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Ohio State assistant coach faces criminal trespassing charge

Ohio State Buckeyes wide receivers coach Zach Smith faces a charge of criminal trespassing, according to Delaware County Municipal Court records. The incident occurred May 12 in Powell. According to a report by 247Sports.com, police officers were called to the residence of Courtney Smith, Zach Smith’s ex-wife. She had instructed Smith to not drop off their son at her apartment. Zach told officers...
Former Ohio State football player passes away

Former Ohio State football player passes away

Highland Local Schools announced Monday afternoon the passing of former Ohio State football player Mike Kudla.  No cause of death was released, but Kudla was only 34.  After graduating from Highland in 2002, Kudla played linebacker and defensive end for the Buckeyes from 2002-05.  He was an All-Big Ten first-team pick in 2005 and had three sacks in a season-ending win over Notre Dame...
D.J. Carton’s commitment another major step for Ohio State

D.J. Carton’s commitment another major step for Ohio State

In his first year at Ohio State, Chris Holtmann proved he can develop an NCAA tournament team and an NBA prospect.  Could he sign a potential pro, though?  That was the biggest question the day Keita Bates-Diop declared he was foregoing his final year of eligibility to enter the NBA draft.  (The Big Ten Player of the Year was chosen in the second round last month.)  Holtmann signed...
Football Friday: The high school coach who changed Ohio State forever

Football Friday: The high school coach who changed Ohio State forever

Today is a good day to look back on one of the seminal moments in Ohio State football.  Aren’t they all? Well, yeah, but a story from the Harrisburg Patriot-News serves as inspiration at this particular moment.  What does a paper in Pennsylvania care about Ohio State football on a random day in July?  The area is the home of George Chaump, who isn’t exaggerating when he...
College football: Who are the favorites in each conference?

College football: Who are the favorites in each conference?

At least one Las Vegas sports book likes Ohio State to defend its Big Ten championship.  The Buckeyes are a 3/2 favorite to win the conference in numbers published by Bovada on Thursday.  Wisconsin (last year’s runner-up) is next at 14/5 followed by Michigan at 11/2, Penn State at 6/1 and Michigan State at 10/1.  The drop from there is precipitous with Iowa and Nebraska coming...
5 things to know about Ohio State’s nonconference schedule

5 things to know about Ohio State’s nonconference schedule

As we count down the days to the return of football, here’s a look at the non-Big Ten teams Ohio State will tangle with in 2018:   1. The Buckeyes’ first opponent could be their worst of all.   Oregon State was terrible last year (1-11) and probably will still be terrible this year.   The Beavers have a new head coach (alumnus Jonathan Smith) who looks like...
Ohio State recruiting update: A look at 2019, 2020 commitments

Ohio State recruiting update: A look at 2019, 2020 commitments

Ohio State Buckeyes football coaches love to type “Boom” on Twitter. Every time, a recruit commits to the program, that’s their go-to word. They could save time by cutting and pasting it this summer. That’s how often they’re earning commitments from highly-ranked players. The 2019 class, with 14 commitments, ranks sixth in the country, according to 247Sports.com, and...
Ohio State football: Braxton Miller has high expectations for Dwayne Haskins

Ohio State football: Braxton Miller has high expectations for Dwayne Haskins

Ohio State football will enter the 2018 season with high expectations, as usual.  Perhaps higher than usual for a team breaking in a new starting quarterback, but that is because Dwayne Haskins is widely believed to be no average quarterback.  Add Braxton Miller to the believers Urban Meyer’s offense will be in good hands this fall.  Of course it makes sense for an alumnus to...
2019 linebacker commits to Ohio State Buckeyes

2019 linebacker commits to Ohio State Buckeyes

The Ohio State Buckeyes received a verbal commitment from a four-star recruit in the class of 2019 on Monday. Kane Patterson, a linebacker from Christ Presbyterian Academy in Nashville, Tenn., announced his pick on Twitter. He ranks 194th in his class, according to 247Sports.com, and eighth among inside linebackers. Alabama, Stanford, Tennessee and Texas A&M were also in the running to land Patterson...
5 takeaways from the Ohio State football advanced stats preview

5 takeaways from the Ohio State football advanced stats preview

July 4 is in the rearview mirror, and that can only mean one thing: The return of football grows nearer.  One of the best ways to pass the time before teams start taking the gridiron again is to read college football previews.  We already dug into Phil Steele’s annual, but now another of our favorites is out: Bill Connelly’s advanced stats-based SBNation previews of every team...
Ohio State receives fifth commitment from member of 2020 class

Ohio State receives fifth commitment from member of 2020 class

The Ohio State Buckeyes received their fifth verbal commitment from a member of the class of 2020 on Saturday. Luke Wypler, a 6-foot-4, 285-pound offensive guard, announced his college choice on Twitter. He’s a four-star recruit who ranks second among guards and 75th overall in the 2020 class, according to 247Sports.com. Wypler is from Montvale, N.J., and will be a junior at St. Joseph Regional...
Here are some more potential changes coming to college basketball recruiting, the draft and more

Here are some more potential changes coming to college basketball recruiting, the draft and more

More than two months after an independent commission issued numerous recommendations for reforms to NCAA basketball, the efforts to reshape the recruiting calendar are continuing.  National basketball reporter Jeff Goodman shared some of the changes being considered Friday.  A common theme is creating new recruiting evaluation periods and events that would be more closely associated with...
PFF tabs an Ohio State Buckeye to make immediate impact for Browns

PFF tabs an Ohio State Buckeye to make immediate impact for Browns

Pro Football Focus named Browns cornerback Denzel Ward among the 20 players most likely to have an immediate impact with new teams in the NFL this fall.  A rookie from Ohio State, Ward was the No. 4 pick in the draft in April.  The Browns were next-to-last in the NFL in interceptions last season with seven.  They ranked 26th-ranked pass defense in the league as measured by FootballOutsiders...
What we know now: Jim Jordan and Ohio State wrestling

What we know now: Jim Jordan and Ohio State wrestling

Congressman Jim Jordan said he would have reported abuse had he known about it during his time as an Ohio State University wrestling coach. Former wrestlers allege Jordan, R-Urbana, knew a team doctor sexually abused athletes but failed to report it. Here’s what we know now about the allegations, Jordan’s response and Ohio State’s ongoing investigation. Ohio State in April announced...
Ohio State lands one of top quarterbacks in class of 2020

Ohio State lands one of top quarterbacks in class of 2020

The Ohio State Buckeyes landed a verbal commitment from one of the top quarterbacks in the class of 2020 on Sunday. Jack Miller, a 6-foot-4, 210-pound junior at Chaparral High School in Scottsdale, Ariz., announced his decision on Twitter. He ranks third among pro-style quarterbacks in his class, according to 247Sports.com, and he’s the 47th-ranked player overall. Miller attended the Friday...
State’s top recruit in Class of 2020 commits to Ohio State Buckeyes

State’s top recruit in Class of 2020 commits to Ohio State Buckeyes

Ohio’s top recruit in the class of 2020 is staying home. St. Xavier junior offensive tackle Paris Johnson Jr., a five-star recruit, verbally committed to the Ohio State Buckeyes on Thursday night. Johnson, a 6-foot-7, 285-pound who ranks No. 1 in the state and No. 8 in the nation according to the 247Sports composite ratings, had offers from every big-time program across the country. St. Xavier...
College basketball: Oddsmakers like UC Bearcats best among Ohio colleges

College basketball: Oddsmakers like UC Bearcats best among Ohio colleges

Remember when the state of Ohio was on top of the college basketball world last season?  That week was pretty magical!  The 2018 season didn’t really turn out great with Ohio State, Xavier and Cincinnati all losing in the second round of the NCAA tournament after Wright State was routed in the round of 64, but it was fun while it lasted!  And we have it on good authority all those...
Braxton Miller hosts football camp at Wayne

Braxton Miller hosts football camp at Wayne

Houston Texans wide receiver and former Ohio State Buckeyes star Braxton Miller played host to a football camp at his alma mater, Wayne High School, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today. He will hold another camp at the same time a day later at Hilliard Bradley High School. “It’s something I look forward to all year,” Miller said in a press release, “to be able to go back to Ohio and...
Here’s how and when to buy single-game Ohio State football tickets

Here’s how and when to buy single-game Ohio State football tickets

Ohio State fans (or anyone else) looking to purchase single-game tickets for football games this fall can do so beginning at 10 a.m. Friday. They may be purchased from Ticketmaster by phone (800-745-3000) or online (www.ticketmaster.com).  The Ohio State University Athletics Ticket Office at the Schottenstein Center will also have them available.  Prices vary for each of the seven home games...
Big Ten takeaways from Phil Steele’s annual college football preview

Big Ten takeaways from Phil Steele’s annual college football preview

The first days of summer and the first days of college football preview magazines: Two great things that go great together.  Phil Steele’s annual is out now with it’s usual array of rankings, stats and predictions to provide hours of diversion for the discerning college football fan who can’t wait for teams to report for preseason camp in late July.  Here are a few takeaways...
Ohio State swipes QB commitment from Big Ten rival

Ohio State swipes QB commitment from Big Ten rival

Ohio State’s long and winding road to finding a quarterback in the class of 2019 came to an end over the weekend.  Dwan Mathis, a four-star prospect from Oak Park, Mich., announced Sunday he flipped his commitment from Michigan State to Ohio State.  The 6-foot-5, 195-pound senior-to-be is the No. 9 pro-style quarterback in the country according to 247Sports Composite rankings...
NBA Draft: Where 3 locals landed and what’s next for them

NBA Draft: Where 3 locals landed and what’s next for them

Following the NBA draft live doesn’t appeal to me much because so much changes from moment to moment.  Of course there’s a great drama factor involved, but these days i don’t have much trouble finding that anywhere so I spent more time watching the Reds beat the Cubs and Kayla Harrison win her first MMA fight.  Even if you watched the NBA draft for a while last night, there&rsquo...
NBA Draft: Local connections, how to watch and what else to know

NBA Draft: Local connections, how to watch and what else to know

The NBA draft is tonight. Coverage begins on ESPN at 7 p.m.  Here are some things to know about the league’s annual talent dispersal event:  1. For the second year in a row, there is a Southwest Ohio connection.  Last year, it was Luke Kennard. The Franklin High School graduate went to the Detroit Pistons in the first round.  This year it’s Vincent Edwards, a former...
What to know about the Dayton area’s best basketball prospects

What to know about the Dayton area’s best basketball prospects

To find out what most of the area’s best basketball players are up to this spring and summer, one needn’t make many phone calls.  Quincy Simpson has the scoop.  Fans in northwest Ohio know Simpson as the head coach at Lima Senior, but he’s pulling double duty as the director of the C2K Elite AAU program.  That roster happens to include a handful of the top senior-to-be...
Return to St. John Arena part of Ohio State’s nonconference basketball schedule

Return to St. John Arena part of Ohio State’s nonconference basketball schedule

Ohio State basketball finalized its nonconference schedule Tuesday, announcing an intriguing slate for Chris Holtmann’s second year as coach of the Buckeyes.  The season begins Nov. 7 at Cincinnati, where the Bearcats will be opening their newly renovated home arena after a year of playing their “home” games at Northern Kentucky.  Ohio State hasn’t played at UC since...
High School Football: These area football stars have made college commitments 

High School Football: These area football stars have made college commitments 

With the start of summer upon us, more than 20 Cox Media Group Ohio coverage area players in the senior class have Division I football offers or appear in the 247Sports rankings.  Twelve members of the 2019 class have already verbally committed.  Here’s a look at them:  Erick All -- Michigan  A three-star tight end prospect, All announced his decision on June...
Urban Meyer offers perspective on Ohio State QBs, new NCAA rules

Urban Meyer offers perspective on Ohio State QBs, new NCAA rules

Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer spoke about quarterback and a couple of changes to NCAA rules Friday night in Columbus.  The Buckeyes mentor confirmed in the clearest language yet Dwayne Haskins will be his starting quarterback when preseason camp commences in late summer.  “Dwayne is the starter and Tate (Martell) is in full competition mode,” Meyer told reporters at the...
Alter’s Connor Bazelak, top QB in Ohio, announces his college decision

Alter’s Connor Bazelak, top QB in Ohio, announces his college decision

Ohio’s top quarterback for 2019 is off the board.  Alter quarterback Connor Bazelak announced Sunday he has decided to continue his football career at Missouri.  “I want to thank all the coaches that recruited me and gave me an opportunity to play at the next level,” he tweeted. “Also to everyone in my life that has made me a better person and quarterback.  &ldquo...
NCAA football redshirt rule gets a major adjustment

NCAA football redshirt rule gets a major adjustment

Get ready to see many more freshman playing college football.  The NCAA announced Wednesday afternoon players (of all classes) will be able to participate in up to four games without losing their ability to redshirt for that season.  The change goes into effect this fall and applies to the Football Bowl Subdivision and the Football Championship Subdivision, so Ohio State coach Urban Meyer...
NCAA announces big change to transfer rules

NCAA announces big change to transfer rules

The NCAA announced a potentially huge change to the transfer procedure that is set to take effect later this year.  Beginning in October, student-athletes will no longer be required to receive permission to transfer and go on scholarship at a new school.  This prevents the controversial process of coaches setting limits on where players can take their talents after deciding their current...
Ohio State’s first Rose Bowl-winning quarterback passes away

Ohio State’s first Rose Bowl-winning quarterback passes away

Pandel Savic, the first player to quarterback Ohio State to a win in the Rose Bowl, died Tuesday morning in Columbus.  The Memorial Tournament, where he was general chairman emeritus, announced his passing at the age of 92.  A native of Macedonia, Savic traveled to the United States as a young boy and went on to lead one of the most all-American of lives.  After joining the Marines...
Football recruiting: Centerville freshman-to-be already on college radars, including Ohio State

Football recruiting: Centerville freshman-to-be already on college radars, including Ohio State

While another big group of rising senior football players look to improve their college football stocks this summer, a freshman-to-be is also making a name for himself.  Chase Harrison hasn’t played a high school game yet, but he already has his first college scholarship offer.  That came last week from Louisville, and it does not seem like it will be the last.  His father, Michael...
Sports Today: Football recruiting, Saturday playoff games and playoff division changes

Sports Today: Football recruiting, Saturday playoff games and playoff division changes

Is there any better place to start on a Friday than football?  Of course not!  There have been a couple of big stories related to Ohio State football this week.  One comes from an alumnus as Malcolm Jenkins’ reaction to the fallout from the Eagles’ White House “disinvitation” went viral.  We already covered that yesterday and the day before.  As far...
Ohio State alum Malcolm Jenkins cuts through White House visit kerfuffle to share meaningful messages

Ohio State alum Malcolm Jenkins cuts through White House visit kerfuffle to share meaningful messages

While social media roiled over whether or not the Philadelphia Eagles’ visit to the White House as Super Bowl champions should or should not have happened (and another senseless attack from President Donald Trump on the NFL’s “anthem controversy”), Malcolm Jenkins injected some sanity into the situation Tuesday.  As the media coverage continued to focus more on the reactions...
Ohio State football: How many games will Buckeyes win this season?

Ohio State football: How many games will Buckeyes win this season?

One of the new rites of spring arrived in my inbox Tuesday with the release of early projections of college football win totals for 2018.  Bovada has set the over/under for regular season wins by Urban Meyer’s Ohio State Buckeyes a 9.5.  Ohio State has some holes to fill thanks to graduation and early entries into the NFL draft, but that’s a pretty appealing number considering...
Ohio State announces several kickoff times, including opener and Michigan

Ohio State announces several kickoff times, including opener and Michigan

Ohio State announced the start time to several football games for the upcoming season.  The season-opener against Oregon State at Ohio Stadium will begin at noon and be shown by on ABC.  A week later at 3:30 p.m., the Buckeyes will open Big Ten play at home against Rutgers on the Big Ten Network.  As previously announced, Ohio State’s Sept. 15 game against TCU at AT&T Stadium...
Ohio State football announces another future opponent

Ohio State football announces another future opponent

Ohio State football fans planning for 2022 now can cross out two dates on the calendar.  The Buckeyes will play host to Toledo on Sept. 17, 2022, the school announced Thursday.  That comes after a previously announced game against Notre Dame set for Sept. 3 at Ohio Stadium.  The Buckeyes and Rockets have played three times in the past. Top-ranked Ohio State topped Toledo 49-0 in 1998...
Today in history: Jesse Owens dominates the Big Ten for Ohio State

Today in history: Jesse Owens dominates the Big Ten for Ohio State

Did you know today is Jesse Owens Day?  Well, there could be multiple Jesse Owens Days given his amazing career, but arguably his most dominant performances came 83 years ago today at the Big Ten track and field championships in Ann Arbor, Mich.  (Keep in mind also this was back before Ohio State football made the Big House its second home every other year.)  Owens of course went on...
Here’s how Ohio State wants youth football coaches to teach tackling

Here’s how Ohio State wants youth football coaches to teach tackling

Alex Grinch had two big selling points as he laid out the tackling method Ohio State football has adopted in recent years.  Not only is the Buckeyes’ system safer, it is effective.  The latter is important, he noted to an audience of roughly 170 youth and high school coaches, because otherwise it won’t be used.  The former – safety – is key at a time when youth...
Sports Today: Matt Harvey, Scooter Gennett give Reds interesting options

Sports Today: Matt Harvey, Scooter Gennett give Reds interesting options

The Cincinnati Reds beat the Pirates last night with a pair of unlikely heroes who might be unlikely to be Reds when the summer comes to a close.  Matt Harvey allowed one earned run on three hits in six innings, leaving the bases loaded in the first but retiring the side in order in the third, fifth and sixth innings. Meanwhile, Scooter Gennett hit a grand slam while driving in six runs...
The weirdest story you’ll read today involves Miami hockey — and a tapeworm 

The weirdest story you’ll read today involves Miami hockey — and a tapeworm 

A Miami University hockey player might transfer to Ohio State.  Oh, no, that’s not the weird part.  What’s strange is Carson Meyer is leaving Oxford because he wants to put behind him a year marred by the effects of a 25-inch tapeworm hanging around in his digestive system.  The Athletic has the whole story of Meyer, a central Ohio native and Columbus Blue Jackets prospect...
Bengals sign first-round draft choice from Ohio State

Bengals sign first-round draft choice from Ohio State

The Cincinnati Bengals signed first-round draft pick Billy Price on Monday. A center, Price was selected in the first round and 21st overall out of Ohio State University. The Bengals agreed to a four-year contract with an option to extend one year through 2022. The 6-foot-4, 305-pounder was a four-year starter for the Buckeyes. He was a guard for three seasons, when switched to center as a senior...
Former Ohio State quarterback Burrow picks LSU

Former Ohio State quarterback Burrow picks LSU

Former Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Joe Burrow will transfer to LSU. He made the announcement late Friday night on Twitter. The Cincinnati Enquirer was first to report Burrow opted for LSU. Burrow was considering Cincinnati and LSU, according to reports. He announced May 8 he was leaving Ohio State after three seasons. “After weeks of struggling with this decision, I have decided to...
Concussion discussion: Area football coaches talk changes, challenges in preserving the game 

Concussion discussion: Area football coaches talk changes, challenges in preserving the game 

When a half dozen high school coaches convened recently to talk football, some consensus about what is probably the game’s biggest long-term issue emerged.  With concern about the effects of head injuries growing, there is no choice but to embrace changes to the game because the consequences are not acceptable.  “If we let this game go, I’ll tell you what: Society&rsquo...
Ohio State football: On Dwayne Haskins, Joe Burrow, J.T. Barrett, a local recruit and more

Ohio State football: On Dwayne Haskins, Joe Burrow, J.T. Barrett, a local recruit and more

Offseason? What offseason?  Don’t tell Ohio State football the calendar says May because lots of stuff has been happening with Buckeyes past, present and future.  Here is a quick rundown of some stories from this week you might have missed:  The head coach told the crowd at the Pro Football Hall of Fame Luncheon in Canton that Dwayne Haskins Jr. will get the first chance to be...
Ohio State adds two MAC schools to schedule in future seasons

Ohio State adds two MAC schools to schedule in future seasons

The Ohio State Buckeyes added two Mid-American Conference schools to the 2020 and 2021 schedules Wednesday, completing the schedules for those seasons. Buffalo will visit Ohio Stadium on Sept. 19, 2020. This will be the second meeting between the two schools. Ohio State beat Buffalo 40-20 in 2013 in Columbus. Akron will play the Buckeyes on Sept. 25, 2021 at Ohio Stadium. Ohio State leads the series...
Sports Today: Joey Votto learns honesty doesn’t pay

Sports Today: Joey Votto learns honesty doesn’t pay

Joey Votto set aside 45 minutes or so for a podcast and some people lost their minds.  In case you missed it, the Cincinnati Reds ace batsman opened up about a few things during a long conversation with Yahoo Sports.  He spoke about his admiration of Ichiro and Bryce Harper (among others), his view of PED users, his outlook for Shohei Ohtani and more, but lots of writers latched onto his...
J.T. Barrett’s knee bump is going to be felt at Michigan Stadium for a long, long time

J.T. Barrett’s knee bump is going to be felt at Michigan Stadium for a long, long time

ROSEMONT, Ill. — This one goes out to J.T. Barrett’s knee, wherever it is. Because the bump heard ’round Columbus is apparently going to be felt in Ann Arbor for quite a while, too. Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel said Tuesday at the Big Ten spring AD meetings that sideline access at Michigan Stadium this fall will likely be further controlled &mdash...
Springfield native, Ohio State coach Beals records 500th career victory

Springfield native, Ohio State coach Beals records 500th career victory

Springfield native and Kenton Ridge High School graduate Greg Beals recorded his 500th career baseball coaching victory Friday. The Ohio State Buckeyes beat Purdue 4-2 at Bill Davis Stadium, snapping the Boilermakers’ 13-game winning streak. The Buckeyes improved to 32-16 and 12-7 in the Big Ten. They’re tied for fourth place with five conference games to play. Beals is 500-397-1 in his...
Springboro grad, former Iowa lineman Welsh retires from football

Springboro grad, former Iowa lineman Welsh retires from football

Springboro High School graduate and former Iowa Hawkeyes offensive lineman Sean Welsh announced the end of his football career on Friday. "After a lot of thought, I’ve decided to retire from the game of football,” Welsh wrote on Facebook. “Although this decision might feel quick for many, I’ve had apprehension about pursuing a professional career for some time. I...
Ohio State trio ready to make marks in Cincinnati with Bengals

Ohio State trio ready to make marks in Cincinnati with Bengals

Three Ohio State Buckeyes are getting their first taste of on-field NFL action this weekend in Cincinnati.  Billy Price, Sam Hubbard and Chris Worley find themselves back on the same field but facing fairly different situations.  As the No. 1 pick in the 2018 Cincinnati draft class, Price said he feels an obligation to be a leader.  The center also plans to take charge on the offensive...
Ohio State football coaches bring passion, knowledge to Dayton-area clinic

Ohio State football coaches bring passion, knowledge to Dayton-area clinic

Ohio State football assistant coaches Larry Johnson and Greg Studrawa came to the Miami Valley to spread the gospel of football on Thursday night, and they did a damn fine job of it.  Of course the audience was high school football coaches so they were preaching to the converted, but it was an impressive performance nonetheless. I didn’t hear any hallelujahs, but that’s probably...
College football recruiting: Highest-rated area players for next season

College football recruiting: Highest-rated area players for next season

With the school year winding down, the class of 2019 is almost ready to drop the last two words from “senior-to-be.”  That also means the summer evaluation period is near for college prospects across the country.  Before that gets started and players start moving up and down the board, here is a look at the top 10 area prospects in 247Sports Composite rankings.  1. Steven...
Sports Today: It’s a guard, guard world for Dayton basketball (and everyone else)

Sports Today: It’s a guard, guard world for Dayton basketball (and everyone else)

For all the stuff we talk about every day in the sports world, games pretty much always come down to who has the ball in their hands.  That’s what we’re focusing on today thanks to Anthony Grant opening up to David Jablonski about his emphasis on building backcourt depth for the future of Dayton basketball.  Not only are the Flyers scheduled to be deep in the backcourt in two...
Sports Today: Ohio State trading 1 potential fairy tale at QB for another 

Sports Today: Ohio State trading 1 potential fairy tale at QB for another 

And so it is done: Joe Burrow is leaving Ohio State.  That means Urban Meyer’s offense will belong to Dwayne Haskins Jr. this fall barring something unforeseen.  Hopefully it works out for everyone.  There’s a good chance it will given the talents of both, but it’s still a little said.  I have to admit I was rooting for Burrow to be Ohio State’s starter...
Ohio State quarterback announces he will transfer

Ohio State quarterback announces he will transfer

Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Joe Burrow announced Tuesday he is leaving the program after three seasons. “After weeks of struggling with this decision, I have decided to leave Ohio State and explore other options,” Burrow wrote on Twitter. “My teammates and coaches all know the love I feel for them. I will decide where I will play next year in the coming weeks.” Burrow graduated...
Sports Today: Reds fall flat after first winning week

Sports Today: Reds fall flat after first winning week

Well, that was fun while it lasted.  The Cincinnati Reds followed their first winning week of the season by getting swept by the Brewers and dropping two of three to a Marlins team that isn’t trying to win this season.  Not a great look, even for a bad team.  It’s tempting to say the past seven days were the most disappointing of 2018 so far, but of course they&rsquo...
History lesson: Ohio State and the Cincinnati Bengals go way back

History lesson: Ohio State and the Cincinnati Bengals go way back

The Cincinnati Bengals did more than buck a recent trend when they selected two Ohio State players in the 2018 NFL Draft.  Southwest Ohio’s pro football franchise also got back to its roots.  Given the perceived animosity between the Queen City and the Scarlet and Gray over the years, that probably comes as a surprise to at least some folks.  Let’s set the record straight...
Sports Today: Dayton, Wright State, Miami missing the boat on Trotwood star

Sports Today: Dayton, Wright State, Miami missing the boat on Trotwood star

The phrase, “recruiting never stops,” is one of those that became a cliche because it’s true.  Whenever I sit down to do a recruiting roundup like the one I put up Wednesday, I inevitably find three times as much info as I was expecting.  I guess that’s a good sign Southwest Ohio is a great place to find talented players, though, so I’m certainly not going...
Recruiting: Trotwood’s Amari Davis staying patient

Recruiting: Trotwood’s Amari Davis staying patient

With the spring AAU season underway, Amari Davis is staying the course.  The Trotwood-Madison star junior guard listed offers from Miami University, Cleveland State, Akron, Toledo and IUPUI when the Rams finished their regular season with a loss in the Division II state championship game to Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary in March.  After two weekends playing for the C2K Elite AAU team, nothing...
HS Football recruiting roundup: Springfield prospect names top 10, Northmont linebacker down to 7, Fairfield still a destination

HS Football recruiting roundup: Springfield prospect names top 10, Northmont linebacker down to 7, Fairfield still a destination

A pair of the highly-rated area prospects in the Class of 2019 recently narrowed down their lists.  Springfield lineman Isaiah Gibson tweeted he will be focusing on 10 schools from this point on: Cincinnati, Indiana, Iowa State, Kentucky, Louisville, Maryland, Minnesota, Purdue, Rutgers and West Virginia.  (Classmate Moses Douglass already committed to UK while current Springfield senior...
Sports Today: Chris Holtmann vs. Archie Miller could be one for the ages

Sports Today: Chris Holtmann vs. Archie Miller could be one for the ages

This offseason has already done plenty for reviving that Ohio State-Indiana basketball rivalry.  Indiana coach Archie Miller snagged the most important recruit of his career Monday when five-star shooting guard Romeo Langford announced he will be a Hoosier.  Langford is the No. 6 recruit in the country and the top player in Indiana, ending a long streak of years of the best Hoosier State...
NFL Draft: Where Ohio State players are headed next

NFL Draft: Where Ohio State players are headed next

After seven Ohio State Buckeyes were chosen in the 2018 NFL Draft, several more found potential homes in the league in the following two days.  The most notable story is also the most confusing.  Initially, quarterback J.T. Barrett was reported to be heading to the Indianapolis Colts.  Then he was said to be getting a tryout with the Saints instead.  Now he reportedly has a 3-year...
Hartman: Hard to ask for much more from this Cincinnati Bengals draft

Hartman: Hard to ask for much more from this Cincinnati Bengals draft

I like this Cincinnati Bengals draft a lot.  If the Wake Forest safety is as advertised, they got everything they needed most.  An elite center.  A play-making safety.  An athletic linebacker and a pass rusher.  A young quarterback with upside to develop.  You can never have enough corners.  Whatever else rises to the top from the last day is gravy… ...
Predicted path to NFL plays out as Bengals pick OSU’s Hubbard

Predicted path to NFL plays out as Bengals pick OSU’s Hubbard

Two plans – one set in motion with an off-the-cuff remark five years ago, the other a more concrete blueprint formulated just a few days ago – came to fruition Friday night when the Cincinnati Bengals drafted Cincinnati native and Ohio State defensive end Sam Hubbard as part of three-pick haul for new defensive coordinator Teryl Austin. After calling Hubbard to tell him the Bengals had...
NFL draft reaction: Browns, Ravens make bold moves while Bengals play it safe

NFL draft reaction: Browns, Ravens make bold moves while Bengals play it safe

Baker Mayfield was certainly a bold pick by the Cleveland Browns.  Of all the quarterbacks available, I would have liked to have Mayfield or Lamar Jackson the most because the flaws of the other three scare me more.  Josh Allen is not an accurate passer.  Sam Darnold turns the ball over too much.  Josh Rosen brings injury concerns.  There are no perfect prospects, but those...
Hartman: Buckeyes’ Billy Price pick looks like a home run for Bengals

Hartman: Buckeyes’ Billy Price pick looks like a home run for Bengals

Billy Price brings pretty much everything the Cincinnati Bengals could want with their first pick in the NFL Draft.  Toughness.  Talent.  Pedigree.  Personality.  Leadership.  Accountability.  You name it, Price has it.  Remember seeing the center pushed into Andy Dalton’s face or back into the path of a running play the last four years?  Those...
Ohio State DB streak continues as Browns end Buckeyes draft drought

Ohio State DB streak continues as Browns end Buckeyes draft drought

Ohio State’s recent defensive back draftapalooza continued Thursday night when Denzel Ward was selected No. 4 overall by the Cleveland Browns.   The pick made Ohio State the first school in the common era (since 1967) to have five defensive backs taken in the first round in three years. That run started with Eli Apple in 2016 and continued with Marshon Lattimore, Malik Hooker and Gareon...
Sports Today: NFL draft day drama gets an early start

Sports Today: NFL draft day drama gets an early start

Hey there, how’s your NFL draft day going so far?  Good, I hope.  Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield was dominating the morning news cycle as I sat down to write this, and there were two pretty good reasons:  First, he totally nailed recreating a classic Brett Favre draft day photo.  Second, he apparently could be the No. 1 pick in the draft by the Cleveland Browns. ...
Ohio State NFL draft preview: 5 things to know 

Ohio State NFL draft preview: 5 things to know 

The 83rd NFL draft is set for Thursday-Saturday in Texas, and Ohio State is expected to be heavily involved again.  Here are five things for Buckeye fans to know before it begins:  Eleven Ohio State players were invited to the NFL Scouting Combine, and more got to work out for NFL scouts during the team’s pro day. Land of 10’s Scott Dochterman predicts Jerome Baker, J.T. Barrett...
NCAA can’t ‘fix’ college basketball without major help from the NBA

NCAA can’t ‘fix’ college basketball without major help from the NBA

The NCAA’s Independent Commission on College Basketball got more right than wrong in its report issued Wednesday.  While making some worthwhile suggestions for fixing some issues faced at the college level, the group chaired by Condoleezza Rice also exposed just how culpable the NBA is in placing elite basketball prospects in limbo when they are in their late teens and early 20s. ...
Sports Today: Same old Marvin Lewis quells Bengals draft excitement

Sports Today: Same old Marvin Lewis quells Bengals draft excitement

Marvin Lewis spoke Tuesday in Cincinnati about the NFL draft.  That’s it.  That’s the update.  Well, maybe that’s not all.  While the final draft decision is his, the coach explained how the new assistants on his staff have their say and that could affect how they put together their board.  He also assured everyone in the room that he did not negotiate for...
Ohio State to hold Celebration of Life in honor of Earle Bruce

Ohio State to hold Celebration of Life in honor of Earle Bruce

Ohio State will hold a Celebration of Life on Wednesday for the late Earle Bruce, who died Friday at 87. Bruce coached the Ohio State Buckeyes football team from 1979-87 and had a record of 81-26-1 in nine seasons. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2002. The event will take place at St. John Arena at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. The public is invited to attend. Parking is free in...
5 things to know about the NFL draft

5 things to know about the NFL draft

The 83rd NFL draft is this week in Arlington, Texas.  Here is what you need to know before the league’s annual talent grab kicks off:  For the first time, the entire draft will be available on broadcast television as Fox will simulcast the NFL Network’s coverage of rounds 1-3 on its broadcast channel. ABC will simulcast ESPN’s coverage of rounds 4-7.  Along with the...
Ohio State Buckeyes: Seven young players to watch in 2018

Ohio State Buckeyes: Seven young players to watch in 2018

A number of Ohio State Buckeyes grabbed wheelbarrows and shovels Friday to perform their duties as losers of the spring game. Members of the Scarlet team, including quarterback Tate Martell and defensive end Nick Bosa, worked on improving the landscape of Buckeye Grove, the stand of trees just southwest of Ohio Stadium where the school’s All-American players are honored. That won’t be...
Sports Today: Sorting out reactions to the Reds’ firing Bryan Price

Sports Today: Sorting out reactions to the Reds’ firing Bryan Price

Cincinnati Reds general manager Dick Williams said pretty much exactly what I wanted to hear in regards to the firing of Bryan Price.  Beyond that, I have seen the argument made that firing Price was pointless because the team wasn’t really good enough to win.  That’s a pretty dumb way to look at it.  For one thing, it ignores just how terrible the Reds have been since...
Hartman: Earle Bruce is one of the most influential Ohio State Buckeyes ever

Hartman: Earle Bruce is one of the most influential Ohio State Buckeyes ever

There will never be another Earle Bruce.  The Hall of Fame Ohio State football coach, who died early Friday at the age of 87, was an import from out of state, but he ended up being one of the most influential Buckeyes of all time.  A hotshot halfback from Cumberland, Md., “Lefty” Bruce had his playing career cut short by a knee injury.  First-year head coach Woody Hayes...
Former Ohio State coach Earle Bruce dies at 87

Former Ohio State coach Earle Bruce dies at 87

Former Ohio State Buckeyes head football coach Earle Bruce, the man who succeeded Woody Hayes and served as a mentor for Urban Meyer, died early Friday at 87 at his home in Powell, Ohio State announced. Bruce, who was hired in January 1979 after Hayes was fired, coached the Buckeyes from 1979-87 and had a record of 81-26-1 in nine seasons. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in...
Ohio State quarterbacks still waiting to find out who won job

Ohio State quarterbacks still waiting to find out who won job

The news Wednesday at Ohio State regarding the quarterback situation was simple: There was none. Will the Buckeyes turn to Dwayne Haskins, last year’s backup, as their starter in 2018? Could it be Joe Burrow, who has the option of transferring and playing right away if he doesn’t get the job? What will they do with Tate Martell? The spring season ended Saturday with the spring game at...
Wayne grad Landers growing as leader for Ohio State Buckeyes

Wayne grad Landers growing as leader for Ohio State Buckeyes

The Dayton area’s long tradition of seeing area graduates excel for the Ohio State Buckeyes will continue in 2018. Defensive tackle Robert Landers, of Wayne, should play an even bigger role than he did last season, and there’s another local name in the mix for playing time as well: Miamisburg’s Josh Myers. Landers, who will be a redshirt junior in the fall, has appeared in every...
Miamisburg’s Myers contending for starting center job with Buckeyes

Miamisburg’s Myers contending for starting center job with Buckeyes

Miamisburg High School graduate Josh Myers put himself in a position to compete for the starting center job with the Ohio State Buckeyes with his performance in the final two weeks of spring practices. That was the gist of offensive line coach Greg Studrawa’s comments Wednesday as Ohio State’s assistant coaches met with the media to review the spring season. The 6-foot-5, 308-pound Myers...
Sports Today: No 2 potential NFL quarterbacks are created equally

Sports Today: No 2 potential NFL quarterbacks are created equally

Nothing represents the craziness of the NFL draft better than the juxtaposition of J.T. Barrett and Malik Zaire.  For the second time in their lives, the two quarterbacks are pretty much peers.  Five years after being four-star college football prospects, their potential in the pros is much more in doubt — even though virtually nothing about the intervening years is similar. ...
Alter grad Zaire works out for Bengals alongside OSU’s Barrett

Alter grad Zaire works out for Bengals alongside OSU’s Barrett

As two of the top quarterbacks in the 2012 recruiting class, J.T. Barrett and Malik Zaire struck up a friendship at the Elite 11 quarterback camp and have remained close since. But while Barrett went on to become the all-time leading passer at Ohio State, Zaire was stuck in a backup role at Notre Dame, and the two never got to compete against each other. Until Tuesday. Zaire, an Alter High School...
J.T. Barrett on NFL draft prospects: ‘I don’t think I’m a finished product yet’

J.T. Barrett on NFL draft prospects: ‘I don’t think I’m a finished product yet’

What’s J.T. Barrett been up to since finishing up at Ohio State?  Football.  The former Buckeye quarterback has learned that he needs to be ready for anything — any time — when it comes to preparing for the NFL Draft.  Of course there is the physical side of it, making sure he is in shape for any workouts that might be scheduled on short notice, but he’s also...
Mangold proud of being ‘Steady Eddie’ in 11 seasons in NFL

Mangold proud of being ‘Steady Eddie’ in 11 seasons in NFL

Twelve years ago this month, Nick Mangold’s NFL journey began when the New York Jets drafted him in the first round. The Alter High School graduate watched the draft at home in Centerville with his family. “We watched this kid take his first steps, watched him ride a bike and go off to school,” Nick’s dad, Vern Mangold, told the Dayton Daily News that day, “but this was...
Alter grad retires from NFL after 11 seasons with Jets

Alter grad retires from NFL after 11 seasons with Jets

Nick Mangold, an Alter High School graduate and former Ohio State Buckeyes offensive lineman, retired from the NFL on Tuesday after an 11-year career. Mangold, a seven-time Pro Bowl selection, announced his retirement on Twitter. “I DECLARE RETIREMENNNTTTTTTT!” he wrote. “I will be signing a one day deal with (the New York Jets) next week so I can retire a Jet. Thank you to all!...
Burrow on Ohio State quarterback situation: ‘I came here to play’

Burrow on Ohio State quarterback situation: ‘I came here to play’

The final score of the spring game Saturday mattered little because the three quarterbacks — Dwayne Haskins, Joe Burrow and Tate Martell — switched back and forth between the Gray and Scarlet teams. For what it’s worth, the Gray won 37-14, punctuating the victory at Ohio Stadium with a 42-yard touchdown pass from Burrow to Demario McCall on the final play. Now the question becomes...
Ohio State football: On quarterbacks, WR-DB competition, a local standout and more

Ohio State football: On quarterbacks, WR-DB competition, a local standout and more

Ohio State wrapped up spring football with a surprisingly dry and entertaining spring game Saturday.  The quarterbacks got a lot of the attention, but there was a lot more going on.  Here are some other takeaways from the spring, starting of course with the quarterbacks.  Why Urban Meyer said the quarterback competition remained open all spring was not hard to see. Burrow, Haskins and...
Five takeaways from Ohio State’s spring game

Five takeaways from Ohio State’s spring game

The rain started falling at Ohio Stadium with five seconds left in the spring game Saturday. Ohio State Buckeyes fans started fleeing for the exits. The decision to move the game forward two hours kept them from sitting in the rain all afternoon. A dreary forecast kept Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa State and others from playing their spring games. The show went on for the Buckeyes because coach Urban...
Dwayne Haskins or Joe Burrow? History indicates who Ohio State’s starting QB will be

Dwayne Haskins or Joe Burrow? History indicates who Ohio State’s starting QB will be

If the only thing to go by were the spring game, Ohio State’s choice for starting quarterback would seem to be pretty obvious.  Joe Burrow made the best case to be the man this fall, completing 15 of 22 passes for 238 yards and two touchdowns while Dwayne Haskins Jr. was 9 for 19 for 120 yards and two scores as well.  Of course, there’s more to football than raw numbers, and...
Urban Meyer: No decision yet on Ohio State’s starting quarterback

Urban Meyer: No decision yet on Ohio State’s starting quarterback

The first 14 spring practices didn’t settle the quarterback question for the Ohio State Buckeyes. Neither did the 15th, the annual spring game at Ohio Stadium. Dwayne Haskins, Joe Burrow and Tate Martell had one last chance Saturday to show what they can do. Now it’s up to Urban Meyer and his coaches to pick a starter for the 2018 season. “We have to make some decisions,” Meyer...
Ohio State Buckeyes spring game: Four things to know

Ohio State Buckeyes spring game: Four things to know

The Ohio State Buckeyes started the spring practice season March 6 and finish it with the spring game at 11:45 a.m. Saturday at Ohio Stadium. The start time of the game was moved up two hours on Friday because of concerns about the weather. For the most part — not counting the handful of practices witnessed by the media or recruits — the team has practiced in private. That changes in the...
Ohio State changes time of Saturday’s spring game

Ohio State changes time of Saturday’s spring game

The Ohio State Buckeyes will play the spring game at 11:45 a.m. Saturday, the school announced Friday. It was moved from 1:45 p.m. because of concerns about the weather. All tickets for the game have been sold. Ohio State expects a crowd of 79,000. There will be 18,000 seats not in use because of construction at Ohio Stadium. There is free parking in lots around the stadium and on campus, with the...
Sports Today: Another Vontaze Burfict letdown for the Bengals

Sports Today: Another Vontaze Burfict letdown for the Bengals

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: Vontaze Burfict has been suspended by the NFL.  I happen to agree with those in charge of the Cincinnati Bengals who have suggested Burfict gets a bad rap at times, but how long can the team continue to rely on a player who is so often unavailable to play in its games?  At least his new contract allows the team to recoup some of the...
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