VP Candidate Heading To The Shoe
August 31, 2012 10:00 PM

He'll likely be cheering for the away team, but GOP VP hopeful Paul Ryan is expected to being one of the fans to enjoy Saturday's matchup between the Buckeyes and Miami of Ohio. 

Storm Klein Reinstated To Squad
August 23, 2012 10:00 PM

Storm Klein started 10 games last season and expected to get major playing time this year. The recent charges accusing him of domestic violence force Coach Meyer to remove him from the team. Now he is ready to return to the team.

Urban tonight has reinstated Klein to the team as a response to his circumstances changing in the court ruling. However, he will still face a team imposed two-game suspension. Coach Meyer stated:
“As I had indicated previously, if there are any changes in the charges against Storm, I would re-evaluate his status. The charges that would have violated our core values have been totally dismissed.”

2012 Captains Announced
August 20, 2012 6:00 AM

Last night, I noticed on Facebook that Coach Urban Meyer announced the 2012 team captains. There will be no 'Rotating Captain of the Week' this year .... thank goodness.
Seniors John Simon, Zach Boren, Etienne Sabino, Garrett Goebel and Jordan Hall have been chosen as captains of Ohio State’s football team by their teammates. Simon is the seventh Buckeye to be a two-time captain. Sabino was a redshirt two years ago as a junior. It has been a very positive path for him leading to his final season.

Defensive End Heading to Michigan State
August 19, 2012 11:00 PM

The OSU defensive line has really been taking shape since spring drills began.  It appears that they may be losing a 4-star player to another team in the Big Ten.  I am going to assume if Urban Meyer let him get away, he must have thought it was best for the program.

Bleacher Report and MLive reported is reporting that Kenny Hayes, a Toledo (Ohio) Whitmer product who redshirted with the Buckeyes as a true freshman, is transferring to Michigan State from Ohio State. He will sit out this season and will have three years of eligibility remaining.

Once the seventh-ranked defensive end in the country coming out of Whitmer, the 6-foot-5, 285-pound Hayes was granted his release from Ohio State on August 3.

Bellamy Leaves Team
August 17, 2012 4:30 PM

The Buckeyes are having a hard time keeping lineman these days.

A team spokesperson confirmed to reporters defensive end Adam Bellamy has left the team for personal reasons. Bellamy had been absent from practices for a number of days now. Bellamy entered the 2012 fall camp listed as one of the Buckeyes’ starting defensive ends. Defensive line coach Mike Vrabel said the door is open for Bellamy to return.

Bellamy appeared in every game for the Buckeyes the past two seasons, recording 36 tackles and a sack.

Additionally, freshman lineman Joey O’Connor had surgery and will miss the entire 2012 season, per coach Urban Meyer. 

On To Court For Klein
August 16, 2012 2:00 PM

The motion submitted by Storm Klein’s attorneys has been denied according to Internet stories. The trial on misdemeanor charges of domestic violence and assault will proceed as scheduled Monday in Franklin County Municipal Court.

A private detective conducted an interview with the alleged victim in which the alleged victim recanted much of her story. So even though this is going to trial, it is uncertain if he will be convicted.  Klein has been removed from the football team by coach Urban Meyer soon after the charges were filed on July 6. He was second team during the spring drills after starting ten games last year.  Meyer is not making any promises at this time but has said he might reconsider the decision to dismiss Klein should the facts in the situation change.

Buckeyes Add Tulsa To 2016 Schedule
August 16, 2012 1:00 PM

The Tulsa World and the OSU athletic office has announced Ohio State has added Conference USA member Tulsa to its 2016 football schedule. The game will be slated for either September 10th or 24th in Ohio Stadium

Tulsa was the first head coaching job for former Buckeye coach John Cooper.  OSU opens the 2016 season against BGSU, which is where current coach Urban Meyer began his head coaching career.

Poll Results: Buckeye Fans Agree Sanctions Were Necessary For Penn State
August 15, 2012 9:15 PM

We asked and you responded.  Buckeye50 reached out to our readers to ask what you felt was appropriate punishment for Penn State and their program from the charges against Jerry Sandusky and the cover-up.  NCAA came back strong and according to your responses, you agreed.

30% of you said Penn State should forfeit wins, and the NCAA took away 14 years of victories.  The biggest impact for this was Joe Paterno is no longer the wins leader, which is a huge hit to his legacy. However, it was very clear from the evidence that he knew about Sandusky's activity and chose not to act properly according to authorities. They second highest response was 26% of you believed a bowl ban and scholarship loss was necessary. The end result was a four year bowl ban and major scholarship restrictions. The NCAA also indicated that current scholarship players will be allowed to transfer to another school without any limitations.  16% of you thought PSU deserved the death penalty.  They did not get that label, however with the way things were settled, they may have been better off to get the death penalty for two years and work to build back from there. 13% of you believed the university would be paying money and you were right.  Certainly shows our readers are tuned in to the pulse of the climate of college football, way to go.

15% said they should get no punishment at all.  Maybe you felt they had been hit hard enough without penalty, maybe these votes came from our readers from PA!

As always, we thank you for your responses and look forward to hearing from you in our next poll! 

Changes In Store For OSU Offense for 2012
August 13, 2012 5:30 PM

Today the Buckeye's completed the first of three two-a-day sessions they will have this week. Meyer continues to say that this is a key week in preparation for the 2012 season and the day was not without it's storylines.

First Nathan Williams continues to recover from his microfracture knee surgery from last year. When asked he felt he was about 90% recovered, but there is still a long way to go for him and he is still only participating in individual drills.  Assuming he comes back to be the defensive end he was before, he and John Simon could make for two incredible bookends on the front line this season.

Meyer also revealed he is so impressed with Kenny Guiton's progress that he wants to find a way to get him on the field.  He was running plays in practice today where he and Braxton Miller were on the field at the same time. It could mean it may be part of a new wrinkle or it could be that we are so desperate for quality receivers we will be trying everything this fall.

Speaking of wide receivers, guess who has returned to that position. Jake Stoneburner is moving back to WR after a year at tight end where he opened the season with 3 TD catches and had the only catch in the game against Illinois. Maybe tight ends do not figure in the offensive plan since we have already moved Reid Fragel to the offensive line. - Gregg      

Stoneburner - Mewhort - Dunn All In Camp
August 7, 2012 8:45 PM

As camp starts the first full week, most Buckeye fans are concerned about the status of three of their star players, projected starters Jake Stoneburner and Jack Mewhort as well as running back Bri'onte Dunn.

Both Stoneburner and Mewhort were at practice playing with the first team. Freshman Dunn took third-team snaps behind Carlos Hyde and Rod Smith.  This order will likely not change as long as Jordan Hall is recovering from his foot injury.
Dunn faces arraignment on Wednesday in Alliance on a misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge.  Stoneburner and Mewhort are on track to get their scholarships back.

Start Of Fall Camp Getting Closer
June 27, 2012 6:30 PM

Ohio State opens its fall camp in a little over five weeks, during the first week of August.  We can put last season behind us and the Meyer era will officially begin in Columbus.  

2013 Spring Game May Be Played In Cincinnati
June 20, 2012 5:00 PM

Is this move to avoid the work planned for Ohio Stadium, or just a way to foster a new recruiting territory?  You be the judge.

Ohio State issued a press release stating that due to expected construction work at Ohio Stadium, they're exploring the possibility of having the 2013 Ohio State Spring Game in Paul Brown Stadium. The expected Ohio Stadium work includes stripping and replacing original coating down on A-deck and C-deck that wasn't done during the 1998-2001 Ohio Stadium restoration.

Many will remember the close call Ohio State had the last time they played in Paul Brown back in the 2002 season.  Without freshman sensation Maurice Clarett, they escaped Cincinnati with a  23-19 victory over the Bearcats. 

Bobek Transferring Will Transfer To Minnesota
June 17, 2012 9:00 AM

It looks like yet another scholarship will be made available for Coach Meyer and his staff as Brian Bobek indicated he will transfer to Minnesota.  

By choosing to play for a Big Ten team, he will lose a year of eligibility. When he becomes eligible to play in 2013, he will have two years of eligibility remaining. Bobek will not get a chance to play against OSU as the Buckeyes and Gophers are not scheduled to play again until 2015. 
Bobek played sparingly last season and was considered the likely successor to Michael Brewster. He dropped behind Corey Linsley and freshman Jacoby Boren in the pecking order during spring practice under new coach Urban Meyer.

Stoneburner and Mewhort Lose Scholarships
June 16, 2012 8:00 AM

In "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" Brad Hamilton loses his job because he covered for a co-worker that was taking a bathroom break.  Jake Stoneburner and Jack Mewhort lost something even bigger as a result of their episode.

The OSU players who pleaded guilty after running from police earlier this month, have been removed from scholarship for the summer term but will have the opportunity to return to the team before the season, coach Urban Meyer said. Meyer announced the punishment hours after Stoneburner and Mewhort resolved their legal dispute by pleading guilty to a reduced charge and being fined in Delaware Municipal Court.
The two had already been under suspension pending the outcome of the case.
“They will continue to be suspended from team activities until stipulations are successfully met,” Meyer said in a statement. “They will have an opportunity to return to the team in good standing following the summer session.”
The stipulations will be private between the players and Meyer, a team spokesman said. Although the players will be allowed to work out at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center, they cannot do so with teammates. Being off scholarship, they will have to pay their own way through summer school.

Too bad Spicoli was not their to distract the arresting officers.

Buckeyes Remove SEC Team From Future Schedule
May 31, 2012 4:00 PM

So much for getting to play between the hedges.

Media outlets have announced today that Ohio State has canceled a home-and-home series with SEC member Georgia, slated for 2020 and 2021, due to the upcoming Big Ten/Pac 12 scheduling partnership.

Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity mentioned at the SEC spring meetings that OSU ‘backed out’ of an agreement to play the Bulldogs. The Big Ten/Pac 12 partnership is set to begin in 2017, although Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith told ESPN.com the school likely won't begin participating until 2018. The schools didn't have a contract for the 2020-21 games, but rather an agreement to try and schedule games for those years. The agreement would be null and void if dates to play were not reached by June 30, 2012. Ohio State sent Georgia a letter informing Georgia it would not be able to confirm dates, effectively nullifying the agreement.

B1G Announces Ohio State Schedule For 2015-16
May 21, 2012 5:00 PM

There are some nonconference holes in 2015 and 2016, but the Big Ten Conference games have now been released. 

Ohio State will open each year with the Purdue Boilermakers, and close those B1G campaigns against TBGUN, which means the Ohio State-Michigan game will remain the regular season finale through at least 2016.  Ohio State's 2015 conference schedule will also include home games with Penn State, Michigan State, Wisconsin and Indiana and road trips to Minnesota, Illinois and Michigan. 

The 2016 season could shape up to be one of the toughest road schedules in OSU history. The Buckeyes have road trips scheduled to Oklahoma, Michigan State, Penn State and Wisconsin. It is interesting as well to think that no one on the roster now will play that schedule unless they red-shirt. The 2016 season will also see home games against Purdue, Illinois, Minnesota and Michigan.

With the 12 team two-division format, there is always three non-divisional opponents not on the schedule. Ohio State will not play Michigan State, Minnesota and Nebraska during the 2013  

Who Doesn't Play Who in 2015 and 2016 ? 
Illinois: Michigan State, Minnesota and Nebraska
Indiana: Iowa, Michigan and Minnesota
Iowa: Indiana, Ohio State, Wisconsin
Michigan: Indiana, Penn State and Purdue
Michigan State: Illinois, Purdue and Wisconsin
Minnesota: Illinois, Indiana and Penn State
Nebraska: Illinois, Ohio State and Purdue
Northwestern: Ohio State, Penn State and Wisconsin
Ohio State: Iowa, Nebraska and Northwestern
Penn State: Michigan, Minnesota and Northwestern
Purdue: Michigan, Michigan State and Nebraska
Wisconsin: Iowa, Michigan State and Northwestern

Preseason Poll Puts Ohio State At 20
May 1, 2012 8:00 PM

Is it too early to start thinking polls?

ESPN's "College Football Live" has published their top 25 preseason teams. Kirk Herbstreit the rest of the college football analysts will begin to reveal their list each day but we have all the teams listed below.  OSU comes in at #20 according to ESPN. Of course we have the standard five SEC teams in the Top 9, ensuring there will be at least one conference team in the championship game again. 

College Football Live's 2012 preseason top 25:

1. USC
2. LSU
3. Alabama
4. Oregon
5. Oklahoma
6. Georgia
7. Florida St.
8. South Carolina
9. Arkansas
10. Michigan
11. West Virginia
12. Michigan State
13. Kansas State
14. TCU
15. Stanford
16. Wisconsin
17. Nebraska
18. Clemson
19. Virginia Tech 
20. Ohio State 
21. Oklahoma State
22. Texas
23. Boise State
24. Notre Dame
25. Florida

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