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Date For 2018 Spring Game Set
January 30, 2018
During the OSU-Indiana basketball game, the football team was presented with the Cotton Bowl trophy. They also announced officially the date for the 2018 Spring Game. It will once again follow a men's lacrosse game, this year the opponent will be Michigan. Lacrosse will start at 11:00am with the annual football game to follow.
This should be the first opportunity for Buckeye fans to see the competition for the starting quarterback position as well as several vacant spots on the defense.
Coach Coombs Leaving Ohio State For the NFL
January 24, 2018
Ohio State Buckeyes assistant coach Kerry Coombs, a former coach for the UC Bearcats is taking a job with the NFL's Tennessee Titans, joining former OSU player and Coach Mike Vrabel. Best of luck Coach Coombs, thanks for your years in Columbus.
Since Alex Grinch was hired a few weeks ago, it makes sense for him to be involved with the secondary. The real question will be who will fill the void recruiting.
Thanks to the early signing period, all four of their OSU defensive back commits have signed letters of intent and are bound to the Buckeyes. Two of them, 5-star safety Tyreke Johnson and 4-star cornerback Sevyn Banks are already enrolled. Coombs’ departure will not cost Ohio State any current signees/commits, but we will wait and see what it means for the future.
Jim Stillwagon Passes at Age of 68
February 4, 2018
Jim Stillwagon, former Ohio State defensive standout, two time unanimous All-American and two-time national champion, passed away today. He would have turned 69 February 11th.
Stillwagon was a key component of Ohio State's "Super Sophs," which also included Jim Otis, Jack Tatum and Rex Kern. Together, they helped Ohio State win national championships in 1968 and 1970.
In 1970, Stillwagon became the first player in college football history to win both the Outland Trophy and the Lombardi Trophy in the same season. His class finished its Ohio State careers with a record of 27-2, unbeaten in Columbus.
A fifth-round draft pick of the Green Bay Packers in 1971, Stillwagon instead chose to play for the Toronto Argonauts of the CFL.
He was elected into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1991.
Spring Game Tickets Go On Sale
February 9, 2018
As we want to continue to enjoy the the success of the men's basketball team, fans will get a glimmer of the 2018 football season.
Tickets for the 2018 LifeSports Spring Game go on sale at 10:00am today. General admission is $5, and there is a limited number of $15 reserved club seats. The game will be April 14th with a 1:45pm approximate start time. Parking is free. Children under the age of 6 are free in the general admission areas.
Prior to the football game, Ohio State's men's lacrosse team will host Michigan at 11:00am. One ticket will allow admission for both events. Construction on the west side of the stadium will reduce its seating capacity.
Tickets can also be purchased in person at the OSU Athletics Ticket Office, or by calling 1-800-GOBUCKS (select option 3). Group tickets -- $4 for groups of 50 or more -- are available by calling the Group Sales Office at 1-800-GOBUCKS (select Option 2).
Assistant Coaches Get Pay Raises
February 14, 2018
Ohio State is increasing salaries and benefits for the members of the football assistant coaching staff after a season in which the team won at least 12 games for the fifth time since Urban came aboard. In that time they are unbeaten against Michigan, 2 Big Ten Championships, 1 National Championship and 4-2 in bowl games including a decisive victory over #8 USC.
Ohio State Assistant Coaching Staff (new salaries)
Greg Schiano – $700,000 in 2017 to $1,500,000 in 2018
Ryan Day – $400,000 in 2017 to $1,000,000 in 2018
Kevin Wilson – $650,000 in 2017 to $800,000 in 2018
Alex Grinch – $800,000 in 2018
Larry Johnson – $575,225 in 2017 to $750,000 in 2018
Tony Alford – $450,000 in 2017 to $525,000 in 2018
Bill Davis – $500,000 in 2017; $500,000 in 2018
Greg Studrawa – $410,000 in 2017 to $500,000 in 2018
Taver Johnson – $345,000 in 2018
Zach Smith – $300,000 in 2017 to $340,000 in 2018
Buckeyes Have An Embarrassment of Riches, Sometimes It Is A Bad Thing
March 7, 2018
As the Buckeyes begin their drills in Spring ball, they will sharpen skills to prepare for the upcoming schedule. There is one area though that needs work that no amount of sprints and tackling drills will resolve. The team is too big.
As the 2018 season begins, the roster holds 89 names. By September 1, the roster needs to be at 85. Coach Meyer and staff will have some hard decisions to make over the next six months. The decision became a little easier as one player has now been officially declared ineligible for medical reasons. Nick Conner, the 4-star linebacker from Dublin Scioto showed great promise coming to OSU, but was fighting through injuries most of his time in college. Best of luck to Nick for where his path takes him next.
The next three departures may not be so easy, will be interesting to see where the staff goes next. Here is a breakdown of the team scholarships by class at this time: Seniors(9), Juniors(25), Sophomores(23), Freshman(14, includes 8 early-enrollees), and 2018 commitments(17)