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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...
Fairfield’s Jackson Carman, Springfield’s Leonard Taylor at Ohio State spring game

Fairfield’s Jackson Carman, Springfield’s Leonard Taylor at Ohio State spring game

Ohio State rolled out the scarlet and gray carpet for some of the top recruits in the country Saturday, a group that included some of the top seniors-to-be from the area. Fairfield offensive tackle Jackson Carman, the 247sports composite No. 1 player in the state for 2018, was on hand in an Ohio State jacket and signed autographs for some young fans in the stands. Springfield defensive lineman/tight...
Urban Meyer focuses on young players in Ohio State spring game

Urban Meyer focuses on young players in Ohio State spring game

The spring game gives Ohio State Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer and his staff a chance to see how young players perform under pressure at Ohio Stadium. Not everyone will react the same way with approximately 84,000 people watching at 12:30 p.m. Saturday. “We’re very fortunate to watch guys perform in front of a lot of people in the seats,” Meyer said. “It is different. It&rsquo...
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 Roundup: Ohio State, Alabama, Clemson, Pittsburgh competing for some of area’s best

Recruiting Roundup: Ohio State, Alabama, Clemson, Pittsburgh competing for some of area’s best

Since we last checked in on the many area prospects getting a lot of attention of top schools from around the country…. many area prospects have continued getting a lot of attention from some of the top schools in the country.  Dunbar running back Tavion Thomas officially joined the ranks of four-star prospects earlier this month, moving into the national top 300 per 247sports...
Sports Today: Reds best start since 1990, Ohio State spring winding down, NBA playoffs, etc. 

Sports Today: Reds best start since 1990, Ohio State spring winding down, NBA playoffs, etc. 

Trying not to get carried away with the Cincinnati Reds’ hot start?  I say, “Why bother?”  DRINK IT UP! Enjoy the ride!  Print out the story with the headline, “Young Reds enjoying best start since 1990” and roll around in it if you want.  It could end at any moment.  For now take their sweep of the Pittsburgh Pirates at face value. It was a thorough...
Ohio State football: Get caught up before the spring game

Ohio State football: Get caught up before the spring game

The Ohio State spring football game is set for Saturday at Ohio Stadium. While that’s the capstone of the spring – the most public spectacle of several weeks worth of work – it is just part of the story. Here is what we have learned so far about Urban Meyer’s Buckeyes: This is a position we knew would be strong thanks to the return of nearly everyone from last year, but...
Urban Meyer: Transfer Kendall Sheffield ahead of freshman cornerbacks

Urban Meyer: Transfer Kendall Sheffield ahead of freshman cornerbacks

The Ohio State Buckeyes held their second-to-last practice before the spring game Wednesday. They’ll practice again Friday. Then the Buckeyes will perform in front of something close to 80,000 people at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Ohio Stadium. It would be more but 20,000 seats won’t be in use because of a restoration project. Coach Urban Meyer gave one last update on his team’s progress...
Ohio State legend James Laurinaitis announces retirement from NFL

Ohio State legend James Laurinaitis announces retirement from NFL

Eight is enough for James Laurinaitis. The Ohio State All-American linebacker announced Tuesday he is retiring from the NFL. The Minnesota native spent his first seven seasons with the St. Louis Rams before playing for the New Orleans Saints last season. He was a two-time captain for the Buckeyes, who beat Michigan and won the Big Ten all four years he was in Columbus. Laurinaitis was part of the...
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: Reds top Cardinals, NHL playoffs coming, NFL draft speculation, etc.

Sports Today: Reds top Cardinals, NHL playoffs coming, NFL draft speculation, etc.

The Cincinnati Reds are 4-2 after taking two of three games from the Cardinals in St. Louis over the weekend.  How about that?  As Tucker Barnhart predicted, Scott Feldman was much better in his second start than his first. The veteran struck out six, walked on and allowed four hits in six shutout innings yesterday. Adam Duvall and Joey Votto homered as the Reds romped 8-0.  Friday...
Local linemen proving their worth at Ohio State

Local linemen proving their worth at Ohio State

With Tyquan Lewis, Sam Hubbard, Nick Bosa and Jalyn Holmes returning this spring, Ohio State defensive line coach Larry Johnson again has four players to rotate at the two defensive end spots. He can also utilize the “Rushmen” package that puts all four on the field on passing downs, and this week reporters learned about an experimental five-man front that could bedevil offenses this fall...
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: ...
Urban Meyer shares Ohio State football spring football starters

Urban Meyer shares Ohio State football spring football starters

Ohio State football fans wondering about the status of the starting lineup for the Buckeyes as spring football approaches the homestretch were in luck Tuesday. Coach Urban Meyer ran down the whole thing, including new faces starting or in the mix for playing time at about a dozen positions. On the offensive line, Springfield native Demetrius Knox is running with the ones while Matthew Burrell and...
Sports Today: Reds season outlook, Miami hires CJ grad, high school controversy, etc.

Sports Today: Reds season outlook, Miami hires CJ grad, high school controversy, etc.

Welcome to another Opening Day in southwest Ohio!  I am posting this on the way down to Cincinnati to see the Reds take on the Philadelphia Phillies (hopefully the weather cooperates).  What kind of year can we expect down on the Ohio River?  Well, Bovada gives them (along with the Brewers) the worst odds in either league to win the World Series this year if that tells you anything...
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...
5 takeaways from Ohio State spring football this week

5 takeaways from Ohio State spring football this week

Ohio State football continued spring drills this week, and representatives of the defensive backfield and running backs room spoke with reporters. Here are five takeaways from interviews at the Woody Hayes Athletics Center: Cornerbacks coach Kerry Coombs is the latest to say Ohio State’s 10 early enrollees are a very special group. He praised their talent and attitudes. “This is a really...
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. ...
Fairfield’s Jackson Carman names surprise leader in recruiting race

Fairfield’s Jackson Carman names surprise leader in recruiting race

Could Clemson be in position to steal the top football recruit in Ohio from Ohio State? Fairfield five-star offensive tackle Jackson Carman, the No. 1 rated player in the state according to 247sports, tweeted Tuesday his leader is the South Carolina school that is the current home of college football’s national championship.  Carman made an unofficial visit to coach Dabo Swinney’s...
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...
Ohio State Buckeyes chase NFL dreams at Pro Day

Ohio State Buckeyes chase NFL dreams at Pro Day

The stars came out Thursday afternoon at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center — and that’s not even counting the 12 Ohio State Buckeyes who performed in front of scouts on the school’s annual Pro Day. New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick, wearing a button-down shirt and grey vest and looking much sharper than he does in hoodies on Sundays in the fall, stood next to New Orleans Saints...
Fifth-year senior ready for new role on Ohio State Buckeyes defense

Fifth-year senior ready for new role on Ohio State Buckeyes defense

The Ohio State Buckeyes put on the pads for the first time this spring Tuesday at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. Fifth-year senior linebacker Chris Worley couldn’t wait. “I got to hit a couple people,” Worley said. “I haven’t done that since we took that big loss. We got a little bit of frustration out.” That big loss, a 31-0 defeat in the Fiesta Bowl against...
Sports Today: USA reigns in WBC, Reds dodge bullet, Adam Jones saga continues and basketball is back

Sports Today: USA reigns in WBC, Reds dodge bullet, Adam Jones saga continues and basketball is back

If I weren’t ready for baseball season to officially begin, I am now after watching the United States crush Puerto Rico 8-0 in the World Baseball Classic championship game.  It was enough to bring manager Jim Leyland to tears apparently.  This was the third WBC but the first I can remember getting much traction on social media.  Maybe I just follow more baseball people on Twitter...
Ohio State Buckeyes staff full of NFL experience

Ohio State Buckeyes staff full of NFL experience

Bill Davis was the best man at Urban Meyer’s wedding. He gave a speech. All he remembers is that it was short. Twenty eight years later, Davis will coach linebackers on Meyer’s staff with the Ohio State Buckeyes. A connection that started when they were young players with the Cincinnati Bearcats — even then both knew they wanted to get into coaching — resulted in the Buckeyes...
New Ohio State Buckeyes QB coach impressed by Barrett

New Ohio State Buckeyes QB coach impressed by Barrett

Ryan Day has worked with the likes of Matt Ryan, Colin Kaepernick, Blaine Gabbert and Sam Bradford. His most important pupil in 2017 in his first season on the job as the quarterbacks coach and co-offensive coordinator for the Ohio State Buckeyes is J.T. Barrett. Day has NFL experience. Barrett behaves like a professional quarterback, the result of spending the last four seasons in a program that...
Ohio State Buckeyes announce guest coaches for spring game

Ohio State Buckeyes announce guest coaches for spring game

Hall of Fame college football coach Lou Holtz and NIKE Inc. Chairman Emeritus Phil Knight will serve as guest coaches at Ohio State’s spring game at 12:30 p.m. April 15 at Ohio Stadium. A press release Tuesday described Holtz and Knight as close friends of Ohio State Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer. Holtz hired Meyer as a wide receivers coach at Notre Dame in 1996. Ohio State and Nike have been partners...
Fairmont High School teammates to meet in women’s Sweet 16

Fairmont High School teammates to meet in women’s Sweet 16

Ohio State beat Kentucky on Sunday afternoon in the second round of the NCAA women’s basketball tournament, and now the fifth-seeded Buckeyes know who they will play next. No. 1 seed Notre Dame beat Purdue in overtime Sunday night to set up a Sweet 16 matchup in Lexington, Ky., on Friday night. The game offers the chance at a reunion for a pair of Fairmont High School grads. Makayla Waterman...
Former Graham standout Bo Jordan runner-up at NCAA wrestling tourney

Former Graham standout Bo Jordan runner-up at NCAA wrestling tourney

Former Graham High School standout Bo Jordan’s quest for a national title will continue into his senior year. The Ohio State junior, dropped a 5-2 decision to Penn State’s Mark Hall in the 174-pound finals Saturday night at the Scott Trade Center in St. Louis. After a scoreless first period, Hall recorded an escape and takedown in the second period for a 3-0 lead, but Jordan cut the deficit...
Former Graham standout, current Buckeye to wrestle for NCAA title

Former Graham standout, current Buckeye to wrestle for NCAA title

By John Cummings Contributing Writer Former Graham High School four-time state champ Bo Jordan broke more through more than one wall Friday night at the Division I NCAA wrestling tournament at the Scott Trade Center in St. Louis. The Ohio State 174-pounder advanced to tonight’s finals to be aired on ESPN at 8 with a come-from-behind 11-7 win against second seed Brian Realbuto of Cornell in Friday...
March Madness: 5 things to know about the NCAA women’s basketball tournament

March Madness: 5 things to know about the NCAA women’s basketball tournament

Friday is the beginning of the NCAA women’s basketball tournament.  While No. 1 Connecticut tends to make most of the headlines, there are plenty of other things to know.  Here are five:  The Atlantic 10 champions will face the No. 5 seed Tennessee in Louisville, Ky., at 4 p.m. Saturday.  Tennessee beat Dayton in 1986 and against in the 2010 NCAA Tournament.  Host Louisville...
7 wrestlers with area ties to compete in NCAA Tournament

7 wrestlers with area ties to compete in NCAA Tournament

High School wrestling coaches heading to the NCAA Division I wrestling championships in St. Louis this weekend will have plenty of locals to keep their eye on. The tournament, which begins Thursday and runs through Saturday at the Scottrade Center, features seven wrestlers with area ties. Graham has three alumni in the tournament – all named Jordan – while Beavercreek, Centerville and...
St. Patty’s partying has Ezekiel Elliott in headlines again

St. Patty’s partying has Ezekiel Elliott in headlines again

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott had a banner rookie season after being drafted in the first round out of Ohio State last spring. He can’t quite stay out of the trending topics, usually for good but sometimes for… well, something. TMZ has published a brief video that shows him pulling a woman’s shirt down to expose her breast during a St. Patrick’s Day parade, but...
7 things you missed from the weekend in high school tournament basketball

7 things you missed from the weekend in high school tournament basketball

Another busy March weekend of high school basketball tournament action has come and gone. Here’s a look back at the biggest developments from across the area:  1. Stop us if you’ve heard this one before: Alter is going to the girls’ basketball OHSAA final four. Libby Bazelak and Braxtin Miller combined for 37 points as the Knights earned a trip to Columbus for the fourth...
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. 
Former Buckeye, Brown Terrelle Pryor signs with Redskins

Former Buckeye, Brown Terrelle Pryor signs with Redskins

Free agent wide receiver Terrelle Pryor has signed with the Washington Redskins after two seasons with the Cleveland Browns. Pryor, a former Ohio State standout, caught 77 passes for 1,007 yards and four touchdowns with the Browns last season, his first full campaign as a wide receiver. The Browns on Thursday signed free agent wide receiver Kenny Britt.
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...
Jim Harbaugh’s latest tweet might be the Michigan coach’s most insidious yet 

Jim Harbaugh’s latest tweet might be the Michigan coach’s most insidious yet 

Jim Harbaugh has become famous for his inflammatory tweeting, but the Michigan football coach might have gone too far this time.  On Thursday he dropped on his more than 1 million followers a picture of beloved Ohio State football coach Wayne Woodrow “Woody” Hayes wearing a Michigan hat.  Hayes, of course, was famous for hating the Wolverines so much he would not even utter...
Sports Today: Bengals bombshell in NFL free agency; Ray Rice visits Ohio State, Flyers prepare for postseason

Sports Today: Bengals bombshell in NFL free agency; Ray Rice visits Ohio State, Flyers prepare for postseason

The NFL’s brilliant commandeering of the headlines figures to move into another gear today with the official start of free agency.  It started with a bang this morning with the news Andrew Whitworth will sign a massive deal with the Los Angeles Rams.  That is a big number for the veteran left tackle and a potential disaster for Cincinnati, which was considered the favorite to...
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: Terrelle Pryor, Joe Mixon, Ohio State spring football, more Reds wins and Archie Miller’s nerves

Sports Today: Terrelle Pryor, Joe Mixon, Ohio State spring football, more Reds wins and Archie Miller’s nerves

The Cleveland Browns are in a quandary over what to do with Terrelle Pryor.  The former Ohio State quarterback had a breakout season as a receiver in 2016, and aside from that being five years after he entered the league, it was pretty good timing.  He’s a free agent now ready to cash in. There have been indications he wants to do that in Cleveland, but are the Browns willing to pay...
NFL suspends Middletown grad, former Buckeye Jalin Marshall

NFL suspends Middletown grad, former Buckeye Jalin Marshall

Former Ohio State wide receiver and Middletown High School graduate Jalin Marshall was suspended four games Wednesday for violating the NFL’s drug policy. According to the New York Daily News, Marshall tested positive for Adderall, a drug used to treat attention deficit hyperactive disorder. The drug has been labeled by the league as a performance enhancing drug. Marshall reacted to the suspension...
Ohio State spring football practice

Ohio State spring football practice

Ohio State Buckeyes take the field for the first time this spring, including a look at the QBs, RBs and new offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson.
Dirty Recruiting: Ohio State coach Thad Matta had to tell a recruit he wasn’t dying

Dirty Recruiting: Ohio State coach Thad Matta had to tell a recruit he wasn’t dying

Ohio State basketball coach Thad Matta confirmed Tuesday he has dealt with negative recruiting by opposing coaches as questions about his health have persisted. Speaking with reporters in Columbus ahead of the Buckeyes’ trip to Washington, D.C., for the Big Ten tournament, he seemed at peace with the reality of the situation. He even sounded jovial as he retold the story of one prospective Buckeye&rsquo...
‘Who are you?’ Meyer, Buckeyes hope to find out as spring begins

‘Who are you?’ Meyer, Buckeyes hope to find out as spring begins

Players and coaches come and go, but Urban Meyer stays the same. That was the best explanation* for the song blaring through the speakers at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center on Tuesday as the Ohio State football team warmed up for its first practice of the spring. “We Won’t Get Fooled Again” by The Who provided a metaphorical 2x4 between the eyes for a team coming off a strong season...
Springfield native battling for starting spot as Ohio State Buckeyes start spring football

Springfield native battling for starting spot as Ohio State Buckeyes start spring football

Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer agreed he saw some “zip” in the Buckeyes as they started spring practice Tuesday, and he wasn’t surprised. Nor was he all that impressed. “I saw the same thing — It’s because they haven’t practiced in a while, been getting brains kicked in in the weight room,” Meyer said. “I think they were really excited to...
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...
Ohio State football: 5 things to know as Buckeyes begin spring practice

Ohio State football: 5 things to know as Buckeyes begin spring practice

Ohio State begins spring practice Tuesday for the sixth time under coach Urban Meyer. The Buckeyes will begin on-field work for the 2017 season with a large group of newcomers trying to figure out where to go and a decent-sized cast of familiar faces no doubt hoping to get the bad taste of the Fiesta Bowl loss to Clemson out of their mouths. Here are five things to know as the Buckeyes get started...
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...
OSU’s Samuel working at receiver at Combine

OSU’s Samuel working at receiver at Combine

Curtis Samuel didn’t have a decision to make. It was made for him. The Ohio State running back is working with the wide receivers this week at the NFL Combine. “The NFL chose what position they wanted me to play,” Samuel said. “It didn’t really matter to me whether it was running back or receiver. I definitely have to show them that I can run good routes and also catch...
Recruiting roundup: Ohio State visits scheduled, Wayne DE commits, Dunbar WR drops MSU and more

Recruiting roundup: Ohio State visits scheduled, Wayne DE commits, Dunbar WR drops MSU and more

This time a week ago, one area player had issued a verbal commit for 2018. That is still the number, but it’s a different prospect.  Wayne defensive end Alex Reigelsperger committed to Kentucky, helping coach Mark Stoops continue a recent trend of hitting southwest Ohio hard on the trail.  Reigelsperger is a three-star prospect at this point, but he could be in line for a bump at some...
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...
Where Ohio State, Dayton, Wright State project in women’s NCAA tourney

Where Ohio State, Dayton, Wright State project in women’s NCAA tourney

Ohio State women’s basketball appears to have picked the right time to hit its stride. Despite losing the Big Ten’s leading rebounder (Stephanie Mavunga) to a foot injury in early February, coach Kevin McGuff’s Buckeyes have won 11 games in a row and enter the Big Ten tournament as the No. 1 seed. They are ranked No. 9 in the Associated Press poll. ESPN bracketologist Charlie Creme...
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...
WATCH: It’s Tate late for Ohio State in win over Penn State

WATCH: It’s Tate late for Ohio State in win over Penn State

OhioState players swarmed one of their own, offering hugs and handshakes before assembling the traditional postgame line to offer the same to their opponents on Tuesday. Jae’Sean Tate saved OhioState with a late layup that lifted the Buckeyes to a 71-70 win over Penn State. Tate took a pass at mid court, spun by two Penn State defenders in the lane and kissed the ball off the...
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. ...
Ohio State’s Kelsey Mitchell named Big Ten Player of the Year

Ohio State’s Kelsey Mitchell named Big Ten Player of the Year

Kelsey Mitchell is the Big Ten Women’s Basketball Player of the Year for the second time in three seasons. Ohio State’s junior point guard, who starred at Princeton High School, received the honor from the conference’s coaches and media Monday. Mitchell, who was also named the Big Ten Player of the Year as a freshman, led the conference in scoring (23.4 points per game) during the...
Nick Saban, Alabama making strong push for local football talent

Nick Saban, Alabama making strong push for local football talent

Nick Saban is showing the 937 and 513 all kinds of love early in the 2018 college football recruiting cycle. Dunbar receiver Joseph Scates and Fairfield defensive end Malik Vann both received Alabama football scholarship offers this weekend, each joining teammates who had already felt the love from the Crimson Tide.  Saban, winner of four national championships as coach at Alabama and another...
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...
Ohio State rocks Rutgers to win 15th Big Ten women’s basketball title, clinch No. 1 seed in tournament

Ohio State rocks Rutgers to win 15th Big Ten women’s basketball title, clinch No. 1 seed in tournament

Ohio State clinched its record 15th Big Ten women’s basketball championship Sunday with a 73-45 win at Rutgers. The 12th-ranked Buckeyes ended a six-year title drought. Coach Kevin McGuff’s team was in position to claim the championship last year, but let the Buckeyes let it slip through their fingers with two late-season road losses. Not this time.  Ohio State took control of the...
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...
Ohio State joins Dayton, Wright State in conference title driver’s seat

Ohio State joins Dayton, Wright State in conference title driver’s seat

Ohio State moved into a first-place tie in the Big Ten women’s basketball standings Monday night by beating No. 2 Maryland 98-87. Dayton and Wright State were like, “What took you so long?” The Flyers, Raiders and Buckeyes are all in position to claim conference titles with wins this week. Dayton (18-9, 12-3) is up first as coach Shauna Green’s team hosts Saint Louis on Wednesday...
More than 50 area players have signed with Ohio State since 1987

More than 50 area players have signed with Ohio State since 1987

Upon the occasion of Ohio State coach Urban Meyer offering Dunbar running back Tavion Thomas a scholarship, we thought it would be appropriate to look back on the Buckeyes to come from the Miami Valley over the past three decades. Starting with Alter standout Jeff Graham in 1987 up through Miamisburg five-star prospect Josh Myers this year, Ohio State has signed 60 players from the Dayton-Middletown-Springfield...
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...
Recruiting roundup: Alabama offers another area star on the rise

Recruiting roundup: Alabama offers another area star on the rise

The past week was a good one for Tavion Thomas. The Dunbar running back moved up to a four-star prospect (via 247sports rankings) and received an offer from Alabama.  Per 247, Thomas is planning to visit Ohio State and Cincinnati this weekend. He already had offers from Wisconsin, UC, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan State and West Virginia, among others. Teammate Joseph Scates has already committed...
Thursday thoughts: OHSAA competitive blance, first-place Flyers; Reds’ Arroyo experiment

Thursday thoughts: OHSAA competitive blance, first-place Flyers; Reds’ Arroyo experiment

In case you missed it, our Marc Pendleton had an interesting look at the potential unintended consequences of new competitive balance measures being implemented by the OHSAA this fall. There are two takeaways for me: The new formula is very complicated, and this still all might be more trouble than it’s worth. I also came to the second conclusion while watching previous attempts to...
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...
Recruiting roundup: Big Ten offer for Sidney standout

Recruiting roundup: Big Ten offer for Sidney standout

Welcome back to another edition of the Miami Valley high school football recruiting roundup. The class of 2018 continues to introduce itself as colleges hold junior days and hand out offers. This week we lead off with Devan Rogers, a junior defensive lineman from Sidney who can now brag about having a Big Ten offer to his name thanks to Rutgers, where former Ohio State assistant Chris Ash is entering...
10 nuggets to get caught up on college basketball season: Dayton leading A-10 (x2), Kennard rocks, UC rolls

10 nuggets to get caught up on college basketball season: Dayton leading A-10 (x2), Kennard rocks, UC rolls

Welcome to basketball season! Yeah, yeah, we know a lot of people around here have been enjoying basketball since November, but for some the college roundball season doesn’t really start until after the Super Bowl. If that is you – or you just want a refresher – we’re here to help with 10 things to know about the basketball season so far: The Flyers have had to deal with injuries...
Cleveland Browns claim Ohio State alum Tyvis Powell

Cleveland Browns claim Ohio State alum Tyvis Powell

Cleveland Browns claim Ohio State alum Tyvis Powell Tyvis Powell is coming home. The former Ohio State safety was claimed off waivers from Seattle by the Cleveland Browns on Monday. Powell, a Bedford native, played eight games as a rookie for the Seahawks this past season after being signed as a free agent. He started at safety for the 2014 national champion Buckeyes and was one of team’s most...
Graham’s Taylor on Iranian ban: ‘I want what’s best for the United States’

Graham’s Taylor on Iranian ban: ‘I want what’s best for the United States’

Graham High School and Penn State grad David Taylor — along with Ohio State wrestlers Logan Stieber and Kyle Snyder - are among those banned by the Iranian government from participating in the 2017 World Cup scheduled at Kermanshah, Iran on Feb. 16-17. Snyder won the gold medal at the 2016 Olympics in Rio. Taylor, while at Penn State, was a two-time NCAA champion and placed second twice. He...
Recruiting roundup: Notre Dame offers Marion Local OL; updates on Ohio State, Wayne

Recruiting roundup: Notre Dame offers Marion Local OL; updates on Ohio State, Wayne

Signing day has come and gone, but recruiting never stops.  After the 2017 seniors signed their names to letters of intent, we shift fully to what is looking like a loaded class of football prospects for 2018 as well as some player from 2019 getting early looks.  Lakota West is in the spotlight this week as several Firebirds added offers and made visits this week.  Linebacker Xavier...
FIRST LOOK: Top 7 area recruits in loaded 2018 class

FIRST LOOK: Top 7 area recruits in loaded 2018 class

If you thought National Signing Day was fun this year, wait until 2018. The Miami Valley is loaded with big-time prospects, and they are spread throughout the area from Fairfield in the south to the heart of Montgomery County and on into Springfield — not to mention Mercer County. Here’s a look at the top five 2018 recruits* in the area and others already getting a lot of attention from...
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: The story of Urban Meyer trolling one of Ohio State’s best recruits

Signing Day: The story of Urban Meyer trolling one of Ohio State’s best recruits

Ohio State football recruit Baron Browning learned the hard way Urban Meyer always gets the last word. The five-star linebacker recruit from Fort Worth, Texas, played a joke on the national championship coach by telling him he was committing to Alabama even though he really intended to be a Buckeye. But Meyer got his revenge later when he called Browning to tell him he was going to leave Columbus...
Signing Day: Marvin Wilson among Ohio State’s final recruiting targets

Signing Day: Marvin Wilson among Ohio State’s final recruiting targets

Ohio State’s 2017 recruiting class was mostly locked in by 9 a.m., but a few possible changes still remain. Jeremy Birmingham of LandOf10.com writes five-star defensive tackle Marvin Wilson of Bellaire, Texas, is down to Ohio State, LSU and Florida State. He is set to announce his decision at 4:30 p.m. Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes could also still pull in offensive lineman Thayer Munford of...
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