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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...
Ohio State may change start time of Saturday’s spring game

Ohio State may change start time of Saturday’s spring game

Ohio State may change the start of the spring game because of concerns about the weather forecast. It is scheduled to start at 1:45 p.m. Saturday at Ohio Stadium. “Athletics Dept. officials are still monitoring the Saturday forecast,” Ohio State announced Thursday. “We want to host the (Ohio State) Spring Game for you — The Best Fans in the Land. We understand the importance...
Sports Today: How low can it go for Cincinnati Reds?

Sports Today: How low can it go for Cincinnati Reds?

I can’t tell if the dreadfulness of the Cincinnati Reds’ first 10 games made the way they lost Wednesday night harder to take or easier.  There are 151 games left, but writing off this season is terrifyingly tempting.  Because what is there for these Reds to hang their hats on?  We know they are going to have nights when the pitching is bad. That’s a symptom of youth...
Ohio State spring football game sold out

Ohio State spring football game sold out

The Ohio State football spring game is sold out. The game, which will take place after the Ohio State-Michigan men’s lacrosse match in Ohio Stadium, is set for an approximate 1:45 p.m. kickoff. »RELATED: Quarterback race still ‘close,’ Meyer says About 18,000 seats will not be in use during the lacrosse/football game because of construction in the stadium. Ohio State has distributed...
Meyer on Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback race: ‘All three are close’

Meyer on Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback race: ‘All three are close’

Wisconsin cancelled its spring game. Michigan cancelled its spring game. Iowa State did the same. However, the threat of rain hasn’t changed Ohio State’s plans. As of Wednesday, the game will still go on as planned at 1:45 p.m. Saturday at Ohio Stadium. It will be the last chance for the three quarterbacks competing for the starting job — Dwayne Haskins, Joe Burrow and Tate Martell...
Ohio State lands commitment from five-star forward Alonzo Gaffney 

Ohio State lands commitment from five-star forward Alonzo Gaffney 

Chris Holtmann’s first full-year Ohio State basketball recruiting class was good but lacked an elite prospect.  His second one is starting with one of those.  Alonzo Gaffney, a five-star forward from Garfield Heights, announced Tuesday morning he will be a Buckeye.  Gaffney is the top-rated player in Ohio in the class of 2019 and the No. 18 player in the country according to the...
Antonio Williams waits patiently for his chance with Buckeyes

Antonio Williams waits patiently for his chance with Buckeyes

Antonio Williams gave up Honey Buns — and probably a few other treats — to drop 17 pounds. He weighed 227 pounds when he arrived at Ohio State in January 2016 and weighs 210 now. He feels the difference every time he carries the ball for the Buckeyes. “I can’t outrun nobody at 227,” Williams said Monday with a laugh. “I feel a lot better. I’m more confident...
Ohio State running backs pushing each other in spring practice

Ohio State running backs pushing each other in spring practice

The Ohio State Buckeyes received their Big Ten championship rings Monday. They’re about the size of an Apple Watch, though it’s unlikely they tell time or have wireless capabilities. In fact, the rings don’t do much more than glitter, and that’s fine with the players, who were promised rings by center Billy Price at the low point of the 2017 season, the loss at Iowa on Nov...
Alford: Dobbins, Weber both will play a lot for Buckeyes in 2018

Alford: Dobbins, Weber both will play a lot for Buckeyes in 2018

The Ohio State Buckeyes have always been known for producing great running backs — Archie Griffin, Eddie George and Ezekiel Elliott to name a few — but have the rare luxury of having two 1,000-yard back on the roster in 2018. Mike Weber gained 1,096 yards in 2016 as a redshirt freshman. J.K. Dobbins led the team last season with 1,403 yards in his true freshman season. How will...
Sports Today: Cincinnati Reds start goes from bad to worse

Sports Today: Cincinnati Reds start goes from bad to worse

The start of the 2018 season could have gone worse for the Cincinnati Reds, though not by much.  They are not only 2-6 and in last place but the offense has been a big let-down, scoring three runs or less in five of those games.  Eugenio Suarez provided a big spark Saturday night with the game-tying and game-winning hits in a 7-4 victory then a Jameson Taillon pitch broke his thumb Sunday...
Ohio State Buckeyes: Trustees approve Urban Meyer’s contract extension

Ohio State Buckeyes: Trustees approve Urban Meyer’s contract extension

Ohio State Buckeyes football coach Urban Meyer received a two-year contract extension Thursday that will make him the highest-paid coach in the Big Ten and the third-highest paid coach in the nation. The Ohio State Board of Trustees approved the contract Friday. Meyer will receive a $1.2 million raise. His total salary for the 2018 season will be $7.6 million. He is now under contract through the...
Ohio State coach Urban Meyer up for two-year extension

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer up for two-year extension

Ohio State is giving football coach Urban Meyer a two-year contract extension running through the 2022 season, pending by approval by the university board of trustees. The board is expected to vote Friday. ›› Recruiting continues to be tricky for Meyer at Ohio State “I want to thank President Michael V. Drake for his guidance and the Board of Trustees for its work in considering...
Sports Today: Recruiting Ohio continues to be tricky for Urban Meyer at Ohio State

Sports Today: Recruiting Ohio continues to be tricky for Urban Meyer at Ohio State

Another area high school football made his verbal commitment earlier this week when Gabe Newburg announced he will be going to Michigan.  The Northmont defensive end is a three-star prospect with a dozen college offers.  LandOf10.com recruiting analyst Ryan Donnelly reports he visited Ohio State last week but wasn’t willing to wait any longer to see if Urban Meyer was going to offer...
Ohio State’s offense might look more different than it really is this fall

Ohio State’s offense might look more different than it really is this fall

Ohio State football will be running the same offense in 2018 it has run since Urban Meyer came back to town six years ago.  It might not look quite the same, though.  That was the overall takeaway from offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson’s meeting with reporters this week.  Well, let’s amend that opening line a bit — look for the 2018 Ohio State offense to be an evolved...
Expanded coaching staff gives Ohio State’s Schiano flexibility

Expanded coaching staff gives Ohio State’s Schiano flexibility

Greg Schiano is now the roamer of sorts on the Ohio State coaching staff. He described himself as the “spare” coach. Much like head coach Urban Meyer, Schiano can move from position to position, overseeing everything on the defensive side. The addition of a 10th assistant coach, which college football teams were allowed to add after the 2017 season, gives Schiano that flexibility. His...
Recruiting roundup: Michigan offers GWOC defensive end, Alter QB picks up ACC offer and more

Recruiting roundup: Michigan offers GWOC defensive end, Alter QB picks up ACC offer and more

This has been a busy week on the recruiting front as several players from around the area picked up new offers from colleges in major conferences.  The highest-profile school to hand out an offer to an area prospect this week was Michigan, which became the 12th school to take a shot at Northmont defensive end Gabe Newburg.  The Thunderbolts standout also tweeted that he received an offer...
Brady Taylor ready to take over at center for Ohio State

Brady Taylor ready to take over at center for Ohio State

Brady Taylor, the man most likely to touch the ball first for Ohio State’s offense in the 2018 season, has never started a game in four seasons in Columbus. He has appeared in 27 games the last two seasons but only in mop-up duty or on special teams. He follows two centers who won Rimington Awards in 2016 and 2017. Taylor, a Columbus Bishop Ready graduate who will be a fifth-year senior in the...
Sidney star Andre Gordon picks what sport he’ll play in college

Sidney star Andre Gordon picks what sport he’ll play in college

One of the area’s top multi-sport athletes is narrowing his focus for the next level.  Sidney junior Andre Gordon announced Tuesday he will no longer consider playing football in college.  The Yellow Jackets guard is going to focus on basketball.  Ohio State is among the schools to have shown interest in the 6-foot-2 guard for both football and basketball. He has made multiple...
Sports Today: Sounds like Ohio State football is progressing on schedule

Sports Today: Sounds like Ohio State football is progressing on schedule

Surly Urban Meyer is a good Urban Meyer, at least this time of year.  The Ohio State football coach met with the media yesterday to talk about spring football, and he wasn’t in a great mood because apparently he didn’t like what he saw during the Buckeyes’ practice Monday.  That’s probably a sign things are right on schedule.  The game-day operations might still...
Why Keita Bates-Diop going pro early is a win for him and Ohio State

Why Keita Bates-Diop going pro early is a win for him and Ohio State

That Keita Bates-Diop’s departure from the Ohio State basketball team with a year of eligibility left could be at once expected and surprising probably makes it the perfect final act for one of the weirdest years ever for the program.  Especially since his entry into the NBA draft is not even really early in the grand scheme of things.  Confused?  Let me explain.  Of course...
Ohio State: Meyer not happy with what he’s seeing in spring practices

Ohio State: Meyer not happy with what he’s seeing in spring practices

The Ohio State Buckeyes heard one phrase over and over again as they practiced Monday: “Strain to finish.” Those three words echoed around the Woody Hayes Athletic Center throughout practice during the first hour, which the media was allowed to observe from the sideline. The practice looked like every other Ohio State practice. The players did indeed appear to be straining to finish plays...
Ohio State: Keita Bates-Diop confirms he will enter NBA draft

Ohio State: Keita Bates-Diop confirms he will enter NBA draft

Keita Bates-Diop declared for the NBA draft on Monday, hoping to parlay a breakout junior season into a pro career next season. He averaged 19.8 points and 8.7 rebounds per game and was named Big Ten Player of the Year as the Buckeyes vastly surpassed preseason expectations, finishing second in the Big Ten and earning a No. 5 seed in the NCAA tournament.  “I’ve had a lot of teammates...
Grinch: Ohio State has ‘big speed backed up by big speed’

Grinch: Ohio State has ‘big speed backed up by big speed’

There’s speed, and then there’s “big speed.” That’s a phrase Alex Grinch, one of Ohio State’s newest assistant coaches, used Thursday when talking about the talent he sees with the Buckeyes. “I’ve had the opportunity to coach in the SEC and I’ve coached in the Pac-12,” Grinch said, “and the elite programs don’t just have speed...
Former Buckeyes try to enjoy themselves during pressures of Pro Day

Former Buckeyes try to enjoy themselves during pressures of Pro Day

The stars came out Thursday at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center — the stars that wore scarlet and gray last fall and the ones who stalk NFL sidelines on Sundays. Five NFL head coaches plus four defensive coordinators and two general managers — and 140 NFL representatives in all — attended Ohio State's annual Pro Day. Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis and Patriots head coach Bill Belichick...
Ohio State still evaluating quarterbacks early in spring practices

Ohio State still evaluating quarterbacks early in spring practices

The quarterback competition of 2018 will continue for the Ohio State Buckeyes until Urban Meyer names a starter. For now, it’s a three-player race on paper, even if all signs point to Dwayne Haskins being the guy when the Buckeyes open the season Sept. 1 against Oregon State in Columbus. Haskins himself sees himself as the starter, though he knows he still has to win the job. “I&rsquo...
Changes are coming to the NFL draft broadcasts

Changes are coming to the NFL draft broadcasts

The NFL has announced new ways fans can watch the draft in April, including one that could be intriguing to college football fans in particular.  NFL Network and ESPN will continue broadcasting the annual talent distribution festival, and Fox is jumping in as well via a partnership with the league’s channel.  For the first time ever, the entire draft will be available on broadcast...
Sports Today: College basketball’s strange new world could benefit Dayton, Ohio State

Sports Today: College basketball’s strange new world could benefit Dayton, Ohio State

Dayton basketball made news yesterday with the entirely unsurprising report Matej Svoboda is leaving the program to return home to the Czech Republic.  That is nothing against him. He might yet turn out to be a quality basketball player for a long time.  However, he was not an Anthony Grant recruit to begin with, he’s older than the average college basketball freshman and various options...
Ohio State’s Kelsey Mitchell era ends with blowout loss to Central Michigan

Ohio State’s Kelsey Mitchell era ends with blowout loss to Central Michigan

Central Michigan looked far from an 11 seed Monday night.  The Chippewas crushed third-seeded Ohio State 95-78 at St. John Arena to advance to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA women’s basketball tournament.  That brought an end to the brilliant career of Ohio State point guard Kelsey Mitchell.  She scored 28 points to finish with 3,402 for her career.  That is No. 1 at Ohio State...
Sports Today: So much for Ohio’s high NCAA tournament hopes

Sports Today: So much for Ohio’s high NCAA tournament hopes

I’ve been putting off starting today’s column because I want to try to write the perfect summation of an amazingly imperfect NCAA tournament weekend.  Is that possible?  If you didn’t have any beloved teams in the field  that had to be the most fun four days ever to be a sports fan.  (Unless, of course, you take your bracket too seriously and actually thought...
NCAA Tourney: Ohio State can’t hold off Gonzaga

NCAA Tourney: Ohio State can’t hold off Gonzaga

Gonzaga showed during the last five minutes in its 90-84 win over Ohio State why its reached nine consecutive Sweet 16s. After trailing 15-0 to start the game and 11 points, Ohio State rallied and took the lead for most of the second half, until Gonzaga rallied, made its free throws in the final moments.  Keita Bates-Diop scored 28 points, hit 8-of-10 free throws to lead Ohio State in scoring...
Sports Today: The NCAA tournament still rules

Sports Today: The NCAA tournament still rules

I’d say that was a successful first day of March Madness.  Until the last couple of games ended without drama (thanks for nothing, again, Michigan), Thursday was about as much as a basketball fan can ask for.  The first game of the day went into overtime, we had a mid-afternoon buzzer-beater and a pair of big upsets.  If not for Wright State laying an egg, my bracket would have...
Ohio State holds off South Dakota State to advance in NCAA tournament

Ohio State holds off South Dakota State to advance in NCAA tournament

Keita Bates-Diop scored 24 points as Ohio State beat South Dakota State 81-73 in the first round of the NCAA tournament Thursday.  The Big Ten Player of the Year hit a 3-pointer to start a 16-0 run that turned a three-point deficit into a 59-48 lead with 12 minutes left in the second half.  C.J. Jackson had seven points in the spurt while Kam Williams scored the other six.  The experienced...
Sports Today: Here are upset picks, the Final Four and your national champion

Sports Today: Here are upset picks, the Final Four and your national champion

I had the brilliant idea to do bracket picks immediately and lock those in then come back and do another set that would be my official picks then compare the two.  I ended up hardly making any changes.  This morning I put Seton Hall in the Elite Eight, and a larger part of the reason than I would like to admit is that I felt like I needed to make SOME change to justify the entire experiment...
Carlos Hyde vs. Jeremy Hill: Final answer

Carlos Hyde vs. Jeremy Hill: Final answer

Remember when the Cincinnati Bengals passed on Ohio State star Carlos Hyde to draft Jeremy Hill out of LSU instead?  It happened four years ago, and it is worth revisiting with news of Hyde planning to sign with the Cleveland Browns this week.  Was it the right move or not?  He ran for 1,124 yards and nine touchdowns as a rookie in 2014 despite starting only half of the games that...
Cleveland Browns to sign former Ohio State star Carlos Hyde, per report

Cleveland Browns to sign former Ohio State star Carlos Hyde, per report

The busy Cleveland Browns offseason will include acquiring a former Buckeye.  According to multiple reports, Carlos Hyde has agreed to a three-year contract with the Browns that he can sign Wednesday afternoon.  Hyde was the Big Ten Running Back of the Year in 2013 when he ran for 1,521 yards and 15 touchdowns in 11 games.  He is eighth in Ohio State history with 3,198 rushing yards...
Sports Today: Bengals, Browns enter free agency with wildly different agendas

Sports Today: Bengals, Browns enter free agency with wildly different agendas

The NFL’s 2018 league year begins today.  The Cleveland Browns have already been busy, and the Cincinnati Bengals made a big move Monday to address their biggest need.  What’s next?  Well, the world seems to be Cleveland’s oyster, as it usually is in the offseason before games come back around to get in the way.  The Bengals are probably back in conservative mode...
March Madness: 10 potential NCAA tournament upsets ranked by likelihood 

March Madness: 10 potential NCAA tournament upsets ranked by likelihood 

Upsets define the NCAA tournament.  Without them, it the next two weekends would probably be cool but not nearly as memorable.  Picking the right upsets — and avoiding the wrong ones — is a key to winning bracket pools, too.  That’s a shame because those are the hardest things to do.  Well, I can’t tell you which upsets to pick, but here are 10 matchups...
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