Actually talked with Ben about this (former student of mine at Miami)

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By George Bland on 10:28:26 06/09/21
[In reply to "Always thought Coop got a bad rap on that one. IIRC, Ben only played one year at QB behind the coaches son(m)" by 4OHST8, posted at 07:50:01 06/09/21]

: so his track record was somewhat speculative. Also, he was not a guy who always wanted to play at OSU. His father went to Ga Tech and I think they were always somewhat ambivalent if not downright anti-OSU. Coop was probably just being honest about where he stood. Though the '99 - '01 time period was certainly not the golden age for QB at OSU.

Unlike most of us he didn't grow up dreaming of being a Buckeye and even if he'd been offered at QB he would not have ended up at OSU. He had a strong relationship with Hoeppner who promised to make him great. Hoeppner saw the throws he could make playing SS on the Findley baseball team and saw potential others did not.

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