Ohio State and Georgia Scheduled for 2020 and 2021 Season
December 29, 2010 2:45 pm EST
The Buckeyes are 0-9 against SEC teams in bowl games but their record is a little better in the regular season.  Already slated to play Tennessee in in 2018-2019.  Today the University of Georgia announced the plan to play a home-and-home series with the Buckeyes in 2020 and 2021.  No details at this time as to dates or what year the game will be in Columbus.

6 OSU Players Suspended - But Not Till Next Year
December 23, 2010 12:00 pm EST
What the players did was not an example of good judgement, but was it worthy of a five game suspension?

As reported from the NCAA, Terrelle Pryor and four other Ohio State players will be suspended for the first five games of the 2011 season because of violations.  However, all five will be eligible to play in the Sugar Bowl.

The other four involved in the five-game suspension next season are wide receiver DeVier Posey, running back Dan Herron, left tackle Mike Adams and backup defensive end Solomon Thomas. The five were sanctioned for first accepting discounted rates on tattoos and then letting that escalate into selling personal OSU memorabilia to the owner of a local tattoo parlor for thousands of dollars over a period starting in 2009. Also, backup linebacker Jordan Whiting will miss one game.

But all six will be eligible to play in the Sugar, NCAA vice president of academic and membership affairs said in the NCAA news release announcing the sanctions. There are allowances for that, he said.

"The policy for suspending withholding conditions (suspensions) for bowl games of NCAA championship competition recognizes the unique opportunity these events provide at the end of a season, and they are evaluated differently from a withholding perspective," Lennon said. "In this instance, the facts are consistent with the established policy."

The problems came to light as a result of a federal probe into the affairs of the tattoo parlor owner. Smith said the U.S. Attorney's office notified OSU officials on December 7th that during the searches related to the probe, a stash of OSU memorabilia signed by the players in question was discovered.

The subsequent investigation by the OSU compliance office led to interviews with the players and then the suspensions. This is what each of them will have to repay to regain eligibility next season:

-  Adams must repay $1,000 to a charity for selling his 2008 Big Ten championship ring. 
-  Herron must repay $1,150 to a charity for selling his football jersey, pants and shoes for $1,000 and receiving discounted services worth $150. 
-  Posey must repay $1,250 to a charity for selling his 2008 Big Ten championship ring for $1,200 and receiving discounted services worth $50. 
-  Pryor must repay $2,500 to a charity for selling his 2008 Big Ten championship ring, a 2009 Fiesta Bowl sportsmanship award and his 2008 Gold Pants, a gift from the university 
-  Thomas must repay $1,505 to a charity for selling his 2008 Big Ten championship ring for $1,000, his 2008 Gold Pants for $350 and receiving discounted services worth $155 
-  Whiting must pay $150 to a charity for receiving discounted services. 

"We will appeal the game suspensions," Smith said at a press conference today, but he also praised the NCAA for reacting quickly to the situation.

Smith went on to say that the U.S. Attorney's office assured them that as far as the players' involvement was concerned, "this is not a criminal case. ... And it is not an agent or booster case."

Hazell Heading to Kent State
December 20, 2010 6:45 am EST
We knew we were not going to be able to keep him forever, it was only a matter of time.

The AP has reported Kent State will name Ohio State assistant Darrell Hazell as its new football coach at a news conference on Monday.  Hazell has been assistant head coach to Jim Tressel since 2005 and has also coached wide receivers.  The school has been searching for a coach since Doug Martin resigned with a few weeks ago.

Athletic director Joel Nielsen interviewed a dozen candidates, including Hazell, Alabama wide receivers coach Curt Cignetti, Texas wide receivers coach Bobby Kennedy, and Kent State defensive coordinator Pete Rekstis.  Hazell has 23 years in coaching, including at schools like Rutgers, West Virginia, the U.S. Military Academy and Western Michigan. He's a native of New Jersey and a former standout player at Muskingum College.

In terms of staying with the Buckeyes long enough to coach in the bowl game:

"I feel like we’ve come this far as a team this year at Ohio State. We finished the season 11-1. For me to walk out on those kids would not be right. They were ecstatic I’d be able to coach the bowl game, so it all worked out. It’s a relatively quiet time in recruiting, and hopefully I will have some guys in place then to help me out with that." 

Buckeye50 Reaches 10th Anniversary
December 19, 2010 5:00 pm EST
What Brent Baver started because of his passion for Ohio State football has now reached it's 10th year.  Thanks for all your support and feedback as Buckeye 50 is now 10 years old.

Dane Sanzenbacher Video for Organ Donor Awareness
December 17, 2010 7:30 pm EST
OSU football player Dane Sanzenbacher completed a video for a class project to promote organ donation.  It is a parody on the LeBron James commercial 'The Decision' and very well done.  When we added this to Buckeye50.com it already had 86,000 hits on YouTube.  Check it out.

Brian Rolle Big Ten's Defensive Player of the Week
November 22, 2010 4:15 pm EST
He didn't have one of the sacks on the last two Hawkeye drives but he was doing it the ENTIRE game for the Buckeye defense.  Linebacker Brian Rolle was named the Big Ten defensive player of the week after his performance in the Buckeyes' 20-17 win at Iowa.  The senior Rolle led the team with 10 tackles as the OSU defense shut down the Hawkeyes in the crucial fourth quarter of the come-from-behind victory. Included in his effort were three tackles for loss.

Senior cornerback Chimdi Chekwa was the last previous Buckeye to be named the league's defensive player of the week, following his performance in OSU's win over Miami on Sept.11.

Moeller Awarded 6th Season
November 18, 2010 8:30 pm EST
The Buckeyes received great news from the NCAA (how many times do we get to say that?). It has been determined that OSU defensive back Tyler Moeller will be awarded a medical red-shirt for 2010.  This means he will again be eligible in the 2011 season and the silver bullets will welcome him back.

Since he suffered a torn pectoral muscle October 2nd against Illinois, he, his family and the school had been appealing for a sixth year of eligibility from the NCAA. Moeller missed the 2009 season while recovering from a head injury suffered in an offseason altercation while vacationing with his family in Florida.  That became the basis for the appeal, the sixth year going usually to those who have shown medical hardship cost them more than one season of playing time.

See you next year Tyler!

Posey to Explore NFL Option
November 16, 2010 4:00 pm EST
Ohio State University announced today that wide receiver DeVier Posey will be filling out the necessary paperwork to petition for early entry into the NFL draft.  This is not an uncommon move for Buckeye juniors these days.  Many juniors fill out the paperwork just to get the NFL evaluation as to where they feel the player might land in the draft if they come out after their junior season.

Seriously though, does anyone think that the information he will get back will support DeVier leaving Ohio State for the pros?  His time would be better spent in the classroom or in the film room.  When interviewed, Posey made the statement one of his goals was to leave a legacy behind.  It is my opinion that legacy has not been written yet.

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