December 31, 3:00 p.m.
The O-Zone has reported that Dustin Fox and Richard McNutt will be the starters at corner in the Outback Bowl. Fox apparently has impressed the coaches in December practices. Also, Craig Krenzel will indeed start at QB, but Coach Tressel says that Bellisari will play early.
December 30, 5:15 p.m.
The recruiting page has been updated. And if you haven't heard by now, the D'Andrea wait could still be a while. D'Andrea made the comment that he has until February 6th to make a decision (on 1460 WBNS.) Hang in there Buckeye fans. If it was meant to be, it will happen.
December 23, 2:00 p.m.
The recruiting page has now been updated. Ohio State fans are still anxiously waiting word from Avon Lake blue-chip MLB prospect Mike D'Andrea as to which school, Ohio State or Nebraska, he will attend next year. There was talk that D'Andrea would announce on Friday or Saturday, but it has yet to happen. D'Andrea is expected to make his tomorrow or on Christmas day.
Ohio State was also hoping to get a commitment from Piqua blue-chip DT Quinn Pitcock by Christmas. There has been little word about Pitcock since his early December visit to Ohio State.
The Outback Bowl
Rumors of players being ineligible because of grades appear to be false. With the exception of Derek Ross and Shane Olivea (both injured), Ohio State should have their full squad available for Lou's Gamecocks. It looks like Craig Krenzel will get the start at QB, but Bellisari should see his share of time under center against South Carolina as well. Bellisari has also played several other positions in practice including WR, TB, DB and special teams. He could start at QB as well. We will have a preview of the Outback Bowl shortly after Christmas.
December 15, 11:15 a.m.
The recruiting page is now updated. Ohio State apparently is looking to fill 6 more spots and then put things on hold. Look for at least of those spots to be filled in the next ten days.
December 9, 8:30 p.m.
The recruiting page has now been updated. It appears that Ohio State may be very close to verbal commitments from two blue-chip players, OLB/DE Bryan Andrews and LB Bobby Carpenter. Both apparently had excellent visits this weekend. Andrews appears ready to commit very soon, possibly in the next couple days.
December 9, 4:30 p.m.
This just in. Ohio State will play South Carolina in the Outback Bowl in a rematch of last year's Outback Bowl game. The Gamecocks are 8-3 overall and like Ohio State, went 5-3 in conference play. South Carolina is once again led by their outstanding defense. The Gamecocks rank 12th in the nation scoring defense and have one of the best LB's in the land in Kalimba Edwards. More Buckeye news later.
December 6, 9:15 p.m.
It was reported earlier today that 4th year senior Derek Ross will forego his senior year and enter the NFL draft this spring. It was also reported that Ross will not be with the team for the Outback Bowl after having surgery yesterday on his toe and shoulder. Rumors have circulated that Ross may have also had grade problems and that academics were the reason that Ross would not be with the team anymore. Draft Expert Brian Delucia (Fox Sports) has Ross rated as the 24th best prospect in the draft right behind another Buckeye underclassman, Mike Doss. The early bets are on Doss also foregoing his senior year. Richard McNutt or Bobby Britton is expected to fill Ross' starting CB position in the Outback Bowl.
December 2, 10:00 p.m.
The new recruiting page is up, but is still in progress. I have a list of 21 prospects by position and the chances Ohio State has with them. Shortly, I will have home towns, hgts, wgts, etc.
Also, right now it is still fuzzy as to who the Buckeyes will play in the Outback Bowl. It still seems like Georgia is the most likely opponent, although it could still be South Carolina, Florida or Auburn. We probably will not find out for sure until next Saturday night or next Sunday (after the SEC championship.)
Finally, Jonathan Wells was voted Most Valuable Player by his teammates at the team appreciation banquet today. The other team awards were given out as well. Click here to check them out at the official website of Ohio State.
November 29, 9:45 p.m.
Number of 'ships available
The scholarship number question seems to be a hot topic again. Here is the deal, as simply as I can explain it. You are allowed to have 25 commitments in any one class and a maximum of 85 on scholarship at any one time. At the beginning of the spring, it was determined that Ohio State would have a maximum of 20 scholarships to offer in 2002 (to bring Ohio State to the max total of 85) if no one (besides the seniors, of course) left the program.
Now, three players were ruled ineligible this fall that would have returned next year. One of those players, B.J. Barre, has already transferred, so that frees up one scholarship. Another one, Curtis Crosby, is highly doubtful to make it back. That frees up a second. The third player that was ineligible was Fred Stirrup who is still in school trying to regain his eligibility. I will count Stirrup as still occupying a scholarship. That means that we have gone from 20 to 22 scholarships available.
Next, it was announced recently that FB Jamal Muhammad will be transferring to Bethune-Cookman College. That takes us to a total of 23 scholarships available.
Now, to make life more confusing, Tressel granted scholarships to 6 walk-ons this year. These scholarships were one-year scholarships only but could be renewed. Some of these six players will have used up eligibility after this season, so they won't affect the available total. One of these scholarships was given to Andy Groom who almost certainly will retain his.