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3 changes that would help the NCAA immensely

The latest break in a story that figures to turn college basketball on its ear, at least temporarily, has naturally brought out all of the NCAA’s critics and inspired many suggestions for fixing big-time college athletics.  Here are three things that would change the landscape without leaving the games unrecognizable to fans who provide all that revenue that makes the system so big it might...
Sports Today: Busy lineup includes Wright State, Dayton, Ohio State and Reds

Sports Today: Busy lineup includes Wright State, Dayton, Ohio State and Reds

After a slow couple of days, Friday is jam-packed with local sports goodness.  It starts, believe it or not, at 11 a.m. with Wright State playing at IUPUI.  The Raiders remain in a first-place tie with Northern Kentucky, who plays at UIC tonight.  A Wright State win and an NKU loss means the Raiders are at least Horizon League co-champs and they will be the No. 1 seed in the conference...
Sports Today: Basketball is fun again for Flyers, Buckeyes

Sports Today: Basketball is fun again for Flyers, Buckeyes

Basketball is officially fun again for the Flyers and Buckeyes — at least for another few days.  Dayton and Ohio State both got back into the winning column last night, games that had very different importances.  Obviously, the Flyers needed to win in order to keep hope alive for a winning season. The odds might still be against it, but long odds are better than none.  Beyond...
Sports Today: Joey Votto says what everyone is thinking

Sports Today: Joey Votto says what everyone is thinking

Joey Votto proved again he is the greatest by not only saying a bunch of cool stuff but waiting until Monday to do it so it wouldn’t get lost over a three-day weekend.  The Cincinnati Reds first baseman sounded like one part fan, one part player, one part owner and all wise man in his first comments of this season.  Joey Votto on current state of Reds: “Something has to...
Funeral services set for area basketball icon

Funeral services set for area basketball icon

Services are set for an area basketball icon who died earlier this month. A gathering is set for Friday and a Mass for Feb. 26 for Dan Gerhard, who spent decades in the Dayton area as both a decorated player and a coach. Gerhard died Feb. 13 at age 66. As a high school athlete, he was Player of the Year in Ohio in 1970 when Dayton Chaminade won the state title with a 27-0 record. RELATED: Former Trotwood...
Football Friday: NFL popularity, college football attendance and the importance of assistant coaches

Football Friday: NFL popularity, college football attendance and the importance of assistant coaches

In my view, Mina Kimes did an excellent job examining a topic that has become rather tortured over the past two years.  It doesn’t gloss over problems nor overemphasize any of them, either, which puts her in the minority of people who have tried to tackle this topic.  At this point, I have come to the conclusion just about everything that has been cited as a possible reason for declining...
Sports Today: Buckeyes blasted while big opportunity comes for Wright State

Sports Today: Buckeyes blasted while big opportunity comes for Wright State

For the second time this season, Penn State basketball made Ohio State basketball look bad.  This is a strange sentence anytime but particularly so this season of resurgence for the Buckeyes.  That’s not to say Penn State is not a quality team. The Nittany Lions should make the NCAA tournament if they can win just another game or two between now and Selection Sunday.  Ohio...
Here are 11 candidates to be the next Ohio State recruit from the area

Here are 11 candidates to be the next Ohio State recruit from the area

Ohio State has signed at least one player from Cox Media Group Ohio’s coverage area in six of the last eight years, including Wayne receiver L’Christian “Blue” Smith for 2018.  While coach Urban Meyer and his staff are still putting together their plans for the 2019 cycle, Land of 10 has identified 11 area players who are at least on the Buckeyes’ radar at this...
What should the NCAA do about its transfer rules?

What should the NCAA do about its transfer rules?

NCAA transfer rules are going to change.  Exactly how and how much is still being determined.  That was announced this week by the Division I Transfer Working Group, which met Monday and Tuesday in Indianapolis and now is seeking feedback on the types of changes that could be implemented.  Two things are certain: The graduate-transfer rule is not going away, and some restrictions will...
Sports Today: Handicapping the rest of the Big Ten race as Reds head to spring training

Sports Today: Handicapping the rest of the Big Ten race as Reds head to spring training

A sleepy Tuesday in February seems like a perfect time to project out the rest of the race.  This is a question that would have seemed crazy a couple of months ago (unless you thought we were talking about the women’s team or the wrestling Bucks), but it is now reality.  The Buckeyes are in first place with two weeks left in the regular season.  If Purdue and Michigan State win...
Wittenberg alum joining Ohio State football staff again

Wittenberg alum joining Ohio State football staff again

Wittenberg graduate Taver Johnson has returned to Ohio State.  The school announced Johnson’s hiring Tuesday morning.  After graduating from the Cincinnati Academy of Physical Education (CAPE), Johnson became one of the best to suit up for Wittenberg.  A member of the Tigers’ Hall of Honor, Johnson was the team’s MVP in 1992 and ’93, when he was also named the...
College basketball in Ohio is better than your state this year

College basketball in Ohio is better than your state this year

Apparently this is a pretty good year to be a college basketball team in Ohio.  Dayton Flyers fans might disagree, but the overall results can’t be argued up to this point in the season.  Ohio State leads the Big Ten at 13-1.  Xavier is on top in the Big East, half a game ahead of Villanova at 11-2.  Cincinnati (13-0) leads the American Athletic Conference by a whopping three...
Sports Today: Flyers fall in all-too-familiar fashion

Sports Today: Flyers fall in all-too-familiar fashion

Sometimes weird stuff happens during a basketball season.  Like Wright State being swept by Milwaukee.  Or Dayton blowing out VCU only to look like it would be blown out by VCU then nearly beating the Rams in overtime but losing anyway.  (Or Ohio State contending for the Big Ten championship, but we’ll get to that later.)  Of course, Wright State has established a winning...
Sports Today: Ohio State wins in ways expected and not

Sports Today: Ohio State wins in ways expected and not

What a day we had yesterday!  The basketball and national signing day action we promised in this space did not disappoint.  In fact, it exceeded expectations since Ohio State actually won at Purdue, which I did not expect in the least.  I may start calling Chris Holtmann “Coach Thesaurus” because I am running out of superlative for these Buckeyes, who not...
College Basketball: Ohio State stuns Purdue in Big Ten showdown

College Basketball: Ohio State stuns Purdue in Big Ten showdown

Keita Bates-Diop scored 18 points, including the decisive putback with 2.8 seconds left, to give No. 14 Ohio State a 64-63 upset at No. 3 Purdue, ending the nation’s longest winning streak at 19 games Wednesday night. The Buckeyes (21-5, 12-1 Big Ten) grabbed a share of the conference lead as Ohio State won for the 11th time in 12 games. Carsen Edwards finished with a career-high 28 points to...
Ohio State football: 5 things to know about Urban Meyer’s latest recruiting class

Ohio State football: 5 things to know about Urban Meyer’s latest recruiting class

Ohio State wrapped up most of its 2018 recruiting class in December, but Urban Meyer saved plenty of action for the traditional National Signing Day.  Nicholas Petit-Frere gave the coach of the Buckeyes something to smile wide about Wednesday morning when the five-star offensive tackle from Tampa (Fla.) Berkeley Prep announced he will wear scarlet and gray next season.  “Everybody...
Sports Today: National Signing Day gives way to big basketball night

Sports Today: National Signing Day gives way to big basketball night

Today is National Signing Day and a notable night for college basketball.  As I write this, we’re still waiting to see how the winter weather will affect college announcements, but at last check three of the area’s best players were planning to make an announcement today.  Stay tuned to find out what’s next for star running backs Tavion Thomas and Ra’veion Hargrove...
Makayla Waterman on scary injury: ‘Felt good to know people have my back’

Makayla Waterman on scary injury: ‘Felt good to know people have my back’

Makayla Waterman became the center of attention Saturday at Wisconsin, but not for any reason the Ohio State women’s basketball forward would have wanted.  The former Fairmont star was down for several minutes before being carted off the floor and taken to the emergency room after a hard fall during the Buckeyes’ 68-55 win.  “It was definitely scary because with something...
UPDATED: Ohio State junior, Fairmont grad Makayla Waterman records social media message after frightening neck injury

UPDATED: Ohio State junior, Fairmont grad Makayla Waterman records social media message after frightening neck injury

Feb. 3, 7:39 p.m. The following was posted on Twitter. Feb. 3, 6:33 p.m. Ohio State junior forward Makayla Waterman was injured after taking a hard fall in a the third quarter against Wisconsin on Saturday.  The Fairmont graduate was reaching for a rebound, and fell to the floor. EMT’s responded, strapping Waterman to a stretcher and taking her by ambulance to a local hospital. In a statement...
Sports Today: Super Bowl edition

Sports Today: Super Bowl edition

So, who’s gonna win the Super Bowl?  I am going with the Eagles over the Patriots.  Is that to go against the grain?  Maybe a little bit, but this feels like it is leading up to a classic upset in the making.  Obviously, New England has the best coach in NFL history and the ultimate trump card in Tom Brady.  They proved again last season they can overcome almost anything...
Football recruiting: Top prospects for 2019

Football recruiting: Top prospects for 2019

The 2018 football recruiting cycle is not quite finished, but offers have started rolling in for 2019 players in the area already. Here is a list of current high school juniors with known offers so far, but at this early stage we’re sure to have missed someone. (in alphabetical order) Jonathan Allen, OL, Dunbar: Bowling Green, Ohio, Toledo, UC, Michigan State, Wisconsin  ...
Sports Today: Beat goes on for Buckeyes against Archie’s Hoosiers

Sports Today: Beat goes on for Buckeyes against Archie’s Hoosiers

I guess renewing the rivalry will have to wait.  Ohio State beat Indiana last night, and it wasn’t much of a contest.  Chris Holtmann’s Buckeyes led for all but 1:30 en route to a 71-56 victory that guaranteed a winning Big Ten record in the coach’s first season in Columbus.  The Buckeyes, of course, are thinking of bigger things after Holtmann’s hiring reinvigorated...
No. 17 Ohio State cruises past Indiana

No. 17 Ohio State cruises past Indiana

Jae’Sean Tate scored 16 points and No. 17 Ohio State took control early in cruising to a 71-56 win over Indiana on Tuesday night. Kaleb Wesson added 14 points and Keita Bates-Diop had 13 points and 13 rebounds as the Buckeyes (19-5, 10-1 Big Ten) bounced back from last week’s buzzer-beater loss to Penn State that dropped them three places in the AP Top 25 poll. Devonte Green scored 20...
Sports Today: Archie Miller coming back to Ohio edition

Sports Today: Archie Miller coming back to Ohio edition

Before we get started, let’s get one thing straight: Tonight’s basketball game between Indiana and Ohio State is not a homecoming for Archie Miller.  He’s not a native Ohioan, although he is from the half of Clevelvania that roots for the Steelers and Pirates.  But, of course, he made his name as head coach of the Dayton Flyers for six years and was an assistant at...
Forget Michigan, Indiana is Ohio State’s basketball rival

Forget Michigan, Indiana is Ohio State’s basketball rival

January 30 is:  A Tuesday  An Ohio State basketball game night The next installment of the Ohio State-Indiana basketball rivalry  A few months ago, most of us probably would have only agreed on the first one.  The second was technically true since the schedule came out, but a lot more people are bound to be aware of it now than they were in November or December.  The third?...
Sports Today: Wright State back alone on top while Flyers’ fortunes sink further

Sports Today: Wright State back alone on top while Flyers’ fortunes sink further

Should we start with the good news or the bad?  OK, on the positive side: The Wright State Raiders are back alone in first place in the Horizon League after downing preseason favorite Oakland at the Nutter Center on Sunday.  Scott Nagy’s club pretty much controlled this on the whole way with Loudon Love dominating inside again and Mark Hughes and Everett Winchester combining to...
Jordan brothers return to Graham, lead Ohio State past Purdue

Jordan brothers return to Graham, lead Ohio State past Purdue

It was just like old times for Ohio State University’s Bo and Micah Jordan at Graham High School. Wrestle in front of a capacity crowd, win their match to help their team leave the gym on the winning side. The former Graham four-time state champs each claimed wins Sunday, helping second-ranked Ohio State to a 35-7 win over 24th-ranked Purdue in front of a standing room only crowd. “This...
Sports Today: Ohio State brought back to reality, but what’s next for Buckeyes?

Sports Today: Ohio State brought back to reality, but what’s next for Buckeyes?

All good things must come to an end. Such as it is for Ohio State’s perfect start to Big Ten play.  The Buckeyes lost to Penn State last night mostly because the Nittany Lions got into a groove and had long stretches in which they practically could not miss.  They still needed a miracle shot to win at the buzzer.  (Yes, the officiating was horrible, but that’s college basketball...
WATCH: Ohio State stunned by Penn State on incredible buzzer-beating 3-pointer

WATCH: Ohio State stunned by Penn State on incredible buzzer-beating 3-pointer

With the score tied and final seconds winding down, Penn State’s Tony Carr dribbled across the center line and launched a desperation jumper with two Ohio State players in his face. The ball banked in off the glass, and Carr’s teammates mobbed him on the Value City Arena court. The buzzer-beater — it came seconds after Ohio State’s Keita Bates-Diop tied it with a 3-pointer...
Ohio State’s J.K. Dobbins is a trendy early Heisman bet

Ohio State’s J.K. Dobbins is a trendy early Heisman bet

Apparently lots of people think a sophomore Big Ten running back is a good bet to win the 2018 Heisman Trophy.  One day after releasing initial odds for the stiff-arm trophy, Bovada issued revised numbers.  Why?  Because of a surge of public support for Ohio State’s J.K. Dobbins and Wisconsin’s Jonathan Taylor.  They are both getting 6/1 odds, the best in the country...
Kerry Coombs reportedly leaving Ohio State for NFL

Kerry Coombs reportedly leaving Ohio State for NFL

Ohio State assistant coach Kerry Coombs reportedly is set to join the Tennessee Titans after six seasons in Columbus.  Yahoo Sports reported the move Wednesday afternoon.  Coombs coached cornerbacks and was known as one of head coach Urban Meyer’s top recruiters after being hired away from a job at the University of Cincinnati.  He coached four Buckeyes who were taken in the first...
3 Ohio State Buckeyes are rated highest as NFL draft process ramps up

3 Ohio State Buckeyes are rated highest as NFL draft process ramps up

Although there is no shortage of NFL draft information all year round these days, things don’t really start to get serious until the senior all-star games roll around.  With the East-West Shrine Game having been held last weekend and the Senior Bowl coming Saturday, that makes this a good time to take a look at where some players of interest rank as the evaluation process really ramps up...
Sports Today: Dayton Flyers find something to build on

Sports Today: Dayton Flyers find something to build on

Dayton downed Davidson on Tuesday night in what truly was a game of runs.  The Flyers looked like they might run away and hide a couple of times, including with a 12-0 run to open the game, but the Wildcats never went away.  All the better: It let Jalen Crutcher play the hero. His 3-pointer gave Dayton the lead for good with just under a minute to go.  Where would Dayton be without...
Sports Today: Ohio State shows growth in gutty home win

Sports Today: Ohio State shows growth in gutty home win

Dayton basketball is back in action tonight, so Ohio State was the center of attention Monday.  A Buckeye basketball double feature included a big hit and a big dud.  The men’s team improved to 9-0 in the Big Ten with a gutty 64-59 win over Nebraska.  It was the kind of game where having veterans really paid off, especially since one of them was Keita Bates-Diop.  The senior...
Surging 13th-ranked Buckeyes top Nebraska for fourth win in eight days

Surging 13th-ranked Buckeyes top Nebraska for fourth win in eight days

Keita Bates-Diop scored 14 of his 20 points in the second half and No. 13 Ohio State beat Nebraska 64-59 on Monday night, the fourth victory for the surging Buckeyes in the last eight days. The back-and-forth game had seven lead changes in the second half. A pair of foul shots by Nebraska’s James Palmer Jr. cut Ohio State’s lead to four with 2:19 remaining, but...
5 things to know about Ohio State football in 2018

5 things to know about Ohio State football in 2018

With the Buckeyes’ winter workouts up and running, the 2018 Ohio State football season is more or less officially underway. Most of the recruiting class has signed, and everyone who is leaving early for the NFL draft has declared so.  Here is what you need to know about the Buckeyes with a new year dawning: Four defenders who started at least half the games at their position last season...
Sports Today: Super Bowl set on super disappointing basketball weekend

Sports Today: Super Bowl set on super disappointing basketball weekend

The Super Bowl matchup is set.  Blake Bortles nearly granted us a big game with no one to root against, but Tom Brady and Bill Belickick would not be denied.  Then the Philadelphia Eagles crushed Minnesota in the nightcap, saving us from two weeks of stories about how it may or may not be fair the Vikings were getting to play a home game.  The Eagles are an impressive team to say...
Ohio State rates 5 seed in 2018 NCAA Basketball Tournament, analyst says

Ohio State rates 5 seed in 2018 NCAA Basketball Tournament, analyst says

At the start of each week, Land of 10 will break down the postseason implications, and projections, to come out of the Ohio State Buckeyes’ latest hoops contest … ____________________ Overall record: 17-4 Conference record: 8-0 (T-first) CBSSports.com RPI rank as of Sunday night: 14 KenPom.com rank as of Sunday night: 11 RPI Top 50 record: 3-3...
Tennessee Titans hire former Buckeye Mike Vrabel as coach

Tennessee Titans hire former Buckeye Mike Vrabel as coach

Mike Vrabel, a former standout offensive lineman with the Ohio State Buckeyes and former Buckeyes assistant coach, was hired Saturday as head coach of the Tennessee Titans. Vrabel, who made the Ohio State All-Century team in 2000, and won three Super Bowls with the New England Patriots, retired from football and became a defensive assistant for Ohio State in 2011. He was the Houston Texans defensive...
Ohio State’s Dixon on forgoing NFL Draft: ‘Sometimes it’s bigger than the money’

Ohio State’s Dixon on forgoing NFL Draft: ‘Sometimes it’s bigger than the money’

Johnnie Dixon stood next to Parris Campbell and Terry McLaurin on Friday at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. All three Ohio State Buckeyes wide receivers met with reporters together. That’s become a tradition with that position group. On this day, it made extra sense because all three could have decided to leave Ohio State and enter the NFL Draft and all three decided to stay, joining...
Sports Today: Same script for Dayton basketball teams, for better or for worse

Sports Today: Same script for Dayton basketball teams, for better or for worse

Guess no corners have been turned by the Dayton Flyers.  I know that’s passive voice and we’re not supposed to use it, but it sort of feels appropriate for this predictably perplexing team that can’t quite seem to get it right on a regular basis.  Both recent and less recent history pointed to a Flyers loss at St. Joseph’s, and that is what came to pass Wednesday...
OSU’s Holtmann first coach in 95 years to win first 7 Big Ten games

OSU’s Holtmann first coach in 95 years to win first 7 Big Ten games

Chris Holtmann became the first coach in 95 years to win his first seven Big Ten games as No. 22 Ohio State defeated Northwestern 71-65 on Wednesday night. C.J. Jackson had 12 points, eight assists and three steals, Micah Potter scored 13 points off the bench, Jae’Sean Tate added 12 and Keita Bates-Diop had 10 points and eight rebounds for the Buckeyes (16-4, 7-0), who won their sixth straight...
Future Buckeye Justin Ahrens shows off bigger body, expanded game at Flyin’ at the Hoop 

Future Buckeye Justin Ahrens shows off bigger body, expanded game at Flyin’ at the Hoop 

There was more to see of Justin Ahrens at the 2018 Flyin’ to the Hoop than last year’s version — in more ways than one.  The Versailles senior, who signed with Ohio State in November, said he is an inch taller and about 10 pounds heavier than he was last season.  The reigning Midwest Athletics Conference Player of the Year now tips the scales at 196 and is measuring in...
Versailles downs Sidney in showdown of stars at Flyin’ to the Hoop

Versailles downs Sidney in showdown of stars at Flyin’ to the Hoop

Two of the best players in the area squared off in the second game of the Flyin’ to the Hoop event Sunday at Trent Arena.  Versailles won 65-50 over Sidney while Tigers 6-foot-6 senior Justin Ahrens got the better of the individual matchup with Yellow Jackets 6-2 junior Andre Gordon, too.  Ahrens, who has signed to play at Ohio State next season, scored 15 of his 26 points in the first...
Sports Today: Wright State and Ohio State remain unbeaten with big conference wins

Sports Today: Wright State and Ohio State remain unbeaten with big conference wins

Yesterday we said Ohio State and Wright State faced interesting challenges.  Today we say both passed with flying colors.  The Buckeyes blasted Maryland 91-69 to remain in a first-place tie in the Big Ten standings with Purdue.  The Buckeyes shot the ball well, which is always nice, but perhaps more importantly they held a good Maryland offense below 40-percent shooting. And that...
Sports Today: Ohio State, Wright State look to keep rolling

Sports Today: Ohio State, Wright State look to keep rolling

Two questions of local interest will be answered in college basketball tonight: How does Ohio State follow its win over No. 1 Michigan State, and can Wright State keep it going?  The Buckeyes took down the Spartans on Sunday afternoon then got three days to go back to the lab and continue perfecting their game under new coach Chris Holtmann.  Ohio State will look to keep pace with Purdue...
College football: Let’s go ahead and look ahead to 2018

College football: Let’s go ahead and look ahead to 2018

The 2017 college football season is over.  That of course means anticipation of the 2018 college football season has begun.  It’s never too early to look ahead, right?  After all, they only play games for a span of about four months, meaning about 75 percent of the year consists of… chatter, arguments, anticipation — whatever you want to call it.  Yes, we often...
Sports Today: Fallout from the national championship game, Saban’s decision and more 

Sports Today: Fallout from the national championship game, Saban’s decision and more 

So Alabama had a national championship-caliber quarterback in the bullpen all along?  I guess now we know how the College Football Playoff committee concluded the Crimson Tide were better than anyone else who had a claim to that fourth spot in their tournament.  If they would have just told us that on decision day in December, it could have saved them a lot of grief, but maybe Nick Saban...
College football rankings 2018: Ohio State’s on top of Big Ten, with Penn State, Wisconsin next

College football rankings 2018: Ohio State’s on top of Big Ten, with Penn State, Wisconsin next

That 7-1 bowl record wasn’t by design, but it wasn’t an accident, either. Top to bottom, nobody does it better than the Big Ten these days, no matter how loudly or how often the SEC crows about its top. The next time someone brings up South Carolina 26, Michigan 19 and snickers, kindly remind them of Purdue 35, Missouri 3. Or Northwestern 24, Kentucky 23. Or Michigan...
Way-too-early 2018 Big Ten Power Poll: Ohio State is No. 1

Way-too-early 2018 Big Ten Power Poll: Ohio State is No. 1

That 7-1 bowl record wasn’t by design, but it wasn’t an accident, either. Top to bottom, nobody does it better than the Big Ten these days, no matter how loudly or how often the SEC crows about its top. The next time someone brings up South Carolina 26, Michigan 19 and snickers, kindly remind them of Purdue 35, Missouri 3. Or Northwestern 24, Kentucky 23. Or Michigan...
When Ohio teams beat No. 1: OSU over Michigan State just latest upset

When Ohio teams beat No. 1: OSU over Michigan State just latest upset

The Ohio State men’s basketball team’s 80-64 upset of Michigan State is the latest involving schools in the Buckeye State knocking off top-ranked NCAA teams, some of which were fellow Ohio teams. Some of the games were fewer than two years ago, while others date back to the early 1960s. RELATED: Overachieving Buckeyes stun top-ranked Michigan State They include these five games: -FEB....
Sports Today: Is Ohio State basketball back?

Sports Today: Is Ohio State basketball back?

Chris Holtmann might have an idea what he’s doing in Columbus.  The Buckeyes crushed Michigan State from start to finish Sunday, an 80-64 game that was not a coronation but at least a hint of things to come — especially if Holtmann can sign more players like Keita Bates-Diop in the future.  KBD’s absence due to injury last season definitely did Thad Matta no favors...
College Basketball: Ohio State blows out No. 1 Michigan State

College Basketball: Ohio State blows out No. 1 Michigan State

After missing the NCAA Tournament the last two seasons, roster shake-ups and a coaching change, Ohio State surged back toward national relevance with a signature win over the country’s top-ranked team. Keita Bates-Diop scored a career-high 32 points, and the surprising Buckeyes stunned No. 1 Michigan State 80-64 on Sunday, bringing the fans at Value City Arena streaming onto the court to celebrate...
Hartman: Ohio State probably passed itself out of playoff contention

Hartman: Ohio State probably passed itself out of playoff contention

I ended up in a little bit of a college football stats rabbit hole Thursday night and came away with one of those realizations I wish I’d had at least a month ago.  It was something I suspected but never did enough research to confirm until now.  Alabama is probably playing for the national title because the Crimson Tide trusted its running game more than Ohio State did. I mean, yeah...
Sports Today: Trying to gauge Bill Lazor’s plans for the Bengals offense

Sports Today: Trying to gauge Bill Lazor’s plans for the Bengals offense

While we wait to find out who will be Lewis’ defensive coordinator, we got a few tidbits from offensive coordinator Bill Lazor about what he may or may not change now that he’ll be in charge from the jump.  He wasn’t very forthcoming Wednesday when asked about the stamp he might put on the attack, and it is hard to make much of an educated guess on what he prefers because...
Sports Today: The Bengals did what now?

Sports Today: The Bengals did what now?

I logged back in 12 hours or so early to weigh in on the stunning announcement Marvin Lewis and the Bengals will be staying together for at least another year or two.  This is inexplicable from both sides.  I’m usually not one who favors change for the sake of change, but I’m willing to make an exception in this case.  I might be more surprised Lewis wanted to keep...
Urban Meyer: Program has momentum after Cotton Bowl win

Urban Meyer: Program has momentum after Cotton Bowl win

Another domino fell Saturday for the Ohio State Buckeyes. Defensive end Sam Hubbard, a redshirt junior, announced he will leave the program to enter the NFL Draft. A day earlier, just before the Cotton Bowl began at AT&T Stadium, cornerback Denzel Ward announced his departure, while at the same time explaining his decision to not play in the bowl game in order to avoid the risk of injury. »...
Landers closes season with strong performance for Buckeyes

Landers closes season with strong performance for Buckeyes

Robert Landers had one regret Friday night. He recovered a fumble but didn’t return it for a touchdown. Of course, he was almost 90 yards from the end zone, so maybe he should go easy on himself. “It doesn’t matter,” Landers said. “If it gets in my hand, I’m supposed to get six.” The Wayne grad Landers, a redshirt sophomore defensive tackle, started the season...
Urban Meyer on Cotton Bowl: ‘A great win for Ohio State’

Urban Meyer on Cotton Bowl: ‘A great win for Ohio State’

A Cotton Bowl short on drama did not lack confetti Friday night. Workers at AT&T Stadium blew so much into the air above the No. 5 Ohio State Buckeyes as they celebrated a 24-7 victory over No. 8 Southern California, Urban Meyer, J.T. Barrett and everyone else will be picking it out of their hair for days. That’s a small price to pay for hoisting a trophy this program needed to erase the...
Buckeyes ride turnovers, dominant defense to Cotton Bowl victory

Buckeyes ride turnovers, dominant defense to Cotton Bowl victory

The Ohio State Buckeyes bid farewell to senior quarterback J.T. Barrett and a number of other cornerstones of the program and also soothed some of the pain associated with their last bowl game, beating Southern California 24-7 on Friday in the Cotton Bowl at AT&T Stadium. A year after losing 31-0 to Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl, the Buckeyes took advantage of three first-half turnovers to build a 24-7...
Graham High School to host Ohio State-Purdue wrestling dual match

Graham High School to host Ohio State-Purdue wrestling dual match

The Buckeyes are coming to Graham High School. St. Paris in Champaign County will be the place to be on Sunday, Jan. 28. That’s where Ohio State University will host Purdue in a Big Ten dual wrestling match at 1 p.m.. That’s a continuing trend for the defending Big Ten champ Buckeyes. OSU also has had dual meets at Cincinnati Moeller, Massillon Perry, Cleveland Walsh Jesuit, Wadsworth...
Early signing day complicates job for Ohio State coaches

Early signing day complicates job for Ohio State coaches

Fans of the Ohio State Buckeyes will spend the next month waiting to see which underclassmen enter the NFL Draft. Defensive end Sam Hubbard, cornerback Denzel Ward, wide receiver Johnnie Dixon and hybrid back Parris Campbell are among those who could leave early. Waiting for these decisions is an annual tradition for a program that has seen eight players selected in the first round in the last two...
Penn State wants to prove it was best team left out of College Football Playoff

Penn State wants to prove it was best team left out of College Football Playoff

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Four points. “Some of the guys on the team joke, they’re like, ‘Oh, it’s your fault,’ to me and Ryan [Bates],” Penn State defensive end Ryan Buchholz told Land of 10 Thursday. “They’re just joking around and we didn’t [think] too much about it. “It was really frustrating. After I went down and after Ryan...
Ohio State Buckeyes QB derby for 2018 will start when Cotton Bowl ends

Ohio State Buckeyes QB derby for 2018 will start when Cotton Bowl ends

The 2018 Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback derby will start as soon as the Cotton Bowl ends Friday when J.T. Barrett plays his last game. Dwayne Haskins, who took over when Barrett was injured in the Michigan game, and led the Buckeyes to a road victory, will be the favorite to start as a redshirt sophomore next season. Joe Burrow, who has two seasons of eligibility remaining, will have to decide whether...
Ohio State vs. USC: Five storylines to watch in Friday’s Cotton Bowl

Ohio State vs. USC: Five storylines to watch in Friday’s Cotton Bowl

Ohio State Buckeyes linebacker Jerome Baker takes himself to calm place before every game, soothing his nerves with the music of artists like Earth, Wind & Fire or Usher. “I like listening to slow jams before I go into battle,” Baker said. Baker, a junior from Cleveland, has another pregame tradition. He talks to a cousin on Facetime. He’ll do it again Friday when the No. 5 Buckeyes...
Cotton Bowl: Five highlights from Meyer, Helton press conference

Cotton Bowl: Five highlights from Meyer, Helton press conference

Ohio State’s Urban Meyer and Southern California’s Clay Helton posed for the traditional, awkward trophy photo Thursday at the Omni Dallas Hotel, shaking hands with the Cotton Bowl trophy in between them as cameras clicked. With that, more than three weeks of talk about the game ended. Meyer’s Ohio State Buckeyes and Helton’s USC Trojans play at 8:30 p.m. Friday at AT&T Stadium...
Ohio State vs. USC: What you need to know about Friday’s Cotton Bowl

Ohio State vs. USC: What you need to know about Friday’s Cotton Bowl

Who: No. 5 Ohio State (11-2) vs. No. 8 Southern California (11-2) When: 8:30 p.m. Friday Where: AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas What: Cotton Bowl TV/Radio: ESPN/1410 Series history: USC leads 13-9-1 and has won seven games in a row. The Trojans won the last game 18-15 in 2009 in Columbus. Ohio State last beat USC 42-21 in 1974 in Pasadena, Calif. The teams have played in the Rose Bowl seven times,...
Schiano not ready to talk about losing Tennessee job

Schiano not ready to talk about losing Tennessee job

Ohio State Buckeyes defensive coordinator Greg Schiano didn’t want to touch the Tennessee story on Wednesday, telling reporters, “When the time’s right, we’ll talk about it. Let’s focus on this game. That’s why we’re all here.” Schiano almost became the head coach of the Volunteers earlier this month until the vocal opposition of fans caused Tennessee...
Sam Darnold willing to play for anyone in NFL, including Browns

Sam Darnold willing to play for anyone in NFL, including Browns

Cleveland Browns fans who watch the Cotton Bowl on Friday might get a look at their future quarterback. Southern California quarterback Sam Darnold hasn’t decided whether he will enter the NFL Draft after the season, but if he does, he could be the top overall pick. The possibility of playing for the Browns, who have one victory in the last two seasons and could finish 0-16 this season, won&rsquo...
USC tight end on Ohio State defense: ‘They just play hard’

USC tight end on Ohio State defense: ‘They just play hard’

Southern California players watching defensive film on the Ohio State Buckeyes notice Nick Bosa first. “Anyone will tell you he’s probably the best defensive player they have,” USC tight end Tyler Petite said Wednesday in a press conference at the Omni Dallas Hotel two days before the Cotton Bowl. However, what jumps out about Ohio State’s defense as a whole, Petite said, isn&rsquo...
Buckeyes don’t shy away from high expectations

Buckeyes don’t shy away from high expectations

J.T. Barrett doesn’t spend much time on introspection. He’s not thinking about his last practice or his last game, which arrives at 8:30 p.m. Friday when the No. 5 Ohio State Buckeyes play No. 8 Southern California in the Cotton Bowl. Reporters asked Barrett numerous philosophical questions Tuesday at the Omni Dallas Hotel, everything short of, “What is the meaning of life?&rdquo...
Biggest surprise, disappointment from every college basketball power conference

Biggest surprise, disappointment from every college basketball power conference

Every college basketball team enters the season with expectations, but regardless of what’s expected in the early fall, we don’t know how good — or bad — a team is until games are played and we’re into early winter. With nonconference action over and league play set to begin (or having already begun) across Division I, we have a much better idea...
Ohio State Buckeyes: Wayne grad’s new hair color draws mixed reviews from teammates

Ohio State Buckeyes: Wayne grad’s new hair color draws mixed reviews from teammates

No one showed more school spirit for the Ohio State Buckeyes at practice Tuesday than Wayne grad Robert Landers. Earlier this year, the redshirt sophomore defensive tackle Landers, whose nickname is BB, dyed his hair blonde. Now he’s gone scarlet for the Cotton Bowl. His hair, at least on top, is the same color as the numbers on the jersey. The new look got mixed reviews from his teammates....
Cotton Bowl: Practices have been ‘awesome’ for Ohio State

Cotton Bowl: Practices have been ‘awesome’ for Ohio State

The Ohio State Buckeyes did everything they could Monday to make Christmas feel like Christmas, even though most players were spending the holiday in Texas and away from their family for the first time. The players went bowling. They played laser tag. They ate pizza. Strength coach Mickey Marotti — or “Mick Claus,” as Ohio State’s Twitter account called him — handed out...
Buckeyes, Trojans have recent experience at AT&T Stadium

Buckeyes, Trojans have recent experience at AT&T Stadium

Footage of the national championship game from 2015 played on the giant video board inside AT&T Stadium on Tuesday as the Ohio State Buckeyes practiced. Three years after the Buckeyes beat Oregon, they’re back in town for the Cotton Bowl, and that game is fresh enough in everyone’s memories that it will be a topic of conversation all week. Ohio State’s opponent, Southern California...
College football tickets: Big bowls demand big bucks

College football tickets: Big bowls demand big bucks

Bowl season is well underway, with games having started on Dec. 16 and running into January. There’s something for everyone during that time, but the big games are what will draw the most attention and command the highest price for a ticket. Between Dec. 29 and Jan. 8 are the New Year’s Six games and the College Football Playoffs, seven total contests pitting the ...
Dobbins on Cotton Bowl: ‘It’s a big-time game’

Dobbins on Cotton Bowl: ‘It’s a big-time game’

J.K. Dobbins has seen the highlights of Ezekiel Elliott running wild at AT&T Stadium in the national championship game three years ago for Ohio State — or more recently at the same stadium as the star running back for the Dallas Cowboys. Dobbins envisions something similar for himself Friday when the No. 5 Buckeyes (11-2) play No. 8 Southern California (11-2) in the Cotton Bowl. Ohio State&rsquo...
Football recruiting: What is next after the first early signing day?

Football recruiting: What is next after the first early signing day?

The first early signing period for college football recruits has begun. After trying to sort out some of the biggest storylines this morning, we found there was plenty more to talk about. Here are five more things to know about what happened and what’s next: 1. Ohio State signed another top five class, but it still felt a little disappointing. Crazy, right? Yes, but only a little bit if...
Sports Today: National Signing Day fallout at Ohio State and beyond

Sports Today: National Signing Day fallout at Ohio State and beyond

I said I would round up what happened with the first early signing day in college football history, but I’m not sure where to begin.  Spending part of my day in Fairfield was pretty fascinating as two major prospects made basically the exact opposite decision.  Jackson Carman was the main attraction, not only because he is the top-rated player in Ohio but because he did something that&rsquo...
Jackson Carman explains his decision to sign with Clemson over Ohio State

Jackson Carman explains his decision to sign with Clemson over Ohio State

Jackson Carman picked up the Clemson visor and put it on his head Wednesday morning at Fairfield High School, leaving Ohio State coach Urban Meyer without a signature from the top-rated 2018 prospect in Ohio for the first time.  When did Carman, the five-star offensive tackle, make his final decision?  “This morning — after a long, hot shower,” he said.  Why did Carman...
Ohio State Buckeyes: National Signing Day tracker

Ohio State Buckeyes: National Signing Day tracker

Today is the first day of the new early signing period for college football. The Ohio State Buckeyes ar expected to sign the No. 1-ranked class in the country, including Wayne High School senior wide receiver L’Christian ‘Blue’ Smith. Below is a rundown of the Buckeyes signees, which will be updated throughout the day:
ESPN GameDay interaction reportedly costs Ohio State ability to woo 5-star recruit

ESPN GameDay interaction reportedly costs Ohio State ability to woo 5-star recruit

Did Kirk Herbstreit cost Ohio State a chance at an elite recruit?  It sure looks like it, though that was almost certainly not his intention.  The good news for the former Buckeye and Centerville High School star: Everyone is going to blame the NCAA anyway.  Ohio State’s student newspaper, The Lantern, reported Tuesday morning an open records request had revealed the Buckeyes...
Fairfield star Jackson Carman’s recruiting decision date, announcement time set

Fairfield star Jackson Carman’s recruiting decision date, announcement time set

The highly publicized and scrutinized recruitment of Jackson Carman officially has an end date and time.  Fairfield athletics director Mark Harden announced Carman, the five-star offensive tackle for the Indians, will make his announcement and sign a national letter of intent at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the school.  Earlier in the morning, Fairfield defensive end Malik Vann, a four-star prospect...
Ohio State defensive linemen glad Johnson isn’t going anywhere

Ohio State defensive linemen glad Johnson isn’t going anywhere

Larry Johnson took a lap around the field with each of the Ohio State Buckeyes defensive linemen after arriving at Lucas Oil Stadium before the Big Ten Championship on Dec. 2. The group did the same thing at the Fiesta Bowl last season. It’s a tradition of sorts. The players walk with their position coach. Everyone is quiet and focused. Most of the players are listening to music on headphones...
Sports Today: Where did it go wrong with Bengals, Marvin Lewis? 

Sports Today: Where did it go wrong with Bengals, Marvin Lewis? 

The Cincinnati Bengals limped into Minnesota yesterday and absorbed pretty much exactly the type of beating that was to be expected.  My main takeaway from this entirely forgettable game: Andy Dalton stunk again.  He set the tone for another blowout with a terrible pick-6 that was vintage Rookie Dalton (or perhaps worse) and ended up with a QB rating of 27.3.  In 14 games this season...
Nick Bosa proud to get tree next to brother’s in Buckeye Grove

Nick Bosa proud to get tree next to brother’s in Buckeye Grove

Joey and Nick Bosa are connected in so many ways. The brothers went to the same high school and the same college. They play the same position and dominate that position like few others. Now they will both have trees in Buckeye Grove — right next to each other, of course. “We already have a spot,” Nick said Friday. “It’s pretty awesome.” Since 1934, the Ohio State...
Cotton Bowl: Five reasons to be excited about Ohio State vs. USC

Cotton Bowl: Five reasons to be excited about Ohio State vs. USC

The Ohio State Buckeyes will spend Christmas together in Texas. It will be day three of their week-long stay before the Cotton Bowl. Defensive end Jalyn Holmes plans to make it a special day. It will be the first Christmas away from home for many of the players. In recent years, the Buckeyes have left for bowl games until after the holiday. “We’re going to do a little Secret Santa,&rdquo...
Barrett: No setbacks with knee since Big Ten title game

Barrett: No setbacks with knee since Big Ten title game

Eight days before they leave for Texas and 14 days before they play in the Cotton Bowl, the Ohio State Buckeyes bid farewell to one part of the season. They met with members of the local media Friday at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center for the last time in Columbus before their final game. Among the players to speak after practice was J.T. Barrett, a veteran of these interviews. He sat at a circular...
Recruiting: Early signing period coming to college football, ready or not

Recruiting: Early signing period coming to college football, ready or not

On Dec. 20, high school football seniors will be able to do something they never were allowed to before: Sign a letter of intent with the college of their choice before Christmas.  Their counterparts in basketball have had two signing periods — one in November, one in April — for years, but for at least as long as more than a few diehards have cared about recruiting, football players...
College football recruiting: Ohio State, Cincinnati and Miami class snapshots

College football recruiting: Ohio State, Cincinnati and Miami class snapshots

College football recruiting fans get what could amount to an early Christmas this year when the first early signing period for the sport begins Dec. 20.  As that day approaches, here is a look at where Ohio State, the University of Cincinnati and Miami University stand heading into the final weekend before prospects can sign and how that compares to recent history.  (Here are the local players...
National Signing Day: Where are area players going to play college football?

National Signing Day: Where are area players going to play college football?

The first college football early signing period took place in December.  Not everyone in the large group of Division I prospects in the area’s class of 2018 made a college choice, some will do so beginning today in the regular signing period.  Here is a list of players who signed during the early period and the regular period that begins today:  Tyler Bentley, DT, Lakota...
Buckeyes’ McLaurin focused on graduation, Cotton Bowl; NFL decision can wait

Buckeyes’ McLaurin focused on graduation, Cotton Bowl; NFL decision can wait

Terry McLaurin plans to run from practice at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center to graduation at the Schottenstein Center in a cap and gown on Dec. 17 — if that’s what it takes to walk in the graduation ceremony. McLaurin, a redshirt junior from Indianapolis, will complete a degree in communications this month. “It means a lot,” McLaurin said. “That’s one thing that...
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