Marcus Hartman

Marcus Hartman has been a digital sports columnist and reporter at Cox Media Group Ohio since 2016.  He writes about local sports in southwest Ohio, including high school, college and the pros as well as breaking news and trending topics from across the world of sports.  He loves to get story tips at Marcus.Hartman@coxinc.com.  A Cedarville High School graduate, he received a degree in journalism from Ohio State in 2005.  After covering local sports for a season, he spent 11 years covering OSU football, women’s basketball and recruiting for Buckeye Sports Bulletin and Scout.com.  He also contributed to Reds, Bengals, Browns, Blue Jackets, Indians and Cavaliers coverage for Fox Sports Ohio and covered the Big Ten for FoxSports.com. 

Latest from Marcus Hartman

Urban Meyer: ‘My love is unwavering for Ohio State. Even more so now.’
 For the first time since a 52-14 laugher against Illinois last November, Urban Meyer will coach the Ohio State football team in a game at Ohio Stadium on Saturday. After serving a six-week, three-game suspension for mismanaging the employment of former assistant coach Zach Smith, Meyer made clear this week there is nowhere else he would rather...

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For the first time since a 52-14 laugher against Illinois last November, Urban Meyer will coach the Ohio State football team in a game at Ohio Stadium on Saturday. After serving a six-week, three-game suspension for mismanaging the employment of former assistant coach Zach Smith, Meyer made clear this week there is nowhere else he would rather...
Tulane at Ohio State: Everything you need to know about Saturday’s game
 Who: Tulane (1-2) at No. 4 Ohio State (3-0) When: 3:30 p.m., Saturday Where: Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio. TV/Radio: Big Ten Network/1410 Series history: First meeting. Coaches: Ohio State’s Urban Meyer is 73-8 and in his seventh season as the coach of the Buckeyes. He is 177-31 overall in 17 seasons. Willie Fritz is 10-17 in three...

Posted: 6 hours ago

Who: Tulane (1-2) at No. 4 Ohio State (3-0) When: 3:30 p.m., Saturday Where: Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio. TV/Radio: Big Ten Network/1410 Series history: First meeting. Coaches: Ohio State’s Urban Meyer is 73-8 and in his seventh season as the coach of the Buckeyes. He is 177-31 overall in 17 seasons. Willie Fritz is 10-17 in three...
Urban Meyer: OSU offense ‘a little different style’ while he was gone
 Urban Meyer’s return to full coaching duties this week for Ohio State football revives a favorite pastime around Columbus: Speculating about who will call the plays the rest of the season. Armchair quarterbacks have loved this game for at least as long as there have been armchairs and quarterbacks for one simple reason: Everyone wants...

Posted: a day ago

Urban Meyer’s return to full coaching duties this week for Ohio State football revives a favorite pastime around Columbus: Speculating about who will call the plays the rest of the season. Armchair quarterbacks have loved this game for at least as long as there have been armchairs and quarterbacks for one simple reason: Everyone wants...
Ohio State updates status of Nick Bosa
 Ohio State announced the news Buckeye fans hoped not to hear: Nick Bosa had surgery.  The junior defensive end is out indefinitely after having “a core muscle injury” repaired Thursday.  The 2017 All-American was injured in the second half Saturday night as the fourth-ranked Buckeyes beat No. 15 TCU in Arlington...

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Ohio State announced the news Buckeye fans hoped not to hear: Nick Bosa had surgery.  The junior defensive end is out indefinitely after having “a core muscle injury” repaired Thursday.  The 2017 All-American was injured in the second half Saturday night as the fourth-ranked Buckeyes beat No. 15 TCU in Arlington...
What’s next for Middletown’s Kayla Harrison in pro MMA?
 Kayla Harrison officially has a chance to be a mixed-martial arts champion.  The Middletown native who won two gold Olympic gold medals in judo is going to be the centerpiece of a new 155-pound female division in the Professional Fighters League next year.  The UFC has women’s strawweight, flyweight, bantamweight and featherweight...

Posted: a day ago

Kayla Harrison officially has a chance to be a mixed-martial arts champion.  The Middletown native who won two gold Olympic gold medals in judo is going to be the centerpiece of a new 155-pound female division in the Professional Fighters League next year.  The UFC has women’s strawweight, flyweight, bantamweight and featherweight...
Ryan Day to receive hefty one-time payment for serving as interim Ohio State football coach
 How much is navigating a top five team through preseason and to a 3-0 start worth?  Nearly half a million dollars.  According to a letter released by the university Wednesday, Ohio State offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Ryan Day will be paid $487,000 for serving as interim head coach in Urban Meyer’s absence. ...

Posted: 2 days ago

How much is navigating a top five team through preseason and to a 3-0 start worth?  Nearly half a million dollars.  According to a letter released by the university Wednesday, Ohio State offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Ryan Day will be paid $487,000 for serving as interim head coach in Urban Meyer’s absence. ...
Ohio State football: How much did suspension cost Urban Meyer?
 Urban Meyer returns to full coaching duties at Ohio State this week lighter in the wallet.  The football coach’s six-week, three-game suspension cost him $570,507.68 according to a document provided by the university in response to a public records request by this news organization. The sum reflects a reduction in his base...

Posted: 2 days ago

Urban Meyer returns to full coaching duties at Ohio State this week lighter in the wallet.  The football coach’s six-week, three-game suspension cost him $570,507.68 according to a document provided by the university in response to a public records request by this news organization. The sum reflects a reduction in his base...
Urban Meyer reveals his role in Ohio State offense moving forward
 If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it?  That apparently is Urban Meyer’s thinking as he returns to the sideline this weekend for Ohio State football after a three-game suspension.  “I think I’ll be involved more as a game manager at this point,” the coach said on the Big Ten coaches teleconference Tuesday...

Posted: 3 days ago

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it?  That apparently is Urban Meyer’s thinking as he returns to the sideline this weekend for Ohio State football after a three-game suspension.  “I think I’ll be involved more as a game manager at this point,” the coach said on the Big Ten coaches teleconference Tuesday...
What is Urban Meyer inheriting in the 4th-ranked Ohio State football team?
 Three games into the 2018 season, Ohio State has played three games and won them all.  Winning is the bottom line in sports (between the lines, anyway), but not all 3-0 starts are created equally.  Here’s a closer look at the team Urban Meyer is inheriting this week after a three-game suspension.  Ohio State is third...

Posted: 3 days ago

Three games into the 2018 season, Ohio State has played three games and won them all.  Winning is the bottom line in sports (between the lines, anyway), but not all 3-0 starts are created equally.  Here’s a closer look at the team Urban Meyer is inheriting this week after a three-game suspension.  Ohio State is third...
Everything Urban Meyer said at his Monday press conference at Ohio State 
 Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer’s three-game suspension is over, so he made his first appearance at the typical week-opening press conference held at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.  Here is a transcript of the interview provided by ASAP Sports:  COACH MEYER: Hello. I'd like to share a couple of thoughts on the game...

Posted: 3 days ago

Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer’s three-game suspension is over, so he made his first appearance at the typical week-opening press conference held at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.  Here is a transcript of the interview provided by ASAP Sports:  COACH MEYER: Hello. I'd like to share a couple of thoughts on the game...
5 takeaways from Urban Meyer’s first post-reinstatement press conference
 Urban Meyer spent the first four minutes of his press conference Monday talking about football. The rest of the time — nearly an hour — was spent explaining and in some instances re-explaining the events that led to this being the first time the Ohio State football coach had met with the local media since before the season started...

Posted: 3 days ago

Urban Meyer spent the first four minutes of his press conference Monday talking about football. The rest of the time — nearly an hour — was spent explaining and in some instances re-explaining the events that led to this being the first time the Ohio State football coach had met with the local media since before the season started...