OSU Adds Tennessee to Their Schedule
March 27, 2008 11:30 pm EST

Ohio State and Tennessee will begin a two-game series in football beginning in 2018, the universities announced this morning.  The first game will be Sept. 1, 2018, in Knoxville in the teams' season opener. The Buckeyes and Volunteers will meet again on Sept. 7, 2019, in Columbus.  OSU and Tennessee have met once in football, a 20-14 Volunteers victory in the Florida Citrus Bowl after the 1995 season. This will be the Buckeyes' first on-campus meeting with an SEC opponent since a 36-33 victory over seventh-ranked LSU on Sept. 24, 1988

Potokar Will Continue Cancer Treatments
March 25, 2008 4:30 pm EST

It appears that Grove City native Dan Potokar will have to start cancer treatments once again.  A few weeks ago, the Ohio State receiver was hopeful that the chemotherapy treatments he had been enduring for several months were wiping out the testicular cancer that had spread to his lungs and abdomen.  But his particular form of cancer has been resistant to chemo, and doctors have discovered lesions remaining on his lungs. 

Potokar and his mother Nannette are currently in Indiana. They will live on the Indiana University campus in Indianapolis for the next six to eight weeks as he prepares to undergo a much more intensive treatment at the IU hospital.

If you are interested in providing support, a fund has been set up to help the family with expenses. It is being administered by Ohio State.  Donations can be sent to: Amy Burgess, Ohio State football, Woody Hayes Athletic Center, 53 Irving Schottenstein Dr., Columbus, OH 43210. Checks should be made out to Ohio State and include "Dan Potokar" on the memo line.

Schedule Change Gives OSU 8 Home Games in 2012
March 19, 2008 7:30 am EST

The Buckeyes will play Cincinnati in Ohio Stadium in 2012 instead of playing in the Queen City as originally scheduled.  OSU decided to exercise its option in the contract to back out of the road game. The two sides agreed to switch the game to Ohio Stadium with UC gaining yearly cash payments between now and then that will equal $1 million, according to a UC news release.

Athletic Director Gene Smith said that in this age of 12-game seasons, and of the ultra-major schools trying to gain at least seven home games to help fill the athletic department budget, such paydays will become more common for incoming opponents.  OSU, which reaps about $5 million in ticket revenue for each game in Ohio Stadium, is expected to play eight home games in 2012, including the first in a home-and-home series with California.

Cincinnati already was scheduled to play at OSU in 2014 for a reported guarantee of $375,000 in a contract reached five years ago. Now the Bearcats will play the Buckeyes two times in three years in Ohio Stadium.

UC coach Brian Kelly said in the release he would have preferred to play the 2012 game in Paul Brown Stadium as scheduled. But he agreed to the change because it at least guaranteed the only two schools in the state which belong to Bowl Championship Series conferences will stay on a collision course.  

OSU Players Improve Their Stock for the NFL Draft
March 7, 2008 9:45 pm EST

Vernon Gholston was the only Junior to leave the OSU football program early this year, but after his performance today, he has proven it was the right choice for him.  His showing at this year's Buckeye Pro Scout day likely enhanced his chances of being among the top 10 picks of next month's NFL draft.  The annual pro day is an opportunity for draft eligible players workout for NFL coaches and scouts.

Gholston ran a consensus 4.58-second 40-yard dash. That was about a half-second better than he had run last month at the scouting combine in Indianapolis.  4.6 is considered excellent for a defensive end, Gholston gambled that he would do better on his home turf after working for several weeks with OSU strength and conditioning coordinator Eric Lichter. 

Also putting in a Pro-like performance was Kirk Barton.  He was very pleased with his results which included a 4.93-second 40.  "I made money today, boy," said the 6-foot-5, 311-pound Barton as reported by Tim May of the Columbus Dispatch. Barton was looking for anything in the sub-5 range, as he was still recovering from undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery following a minor injury while practicing for the Senior Bowl in January during the NFL combine last month.

OSU linebacker Larry Grant was among the others who worked out, and he helped himself with a consensus 4.6-second 40-yard dash. He had been timed at a reported 4.71 at the combine.  Also taking part was former OSU running back Erik Haw, who transferred to Jackson State two years ago. Haw, formerly of Independence High School, reportedly ran in the mid-4.5-second range on his 40.

Where Are Thy Now : Justin Zwick
February 27, 2008 8:30 pm EST

Justin Zwick is still trying to make his mark on central Ohio football, this time with the Columbus Destroyers.  He has been trying out with the team but was cut February 24th.  However, he is back on the team again today.  He was added back to the active roster after backup quarterback Perry Patterson failed his physical because of an old knee injury.  Zwick will now be Matt Nagy's backup when the Destroyers open the season Sunday against Colorado.  

Buckeye 50 Poll Results - Our Readers Still Think Pryor Will Wear Scarlet & Gray
February 20, 2008 7:00 pm EST

First, thanks to all of you for participating with your votes.  The 513 votes cast in this weekly poll is the most ever for one of our polls.  And you are staying consistent with your thinking.  74% still believe Pryor will sign with the Buckeyes once he gets through playing a little round ball.  18% believe that Terrelle's father will have the final word and send his son to Happy Valley.  Only 4% thought he would end up at Michigan so if we are right, we will get to see what magic Coach Rodriguez can work north of the border without his prototype QB.

Buckeye 50 Poll Results - We "Used" to Think Pryor Was Coming to OSU
February 11, 2008 9:45 am EST

The votes are in.  We had initially planned for the Terrelle Pryor survey to end on the 6th.  At that time, 27% of the responds felt he would end up somewhere else, while 70% thought he would be wearing scarlet & gray.  Since he didn't sign on National signing day, we extended the poll through the weekend.  With the extra time, the numbers increased to 32% of our readers now think he will not come to Ohio State.  I guess we will all have to just wait and see.

University Raises the Price of Football Tickets
February 1, 2008 11:45 pm EST

No surprise here but OSU has announced an increase of $1 for student tickets and $2 for public tickets for the 2008 season.  May not seem like a lot but if you figure 7 home games, that will be an increase in revenue of over 1.3 million dollars.  But it does raise the price of your ticket to the Youngstown State game to $63.  Hard to believe that I paid $75 for my face value ticket to the last game Ohio State played in the Rose Bowl. 

Buckeye 50 Poll Results - Would You Sit in Sub-Zero Temperatures in 'The Shoe'?
January 27, 2008 8:30 pm EST

The votes are in.  Of those who responded, 84% of you said you would endure sub-zero temperatures in 'The Shoe' to attend an OSU football game.  An additional 12% indicated you would only attend if it was a Michigan game.  I think we know what school has the most loyal and dedicated fans in the country!  Thanks to all of you that participated.  Be sure to cast a vote in this week's fan poll.

Defensive End Alex Barrow Hangs Up the Cleats
January 23, 2008 9:30 am EST

Alex Barrow says he is ready for the next stage in his life.

Now two juniors are leaving Ohio State. But Alex Barrow, unlike fellow defensive end Vernon Gholston, isn't headed to the NFL.  A fourth-year player from Dublin Coffman, Barrow is scheduled to graduate in June with a communications degree. A job with a marketing, advertising or public relations firm is his immediate goal.  Barrow was considered one of the top prospects in Ohio when he signed with OSU in 2004; he was named the Dispatch central Ohio high-school lineman of the year in 2003.  He has no plans to pursue a professional football career.

The Buckeyes now have another scholarship that can be used for the 2008 class. With signing day just two weeks away, however, it was coincidence that coach Jim Tressel reportedly was in Gainesville, Ga., yesterday talking with highly rated defensive end prospect Keith Wells. The coaches have known about Barrow's plans for a while.

Barrow was a key backup on teams that won three straight Big Ten titles and played in two straight national championship games.

"We never lost to Michigan the four years I was here; that will always feel good," Barrow said. "And the places I got to go for the bowls, to Arizona a couple of times and New Orleans this past time, and more than anything, the people I've met -- those are the things that stand out most of all."

Buckeye 50 Public Appearance
January 23, 2008 7:30 am EST

Would you like to meet some of the folks that bring you the Buckeye 50 web site?  We will have table at the autograph/sportscard memorabilia show this weekend at the Buckeye Hall of Fame Cafe.  If you are planning to attend  the event, be sure to stop by and say hello

Fighting in the OSU Locker Room
January 17, 2008 7:00 am EST

It's been over a week since the Ohio State Buckeyes lost their second straight national championship, but now some interesting locker room news is making it's way to the light. According to an article by Tom Fornelli of the Dayton Daily News, the reason the Buckeyes didn't have enough fight left to overcome the Tigers in the second half is because they were too busy fighting each other in the locker room.

That is what tackle Alex Boone told Tom Archdeacon shortly after the loss. From the Dayton Daily News: "I couldn't believe that guys were fighting with other guys, this isn't a barroom. You don't need to be fighting with your own teammates. We were here to play football, (but) some guys didn't get that," a still-stunned Alex Boone said as he stood in the middle of the nearly empty Superdome field an hour after the Buckeyes lost to LSU, 38-24, in the BCS Championship Game.

"Everyone was fighting with each other and I'm like, 'Calm down. It's OK. It's halftime.' But everyone's like, 'This is your fault,' and 'No, this is your fault.' I was like 'Calm down, we got a half to go.' But some guys panicked like the game was over ...

" ... On the field, the personal fouls, the roughing the punter, the stupid things, that's not Ohio State football."
Though I suppose it's an improvement on last season's 41-14 loss to Florida. Boone went on to describe that game saying that the team "gave up and didn't want to play anymore."

This is just another way, amongst many others, that the Buckeyes beat themselves against LSU. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying LSU wouldn't have won otherwise, but all the stupid mental mistakes, personal fouls, and in-fighting sure didn't help Ohio State's chances.

The Animal is Back
January  14, 2008 5:30 pm EST

Speculation has been there all weekend, and this afternoon it became official.  James Laurinaitis has released a statement through the university that he will return for his senior season.  The lumps of ever offensive coordinator in the Big Ten just got a bit larger.

So after all the hoopla started shortly after the Michigan victory when 13 juniors applied to the NFL for analysis, when the dust settles, only one actually left.  It turns out, only Vernon Gholston will be skipping his senior year and everyone else will be back.  What does that mean?  The Buckeyes will return 18 of 22 starters on a team that won the Big Ten and played for the national championship.  This is also a group of players who in their first three years have only lost 5 games, all 5 of those loses were to BCS teams, three of them were the National Champions the last three years.

Alex Boone to Stay
January  13, 2008 6:00 pm EST

According to inside sources, Alex Boone said this afternoon that he plans to return for his senior season.  The only big name junior left who has not indicated is James Laurinaitis.  Boone had thought about leaving after the championship game, but chose to return "just because it doesn't feel right to leave right now."

Laurinaitis, the winner of the 2007 Butkus Award, reportedly might wait until Tuesday, the deadline for underclassmen to declare for the April draft. Thus far, only one Buckeye has decided to leave early, junior defensive Vernon Gholston, the Big Ten defensive lineman of the year.

Schoenhoft Considering a Transfer
January  13, 2008 8:30 am EST

The Wilmington (Del.) News Journal reported quarterback Rob Schoenhoft was expected to visit Delaware this weekend. A week after expressing disappointment at being demoted to third string, Schoenhoft reportedly is visiting Delaware with the intent to transfer.  The Blue Hens play in the Football Championship Subdivision, meaning Schoenhoft could play there immediately. As a third-year sophomore, he would have two seasons of eligibility.  He was the backup to starter Todd Boeckman last season, but Antonio Henton was looking impressive in early-season games until he was suspended.

Schoenhoft played in seven games, completing 17 of 25 passes for 129 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions. He rushed 10 times for 32 yards and a TD.  During preparations for the national championship game, coaches moved Schoenhoft to tight end and promoted Henton to second team. They called it a temporary move.

Easy Come, Easy Go
January  11, 2008 5:15 pm EST

The 'good' news, Buckeye 50 was correct about Malcolm Jenkins. He announced this afternoon that he will be returning for his senior season.  The 'good luck' news is Vernon Gholston has announced he will enter the draft, and after the season he has given the Buckeyes and OSU fans, we can only hope the best for him.

Jenkins, a third-year junior from New Jersey, was a second-team all-American this season and a semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award. He earned first-team all-Big Ten honors with 47 tackles and four interceptions in 2007 for the nation’s top-ranked defense.  Gholston, a fourth-year junior from Detroit, earned Big Ten defensive lineman of the year honors for the nation’s top-ranked defense. He was a first-team all-Big Ten selection and made second-team all-America.  He was also a finalist for the Ted Hendricks Award and set school records for sacks in a season (14) and in a game (4). He is expected to be a first-round NFL draft choice. The draft will be April 26-27 and players have until Tuesday to declare their intentions to enter the draft.

Still at the Rumor Level but the News is Good
January  10, 2008 10:30 pm EST

For a program that is still feeling the pain of Monday night's loss to LSU, a little good news is welcomed.  Even if it is still just a rumor.

According to sources close to Brian Robiskie, he will return for his senior season.  He was the top receiver for Ohio State this year, with 55 catches for 935 yards and 11 touchdowns.  In addition, another inside source has told Buckeye 50 that James Laurinaitis and Malcolm Jenkins will return as well.  Both indicated if OSU had won the championship, the would have likely left for the NFL.  This same source did say though, that Vernon Gholston will make himself eligible for the draft in April.

Players have until Tuesday to declare their intentions.

Proud to Be a Buckeye, Freeman and Hartline to Return
January  4, 2008 8:30 pm EST

Linebacker Marcus Freeman made all Buckeye fans a little happier today but letting everyone know that he plans to return for his senior season.  He has already received his degree and many thought that would be one more reason he might decide to leave.  Freeman was one of 13 OSU juniors or third-year players who petitioned the NFL for a forecast on where they might be picked in the April draft if they decided to leave early. Though Freeman said the information he received was favorable, he said a chance to play college football one more season while also getting a start in graduate school appealed more to him.

He was doing interviews before the Buckeyes headed for practice in preparation for Monday night's national championship game against LSU. OSU receiver Brian Hartline said this week he also plans to return.

Son-of-a-gun, Gonna Have Big Fun, On the Bayou
January  2, 2008 5:00 pm EST

After several weeks of preparation, Coach Tressel arrives in New Orleans and faces the media in preparation for the National Championship game.  When asked if the team was ready he responded by saying "they were champing at the bit, it’s time to play, and they are anxious to play."  As expected the media also grilled him to see if he believes the Buckeyes are deserving of playing in the game.  He made it clear that there are a lot of great teams in college football this year, but 'if we win Monday, we will be holding the crystal trophy'.

The players were allowed to make their own travel plans so they will be arriving all through the day.  Other than reserve defensive back Eugene Clifford’s suspension from the game, he expects all other healthy players to be available and in town by evening.

Happy New Year
January 1, 2008 12:00 am EST

Wishing you and your Buckeye family a great new year, hopefully starting it out with a Buckeye Bowl victory in the Big Easy!

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