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College decision is ‘done’ for Wayne’s ‘Blue’ Smith, who will announce choice Aug. 27

Wayne High School senior L’Christian “Blue” Smith has made up his mind, he’s just not ready to tell everybody yet. Smith will go public with his college choice in front of a national TV audience on ESPN on Aug. 27 when Wayne opens the season at Pine-Richland High School in Gibsonia, Pennsylvania. The 6-foot-6, 210-pound wide receiver is the fourth-ranked recruit in Ohio in...
How the Ohio State offense is getting its swagger back

How the Ohio State offense is getting its swagger back

We’ve reached the point in the football preseason that themes can start to run into the ground.  “How will X be better than it was last year, coach?” is a well-worn question in July and August.  Whatever went wrong a season ago is inevitably a central theme to the following preseason.  Such as it is with an Ohio State offense that was at times explosive but also disappeared...
Regarding the ‘Urban Meyer is overrated/underrated’ at Ohio State thing

Regarding the ‘Urban Meyer is overrated/underrated’ at Ohio State thing

This “Urban Meyer has underachieved at Ohio State thing” is a stupid, made-up story, but people love to click those so it's probably worth a few minutes.  I would say he's overachieved twice, underachieved twice and hit expectations pretty much on the head once in five seasons in which he is 61-6 with one national championship, one Big Ten championship and five conference division...
Elite Ohio prospect schedules visits to Dayton, Ohio State

Elite Ohio prospect schedules visits to Dayton, Ohio State

The Dayton Flyers will host Dwayne Cohill for an official visit Sept. 15 according to a report.  The Cleveland Hoy Name four-star guard told scout.com he will be in the Gem City next month for a close-up view of what coach Anthony Grant and his staff have to offer.  Cohill is the No. 5 prospect in the state according to 247Sports.  He has also scheduled visits to Ohio State and...
Sports Today: Who deserves most at-bats in the Reds OF the rest of 2017?

Sports Today: Who deserves most at-bats in the Reds OF the rest of 2017?

Was that a wild time in Chicago for the Reds or what?  Too bad the series is over because it’s anyone’s guess what insanity might have happened if there were a rubber match in the Friendly Confines today.  What else can you say when a series goes 15-5, 2-1, 7-6 and 13-10?  The Reds earned a split in improbable fashion Thursday with Phil Ervin’s 2-run homer proving...
Does Jim Harbaugh have a point about kids playing soccer and football?

Does Jim Harbaugh have a point about kids playing soccer and football?

Finally, Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh has decided to use his advanced trolling skills for good.  So there you have it. One of our country’s most influential sports figures confirms soccer is good enough for America’s youth… until they’re old enough to upgrade to the more advanced, modern version.  Sounds about right to me… OK, OK, soccer fans &mdash...
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...
Backup quarterback race heats up for Buckeyes

Backup quarterback race heats up for Buckeyes

Quarterbacks coach Ryan Day tells the Ohio State Buckeyes in his room to practice every day with imagination. “Every time you take a snap, it’s like being in the Horseshoe playing against Oklahoma on a Saturday night,” Day said. “It’s being at Indiana on a Thursday night. It’s not just another rep at Coffey Field.” RELATED: Barrett key to Ohio State&rsquo...
Ohio State QBs looking to increase rewards, not risk

Ohio State QBs looking to increase rewards, not risk

To risk or not to risk, that is not the question for the Ohio State quarterbacks this preseason. We thought it was until this week, but Ryan Day and J.T. Barrett set the record straight Monday.  Turns out throwing contested passes (or not throwing them enough, to be more precise) has been a topic of discussion for the Ohio State quarterbacks, but framing that as taking more risks is not exactly...
Ohio State turns attention to season opener

Ohio State turns attention to season opener

The video board above the turf field at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center always features some sort of motivational message. On Monday, the Ohio State Buckeyes saw three words as they walked outside for the 15th preseason practice: “Get game ready.” This week, Ohio State starts to turn its attention toward preparation for the season opener against the Indiana Hoosiers in Bloomington, Ind...
Ezekiel Elliott’s father shares details of how Cowboys RB will appeal NFL suspension

Ezekiel Elliott’s father shares details of how Cowboys RB will appeal NFL suspension

Three days after Ezekiel Elliott was suspended by the NFL, his father indicated what type of defense the Dallas Cowboys running back could mount.  Stacy Elliott tweeted, “My son’s legal team is ready to fight! Let’s deal!!!! You will know the set up and the PLOT!”  He included a screen shot from a story that appears Monday on the Fort Worth Star-Telegram website...
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...
Second Thoughts: Will Elliott answer NFL’s wakeup call?

Second Thoughts: Will Elliott answer NFL’s wakeup call?

Football is back. High school teams take to the fields Friday night for their preseason scrimmages. To you boys lucky enough to play on natural grass in late August and early September, thank your athletic directors and school boards for not buying into the Field Turf hype. I believe Roger Goodell figures a four-game suspension for Ezekiel Elliott will suffice, but he knew his six-game penalty will...
The ‘real Baker’ should be improved in second year as Ohio State starter

The ‘real Baker’ should be improved in second year as Ohio State starter

Jerome Baker started at linebacker the last 12 games of the season for the Ohio State Buckeyes in 2016. He finished second on the team with 83 tackles. He earned an All-Big Ten honorable mention. Baker believes he can play even better as a junior this fall because he knows the defense so much better. He was still learning a year ago and made this interesting admission Thursday after Ohio State held...
Ezekiel Elliott suspended six games by NFL

Ezekiel Elliott suspended six games by NFL

The NFL will suspend Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott for six games for violating the league’s personal conduct policy, the league announced Friday. Elliott, the second-leading rusher in Ohio State Buckeyes history, was being investigated by the league after an allegation of domestic violence in July 2016. The NFL released a statement about the suspension: “Over the course...
Ohio State offense could benefit big time from deeper backfield

Ohio State offense could benefit big time from deeper backfield

As we inch closer to Ohio State football’s 2017 unveiling at Indiana, here’s a sleeper candidate for most interesting position group on the team: Running back.  Most of the offseason ink has been devoted to how Kevin Wilson will fix the Ohio State passing game.  Related to that, we’ve wondered about new quarterbacks coach Ryan Day’s impact on quarterback J.T. Barrett...
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...
Linebacker Booker eager to contribute for Buckeyes

Linebacker Booker eager to contribute for Buckeyes

One question caused Ohio State Buckeyes linebacker Dante Booker to pause Thursday during a post-practice interview at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. “If you had stayed healthy last year, what would you have done?” a reporter asked. “I really don’t know how to answer that,” said Booker, a redshirt junior from Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary. “I feel like I could have...
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...

3 numbers suggest Ohio State’s offense is in for a huge season

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The preseason work isn’t done yet and Urban Meyer isn’t ready to call Ohio State’s offense a finished product at this point. The Buckeyes appear to be trending in that direction, though. It’s sounding increasingly like the “enhancements” Meyer has stressed throughout the offseason will pay off when Ohio State kicks...
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...
Ohio State should have improved depth on offensive line

Ohio State should have improved depth on offensive line

Ohio State Buckeyes offensive linemen don’t throw around the Slobs nickname as much as they did two years ago when Vandalia Butler graduate Taylor Decker led the unit. Senior left tackle Jamarco Jones isn’t sure what happened to it. “You guys should try to figure something out for us,” Jones told reporters on Monday after practice. “Take a little poll and see what we...

After a year of criticism, Ohio State’s offensive line might need to get used to praise

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Greg Studrawa might need to find a new motivational tool for the Ohio State offensive line. Turning criticism into fuel isn’t going to work when the Buckeyes are only earning praise. Maybe the unit that was maligned a year ago could get used to the rave reviews and maintain the same work ethic to keep the positive vibes flowing. Maybe the players will stop...
Meyer impressed by tailbacks, freshman QB early in camp

Meyer impressed by tailbacks, freshman QB early in camp

The Ohio State Buckeyes can chart the progress of preseason practice by the growth of their head coach’s facial hair. Urban Meyer looks less like a three-time national championship coach and more like a guy who is hiking the Appalachian Trail every day. Of course, the chances of Meyer’s beard and mustache surviving until the Aug. 31 season opener at Indiana are about as good as the Hoosiers&rsquo...
Ohio State Buckeyes: Miamisburg’s Josh Myers making ‘strong’ impression

Ohio State Buckeyes: Miamisburg’s Josh Myers making ‘strong’ impression

A dozen days into preseason practice, Ohio State offensive line coach Greg Studrawa doesn’t sound close to picking a new starter at right guard, but he likes what he has seen from Josh Myers. “Really good — He’s learning things,” Studrawa said Monday of the freshman from Miamisburg who was one of the top-rated players in Urban Meyer’s 2017 recruiting class. &ldquo...
Ohio State center: CTE issue alarming for players

Ohio State center: CTE issue alarming for players

Billy Price knows all about the recent study that showed CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy) in 111 of 112 brains donated by the families of former NFL players. The Ohio State Buckeyes talk about themselves about the issue, said Price, a fifth-year center and co-captain. “There’s an education level,” Price said Monday after Ohio State held its eighth practice of the preseason...

Winning a starting job from Ohio State DC Greg Schiano is about trust

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Greg Schiano has been delivering the message to potential starters long before he stepped foot on Ohio State’s campus. He’s not the one making the depth chart. That’s up to the players. Schiano, of course, will update position battles throughout training camp. He’s the one grading the film. And ultimately, he’ll have to pick...
Webb setting standard for Ohio State safeties

Webb setting standard for Ohio State safeties

The Big Ten Network set up camp outside the Woody Hayes Athletic Center as the Ohio State Buckeyes practiced Saturday. Dozens of reporters and photographers watched the first part of practice as well. The seventh preseason practice will be the last the media sees until bowl season. From now until January, everything Ohio State does in preparation for game day will take place behind closed doors with...
Ohio State needs offensive culture change to be more than idle chatter

Ohio State needs offensive culture change to be more than idle chatter

 One of the hallmarks of football’s preseason is stories about stuff that really doesn't matter.  That’s not to say we’re out here trying to mislead anyone or waste your time. It’s just that football players and coaches are conditioned to keep concrete information at a minimum, and many are well trained in the fine art of using many words to say nothing.  Some...
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...

Zone 6 has ‘enhanced’ its culture, now Ohio State WRs need enhanced production

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Parris Campbell and Terry McLaurin provided a glimpse of the potential two weeks after they arrived on campus. Now the Ohio State wide receivers are living up to the standard the program has been expecting from them since they showed up in 2014. The ability of the two Buckeyes to establish a positive example has been apparent once they turned heads with their relentless...
Pressure on unproven Ohio State wide receivers

Pressure on unproven Ohio State wide receivers

There is a front row in the Ohio State Buckeyes wide receivers meeting room. It’s an actual row of seats. When receivers coach Zach Smith talks about his guys in the front row, he isn’t speaking figuratively. Six players sit in front. Right now, they are: fourth-year juniors Parris Campbell, Johnnie Dixon and Terry McLaurin; redshirt sophomore K.J. Hill; and sophomores Binjimen Victor...
Unreasonable expectations? Welcome to a new era of Big Ten football

Unreasonable expectations? Welcome to a new era of Big Ten football

Sorry to tell you, Big Ten, but it's over.  No more feigning disrespect when it comes to national college football discussions.  The era when you can claim not to get more benefit of the doubt than the SEC and ACC in the national rankings has come to a conclusion.  This much is clear from the USA Today Sports Information Direct— err, I mean Coaches Poll.  Ohio State is No...
Ohio State one of four Big Ten teams in top 25 of coaches poll

Ohio State one of four Big Ten teams in top 25 of coaches poll

The Ohio State Buckeyes ranked No. 2 in the preseason Amway Coaches Poll released Thursday. Four Big Ten teams made the top 10. Ohio State received five of 65 first-place votes. Alabama, which received 49 first-place votes, is the preseason No. 1. Here’s the rest of the top 10: No. 3 Florida State; No. 4 Southern California; No. 5 Clemson; No. 6 Penn State; No. 7 Washington; No. 8 Oklahoma;...
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...
Tyquan Lewis: Ohio State defense wants to be ‘best ever’

Tyquan Lewis: Ohio State defense wants to be ‘best ever’

Ohio State Buckeyes defensive end Tyquan Lewis has goals bigger than a Big Ten championship or national championship. He looks around him and unlimited potential on defense, especially with one of the deepest defensive lines in college football. “We just want to be remembered as the best ever,” Lewis said during Big Ten Media Days in Chicago. “We compete to be the best ever. Every...
Hey Dayton, Ohio State, Xavier and Cincinnati: Let’s have a tourney

Hey Dayton, Ohio State, Xavier and Cincinnati: Let’s have a tourney

Ohio State basketball coach Chris Holtmann’s openness to getting the Buckeyes and some of the best basketball programs in the state together in the future rekindled thoughts of an idea I’ve had for more than a decade. Let’s do a yearly tournament featuring colleges from around the state. To get an idea of what that might look like, I drew up a 12-team bracket this morning...
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...

Urban Meyer leaves no doubt for Ohio State: Vacation time is over

COLUMBUS, Ohio — If it were anybody else, the look might have been confused with the signs of a man easing back from vacation. But this is Urban Meyer. And on the Ohio State coach, a deep tan and an unshaven face mean something entirely different: Playtime is over. Meyer has proven in the last few years that he has found an off switch for the offseason. There’s been plenty...
Former Buckeyes headline Sonny Unger Foundation Banquet

Former Buckeyes headline Sonny Unger Foundation Banquet

The same day high school football practice kicked off across Ohio, Centerville held the 51st annual Sonny Unger Foundation Award Banquet. The featured speakers were former Ohio State linebackers A.J. Hawk, Anthony Schlegel and Bobby Carpenter and new Centerville football coach Brent Ullery. Former Elk Ryan Hawk (A.J.’s older brother) served as host, and they made his job easy as they spent more...
Ohio State players love opening season against Big Ten opponent

Ohio State players love opening season against Big Ten opponent

Smoothies awaited the Ohio State Buckeyes when they walked off the practice field Thursday morning at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. Stacey Potter, a nutrition staff intern, made 105 strawberry/raspberry and peach mango smoothies. Defensive end Jalyn Holmes sipped one as he talked to reporters after the first practice of the season. The Buckeyes need all the help they can get this summer. They...
Worley enjoying his journey with Buckeyes

Worley enjoying his journey with Buckeyes

Chris Worley didn’t understand the questions he heard in the spring. Well, he did. He just didn’t understand why they needed to be asked. How do you replace a player like Raekwon McMillan? Or Malik Hooker? Or Gareon Conley? The list goes on. “Under Coach (Urban) Meyer, every year is sort of the same headline,” said Worley on Monday during Big Ten Media Days in Chicago. &ldquo...
7 local connections to the Pro Football Hall of Fame

7 local connections to the Pro Football Hall of Fame

I recently made a trip to Canton for the MAC’s annual football media days, which were held at the Pro Football Hall of Fame.  While I could spend multiple days roaming through the shrine to pro football, I tried to keep my focus narrow.  Here are the local connections I found in a quick trip through the Hall’s halls:  Of course, this was the first thing I looked for. Dayton...
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...
Recruiting: Five-star lineman Carman includes Ohio State, Clemson in final 5

Recruiting: Five-star lineman Carman includes Ohio State, Clemson in final 5

Jackson Carman, the Fairfield five-star offensive lineman, has trimmed his potential college destinations to five schools. WCPO reports Carman is down to defending national champion Clemson, Florida State, USC, Ohio State and Wisconsin (in no particular order). 247Sports rates Carman the No. 1 player in Ohio and No. 8 in the nation. Teammate Malik Vann, a four-star defensive end, has committed to...
Greg Schiano explains how to win a starting job in the Ohio State secondary

Greg Schiano explains how to win a starting job in the Ohio State secondary

While Kevin Wilson was brought to Ohio State in the offseason to fix a broken offense, defensive coordinator Greg Schiano faces a different challenge.  He has to maintain a standard of excellence.  Ohio State was sixth in the nation in total defense and third in scoring defense in 2016 despite having to replace eight starters.  This year, the secondary needs another overhaul, but the...
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: 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: 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...
Sports Today: Reds set rotation, UD Flyers candidates, Ohio State spring football updates, alligators, etc.

Sports Today: Reds set rotation, UD Flyers candidates, Ohio State spring football updates, alligators, etc.

Dayton Flyers basketball’s nascent coaching search gained some steam last night with the revelation former Flyer Anthony Grant is among the candidates.  That was confirmed by WHIO’s John Bedell after Jeff Goodman of ESPN shared the name of Grant along with Dayton assistant Tom Ostrom, Northern Kentucky head coach John Brannen, former Illinois and Ohio head coach John Groce. ...
March Madness: Xavier still dancing, Trotwood falls, Bengals mock draft, Reds rotation, OSU Pro Day, etc.

March Madness: Xavier still dancing, Trotwood falls, Bengals mock draft, Reds rotation, OSU Pro Day, etc.

While you were (probably) sleeping, Xavier became this tournament's historic sleeper.  There's always one, right? Well the Musketeers staked their claim by knocking off Arizona on Thursday night.  They are the lowest seed left and the only hope left of getting a double-digit seed into the Final Four, which would put them in some exclusive company and make sure they are forever part...
March Madness: 6 simple rules for picking the NCAA tournament this year

March Madness: 6 simple rules for picking the NCAA tournament this year

OK, the NCAA tournament bracket is out and you’re ready to dive in.  Here are some general tips to follow for putting together a winning bracket.  Many people make the mistake of automatically writing in the team that's already written on the bracket (instead of the blank awaiting the First Four winner), but that can come back to haunt you.  Follow Lionel Cartwright’s advice...
Hartsock: Countdown to Selection Sunday

Hartsock: Countdown to Selection Sunday

The Dayton Flyers lost their last two games of the season - the regular-season ender against George  Washington and their stunning loss to Davidson in the A-10 tournament,  despite Dayton being the tournament’s top seed. As Flyer fans anxiously await their team’s tourney face, Mike Hartsock counts down to Sunday’s selections. 
Sports Today: Bengals rocked, Browns rolling, Ohio State speaks and basketball, basketball, basketball

Sports Today: Bengals rocked, Browns rolling, Ohio State speaks and basketball, basketball, basketball

So, NFL free agency officially started yesterday, and it was pretty much a disaster for the Cincinnati Bengals.  The possibility of losing guard Kevin Zeitler in free agency was always there, but I think most people expected them to at least keep tackle Andrew Whitworth.  They’re both gone, and the offensive line that was shaky to begin with is currently in shambles. Barring a big...
Ohio State assistant Kevin Wilson talks coaching Miami RedHawks, exit from Indiana

Ohio State assistant Kevin Wilson talks coaching Miami RedHawks, exit from Indiana

New Ohio State offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson mentioned his time at Miami University while talking about the influences in his coaching career so far.  Wilson, a North Carolina native, was an assistant in Oxford for nine seasons under Randy Walker.  He went to Northwestern with Walker following the 1998 season and became offensive coordinator at Oklahoma in 2002.  Wilson also addressed...
Hartman: Thad Matta deserves another year at Ohio State, but trends are hard to ignore

Hartman: Thad Matta deserves another year at Ohio State, but trends are hard to ignore

Thad Matta will be the Ohio State men’s basketball coach next season.  After multiple reports indicating this was at least very likely, it’s officially official.  The question remains, though: Is this the right decision?  I’ll defer to the people on the inside and say if Gene Smith, et al, have confidence in Matta to at least stop a six-year decline in win totals and...
Sports Today: Cavaliers lose Bogut, Reds add a bat, Dayton tournament odds and OSU spring football

Sports Today: Cavaliers lose Bogut, Reds add a bat, Dayton tournament odds and OSU spring football

Remember how we were intrigued by the way the Cleveland Cavaliers were loading up for another NBA championship run?  Well, one of the big pieces is already out as Andrew Bogut broke a bone in his leg.  He might still return by the end of the playoffs.  Nonetheless, LeBron James still has newcomers Deron Williams, Derrick Williams and Kyle Korver to go with notable holdovers Kyrie...
Sports Today: College basketball, NFL battle for headlines while Reds inexplicably win 4 in a row

Sports Today: College basketball, NFL battle for headlines while Reds inexplicably win 4 in a row

While the NFL Scouting Combine provided all kinds of nuggets, we have to defer to basketball season around here.  It was a great weekend for Dayton, so-so for Wright State and pretty bad for Ohio State.  Archie Miller’s Flyer men lost their regular season finale at George Washington. The game had no impact on UD’s status as Atlantic 10 champs, but it could hurt their...
Sports Today: 2 Reds positives, Browns QB talk, another Buckeye could be a Bengals fit and more 

Sports Today: 2 Reds positives, Browns QB talk, another Buckeye could be a Bengals fit and more 

Reds win! Reds win! Reds win!  OK, normally this is not headline news in March, but in this case one has indeed belonged to the Reds for the first time.  (We may be heading into a season in which positives are few and far between, so just roll with it…)  The Cincinnati 9 beat the Chicago Cubs 6-2 yesterday to improve to 1-6 on the spring.  Far more significant: Amir Garrett...
Sports Today: NFL combine, Ohio State buzzer-beater, NBA developments and local gems galore 

Sports Today: NFL combine, Ohio State buzzer-beater, NBA developments and local gems galore 

Welcome to NFL Combine week!  (The annual event actually overlaps two weeks, but this is easier shorthand, OK?) There are lots of storylines, starting today when many of the league’s coaches and personnel staffers meet with reporters to talk about the state of their teams.  This draft year already includes a lot of intrigue around the quarterbacks, who seem to be going through...
Sports Today: Local ties to coaching carousel, Reds lose again, Wayne DE picks Kentucky & other local gems 

Sports Today: Local ties to coaching carousel, Reds lose again, Wayne DE picks Kentucky & other local gems 

Slow morning in the sports world, but that’s fine because it gives us a chance to round up some things we missed from a busy weekend.  Sports Illustrated had an interesting look around the college basketball world, identifying several local connections to what Pete Thamel expects to be a chaotic coaching carousel.  No surprise: Archie Miller’s name appears multiple times. ...
Sports Today: Reds start spring training (poorly); Marvin Lewis states obvious; weekend of champions; Bama comin’ for our players

Sports Today: Reds start spring training (poorly); Marvin Lewis states obvious; weekend of champions; Bama comin’ for our players

Welcome back from a weekend jam-packed with news from sports world local and beyond.  We start off with the Cincinnati Reds, who have lost their first three games of spring training.  Of course wins and losses don’t matter at this point, but how certain players perform does.  To that end, Amir Garrett, Robert Stephenson and Tim Adleman all allowed runs in their spring debuts...
Sports Today: Ohio State’s surprise, NBA trade deadline dud, NASCAR’s back and baseball games begin

Sports Today: Ohio State’s surprise, NBA trade deadline dud, NASCAR’s back and baseball games begin

The game of basketball looks a lot easier when you're making shots, as Ohio State reminded us Thursday night while dominating Wisconsin.  Naturally after I ragged on them for two straight days they hit the Value City Arena floor looking like a different team against the Badgers, who didn't seem to have much juice and missed a fair amount of shots they probably make more often than not. ...
Recruiting roundup: Lakota West prospects see Louisville, UK visits planned, Dunbar football making its mark

Recruiting roundup: Lakota West prospects see Louisville, UK visits planned, Dunbar football making its mark

This week in our recruiting roundup we start – where else? – but Dunbar High School. The Wolverines have been dominating the early 2018 recruiting cycle, producing the area’s first commit and now the hottest. We talked to Dunbar coach Darran Powell after he took his team to the Best of the Midwest camp in Indianapolis, and he sounded understandably proud of the continued growth of...
Sports Today: CBK buzzer beaters, NBA trade deadline, Flyers become champs and more on Ohio State’s struggles

Sports Today: CBK buzzer beaters, NBA trade deadline, Flyers become champs and more on Ohio State’s struggles

If you’re like me and itching for the arrival of March Madness, last night was a pretty good appetizer in college basketball.  Franklin grad Luke Kennard scored 23 points, but Duke lost at Syracuse on a buzzer-beating three-pointer.   No. 6 Oregon fell behind bit at California but rallied to win – also on a buzzer beater – and No. 22 Butler went to No. 2 Villanova and beat...
Sports Today: Long live pitchers hitting, the Miracle On Ice, Dayton basketball and more

Sports Today: Long live pitchers hitting, the Miracle On Ice, Dayton basketball and more

Apparently MLB will not be altering the strike zone this year, and that makes commissioner Rob Manfred kinda angry.  While this would not be the first time the MLBPA stood in the way of progress, executive director Tony Clark has a point that this might be a bit too short of a turnaround for changing the strike zone.  As I wrote previously, the commissioner understanding pace of...
Sports Today: Bob Huggins, Tebow Bills, surging Buckeyes and wacky grand slams

Sports Today: Bob Huggins, Tebow Bills, surging Buckeyes and wacky grand slams

Glad that Bob Huggins is apparently doing OK after suffering a heart-related health episode last night during West Virginia’s win over Texas.  He's got to be one of the more interesting characters in the sports world around here in the past 20 years.  From high-scoring schoolboy legend to accomplished MAC coach to Cincinnati superstar/super villain depending on your allegiances, he's...
Sports today: NBA trades, Reds bullpen, OSU offers Dunbar star and the biggest game in college basketball

Sports today: NBA trades, Reds bullpen, OSU offers Dunbar star and the biggest game in college basketball

The NBA All-Star Game was last night, but it was overshadowed by the reported trade of DeMarcus Cousins to New Orleans, where he can team with fellow Kentucky alum Anthony Davis as the Pelicans miss the playoffs or earn the right to get knocked out by the Warriors in the first round.  In all seriousness, this could be a fascinating pairing as Cousins is that rarest of birds in the NBA these days...
Friday Finds: Harbaugh vs. Paul Feinbaum, Saban’s recruiting pitch, Reds rebuild

Friday Finds: Harbaugh vs. Paul Feinbaum, Saban’s recruiting pitch, Reds rebuild

College football offseason is officially underway now that we have a Jim Harbaugh tweet to talk about.  As a change of pace, the Michigan coach actually seems to be on the right track with this one – other than calling his most recent victim by the wrong name, of course.  If you’re confused, here’s the background (hat tip: College Football Talk): ESPN’s Paul Finebaum...
Izzo right to call out Dakich for MSU comments, Ohio State-Archie Miller chatter, Major League tribute, etc. 

Izzo right to call out Dakich for MSU comments, Ohio State-Archie Miller chatter, Major League tribute, etc. 

In case you missed it last night, and I wouldn't blame you if you did, Michigan State beat Ohio State on Tuesday night in a battle of fairly flawed Big Ten basketball teams. In an interesting change of pace, the Buckeyes might not have been the most disappointing team on the floor*, but the bigger story came after the game thanks to Tom Izzo.  The coach of the Spartans called out ESPN basketball...
Signing Day: Michigan State recruit can’t sign with Spartans because he’s in jail

Signing Day: Michigan State recruit can’t sign with Spartans because he’s in jail

Donovan Morgan, a three-star defensive end from Bishop Moore Catholic in Orlando, Fla., won’t be singing with the Michigan State football team, even though he committed to the school previously. He can’t sign because he’s in jail - the 18-year-old is being held on $2,000 bond and awaiting a GPS device before he can be released by the Seminole County sheriff.  According to Chris...
Signing Day: Ohio State Buckeyes sign stellar recruiting class

Signing Day: Ohio State Buckeyes sign stellar recruiting class

Ohio State is looking to go six for six when it comes to top five recruiting classes under Urban Meyer.  With Miamisburg’s Josh Myers headlining, another great group of new Buckeyes is already on campus, but how will the final class look?  We will have all the action as signatures come in and let you know if there are any surprises.  Just keep it on this page for all you need...
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