Ohio State To Wear Advanced Nike Uniforms
October 26, 2011 5:30 pm EST

Ohio State will be wearing uniquely designed, highly advanced Nike uniforms Saturday against Wisconsin, honoring the 50th anniversary of The Ohio State University’s undefeated 1961 championship season. The 2011 Nike Pro Combat system of dress design for the Buckeyes harkens back to that team, whose offensive power lived in its backfield, led by the 6’0, 227 pound All-American fullback, Bob Ferguson.  The Heisman runner-up was a power runner and contributed to the team’s speed, aggression and smarts. This uniform acknowledges the dominance of the 1961. 

Distinctive white block lettering on Ohio State’s bold scarlet jersey is accompanied by gray sleeve and collar accents that provide a retro look high in contrast. An inscription of the year “1961” on the inner neckline, socks and sleeves act as a reminder of the indisputable determination of that year’s lineup. A steel gray baselayer and matching arm sleeves feature a print reminiscent of a buckeye tree. These two pieces are patterned after Buckeye Grove - home to a collection of buckeye trees planted in honor of each first team All-American player, like Ferguson, whose presence always commanded respect. Dark gray pants complement the baselayer design, emblazoned with a prominent block ‘O’ on the hip alongside a scarlet streak on the pant leg.

Fickell Has A Contract, At Least For Now
October 20, 2011 8:00 pm EST

Luke Fickell finally has a contract.  He is being paid as the interim coach $775,000 for guiding the football program through a season of suspensions.  The contract, released by the university on Thursday, makes it clear Fickell is not guaranteed a job after the agreement ends January 31, 2012.

"This agreement is renewable solely upon an offer from Ohio State and an acceptance by coach," the contract stipulates. "This agreement in no way grants coach a claim to tenure in employment."

Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith has said that Fickell will be a candidate for the permanent job but that the school will do a nationwide search as well. Rumors of potential candidates have been circulating ever since 10-year coach Jim Tressel was forced to resign.

Fickell's base salary is $400,000, and he is paid $200,000 for media obligations and $175,000 from Ohio State's agreement with Nike. Tressel made more than $3.5 million last year.  The contract includes language regarding bonuses and some supplemental compensation. Should the Buckeyes play in a bowl game, Fickell receives one month of base salary ($33,333). If Ohio State wins its conference division and plays in the inaugural Big Ten championship game December 3rd, he would get half of his monthly base salary, and would get another half of a month ($16,667) if the Buckeyes were to win it.  He would receive two months of base salary ($66,667) if Ohio State plays in a Bowl Championship Series bowl game.

Fickell also receives 12 tickets to each Ohio State home football game and two tickets to each home men's basketball game. Ohio State also picks up the tab for a family pool club membership and one leased car with insurance. He also can make additional money by working at Ohio State's summer football camps.  Under the terms of the contract, with wording similar to that in Tressel's agreements with the university, Fickell can be fired for not reporting potential NCAA violations.

Miller Expected To Be Back For Saturday
October 10, 2011 6:00 pm EST

I am sure half a Braxton Miller is better than a healthy Joe Bauserman but word out OSU is that Miller is expected to play this week at Illinois after leaving Saturday's loss to Nebraska with a sprained right ankle.  This according to an OSU representative.  
 
Miller will be listed as the Buckeyes' starting quarterback ahead of Joe Bauserman on the depth chart.  He had his best outing in the first 2½ quarters at Nebraska, recording 91 rushing yards on 10 carries and completing 5 of 8 passes for 95 yards and a touchdown. He suffered the ankle injury midway through the third quarter and did not return. 

Ohio State led 27-13 at the time of Miller's injury but went on to lose 34-27. Bauserman completed just 1 of 10 pass attempts in relief of Miller. 

Posey Suspended for Five More Games
October 7, 2011 8:00 pm EST

It is amazing the cost of taking a summer job these days. The NCAA suspended Ohio State wide receiver DeVier Posey for five more games Friday and three other Buckeyes for one game for taking too much money for a summer job.  Offensive lineman Marcus Hall, defensive lineman Melvin Fellows and last year's leading rusher, Daniel Herron, will miss one game and must repay benefits after receiving pay for work not performed from booster Bobby DiGeronimo, who has been banned from any further contact with Ohio State athletes.

Posey was overpaid $728. Herron and Fellows both accepted approximately $290 in excess pay while Hall received $230 in overpayment.  Posey and Herron already had been suspended five games for accepting cash and tattoos from a Columbus tattoo-parlor owner.
 
Posey will not be able to play until November 19th against Penn State. The others will be available at Illinois a week from Saturday, although Fellows is out with a medical issue.

Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith called the penalty against Posey "harsh."

"I am extremely disappointed with the NCAA's decision regarding DeVier Posey," Smith said in a statement. "This penalty is harsh considering the nature of the violation and the five-game suspension already served by this student-athlete."

Jaamal Berry Faces Undetermined Health Issue
September 29, 2011 11:00 pm EST

As reported tonight on WTVN news, Ohio State running back and kick returner Jaamal Berry is dealing with what sources said was a health issue that might have been at the root of an on-campus incident Wednesday morning.  His status for Saturday's game is unknown at this time.  Today he was seen by medical staff, the concern is with Berry's health at this time. 

A physical altercation took place at Enarson Hall, according to an Ohio State police report, and it is believed that Berry was involved. But as of late afternoon, no charges had been filed.

Buckeyes Fall Out of Top 25
September 19, 2011 3:00 pm EST

The Buckeyes fell out of The Associated Press college football rankings for the first time in nearly seven years, ending the nation's longest streak of appearances in the Top 25

Coming off a 24-6 loss at Miami, the Buckeyes dropped from #17 in the media poll released Sunday. They had been ranked in 103 straight Top 25 polls since last being left out on Nov. 20, 2004.

Charity Players Reinstated
September 13, 2011 5:45 pm EST

According to a decision from the NCAA, three Ohio State football players  ̶  Corey Brown, Jordan Hall and Travis Howard  ̶  have been reinstated after sitting out two games and can compete once they each repay $200 to  charity.  The university declared all three student-athletes ineligible for violations of NCAA extra benefit rules discovered by the NCAA enforcement staff during a joint investigation. Brown, Hall and Howard did not compete in the team’s September 3rd game with Akron or the September 10th game with Toledo.

Those violations occurred in February when the three student-athletes received envelopes with $200 in cash at a charity event. According to the facts submitted by the university, the money was provided by a university booster.

“The university appreciates the NCAA’s expeditious response in reinstating these three student athletes,” Ohio State athletics director Gene Smith said.

During the student-athlete reinstatement process, the staff considers a number of factors including guidelines established by the Division I NCAA Committee on Student-Athlete Reinstatement for the type of violations and value of benefits, if a significant competitive advantage was gained, the student-athlete’s responsibility for the violations and any mitigating circumstances presented by the school, among other factors.

The reinstatement staff determined the nature and scope of the violations, particularly the provision of cash benefits by a booster, merited a two game suspension.

Week 2 Notes
September 8, 2011 8:00 pm EST

Ohio State is 177-48-15 in its history against opponents from the state of Ohio; that list includes Akron, Bowling Green, Case, Cincinnati, Denison, Heidelberg, Kent State, Kenyon, Marietta, Miami, Mount Union, Muskingum, Oberlin, Ohio Medical, Ohio, Ohio Wesleyan, Otterbein, Toledo, Western Reserve, Wilmington, Wittenberg, Wooster and Youngstown State.  The Buckeyes have played at least one team from Ohio each season since 1997. Ohio State has not lost to an Ohio opponent since 1921, falling to Oberlin 7-6; the Buckeyes tied Wooster 7-7 in 1924 in Columbus.

Ohio State may be one of the youngest and least experienced teams in the nation.  They played 12 true freshman against Akron.  In addition, eleven Buckeyes made their first starts last Saturday.  On offense, LT Andrew Norwell, LG Jack Mewhort, WR Verlon Reed, QB Joe Bauserman and TB Carlos Hyde all experienced their first start. And on defense six Buckeyes were first-time starters: defensive linemen Johnathan Hankins, Adam Bellamy and Garrett Goebel, LB Storm Klein and CBs Dominic Clarke and Bradley Roby.

This will also be Hall of Fame weekend for Ohio State. Members of the 2011 Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame class will honored at
Friday’s induction dinner in the Archie M. Griffin Ballroom at the Ohio Union and once again at halftime of Saturday’s game. The 2011 Hall of Fame class includes: Didi Albrecht (rowing), Raj Bhavsar (men’s gymnastics), Mitch Clark (wrestling), Katy Craig (women’s track and field), Mike Doss (football), Jessica Marshall (pistol), Orlando Pace (football), Leo Raskowski (football), Stacey Roth (softball), Bobby Watkins (football) and Kristen White (women’s golf ). 

Beginners Luck?
September 3, 2011 5:30 pm EST

The last 20 Ohio State coaches are 19-0-1 in their debuts, let's hope that Coach Fickell continues the streak.  The last Ohio State coach to lose his debut was Jack Ryder, who suffered a 40-4 loss at Oberlin in 1892.

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