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Ohio State assistant coach faces criminal trespassing charge

Ohio State Buckeyes wide receivers coach Zach Smith faces a charge of criminal trespassing, according to Delaware County Municipal Court records. The incident occurred May 12 in Powell. According to a report by 247Sports.com, police officers were called to the residence of Courtney Smith, Zach Smith’s ex-wife. She had instructed Smith to not drop off their son at her apartment. Zach told officers...
Former Ohio State football player passes away

Former Ohio State football player passes away

Highland Local Schools announced Monday afternoon the passing of former Ohio State football player Mike Kudla.  No cause of death was released, but Kudla was only 34.  After graduating from Highland in 2002, Kudla played linebacker and defensive end for the Buckeyes from 2002-05.  He was an All-Big Ten first-team pick in 2005 and had three sacks in a season-ending win over Notre Dame...
D.J. Carton’s commitment another major step for Ohio State

D.J. Carton’s commitment another major step for Ohio State

In his first year at Ohio State, Chris Holtmann proved he can develop an NCAA tournament team and an NBA prospect.  Could he sign a potential pro, though?  That was the biggest question the day Keita Bates-Diop declared he was foregoing his final year of eligibility to enter the NBA draft.  (The Big Ten Player of the Year was chosen in the second round last month.)  Holtmann signed...
Football Friday: The high school coach who changed Ohio State forever

Football Friday: The high school coach who changed Ohio State forever

Today is a good day to look back on one of the seminal moments in Ohio State football.  Aren’t they all? Well, yeah, but a story from the Harrisburg Patriot-News serves as inspiration at this particular moment.  What does a paper in Pennsylvania care about Ohio State football on a random day in July?  The area is the home of George Chaump, who isn’t exaggerating when he...
College football: Who are the favorites in each conference?

College football: Who are the favorites in each conference?

At least one Las Vegas sports book likes Ohio State to defend its Big Ten championship.  The Buckeyes are a 3/2 favorite to win the conference in numbers published by Bovada on Thursday.  Wisconsin (last year’s runner-up) is next at 14/5 followed by Michigan at 11/2, Penn State at 6/1 and Michigan State at 10/1.  The drop from there is precipitous with Iowa and Nebraska coming...
5 things to know about Ohio State’s nonconference schedule

5 things to know about Ohio State’s nonconference schedule

As we count down the days to the return of football, here’s a look at the non-Big Ten teams Ohio State will tangle with in 2018:   1. The Buckeyes’ first opponent could be their worst of all.   Oregon State was terrible last year (1-11) and probably will still be terrible this year.   The Beavers have a new head coach (alumnus Jonathan Smith) who looks like...
Ohio State recruiting update: A look at 2019, 2020 commitments

Ohio State recruiting update: A look at 2019, 2020 commitments

Ohio State Buckeyes football coaches love to type “Boom” on Twitter. Every time, a recruit commits to the program, that’s their go-to word. They could save time by cutting and pasting it this summer. That’s how often they’re earning commitments from highly-ranked players. The 2019 class, with 14 commitments, ranks sixth in the country, according to 247Sports.com, and...
Ohio State football: Braxton Miller has high expectations for Dwayne Haskins

Ohio State football: Braxton Miller has high expectations for Dwayne Haskins

Ohio State football will enter the 2018 season with high expectations, as usual.  Perhaps higher than usual for a team breaking in a new starting quarterback, but that is because Dwayne Haskins is widely believed to be no average quarterback.  Add Braxton Miller to the believers Urban Meyer’s offense will be in good hands this fall.  Of course it makes sense for an alumnus to...
2019 linebacker commits to Ohio State Buckeyes

2019 linebacker commits to Ohio State Buckeyes

The Ohio State Buckeyes received a verbal commitment from a four-star recruit in the class of 2019 on Monday. Kane Patterson, a linebacker from Christ Presbyterian Academy in Nashville, Tenn., announced his pick on Twitter. He ranks 194th in his class, according to 247Sports.com, and eighth among inside linebackers. Alabama, Stanford, Tennessee and Texas A&M were also in the running to land Patterson...
5 takeaways from the Ohio State football advanced stats preview

5 takeaways from the Ohio State football advanced stats preview

July 4 is in the rearview mirror, and that can only mean one thing: The return of football grows nearer.  One of the best ways to pass the time before teams start taking the gridiron again is to read college football previews.  We already dug into Phil Steele’s annual, but now another of our favorites is out: Bill Connelly’s advanced stats-based SBNation previews of every team...
Ohio State receives fifth commitment from member of 2020 class

Ohio State receives fifth commitment from member of 2020 class

The Ohio State Buckeyes received their fifth verbal commitment from a member of the class of 2020 on Saturday. Luke Wypler, a 6-foot-4, 285-pound offensive guard, announced his college choice on Twitter. He’s a four-star recruit who ranks second among guards and 75th overall in the 2020 class, according to 247Sports.com. Wypler is from Montvale, N.J., and will be a junior at St. Joseph Regional...
Here are some more potential changes coming to college basketball recruiting, the draft and more

Here are some more potential changes coming to college basketball recruiting, the draft and more

More than two months after an independent commission issued numerous recommendations for reforms to NCAA basketball, the efforts to reshape the recruiting calendar are continuing.  National basketball reporter Jeff Goodman shared some of the changes being considered Friday.  A common theme is creating new recruiting evaluation periods and events that would be more closely associated with...
PFF tabs an Ohio State Buckeye to make immediate impact for Browns

PFF tabs an Ohio State Buckeye to make immediate impact for Browns

Pro Football Focus named Browns cornerback Denzel Ward among the 20 players most likely to have an immediate impact with new teams in the NFL this fall.  A rookie from Ohio State, Ward was the No. 4 pick in the draft in April.  The Browns were next-to-last in the NFL in interceptions last season with seven.  They ranked 26th-ranked pass defense in the league as measured by FootballOutsiders...
What we know now: Jim Jordan and Ohio State wrestling

What we know now: Jim Jordan and Ohio State wrestling

Congressman Jim Jordan said he would have reported abuse had he known about it during his time as an Ohio State University wrestling coach. Former wrestlers allege Jordan, R-Urbana, knew a team doctor sexually abused athletes but failed to report it. Here’s what we know now about the allegations, Jordan’s response and Ohio State’s ongoing investigation. Ohio State in April announced...
Ohio State lands one of top quarterbacks in class of 2020

Ohio State lands one of top quarterbacks in class of 2020

The Ohio State Buckeyes landed a verbal commitment from one of the top quarterbacks in the class of 2020 on Sunday. Jack Miller, a 6-foot-4, 210-pound junior at Chaparral High School in Scottsdale, Ariz., announced his decision on Twitter. He ranks third among pro-style quarterbacks in his class, according to 247Sports.com, and he’s the 47th-ranked player overall. Miller attended the Friday...
State’s top recruit in Class of 2020 commits to Ohio State Buckeyes

State’s top recruit in Class of 2020 commits to Ohio State Buckeyes

Ohio’s top recruit in the class of 2020 is staying home. St. Xavier junior offensive tackle Paris Johnson Jr., a five-star recruit, verbally committed to the Ohio State Buckeyes on Thursday night. Johnson, a 6-foot-7, 285-pound who ranks No. 1 in the state and No. 8 in the nation according to the 247Sports composite ratings, had offers from every big-time program across the country. St. Xavier...
College basketball: Oddsmakers like UC Bearcats best among Ohio colleges

College basketball: Oddsmakers like UC Bearcats best among Ohio colleges

Remember when the state of Ohio was on top of the college basketball world last season?  That week was pretty magical!  The 2018 season didn’t really turn out great with Ohio State, Xavier and Cincinnati all losing in the second round of the NCAA tournament after Wright State was routed in the round of 64, but it was fun while it lasted!  And we have it on good authority all those...
Braxton Miller hosts football camp at Wayne

Braxton Miller hosts football camp at Wayne

Houston Texans wide receiver and former Ohio State Buckeyes star Braxton Miller played host to a football camp at his alma mater, Wayne High School, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today. He will hold another camp at the same time a day later at Hilliard Bradley High School. “It’s something I look forward to all year,” Miller said in a press release, “to be able to go back to Ohio and...
Here’s how and when to buy single-game Ohio State football tickets

Here’s how and when to buy single-game Ohio State football tickets

Ohio State fans (or anyone else) looking to purchase single-game tickets for football games this fall can do so beginning at 10 a.m. Friday. They may be purchased from Ticketmaster by phone (800-745-3000) or online (www.ticketmaster.com).  The Ohio State University Athletics Ticket Office at the Schottenstein Center will also have them available.  Prices vary for each of the seven home games...
Big Ten takeaways from Phil Steele’s annual college football preview

Big Ten takeaways from Phil Steele’s annual college football preview

The first days of summer and the first days of college football preview magazines: Two great things that go great together.  Phil Steele’s annual is out now with it’s usual array of rankings, stats and predictions to provide hours of diversion for the discerning college football fan who can’t wait for teams to report for preseason camp in late July.  Here are a few takeaways...
Ohio State swipes QB commitment from Big Ten rival

Ohio State swipes QB commitment from Big Ten rival

Ohio State’s long and winding road to finding a quarterback in the class of 2019 came to an end over the weekend.  Dwan Mathis, a four-star prospect from Oak Park, Mich., announced Sunday he flipped his commitment from Michigan State to Ohio State.  The 6-foot-5, 195-pound senior-to-be is the No. 9 pro-style quarterback in the country according to 247Sports Composite rankings...
NBA Draft: Where 3 locals landed and what’s next for them

NBA Draft: Where 3 locals landed and what’s next for them

Following the NBA draft live doesn’t appeal to me much because so much changes from moment to moment.  Of course there’s a great drama factor involved, but these days i don’t have much trouble finding that anywhere so I spent more time watching the Reds beat the Cubs and Kayla Harrison win her first MMA fight.  Even if you watched the NBA draft for a while last night, there&rsquo...
NBA Draft: Local connections, how to watch and what else to know

NBA Draft: Local connections, how to watch and what else to know

The NBA draft is tonight. Coverage begins on ESPN at 7 p.m.  Here are some things to know about the league’s annual talent dispersal event:  1. For the second year in a row, there is a Southwest Ohio connection.  Last year, it was Luke Kennard. The Franklin High School graduate went to the Detroit Pistons in the first round.  This year it’s Vincent Edwards, a former...
What to know about the Dayton area’s best basketball prospects

What to know about the Dayton area’s best basketball prospects

To find out what most of the area’s best basketball players are up to this spring and summer, one needn’t make many phone calls.  Quincy Simpson has the scoop.  Fans in northwest Ohio know Simpson as the head coach at Lima Senior, but he’s pulling double duty as the director of the C2K Elite AAU program.  That roster happens to include a handful of the top senior-to-be...
Return to St. John Arena part of Ohio State’s nonconference basketball schedule

Return to St. John Arena part of Ohio State’s nonconference basketball schedule

Ohio State basketball finalized its nonconference schedule Tuesday, announcing an intriguing slate for Chris Holtmann’s second year as coach of the Buckeyes.  The season begins Nov. 7 at Cincinnati, where the Bearcats will be opening their newly renovated home arena after a year of playing their “home” games at Northern Kentucky.  Ohio State hasn’t played at UC since...
High School Football: These area football stars have made college commitments 

High School Football: These area football stars have made college commitments 

With the start of summer upon us, more than 20 Cox Media Group Ohio coverage area players in the senior class have Division I football offers or appear in the 247Sports rankings.  Twelve members of the 2019 class have already verbally committed.  Here’s a look at them:  Erick All -- Michigan  A three-star tight end prospect, All announced his decision on June...
Urban Meyer offers perspective on Ohio State QBs, new NCAA rules

Urban Meyer offers perspective on Ohio State QBs, new NCAA rules

Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer spoke about quarterback and a couple of changes to NCAA rules Friday night in Columbus.  The Buckeyes mentor confirmed in the clearest language yet Dwayne Haskins will be his starting quarterback when preseason camp commences in late summer.  “Dwayne is the starter and Tate (Martell) is in full competition mode,” Meyer told reporters at the...
Alter’s Connor Bazelak, top QB in Ohio, announces his college decision

Alter’s Connor Bazelak, top QB in Ohio, announces his college decision

Ohio’s top quarterback for 2019 is off the board.  Alter quarterback Connor Bazelak announced Sunday he has decided to continue his football career at Missouri.  “I want to thank all the coaches that recruited me and gave me an opportunity to play at the next level,” he tweeted. “Also to everyone in my life that has made me a better person and quarterback.  &ldquo...
NCAA football redshirt rule gets a major adjustment

NCAA football redshirt rule gets a major adjustment

Get ready to see many more freshman playing college football.  The NCAA announced Wednesday afternoon players (of all classes) will be able to participate in up to four games without losing their ability to redshirt for that season.  The change goes into effect this fall and applies to the Football Bowl Subdivision and the Football Championship Subdivision, so Ohio State coach Urban Meyer...
NCAA announces big change to transfer rules

NCAA announces big change to transfer rules

The NCAA announced a potentially huge change to the transfer procedure that is set to take effect later this year.  Beginning in October, student-athletes will no longer be required to receive permission to transfer and go on scholarship at a new school.  This prevents the controversial process of coaches setting limits on where players can take their talents after deciding their current...
Ohio State’s first Rose Bowl-winning quarterback passes away

Ohio State’s first Rose Bowl-winning quarterback passes away

Pandel Savic, the first player to quarterback Ohio State to a win in the Rose Bowl, died Tuesday morning in Columbus.  The Memorial Tournament, where he was general chairman emeritus, announced his passing at the age of 92.  A native of Macedonia, Savic traveled to the United States as a young boy and went on to lead one of the most all-American of lives.  After joining the Marines...
Football recruiting: Centerville freshman-to-be already on college radars, including Ohio State

Football recruiting: Centerville freshman-to-be already on college radars, including Ohio State

While another big group of rising senior football players look to improve their college football stocks this summer, a freshman-to-be is also making a name for himself.  Chase Harrison hasn’t played a high school game yet, but he already has his first college scholarship offer.  That came last week from Louisville, and it does not seem like it will be the last.  His father, Michael...
Sports Today: Football recruiting, Saturday playoff games and playoff division changes

Sports Today: Football recruiting, Saturday playoff games and playoff division changes

Is there any better place to start on a Friday than football?  Of course not!  There have been a couple of big stories related to Ohio State football this week.  One comes from an alumnus as Malcolm Jenkins’ reaction to the fallout from the Eagles’ White House “disinvitation” went viral.  We already covered that yesterday and the day before.  As far...
Ohio State alum Malcolm Jenkins cuts through White House visit kerfuffle to share meaningful messages

Ohio State alum Malcolm Jenkins cuts through White House visit kerfuffle to share meaningful messages

While social media roiled over whether or not the Philadelphia Eagles’ visit to the White House as Super Bowl champions should or should not have happened (and another senseless attack from President Donald Trump on the NFL’s “anthem controversy”), Malcolm Jenkins injected some sanity into the situation Tuesday.  As the media coverage continued to focus more on the reactions...
Ohio State football: How many games will Buckeyes win this season?

Ohio State football: How many games will Buckeyes win this season?

One of the new rites of spring arrived in my inbox Tuesday with the release of early projections of college football win totals for 2018.  Bovada has set the over/under for regular season wins by Urban Meyer’s Ohio State Buckeyes a 9.5.  Ohio State has some holes to fill thanks to graduation and early entries into the NFL draft, but that’s a pretty appealing number considering...
Ohio State announces several kickoff times, including opener and Michigan

Ohio State announces several kickoff times, including opener and Michigan

Ohio State announced the start time to several football games for the upcoming season.  The season-opener against Oregon State at Ohio Stadium will begin at noon and be shown by on ABC.  A week later at 3:30 p.m., the Buckeyes will open Big Ten play at home against Rutgers on the Big Ten Network.  As previously announced, Ohio State’s Sept. 15 game against TCU at AT&T Stadium...
Ohio State football announces another future opponent

Ohio State football announces another future opponent

Ohio State football fans planning for 2022 now can cross out two dates on the calendar.  The Buckeyes will play host to Toledo on Sept. 17, 2022, the school announced Thursday.  That comes after a previously announced game against Notre Dame set for Sept. 3 at Ohio Stadium.  The Buckeyes and Rockets have played three times in the past. Top-ranked Ohio State topped Toledo 49-0 in 1998...
Today in history: Jesse Owens dominates the Big Ten for Ohio State

Today in history: Jesse Owens dominates the Big Ten for Ohio State

Did you know today is Jesse Owens Day?  Well, there could be multiple Jesse Owens Days given his amazing career, but arguably his most dominant performances came 83 years ago today at the Big Ten track and field championships in Ann Arbor, Mich.  (Keep in mind also this was back before Ohio State football made the Big House its second home every other year.)  Owens of course went on...
Here’s how Ohio State wants youth football coaches to teach tackling

Here’s how Ohio State wants youth football coaches to teach tackling

Alex Grinch had two big selling points as he laid out the tackling method Ohio State football has adopted in recent years.  Not only is the Buckeyes’ system safer, it is effective.  The latter is important, he noted to an audience of roughly 170 youth and high school coaches, because otherwise it won’t be used.  The former – safety – is key at a time when youth...
Sports Today: Matt Harvey, Scooter Gennett give Reds interesting options

Sports Today: Matt Harvey, Scooter Gennett give Reds interesting options

The Cincinnati Reds beat the Pirates last night with a pair of unlikely heroes who might be unlikely to be Reds when the summer comes to a close.  Matt Harvey allowed one earned run on three hits in six innings, leaving the bases loaded in the first but retiring the side in order in the third, fifth and sixth innings. Meanwhile, Scooter Gennett hit a grand slam while driving in six runs...
The weirdest story you’ll read today involves Miami hockey — and a tapeworm 

The weirdest story you’ll read today involves Miami hockey — and a tapeworm 

A Miami University hockey player might transfer to Ohio State.  Oh, no, that’s not the weird part.  What’s strange is Carson Meyer is leaving Oxford because he wants to put behind him a year marred by the effects of a 25-inch tapeworm hanging around in his digestive system.  The Athletic has the whole story of Meyer, a central Ohio native and Columbus Blue Jackets prospect...
Bengals sign first-round draft choice from Ohio State

Bengals sign first-round draft choice from Ohio State

The Cincinnati Bengals signed first-round draft pick Billy Price on Monday. A center, Price was selected in the first round and 21st overall out of Ohio State University. The Bengals agreed to a four-year contract with an option to extend one year through 2022. The 6-foot-4, 305-pounder was a four-year starter for the Buckeyes. He was a guard for three seasons, when switched to center as a senior...
Former Ohio State quarterback Burrow picks LSU

Former Ohio State quarterback Burrow picks LSU

Former Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Joe Burrow will transfer to LSU. He made the announcement late Friday night on Twitter. The Cincinnati Enquirer was first to report Burrow opted for LSU. Burrow was considering Cincinnati and LSU, according to reports. He announced May 8 he was leaving Ohio State after three seasons. “After weeks of struggling with this decision, I have decided to...
Concussion discussion: Area football coaches talk changes, challenges in preserving the game 

Concussion discussion: Area football coaches talk changes, challenges in preserving the game 

When a half dozen high school coaches convened recently to talk football, some consensus about what is probably the game’s biggest long-term issue emerged.  With concern about the effects of head injuries growing, there is no choice but to embrace changes to the game because the consequences are not acceptable.  “If we let this game go, I’ll tell you what: Society&rsquo...
Ohio State football: On Dwayne Haskins, Joe Burrow, J.T. Barrett, a local recruit and more

Ohio State football: On Dwayne Haskins, Joe Burrow, J.T. Barrett, a local recruit and more

Offseason? What offseason?  Don’t tell Ohio State football the calendar says May because lots of stuff has been happening with Buckeyes past, present and future.  Here is a quick rundown of some stories from this week you might have missed:  The head coach told the crowd at the Pro Football Hall of Fame Luncheon in Canton that Dwayne Haskins Jr. will get the first chance to be...
Ohio State adds two MAC schools to schedule in future seasons

Ohio State adds two MAC schools to schedule in future seasons

The Ohio State Buckeyes added two Mid-American Conference schools to the 2020 and 2021 schedules Wednesday, completing the schedules for those seasons. Buffalo will visit Ohio Stadium on Sept. 19, 2020. This will be the second meeting between the two schools. Ohio State beat Buffalo 40-20 in 2013 in Columbus. Akron will play the Buckeyes on Sept. 25, 2021 at Ohio Stadium. Ohio State leads the series...
Sports Today: Joey Votto learns honesty doesn’t pay

Sports Today: Joey Votto learns honesty doesn’t pay

Joey Votto set aside 45 minutes or so for a podcast and some people lost their minds.  In case you missed it, the Cincinnati Reds ace batsman opened up about a few things during a long conversation with Yahoo Sports.  He spoke about his admiration of Ichiro and Bryce Harper (among others), his view of PED users, his outlook for Shohei Ohtani and more, but lots of writers latched onto his...
2018 World Cup: Who are local coaches, fans rooting for?

2018 World Cup: Who are local coaches, fans rooting for?

The World Cup begins Thursday in Russia without the United States for the first time since 1986. While TV viewership in the USA for the tournament soared from 3,273,000 in 2010 to to 4,557,000 in 2014, those numbers could plummet this year because of the absence of the Americans. Soccer may be more popular than ever in this country — witness the rise of FC Cincinnati — but the non-soccer...
NFL Draft: Bengals first-round pick says he’ll be 100 percent by training camp

NFL Draft: Bengals first-round pick says he’ll be 100 percent by training camp

For the third time in four seasons the Cincinnati Bengals used their first-round pick in the NFL Draft on a player recovering from a surgery, but Billy Price and his new coaching staff expect the former Ohio State center to be 100 percent healthy by training camp, if not sooner. “He obviously had to jump through the medical hoops, which he did, and obviously with flying colors, which is sometimes...
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...
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