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Urban Meyer reveals his role in Ohio State offense moving forward

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it?  That apparently is Urban Meyer’s thinking as he returns to the sideline this weekend for Ohio State football after a three-game suspension.  “I think I’ll be involved more as a game manager at this point,” the coach said on the Big Ten coaches teleconference Tuesday afternoon.  “I’ve done that before in...
What is Urban Meyer inheriting in the 4th-ranked Ohio State football team?

What is Urban Meyer inheriting in the 4th-ranked Ohio State football team?

Three games into the 2018 season, Ohio State has played three games and won them all.  Winning is the bottom line in sports (between the lines, anyway), but not all 3-0 starts are created equally.  Here’s a closer look at the team Urban Meyer is inheriting this week after a three-game suspension.  Ohio State is third the nation in total offense (608.7 yards per game) and...
Everything Urban Meyer said at his Monday press conference at Ohio State 

Everything Urban Meyer said at his Monday press conference at Ohio State 

Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer’s three-game suspension is over, so he made his first appearance at the typical week-opening press conference held at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.  Here is a transcript of the interview provided by ASAP Sports:  COACH MEYER: Hello. I'd like to share a couple of thoughts on the game first before we get started here. And that is first of all...
5 takeaways from Urban Meyer’s first post-reinstatement press conference

5 takeaways from Urban Meyer’s first post-reinstatement press conference

Urban Meyer spent the first four minutes of his press conference Monday talking about football. The rest of the time — nearly an hour — was spent explaining and in some instances re-explaining the events that led to this being the first time the Ohio State football coach had met with the local media since before the season started three weeks ago. The Buckeyes host Tulane on Saturday....
Meyer: Buckeyes got tougher as game got tougher vs. TCU

Meyer: Buckeyes got tougher as game got tougher vs. TCU

Urban Meyer watched the first three Ohio State Buckeyes games at home as he served a three-game suspension. He admitted Monday in a press conference at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center he didn’t watch every play Saturday as his team rallied in the second half to beat Texas Christian 40-28 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. “This one, in particular, I only watched the good plays,&rdquo...
Urban Meyer explains his intention in handling former Ohio State assistant Zach Smith

Urban Meyer explains his intention in handling former Ohio State assistant Zach Smith

In his first Monday game week press conference of 2018 — following a six-week, three-game suspension — Urban Meyer made a few things abundantly clear.  Atop them all: While he mishandled the employment of Zach Smith, he did so out of a desire to help him and his family — after being assured by law enforcement Smith had not abused his then-wife, Courtney, in 2015.  &ldquo...
Urban Meyer: Injured Nick Bosa will not play against Tulane

Urban Meyer: Injured Nick Bosa will not play against Tulane

Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa will not play against Tulane on Saturday, Ohio State Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer confirmed Monday. Speaking at his first press conference since his three-game suspension, Meyer said Bosa will undergo further tests this week on abdominal and groin issues. » URBAN MEYER COVERAGE: Coach says he’s working to be a better leader | Meyer’s career by the...
Urban Meyer: ‘I’m working to make sure I do a better job every day as a leader’

Urban Meyer: ‘I’m working to make sure I do a better job every day as a leader’

Prior to meeting with the local media for the first time since the night he was suspended for three games, Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer released a statement about his handling of domestic violence allegations and former assistant coach Zach Smith.  “I want to be clear: I do not — never have and never will — condone domestic abuse,” Meyer wrote. “I&rsquo...
Ohio State football: Urban Meyer’s coaching career by the numbers

Ohio State football: Urban Meyer’s coaching career by the numbers

After serving a six-week, three-game suspension, Urban Meyer returns to his full capacities as Ohio State football coach this week.  Here is a look at some of the numbers from his first six seasons leading the Buckeyes and how they compare to his predecessors:  1. Meyer is already sixth in wins at Ohio State.  The coaches with more than Meyer’s 73 wins as coach of the Buckeyes...
Urban Meyer on handling of Zach Smith allegations: ‘My intent was to help all involved’ 

Urban Meyer on handling of Zach Smith allegations: ‘My intent was to help all involved’ 

Before his return to full-time duties as head coach of the Ohio State football team, Urban Meyer talked to ESPN about the circumstances that led to his six-week, three-game suspension.  Part one of what the network says is a two-part interview aired Sunday morning during SportsCenter:  That “troubled employee” was Zach Smith, a long-time member of Meyer’s staff and...
Ohio State rides third quarter surge to win over TCU

Ohio State rides third quarter surge to win over TCU

Ohio State rallied from a halftime deficit to beat TCU 40-28 Saturday night in Arlington, Texas.  The fourth-ranked Buckeyes trailed 14-13 at intermission and saw the 15th-ranked Horned Frogs stretch the lead to eight midway through the third quarter.  Then Ohio State surged into the lead in a bizarre sequence of plays.  It started with a 63-yard catch-and-run by Parris Campbell, who...
Ohio State vs. TCU: What you need to know about Saturday night’s game

Ohio State vs. TCU: What you need to know about Saturday night’s game

Who: No. 4 Ohio State (2-0) vs. No. 15 TCU (2-0) When: 8 p.m., Saturday Where: AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas. TV/Radio: ABC/1410 Series history: Ohio State leads 4-1-1. All six games were played in Columbus. Last game: Ohio State 37-3 in Columbus in 1973. Coaches: Ohio State’s Ryan Day is 2-0. He is filling for the suspended Urban Meyer for the first three games of the season. Gary Patterson...
Ohio State football: Unflappable Haskins ready to step into national spotlight

Ohio State football: Unflappable Haskins ready to step into national spotlight

All expectations are No. 4 Ohio State and No. 15 TCU will provide each other their first measuring stick Saturday night in Arlington, Texas. The intersectional clash also could be a coming out party for Dwayne Haskins. The Buckeyes sophomore quarterback isn’t entirely new to the national scene, having replaced an injured J.T. Barrett last season at Michigan and leading a second-half rally...
Ohio State football: Defense expects different challenge vs. TCU

Ohio State football: Defense expects different challenge vs. TCU

In No. 15 TCU, Ohio State faces more than a general step up in competition. The fourth-ranked Buckeyes will have to deal with something they have not seen much lately: A true dual-threat quarterback. Shawn Robinson, a 6-foot-2, 228-pound sophomore from DeSoto, Texas, is the first Horned Frog to win his first three games as a starter since Jeff Ballard in 2005 and ’06. He completed 70.8 percent...
Ohio State-TCU: One Hall of Fame coach left mark on Buckeyes, Horned Frogs

Ohio State-TCU: One Hall of Fame coach left mark on Buckeyes, Horned Frogs

Other than calling football-mad states home, Ohio State and TCU don’t have a lot in common.  Perhaps the biggest exception is a larger-than-life, profanity-spewing football mad genius named Francis Schmidt.  If you haven’t heard of Francis Schmidt, that’s not surprising.  The man whose quote inspired the creation of the Gold Pants Club at Ohio State passed away...
Ohio State football: Dobbins happy to share carries with Weber

Ohio State football: Dobbins happy to share carries with Weber

Reporters tried to dive deep into the mind of Ohio State Buckeyes running back J.K. Dobbins on Tuesday. How could a player who rushed for 1,403 yards in 2017, setting an Ohio State freshman record, be OK with sharing the load with Mike Weber, whose starting job he took last fall? Surely, Dobbins harbors hidden disappointment somewhere — more so the line of questioning went after practice at...
Ohio State puts perfect record in Texas on the line Saturday

Ohio State puts perfect record in Texas on the line Saturday

The Ohio State Buckeyes have never lost a game in Texas. That feat will grow in impressiveness if they beat No. 15 Texas Christian (2-0) on Saturday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Texas considers itself the center of the football universe. Even the current Ohio State players who left the Lone Star State to play college football in Columbus believe Texas turns the dial up to 11 when it comes...
Springfield native Knox returns to Texas for third time with Buckeyes

Springfield native Knox returns to Texas for third time with Buckeyes

Demetrius Knox left Ohio for Texas in the seventh grade, returned to Ohio to play for the Ohio State Buckeyes in 2014 and now finds himself heading back to Texas for the third time in five seasons. Knox, Ohio State’s starting right guard, and the fourth-ranked Buckeyes play No. 15 Texas Christian at 8 p.m. Saturday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. “I was born in Springfield, Ohio,&rdquo...
When it comes to Ohio State QB plan for TCU, Ryan Day not tipping his hand

When it comes to Ohio State QB plan for TCU, Ryan Day not tipping his hand

For the second day in a row, acting head coach Ryan Day avoided a definitive answer when it comes to Ohio State’s plans for Tate Martell, the backup quarterback who was sharp in relief of starter Dwayne Haskins as the Buckeyes blew out Rutgers last weekend.  “The plan has always been to play Tate,” Day said Tuesday on the Big Ten coaches teleconference. “He brings a different...
Ohio State football: How does offense averaging 64.5 points per game get even better?

Ohio State football: How does offense averaging 64.5 points per game get even better?

Through two games, the Ohio State offense ranks No. 2 in the nation in scoring at 64.5 points per game. The fourth-ranked Buckeyes are also No. 2 in total offense (650 yards per game). They lead the Big Ten with 15 explosive plays (20 yards or more) from scrimmage, and are No. 1 in the nation in third-down conversion percentage (an absurd 72.1). Ohio State’s 1,300 total yards, 700 passing yards...
Ohio State’s Ryan Day on big matchup vs. TCU: ‘We’ve got to focus on us’

Ohio State’s Ryan Day on big matchup vs. TCU: ‘We’ve got to focus on us’

Everyone wants to know how Ohio State will adjust to a major step up in competition this week when the fourth-ranked Buckeyes travel to Texas to take on TCU. Ohio State hasn’t feasted on the small-conference cupcakes some teams enjoy in early September, but the opposition from Oregon State and Rutgers hasn’t exactly been daunting, either. Neither team qualified for a bowl last season,...
Ryan Day stresses importance of ‘plan to win’ with TCU on tap for Ohio State

Ryan Day stresses importance of ‘plan to win’ with TCU on tap for Ohio State

Ryan Day is still Ohio State’s acting head coach for one more game.  (Urban Meyer is scheduled to be back on the sideline Sept. 22 against Tulane.)  Whenever Day becomes a full-time head coach, he won’t have to worry about whether or not he knows how to handle a press conference.  As the fourth-ranked Buckeyes prepare to play No. 15 TCU -- their first ranked opponent -- ...
Braxton Miller finds new home in NFL nine days after being cut

Braxton Miller finds new home in NFL nine days after being cut

The defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles signed Wayne High School graduate and former Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback and wide receiver Braxton Miller to their practice squad Monday. The Houston Texans cut Miller on Sept. 1, one day before they trimmed their roster to 53. Miller, a 2016 third-round pick, caught 34 passes and two touchdowns in two seasons with the Texans. Miller had...
Big Ten honors Tate Martell for historic passing performance

Big Ten honors Tate Martell for historic passing performance

Ohio State quarterbacks have won two Big Ten football awards in as many weeks.  The conference announced Monday morning Tate Martell is the Big Ten Co-Freshman of the Week after his performance in a win over Rutgers.  Martell completed 10 of 10 passes for 121 yards, establishing a school record for completion percentage, as the Buckeyes crushed the Scarlet Knights 52-3 on Saturday. ...
Ohio State football: Buckeyes looking forward to ‘good test’ vs. TCU

Ohio State football: Buckeyes looking forward to ‘good test’ vs. TCU

After taking care of business Saturday, the Ohio State football team had no trouble looking ahead to its next test. Given the ease with which the fourth-ranked Buckeyes beat Oregon State (77-31) and Rutgers (52-3), the upcoming matchup with TCU might be more correctly called OSU’s first test, though. “It’s going to be quite a challenge,” Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg...
5 things to know about Ohio State’s 52-3 win over Rutgers

5 things to know about Ohio State’s 52-3 win over Rutgers

Ohio State football improved to 2-0 with a 52-3 dismantling of Rutgers on Saturday.  Here are five things to know from the game:  1. Buckeyes reach milestone.  Ohio State improved to 900-324-53 in 129 seasons of college football. Only two teams have reached the 900-win plateau, and they know each other quite well: The other is Michigan.  “Nine hundred wins in Ohio State...
Ohio State notes: Martell throws first career touchdown pass

Ohio State notes: Martell throws first career touchdown pass

Tate Martell covered half the field in no time at all, showcasing his quickness as he hurried to celebrate his first career touchdown pass for the Ohio State Buckeyes. Martell, a redshirt freshman appearing in his second game, threw a 51-yard pass to Terry McLaurin in the first half and added a 42-yard touchdown run in the second half of No. 4 Ohio State’s 52-3 victory against Rutgers on Saturday...
Ohio State routs Rutgers 52-3 to open Big Ten play

Ohio State routs Rutgers 52-3 to open Big Ten play

Another week, another blowout for Ohio State. The fourth-ranked Buckeyes dominated Rutgers 52-3 at Ohio Stadium on Saturday. Wayne graduate Robert Landers crashed into the backfield and dragged Raheem Blackshear down for a 3-yard loss on the first play of the game, a sign of things to come. »RELATED: Martell throws first TD pass »RELATED: Ohio State-Rutgers photos The Scarlet Knights punted...
Ohio State football: 6 things to know about Saturday’s game vs. Rutgers

Ohio State football: 6 things to know about Saturday’s game vs. Rutgers

One week after throttling Oregon State to open the season, Ohio State begins Big Ten play Saturday with a visit from Rutgers. Here are six things to know about the game scheduled to kick off at 3:30 p.m. at Ohio Stadium: The Beavers are expected to be one of the worst teams in college football this season, and Ohio State made them look the part in a 77-31 decision last week. Coming off a 35-7 win...
Ohio State football: Previewing Saturday’s game vs. Rutgers

Ohio State football: Previewing Saturday’s game vs. Rutgers

Who: Rutgers (1-0) at No. 4 Ohio State (1-0) When: 3:30 p.m., Saturday Where: Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio. TV/Radio: Big Ten Network Series history: Ohio State leads 4-0. Including shutouts in the last two meetings, Ohio State has outscored Rutgers 219-24 since the schools met for the first time in 2014. Last game: Ohio State won 56-0 in Piscataway last season. Coaches: Ohio State’s Ryan Day...
Ohio State-Rutgers notebook: Jordan settling in, Haskins going deep, expanding the offense and more

Ohio State-Rutgers notebook: Jordan settling in, Haskins going deep, expanding the offense and more

With another Ohio State football game week winding down, it’s time to clean out the reporter’s notebook.  Here are a few items that haven’t made it into a story yet:  While everyone wanted to see how Dwayne Haskins would perform in his first start at quarterback for Ohio State last week, the guy making sure he got the ball on every play was also a story.  Michael Jordan...
Ohio State football: Wayne’s Robert Landers focused on leadership, production for Buckeyes

Ohio State football: Wayne’s Robert Landers focused on leadership, production for Buckeyes

Robert Landers earned his first start in an Ohio State uniform last Saturday. That’s a big deal, right? Not to Landers. “Honestly my mindset about it really hasn’t changed,” the Wayne High School graduate said Wednesday. “My biggest thing from my first year playing to now is just come out and produce. “(I want to) contribute as best I can to not only the defense...
Comparing Ohio State-Rutgers to other series in Buckeye football history  

Comparing Ohio State-Rutgers to other series in Buckeye football history  

Saturday at Ohio Stadium, Ohio State and Rutgers are scheduled to play for the fifth time.  The Scarlet Knights are not only winless in the series, they have been outscored 219-24 with none of those Rutgers points coming in the past two meetings.  Having spent an (almost) unhealthy amount of time examining Ohio State records over the years, I was struck by how this looked on paper more like...
NFL Kickoff: 4 locals among Ohio State players on NFL rosters to start new season

NFL Kickoff: 4 locals among Ohio State players on NFL rosters to start new season

With the NFL set to kick off its 99th season this week, 39 former Ohio State football payers are on league rosters.  That includes local high school graduates Michael Bennett (Centerville) of the Jaguars, Kurt Coleman (Northmont) of the Saints, Taylor Decker (Butler) of the Lions and Mike Nugent (Centerville) of the Raiders.  The group also includes a pair of rookies suiting up for the Cincinnati...
More than a dozen area players to begin season on NFL rosters

More than a dozen area players to begin season on NFL rosters

The 99th National Football League season is set to begin with more than a dozen area players on active rosters.  Centerville High School leads the way with three alumni in the NFL: Mike Nugent, Michael Bennett and Ifeadi Odenigbo.  Entering his 14th season, Nugent is the dean of area players in pro football.  The Ohio State All-American made the Oakland Raiders somewhat unexpectedly...
Urban Meyer back on job, and for Buckeyes, it’s ‘like he never left’

Urban Meyer back on job, and for Buckeyes, it’s ‘like he never left’

The Ohio State Buckeyes held a practice Tuesday with head coach Urban Meyer on the job for the first time since the spring. According to the players, it was the same, old Meyer on the turf field outside the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. “It felt different because it was really hot today,” defensive end Jonathan Cooper said. “That was the only thing.” “He brought good energy...
Greg Schiano says number of big plays Buckeyes allowed in opener ‘unacceptable’

Greg Schiano says number of big plays Buckeyes allowed in opener ‘unacceptable’

From a coach’s perspective, Ohio State football had the perfect season opener for a team with lofty goals. The Buckeyes not only won big against Oregon State (77-31) but did so while piling up teachable moments — especially on the defensive side of the ball. “I think we learned a lot,” defensive coordinator Greg Schiano said after reviewing the film. “Always people say...
Ohio State football: What Ryan Day had to say on the Big Ten teleconference

Ohio State football: What Ryan Day had to say on the Big Ten teleconference

Although Urban Meyer has returned to the Ohio State football team this week, interim coach Ryan Day is still handling his media responsibilities.  Day touched on a few topics during the weekly Big Ten football coaches teleconference:  Regarding Saturday’s opponent, Day sees in Rutgers a team with a veteran defense that got off to a good start by beating Texas State 35-7 on Saturday...
What does Urban Meyer’s return mean for Ohio State football?

What does Urban Meyer’s return mean for Ohio State football?

Urban Meyer is allowed to walk the halls of the Woody Hayes Athletic Center again.  What does that mean for his Ohio State football team? Six days a week, they play for the active coach with the highest-winning percentage in NCAA history again. The next two Saturdays, though, Ryan Day will be in charge, as he was when the Buckeyes blasted Oregon State 77-31 in the season-opener last Saturday...
With Urban Meyer’s return ‘things are back to normal’ for Buckeyes

With Urban Meyer’s return ‘things are back to normal’ for Buckeyes

Urban Meyer is back.  He isn’t talking to the media yet, though.  While the last day of the Ohio State head coach’s suspension for mismanaging an assistant coach was Sunday, Ryan Day still handled the weekly press conference to start the week of preparations for Rutgers.  “Coach came back today and we had a meeting early this morning,” Day said Monday. &ldquo...
Ohio State Buckeyes: Urban Meyer set to rejoin team on Monday

Ohio State Buckeyes: Urban Meyer set to rejoin team on Monday

Monday will be no ordinary day at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. One might think the Ohio State football team is ready for routine after a tumultuous preseason, but the Buckeyes will probably make an exception in this case. That’s because Urban Meyer will be with them again after six weeks away. The notion brought a smile to running back Mike Weber’s face Saturday in the aftermath of ...
Ohio State routs Oregon State: Five things to know

Ohio State routs Oregon State: Five things to know

Ohio State players insisted during the week leading up to the season-opener against Oregon State their preseason was not disrupted by the absence of head coach Urban Meyer. While they missed Meyer, who was put on leave and then suspended after an investigation found he mismanaged assistant coach Zach Smith, they went about business as usual under interim head coach Ryan Day. The Beavers must be believers...
Haskins shines in first start for Ohio State

Haskins shines in first start for Ohio State

The Dwayne Haskins era began with a near perfect first half Saturday at Ohio Stadium. The first quarterback not named J.T. Barrett or Cardale Jones to start for the Ohio State Buckeyes since 2013, when Braxton Miller had the job, the redshirt sophomore Haskins completed 14 of 18 passes for 164 yards in the first half, leading his team to a 42-14 halftime lead and a 77-31 victory against Oregon...
Ohio State rolls over Oregon State to open the season

Ohio State rolls over Oregon State to open the season

Ohio State opened its 129th season of football with a resounding win, a 77-31 decision over Oregon State that was nearly as odd as the Buckeyes’ preseason.  Ohio State led 42-14 at halftime then had to wait out a weather delay of 72 minutes.  When the teams returned to the field, they promptly traded long touchdowns.  First Terry McLaurin took an intermediate pass from Dwayne...
Ryan Day: Buckeyes have an ‘opportunity to make a statement’ in opener

Ryan Day: Buckeyes have an ‘opportunity to make a statement’ in opener

The Ohio State Buckeyes walked to the Skull Session at St. John Arena and then to Ohio Stadium with acting head coach Ryan Day leading the path every step of the way Saturday two hours before the season opener at noon against Oregon State. Day, filling in for the suspended Urban Meyer for the first three games, spoke to a packed house at the Skull Session. “We talked to the team about how today...
Local Ohio State band alum will dot the ‘i’ again — 30 years later

Local Ohio State band alum will dot the ‘i’ again — 30 years later

Darren Montgomery said he quit playing trumpet his last year at West Carrollton High School for one reason. “My senior year I switched to tuba so I could go to Ohio State and dot the ‘i’ in Script Ohio,” the 52-year-old Miami Twp. native said. Montgomery achieved that goal as an OSU senior in 1988. This month, the Miamisburg resident will get to do again with the Ohio State...
Texans cut Braxton Miller one day before roster deadline

Texans cut Braxton Miller one day before roster deadline

The Houston Texans waived wide receiver Braxton Miller on Friday. Miller, a 2016 third-round pick who graduated from Wayne High School and Ohio State, caught 34 passes and two touchdowns in two seasons. Miller had 11 catches for 122 yards in the preseason. The Texans have to get to the 53-man roster limit on Saturday. "We're still working through some things," Texans coach Bill O'Brien told...
College Football Preview: Oregon State Beavers at Ohio State Buckeyes

College Football Preview: Oregon State Beavers at Ohio State Buckeyes

Who: Oregon State (0-0) at No. 5 Ohio State (0-0) When: Noon, Saturday Where: Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio. TV/Radio: ABC/1410 Series history: Ohio State leads 2-0. Ohio State won the first meeting 51-10 in 1974. Ten years later, the Buckeyes beat the Beavers again, this time 22-14. Both seasons ended with a Big Ten championship and Rose Bowl appearance for the Buckeyes. Last game: N/A Coaches: Ohio...
Ohio State football: Urban Meyer releases new statement seeking to change narrative of his suspension

Ohio State football: Urban Meyer releases new statement seeking to change narrative of his suspension

Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer is still suspended.  He is also still defending himself on Twitter.  One day before the Buckeyes begin the season without him, Meyer posted a lengthy defense of himself on social media.  Meyer received a six-week suspension August 22 at the conclusion of an investigation into how he handled allegations assistant coach Zach Smith abused his then-wife...
Ohio State Buckeyes: 5 things to know about Saturday’s season opener

Ohio State Buckeyes: 5 things to know about Saturday’s season opener

After one of the most unusual preseasons in memory, the 129th regular season of Ohio State football begins Saturday. A high noon showdown with (likely overmatched) Oregon State starts the fifth-ranked Buckeyes’ pursuit of a third College Football Playoff appearance in five seasons. Here are five things to know about the season opener Jonathan Smith will make his debut as a head coach Saturday...
Ohio State trustee reportedly resigns in wake of Urban Meyer decision 

Ohio State trustee reportedly resigns in wake of Urban Meyer decision 

Jeffrey Wadsworth told The New York Times he quit the Ohio State board of trustees following its decision to suspend football coach Urban Meyer last week.  The former Batelle CEO cited “an issue of standards, values” in explaining his decision..  He apparently was concerned a more severe punishment was not more seriously considered for Meyer, who was suspended without pay...
Ohio State Buckeyes: More newness than normal in this season-opening game

Ohio State Buckeyes: More newness than normal in this season-opening game

Ohio State’s 2018 season-opening game against Oregon State on Saturday figures to bring even more newness and unknown than the usual lid-lifter. Oh, sure, there will be the typical array of new starters, including Dwayne Haskins taking over at quarterback and Wayne graduate Robert Landers joining the first-team defensive line. Michael Jordan is the new starting center, the first-team linebacking...
Ohio State football preview: What to know about the Buckeye secondary

Ohio State football preview: What to know about the Buckeye secondary

We wrap up our Ohio State position group previews with the defensive backs.  Five Buckeye DBs have been drafted in the first round over the last three NFL drafts, and the expectation is multiple pros will be lining up back there again this fall in Columbus.  This is a young group (no seniors) that includes three five-star prospects and eight four-stars so there is no lack of physical ability...
Former Ohio State assistant Zach Smith goes on Twitter offensive, blasts media

Former Ohio State assistant Zach Smith goes on Twitter offensive, blasts media

Zach Smith, the former Ohio State football assistant coach whose behavior ended up getting Urban Meyer suspended, blasted college football reporter Brett McMurphy and other media members in a Twitter tirade Wednesday afternoon.  Smith was fired in late July after McMurphy brought to light accusations he had abused his wife in 2009 and ‘15.  Although charges were dropped in...
Ohio State Buckeyes: Players say Meyer’s absence hasn’t changed approach

Ohio State Buckeyes: Players say Meyer’s absence hasn’t changed approach

The captains of the Ohio State football team say Urban Meyer’s absence has not had much effect on them this month. If so, that is a testament to the work Meyer has done. The veteran coach, who was put on leave two days before the start of preseason camp and who is suspended through the end of this week after an independent investigation found he mismanaged a former assistant, set out to create...
Ohio State football preview: What to know about Buckeye linebackers 

Ohio State football preview: What to know about Buckeye linebackers 

Ohio State football returns Saturday when the Buckeyes play host to Oregon State.  To get ramped up for the season, we’re taking a look at each position group.  Here the linebackers get their turn in the spotlight.  Previously we looked at the quarterbacks, skill players, offensive line and tight ends and the defensive line.  Returning starters: Tuf Borland  Rising...
Ohio State releases more documents from Urban Meyer/Zach Smith investigation 

Ohio State releases more documents from Urban Meyer/Zach Smith investigation 

In response to public records requests, Ohio State posted an “initial batch of records” from the investigation of Urban Meyer that resulted a three-game suspension for the football coach.  In an email, a school spokesperson said the university continues to process requests, which must be reviewed for potential issues with privacy laws before they can be released.  In general...
Ryan Day’s goal as acting head coach at Ohio State: ‘Just keep this thing moving’

Ryan Day’s goal as acting head coach at Ohio State: ‘Just keep this thing moving’

In his first public appearance as acting head coach of the Ohio State football team, Ryan Day reminded everyone multiple times he has never planned to be in his current position for long. “It has been a whirlwind,” Day said of taking the reins of the program when Urban Meyer was placed on leave Aug. 1, two days before the start of preseason practice. After a university-commissioned investigation...
Urban Meyer met with Ohio State players last week

Urban Meyer met with Ohio State players last week

One day after giving a detailed rundown of most of the positions on the team ahead of Ohio State’s first game Saturday, acting coach Ryan Day filled in some gaps Tuesday.  Appearing on the weekly Big Ten football coaches teleconference, he was mostly mum about a meeting between suspended head coach Urban Meyer and the team last week.  “Those meetings are kind of private...
Ohio State football preview: What to know about Buckeye defensive line

Ohio State football preview: What to know about Buckeye defensive line

Ahead of Ohio State’s season-opening visit from Oregon State, we are previewing each position group in Columbus.  We started with the quarterbacks before covering a deep group of skill players, the offensive line and tight ends.  Here is a look at the defensive front:  Returning starters: Nick Bosa, Dre’Mont Jones  Rising: Chase Young, Jonathan Cooper...
Ohio State football: 7 personnel notes from the first pregame presser of the year

Ohio State football: 7 personnel notes from the first pregame presser of the year

After an entire Ohio State football training camp passed without one interview session, Ryan Day and Greg Schiano had a lot of ground to cover Monday.  Day, the interim head coach as Urban Meyer’s suspension continues, managed to do an admirable job of that, but at least one question did seem to stump him.  How will he feel Saturday when the Buckeyes take on Oregon State and he...
Kirk Herbstreit shares opinion on Urban Meyer’s punishment, what’s next for Ohio State

Kirk Herbstreit shares opinion on Urban Meyer’s punishment, what’s next for Ohio State

As a college football analyst and one of the highest-profile Ohio State graduates out there, Kirk Herbstreit naturally has some thoughts on the scandal that has engulfed most of the month of August.  On a conference call to discuss the start of the college football season, the ESPN GameDay cast member from Centerville shared his view of everything that has gone on with Urban Meyer, who is suspended...
Ohio State football preview: What to know about Buckeye offensive line and tight ends

Ohio State football preview: What to know about Buckeye offensive line and tight ends

Before the Buckeyes take on Oregon State on Saturday, we are previewing every position group.  We started with the quarterbacks then did the running backs and receivers.  Here’s a look at the enforcers on the offense:  Offensive line  Returning starters: Michael Jordan, Isaiah Prince, Demetrius Knox Rising: Brady Taylor, Malcolm Pridgeon, Thayer Munford, Joshua...
Urban Meyer text messages raise open records question for Ohio State

Urban Meyer text messages raise open records question for Ohio State

Any attempt by Ohio State coach Urban Meyer to eliminate work-related text messages on his university-issued phone to hide information would be illegal, open records experts said following a two-week investigation into his handling of domestic violence allegations against an assistant coach. Ohio State suspended Meyer for three games after investigators concluded he mishandled Zach Smith’s repeated...
Ohio State names 2018 football captain, adds QB 

Ohio State names 2018 football captain, adds QB 

Ohio State football named seven players captains for the 2018 season on Saturday.  The seven-player group includes a pair of receivers — Parris Campbell and Terry McLaurin — who were also captains last year.  Joining them are fellow receiver Johnnie Dixon along with offensive lineman Isaiah Prince, defensive end Nick Bosa, safety Jordan Fuller and linebacker Tuf Borland. ...
Ohio State football preview: What to know about Buckeye backs and receivers

Ohio State football preview: What to know about Buckeye backs and receivers

With preseason camp complete, Ohio State football’s first game of the season is right around the corner.  Before the Buckeyes take on Oregon State on Sept. 1, we are previewing every position group.  We started with the quarterbacks.  Here is a look at the players they’ll be trying to get the ball to most often:  Running backs  Returning starters: J.K. Dobbins...
Archdeacon: Urban Meyer’s refusal to ‘Man Up’ could’ve cost him his job

Archdeacon: Urban Meyer’s refusal to ‘Man Up’ could’ve cost him his job

If it were his own daughters – Nicki and Gigi – getting smacked around, he certainly would want someone to step in with the power to put an end to it. He’d want to make sure the abuser wasn’t continually being enabled or, at the very least, that the proper people were alerted so they could put a stop to it. Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer did none of that when it came...
Urban Meyer investigation: Ohio State’s full report reveals more questions 

Urban Meyer investigation: Ohio State’s full report reveals more questions 

Ohio State’s preliminary release of findings from an investigation of football coach Urban Meyer revealed some important answers following a month of uncertainty.  The publication of the full report later Wednesday night offered more insight into what investigators discovered.  The full report also raised more questions.  Here are more significant details of the full report...
5 key findings by the independent working group that investigated Urban Meyer and Ohio State

5 key findings by the independent working group that investigated Urban Meyer and Ohio State

A nearly 12-hour day ended a nearly one-month saga at Ohio State.  When it was over Wednesday night, the independent working group hired to look into how Urban Meyer handled allegations former assistant coach Zach Smith abused his wife released a summary of its findings that included these key items:  1. Meyer was aware law enforcement in Powell, Ohio, investigated Smith for allegedly...
Social media reacts to Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer’s suspension

Social media reacts to Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer’s suspension

Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer has been suspended three games as a result of an independent investigation finding he “did not exhibit the kind of leadership and high standards,” the university announced Wednesday night. The news came after an all-day meeting of the school’s board of trustees.  Meyer was placed on paid administrative leave after a report he knew of...
College Basketball: New ranking system will help determine NCAA field

College Basketball: New ranking system will help determine NCAA field

A new ranking system will be used to determine NCAA Tournament teams. The NCAA has developed a new system to replace the RPI as the primary method for evaluation teams during the Division I men’s basketball season. »RELATED: NCAA rules for recruiting, draft, agents and enforcement changing The NCAA Evaluation Tool (NET) will rely on results, strength of schedule, game location, scoring...
Ohio State suspends football coach Urban Meyer, athletic director Gene Smith

Ohio State suspends football coach Urban Meyer, athletic director Gene Smith

Ohio State announced football coach Urban Meyer will remain suspended until Sept. 2 and will not be allowed to coach the Buckeyes in their first three games. That comes after an independent investigation found he “did not exhibit the kind of leadership and high standards” the university expects in regards to the handling of former assistant coach Zach Smith.  OSU director of...
Ohio State football preview: What to know about Buckeye quarterbacks

Ohio State football preview: What to know about Buckeye quarterbacks

While an unusual August has rolled on in Columbus, Ohio State has continued preparations for the 2018 season.  With kickoff against Oregon State approaching, it’s time to start taking a look at the squad that will don scarlet and gray.  We begin with the quarterbacks:  Returning starters: None  Rising: Dwayne Haskins  Others: Tate Martell, Matthew Baldwin, Kory...
Urban Meyer investigation: Ohio State Board of Trustees meeting set

Urban Meyer investigation: Ohio State Board of Trustees meeting set

Ohio State announced Monday its Board of Trustees will hold a 9 a.m. meeting Wednesday to discuss the results of the investigation into football coach Urban Meyer.  The meeting will convene in public session per state law, but the board will hold its discussion behind closed doors in executive session at the Longaberger Alumni House.  Per a university spokesperson:  Meyer has...
Ohio State ranked fifth in Associated Press preseason poll

Ohio State ranked fifth in Associated Press preseason poll

Ohio State football will begin the 2018 campaign ranked No. 5 in the Associated Press writers poll.  Defending national champion Alabama is No. 1 followed by Clemson, Georgia and Wisconsin.  Ohio State’s schedule includes four teams in the preseason top 25: No. 10 Penn State, No. 11 Michigan State, No. 14 Michigan and No. 16 TCU.  The Buckeyes will kick off the season Sept. 1...
Ohio State offers another glimpse of football practice

Ohio State offers another glimpse of football practice

August has been rainy in central Ohio, but the precipitation held off long enough for Ohio State to practice football outside on a humid Saturday morning here.  Members of the media slipped through OSU move-in day traffic to check out roughly 30 minutes of the action.  Like the first and only previous viewing window of this preseason, there wasn’t much to learn (especially less than...
Ohio State reveals timeline for conclusion of Urban Meyer investigation 

Ohio State reveals timeline for conclusion of Urban Meyer investigation 

Ohio State announced Friday afternoon its investigation into football coach Urban Meyer will be completed Sunday.  That is only the beginning of the end of the process of deciding if the coach will be reinstated as the coach of the Buckeyes, though.  Per the school, the investigative team will prepare a report for the independent working group overseeing the investigation, and that will...
Ohio State football: Coach Ryan Day’s thoughts on the Buckeye defense

Ohio State football: Coach Ryan Day’s thoughts on the Buckeye defense

After two weeks of preseason practice, Ohio State interim coach Ryan Day provided an overall update on the team’s progress since the start of camp August 3. He also highlighted some of the things the players have done off the field to keep things light as they practice without coach Urban Meyer, who is on paid administrative leave while the school investigates how Meyer handled allegations ...
Ohio State football: Coach Ryan Day’s thoughts on the Buckeye offense

Ohio State football: Coach Ryan Day’s thoughts on the Buckeye offense

After nearly two weeks of media blackout (not counting social media videos), Ohio State dropped an information bomb on Friday afternoon.  Interim coach Ryan Day provided an overall update on the team’s progress since the start of camp August 3 and highlighted some of the things the players have done off the field to keep things light.  Day is leading the Buckeyes while Urban Meyer...
Ohio State football provides practice update

Ohio State football provides practice update

What’s going on with Ohio State football?  Not much information has flowed out of the Woody Hayes Athletic Center since preseason camp started without head coach Urban Meyer on August 3.  That changed Friday when the school published a lengthy update from interim head coach Ryan Day, who is filling in for Meyer while an independent board investigates how Meyer handled allegations assistant...
Ohio State president says Urban Meyer investigation might last more than 14 days

Ohio State president says Urban Meyer investigation might last more than 14 days

Think this weekend marks the end of the Urban Meyer investigation at Ohio State one way or another?  Maybe not.  On Aug. 6, a team of lawyers led by former prosecutor Mary Jo White began looking into how Meyer, the head coach of the Buckeyes, handled allegations assistant coach Zach Smith abused his wife.  At the time, the university announced it hoped to have the investigation wrapped...
Urban Meyer: A look at his career at Ohio State

Urban Meyer: A look at his career at Ohio State

Urban Meyer has been one of the most successful coaches in college football history, but a late-summer scandal led to a three-game suspension and could affect the way his career is viewed when all is said and done.  Here is a look at the Ohio native’s time at Ohio State.  1. Meyer’s first college job was at Ohio State. He served as a graduate assistant for Earle Bruce in...
Ohio State’s investigation of Urban Meyer: What we know now 

Ohio State’s investigation of Urban Meyer: What we know now 

As the second week of Ohio State’s investigation of Urban Meyer concludes, here is a recap of major events.  1. Ohio State fired assistant coach Zach Smith on July 23.  Smith, who had been Ohio State’s receivers coach since 2012, was terminated the same day he received a notice of a domestic violence civil protection order being filed by his ex-wife, Courtney.  Also...
Report: Zach Smith has extensive meeting with investigators for Ohio State

Report: Zach Smith has extensive meeting with investigators for Ohio State

Former Ohio State receivers coach Zach Smith met Tuesday with the group investigating how Urban Meyer handled allegations Smith abused his wife.  According to multiple reports, Smith’s attorney gave a glowing assessment of the proceedings.  Smith’s ex-wife, Courtney, has accused him of abusing her during their marriage and obtained a domestic violence protection order against...
How much might Urban Meyer investigation cost Ohio State?

How much might Urban Meyer investigation cost Ohio State?

Nothing is free, and that certainly goes for investigations of a football coach by a public entity.  Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine granted firm Debevoise and Plimpton a budget of up to $500,000 to investigate how football coach Urban Meyer and others in the Ohio State department of athletics handled domestic abuse allegations against former assistant Zach Smith.  The budget for...
Fairmont grad becomes top returning scorer for Ohio State women’s basketball

Fairmont grad becomes top returning scorer for Ohio State women’s basketball

The Ohio State women’s basketball season took on an even more different feel Tuesday with the announcement the Buckeyes’ leading returning scorer will play elsewhere in the Big Ten this winter.  Sierra Calhoun, who averaged 11.6 points per game last season, will finish her career at Rutgers according to a press release from the Scarlet Knights Tuesday morning.  That means the...
Ready for some football? Ohio State releases blips and clips as media blackout continues

Ready for some football? Ohio State releases blips and clips as media blackout continues

Ohio State’s investigation of Urban Meyer has not only kept the football coach away from his players and staff this preseason.  It has also sidelined the local media.  Aside from one short viewing window early last week that coincided with the Big Ten Network’s annual day of access, the local press has not been allowed to see anything the Buckeyes are doing on the field...
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