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5 quick facts from Ohio State football’s new media guide

Missing college football?  Well, it won’t be long now as conference media days have already started and preseason schedules are starting to be announced.  For some people*, reading through the new media guide is also one of those rites of summer.  Scrolling through a PDF isn’t quite the same as tearing through those old glossy pages, but it will just have to do (along with...
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...
Sports Today: Reds decline continues as we run out the clock until Bengals training camp

Sports Today: Reds decline continues as we run out the clock until Bengals training camp

There might only be 10 days left of the 2017 MLB season in Cincinnati, but the Reds are working to pack as much bad news in as they can before southwest Ohio fans can turn their attention to Bengals training camp.  A dismal four days of defeats at the hands of the Washington Nationals was compounded yesterday with the revelation recurring knee pain will likely send Scott Feldman to the disabled...
Ohio State back in the game for Versailles’ Justin Ahrens?

Ohio State back in the game for Versailles’ Justin Ahrens?

Versailles basketball star Justin Ahrens is one of the three verbal commitments Ohio State lost since the end of last season.  Could he still end up playing for the Buckeyes?  The four-star senior tweeted Monday night he has received a scholarship offer from new OSU coach Chris Holtmann.  Ahrens is the No. 6-ranked player in the state of Ohio and the second-highest-rated player who...
Say what? Ohio State reportedly gets transfer from Michigan

Say what? Ohio State reportedly gets transfer from Michigan

It’s a strange new world for Ohio State basketball, and the latest evidence came Monday.  ESPN reports new coach Chris Holtmann has added another player to his first Buckeye roster in the form of Andrew Dakich.  Rarely does the arrival of a player with 22 career points in three seasons warrant a story, so what’s unique here?  Dakich is headed to Columbus down that rarely-tread...
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...
Ezekiel Elliott reportedly part of incident at Dallas bar 

Ezekiel Elliott reportedly part of incident at Dallas bar 

Ezekiel Elliott had a huge rookie season for the Dallas Cowboys, but bad news has tailed him off the field much of the time since he was drafted in the first round out of Ohio State over a year ago.  A Dallas radio station reports Elliott was “involved in a late-night altercation” at a Dallas bar.  Although the report does not indicate if Elliott is actually accused of a crime...
Former Ohio State LB Chris Spielman suing school for use of player images 

Former Ohio State LB Chris Spielman suing school for use of player images 

Former Ohio State All-American linebacker Chris Spielman is suing his alma mater to block the school from using player images in promotions without their consent, according to a report from the Associated Press. Spielman, a two-time All-American at Ohio State and three-time All-Pro with the Detroit Lions, is suing the football powerhouse individually and as an “equity member of Profectus...
Sports Today: 7 football facts for Friday

Sports Today: 7 football facts for Friday

This may be July, but it’s never too early to start talking football around here.  To help pass the time before baseball finally returns to our lives, here are seven random football things to know for a Friday:  Are you ready for some football?  Stupid question, I know.  This is shaping up to be a make-or-break season in Cincinnati, where coach Marvin Lewis is on the last...
Former South standout Nate Miller, ex-Ohio State stars pursue $2M prize

Former South standout Nate Miller, ex-Ohio State stars pursue $2M prize

Nate Miller has played basketball around the world since he graduated from South High School in 2005, but he’ll be playing closer to home this weekend with some of the best players to come out of Ohio State in the last decade. Miller is playing with a group of Ohio State alumni in The Basketball Tournament, a national single-elimination event with a $2 million prize for the winning team. The...
Sports Today: Assessing the state of the Reds at the All-Star break

Sports Today: Assessing the state of the Reds at the All-Star break

So, how good are the Cincinnati Reds?  I mean like how good are they really? Maybe “good” is not the word since they're in last place and all, but you know what I mean.  Let's see what the numbers say and how that compares with the general perception. And then how it reflects on what they should do next. As far as traditional stats, they are fifth in the National League in batting...
Sports Today: Ready for Reds to be sellers again at trade deadline?

Sports Today: Ready for Reds to be sellers again at trade deadline?

The Cincinnati Reds head into the All-Star break on a two-game winning streak.  They are also in last place in the National League Central.  Cincinnati is 9.5 games back in the division, which is noteworthy mostly because they were never more than seven games back until a little more than two weeks ago.  I have been highly skeptical of both the Brewers’ success and the Cubs&rsquo...
Miller Time? How about FaceTime with former Wayne, Ohio State standout

Miller Time? How about FaceTime with former Wayne, Ohio State standout

Braxton Miller is once again helping the American Heart Association by donating several items for silent auction, and one lucky fan who ends up making the highest bid will win the right to a video conversation with former Wayne High and Ohio State star quarterback. Here’s another way to see fund-raising items, or if you want to talk to Miller in person, you could just go to his youth football...
Sports Today: More good vibes from Reds starting pitching

Sports Today: More good vibes from Reds starting pitching

The positive vibes keeping flowing from the pitching mound for those unpredictable Cincinnati Reds!  With the Milwaukee Brewers picking up steam as the first half winds down, a surprising run at the top spot in the National League Central is sliding off the table, but there are still important things to be done with the 2017 baseball season.  The Reds’ brass has got to figure out which...
On the state of Ohio State basketball as Dane Goodwin goes elsewhere

On the state of Ohio State basketball as Dane Goodwin goes elsewhere

Dane Goodwin’s verbal commitment to Notre Dame is a big blow to the start of Chris Holtmann’s Ohio State tenure, but it’s also a reminder why he is the coach of the Buckeyes today. The four-star player from practically across the street opting for the Fighting Irish confirms Buckeye basketball had devolved into a no-win situation under Thad Matta. The end-of-season loss to hopeless...
Sports Today: Cincinnati Reds robbed by instant replay again

Sports Today: Cincinnati Reds robbed by instant replay again

Is there anything more infuriating than a botched call by an umpire?  Well, yes: Replay failing to fix the mistake.  Last night the Cincinnati Reds were a victim of both in their 5-3 loss at Colorado.  After Jose Peraza was picked off first base in the eighth inning, he appeared to have made the best of it by beating the throw into second.  Although the second base umpire...
Recruiting roundup: 1 of area’s best headed to MAC, locals stand out at The Opening and more

Recruiting roundup: 1 of area’s best headed to MAC, locals stand out at The Opening and more

Since our last recruiting update, two more running backs are off the board.  That includes Raveion Hargrove, who announced Tuesday he plans to play college football at Bowling Green.  The 5-foot-8, 170-pound Trotwood-Madison senior has already rushed for over 4,000 yards in his career, including 3,039 as a sophomore in 2015.  He is the fourth area player to commit to a MAC...
Centerville football: Top 7 players in Elks history

Centerville football: Top 7 players in Elks history

Just like Jay Niswonger at Valley View, this was the high school football program that Bob Gregg built. A wiry figure with a stinging - and colorful - bark, Gregg already had established himself at Jefferson, initiating the Broncos’ 49-game win streak from 1970-75. He would continue that domination at Centerville for 26 seasons and 301 career wins. The Elks’ transformation wasn’t...
St. Henry football: Top 7 players in Redskins history

St. Henry football: Top 7 players in Redskins history

St. Henry is a wee village tucked on the western edge of Mercer County by the Indiana border. But it’s a big-time producer of several of Ohio’s best-known athletes. The locals favor Fish Mo’s Bar & Grill. That’s where you’ll find remnants, photos and laminated newspaper clippings of six high school football, seven girls volleyball, four boys basketball and three baseball...
Wayne football: Top 7 players in Warriors high school program history

Wayne football: Top 7 players in Warriors high school program history

Anchored near the crossroads of Interstate 75 and I-70, Huber Heights is easy access. Good thing, because a long-established path for college football recruiters leads to the Warriors celebrated program. Many Wayne alums have excelled collegiately and in the NFL.  Has separated from Centerville, surging to the top of area Division I programs and establishing itself as a state power. Since coach...
Sports Today: Surprise stars help Reds salvage weekend

Sports Today: Surprise stars help Reds salvage weekend

The heroes yesterday were exactly who we all would have expected before the season began: Scott Feldman and Scooter Gennett.  Feldman pitched seven strong innings, allowing two runs on seven hits to the best offense in baseball.  He improved to 6-5 overall and lowered his ERA to 4.07.  Feldman has the only two wins for a Reds starter in the last 17 games if you want to know how things...
Who are the 5 best NBA players born in the Dayton area?

Who are the 5 best NBA players born in the Dayton area?

A select group of 39 men from the area have played in the NBA with Franklin’s Luke Kennard expected to join this fall. But who is the best to lace ‘em up for pay so far? We count down from five to one: 5. Jim Paxson After starring at Alter, Paxson followed in the footsteps of his father, Jim Sr., as a standout at Dayton. He averaged 18 points per game for the Flyers before being taken...
NBA would be wise to follow NHL draft process for player development

NBA would be wise to follow NHL draft process for player development

Want to know how the NBA can improve its player development model for both teams and players while also helping out college basketball? Copy the NHL’s draft-and-follow system. What does mean? Well, it’s fairly simple: Instead of forcing players to choose if/when they want to be considered for the NBA draft, make everyone eligible after they graduate from high school. Then give those who...
Sports Today: Is help on the way for the Reds?

Sports Today: Is help on the way for the Reds?

An essential starting rotation makeover starts this weekend for the Cincinnati Reds.   They will start rookie Louis Castillo on Friday then Homer Bailey returns to the rotation Saturday.  Bailey you know.  Who is Louis Castillo?  He was one of the pitchers acquired from the Miami Marlins for Dan Straily last winter, and he is the top-rated pitching prospect in the Reds&rsquo...
WATCH: Ohio State fan mows ‘Script Ohio’ into Michigan fan’s lawn

WATCH: Ohio State fan mows ‘Script Ohio’ into Michigan fan’s lawn

In case you missed it — and so far more than 1.5 million people have NOT — an Ohio State fan went above and beyond putting his mark, shall we say, on the rivalry with Michigan recently.  Ty Higgins, who is a writer for Ohio’s Country Journal, shared some special yard work he did for a neighbor who was out of town.  A neighbor who happens to be a Michigan fan.  A neighbor...
Dayton called ‘sleeper team’ for Dane Goodwin after OSU decommitment

Dayton called ‘sleeper team’ for Dane Goodwin after OSU decommitment

Ohio State basketball has lost another verbal commitment for 2018 as Dane Goodwin has re-opened his recruitment according to multiple reports. The son of Dayton Flyers Hall of Famer Damon Goodwin, Dane is a four-star guard prospect at Upper Arlington High School. He scored 34 points for the Golden Bears in a 62-34 win over Garfield Heights at the Flyin’ To The Hoop event in Kettering last season...
Sports Today: Reds rookies walking into oblivion

Sports Today: Reds rookies walking into oblivion

What’s wrong with all the young starters for the Cincinnati Reds?  Their struggles this season are kind of bizarre.  That is the takeaway from last night’s 6-5 loss to Tampa Bay.  Amir Garrett got a couple of early runs, but he was gone by the end of the fourth inning.  His final line: six runs on five hits with four walks and three strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings. He allowed...
Sports Today: Reds renew hope, Ohio State gets big boost and what’s going on in Cleveland?

Sports Today: Reds renew hope, Ohio State gets big boost and what’s going on in Cleveland?

Believe it or not, the Cincinnati Reds won a baseball game last night. An interleague game, no less!  Their 7-3 victory in Tampa Bay is another reminder this team is worth waiting around to see what it can do with competent starting pitching, too.  They took a 3-0 lead, lost it, then went right back to work offensively.  Joey Votto went 3 for 5 and drove in the winning run while Jesse...
Sports Today: Reds lose, Dragons clinch, Arroyo’s future and Ohio State recruiting

Sports Today: Reds lose, Dragons clinch, Arroyo’s future and Ohio State recruiting

The Cincinnati Reds nearly didn’t lose their ninth game in a row. Then they did.  That is about as creative as I can be about this losing streak that now spans more than a week. Consecutive lost weekends with five winless weekdays in between.  Yeah….  Bronson Arroyo took his second loss of the losing streak yesterday, and it sounds like it might be the last one...
Sports Today: On vacating wins, an important Bengal and the Reds past and future

Sports Today: On vacating wins, an important Bengal and the Reds past and future

Today is the third Friday of June and there is nothing going on in the sports world.  I mean, we could argue about whether or not Louisville got a raw deal from the NCAA (their program still exists, so probably not), but how productive would that be?  NCAA discussions tend to veer into pointlessness very early because of everyone’s deeply held biases and lack of time to actually look...
Sports Today: Mayweather-McGregor is on, Bailey impresses in Dayton, Flyers working for NBA teams, etc.

Sports Today: Mayweather-McGregor is on, Bailey impresses in Dayton, Flyers working for NBA teams, etc.

The Conor McGregor-Floyd Mayweather fight is officially happening.  I once thought this would be a great idea, but I have since realized it probably isn’t.  If it were going to involve MMA, then there would be a reason to watch. Mixing disciplines could be fascinating (indeed, that was part of the draw of MMA in the first place, not to mention the void left by the idiots who run...
What Chris Holtmann can learn from Kevin McGuff about jumpstarting Ohio State basketball

What Chris Holtmann can learn from Kevin McGuff about jumpstarting Ohio State basketball

If new Ohio State men’s basketball coach Chris Holtmann needs advice for making the Buckeyes his own, he need only look down the hall at the Schottenstein Center. Kevin McGuff already has a pretty good idea what the newest Buckeye boss is going through – he faced a nearly identical challenge four years ago when he was hired to coach the Ohio State women’s basketball team. While the...
Ohio State research reveals details about effects of concussions

Ohio State research reveals details about effects of concussions

Research at Ohio State University could pave the way for new treatments of concussions. OSU researchers have been examining the effects of concussions on “sub-cellular levels,” according to the university. Researchers induced “mild traumatic brain injury” on rodents and found that part of a nerve cell swells within a matter of seconds, much faster than previously thought, researcher...
Sports Today: Breaking down the NBA Finals, Reds take high school phenom, OSU coach introduced

Sports Today: Breaking down the NBA Finals, Reds take high school phenom, OSU coach introduced

The Larry O’Brien Trophy is going back to the Golden State Warriors, who vanquished LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 5 of the NBA Finals last night.  Here are five takeaways:  After a good performance in which they came up short in Game 3 and a historically great show in Game 4, the Cavaliers just couldn't keep up in Game 5 (much like the first two in Oakland)...
Ohio State Buckeyes: 7 takeaways from Chris Holtmann’s introductory press conference

Ohio State Buckeyes: 7 takeaways from Chris Holtmann’s introductory press conference

Chris Holtmann was introduced Monday as the 14th men’s basketball coach in Ohio State history. That gave him a chance to meet the local media, talk about his philosophy and more. OSU Director of Athletics Gene Smith also clarified the timeline beginning with his decision to oust Thad Matta. 1. Smith reiterated he did not go into a June 2 meeting with Matta intending to fire the coach, but by...
What role did Dayton play in hiring of new Ohio State basketball coach?

What role did Dayton play in hiring of new Ohio State basketball coach?

Chris Holtmann was introduced as the new Ohio State men’s basketball coach Monday in Columbus. The former Butler coach promised an aggressive, attacking style of basketball and expressed no misgivings about leaving a school where basketball is king for one of the great college football powerhouses. “I love it,” Holtmann said. “Love it. I think it’s great. I think it adds...
Sports Today: Ohio State basketball gets its man

Sports Today: Ohio State basketball gets its man

So unlike this time yesterday, Ohio State really has a new basketball coach.  Chris Holtmann, the coach at Butler the past three seasons, appears to be a better choice than Creighton’s Greg McDermott, who reportedly was the leader in the clubhouse roughly 24 hours ago.  I’d rate Holtmann as the best available realistic candidate all along (without knowing...
Where has Ohio State found its basketball coaches?

Where has Ohio State found its basketball coaches?

Ohio State has a long and perhaps unsung history of winning in basketball, but there seems to be no consistent critera for finding the next Buckeye basketball coach. A look back at OSU’s 10 coaches in the NCAA tournament era (since 1939) shows a variety of backgrounds and experiences led those men to Columbus. Harold Olsen — Ripon College coach; Rice Lake, Wisc. native; played at Wisconsin...
7 things to know about new Ohio State basketball coach Chris Holtmann

7 things to know about new Ohio State basketball coach Chris Holtmann

Ohio State is set to name Chris Holtmann the 14th men’s basketball coach in school history Friday. Here are seven things to know about the new Buckeye basketball mentor: 1. Holtmann is the reigning Big East Coach of the Year after leading Butler to a 25-9 record last season. The Bulldogs were picked to finish sixth in the Big East but ended up with their second second-place finish in Holtmann&rsquo...
Butler’s Chris Holtmann named new men’s basketball coach at Ohio State

Butler’s Chris Holtmann named new men’s basketball coach at Ohio State

Ohio State announced Friday morning it has hired former Butler head coach Chris Holtmann for the same position with the Buckeyes.  ESPN’s Jeff Goodman and John Rothstein of CBS Sports reported late Thursday night Ohio State had targeted Holtmann and would like to have a deal completed Friday. Although contract terms were still being finalized at the time of the announcement, Holtmann is...
Hartsock: Buckeyes coaching search drags on

Hartsock: Buckeyes coaching search drags on

It’s summertime and everybody wants to make a big splash in the pool, except for Ohio State Athletic Director Gene Smith who, this week, dove in without checking to see if there was any water. Creighton’s Greg McDermott is the latest to tell the Buckeyes thanks, but no thanks. That list reportedly also includes Xavier’s Chris Mack and current NBA head coaches Billy Donovan and Fred...
Ohio State great Braxton Miller set to host football camp at Wayne HS

Ohio State great Braxton Miller set to host football camp at Wayne HS

Braxton Miller plans to pay it forward next month with a football camp at his high school alma mater. The Charging 1Way Youth Football Camp is scheduled for July 8 at Wayne High School in Huber Heights. A press release for the event says “a slew of special guests” including “other decorated players from Ohio State and the NFL” are also set to participate. “It always meant...
Sports Today: NBA Finals takeaways, Ohio State search takes surprise turn, Reds rally

Sports Today: NBA Finals takeaways, Ohio State search takes surprise turn, Reds rally

Here are some takeaways from Golden State’s 118-113 win in Game 3 of the NBA Finals last night in Cleveland:   When you’re that athletic and you can shoot, you’re never out of it.  There’s not much reason to think the Cavs can sustain what they did last night for three more games. Turns out, they couldn’t even make it through 48 minutes.  LeBron James was...
Another candidate bows out of Ohio State basketball coaching search

Another candidate bows out of Ohio State basketball coaching search

Greg McDermott intends to remain the basketball coach at Creighton after reportedly being the target of Ohio State’s search. McDermott tweeted shortly after noon Thursday, “I’m blessed and honored to be the coach at Creighton… and am looking forward to many more great years in Omaha! #rollyjays”  The Creighton coach emerged as the perceived No. 1 contender after...
Sports Today: Scooter Gennett’s 4 HRs part of memorable season building in Cincinnati

Sports Today: Scooter Gennett’s 4 HRs part of memorable season building in Cincinnati

So much for this being another forgettable season on the riverfront in Cincinnati.  The Reds are not only hanging around within striking distance in the National League Central, they are putting together a comeback year to remember with some amazing flair.  Topping Scooter Gennett’s unbelievable four-home run game against the Cardinals last night is going to be nearly impossible, but...
Recruiting roundup: Dunbar pair narrows choices; Wayne WR waiting?

Recruiting roundup: Dunbar pair narrows choices; Wayne WR waiting?

Since our last area recruiting roundup, two of the top player have both narrowed their lists. Dunbar teammates Tavion Thomas and Joseph Scates recently released a top seven and six, respectively, and the groups have a lot in common. Thomas and Scates both have Cincinnati, Oklahoma, Louisville, West Virginia and Alabama on their lists of finalists. Thomas, a four-star running back, is also still...
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...
Sports Today: Failure to attract top-end talent in recent years led to end of Matta era

Sports Today: Failure to attract top-end talent in recent years led to end of Matta era

That Gene Smith's decision Ohio State needs a new basketball coach came down to recruiting is no doubt appropriate.  Procuring talent was Thad Matta's specialty, and he hasn't done it at the same rate recently he once did.   If you want to compete for national titles and win the Big Ten -- something Ohio State did annually in the first half of Matta's tenure in Columbus but rarely in...
Hartman: Pulling the plug on Matta era tough call, but right one

Hartman: Pulling the plug on Matta era tough call, but right one

And so the deed is done — Thad Matta’s time as men’s basketball coach at Ohio State is over. Though surprising, pulling the band-aid off now was the right call… at least assuming Ohio State director of athletics Gene Smith finds the right replacement. If not, then perhaps a lame-duck season would have been preferable in the long run, but it’s impossible to say at this...
Thad Matta out at Ohio State: Former players react on social media

Thad Matta out at Ohio State: Former players react on social media

The unexpected end to the coaching tenure of Thad Matta at Ohio State not surprisingly garnered a big reaction from around the Internet.  Though the Buckeyes have not performed up to the high standards he set during the first half of his career in Columbus, there is no doubt he engendered strong feelings from the men who played for him, including Jared Sullinger, J.J. Sullinger and Aaron...
Ohio State basketball: 5 things to know about Thad Matta’s 13 seasons with the Buckeyes

Ohio State basketball: 5 things to know about Thad Matta’s 13 seasons with the Buckeyes

Ohio State stunned the college basketball world Monday by announcing the end of coach Thad Matta’s tenure. Although the Buckeyes missed the NCAA tournament the past two seasons, director of athletics Gene Smith announced just before the end of the season Matta would return for 2017-18. Here are five things to know about the now-former Buckeye mentor: Matta more than stabilized a program...
Thad Matta’s Ohio State basketball tenure ends with emotional press conference

Thad Matta’s Ohio State basketball tenure ends with emotional press conference

Ohio State announced Monday afternoon the tenure of men’s basketball coach Thad Matta is over after 13 years. “While this may be a surprise to many, I think it’s the right thing for our program at this time,” director of athletics Gene Smith said. Smith came to that conclusion during a conversation between the two men Friday. Asked what changed since the end of a regular season...
Ranking best Ohio State players eligible for the College Football HOF

Ranking best Ohio State players eligible for the College Football HOF

The 2018 College Football Ballot includes three Ohio State greats, but that trio is just a small representation of the Buckeye legends who are eligible. RELATED: Former Buckeyes, Bengals on new CFB HOF ballot (A player must have been an All-American who played between 50 and 10 years ago and is no longer be an active pro.) Here is my top 10: 1. Troy Smith 2. Mike Vrabel 3. Will Smith 4. Antoine Winfield...
Keith Byars, David Fulcher among locals on College Football HOF ballot

Keith Byars, David Fulcher among locals on College Football HOF ballot

The 2018 College Football Hall of Fame ballot includes a pair of Dayton natives and several former Ohio State Buckeyes and Cincinnati Bengals. Two of the four Ohio State representatives are from the Gem City: Running back Keith Byars was a star at Roth High School while offensive lineman Chris Ward is a Patterson graduate. ARCHDEACON: Byars cherishes ties to Dayton Running back Jim Otis (Celina) is...
Hartman: Looking for value bets this Big Ten football season

Hartman: Looking for value bets this Big Ten football season

How many games will Ohio State win this season? Las Vegas sportsbook Bovada is out with its first over/under win totals for the college football season, and the Buckeyes top the Big Ten at 10.5. (Note: This is regular season wins.)  This is an interesting number because while Urban Meyer’s team figures to be wildly talented as usual, there are several potential landmines on the 2017 schedule...
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...
Pair of area football recruits still in national top 50

Pair of area football recruits still in national top 50

A pair of area high school football prospects dropped in the most recent 2018 rankings from Rivals.com. Five-star Fairfield offensive lineman Jackson Carman was the nation’s No. 4 prospect. He is No. 13 now. Wayne receiver L’Christian “Blue” Smith was No. 29 and dropped to 31. He is a four-star prospect. RECRUITING ROUNDUP: New Big Ten offer, Army All-American Bowl invitations...
US Army Bowl nominees include 7 area prospective football recruits

US Army Bowl nominees include 7 area prospective football recruits

Two players each from Dunbar and Fairfield are among the area nominees for the 2018 US Army All-American Bowl. Four-star receiver Joseph Scates and four-star running back Tavion Thomas represent the Wolverines while five-star offensive tackle Jackson Carman and four-star defensive end Malik Vann are the Indians in the running. Also nominated for the prestigious game are Marion Local offensive lineman...
Ohio State football: Kickoff times, networks set for two Buckeye games

Ohio State football: Kickoff times, networks set for two Buckeye games

Ohio State football fans looking to begin planning their fall afternoons can do so now with the release of starting times for the first two Buckeye games. Ohio State’s Thursday night season-opener against Indiana will kick off at 8 p.m. on Aug. 31 and be broadcast by ESPN. The Buckeyes will also be in prime time a week later (Sept. 9) when they host Oklahoma for a 7:30 p.m. game on ABC. Sports...
Sports Today: Billy Hamilton burns the Indians, effects of NBA draft decisions, how not to act on the Internet

Sports Today: Billy Hamilton burns the Indians, effects of NBA draft decisions, how not to act on the Internet

In case you didn’t wait out the rain delay — or turned the game off when Billy Hamilton was called out at first base in the ninth inning — you might like to see how the Reds-Indians game actually ended.  Yes, that’s Billy Hamilton scoring from first base on a single. It sent the Reds to a 4-3 win over Cleveland.  Of course this was a great, thrilling and...
Cincinnati coach Luke Fickell: ‘It takes a team to win a championship’

Cincinnati coach Luke Fickell: ‘It takes a team to win a championship’

The guy who is obviously still bothered by losses to Michigan as an Ohio State player 20-plus years ago probably isn’t into moral victories now. Even a bottom-line coach like Luke Fickell has to admit things appear to be going well so far in his first year as the football coach at the University of Cincinnati, though, right? “We’ve had six months now, and there are a lot of...
Wayne standout talks more about Ohio State; other prospects add offers

Wayne standout talks more about Ohio State; other prospects add offers

The recruiting world kept churning over the weekend (it always does), and it produced another update on L’Christian “Blue” Smith. The Wayne receiver told Land of 10 that, “Ohio State is tops on my list,” after a recent visit to campus and heart-to-heart with coach Urban Meyer. Smith’s father, Lorenzo, said the visit was “eye opening,” and Land of 10...
Recruiting Roundup: Ohio State makes a move, Mason prospects add offers and Duke comes calling

Recruiting Roundup: Ohio State makes a move, Mason prospects add offers and Duke comes calling

Wayne receiver L’Christian “Blue” Smith grabbed headlines late last week when he shared images from a visit to Ohio State.  Land of 10 recruiting guru Jeremy Birmingham explained the purpose of that meeting between Smith, his father and Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer.  The 6-6 Warrior earlier listed Ohio State in his top 10, and he has announced he will be enrolling...
Sports Today: Reds on Facebook, Buckeye on comeback trail, Peko’s Super Bowl aspirations

Sports Today: Reds on Facebook, Buckeye on comeback trail, Peko’s Super Bowl aspirations

With there being no point to rehashing the latest Cincinnati Reds loss — they’re due for a six-game winning streak now, right? — here’s a question: Do you care about being able to watch games on Facebook?  Whether you do or not, you will be able to tonight when the Colorado Rockies come to town.  While I was writing that story yesterday, I was thinking this...
Sports Today: Recruiting pickups for OSU and UD, Cubs crush Reds pitching, NBA draft lottery, etc.

Sports Today: Recruiting pickups for OSU and UD, Cubs crush Reds pitching, NBA draft lottery, etc.

Tuesday was a big 24 hours for recruiting as the flagship teams at Ohio State and Dayton both scored new players.  First, Urban Meyer added to his 2018 football recruiting class with the verbal commitment of Dallas Gant, a four-star linebacker from Toledo St. John’s.  Gant is expected to be able to play any of the three linebacker spots when he gets to Columbus, and his commitment...
Big Ten, Ohio State should pay attention to OHSAA playoff moves

Big Ten, Ohio State should pay attention to OHSAA playoff moves

If you were wondering about whether or not Friday night Big Ten football games could affect high school football, it turns out there is already data suggesting it will. OHSAA commissioner Dan Ross told reporters at the organization’s media advisory committee last week attendance for football playoff games differs significantly between Friday and Saturday nights, a fact attributed in part to...
Check out images from Wayne WR Blue Smith’s visit to Ohio State

Check out images from Wayne WR Blue Smith’s visit to Ohio State

Wayne receiver L’Christian “Blue” Smith is one of many coveted college football recruits in the area for the class of 2018.  Wednesday he shared photos from a visit to Ohio State.  A four-star prospect, Smith recently named a top 10 that included the Buckeyes along with Alabama, Notre Dame, Minnesota, Kentucky, Penn State, Cincinnati, Tennessee, Michigan and Michigan State...
Recruiting roundup: Alabama offers Springfield pair, Dunbar LB narrows choices, Lakota West prospects rising

Recruiting roundup: Alabama offers Springfield pair, Dunbar LB narrows choices, Lakota West prospects rising

We start off this area football recruiting roundup like many of the previous ones: Alabama has offered two more local stars.  This time Nick Saban’s Crimson Tide are looking to add a pair of players from a school that has already sent a standout to Tuscaloosa: Springfield.  Leonard Taylor, a defensive end/tight end who also played quarterback for the Wildcats last year as a junior...
Former OSU great Archie Griffin to be honored by Athletes in Action

Former OSU great Archie Griffin to be honored by Athletes in Action

The 12th annual Night of Champions will be held on Saturday at the Schindler Banquet Center on the Athletes in Action Sports Complex and Retreat Center in Xenia. It’s an awareness effort and reservation-only banquet that will feature the induction of Columbus native and two-time Ohio State University Heisman Trophy winner Archie Griffin and U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team standout Catherine...
NFL free agency: Ohio State/Alter grad Nick Mangold still on market

NFL free agency: Ohio State/Alter grad Nick Mangold still on market

Nick Mangold, an Alter High grad an All-American center at Ohio State, has been unemployed since the New York Jets released him in late February. Newsday reports he is still trying to rectify that situation, though the lingering effects of injuries that marred his last season in the Big Apple might be playing a role in his inability to agree to terms with a new team. Mangold played only eight games...
5 facts you should know about area high schools and the NFL

5 facts you should know about area high schools and the NFL

We bet you’ll never guess both area high schools that produced the most NFL alumni, but there’s good reason for it. We learned that and more perusing Pro-Football-Reference.com’s database*. Here are five takeaways that might surprise you: If you’ve never heard of Steele High School, you’re forgiven. The old downtown Dayton education destination closed during World...
Sports Today: Reds pop Pirates, Michigan talks trash after another loss, bad news for Dayton

Sports Today: Reds pop Pirates, Michigan talks trash after another loss, bad news for Dayton

The Cincinnati Reds have a chance to win their four-game series with the Pirates today after topping them 7-2 last night.  Billy Hamilton slapped a three-run homer for the home team, and Rookie Davis pitched five shutout innings en route to his first major-league win.  Devin Mesoraco also hit his first home run of the season.  Tim Adleman takes the ball today against Ivan Nova as the...
Sports Today: Bengals fill needs, Browns load up, Reds snap losing skid

Sports Today: Bengals fill needs, Browns load up, Reds snap losing skid

So, how about the Cincinnati Bengals draft?  Taken in full, they appear to have added players at most of the positions they needed to upgrade from a disappointing 2016 season.  As it was playing out, I felt kind of underwhelmed as it was unfolding because I felt like they needed to address some of the positions earlier than they did.  Random thoughts:  Obviously the success of...
NFL Draft: 3 more Ohio State Buckeyes taken on night 2

NFL Draft: 3 more Ohio State Buckeyes taken on night 2

After three Ohio State Buckeyes were drafted in the first round of the 2017 NFL draft, another trio went Friday night in rounds two and three.  Here are capsules for the newest OSU draftees:  ▪ 40th receiver from Ohio State drafted in the common draft era (since 1967) ▪ Last: Braxton Miller, third round, 2016 by the Texans ▪ First: Bob Rein, seventh round, 1967 by...
Sports Today: NFL draft reaction, Ohio State still DBU, college recruiting update

Sports Today: NFL draft reaction, Ohio State still DBU, college recruiting update

How’s your NFL draft hangover?  Probably worse if you’re a Chicago Bears fan, but we’ll get to that later.  My immediate take on the Cincinnati Bengals taking Washington receiver John Ross in the first round was they could have used that pick more smartly.  That doesn’t mean I believe it was a bad pick. Ross brings the potential for great excitement...
NFL draft: 3 Ohio State defensive backs taken in first round

NFL draft: 3 Ohio State defensive backs taken in first round

Ohio State had three players taken in the first round of the 2017 NFL draft -- all defensive backs. Here is an overview of the trio:  ▪ 29th cornerback and 56th defensive back selected from Ohio State in the common draft era (since 1967) ▪ Last CB: Eli Apple, first round, 2016 by the Giants ▪ First CB: Ted Provost, seventh round, 1970 by the Rams ▪ 11th Ohio State cornerback...
Dunbar four-star recruit reveals top 10 schools

Dunbar four-star recruit reveals top 10 schools

Dunbar junior running back Tavion Thomas has been one of the hottest college football recruits in the country since early February, and he released his top 10 schools Thursday night. In no order, the Scout.com four-star power back tweeted he is considering Wisconsin, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Texas, Alabama, Georgia, West Virginia, LSU, USC and Oregon. “I appreciate all the love from every school...
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...
5 things to know about Ohio State’s potential NFL draft picks

5 things to know about Ohio State’s potential NFL draft picks

Ohio State football doesn’t figure to match last year’s showing at the NFL draft, but it is shaping up to be another year for Urban Meyer and his coaching staff to crow about.  Here is what you want to know ahead of the 2017 draft in Philadelphia:  1. Pro Football Focus has seven Buckeyes in its top 300 prospects: Marshon Lattimore, Malik Hooker, Gareon Conley, Curtis Samuel...
Sports Today: NFL draft day thoughts on the Bengals, Browns and Buckeyes 

Sports Today: NFL draft day thoughts on the Bengals, Browns and Buckeyes 

Welcome to NFL draft day!  The league’s nefarious plot to make us care about football year round continues to be a success, and no, I’m not complaining.  The first draft item to run across my feed this morning was about the Cleveland Browns considering taking second-round talent Mitch Trubisky with the No. 1 overall pick.  Will Less-Experienced Andy Dalton pan out for the...
The ESPN we used to enjoy is dead and never coming back

The ESPN we used to enjoy is dead and never coming back

The worst thing that ever happened to ESPN was the success of PTI. Shortly after Pardon The Interruption debuted in October 2001, the network set about trying to replicate it on every other show on the network. That has proven to be a disaster because nobody in Bristol gets the debate isn’t what makes that show great, it’s the debaters. Tony Kornheiser and Michal Wilbon, not just colleagues...
Former Buckeye: NFL should fire Roger Goodell

Former Buckeye: NFL should fire Roger Goodell

Former Ohio State wide receiver Anthony Gonzalez does not hold NFL commissioner Roger Goodell in high regard.  How do we know that?  The one-time Colts first-round draft pick told the Indianapolis Star he believes Goodell should be fired.  He also took issue with the way Goodell handles discipline.  Gonzalez, who was outspoken at Ohio State, looked like a future star as a slot...
Ohio State, Dayton reportedly interested in former Pittsburgh recruit

Ohio State, Dayton reportedly interested in former Pittsburgh recruit

Aaron Thompson, a point guard from Fairfax, Va., went back into the recruiting pool when he was released from his letter of intent to attend Pittsburgh last week. Could he end up in the Buckeye State? Jon Rothstein of Fanrag Sports reported Tuesday the three-star prospect has received interest from Ohio State and Dayton along with Georgetown, VCU and Butler. Ohio State is also in pursuit of former...
Report: NFL Draft prospect Gareon Conley of Ohio State accused of rape

Report: NFL Draft prospect Gareon Conley of Ohio State accused of rape

Gareon Conley, a defensive back from Ohio State expected to be an early pick in the NFL draft this week, reportedly has been named in a sexual assault investigation in Cleveland. TMZ reported Tuesday a woman has accused Conley of raping her in a hotel room on April 9. According to the report, the accuser says she met Conley in a hotel elevator around 3AM and he brought her back to his hotel room....
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...
Nate Ebner gets President Trump shoutout as Patriots visit White House

Nate Ebner gets President Trump shoutout as Patriots visit White House

The Super Bowl champion New England Patriots visited the White House on Wednesday, and Ohio State alumnus Nate Ebner was among those to get a shoutout from President Donald Trump.  Ebner, who has ties to the Springfield area, is a special teams standout for the Patriots, but football is not the only game in which he excels.  Here is the exchange thanks to a transcript from the Boston Herald...
Ohio State assistant wants to see OHSAA allow spring football in Ohio

Ohio State assistant wants to see OHSAA allow spring football in Ohio

Some states allow high schools to have football practices in the spring. Ohio does not. Count Kerry Coombs among those who would like to see that change. A University of Dayton grad, Coombs is in his sixth season coaching defensive backs at Ohio State. Before that, he spent five seasons as an assistant at the University of Cincinnati, but more than half of his professional career has been spent in...
Sports Today: Aaron Hernandez, Blue Jackets win, Hawk retires, Reds win

Sports Today: Aaron Hernandez, Blue Jackets win, Hawk retires, Reds win

This morning the sports world woke up to the news Aaron Hernandez apparently committed suicide overnight.  The former New England Patriots tight end, who starred for coach Urban Meyer at Florida, was found hanging from a bed sheet in his cell in a Massachusetts prison where he was serving a life sentence for murdering a man four years ago.  This comes less than a week after he was acquitted...
NFL career over for A.J. Hawk, former Centerville/Ohio State star

NFL career over for A.J. Hawk, former Centerville/Ohio State star

A.J. Hawk is officially done playing football. The Centerville native who starred at Ohio State and spent one season with the Cincinnati Bengals told the Green Bay Packers the linebacker intends to retire as a member of that historic organization. That comes a little more than three months after he initially told TheMMQB.com he was all but finished. Hawk was a standout with the Elks before becoming...
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...
7 takeaways from Ohio State Buckeyes spring game 

7 takeaways from Ohio State Buckeyes spring game 

The rain stopped. The sun shined. The fans came, as they always do, whether it’s a practice game in April or The Game in November. Eight players found their way to the end zone — a big difference from the last time the Ohio State Buckeyes performed in front an audience Jan. 1 when they were shut out 31-0 by Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl. Urban Meyer couldn’t have asked for much more...
Spring game ends with special moment for Ohio State Buckeyes

Spring game ends with special moment for Ohio State Buckeyes

An action-packed spring game for the Ohio State Buckeyes ended with special moment in the north end zone at Ohio Stadium. Jacob Jarvis, a teenager who suffers from Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a genetic disorder, came onto the field in his motorized wheelchair in the final minute. A player handed him the football. The entire team surrounded him. Then Jarvis took off for the end zone. Players dove...
Scarlet tops Gray in Ohio State spring football game

Scarlet tops Gray in Ohio State spring football game

The Ohio State Buckeyes aired it out Saturday in their annual Scarlet and Gray Game. Rules that seemed to limit tackling early on helped, but both offenses put up big numbers in the first public appearance for the Buckeyes since changing offensive coordinators in the offseason. Senior starting quarterback J.T. Barrett threw for 71 yards with a touchdown and an interception before giving way to backups...
Ohio State football: Scenes from the Buckeyes spring game

Ohio State football: Scenes from the Buckeyes spring game

Ohio State fans endured some pregame rain to see the Buckeyes take the field for the conclusion of spring football with the annual spring game.  They saw quarterback J.T. Barrett and the two players vying to be his backup, Joe Burrow and Dwayne Haskins, throw the ball all around the yard.  Here are some of the sights and sounds from the game. 
Meadowdale grad scores for Ohio State Buckeyes in spring game

Meadowdale grad scores for Ohio State Buckeyes in spring game

Meadowdale High School graduate Ke’Von Huguely, a junior walk-on wide receiver for the Ohio State Buckeyes, caught a 35-yard touchdown pass from Joe Burrow for the Scarlet team in the first half of the spring game Saturday at Ohio Stadium. Scarlet build a 28-24 halftime lead over Grey in front of a crowd of close to 84,000 fans. RELATED: Huguely tells story of how he ended up at OSU Huguely...
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