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5 things to know about Ohio State football in 2018

With the Buckeyes’ winter workouts up and running, the 2018 Ohio State football season is more or less officially underway. Most of the recruiting class has signed, and everyone who is leaving early for the NFL draft has declared so.  Here is what you need to know about the Buckeyes with a new year dawning: Four defenders who started at least half the games at their position last season...
Sports Today: Super Bowl set on super disappointing basketball weekend

Sports Today: Super Bowl set on super disappointing basketball weekend

The Super Bowl matchup is set.  Blake Bortles nearly granted us a big game with no one to root against, but Tom Brady and Bill Belickick would not be denied.  Then the Philadelphia Eagles crushed Minnesota in the nightcap, saving us from two weeks of stories about how it may or may not be fair the Vikings were getting to play a home game.  The Eagles are an impressive team to say...
Ohio State rates 5 seed in 2018 NCAA Basketball Tournament, analyst says

Ohio State rates 5 seed in 2018 NCAA Basketball Tournament, analyst says

At the start of each week, Land of 10 will break down the postseason implications, and projections, to come out of the Ohio State Buckeyes’ latest hoops contest … ____________________ Overall record: 17-4 Conference record: 8-0 (T-first) CBSSports.com RPI rank as of Sunday night: 14 KenPom.com rank as of Sunday night: 11 RPI Top 50 record: 3-3...
Tennessee Titans hire former Buckeye Mike Vrabel as coach

Tennessee Titans hire former Buckeye Mike Vrabel as coach

Mike Vrabel, a former standout offensive lineman with the Ohio State Buckeyes and former Buckeyes assistant coach, was hired Saturday as head coach of the Tennessee Titans. Vrabel, who made the Ohio State All-Century team in 2000, and won three Super Bowls with the New England Patriots, retired from football and became a defensive assistant for Ohio State in 2011. He was the Houston Texans defensive...
Ohio State’s Dixon on forgoing NFL Draft: ‘Sometimes it’s bigger than the money’

Ohio State’s Dixon on forgoing NFL Draft: ‘Sometimes it’s bigger than the money’

Johnnie Dixon stood next to Parris Campbell and Terry McLaurin on Friday at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. All three Ohio State Buckeyes wide receivers met with reporters together. That’s become a tradition with that position group. On this day, it made extra sense because all three could have decided to leave Ohio State and enter the NFL Draft and all three decided to stay, joining...
Sports Today: Same script for Dayton basketball teams, for better or for worse

Sports Today: Same script for Dayton basketball teams, for better or for worse

Guess no corners have been turned by the Dayton Flyers.  I know that’s passive voice and we’re not supposed to use it, but it sort of feels appropriate for this predictably perplexing team that can’t quite seem to get it right on a regular basis.  Both recent and less recent history pointed to a Flyers loss at St. Joseph’s, and that is what came to pass Wednesday...
OSU’s Holtmann first coach in 95 years to win first 7 Big Ten games

OSU’s Holtmann first coach in 95 years to win first 7 Big Ten games

Chris Holtmann became the first coach in 95 years to win his first seven Big Ten games as No. 22 Ohio State defeated Northwestern 71-65 on Wednesday night. C.J. Jackson had 12 points, eight assists and three steals, Micah Potter scored 13 points off the bench, Jae’Sean Tate added 12 and Keita Bates-Diop had 10 points and eight rebounds for the Buckeyes (16-4, 7-0), who won their sixth straight...
Future Buckeye Justin Ahrens shows off bigger body, expanded game at Flyin’ at the Hoop 

Future Buckeye Justin Ahrens shows off bigger body, expanded game at Flyin’ at the Hoop 

There was more to see of Justin Ahrens at the 2018 Flyin’ to the Hoop than last year’s version — in more ways than one.  The Versailles senior, who signed with Ohio State in November, said he is an inch taller and about 10 pounds heavier than he was last season.  The reigning Midwest Athletics Conference Player of the Year now tips the scales at 196 and is measuring in...
Versailles downs Sidney in showdown of stars at Flyin’ to the Hoop

Versailles downs Sidney in showdown of stars at Flyin’ to the Hoop

Two of the best players in the area squared off in the second game of the Flyin’ to the Hoop event Sunday at Trent Arena.  Versailles won 65-50 over Sidney while Tigers 6-foot-6 senior Justin Ahrens got the better of the individual matchup with Yellow Jackets 6-2 junior Andre Gordon, too.  Ahrens, who has signed to play at Ohio State next season, scored 15 of his 26 points in the first...
Sports Today: Wright State and Ohio State remain unbeaten with big conference wins

Sports Today: Wright State and Ohio State remain unbeaten with big conference wins

Yesterday we said Ohio State and Wright State faced interesting challenges.  Today we say both passed with flying colors.  The Buckeyes blasted Maryland 91-69 to remain in a first-place tie in the Big Ten standings with Purdue.  The Buckeyes shot the ball well, which is always nice, but perhaps more importantly they held a good Maryland offense below 40-percent shooting. And that...
Sports Today: Ohio State, Wright State look to keep rolling

Sports Today: Ohio State, Wright State look to keep rolling

Two questions of local interest will be answered in college basketball tonight: How does Ohio State follow its win over No. 1 Michigan State, and can Wright State keep it going?  The Buckeyes took down the Spartans on Sunday afternoon then got three days to go back to the lab and continue perfecting their game under new coach Chris Holtmann.  Ohio State will look to keep pace with Purdue...
College football: Let’s go ahead and look ahead to 2018

College football: Let’s go ahead and look ahead to 2018

The 2017 college football season is over.  That of course means anticipation of the 2018 college football season has begun.  It’s never too early to look ahead, right?  After all, they only play games for a span of about four months, meaning about 75 percent of the year consists of… chatter, arguments, anticipation — whatever you want to call it.  Yes, we often...
Sports Today: Fallout from the national championship game, Saban’s decision and more 

Sports Today: Fallout from the national championship game, Saban’s decision and more 

So Alabama had a national championship-caliber quarterback in the bullpen all along?  I guess now we know how the College Football Playoff committee concluded the Crimson Tide were better than anyone else who had a claim to that fourth spot in their tournament.  If they would have just told us that on decision day in December, it could have saved them a lot of grief, but maybe Nick Saban...
College football rankings 2018: Ohio State’s on top of Big Ten, with Penn State, Wisconsin next

College football rankings 2018: Ohio State’s on top of Big Ten, with Penn State, Wisconsin next

That 7-1 bowl record wasn’t by design, but it wasn’t an accident, either. Top to bottom, nobody does it better than the Big Ten these days, no matter how loudly or how often the SEC crows about its top. The next time someone brings up South Carolina 26, Michigan 19 and snickers, kindly remind them of Purdue 35, Missouri 3. Or Northwestern 24, Kentucky 23. Or Michigan...
Way-too-early 2018 Big Ten Power Poll: Ohio State is No. 1

Way-too-early 2018 Big Ten Power Poll: Ohio State is No. 1

That 7-1 bowl record wasn’t by design, but it wasn’t an accident, either. Top to bottom, nobody does it better than the Big Ten these days, no matter how loudly or how often the SEC crows about its top. The next time someone brings up South Carolina 26, Michigan 19 and snickers, kindly remind them of Purdue 35, Missouri 3. Or Northwestern 24, Kentucky 23. Or Michigan...
When Ohio teams beat No. 1: OSU over Michigan State just latest upset

When Ohio teams beat No. 1: OSU over Michigan State just latest upset

The Ohio State men’s basketball team’s 80-64 upset of Michigan State is the latest involving schools in the Buckeye State knocking off top-ranked NCAA teams, some of which were fellow Ohio teams. Some of the games were fewer than two years ago, while others date back to the early 1960s. RELATED: Overachieving Buckeyes stun top-ranked Michigan State They include these five games: -FEB....
Sports Today: Is Ohio State basketball back?

Sports Today: Is Ohio State basketball back?

Chris Holtmann might have an idea what he’s doing in Columbus.  The Buckeyes crushed Michigan State from start to finish Sunday, an 80-64 game that was not a coronation but at least a hint of things to come — especially if Holtmann can sign more players like Keita Bates-Diop in the future.  KBD’s absence due to injury last season definitely did Thad Matta no favors...
College Basketball: Ohio State blows out No. 1 Michigan State

College Basketball: Ohio State blows out No. 1 Michigan State

After missing the NCAA Tournament the last two seasons, roster shake-ups and a coaching change, Ohio State surged back toward national relevance with a signature win over the country’s top-ranked team. Keita Bates-Diop scored a career-high 32 points, and the surprising Buckeyes stunned No. 1 Michigan State 80-64 on Sunday, bringing the fans at Value City Arena streaming onto the court to celebrate...
Hartman: Ohio State probably passed itself out of playoff contention

Hartman: Ohio State probably passed itself out of playoff contention

I ended up in a little bit of a college football stats rabbit hole Thursday night and came away with one of those realizations I wish I’d had at least a month ago.  It was something I suspected but never did enough research to confirm until now.  Alabama is probably playing for the national title because the Crimson Tide trusted its running game more than Ohio State did. I mean, yeah...
Sports Today: Trying to gauge Bill Lazor’s plans for the Bengals offense

Sports Today: Trying to gauge Bill Lazor’s plans for the Bengals offense

While we wait to find out who will be Lewis’ defensive coordinator, we got a few tidbits from offensive coordinator Bill Lazor about what he may or may not change now that he’ll be in charge from the jump.  He wasn’t very forthcoming Wednesday when asked about the stamp he might put on the attack, and it is hard to make much of an educated guess on what he prefers because...
Sports Today: The Bengals did what now?

Sports Today: The Bengals did what now?

I logged back in 12 hours or so early to weigh in on the stunning announcement Marvin Lewis and the Bengals will be staying together for at least another year or two.  This is inexplicable from both sides.  I’m usually not one who favors change for the sake of change, but I’m willing to make an exception in this case.  I might be more surprised Lewis wanted to keep...
Urban Meyer: Program has momentum after Cotton Bowl win

Urban Meyer: Program has momentum after Cotton Bowl win

Another domino fell Saturday for the Ohio State Buckeyes. Defensive end Sam Hubbard, a redshirt junior, announced he will leave the program to enter the NFL Draft. A day earlier, just before the Cotton Bowl began at AT&T Stadium, cornerback Denzel Ward announced his departure, while at the same time explaining his decision to not play in the bowl game in order to avoid the risk of injury. »...
Second Thoughts: All-SEC title game would ruin the new year

Second Thoughts: All-SEC title game would ruin the new year

Happy New Year, everyone. Let’s hope the champagne doesn’t freeze. Took the family to Arizona for Christmas, and if it weren’t for the constant buffoonery of our airlines I’d consider going back tomorrow. Let’s go, Clemson and Oklahoma. The only thing worse than computer problems on an Airbus A319 is a national championship game featuring two SEC teams. That’s what...
Landers closes season with strong performance for Buckeyes

Landers closes season with strong performance for Buckeyes

Robert Landers had one regret Friday night. He recovered a fumble but didn’t return it for a touchdown. Of course, he was almost 90 yards from the end zone, so maybe he should go easy on himself. “It doesn’t matter,” Landers said. “If it gets in my hand, I’m supposed to get six.” The Wayne grad Landers, a redshirt sophomore defensive tackle, started the season...
Urban Meyer on Cotton Bowl: ‘A great win for Ohio State’

Urban Meyer on Cotton Bowl: ‘A great win for Ohio State’

A Cotton Bowl short on drama did not lack confetti Friday night. Workers at AT&T Stadium blew so much into the air above the No. 5 Ohio State Buckeyes as they celebrated a 24-7 victory over No. 8 Southern California, Urban Meyer, J.T. Barrett and everyone else will be picking it out of their hair for days. That’s a small price to pay for hoisting a trophy this program needed to erase the...
Buckeyes ride turnovers, dominant defense to Cotton Bowl victory

Buckeyes ride turnovers, dominant defense to Cotton Bowl victory

The Ohio State Buckeyes bid farewell to senior quarterback J.T. Barrett and a number of other cornerstones of the program and also soothed some of the pain associated with their last bowl game, beating Southern California 24-7 on Friday in the Cotton Bowl at AT&T Stadium. A year after losing 31-0 to Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl, the Buckeyes took advantage of three first-half turnovers to build a 24-7...
Graham High School to host Ohio State-Purdue wrestling dual match

Graham High School to host Ohio State-Purdue wrestling dual match

The Buckeyes are coming to Graham High School. St. Paris in Champaign County will be the place to be on Sunday, Jan. 28. That’s where Ohio State University will host Purdue in a Big Ten dual wrestling match at 1 p.m.. That’s a continuing trend for the defending Big Ten champ Buckeyes. OSU also has had dual meets at Cincinnati Moeller, Massillon Perry, Cleveland Walsh Jesuit, Wadsworth...
Early signing day complicates job for Ohio State coaches

Early signing day complicates job for Ohio State coaches

Fans of the Ohio State Buckeyes will spend the next month waiting to see which underclassmen enter the NFL Draft. Defensive end Sam Hubbard, cornerback Denzel Ward, wide receiver Johnnie Dixon and hybrid back Parris Campbell are among those who could leave early. Waiting for these decisions is an annual tradition for a program that has seen eight players selected in the first round in the last two...
Penn State wants to prove it was best team left out of College Football Playoff

Penn State wants to prove it was best team left out of College Football Playoff

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Four points. “Some of the guys on the team joke, they’re like, ‘Oh, it’s your fault,’ to me and Ryan [Bates],” Penn State defensive end Ryan Buchholz told Land of 10 Thursday. “They’re just joking around and we didn’t [think] too much about it. “It was really frustrating. After I went down and after Ryan...
Ohio State Buckeyes QB derby for 2018 will start when Cotton Bowl ends

Ohio State Buckeyes QB derby for 2018 will start when Cotton Bowl ends

The 2018 Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback derby will start as soon as the Cotton Bowl ends Friday when J.T. Barrett plays his last game. Dwayne Haskins, who took over when Barrett was injured in the Michigan game, and led the Buckeyes to a road victory, will be the favorite to start as a redshirt sophomore next season. Joe Burrow, who has two seasons of eligibility remaining, will have to decide whether...
Ohio State vs. USC: Five storylines to watch in Friday’s Cotton Bowl

Ohio State vs. USC: Five storylines to watch in Friday’s Cotton Bowl

Ohio State Buckeyes linebacker Jerome Baker takes himself to calm place before every game, soothing his nerves with the music of artists like Earth, Wind & Fire or Usher. “I like listening to slow jams before I go into battle,” Baker said. Baker, a junior from Cleveland, has another pregame tradition. He talks to a cousin on Facetime. He’ll do it again Friday when the No. 5 Buckeyes...
Cotton Bowl: Five highlights from Meyer, Helton press conference

Cotton Bowl: Five highlights from Meyer, Helton press conference

Ohio State’s Urban Meyer and Southern California’s Clay Helton posed for the traditional, awkward trophy photo Thursday at the Omni Dallas Hotel, shaking hands with the Cotton Bowl trophy in between them as cameras clicked. With that, more than three weeks of talk about the game ended. Meyer’s Ohio State Buckeyes and Helton’s USC Trojans play at 8:30 p.m. Friday at AT&T Stadium...
Ohio State vs. USC: What you need to know about Friday’s Cotton Bowl

Ohio State vs. USC: What you need to know about Friday’s Cotton Bowl

Who: No. 5 Ohio State (11-2) vs. No. 8 Southern California (11-2) When: 8:30 p.m. Friday Where: AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas What: Cotton Bowl TV/Radio: ESPN/1410 Series history: USC leads 13-9-1 and has won seven games in a row. The Trojans won the last game 18-15 in 2009 in Columbus. Ohio State last beat USC 42-21 in 1974 in Pasadena, Calif. The teams have played in the Rose Bowl seven times,...
Schiano not ready to talk about losing Tennessee job

Schiano not ready to talk about losing Tennessee job

Ohio State Buckeyes defensive coordinator Greg Schiano didn’t want to touch the Tennessee story on Wednesday, telling reporters, “When the time’s right, we’ll talk about it. Let’s focus on this game. That’s why we’re all here.” Schiano almost became the head coach of the Volunteers earlier this month until the vocal opposition of fans caused Tennessee...
Sam Darnold willing to play for anyone in NFL, including Browns

Sam Darnold willing to play for anyone in NFL, including Browns

Cleveland Browns fans who watch the Cotton Bowl on Friday might get a look at their future quarterback. Southern California quarterback Sam Darnold hasn’t decided whether he will enter the NFL Draft after the season, but if he does, he could be the top overall pick. The possibility of playing for the Browns, who have one victory in the last two seasons and could finish 0-16 this season, won&rsquo...
USC tight end on Ohio State defense: ‘They just play hard’

USC tight end on Ohio State defense: ‘They just play hard’

Southern California players watching defensive film on the Ohio State Buckeyes notice Nick Bosa first. “Anyone will tell you he’s probably the best defensive player they have,” USC tight end Tyler Petite said Wednesday in a press conference at the Omni Dallas Hotel two days before the Cotton Bowl. However, what jumps out about Ohio State’s defense as a whole, Petite said, isn&rsquo...
Buckeyes don’t shy away from high expectations

Buckeyes don’t shy away from high expectations

J.T. Barrett doesn’t spend much time on introspection. He’s not thinking about his last practice or his last game, which arrives at 8:30 p.m. Friday when the No. 5 Ohio State Buckeyes play No. 8 Southern California in the Cotton Bowl. Reporters asked Barrett numerous philosophical questions Tuesday at the Omni Dallas Hotel, everything short of, “What is the meaning of life?&rdquo...
Biggest surprise, disappointment from every college basketball power conference

Biggest surprise, disappointment from every college basketball power conference

Every college basketball team enters the season with expectations, but regardless of what’s expected in the early fall, we don’t know how good — or bad — a team is until games are played and we’re into early winter. With nonconference action over and league play set to begin (or having already begun) across Division I, we have a much better idea...
Ohio State Buckeyes: Wayne grad’s new hair color draws mixed reviews from teammates

Ohio State Buckeyes: Wayne grad’s new hair color draws mixed reviews from teammates

No one showed more school spirit for the Ohio State Buckeyes at practice Tuesday than Wayne grad Robert Landers. Earlier this year, the redshirt sophomore defensive tackle Landers, whose nickname is BB, dyed his hair blonde. Now he’s gone scarlet for the Cotton Bowl. His hair, at least on top, is the same color as the numbers on the jersey. The new look got mixed reviews from his teammates....
Cotton Bowl: Practices have been ‘awesome’ for Ohio State

Cotton Bowl: Practices have been ‘awesome’ for Ohio State

The Ohio State Buckeyes did everything they could Monday to make Christmas feel like Christmas, even though most players were spending the holiday in Texas and away from their family for the first time. The players went bowling. They played laser tag. They ate pizza. Strength coach Mickey Marotti — or “Mick Claus,” as Ohio State’s Twitter account called him — handed out...
Buckeyes, Trojans have recent experience at AT&T Stadium

Buckeyes, Trojans have recent experience at AT&T Stadium

Footage of the national championship game from 2015 played on the giant video board inside AT&T Stadium on Tuesday as the Ohio State Buckeyes practiced. Three years after the Buckeyes beat Oregon, they’re back in town for the Cotton Bowl, and that game is fresh enough in everyone’s memories that it will be a topic of conversation all week. Ohio State’s opponent, Southern California...
Fire alarm stops OSU men’s basketball game, evacuates Schottenstein Center

Fire alarm stops OSU men’s basketball game, evacuates Schottenstein Center

The Schottenstein Center was evacuated Saturday night during the Ohio State University men’s basketball game vs. Appalachian State. Within a few minutes, fans were allowed back in and the game resumed in the second half with OSU in the lead. Dan Wallenberg, the Ohio State Associate Athletics Director for Communications, said in a series of tweets that an exhaust fan malfunction led a fire alarm...
Buckeyes’ McLaurin focused on graduation, Cotton Bowl; NFL decision can wait

Buckeyes’ McLaurin focused on graduation, Cotton Bowl; NFL decision can wait

Terry McLaurin plans to run from practice at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center to graduation at the Schottenstein Center in a cap and gown on Dec. 17 — if that’s what it takes to walk in the graduation ceremony. McLaurin, a redshirt junior from Indianapolis, will complete a degree in communications this month. “It means a lot,” McLaurin said. “That’s one thing that...
Ohio State coach Urban Meyer: Playoff snub will sting for a while

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer: Playoff snub will sting for a while

Urban Meyer watched the College Football Playoff announcement Sunday on ESPN like everyone else. He reacted like everyone else, too, at least those who root for the Ohio State Buckeyes. “I sunk in my chair at home,” Meyer said. “I really thought we were in.” The Buckeyes won the Big Ten Championship on Saturday, beating Wisconsin 27-21 in Indianapolis, but it wasn’t enough...
Ohio State’s Barrett seeks to make more history vs. Michigan

Ohio State’s Barrett seeks to make more history vs. Michigan

J.T. Barrett often speaks so softly during interviews with the throng of reporters who cover the Ohio State Buckeyes, it’s hard to hear him from two steps away. Barrett’s a low talker, as opposed to the teammate who snaps him the ball, center Billy Price, who follows a long line of Ohio State offensive linemen whose voices are as large as their frames. Barrett’s not much different...
Ohio State Buckeyes: 5 things coach Urban Meyer said about Saturday’s game vs. Michigan

Ohio State Buckeyes: 5 things coach Urban Meyer said about Saturday’s game vs. Michigan

Monday marked the beginning of Michigan Week for Ohio State football, but not the beginning of preparations for the Wolverines — at least in a general sense. Here are five things to know from coach Urban Meyer’s meeting with the media at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center: Following the lead of predecessor Jim Tressel, Meyer makes sure Michigan stands out from Ohio State’s opponents...
5 things to know about Ohio State’s win over Illinois

5 things to know about Ohio State’s win over Illinois

If Ohio State had any trouble focusing on its game with Illinois on Saturday, it was impossible to tell.  The Buckeyes dominated from the opening kickoff en route to a 52-14 win over the Fighting Illini.  Here are five things to know about the game:  Ohio State’s coach made it clear the Buckeyes still have lots of business to take care of, starting with a trip to Michigan next...
Urban Meyer after Ohio State’s improbable win: ‘What just happened’

Urban Meyer after Ohio State’s improbable win: ‘What just happened’

Linebacker Chris Worley rode through the Ohio Stadium maelstrom on the shoulders of Matthew Burell, a 6-foot-3, 300-pound offensive lineman big enough to provide his teammate a beautiful view. The aftermath of the Ohio State Buckeyes’ 39-38 victory over Penn State on Saturday mirrored similar scenes following season-ending victories against Michigan. Fans flooded the field. The Buckeyes...
Urban Meyer after comeback victory: ‘Wow’

Urban Meyer after comeback victory: ‘Wow’

Linebacker Chris Worley rode through the Ohio Stadium maelstrom on the shoulders of Matthew Burell, a 6-foot-3, 300-pound offensive lineman big enough to provide his teammate a beautiful view. The aftermath of the Ohio State Buckeyes’ 39-38 victory over Penn State on Saturday mirrored similar scenes following season-ending victories against Michigan. Fans flooded the field. The Buckeyes...
True tests lie ahead for Ohio State’s improved offense

True tests lie ahead for Ohio State’s improved offense

Less than one month after Baker Mayfield claimed the center of Ohio Stadium for the Oklahoma Sooners, planting his flag in the middle of the Block O logo, the Ohio State Buckeyes look like a different team. The Buckeyes buried that 31-16 loss on Sept. 9 under a trio of blowouts: 38-7 over Army; 54-21 over UNLV; and 56-0 Saturday over Rutgers. The passing game had the most to prove, and it has...
Dobbins bringing energy to Ohio State offense

Dobbins bringing energy to Ohio State offense

J.K. Dobbins hit the hole opened by left tackle Jamarco Jones and tight end Marcus Baugh, planted his left foot and turned up the field. Army cornerback Mike Reynolds lost his footing when Dobbins made his move and made a desperate tackle attempt. Dobbins did his best Ezekiel Elliott impression in the last 40 yards of his 52-yard touchdown run Saturday at Ohio Stadium. He showed Elliott’s breakaway...
Tuf Borland has ‘personality that matches his name’

Tuf Borland has ‘personality that matches his name’

Tuf Borland has the best football name on the Ohio State Buckeyes roster. He just doesn’t hear his name very often in the locker room. His teammates call him anything but Tuf. “Pretty much whatever they feel like calling me,” Borland said. The redshirt freshman from Bolingbrook, Ill., doesn’t expect that to change even though he is now a more household name for college football...
Urban Meyer: J.T. Barrett ‘has got to play better’

Urban Meyer: J.T. Barrett ‘has got to play better’

Armchair quarterbacks across the country have busied themselves in recent days posting opinions to Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc. about Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback J.T. Barrett. “There is nothing complicated about this,” wrote Clay Travis of OutkickTheCoverage.com on Twitter. “J.T. Barrett is just not a good quarterback.” Even a potential future Buckeye, five-star defensive...
Sports Today: Bengals loss a blip, or sign of things to come?

Sports Today: Bengals loss a blip, or sign of things to come?

The Cincinnati Bengals’ season-opening loss to the Baltimore Ravens could not have gone worse.  That isn’t hyperbole. There are virtually no positives to take away from it aside from no one being seriously injured.  The way Marvin Lewis’ team looked Sunday, that won’t matter in the long run because they can’t win with this collection of players if they can&rsquo...
Three reasons Ohio State lost to Oklahoma

Three reasons Ohio State lost to Oklahoma

Current and former Ohio State Buckeyes tried to put their best spin on the 31-16 loss Saturday to Oklahoma, even as their fans woke up Sunday morning hoping it was all a bad dream. “Buckeye fans, y’all kill me sometimes,” former linebacker Joshua Perry wrote on Twitter. “It’s one game. One loss. It’s not over. It’s still early. We’re good. Trust...

Three reasons Ohio State lost to Oklahoma

Current and former Ohio State Buckeyes tried to put their best spin on the 31-16 loss Saturday to Oklahoma , even as their fans woke up Sunday morning hoping it was all a bad dream. “Buckeye fans, y’all kill me sometimes,” former linebacker Joshua Perry wrote on Twitter. “It’s one game. One loss. It’s not over. It’s still early...
Urban Meyer on Ohio State loss: ‘It was awful’

Urban Meyer on Ohio State loss: ‘It was awful’

Baker Mayfield ran the Oklahoma flag to midfield at Ohio Stadium, planted it in the center of Ohio State’s logo and celebrated with his teammates. He might as well have stuck it right in the hearts of the 109,088 fans — minus the few Sooners fans in attendance — who watched him lead the No. 5 Oklahoma Sooners to a 31-16 victory over the No. 2 Ohio State Buckeyes on Saturday...
Sports Today: Oklahoma stakes out territory in Ohio early

Sports Today: Oklahoma stakes out territory in Ohio early

How about that NFL opener last night?  The Kansas City Chiefs beat the New England Patriots 42-27 in a game that included 908 total yards.  Urban Meyer’s old quarterback, Alex Smith, ran what could almost be called the pro version of what Meyer might like his offense to be nearly to perfection. Smith hit a couple of deep balls, found playmakers running in stride and even ran a few...
Sports Today: Cincinnati Bengals ready to get started for real

Sports Today: Cincinnati Bengals ready to get started for real

The Cincinnati Bengals made their final cuts, set their practice squad then made a few more moves.  They kept seven receivers, and they got a lot younger.  The Bengals also got a little smaller on the defensive front, trading high-potential, low-yield Wille Clarke for short-but-productive offseason acquisition Chris Smith.  Four of the players drafted in April didn’t make...
Ohio State’s Landers lives out ‘every fat boy’s dream’

Ohio State’s Landers lives out ‘every fat boy’s dream’

Robert Landers is a man comfortable in his own skin. The Wayne High School graduate and redshirt sophomore defensive tackle for the Ohio State Buckeyes often sports a crop top in practice that would make Ezekiel Elliott proud. Not many guys who are 6-foot-1 and 283 pounds would dare trying to pull off that look. “You’ve got to be proud of what you’ve got,” Landers said Monday...
Sports Today: Almost time to see this revamped Ohio State offense

Sports Today: Almost time to see this revamped Ohio State offense

Ohio State football begins the 2017 season this week, and Indiana presents an appropriate opponent given the biggest story of the offseason: Revamping the Buckeyes offense.  This would be true even if Ohio State’s new offensive coordinator weren’t the Hoosiers’ old coach, but of course that adds another interesting layer to the proceedings set for Bloomington on Thursday night...
Five storylines to follow in Ohio State’s opener vs. Indiana

Five storylines to follow in Ohio State’s opener vs. Indiana

The Ohio State Buckeyes turned the hype dial to 11 with their trailer, posted to Twitter this week, previewing the season opener against Indiana. Scenes of the Buckeyes leaving the field after a 31-0 loss to Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl precede clips of players bouncing around in preseason practice and coaches screaming in excitement. “What choice will you make today!?” shouts offensive...
Sports Today: NFL’s terrible rules screw Bengals again

Sports Today: NFL’s terrible rules screw Bengals again

The further criminalization of physical contact in the NFL caught up with the Bengals late Sunday night when news broke Vontaze Burfict is facing a five-game suspension.  My knee-jerk reaction was five games seems like an awful lot, even for a repeat offender.  I thought I should sleep on it, and this morning I still feel that way.  But, hey, rules are rules, right?  Well...
Sports Today: The most important development from a Reds series win

Sports Today: The most important development from a Reds series win

Luis Castillo was lifted after four innings Sunday because of a high early pitch count and took the loss, but he gave up two runs on four hits and two walks in four innings.  In the shortest of his 12 starts with the Reds, the rookie showed he can battle. That is a trait that has been sorely lacking from many of the youngsters Cincinnati has taken a look at so far on the mound this season...
Sports Today: Cincinnati Bengals might have a pair of pass-rushing steals

Sports Today: Cincinnati Bengals might have a pair of pass-rushing steals

The training camp performances of a pair of rookie pass rushers indicate the Cincinnati Bengals knew what they were doing when they waited until the third and fourth rounds to address that area of need in the draft.  Jordan Willis is in the spotlight today after Carl Lawson hogged it for much of the early part of camp (not to mention offseason workouts).  At 6-foot-2, 261 pounds, Lawson...
Sports Today: Will Ohio State use get out of jail free card less this year?

Sports Today: Will Ohio State use get out of jail free card less this year?

We have a new candidate for best under-the-radar Urban Meyer quote of the year.  Yesterday while talking about how the running quarterback fits into his offense, Meyer acknowledged his signal caller getting too many carries is an indication things are not going well.  He then called a quarterback’s ability to run a get-out-of-jail free card.  I’m sure this is not the first...
Sports Today: J.T. Barrett’s legacy in focus, key to Ohio State’s success this fall

Sports Today: J.T. Barrett’s legacy in focus, key to Ohio State’s success this fall

After a weekend spent mostly off the grid, I’m in catch-up mode this morning.  I missed the Bengals’ first preseason game, but my biggest takeaways from Jay Morrison’s takeaways were that new defensive ends Chris Smith and Jordan Willis has nice games and the offensive line wasn’t bad.  The ability of those guys — not to mention running back Joe Mixon...
Sports Today: It’s a Cincinnati Bengals game day

Sports Today: It’s a Cincinnati Bengals game day

Cincinnati Bengals fans, the long wait for preseason game No. 1 ends tonight with Marvin Lewis’ team hosting the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  Jay Morrison already laid out his six things to watch tonight and hit all the most important aspects of the game I can see, such as they are when the outcome doesn’t matter.  I am with Jay in wanting to see how Trey Hopkins performs on the offensive...
Ohio State football hero considering run at Congress

Ohio State football hero considering run at Congress

Anthony Gonzalez, the former Ohio State wide receiver who wowed fans with his clutch catches and his amazing grab in a 2005 win at Michigan, is considering a run for Congress. According to multiple reports, Gonzalez recently met with the National Republican Congressional Committee and expressed interest in joining the ballot for Ohio’s 16th Congressional District, which contains Wayne County...
Sports Today: Clemson coach Dabo Swinney boasts he knew Ohio State was ‘in trouble’ in Fiesta Bowl

Sports Today: Clemson coach Dabo Swinney boasts he knew Ohio State was ‘in trouble’ in Fiesta Bowl

College football games are just around the corner, and Dabo Swinney is already politickin’.  And good for him*.  It’s the responsible thing for a college football coach to do in a CFB world still influenced by public opinion as much as anything else.  Swinney told WCCP (a radio station in South Carolina) his Tigers’ thrashing of Ohio State was thanks in no small part...
Sports Today: Cincinnati Bengals defense showing signs of feistiness

Sports Today: Cincinnati Bengals defense showing signs of feistiness

Friday night, the Cincinnati Bengals defense got rave reviews.  The pass rushers and the defensive backs were among the standouts, which of course is a double-edged sword when your own guys are working against each other.  We have reason to believe protection could be a problem for the Bengals’ offense this season, but the team’s pass rush was also in need of an upgrade. ...
Sports Today: Bengals offense gets a scare while defense gains versatility

Sports Today: Bengals offense gets a scare while defense gains versatility

We got a reminder yesterday about how quickly fortunes can turn in the NFL. One day you’re rookie Joe Mixon making headlines for running past defenders, the next you’re rookie Joe Mixon watching from a cart with a banged up heel.  Of course there is good news here on two fronts: It appears he is fine, and Giovani Bernard’s faster-than-expected recovery from ACL surgery...
Sports Today: To live tweet or not to live tweet? That is the question

Sports Today: To live tweet or not to live tweet? That is the question

Should we put the Twitter machine to bed when we’re in the middle of an interview?  Yeah, probably. Not that we will. Or can?  These are thoughts I had when I saw Texas coach Tom Herman (a Cincinnati-born former Ohio State assistant) is banning social media posts from reporters while they talk to his guys.  I may be in the minority, but I don't hate this at all.  I wasn't...
Sports Today: Bengals/Flyers Fight Club Edition

Sports Today: Bengals/Flyers Fight Club Edition

For the middle of the first week of August, we’ve got all kinds of stuff going on — including knuckleheads for the Bengals and Flyers.  But first a reminder: Never do anything wrong in 2017 because there will be video. This applies to you, me and people who play for the Bengals and the University of Dayton basketball team.  The moving pictures from the Greene County Jail are...
Sports Today: Coaching won’t hold back Ohio State offense this season

Sports Today: Coaching won’t hold back Ohio State offense this season

Maybe the first day of practice isn’t the time to make sweeping statements about a football team, but here’s one anyway: Ohio State’s offense won’t be held back by coaching this year.  New offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson said everything Buckeye fans should want to hear about fixing the scoring unit after day one of preseason practice.  While quickening the...
Sports Today: It’s beginning to look a lot like football everywhere you go

Sports Today: It’s beginning to look a lot like football everywhere you go

Welcome to what counts around here (and this is my column) as the official start of football season: The first day of Big Ten football media days.  The Bengals formally start the season tomorrow with a media luncheon (more on them later), and we’ve got our series of the best high school football players from many area schools going strong.  Later this week, I’m heading to Canton...
Football hype starts Monday with Big Ten Media Days

Football hype starts Monday with Big Ten Media Days

The Ohio State Buckeyes start practice for the 2017 bright and early Thursday morning at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. They get underway at 6:30 a.m. and will practice again Friday before taking the weekend off. Before the work begins, the talking starts. Big Ten Media Days take place Monday and Tuesday at the McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago. The Big Ten Network will provide 14...
Sports Today: Rejoice as football plans come into focus

Sports Today: Rejoice as football plans come into focus

Good news: The slowest sports week I can remember* this year is almost over.  Ohio State announced yesterday training camp will begin for the Buckeyes next Thursday. Heroic OSU SID Jerry Emig also gave us a way to kill some time yesterday by publishing the 2017 media guide. I’m not afraid to admit I used to love going through those when they were still printed (but I’d rather pretend...
Sports Today: The bigger picture from Spielman vs. Ohio State

Sports Today: The bigger picture from Spielman vs. Ohio State

Ohio State loves its brand more than anything.  If you spend any time on campus in Columbus, that’s pretty clear.  They care about the athletes, some students and of course making money for the hospital, but nothing trumps The Ohio State University (TM).  And that appears to have gotten them in trouble again.  The fan reaction to Chris Spielman’s lawsuit against...
5 things to know about Chris Spielman’s lawsuit against Ohio State

5 things to know about Chris Spielman’s lawsuit against Ohio State

Chris Spielman, one of the most prominent and well-known Ohio State football players of the last 30 years, made headlines last week when he filed a lawsuit against his alma mater in federal court.  Here are five things to know about the action:  The Massillon native made a school-record 283 solo tackles during a two-time All-America career that also included the 1987 Lombardi Award. He went...
Vandalia native, former Buckeye Taylor Decker undergoes shoulder surgery

Vandalia native, former Buckeye Taylor Decker undergoes shoulder surgery

Detroit Lions offensive lineman Taylor Decker suffered a shoulder injury last week in practice and underwent surgery Monday, Lions coach Jim Caldwell announced Tuesday. Decker, a three-year starter and All-American for the Ohio State Buckeyes and a graduate of Vandalia Butler High School, suffered the injury during OTAs (organized team activities).  “We’ll see how he progresses,&rdquo...
Game time announced for Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Michigan Wolverines

Game time announced for Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Michigan Wolverines

The Ohio State Buckeyes will play Michigan at the traditional start time, noon, on Nov. 25 in Ann Arbor, the Big Ten announced Wednesday. FOX will televise the game. It will be the 114th meeting between the two schools. Ohio State won 30-27 in overtime last season in Columbus. The Buckeyes have five straight victories against the Wolverines. That was one of three game times for the Buckeyes announced...
Wayne four-star recruit names his top 10 college suitors

Wayne four-star recruit names his top 10 college suitors

Wayne receiver L’Christian “Blue” Smith has named a top 10 list of potential destinations that contains some of the most tradition-rich programs in college football history. In what appears to be no particular order, Smith listed Ohio State, Alabama, Notre Dame, Minnesota, Kentucky, Penn State, Cincinnati, Tennessee, Michigan and Michigan State as the schools he is currently considering...
Sports Today: Reds roll behind Arroyo, NFL draft approaches, NBA playoffs continue, etc.

Sports Today: Reds roll behind Arroyo, NFL draft approaches, NBA playoffs continue, etc.

The Cincinnati Reds lost two of three games to the Chicago Cubs, but they snapped a four-game losing streak with a 7-5 win Sunday.  Bronson Arroyo had his best start of the season, striking out seven and walking none, and Patrick Kivlehan drove in three runs for the victors.  The Reds also got two hits, including a home run, from struggling right fielder Scott Schebler while Eugenio...
Sports Today: Fickell’s early impact at UC, high school spring football, Reds turn back clock, etc.

Sports Today: Fickell’s early impact at UC, high school spring football, Reds turn back clock, etc.

Think Luke Fickell is making a difference early in his tenure as head coach of the Cincinnati Bearcats football team?  Here’s what Malik Vann, a four-star defensive end from Fairfield, told our Rick Cassano after verbally committing to UC:  Vann is the second four-star to commit to UC, and he did so despite many Power 5 offers. That includes Michigan State, where teammate Josiah...
Sports Today: Reds rotation issues, Blue Jackets black eyes, NBA playoffs, Ohio State spring recap

Sports Today: Reds rotation issues, Blue Jackets black eyes, NBA playoffs, Ohio State spring recap

The Cincinnati Reds lost three out of four games in a series against the Brewers that concluded yesterday, and manager Bryan Price got exactly zero quality starts along the way.  Sal Romano was the perpetrator yesterday, giving up three runs and walking four in a three-inning major-league debut.  Brandon Finnegan pitched only one inning before leaving with an injury Saturday while Bronson...
Sports Today: Ohio State spring game, Bengals to honor history plus local links galore

Sports Today: Ohio State spring game, Bengals to honor history plus local links galore

Are you ready for some football?  The calendar says April, but we are loaded up with gridiron topics today.  The Ohio State spring game is tomorrow, and that will give us one big opportunity to see what everyone has been talking about since the beginning of March.  That is not a figure of speech.  Since the start of spring practice, we’ve had a lot of great interviews with...
Recruiting: Fairfield’s Jackson Carman planning to visit Ohio State for spring game

Recruiting: Fairfield’s Jackson Carman planning to visit Ohio State for spring game

Fairfield offensive tackle Jackson Carman is among the most-coveted recruits in the country for 2018, and he will be at Ohio Stadium for Ohio State’s spring game Saturday.  The five-star prospect announced that plan Thursday night on Twitter.  Carman recently told LandOf10.com he views Ohio State and Clemson as his top two schools.  At the same time, he expressed some interest...
Sports Today: Price’s Reds plan pays off again, NBA playoffs approach, Ohio State WRs, etc. 

Sports Today: Price’s Reds plan pays off again, NBA playoffs approach, Ohio State WRs, etc. 

Bryan Price’s bullpen made him look smart again Monday night as the Reds clobbered the Pirates 7-1 in Pittsburgh.  Cincinnati gave Brandon Finnegan a 5-0 lead, but he pitched himself into trouble in three straight innings.  With the bases loaded and a run already walked in, Price had seen enough – but he didn’t go to his long man and hope for the best.  Though it was...
Sports Today: Basketball ratings, Friday night Big Ten football development, Ohio State updates and more

Sports Today: Basketball ratings, Friday night Big Ten football development, Ohio State updates and more

Revisiting a couple of past themes this morning: Big Ten Friday night football and Connecticut’s impact on the popularity of women’s basketball.  The ratings are in for South Carolina’s national championship win over Mississippi State.  ESPN sent out a glowing press release muddling TV viewers with streaming numbers, but Sports Media Watch has better perspective: ...
Sports Today: Grant’s challenge at Dayton, Ohio State’s rebuilds and reboots and the Reds are coming to town

Sports Today: Grant’s challenge at Dayton, Ohio State’s rebuilds and reboots and the Reds are coming to town

As I wrote yesterday, I believe the Dayton Flyers’ hiring of Anthony Grant as head coach is a good move.  I’m a sucker for the homecoming angle, admittedly, but it’s not hard to see him as having a good mix of experiences that should make him a good fit.  He’s been around the block, but he’s still young enough to be here for a long time.  There&rsquo...
Ken Griffey Jr. says he probably would have picked Michigan over Ohio State, but not for baseball

Ken Griffey Jr. says he probably would have picked Michigan over Ohio State, but not for baseball

What if Ken Griffey Jr. had pursued a football career instead of baseball?  He might be less popular in the state of Ohio.  The recently inducted Baseball Hall of Famer told Dan Patrick he had more scholarship offers to play football than baseball when he was a high school star at Cincinnati Moeller.  Doesn’t sound like he would have been a Buckeye, though.  Instead he might...
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