Confirmed - Spring Game 2013 Moved To Cincinnati
December 21, 2012 7:30 PM

We introduced the notion back in June, and now the university has confirmed the news ...  the OSU 2013 Spring game will be held in Cincinnati. The school announced the game will be in Paul Brown Stadium April 13. Buckeye fans will certainly remember that last time OSU played there.  It was in 2002 as the scarlet and gray held on for a 23-19 victory, in route to a perfect season and a national championship.
The formal reason being communicated as to why the game will not be in Columbus is because work will begin next month to resurface some of the concrete in the seating areas of Ohio Stadium. I am sure it will not hurt recruiting efforts in that region either.  Or maybe it is a homecoming for Urban Meyer as he played football at the University of Cincinnati, graduating in 1986.

As an added bonus for Buckeye fans, they won't have to shell out $5 for game tickets like normal.  In 2013 it will be $18 each for club seats, $12 for general public and $5 for those aged 2-6.

Former Buckeye Coach Replaces Former Buckeye Coach
December 18, 2012 4:30 PM

Kent State University Director of Athletics Joel Nielsen introduced Paul Haynes as head coach of the Kent State Golden Flashes' today.  Haynes returns to his alma mater 25 years after he walked on to play football at Kent State. He replaces Darrell Hazell, who resigned December 5 to become the head coach at Purdue.

Haynes spent last season as the defensive coordinator at Arkansas. He spent the previous seven seasons at Ohio State, serving as the co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach in 2011 and as defensive backs coach from 2005-10. Haynes and Hazell worked together on Jim Tressel's Ohio State staff from 2005-10.
In Haynes' seven years in Columbus, the Buckeyes compiled a 66-11 record, won six Big Ten titles and played in six consecutive BCS games.

Buckeyes Make AP All-American List
December 11, 2012 10:15 PM

Three OSU players, junior defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins, sophomore cornerback Bradley Roby and senior defensive end John Simon, were named to the 2012 Associated Press All-American list. Hankins and Roby earned second-team recognition while Simon was a third-team selection for the second year in a row. 

Hankins, who just announced he would forego his senior season and enter the 2013 NFL Draft, ranked fifth on the team this season with 55 tackles, including 4.0 TFLs (minus-22 yards). He had a career-high 10 tackles against both California and UAB. 

Roby ranks second in the nation in passes defended with 1.73 per game and 19 total (17 pass break-ups and two interceptions). He scored three touchdowns - via interception, recovered fumble and recovered bobbled snap - this season, and he had two interceptions versus Nebraska and a career-high four Pass Break Ups against Penn State. 

Simon, the Big Ten's defensive player of the year and its defensive lineman of the year, led the Big Ten in quarterback sacks (9.0 for minus-73 yards) and ranked second with 14.5 tackles-for-loss, totaling minus-87 yards - both Top 25 marks nationally.  All three players were first-team all-Big Ten performers this year for Coach Urban Meyer. Simon, a three-year starter, had started 37 consecutive games for the Buckeyes until a knee injury forced him to miss the teams undefeated-season-capping 26-21 win over Michigan. Hankins and Roby have each started 25 consecutive games. 

Hankins Decided To Go Pro
December 10, 2012 6:00 PM

Not a big surprise for anyone but today it became official.  Junior defensive lineman Jonathan Hankins has decided to skip his senior season and declare himself eligible for the NFL draft coming this April. The All-Big Ten Conference tackle has been a key player for the defense the past three seasons and will be a big lose for the Buckeyes as he would have been the only returning starter on the d-line had he stayed.

Hankins informed reporters today over the phone he would miss the team but his contacts had told him that he was projected a first round draft pick.  After talking it over with his family and with the OSU coaches, he thought this was the right time for him to make the next step in his football career.

Hankins finishes his OSU career with 138 tackles (58 solos; 80 assists), including 16.5 TFL's and five quarterback sacks, and was on the watch list for the Lombardi, Outland, Bednarik and Nagurski awards entering the 2012 season.

Celebration Planned
November 28, 2012 9:30 PM

Ohio State is staging a celebration for its Big Ten Leaders Division championship football team, Friday, December 7, at St. John Arena. The festivities, which will include the players, the coaches, the marching band and various dignitaries, including Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman, will get under way at 6:30 pm.

It will be free to the public, but admission will be only by ticket vouchers, which are available through the ticketing portal of the athletic department website, Students can gain admission with a valid BuckID card. They will be seated in the bleachers on the floor level of the arena.

Banned from the postseason for NCAA transgressions in previous years, the only title the Buckeyes (12-0) could play for this season was in the Leaders Division. The trophy will be displayed in the south corridor of the arena. The team is the sixth in Ohio State history to go undefeated and untied.

Miller and Simon Honored - Meyer Left Out
November 27, 2012 8:00 PM

I guess going from 6-7 to undefeated is not good enough to earn Coach of the Year honors, sorry Urban.

The Big Ten Conference announced tonight the winners of the top awards for the 2012 football season. Braxton Miller was named the Graham-George Offensive Player of the Year, John Simon won the Nagurski-Woodson Defensive Player of the Year, Penn State’s Deion Barnes was recognized as the Thompson-Randle El Freshman of the Year, and the Nittany Lions’ Bill O’Brien was named the Hayes-Schembechler and Dave McClain Coach of the Year. 
Miller becomes the fifth Buckeye to earn the Big Ten’s top offensive honor, joining Heisman Trophy winner Troy Smith (2006), Joe Germaine (1998), Orlando Pace (1996) and Heisman winner and trophy namesake Eddie George (1995). The Griese-Brees Quarterback of the Year, Miller rushed for 1,271 yards this season, which ranks second in the Big Ten records book for single-season rushing yards by a quarterback. Miller averaged over 275 yards of total offense per game this year, led Ohio State to a perfect 12-0 record and the outright Leaders Division title, and was named a finalist for the Davey O’Brien Award, which recognizes the nation’s top quarterback.
Voted first-team All-Big Ten by the Big Ten’s coaches and a select media panel, Simon is the eighth Buckeye to receive the conference’s top defensive award, following James Laurinaitis (2007-08), A.J. Hawk (2005), Will Smith (2003), Michael Doss (2002), Shawn Springs (1996), Dan Wilkinson (1993) and Steve Tovar (1992). He was also named the Big Ten’s Smith-Brown Defensive Lineman of the Year and ranks among the NCAA’s best in sacks (0.82) and tackles for loss (1.32) per game.

Tressel Returns To Ohio Stadium
November 23, 2012 9:15 PM

Coach Tressel was on the Ohio Stadium sideline 5 times as a head coach and won all five games against rival Michigan.  Now Jim Tressel returns as a spectator.

The 2002 national championship team will be honored on the field during Saturday’s game, with a large amount of former Buckeyes expected to return for the ceremony.  The question will be answered as to how the fans will react to his return.  Many have always loved him and always will.  Others will be reminded of the transgressions which led to his resignation and the bowl ban the team is experiencing this season.  No matter what, Tressel is a large part of the history of OSU's football program.
The Buckeyes will also be wearing special uniforms against the Wolverines. They unveiled the new look during a pep rally at the student union on Monday night. The look will honor the 1968 team, featuring chrome helmets with a large scarlet stripe. They also have reflective gray numbers and seven Buckeye leaves on the back collar.

Miller Finalist For Davey O'Brien Award
November 19, 2012 8:00 PM

Ohio State sophomore Braxton Miller has been named as one of three finalists for the Davey O'Brien Award, which is presented annually to the nation's top quarterback.
The other two finalists are Kansas State's Collin Klein and Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel, who also represent some of Miller's top competitors for the Heisman Trophy.
The O'Brien Award asked voters (full disclosure: I was one of them) to consider quarterback skills, athletic ability, academics, reputation as a team player, character, leadership and sportsmanship when making their selections.
The three finalists will be highlighted on ESPNU during The Home Depot College Football Awards Nomination Special on Tuesday at 6:00 pm. Fans may vote to help determine the winner at Fan voting will close at 1:00 pm  on December 2.
The O'Brien winner will be revealed as part of The Home Depot College Football Awards show on December 6.

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