Football Tickets Now On Sale
February 28, 2013 7:00 PM

Without a bowl game last season, Buckeye fans have had to wait a bit longer this year, but the wait is over.  Today tickets go on sale for the 2013 Spring Game.  

As you may recall, the annual contest at the end of spring drills has been moved to Cincinnati this year due to some work being done in Ohio Stadium. Tickets for this year's event set for April 13 at 1:00pm are now available. Prices for the game will be $18 for club seats, $12 for general reserved seats and $5 for ages 2-6 with children under the age of 2 admitted free. If you are interested in purchasing tickets can go online at, charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000, in person at the Athletics Ticket Office in the Schottenstein Center, or at any Ticketmaster location.

1938 Ohio State Game Restored To Color
February 28 2013 7:00 PM

Many elements of Ohio State football's rich history has been preserved in many ways.  Now it has been colorized too.

A History Fund has been created from tax dollars and in the first year the fund had $114,000 available.  64 applicants requested a total of $891,000 for their individual projects, so obviously many requests were rejected. Among the projects approved for the money was restoration of rare 1938 color film footage of Ohio State football games. 

Burt Logan, the executive director and chief executive officer of the Ohio Historical Society, said the grants are designed to “support the preservation and sharing of Ohio history by funding local, regional, and statewide history projects, programs, and events. It is proving to be a very popular and worthy program that helps history-related organizations across Ohio fund projects that are meaningful to their communities.”

Clearly the Ohio Historical Society knows what is truly meaningful for those in central Ohio. The digitized footage will be posted on YouTube and given to schools and libraries  

2013 Practice Starts In One Month
February 5, 2013 8:30 PM

More than half the FCS teams played in bowl games, getting 15 extra practices that OSU missed out on because of the bowl ban. Ohio State lost all starters on the defensive line and all but Ryan Shazier at linebacker.  So in some ways, they are already behind a lot other teams.  They will need to make the most out of this spring.

Practice begins March 5, with the spring game April 13 in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Cris Carter Finally Arrives In Canton
February 2, 2013 11:00 PM

Many thought the professional relationship Cris Carter had with reporters might keep him out of the Hall of Fame.  As it turns out, it may have simply delayed the ceremony.

It was announced today in New Orleans, the site of tomorrow's Super Bowl that Carter will join Coach Bill Parcells, defensive lineman Warren Sapp, offensive linemen Jonathan Ogden and Larry Allen in the class of 2013.  The class also includes a pair of senior selections, Curley Culp and Dave Robinson.


OSU Football - A Glimpse Back 60 Years Ago
January 31, 2013 8:00 PM

For no particular reason, I picked up the 1953 football program
for OSU's game against Purdue off eBay this week. I have always
enjoyed looking through Buckeye history, and if I enjoy it, I
thought perhaps you our loyal readers might enjoy browsing
through it's pages along with me.  

The entire program is only 50 pages, a far cry from the 160 page
tree-killers published today.  It opens with nice a letter from OSU
President Howard Bevis to recognize Dad's weekend, a nice
touch and a great welcome to the visiting team. The coaching 
staff was led by Woody Hayes who was in the very early stages
of his long and successful career on the Buckeye sideline. The
Athletic staff included Richard Larkins (Larkins Hall) as athletic
director, Marv Homan as Assistant Publicity Director and Dr
Robert Murphy as team physician.  Homan and Murphy would
prove to be around the program for a very long time.  The Purdue
staff included Hank Stram who of course went on to great success
in the NFL and was victorious as the Kansas City Chiefs head
coach in Super Bowl IV.  He was also the person to introduced
the use of Gatorade into the NFL.  Without this innovation, we 
would have had to come up with a different way to celebrate
major football victories.

The program would not be complete without ads, after all you 
need to have a way to pay for the printing.  Unfortunately almost
all of the advertisers are out of business now, but I guess you have to expect that after 60 years.  Perhaps some of you remember The Maramor, Sealtest Ice Cream, Buckeye Potato Chips, Don's Sandwich Shop, Chesterfield Cigarettes, Meadowbrook Inn, Doersam's Restaurant, the Neil House, and Borden's Ice Cream just to name a few.  This was before cell numbers, before the need to use area codes.  In fact, the phone numbers didn't even include seven digits, you would find KI-0117.  Would our kids today even know what to do with such a system?  And there is no disclaimer around the advertisers in 1953, but you can't print a program today without putting in the language that university does not endorse the people that are basically paying the bills for them.

What would a program be without the team rosters and starting line-ups.  There was two things that stood out for me.  First, there was only 55 names on the roster.  These days, that barely equals two recruiting classes.  We have so many players dressed now that we duplicate uniform numbers. The second thing I noticed was these numbers: 210 - 209 - 190 - 202 - 230.  This is the weight of Ohio State's starting offensive line. In 2012 the starting line-up tipped the scales at 312 - 310 - 295 - 315 - 310, even Miller weighs in at 220 as the QB.  Keep that in mind if you ever get in conversations with your friends about who would win a game between the 1950's teams and the current squads. The biggest name on the Buckeye roster was Howard 'Hopalong' Cassady, who would win the heisman trophy two years later. (even though the 2012 program states he won the award in 1952)

Today's program will cost you $10, in 1953 it was 25 cents.  The program I bought also included the game ticket stub which was $3.50.  Today this game will cost you at least $79 and if Purdue is ever considered a 'premium' game, you might have to find $110 or more to get through the turnstiles.  Should we talk about the cost of parking?

For a program though, the university put out a great product in 1953. It was a pleasure to take a look back to that time period, I enjoyed the graphics, the photos, even the cartoons.  Maybe the university will realize someday that what we did 60 years ago is really all we need.  We don't require a $10 paperback book.

Two Conner’s No Longer On OSU Roster
January 23, 2013 5:00 PM

For those who were concerned OSU would be able to meet its NCAA-reduced scholarship limit of 82, two more spots just opened.

Ohio State on Wednesday announced that two players, sophomore linebacker Connor Crowell and redshirt freshman offensive lineman Joey O'Connor, will no longer be on the roster. Crowell was never medically cleared by Ohio State after undergoing two surgeries on his lower left leg for an injury that took place while he was in high school.   

According to a news release, after redshirting the 2012 season, O'Connor has requested a transfer to play closer to his home in Windsor, CO.  He initially committed to Penn State but was the first player to back away from a pledge to the school in the wake of coach Joe Paterno's firing and the Jerry Sandusky scandal. Hopefully he will eventually get to show his skills on the field. He was an ESPN 150 selection coming out of high school and rated as the nation's #8 guard, and was considered Ohio State's fourth-best recruit in coach Urban Meyer's first recruiting class.

This leaves OSU with 58 players on the current roster that are healthy and expected to be part of the 2013 team. So far, the Buckeyes have 22 pledges to the Class of 2013. The Buckeyes don't have to be at 82 on Signing Day, February 6, but they must be able to explain to the Big Ten how they plan to get to that number by the start of fall practice.

Woody Honored
January 15, 2013 6:00 AM

Ohio State is doing several things to honor the 100th anniversary of Woody Hayes' birth.  The Columbus Dispatch did a big article about Woody and his life, but then again they have to sell newspapers.  People that visit our website are well aware of the accomplishments of the late coach and don't need a refresher.  Here are a few of the things you might want to check out.

Library Exhibit - A free display of Woody items, at the Thompson Library (1858 Neil Avenue Mall), now until February 28.

Online -

Dinner - February 15, 7:00 pm in the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.  Tickets are $1000, with proceeds benefit Woody's favorite causes. For more information, call 1-800-762-5646. 

Meyer Tries To Enter Rare Company
January 13, 2013 5:00 PM

There have been eleven coaches all-time that have won a national championship, left coaching and came back to coach again. Of the 11 men who left the school where they finished on top and returned to college football as a head coach, only one won another national championship. Nick Saban, who won at LSU in 2003, and held up the crystal football for the third time at Alabama last week. 

Hall Awarded Medical Redshirt
January 10, 2013 5:30 PM

Most of us assumed the medical redshirt would be approved, now it is official. Jordan Hall requested and was granted his redshirt from the NCAA according to Ohio State officials and Internet reports .

Hall missed the first two games of the 2012 season recovering from an offseason foot injury, returning to the line-up week 3 against Cal.  Three games later, he suffered a knee injury against Michigan State that would sideline him the rest of the year.

Hall rushed 40 times for 218 yards in 2012, including a 105-yard performance against UAB. After scoring his first touchdown of the year on the first drive of the Michigan State game, Hall tore the PCL in his right knee on a first-down carry midway through the second quarter.

Roby To Return For Senior Season
January 6, 2013 7:45 PM

As Buckeye fans we knew that a large portion of our 2012 defensive starting line-up would be gone in the coming year.  At leats we know know that one of our top defensive backs will return.

Cornerback Bradley Roby has indicated he had unfinished business and wants to return for his final year as a Buckeye.  He had been projected as a possible late first round or early second round pick in the upcoming NFL draft. 

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2013 - Welcome Back To Buckeye50
January 1, 2013 12:00 AM

Ohio State started last year with a new coach, and a 12-0 season tells everyone the Buckeyes are back.

Happy New Year to all of you, our Buckeye 50 followers, thanks as always for your continue support!  2012 was another great year for us.  You honored us with 20,000 hits to our football home page and we hope to continue to grow our presence on the web.  We hope you will continue to make it part of your Buckeye social media.

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Buckeyes Represented On Hall of Fame List
March 13, 2013 7:00 PM

Tom Cousineau, Jim Otis, Orlando Pace represent Ohio State on 2013 College Football Hall of Fame Ballot.

Is Jim Heacock Coming Back?
March 11, 2013 5:30 PM

When Urban Meyer was hired in 2011 as the head coach of Ohio State, he promised to surround himself with the best coaching staff in the country.  In the first year, they were 12-0.

Originally, Meyer only choose to keep three coaches from the previous staff: Luke Fickell, Stan Drayton and Mike Vrabel.  According to Jason Priestas of, former defensive coordinator Jim Heacock and Ohio State have engaged in conversations about him rejoining the ranks in Columbus.

From 2005-2011, while Heacock was defensive coordinator,OSU's defense was in the top ten in the country 5 of those 7 years, including 1st in 2007 (225.3 yards/game).