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Ohio State Buckeyes: Seven young players to watch in 2018

A number of Ohio State Buckeyes grabbed wheelbarrows and shovels Friday to perform their duties as losers of the spring game. Members of the Scarlet team, including quarterback Tate Martell and defensive end Nick Bosa, worked on improving the landscape of Buckeye Grove, the stand of trees just southwest of Ohio Stadium where the school’s All-American players are honored. That won’t be...
Sports Today: Sorting out reactions to the Reds’ firing Bryan Price

Sports Today: Sorting out reactions to the Reds’ firing Bryan Price

Cincinnati Reds general manager Dick Williams said pretty much exactly what I wanted to hear in regards to the firing of Bryan Price.  Beyond that, I have seen the argument made that firing Price was pointless because the team wasn’t really good enough to win.  That’s a pretty dumb way to look at it.  For one thing, it ignores just how terrible the Reds have been since...
Hartman: Earle Bruce is one of the most influential Ohio State Buckeyes ever

Hartman: Earle Bruce is one of the most influential Ohio State Buckeyes ever

There will never be another Earle Bruce.  The Hall of Fame Ohio State football coach, who died early Friday at the age of 87, was an import from out of state, but he ended up being one of the most influential Buckeyes of all time.  A hotshot halfback from Cumberland, Md., “Lefty” Bruce had his playing career cut short by a knee injury.  First-year head coach Woody Hayes...
Former Ohio State coach Earle Bruce dies at 87

Former Ohio State coach Earle Bruce dies at 87

Former Ohio State Buckeyes head football coach Earle Bruce, the man who succeeded Woody Hayes and served as a mentor for Urban Meyer, died early Friday at 87 at his home in Powell, Ohio State announced. Bruce, who was hired in January 1979 after Hayes was fired, coached the Buckeyes from 1979-87 and had a record of 81-26-1 in nine seasons. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in...
Ohio State quarterbacks still waiting to find out who won job

Ohio State quarterbacks still waiting to find out who won job

The news Wednesday at Ohio State regarding the quarterback situation was simple: There was none. Will the Buckeyes turn to Dwayne Haskins, last year’s backup, as their starter in 2018? Could it be Joe Burrow, who has the option of transferring and playing right away if he doesn’t get the job? What will they do with Tate Martell? The spring season ended Saturday with the spring game at...
Wayne grad Landers growing as leader for Ohio State Buckeyes

Wayne grad Landers growing as leader for Ohio State Buckeyes

The Dayton area’s long tradition of seeing area graduates excel for the Ohio State Buckeyes will continue in 2018. Defensive tackle Robert Landers, of Wayne, should play an even bigger role than he did last season, and there’s another local name in the mix for playing time as well: Miamisburg’s Josh Myers. Landers, who will be a redshirt junior in the fall, has appeared in every...
Miamisburg’s Myers contending for starting center job with Buckeyes

Miamisburg’s Myers contending for starting center job with Buckeyes

Miamisburg High School graduate Josh Myers put himself in a position to compete for the starting center job with the Ohio State Buckeyes with his performance in the final two weeks of spring practices. That was the gist of offensive line coach Greg Studrawa’s comments Wednesday as Ohio State’s assistant coaches met with the media to review the spring season. The 6-foot-5, 308-pound Myers...
Sports Today: No 2 potential NFL quarterbacks are created equally

Sports Today: No 2 potential NFL quarterbacks are created equally

Nothing represents the craziness of the NFL draft better than the juxtaposition of J.T. Barrett and Malik Zaire.  For the second time in their lives, the two quarterbacks are pretty much peers.  Five years after being four-star college football prospects, their potential in the pros is much more in doubt — even though virtually nothing about the intervening years is similar. ...
Alter grad Zaire works out for Bengals alongside OSU’s Barrett

Alter grad Zaire works out for Bengals alongside OSU’s Barrett

As two of the top quarterbacks in the 2012 recruiting class, J.T. Barrett and Malik Zaire struck up a friendship at the Elite 11 quarterback camp and have remained close since. But while Barrett went on to become the all-time leading passer at Ohio State, Zaire was stuck in a backup role at Notre Dame, and the two never got to compete against each other. Until Tuesday. Zaire, an Alter High School...
J.T. Barrett on NFL draft prospects: ‘I don’t think I’m a finished product yet’

J.T. Barrett on NFL draft prospects: ‘I don’t think I’m a finished product yet’

What’s J.T. Barrett been up to since finishing up at Ohio State?  Football.  The former Buckeye quarterback has learned that he needs to be ready for anything — any time — when it comes to preparing for the NFL Draft.  Of course there is the physical side of it, making sure he is in shape for any workouts that might be scheduled on short notice, but he’s also...
Mangold proud of being ‘Steady Eddie’ in 11 seasons in NFL

Mangold proud of being ‘Steady Eddie’ in 11 seasons in NFL

Twelve years ago this month, Nick Mangold’s NFL journey began when the New York Jets drafted him in the first round. The Alter High School graduate watched the draft at home in Centerville with his family. “We watched this kid take his first steps, watched him ride a bike and go off to school,” Nick’s dad, Vern Mangold, told the Dayton Daily News that day, “but this was...
Alter grad retires from NFL after 11 seasons with Jets

Alter grad retires from NFL after 11 seasons with Jets

Nick Mangold, an Alter High School graduate and former Ohio State Buckeyes offensive lineman, retired from the NFL on Tuesday after an 11-year career. Mangold, a seven-time Pro Bowl selection, announced his retirement on Twitter. “I DECLARE RETIREMENNNTTTTTTT!” he wrote. “I will be signing a one day deal with (the New York Jets) next week so I can retire a Jet. Thank you to all!...
Burrow on Ohio State quarterback situation: ‘I came here to play’

Burrow on Ohio State quarterback situation: ‘I came here to play’

The final score of the spring game Saturday mattered little because the three quarterbacks — Dwayne Haskins, Joe Burrow and Tate Martell — switched back and forth between the Gray and Scarlet teams. For what it’s worth, the Gray won 37-14, punctuating the victory at Ohio Stadium with a 42-yard touchdown pass from Burrow to Demario McCall on the final play. Now the question becomes...
Ohio State football: On quarterbacks, WR-DB competition, a local standout and more

Ohio State football: On quarterbacks, WR-DB competition, a local standout and more

Ohio State wrapped up spring football with a surprisingly dry and entertaining spring game Saturday.  The quarterbacks got a lot of the attention, but there was a lot more going on.  Here are some other takeaways from the spring, starting of course with the quarterbacks.  Why Urban Meyer said the quarterback competition remained open all spring was not hard to see. Burrow, Haskins and...
Five takeaways from Ohio State’s spring game

Five takeaways from Ohio State’s spring game

The rain started falling at Ohio Stadium with five seconds left in the spring game Saturday. Ohio State Buckeyes fans started fleeing for the exits. The decision to move the game forward two hours kept them from sitting in the rain all afternoon. A dreary forecast kept Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa State and others from playing their spring games. The show went on for the Buckeyes because coach Urban...
Dwayne Haskins or Joe Burrow? History indicates who Ohio State’s starting QB will be

Dwayne Haskins or Joe Burrow? History indicates who Ohio State’s starting QB will be

If the only thing to go by were the spring game, Ohio State’s choice for starting quarterback would seem to be pretty obvious.  Joe Burrow made the best case to be the man this fall, completing 15 of 22 passes for 238 yards and two touchdowns while Dwayne Haskins Jr. was 9 for 19 for 120 yards and two scores as well.  Of course, there’s more to football than raw numbers, and...
Urban Meyer: No decision yet on Ohio State’s starting quarterback

Urban Meyer: No decision yet on Ohio State’s starting quarterback

The first 14 spring practices didn’t settle the quarterback question for the Ohio State Buckeyes. Neither did the 15th, the annual spring game at Ohio Stadium. Dwayne Haskins, Joe Burrow and Tate Martell had one last chance Saturday to show what they can do. Now it’s up to Urban Meyer and his coaches to pick a starter for the 2018 season. “We have to make some decisions,” Meyer...
Ohio State Buckeyes spring game: Four things to know

Ohio State Buckeyes spring game: Four things to know

The Ohio State Buckeyes started the spring practice season March 6 and finish it with the spring game at 11:45 a.m. Saturday at Ohio Stadium. The start time of the game was moved up two hours on Friday because of concerns about the weather. For the most part — not counting the handful of practices witnessed by the media or recruits — the team has practiced in private. That changes in the...
Ohio State changes time of Saturday’s spring game

Ohio State changes time of Saturday’s spring game

The Ohio State Buckeyes will play the spring game at 11:45 a.m. Saturday, the school announced Friday. It was moved from 1:45 p.m. because of concerns about the weather. All tickets for the game have been sold. Ohio State expects a crowd of 79,000. There will be 18,000 seats not in use because of construction at Ohio Stadium. There is free parking in lots around the stadium and on campus, with the...
Sports Today: Another Vontaze Burfict letdown for the Bengals

Sports Today: Another Vontaze Burfict letdown for the Bengals

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: Vontaze Burfict has been suspended by the NFL.  I happen to agree with those in charge of the Cincinnati Bengals who have suggested Burfict gets a bad rap at times, but how long can the team continue to rely on a player who is so often unavailable to play in its games?  At least his new contract allows the team to recoup some of the...
Ohio State may change start time of Saturday’s spring game

Ohio State may change start time of Saturday’s spring game

Ohio State may change the start of the spring game because of concerns about the weather forecast. It is scheduled to start at 1:45 p.m. Saturday at Ohio Stadium. “Athletics Dept. officials are still monitoring the Saturday forecast,” Ohio State announced Thursday. “We want to host the (Ohio State) Spring Game for you — The Best Fans in the Land. We understand the importance...
Sports Today: How low can it go for Cincinnati Reds?

Sports Today: How low can it go for Cincinnati Reds?

I can’t tell if the dreadfulness of the Cincinnati Reds’ first 10 games made the way they lost Wednesday night harder to take or easier.  There are 151 games left, but writing off this season is terrifyingly tempting.  Because what is there for these Reds to hang their hats on?  We know they are going to have nights when the pitching is bad. That’s a symptom of youth...
Ohio State spring football game sold out

Ohio State spring football game sold out

The Ohio State football spring game is sold out. The game, which will take place after the Ohio State-Michigan men’s lacrosse match in Ohio Stadium, is set for an approximate 1:45 p.m. kickoff. »RELATED: Quarterback race still ‘close,’ Meyer says About 18,000 seats will not be in use during the lacrosse/football game because of construction in the stadium. Ohio State has distributed...
Meyer on Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback race: ‘All three are close’

Meyer on Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback race: ‘All three are close’

Wisconsin cancelled its spring game. Michigan cancelled its spring game. Iowa State did the same. However, the threat of rain hasn’t changed Ohio State’s plans. As of Wednesday, the game will still go on as planned at 1:45 p.m. Saturday at Ohio Stadium. It will be the last chance for the three quarterbacks competing for the starting job — Dwayne Haskins, Joe Burrow and Tate Martell...
Ohio State lands commitment from five-star forward Alonzo Gaffney 

Ohio State lands commitment from five-star forward Alonzo Gaffney 

Chris Holtmann’s first full-year Ohio State basketball recruiting class was good but lacked an elite prospect.  His second one is starting with one of those.  Alonzo Gaffney, a five-star forward from Garfield Heights, announced Tuesday morning he will be a Buckeye.  Gaffney is the top-rated player in Ohio in the class of 2019 and the No. 18 player in the country according to the...
Antonio Williams waits patiently for his chance with Buckeyes

Antonio Williams waits patiently for his chance with Buckeyes

Antonio Williams gave up Honey Buns — and probably a few other treats — to drop 17 pounds. He weighed 227 pounds when he arrived at Ohio State in January 2016 and weighs 210 now. He feels the difference every time he carries the ball for the Buckeyes. “I can’t outrun nobody at 227,” Williams said Monday with a laugh. “I feel a lot better. I’m more confident...
Ohio State running backs pushing each other in spring practice

Ohio State running backs pushing each other in spring practice

The Ohio State Buckeyes received their Big Ten championship rings Monday. They’re about the size of an Apple Watch, though it’s unlikely they tell time or have wireless capabilities. In fact, the rings don’t do much more than glitter, and that’s fine with the players, who were promised rings by center Billy Price at the low point of the 2017 season, the loss at Iowa on Nov...
Alford: Dobbins, Weber both will play a lot for Buckeyes in 2018

Alford: Dobbins, Weber both will play a lot for Buckeyes in 2018

The Ohio State Buckeyes have always been known for producing great running backs — Archie Griffin, Eddie George and Ezekiel Elliott to name a few — but have the rare luxury of having two 1,000-yard back on the roster in 2018. Mike Weber gained 1,096 yards in 2016 as a redshirt freshman. J.K. Dobbins led the team last season with 1,403 yards in his true freshman season. How will...
Sports Today: Cincinnati Reds start goes from bad to worse

Sports Today: Cincinnati Reds start goes from bad to worse

The start of the 2018 season could have gone worse for the Cincinnati Reds, though not by much.  They are not only 2-6 and in last place but the offense has been a big let-down, scoring three runs or less in five of those games.  Eugenio Suarez provided a big spark Saturday night with the game-tying and game-winning hits in a 7-4 victory then a Jameson Taillon pitch broke his thumb Sunday...
Ohio State Buckeyes: Trustees approve Urban Meyer’s contract extension

Ohio State Buckeyes: Trustees approve Urban Meyer’s contract extension

Ohio State Buckeyes football coach Urban Meyer received a two-year contract extension Thursday that will make him the highest-paid coach in the Big Ten and the third-highest paid coach in the nation. The Ohio State Board of Trustees approved the contract Friday. Meyer will receive a $1.2 million raise. His total salary for the 2018 season will be $7.6 million. He is now under contract through the...
Ohio State coach Urban Meyer up for two-year extension

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer up for two-year extension

Ohio State is giving football coach Urban Meyer a two-year contract extension running through the 2022 season, pending by approval by the university board of trustees. The board is expected to vote Friday. ›› Recruiting continues to be tricky for Meyer at Ohio State “I want to thank President Michael V. Drake for his guidance and the Board of Trustees for its work in considering...
Sports Today: Recruiting Ohio continues to be tricky for Urban Meyer at Ohio State

Sports Today: Recruiting Ohio continues to be tricky for Urban Meyer at Ohio State

Another area high school football made his verbal commitment earlier this week when Gabe Newburg announced he will be going to Michigan.  The Northmont defensive end is a three-star prospect with a dozen college offers.  LandOf10.com recruiting analyst Ryan Donnelly reports he visited Ohio State last week but wasn’t willing to wait any longer to see if Urban Meyer was going to offer...
Ohio State’s offense might look more different than it really is this fall

Ohio State’s offense might look more different than it really is this fall

Ohio State football will be running the same offense in 2018 it has run since Urban Meyer came back to town six years ago.  It might not look quite the same, though.  That was the overall takeaway from offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson’s meeting with reporters this week.  Well, let’s amend that opening line a bit — look for the 2018 Ohio State offense to be an evolved...
Expanded coaching staff gives Ohio State’s Schiano flexibility

Expanded coaching staff gives Ohio State’s Schiano flexibility

Greg Schiano is now the roamer of sorts on the Ohio State coaching staff. He described himself as the “spare” coach. Much like head coach Urban Meyer, Schiano can move from position to position, overseeing everything on the defensive side. The addition of a 10th assistant coach, which college football teams were allowed to add after the 2017 season, gives Schiano that flexibility. His...
Recruiting roundup: Michigan offers GWOC defensive end, Alter QB picks up ACC offer and more

Recruiting roundup: Michigan offers GWOC defensive end, Alter QB picks up ACC offer and more

This has been a busy week on the recruiting front as several players from around the area picked up new offers from colleges in major conferences.  The highest-profile school to hand out an offer to an area prospect this week was Michigan, which became the 12th school to take a shot at Northmont defensive end Gabe Newburg.  The Thunderbolts standout also tweeted that he received an offer...
Brady Taylor ready to take over at center for Ohio State

Brady Taylor ready to take over at center for Ohio State

Brady Taylor, the man most likely to touch the ball first for Ohio State’s offense in the 2018 season, has never started a game in four seasons in Columbus. He has appeared in 27 games the last two seasons but only in mop-up duty or on special teams. He follows two centers who won Rimington Awards in 2016 and 2017. Taylor, a Columbus Bishop Ready graduate who will be a fifth-year senior in the...
Sidney star Andre Gordon picks what sport he’ll play in college

Sidney star Andre Gordon picks what sport he’ll play in college

One of the area’s top multi-sport athletes is narrowing his focus for the next level.  Sidney junior Andre Gordon announced Tuesday he will no longer consider playing football in college.  The Yellow Jackets guard is going to focus on basketball.  Ohio State is among the schools to have shown interest in the 6-foot-2 guard for both football and basketball. He has made multiple...
Sports Today: Sounds like Ohio State football is progressing on schedule

Sports Today: Sounds like Ohio State football is progressing on schedule

Surly Urban Meyer is a good Urban Meyer, at least this time of year.  The Ohio State football coach met with the media yesterday to talk about spring football, and he wasn’t in a great mood because apparently he didn’t like what he saw during the Buckeyes’ practice Monday.  That’s probably a sign things are right on schedule.  The game-day operations might still...
Why Keita Bates-Diop going pro early is a win for him and Ohio State

Why Keita Bates-Diop going pro early is a win for him and Ohio State

That Keita Bates-Diop’s departure from the Ohio State basketball team with a year of eligibility left could be at once expected and surprising probably makes it the perfect final act for one of the weirdest years ever for the program.  Especially since his entry into the NBA draft is not even really early in the grand scheme of things.  Confused?  Let me explain.  Of course...
Ohio State: Meyer not happy with what he’s seeing in spring practices

Ohio State: Meyer not happy with what he’s seeing in spring practices

The Ohio State Buckeyes heard one phrase over and over again as they practiced Monday: “Strain to finish.” Those three words echoed around the Woody Hayes Athletic Center throughout practice during the first hour, which the media was allowed to observe from the sideline. The practice looked like every other Ohio State practice. The players did indeed appear to be straining to finish plays...
Ohio State: Keita Bates-Diop confirms he will enter NBA draft

Ohio State: Keita Bates-Diop confirms he will enter NBA draft

Keita Bates-Diop declared for the NBA draft on Monday, hoping to parlay a breakout junior season into a pro career next season. He averaged 19.8 points and 8.7 rebounds per game and was named Big Ten Player of the Year as the Buckeyes vastly surpassed preseason expectations, finishing second in the Big Ten and earning a No. 5 seed in the NCAA tournament.  “I’ve had a lot of teammates...
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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