Four More Buckeyes Drafted to the NFL
April 27, 2010 9:00pm EST

The first player was not selected until the fourth round, but eleven former Buckeyes will head to rookie minicamps May 1-3.

Four Ohio State defensive products were selected in the 2010 NFL Draft and seven more members of the Rose Bowl champions signed free agent contracts after the conclusion of the draft.

Thaddeus Gibson was selected in the fourth round of the NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers with the 116th overall pick. Doug Worthington was also selected by the Steelers, with the 242nd pick, in the seventh round. Kurt Coleman was a seventh-round pick of the Philadelphia Eagles, 244th overall. Austin Spitler was selected in the seventh round by the Miami Dolphins, 252nd overall.     

Signing as free agents were: Jake Ballard and Jim Cordle (New York Giants); Anderson Russell (Washington Redskins); Lawrence Wilson (Chicago Bears); Aaron Pettrey (Carolina Panthers), Ray Small (Minnesota Vikings) and Rob Rose (Seattle Seahawks).         

Player Quotes from the 2010 Spring Game
April 24, 2010 10:15pm EST

The 2010 Spring game is in the books and the players draw a close to the Spring practice sessions.  Only 65,223 fans attended this year's scrimmage, primarily due to the rain.  This is more than some teams get for their homecoming but a bit of a drop from last year's record attendance.  Here are some quotes from a few of this year's players.

Adam Homan, sophomore running back - On his brother Ross Homan                                                                 

"It means the world to me he's coming back. I didn't want to try and influence him in any way on his decision. He's been the one I've looked up to since I was little and I'm just so happy I get one more year to learn and grow with him."

Brian Rolle, senior linebacker - On defensive progression

"I think the defense has made a big step forward from the fall. We're really getting there, but I always feel like we can get better. We've just got to make sure we read each other well."

On the safeties
"We've got guys stepping in who do a great job. I feel like the safeties are really coming together and working as a group. It's a good feeling."

Dane Sanzenbacher, junior wide receiver - On the offensive progression
                                                              
"I'm happy with it overall. A lot of guys are really stepping to the plate and making big plays. It felt like things were falling into place a little bit today."
 
On improvement in spring practice
"I worked on making more yards after catching the ball. We want to be able to get more yards after the catch. We're working in the weight room and at practices to get stronger." 

On top guys during spring practice
"Kenny Guiton was definitely the top guy during practices. He made huge steps in his game.  I feel like the running backs are probably the top position in improvement. They were looking very good during spring."

Jack Mewhort, redshirt freshman offensive lineman - On extra experience

"I'm excited to get my redshirt year behind me and get going this fall. I know I have to earn my spot but I'm going to work hard to be able to get on the field."   

On Kenny Guiton's performance
"He looked awesome. He's a great quarterback. I watched his high school film before he even came here and knew he would be amazing on the field someday. I don't think anyone gave him enough credit and he proved himself out there today."

On the last drive
"It was so exciting out there. It's what football's about, out having fun on the field with my buddies."                                                                        
Ross Homan, senior linebacker - On honorary coach John Reed
                                                              
"He was a mentor of mine from junior high through high school. I owe everything to him and he's the reason I'm here now. He taught me a lot of life values."

On his limited playing time during the game
"It was just a precaution to take me out. It was good for the young guys to get out on the field to play and compete a little bit."          

Ken Guiton, redshirt freshman quarterback - On Joe Bauserman        

"There are no hard feelings between me and Joe. We know it's just competition and nothing personal. He's been very cool all spring."                                                

On being the gray's first quarterback selection
"It was really cool since the seniors were the ones drafting the players. It shows a lot of respect on their part and it means a lot to me."        

On getting injured
"I went to throw the ball and Keith Well's helmet went to my knee. I feel fine now. I think it was just more of the initial pain."                

On spring practices                                                    
"It was a lot of fun. I think I did really well during spring practices. I could have done better during the game today, but overall I feel it went really well."

Taurian Washington, senior wide receiver - On moving up the depth chart        
"That's something I can't really comment on right now. I just have to keep working hard to see the field more. Whatever happens, happens."     

On quarterback Kenny Guiton  
"He played great today. He proves himself every day in practice and his confidence has risen lately. He has played extremely well this spring and I think there are great things in the future for him." 

On the game-winning play
"Kenny threw a great, great pass over the top. I'm glad he made the decision to put the ball up there. I've had a pretty successful spring and I'm hoping it carries over into the fall."

Game Times Announced for 4 Games on the 2010 Schedule
April 21, 2010 6:30pm EST

The Ohio State football team will play in at least three prime time games during the 2010 season, the Big Ten Conference and ESPN/ABC announced.  The Buckeyes' season starts in Ohio Stadium on Sept. 2nd, a Thursday night. Marshall will be in Columbus for a 7:30 matchup on the Big Ten Network.

Ohio State also will play two night games on the road during the conference season, at Wisconsin and Minnesota. The Oct. 16th game in Madison will kick off at 7:15 pm on ESPN or ESPN2. Two weeks later the Buckeyes will take on the Gophers at 8:00 pm Oct. 30 at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on ABC or ESPN.

In other scheduling news, the Big Ten announced  the Buckeyes' game against the University of Miami on September 11th will have a 3:40 pm kickoff on ESPN.

Ohio State is 33-16 all-time in night games. Under Jim Tressel the Buckeyes are 15-10 in night games and 8-3 in Big Ten night games away from Ohio Stadium. Tressel's teams are 2-3 at home in night games.

Defense Defeats Offense 78-24 in Jersey Scrimmage
April 17, 2010 2:00pm EST

As the Jersey scrimmage is closed to the public, we bring you Tim May's account as reported online in his blog on Dispatch.com.

This is how ugly today’s jersey scrimmage was for the Ohio State offense: The only touchdown on the chilly, blustery morning in Ohio Stadium was scored by defensive lineman John Simon.  That’s right, the offense was kept out of the end zone in the situational scrimmage which had it starting would-be drives anywhere from its three- to 50-yard line. In the instance of the Simon TD, that came courtesy of quarterback Terrelle Pryor not being able to handle a low shotgun snap on a third and three from his 10, then getting hit by defensive end Nathan Williams as he reached for the ball. The ball squirted out and Simon recovered in the end zone.

At that point, the rout was on. Due to a modified scoring system that awarded the defense points for forcing three-and-outs, turnovers gained, etc., it dominated 78-24. The offense’s only real scores came on two field goals, a 47-yarder by Ben Buchanan and a 35-yarder by Devin Barclay.

“That’s probably the most lopsided jersey scrimmage score I’ve seen,” OSU coach Jim Tressel said.

Yet in typical Tressel fashion, he did not appear distressed. On the one hand, his veteran first-team offense and line had trouble providing consistent pass protection and run blocking. On the other hand, his defense, despite replacing five starters on the first unit, ransacked often and ran to the ball always.

“You know I don’t get upset about things,” Tressel said. “They are what they are. You have to watch them and evaluate them, and come up with a rationale of why they got that way, and then what do you have to do to fix it.”

One way to fix it for the next jersey scrimmage, in preseason camp, might be to disallow any hijinks by the defense. Because with the defensive front four – Cameron Heyward, Dexter Larimore, Simon and Williams – leading the charge, and with linebackers Ross Homan and Brian Rolle sneaking in on blitz calls, the first team offense was a mess. 

Pryor had said Friday afternoon he wanted to complete 80 percent or more of his passes today, but he was a mere 5 of 15, for 45 yards while being sacked four times and losing the one fumble. Wearing a black jersey which meant he was not to be tackled and could be downed by touch, though, his dangerous scrambling ability was a non-factor.  The only sign of a running game came when Jaamal Berry was working with the No.2 offense, as he rushed 18 times for 68 yards. But even he limped out near the end after rolling an ankle.

“I think offensively it started with we had some issues with the quarterback center exchange,” Tressel said. “When you have turnovers which, in our scoring system, can range anywhere from three to 12 points (for the defense) – the one (TD) was a 12-point mistake – you’re going to have a tough time catching up.

“But I thought defensively we came out and got after it pretty good. Offensively, I thought we did a couple things well running ball.”

The team has four more practices left this spring, including the Scarlet and Gray game next Saturday afternoon in Ohio Stadium, which will be televised by the Big Ten Network.

Uniform Update: Buckeyes to Wear Pink
April 11, 2010 8:00pm EST

Ohio State athletics office announced on Thursday that the football team will sport jerseys with pink accents for the annual Spring Game.  The university said that it will be a scarlet, gray and pink day, with Ohio State coaches wearing pink caps along with the team's jerseys.  Then they will be auctioned to benefit the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research.

During the game, there will be contests, giveaways, interactive scoreboard videos, autograph sessions with Ohio State student-athletes and a football halftime kicking contest to win a prize pack.

Tickets are available at the Athletics Ticket Office, online and through Ticketmaster. They are $5 in advance and $10 the day of the game (cash only).  OSU students get into the game free with a valid ID. Children 6 and under will be admitted free. Seating is general admission as usual.  

Last year the game set a national record with 95,722 fans in attendance.

OSU Athletic Office Extends Tressel's Contract
March 16, 2010 10:45am EST

As reported by 10TV news and 97.1 The Fan, Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel's contract was extended two years today,  according to an announcement from the university's athletic department.  The current contract, originally signed in 2008, will now run through Jan. 31, 2015.

"We wanted to reward Jim for his exemplary work with our football program and lock him in as our coach for an additional two years," said Gene Smith, Ohio State's athletic director.

Tressel's compensation package will not increase over the final two years of the deal, Smith said.

"Jim has never once come to me about compensation," Smith said. "Jim has indicated to me he is satisfied with his salary. He is aware of the financial situation we all face in athletics and I am thankful for his service and loyalty to the goals of the department."

"We are fortunate to have a wonderful university administration, athletics administration, coaching staff and players," Tressel said. "To be able to continue building the Ohio State tradition alongside these people, along with our band, cheerleaders, fans and university community, is an honor."

Tressel's contract addendum is subject to the approval of the Board of Trustees at the May board meeting.

Ticket Prices to Increase Next Season
February 6, 2010 7:30pm EST

It came as little surprise that the board of trustees will voted to increase the cost of football tickets by $7 and basketball tickets by $1 to make up for a shortfall in revenue.  As fans we have gotten used to the regular increases.  Athletic Director Gene Smith said the price increase would generate about $8 million.

Almost half of the money will go toward replenishing the athletics department's reserves fund. That safety net has less than $3.5 million now after the court-ordered payment of $2.75 million to former men's basketball coach Jim O'Brien and a $1.25 million emergency repair of French Field House.  For those of us that are a fan of the indoor track team, this was disappointing as there were plans on the table to build a new indoor facility.  They may push off that project longer now.

Since 2008, OSU has reduced costs. Smith said the athletics program cut $1.1 million from its 2009 fiscal budget. The department stopped printing media guides, for example, saving $250,000. A planned trip to Italy for the men's basketball team was changed to Canada. Teams have taken buses instead of planes when possible.  But declining revenues have hurt the bottom line.  For anyone that goes to the men's basketball games knows, there are a lot of empty seats, including the student section.  During the Minnesota game last week, the university honored the 1960 national championship team and they didn't even sell that game out.  Some of the unused seats this season have been sold, but no-shows still hurt because of the loss of revenue from concessions and merchandise. OSU has reported merchandise sales are down 26 percent this year and concessions 9 percent.

So as always, "let the fans make up the difference".

All-Time Ohio High School Football Team
January 18, 2010 11:30pm EST

JJHuddle.com is without a doubt the best high school sports website not only in the State of Ohio, but in the country as well.  The Huddle gang covers all sports, but their bedrock is football.  Ohio has always held its own with Florida, California, Pennsylvania and Texas for churning out high school football talent, and recently JJHuddle attempted the admittedly thankless task of trying to come up with an all-time Ohio high school football team.  Check out the results with the link here.  Buckeye fans will certainly recognize a ton of names, while you might be surprised to learn about other notable collegiate and professional greats who spent their prep days in the Buckeye state. - Joe-S-U  

Where Are They Now: Mark Snyder Hired by Holtz
January 18, 2010 7:30pm EST

Former Ohio State defensive coordinator Mark Snyder, and most recently Marshall head coach, will be the defensive coordinator at South Florida under new Bulls coach Skip Holtz, a source said Monday.  He was on the coaching staff of the 2002 National Championship team. 

The 45-year-old Snyder was one of the Buckeyes' primary Florida recruiters and recruited Santonio Holmes to Ohio State.  He compiled a 22-37 record in five seasons at his alma mater Marshall. After coaching the Thundering Herd to a 6-6 mark in the 2009 regular season, he resigned. Marshall went on to beat Ohio 21-17 in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl.

South Florida announced Snyder's hiring in a statement but did not specify his official title, saying he was among five assistants Holtz had added to his staff.  Also joining Holtz will be Todd Fitch, Vernon Hargreaves, Peter Vaas and Rick Smith. 

Snyder came to Marshall in 2005 after four seasons as an assistant at Ohio State. He also has coached at Minnesota, Central Florida and Youngstown State. 

Holtz was hired at USF after the university fired Jim Leavitt, following accusations he grabbed a player by the throat during halftime of a game in November, slapped him in the face twice and then lied about the incident during the subsequent investigation.

Poll Results are In: B50 Readers Choose Pittsburgh
January 11, 2010 6:00pm EST

You have responded strongly to our poll as to which team should join the Big Ten.  22 percent of the responses indicated that Pittsburgh should be the team we invite to join the conference, closely followed by the Irish with 20% of the votes.  Missouri was next with 16% of the votes.  Cincinnati had 14% of the vote but I wonder if the support would have been as strong if we all knew that Coach Kelly was going to bolt.  Rounding out the rest of the voting was West Virginia 11%, Rutgers 8%, Syracuse 3%, Boise State 2% and Marshall 1%.  We can officially alert the Big Ten offices now! 

Lamaar Thomas To Transfer
January 8, 2010 5:30pm EST

Sophomore receiver/returner Lamaar Thomas will leave the team according to reports from the university.  As expected this is primarily due to a lack of playing time his first two seasons.  Even with Ray Small out for the Rose Bowl, he was not elevated to the number three receiver.  Thomas has said he would be willing to sit out a year which would allow him to go to another Football Bowl Subdivision team.  The only school being mentioned at this time as a possible transfer target is North Carolina., but no decision has been made at this time.

Gibson Goes, Heyward Stays
January 5, 2010 5:00pm EST

The university has announced defensive end Thaddeus Gibson will forgo his senior season and declare for the NFL draft.

"I am not leaving the Buckeye family," Gibson said in a statement. "I wish the team the very best in the upcoming years and I thank all my teammates for all their support. I will keep in touch with my Buckeye family and I love them all. I will always bleed scarlet and gray."

Gibson met with Buckeyes head coach Jim Tressel and co-defensive coordinator Luke Fickell on Monday to finalize the decision.
The 6-foot-2, 240-pound Gibson played some outside linebacker at Ohio State but eventually transitioned to defensive end and came on strong.  He earned second-team All-Big Ten honors this fall after leading the Buckeyes with 13 tackles for a loss and ranking second in sacks with four. Gibson also had two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and an interception. 

At the same time, both defensive lineman Cameron Heyward and defensive back Chimdi Chekwa have been declared they are coming back for their senior season.  Juniors have until January 15th to announce intentions for the 2010NFL draft.

Pentello Transferring from OSU
January 4, 2010 10:45pm EST

The Columbus Dispatch has reported that Rocco Pentello has decided to leave the OSU program after three years.  The OSU safety will transfer to Ashland University next week.  Pentello indicated the decision was based on a combination of a lack of playing time and a chance to play quarterback.  He had not appeared in any games during his time at Ohio State.

He informed Coach Tressel Monday, who wished him well.  Ashland is a Division II school, so Pentello can play immediately hand have two years of eligibility. 

Buckeyes Victorious in 2010 Rose Bowl
January 1, 2010 9:30pm EST

Ohio State took charge from the opening kick-off of the 2010 Rose Bowl and never let go, bringing back to Columbus a 26-17 victory.  This marks two consecutive wins in Pasadena for the Buckeyes, who knocked off Arizona State in the 1997 game (exciting details).  Although this will not be a classic scarlet & gray fans will recount for years to come, it may have very well been a coming out party for the much hyped quarterback Terrelle Pryor.  The sophomore delivered big time on the big stage, leading OSU (11-2, 7-1) to it's first bowl win since defeating Notre Dame in the 2006 Fiesta Bowl.

Pryor certainly outplayed Oregon's QB Jeremiah Masoli, who managed only 9-20 passing and 81 yards.  The Buckeye passing game netted 266 yards on 23-37 passing, starting with an opening drive that was almost completely through the air.  They also managed 153 rushing, again led by Pryor and his 72 net yards.  But probably the most telling stat of the game might have been time of possession.  OSU had the ball a Rose Bowl record of 41:37, or almost the equivalent of thee quarters of playing time.  About the only thing that kept the Ducks (10-3, 8-1) in the game was their special teams.  It seemed like they were starting every drive at mid-field, but in spite of that, they only scored their two touchdowns on drives in which they went for it on fourth and long.  The defense once again stepped it up to secure the victory.

Coach Tressel may continue to get criticized in the media because of the number of field goals versus touchdowns, but OSU fans will enjoy the victory all the same.

As for the 2010 squad, let the fate of Ray Small, Robert Rose and Duran Carter be a lesson for you.  No one person is bigger than the program, so be sure to do everything within your power to stay eligible.  Go to class, keep up your grades, follow the curfews, make it to study tables.  Basically follow the team rules and enjoy a great experience playing college football with your teammates. Next year's schedule stacks up very favorably for the Bucks, so if everyone stays healthy we could have another special year.

Happy New Year
January 1, 2010 12:00am EST

Have a great 2010!  Let's start it with a Buckeye victory in the Rose Bowl.  Thank you to our 55,216 site visitors in 2009.


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