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Ryan Day says ‘you notice things you didn’t before’ as Ohio State head coach 
 What’s life like for the head coach of the Ohio State football team?  Ryan Day is finding out.  “It's different,” Day said on National Signing Day. “It certainly is different. It's been different for my wife, different for the kids. But, again, this is something that I've always worked towards, had the vision...

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What’s life like for the head coach of the Ohio State football team?  Ryan Day is finding out.  “It's different,” Day said on National Signing Day. “It certainly is different. It's been different for my wife, different for the kids. But, again, this is something that I've always worked towards, had the vision...
Hoke brothers, former Ohio State assistant find new jobs
 Three football coaches with area ties have found landed new gigs in the past month.  The most recognizable name, Brady Hoke, is back in familiar surroundings as the defensive line coach at San Diego State.  The Fairmont East graduate was head coach of the Aztecs in 2009 and ’10 before accepting the same position at Michigan...

Posted: 7 hours ago

Three football coaches with area ties have found landed new gigs in the past month.  The most recognizable name, Brady Hoke, is back in familiar surroundings as the defensive line coach at San Diego State.  The Fairmont East graduate was head coach of the Aztecs in 2009 and ’10 before accepting the same position at Michigan...
Middletown native Marshall making a habit of scoring in new pro football league
 Another week of Alliance of American Football, another score for Jalin Marshall.  The Ohio State standout who starred at Middletown High School caught a game-tying 23-yard touchdown pass from Garrett Gilbert in the fourth quarter Saturday as the Orlando Apollos beat the San Antonio Commanders 37-29.  Marshall, who scored the...

Posted: 12 hours ago

Another week of Alliance of American Football, another score for Jalin Marshall.  The Ohio State standout who starred at Middletown High School caught a game-tying 23-yard touchdown pass from Garrett Gilbert in the fourth quarter Saturday as the Orlando Apollos beat the San Antonio Commanders 37-29.  Marshall, who scored the...
Heath Harding happy to be heading to Canada to continue football career
 After a year mostly out of football, things are looking up for Heath Harding.  “Up” in this case meaning both better and to the north.  The former Dayton Christian star and All-Mid-American Conference defensive back announced this week he has agreed to join the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League. ...

Posted: 3 days ago

After a year mostly out of football, things are looking up for Heath Harding.  “Up” in this case meaning both better and to the north.  The former Dayton Christian star and All-Mid-American Conference defensive back announced this week he has agreed to join the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League. ...
After bad loss to Illinois, Ohio State sets sights on Big Ten-leading Spartans
 Andre Wesson summed up the situation after Ohio State lost 63-56 to Illinois on Thursday night.  “We needed that one,” the junior forward said after scoring 10 points. “We are .500 (in the Big Ten). We are trying to make the NCAA tournament. We are not a lock, so any game we play, we’ve got to have right now.&rdquo...

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Andre Wesson summed up the situation after Ohio State lost 63-56 to Illinois on Thursday night.  “We needed that one,” the junior forward said after scoring 10 points. “We are .500 (in the Big Ten). We are trying to make the NCAA tournament. We are not a lock, so any game we play, we’ve got to have right now.&rdquo...
Illinois hands Ohio State potentially damaging hardwood loss
 Illinois snapped Ohio State’s three-game winning streak with a 63-56 decision Thursday night at Value City Arena.  The Fighting Illini, who entered the game tied with Penn State for the fewest overall wins in the Big Ten this season, picked up their 10th win of the season while handing the Buckeyes (16-8, 6-7) their worst loss...

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Illinois snapped Ohio State’s three-game winning streak with a 63-56 decision Thursday night at Value City Arena.  The Fighting Illini, who entered the game tied with Penn State for the fewest overall wins in the Big Ten this season, picked up their 10th win of the season while handing the Buckeyes (16-8, 6-7) their worst loss...
Ryan Day’s Ohio State football staff makes public debut together
 Ohio State football coach Ryan Day did not have a rousing speech for Buckeye fans when his staff was introduced Thursday night at a  basketball game.  There was no moment reminiscent of Jim Tressel’s famous “310 day” guarantee 18 years earlier.  Just an expression of gratitude — and invitation to the spring...

Posted: 4 days ago

Ohio State football coach Ryan Day did not have a rousing speech for Buckeye fans when his staff was introduced Thursday night at a basketball game.  There was no moment reminiscent of Jim Tressel’s famous “310 day” guarantee 18 years earlier.  Just an expression of gratitude — and invitation to the spring...
Hafley on OSU defense: ‘New guys come in and think everything was wrong; it’s not’
 Now that Justin Fields’ eligibility has been decided, the hottest topic of the Ohio State offseason is most likely what needs to be done to fix the once-proud defense.  That apparently is not how they are viewing the situation inside the Woody Hayes Athletic Center, though, at least according to new defensive co-coordinator Jeff...

Posted: 4 days ago

Now that Justin Fields’ eligibility has been decided, the hottest topic of the Ohio State offseason is most likely what needs to be done to fix the once-proud defense.  That apparently is not how they are viewing the situation inside the Woody Hayes Athletic Center, though, at least according to new defensive co-coordinator Jeff...
Ohio State basketball: Coach pleased with Versailles frosh
 Although Justin Ahrens has not made much impact on the court for the Ohio State basketball team this season, coach Chris Holtmann called the freshman from Versailles “a tremendous asset” to the program.  "He’s been great in practice,” Holtmann said Wednesday. “And I think like any freshman you get knocked...

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Although Justin Ahrens has not made much impact on the court for the Ohio State basketball team this season, coach Chris Holtmann called the freshman from Versailles “a tremendous asset” to the program.  "He’s been great in practice,” Holtmann said Wednesday. “And I think like any freshman you get knocked...
Random Thoughts: CFB transfers, MLB rule changes and Bengals skepticism
 ESPN asks, “Is the era of CFB free agency upon us?” in an interesting story looking at the ramifications of Justin Fields’ being granted immediate eligibility at Ohio State. I tend to think actual free agency (players going to the highest bidder as they do in the pro sports leagues) would be very bad for the popularity of...

Posted: 5 days ago

ESPN asks, “Is the era of CFB free agency upon us?” in an interesting story looking at the ramifications of Justin Fields’ being granted immediate eligibility at Ohio State. I tend to think actual free agency (players going to the highest bidder as they do in the pro sports leagues) would be very bad for the popularity of...
Ohio State football: ‘Big 12 influence’ could have surprising meaning for Buckeyes
 While remaking the defensive staff almost completely, new Ohio State coach Ryan Day added only one man on the offensive side of the ball.  That does not mean there is a shortage of questions about what Day will do with the offense, though one inquiry sums up the hiring of Mike Yurcich as passing game coordinator and quarterbacks coach...

Posted: 6 days ago

While remaking the defensive staff almost completely, new Ohio State coach Ryan Day added only one man on the offensive side of the ball.  That does not mean there is a shortage of questions about what Day will do with the offense, though one inquiry sums up the hiring of Mike Yurcich as passing game coordinator and quarterbacks coach...
What happened when our sports columnist tried to become a spot-up shooter?
 When I started kicking around the idea of re-learning how to shoot a basketball for my next first-person sportswriting story, I soon began to wonder if I had born too soon.  You see, I did play basketball back in my schoolboy days — at least until I wasn’t tall enough to be a 4 or a 5 anymore.  Then it was pretty much...

Posted: 6 days ago

When I started kicking around the idea of re-learning how to shoot a basketball for my next first-person sportswriting story, I soon began to wonder if I had born too soon.  You see, I did play basketball back in my schoolboy days — at least until I wasn’t tall enough to be a 4 or a 5 anymore.  Then it was pretty much...
Ohio State basketball: Setting the scene for the last month of the season
 With Ryan Day’s Ohio State football coaching staff complete, the conclusion of the 2019 recruiting cycle and Justin Fields’ being declared eligible, Ohio State fans who follow football first (i.e. the majority) should finally feel safe focusing on basketball for a while.  If you fall into that group (There&rsquo...

Posted: 7 days ago

With Ryan Day’s Ohio State football coaching staff complete, the conclusion of the 2019 recruiting cycle and Justin Fields’ being declared eligible, Ohio State fans who follow football first (i.e. the majority) should finally feel safe focusing on basketball for a while.  If you fall into that group (There&rsquo...
Former Buckeye/Middletown High standout scores first touchdown in new pro football league
 Jalin Marshall made a bit of history Saturday on the first weekend of the new Alliance of America Football.  The Middletown High School graduate who also starred at Ohio State scored the first touchdown in AAF history as his Orlando Apollos trounced the Atlanta Legends 40-6.  It came on a 26-yard reception from Garrett Gilbert that...

Posted: 7 days ago

Jalin Marshall made a bit of history Saturday on the first weekend of the new Alliance of America Football.  The Middletown High School graduate who also starred at Ohio State scored the first touchdown in AAF history as his Orlando Apollos trounced the Atlanta Legends 40-6.  It came on a 26-yard reception from Garrett Gilbert that...
Moving up, moving home among motivations for new Ohio State football assistants
 The day the local media met the new Ohio State football assistants for the first time had no shortage of questions.  One that was at the top of most minds and asked of all five: Why?  What brought Greg Mattison, Jeff Hafley, Matt Barnes, Mike Yurcich and Al Washington to Columbus to work for first-year head coach Ryan Day, who replaced...

Posted: 9 days ago

The day the local media met the new Ohio State football assistants for the first time had no shortage of questions.  One that was at the top of most minds and asked of all five: Why?  What brought Greg Mattison, Jeff Hafley, Matt Barnes, Mike Yurcich and Al Washington to Columbus to work for first-year head coach Ryan Day, who replaced...
Ohio State football: Quarterback Justin Fields’ transfer waiver approved by NCAA
 Justin Fields will be on the field for Ohio State this season.  The school announced Friday afternoon the Georgia transfer’s waiver for immediate eligibility has been granted by the NCAA, clearing the way for him to compete for the vacant starting quarterback job when spring football begin in March.  “I thank God for...

Posted: 10 days ago

Justin Fields will be on the field for Ohio State this season.  The school announced Friday afternoon the Georgia transfer’s waiver for immediate eligibility has been granted by the NCAA, clearing the way for him to compete for the vacant starting quarterback job when spring football begin in March.  “I thank God for...
Ohio State A.D. Gene Smith leaving College Football Playoff Committee
 Ohio State director of athletics Gene Smith is stepping down from the College Football Playoff committee.  The group announced Friday he will be replaced by Gary Barta, his counterpart at Iowa.  Smith served on the committee that chooses football’s final four for the past two years "Serving on this committee has been...

Posted: 10 days ago

Ohio State director of athletics Gene Smith is stepping down from the College Football Playoff committee.  The group announced Friday he will be replaced by Gary Barta, his counterpart at Iowa.  Smith served on the committee that chooses football’s final four for the past two years "Serving on this committee has been...
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