Three Night Games On 2012 Schedule
April 24, 2012 5:00 PM
The Columbus Dispatch reported today that Buckeyes will be playing three night games this season. This I assume is correct. They also document the Buckeyes are 7-3 in night games in the Horseshoe, but left off a few games, but we will let them slide on that.
Athletic Director Gene Smith made the comment he was tired of OSU getting on one night game and having to play two on the road and wanted to do something about that. Apparently that is not going to start in 2012.
To start with, OSU and Nebraska will play at 8:00 p.m. October 6 in Ohio Stadium. The Cornhuskers will be making their visit to the Horseshoe since 1956. The game also will be OSU's homecoming. The next weekend the Buckeyes will travel to Indiana for an 8:00 p.m. matchup on October 13. Finally, on October 27, Ohio State will play at Penn State in a 6:00 p.m. start. I can taste the kettle corn now.
The university said that television information for the first three games of the season will be announced no later than July 1 and likely well before that date.
Spring Rosters Announced
April 20, 2012 6:30 PM
Ohio State's football coaches Thursday selected the teams taking part in the Spring Game.
Braxton Miller will quarterback coach Tom Herman's Scarlet team and he'll work behind an offensive line that includes four players - Jack Mewhort, Corey Linsley, Marcus Hall and Reid Fragel - who have worked with the first unit this spring. Johnathan Hankins, Ryan Shazier and Travis Howard are among the key Scarlet defenders.
John Simon leads coach Luke Fickell's Gray team that features Etienne Sabino, Garrett Goebel and Bradley Roby on defense with Kenny Guiton at quarterback and offensive threats like Jordan Hall, Jake Stoneburner, Corey Brown and Devin Smith.
Each team will feature two captains for this game: Scarlet captains are Zach Boren and Jack Mewhort, and Gray's captains are John Simon and Etienne Sabino.
Head Coach - Tom Herman
Assistant Coaches - Everett Withers, Mike Vrabel, Tim Hinton
Game Captains - Zach Boren and Jack Mewhort
QBs: Braxton Miller, Justin Siems
OL: Darryl Baldwin, Reid Fragel, Marcus Hall, Eric Kramer, Corey Linsley, Jack Mewhort, Tim Trummer
Rbs: Carlos Hyde, Rod Smith
FB: Zach Boren
TEs: Jeff Heuerman, Derek Burkholder, Nick Vannett
WRs: Chris Fields, Frank Kangah, Ryan Ross, Evan Spencer, Michael Thomas, Tyrone Williams
DL: Michael Bennett, Logan Beougher, Chase Farris, Joel Hale, Johnathan Hankins, William McCary, J.T. Moore, Se'Von Pittman, Kharim Stephens
LBs: Connor Crowell, Storm Klein, Ryan Shazier, Stewart Smith
DBs: C.J. Barnett, Christian Bryant, Doran Grant, Zach Domicone, Travis Howard, Vincent Petrella, Ron Tanner, Julian Vann, Jamie Wood
K/P: Drew Basil, Kyle Clinton, Kevin Niehoff
LS: Bryce Haynes
Head Coach - Luke Fickell
Assistant Coaches - Kerry Coombs, Ed Warinner, Stan Drayton, Zach Smith
Team Captains - Etienne Sabino and John Simon
QBs: Kenny Guiton, Cardale Jones
OL: Ivon Blackman, Brian Bobek, Jacoby Boren, Tommy Brown, Taylor Decker, Andrew Norwell, Ben St. John, Antonio Underwood
RBs: Bri'onte Dunn, Jordan Hall
FB: Adam Homan
TEs: Kyle Schuck, Jake Stoneburner
WRs: Corey Brown, Peter Gwilym, Verlon Reed, Taylor Rice, Devin Smith
DL: Adam Bellamy, Dalton Britt, Chris Carter, Garrett Goebel, Steve Miller, John Simon, Nathan Williams
LBs: Curtis Grant, Ross Oltorik, Joshua Perry, Andy Reed, Luke Roberts, Etienne Sabino
DBs: Corey Brown, Adam Griffin, Orhian Johnson, Tyvis Powell, Bradley Roby, Nick Sarac
K/P: Ben Buchanan, Kyle Clinton, Russell Doup
LS: George Makridis
Stadium Scoreboard To Get an Upgrade
April 9, 2012 7:30 PM
It seemed like the original scoreboards in the 'Shoe' lasted for generations. Now technology is driving updates every few years.
ABC News and Clay Hall reported tonight that coming to the stadium this fall is a new videoboard replacing the old scoreboard. The videoboard will be as wide as the current board and the tri-vision ad panels on either side of it. The picture on the videoboard will be enhanced by HD technology. The old board technology is about 12 years old and needed replacement. Also being replaced is the stadium sound system, necessitated by equipment failure late last season. There will be sound panels on either end of the videoboard with a line array of speakers that will direct sound to different parts of the stadium. Another change you will see is the replacement of all of the old CRT TVs in the public areas with new flat screen TVs.
Celebrating 100 Years Membership in Big Ten Conference
April 8, 2012 10:15 PM
What ever happened to the Western Conference?
The Ohio State Department of Athletics has announced they will celebrate 100 years as a member of the Big Ten Conference. As part of the Centennial Celebration launch, the department will host the Centennial Celebration Kickoff May 3rd in the Schottenstein Center to honor former student-athletes, coaches and administrators. Buckeye legends from many of Ohio State's 36 varsity sports will be featured at the Centennial Celebration Kickoff, including Archie Griffin.
The festivities will continue May 5 during the home baseball game vs. Northwestern at 3:05 pm at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. Later that evening, fans can attend the softball doubleheader vs. Iowa at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. at Buckeye Field. Several baseball and softball alumni will be in attendance at either competition.
Between 2:00-3:30 pm, fans can enjoy the 100-Year Fan Fest/Buckeye Mobile Tour located between Buckeye Field and Bill Davis Stadium. The mobile tour will feature face painting, inflatable games, register to wins, The Ohio State University Marching Band and cheerleaders and Brutus in addition to more fun activities.
Throughout the 2012-13 season, Ohio State teams will host a Centennial Game, which will pay homage to department of athletics, team, student-athlete, coaching and administrator milestones during the past 100 years. As part of the celebration, Buckeye teams will don the official Centennial Celebration logo on their uniforms or gear. Additionally, the logo will be displayed prominently on playing surfaces or walls at various venues, including the field turf at Ohio Stadium.
First 2012 Captain May Be Simon ... Says Mr. Hall
April 3, 2012 9:30 PM
For those of you that participated in the charity dinner today for Alzheimers, you may have heard the same message.
Clay Hall was one of those in attendance and one of the comments made by Coach Meyer lead him to post on Facebook tonight that John Simon will be one of the 2012 team captains. Obviously it is too early to make this official but it would certainly be a great move. Simon has been a beast on the defensive line and has proven to be a great leader.
Spring (Practice) Is In The Air
March 11, 2012 6:30 PM
Practice starts March 28th for the Buckeyes. Are you ready? This will all lead to the much anticipated first spring game with Coach Urban Meyer April 21st. Better get your ticket now.
Whiting To Transfer To Louisville
March 1, 2012 5:30 PM
It has been an eventful run for Jordan Whiting at OSU, maybe not the way he anticipated when he came in as a freshman. It appears it may be coming to an end. Shortly after the story circulated he may be leaving, Whiting is in fact in the process of parting ways with the Ohio State football program.
In a post made to his Twitter account this morning, the redshirt sophomore linebacker confirmed he is headed to a Big East school, writing that he “will be attending the University of Louisville. Neither school has confirmed Whiting’s arrival or departure. He will sit out the 2012 season and have one season of eligibility remaining beginning in 2013.
Whiting missed the first game of the 2011 season due to his role in the infamous “Tatgate” scandal that led to NCAA sanctions for the Buckeyes. After returning from the suspension, Whiting played in seven games the remainder of the season.
Tressel Has New Job
February 11, 2012 8:15 AM
Dick Tressel was one of the coaches that did not remain on the OSU staff with the arrival of Urban Meyer. News came out this week that the former running backs and special teams coach has been hired by Carleton College in Northfield, MN. He is slotted to be the offensive coordinator. Before being hired by OSU in 2001, Tressel had been the longtime coach at Hamline University in St. Paul, MN.
Berry No Longer Part Of The Football Program
February 8, 2012 5:00 PM
As being report by the Columbus Dispatch, Jaamal Berry is no longer a member of the Ohio State football team and has not been since last October. This according to R. William Meeks, a Columbus lawyer defending the running back in his misdemeanor assault case. Another report does say he is still in school and still on scholarship though.
The End Is Near For Berry
February 2, 2012 10:00 PM
Ohio State just added 25 names to their roster. With the pending scholarship reductions it is clear that things will need to change to make room for the new names. David Durham and Taylor Graham have already announced their intentions to transfer. We may now have another spot available.
The official word has not been released from the university but bulletin boards are abuzz that Jaamal Berry will be the next player to be dropped from the roster. The often troubled running back is presently facing trouble from an assault case. Let's just say it is a reminder that sometimes things happen and great talents do not always fulfill their full potential.
Durham To Transfer
January 23, 2012 7:00 AM
Just when you think we are running out of scholarships for new recruits, another current player leaves the team. You can now add redshirt-freshman fullback David Durham to the players who won’t return to the Ohio State next season in the first year under coach Urban Meyer.
Durham told Tim May of The Dispatch last night he intends to transfer, though he hasn’t decided on a destination.
“I have really taken to playing the fullback position over the last year,” said Durham, who arrived from a private school in Charlotte, N.C., as a defensive end. “Unfortunately, I will not have a significant opportunity to do this in coach Meyer’s spread offense.
“I love the Ohio State University and all of my teammates and coaches, and I really appreciate all of their support through this process. It will be tough to leave such a special place. I am exploring different options right now for my future.”
Four Players Officially Off 2012 Roster
January 16, 2012 12:15 AM
It is clear that Coach Urban Meyer is ready to show his version of team discipline. He has formally announced the dismissal from the team of two players. First, Dominic Clarke was dropped following his recent run-in with the law. Last week he was pulled over for driving impaired, speeding and running a stop sign. The decision will likely be a welcomed sign for Buckeye fans who believed this type of behavior pattern was not controlled in recent years. Clarke, a redshirt junior from Frederick, Md. started three games for the Buckeyes in 2011. Also announced was the dismissal of DerJuan Gambrell, citing violation of team rules. He was also arrested last week on charges of menacing and resisting arrest. The incident reportedly involved the mother of his child. At this time there is no indication of what steps either of them can take to regain their scholarships.
It was also made official after a couple of days of rumors that Jeremy Cash has asked for his release from the program, according to an Ohio State spokesperson. He intends to seek a transfer. He is the second Buckeye to leave the program since Urban Meyer became the new head coach. Taylor Graham had previously announced he plans to transfer to the University of Hawaii.
Jim Bollman Named Offensive Line Coach/Running Game Coordinator For Boston College
January 7, 2012 10:15 AM
It did not take long after OSU's final game of the 2011 season for offensive coordinator Jim Bollman to get a new job.
As announced on Boston College blogs and the Columbus Dispatch, Bollman is about to become the offensive line coach and running game coordinator at Boston College. Obviously the comments from the football program are all positive. And Bollman himself had this to say ...
"I am very excited about this opportunity," Bollman said. "One of the most important and rewarding parts of my career has been working with outstanding people, and I look forward to working with Frank Spaziani and his staff. I'm very familiar with the ACC, having coached at NC State and Virginia. Boston College has a great offensive line tradition and has produced some of the best talent in the NFL. I look forward to the challenge of continuing and enhancing that tradition."
Of course in this day and age of social media's, the Twitter boards were active with this news. And it sounded as if the BC football followers were well aware of Bollman's accomplishments at Ohio State. Sample tweets included ....
"I can't emphasize to @BCInterruption, @bcatleagle enough: you've hired the worst O-line coach in America. Godspeed."
"Congrats on hiring your new OL Coach/Three-and-out Coordinator fellas. #Bollman"
It this time I have not seen anything on the OSU Twitter pages but then again, Urban Meyer has taken that away from the players.
Bollman came to Columbus in Tressel's first year in 2001. For the three years prior to that he had coached tight ends in the NFL (Bears and Eagles). Before his time in the big leagues, he had stops in Michigan State, Virginia, North Carolina, Miami, and worked with Tressel in 1986-90 at Youngstown State.
Buckeyes Selected For Senior Bowl
January 4, 2012 11:00 PM
Three Buckeyes will be participating in the Senior Bowl this year. They are offensive linemen Mike Adams and Mike Brewster, as well as running back Daniel Herron. This year's game will be played January 28th in Mobile, Alabama. This will be one more opportunity for these players to showcase their talents for the NFL scouts.
Happy New Year 2012
January 1, 2012 12:00 AM
There may not be another calendar year in the history of OSU football, that Buckeye fans would like to get behind them, but 2011 is officially over. Some of the sins during the year will leave scars we will see for days to come but with a new year, a new coach there is renewed hope in the future of the program.
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