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

Ranked win does not give Buckeyes a bump in College Football Playoff rankings
 Ohio State might have taken a step forward with a win at then-No. 24 Michigan State last weekend, but the College Football Playoff committee still views the Buckeyes the same.  Ohio State is No. 10 in the updated playoff rankings released Tuesday night.  That is also where the Buckeyes found themselves in each of the first two weeks...

Posted: 5 hours ago

Ohio State might have taken a step forward with a win at then-No. 24 Michigan State last weekend, but the College Football Playoff committee still views the Buckeyes the same.  Ohio State is No. 10 in the updated playoff rankings released Tuesday night.  That is also where the Buckeyes found themselves in each of the first two weeks...
Ohio State football: Everything Urban Meyer said previewing Maryland
 Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer kicked off Maryland week with his usual Monday press conference.  Here is a transcript of the coach’s interview with local reporters:  COACH MEYER: Thanks for coming. As we do, I'll go through the champions on defense. Coop -- Jonathon Cooper, B.B. Landers, these are guys that graded out...

Posted: a day ago

Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer kicked off Maryland week with his usual Monday press conference.  Here is a transcript of the coach’s interview with local reporters:  COACH MEYER: Thanks for coming. As we do, I'll go through the champions on defense. Coop -- Jonathon Cooper, B.B. Landers, these are guys that graded out...
Meyer says Buckeyes won’t have trouble focusing on Maryland this week
 Ohio State began its 11th game week of the season Monday, and that can only mean one thing. Urban Meyer needed to talk to his team about not thinking about the ninth-ranked Buckeyes’ 12th game week of the season yet. The latter, of course, will lead up to a game against Michigan. With the Buckeyes and Wolverines (No. 4) both in the...

Posted: a day ago

Ohio State began its 11th game week of the season Monday, and that can only mean one thing. Urban Meyer needed to talk to his team about not thinking about the ninth-ranked Buckeyes’ 12th game week of the season yet. The latter, of course, will lead up to a game against Michigan. With the Buckeyes and Wolverines (No. 4) both in the...
Urban Meyer endorses play of Ohio State offensive line
 The play of Ohio State’s offensive line has been a bit of a lightning rod among the fan base this season.  The head coach provided an endorsement of the group Monday — but he wants to see more. “I think we could play a little bit better,” Meyer said two days after the Buckeyes beat Michigan State 26-6. &ldquo...

Posted: a day ago

The play of Ohio State’s offensive line has been a bit of a lightning rod among the fan base this season.  The head coach provided an endorsement of the group Monday — but he wants to see more. “I think we could play a little bit better,” Meyer said two days after the Buckeyes beat Michigan State 26-6. &ldquo...
Ohio State’s win at Michigan State brings needed shot of confidence
 Ohio State picked up more than another win over a ranked team in a competitive series Saturday. In downing No. 24 Michigan State 26-6, the 9-1 Buckeyes also got something that has eluded them through most of a somewhat strange season: Something to feel good about. “That was a big win,” coach Urban Meyer said. “We’re...

Posted: 2 days ago

Ohio State picked up more than another win over a ranked team in a competitive series Saturday. In downing No. 24 Michigan State 26-6, the 9-1 Buckeyes also got something that has eluded them through most of a somewhat strange season: Something to feel good about. “That was a big win,” coach Urban Meyer said. “We’re...
Punter Chrisman gets redemption and then some for Ohio State at MSU
 Drue Chrisman’s day at Michigan State on Saturday could not have started much worse. It could not have ended much better. The Ohio State punter took the Spartan Stadium field for the first time with about 10 minutes to go in the first quarter hoping to pick up the offense for going three-and-out on its first possession. With the line...

Posted: 3 days ago

Drue Chrisman’s day at Michigan State on Saturday could not have started much worse. It could not have ended much better. The Ohio State punter took the Spartan Stadium field for the first time with about 10 minutes to go in the first quarter hoping to pick up the offense for going three-and-out on its first possession. With the line...
Ohio State beats Michigan State with special teams, running game
 Ohio State used a familiar formula to beat Michigan State on Saturday. Well, at least one familiar to fans from a decade ago. Coach Urban Meyer’s squad relied heavily enough on defense and special teams to knock off the Spartans 26-6 and one could be forgiven for thinking Jim Tressel had returned to the sidelines. Here are five things...

Posted: 3 days ago

Ohio State used a familiar formula to beat Michigan State on Saturday. Well, at least one familiar to fans from a decade ago. Coach Urban Meyer’s squad relied heavily enough on defense and special teams to knock off the Spartans 26-6 and one could be forgiven for thinking Jim Tressel had returned to the sidelines. Here are five things...
Ohio State punts its way to win at Michigan State
 Ohio State dominated the second half en route to a 26-6 win at Michigan State.  The eighth-ranked Buckeyes scratched out what they could offensively against a stout Spartans defense, but they didn’t need much thanks to a stellar outing by the special teams and defense.  Punter Drue Chrisman and his coverage unit pinned the...

Posted: 3 days ago

Ohio State dominated the second half en route to a 26-6 win at Michigan State.  The eighth-ranked Buckeyes scratched out what they could offensively against a stout Spartans defense, but they didn’t need much thanks to a stellar outing by the special teams and defense.  Punter Drue Chrisman and his coverage unit pinned the...
Ohio State football: Can Buckeyes solve rugged Michigan State defense?
 Ohio State and Michigan State usually have met with something on the line lately. For the sixth time in the last seven meetings, both teams will be ranked entering the contest at noon Saturday in East Lansing. 5 things to know about the Ohio State-Michigan State series The eighth-ranked Buckeyes need a win to remain within a game of Michigan...

Posted: 4 days ago

Ohio State and Michigan State usually have met with something on the line lately. For the sixth time in the last seven meetings, both teams will be ranked entering the contest at noon Saturday in East Lansing. 5 things to know about the Ohio State-Michigan State series The eighth-ranked Buckeyes need a win to remain within a game of Michigan...