and go get it done.

More than that though, this whole graduate transfer thing is getting out of control. The NCAA rule was put in place to help kids from an academic standpoint as they go on to graduate degrees, but it continues to be used for athletic gain more and more every year.

I believe Burrow saw the writing on the wall and made the move, and wish him luck, but I’m not so sure some NFL scouts would have rather seen his competitive spirit and follow through on a commitment he made.

We shall see.

 

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