Marcus Hartman

Marcus Hartman has been a digital sports columnist and reporter at Cox Media Group Ohio since 2016.  He writes about local sports in southwest Ohio, including high school, college and the pros as well as breaking news and trending topics from across the world of sports.  He loves to get story tips at Marcus.Hartman@coxinc.com.  A Cedarville High School graduate, he received a degree in journalism from Ohio State in 2005.  After covering local sports for a season, he spent 11 years covering OSU football, women’s basketball and recruiting for Buckeye Sports Bulletin and Scout.com.  He also contributed to Reds, Bengals, Browns, Blue Jackets, Indians and Cavaliers coverage for Fox Sports Ohio and covered the Big Ten for FoxSports.com. 

Latest from Marcus Hartman

Ohio State football: Wayne’s Blue Smith ‘locked in’ after slow start in Columbus
 Blue Smith was not part of the most prolific passing season in Ohio State football history, but he was still all smiles after the Buckeyes beat Washington in the Rose Bowl.  And why not?  The freshman receiver from Wayne could feel good about going through the ups and downs many highly regarded prospects do when they get to Columbus...

Posted: 3 days ago

Blue Smith was not part of the most prolific passing season in Ohio State football history, but he was still all smiles after the Buckeyes beat Washington in the Rose Bowl.  And why not?  The freshman receiver from Wayne could feel good about going through the ups and downs many highly regarded prospects do when they get to Columbus...
Ohio State football: Miamisburg’s Josh Myers preparing for major role in 2019
 The next time Ohio State plays a real football game, Josh Myers expects to be more than a spectator.  Not that the sophomore-to-be from Miamisburg feels entitled to a spot on the offensive line when Florida Atlantic comes to Columbus on Aug. 31...  It’s just that he’s put in the work.  Well, that and his coach says...

Posted: 4 days ago

The next time Ohio State plays a real football game, Josh Myers expects to be more than a spectator.  Not that the sophomore-to-be from Miamisburg feels entitled to a spot on the offensive line when Florida Atlantic comes to Columbus on Aug. 31...  It’s just that he’s put in the work.  Well, that and his coach says...
NFL draft: How early entry decisions affect Ohio State
 Monday is the deadline for underclassmen to let the NFL know they intend to enter the 2019 draft.  With one decision thought to be pending, Ohio State appears to have come out of the annual talent drain in pretty good shape.  Running back Mike Weber and defensive linemen Nick Bosa and Dre’Mont Jones had all been widely anticipated...

Posted: 4 days ago

Monday is the deadline for underclassmen to let the NFL know they intend to enter the 2019 draft.  With one decision thought to be pending, Ohio State appears to have come out of the annual talent drain in pretty good shape.  Running back Mike Weber and defensive linemen Nick Bosa and Dre’Mont Jones had all been widely anticipated...
Ohio State football: Robert Landers a source of smiles, strength for Buckeyes
 Strong leadership is a necessity for any college football team wanting to win games.  Mixing in a few laughs doesn’t hurt, either.  Robert Landers, who spontaneously decided to wear a cowboy hat to the Rose Bowl, is happy to provide both for Ohio State.  “When you’re around a group of people who are of high...

Posted: 7 days ago

Strong leadership is a necessity for any college football team wanting to win games.  Mixing in a few laughs doesn’t hurt, either.  Robert Landers, who spontaneously decided to wear a cowboy hat to the Rose Bowl, is happy to provide both for Ohio State.  “When you’re around a group of people who are of high...
Another Ohio State veteran announces he will return to school 
 Another Ohio State starter is coming back for his senior season.  Cornerback Damon Arnette because the second Buckeye to make such an announcement when he posted it on Instagram on Friday night.  “Playing for The Ohio State University has been truly a blessing and an unforgettable experience,” he wrote. “After...

Posted: 7 days ago

Another Ohio State starter is coming back for his senior season.  Cornerback Damon Arnette because the second Buckeye to make such an announcement when he posted it on Instagram on Friday night.  “Playing for The Ohio State University has been truly a blessing and an unforgettable experience,” he wrote. “After...
Cincinnati Bengals: 7 things to know about Zac Taylor
 Zac Taylor is expected to be named the next head coach of the Cincinnati Bengals.  That can’t happen until the Los Angeles Rams, his current employer, are knocked out of the playoffs, but it does not preclude fans from wanting to know more about the young coach.  Here are seven things to know about him:  1. Taylor was...

Posted: 7 days ago

Zac Taylor is expected to be named the next head coach of the Cincinnati Bengals.  That can’t happen until the Los Angeles Rams, his current employer, are knocked out of the playoffs, but it does not preclude fans from wanting to know more about the young coach.  Here are seven things to know about him:  1. Taylor was...
Reports: Cincinnati Bengals zeroing in on next head coach
 The Cincinnati Bengals may have found their next head coach.  Multiple reports indicate the team is at least highly interested in hiring Los Angeles Rams quarterbacks coach Zac Taylor.  The 35-year-old Oklahoma native was a quarterback at Nebraska during his playing days and began his coaching career at Texas A&M.  He spent...

Posted: 8 days ago

The Cincinnati Bengals may have found their next head coach.  Multiple reports indicate the team is at least highly interested in hiring Los Angeles Rams quarterbacks coach Zac Taylor.  The 35-year-old Oklahoma native was a quarterback at Nebraska during his playing days and began his coaching career at Texas A&M.  He spent...
Ohio State hires another assistant from Big Ten school
 Ryan Day’s coaching staff gained another member Thursday with the hiring of Matt Barnes.  He heads to Columbus after three seasons at Maryland, where he coached linebackers and was the special teams coordinator.  At Ohio State, he will be the special teams coordinator and assistant secondary coach.  The Terms had outstanding...

Posted: 8 days ago

Ryan Day’s coaching staff gained another member Thursday with the hiring of Matt Barnes.  He heads to Columbus after three seasons at Maryland, where he coached linebackers and was the special teams coordinator.  At Ohio State, he will be the special teams coordinator and assistant secondary coach.  The Terms had outstanding...
Report: Tate Martell exploring transfer from Ohio State
 Ohio State quarterback Tate Martell reportedly is exploring a transfer.  Multiple reports indicate the sophomore’s name is in the NCAA transfer portal, a new tool that allows players to explore their options.  Adopted last year, the portal allows other schools to contact players who are considering transferring.  Entering...

Posted: 8 days ago

Ohio State quarterback Tate Martell reportedly is exploring a transfer.  Multiple reports indicate the sophomore’s name is in the NCAA transfer portal, a new tool that allows players to explore their options. Adopted last year, the portal allows other schools to contact players who are considering transferring.  Entering...
7 things to know about Ohio State’s new defensive assistant coaches
 Ryan Day has begun remaking the Ohio State football coaching staff this week, making multiple shrewd moves just a handful of days into his tenure as head coach of the Buckeyes.  Here is more information on the newest OSU assistants:  1. Greg Mattison is a Michigan man with a strong connections to the Harbaugh family.  Ohio...

Posted: 8 days ago

Ryan Day has begun remaking the Ohio State football coaching staff this week, making multiple shrewd moves just a handful of days into his tenure as head coach of the Buckeyes.  Here is more information on the newest OSU assistants:  1. Greg Mattison is a Michigan man with a strong connections to the Harbaugh family.  Ohio...
Report: Justin Fields immediate eligibility waiver at Ohio State could be granted next month
 While Ryan Day puts together his first Ohio State football coaching staff, another questions hangs over the program. Will Justin Fields be eligible to play this fall? A lawyer for the Georgia transfer told The Columbus Dispatch he expects Fields’ appeal for immediate playing time will be successful. Though he did not elaborate...

Posted: 9 days ago

While Ryan Day puts together his first Ohio State football coaching staff, another questions hangs over the program. Will Justin Fields be eligible to play this fall? A lawyer for the Georgia transfer told The Columbus Dispatch he expects Fields’ appeal for immediate playing time will be successful. Though he did not elaborate...