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Chris Ash, Kerry Coombs, Luke Fickell forming working bond on defensive staff

April 21, 2014
A Buckeye, a Badger and a Bearcat walk into a coaches meeting and have to find a way to work together to save the Ohio State football team’s defense. There’s no punch line for the joke, because it hasn’t had time to be written yet. With the addition of co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach Chris Ash to coach Urban Meyer’s staff — the aforementioned Badger because of a two-year stint with Wisconsin, before spending last season with the Arkansas Razorbacks — to the OSU coaching staff in January, there were bound to be some things that had to be figured out in the coach’s room. Defensive coordinator and linebackers coach… Read more

With added personnel, Thad Matta looking for more production from low post for Ohio State men’s basketball

April 21, 2014
For a time early in Thad Matta’s career as the Ohio State men’s basketball coach, his teams were built around the center position. Terence Dials, Greg Oden, Kosta Koufos, B.J. Mullens and Jared Sullinger were all standout post presences that helped carry the Buckeyes under Matta. But over the last two seasons — since Sullinger left for the NBA after two seasons in Columbus — the Buckeyes have had a bit of a crisis in the post. With junior centers Amir Williams and Trey McDonald — who averaged a combined 9.8 points and 7.5 rebounds per game last season — trading time down low, the Buckeyes have been forced to… Read more

Virginia Tech transfer Trevor Thompson added to Ohio State men’s basketball roster, to sit out 2014-15 season

April 18, 2014
Seniors Aaron Craft and Lenzelle Smith Jr. might be gone, along with junior LaQuinton Ross and sophomore Amedeo Della Valle, but Ohio State men’s basketball coach Thad Matta is not wasting any time filling those vacancies. After announcing that former-Temple redshirt-junior forward Anthony Lee would transfer to Ohio State last month, Matta has secured another inside presence in Trevor Thompson. Thompson, who spent his freshman season with Virginia Tech, can start playing for the Buckeyes beginning in 2015-16 after sitting out for a season per NCAA transfer rules. Thompson tweeted his excitement in joining the Buckeyes on April 13, a day after attending the 2014 Spring Game at Ohio Stadium.… Read more

Ohio State football looking for confidence from young linebackers

April 17, 2014
It was the final night in Ohio Stadium for the Ohio State football team’s senior class. Players like Jack Mewhort, Bradley Roby, Carlos Hyde and Corey “Philly” Brown were set to step on the field as players for the last time in the ‘Shoe. One player who, at the time of the game, was thought to be coming back and continuing his Buckeye career was junior linebacker Ryan Shazier. But Nov. 23 against Indiana, Shazier had his most memorable — and final — performance at home. In the 42-14 win, Shazier tallied 20 tackles, the first time a Buckeye did it since A.J. Hawk in 2004. Less than two months… Read more

Opinion: Liverpool’s return to form good for English Premier League

April 17, 2014
When discussing the history of football — the European kind — there are certain clubs that stand out as giants of the game. Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, AC Milan, Manchester United, Ajax and Liverpool. Between all of these clubs, numerous domestic and European titles have been claimed, including 13 of the last 16 UEFA Champions League titles. But one o f these clubs, Liverpool, despite all of its historical success, has been a ghost of its former self in recent years. The club owns 18 English league titles, but hasn’t won one since the 1989-90 season. It hasn’t won a European competition title either since 2005’s epic comeback from… Read more

Ohio State has wealth of running backs to fill void left by Carlos Hyde

April 14, 2014
Some things in sports never change. March Madness will have upsets, Cleveland fans will always have something to complain about and the Ohio State football program will have a talented stable of running backs. Of the program’s seven Heisman trophies, five were won by running backs, including the only two-time winner in Archie Griffin from 1974-75. Even in this modern age where plenty of focus is placed on the passing game — especially under the high-tempo offense run by coach Urban Meyer — the Buckeyes have found a way to succeed in the running game. Last season it was Carlos Hyde, who ran for 1,521 yards and 15 touchdowns, becoming… Read more

Ohio State tight end Marcus Baugh learning from off-field mistakes to grow in spring ball

April 9, 2014
As much as parents might hate to admit it, it’s not exactly rare on a college campus for an underage student to drink alcohol. Ohio State then-freshman tight end Marcus Baugh did, and was cited for underage consumption twice — once in July and once in January. But life isn’t about the mistakes you make, it’s about the way you learn from them, and Baugh has since done just that. “I’ve grown a lot,” Baugh said Saturday at the team’s Student Appreciation Day. “I have seen what I can do and coaches have told me what I can do. I am just trying to believe what they are teaching me.”… Read more

Doran Grant looking to become next in line of Ohio State stalwart cornerbacks

April 9, 2014
Entering its second season under coach Urban Meyer, the Ohio State football team had high expectations of its secondary. There were three returning starters, including a preseason All-American in cornerback Bradley Roby, and only one fresh face in then-junior cornerback Doran Grant. But now, after suffering a subpar season in 2013 and finishing No. 112 in the country in pass defense, OSU and Grant are on the opposite end of where they were last year. Now there’s one returning starter, the once new face in Grant, and a wealth of younger players looking to fill the gaps. “You can feel it. It’s a lot of young guys in the room… Read more

Armani Reeves’ effort becoming ‘the standard’ for Ohio State football defensive backs

April 7, 2014
It was Bradley Roby and Doran Grant. Heading into last football season, the cornerback position at Ohio State had been decided — there were no ifs, ands or buts about it. Then-redshirt-junior Roby had earned his spot the season before and then-junior Grant was tapped to replace Travis Howard in the lineup. But on July 21, a wrench was thrown into that plan. With Roby facing charges of misdemeanor battery in Monroe County, Ind., someone had to step up and take his place in the starting lineup as he served his one-game suspension from coach Urban Meyer. That player was Armani Reeves. The then-sophomore cornerback made his first career start… Read more

Nick Vannett thriving at Ohio State spring practice in injured Jeff Heuerman’s absence

April 7, 2014
A tight end has to be an offensive lineman who can catch like a receiver. Or is it a wide receiver who can block like one of the big uglies? Often, players who play the tight end position exhibit a little of both sets of skills needed to succeed and excel in one area, but the Ohio State football team might just have two players who excel at it all. “I’ll take our two tight ends (senior Jeff Heuerman and redshirt-junior Nick Vannett) over anyone in America,” coach Urban Meyer said Wednesday at a fundraiser luncheon. Heuerman is the starter at tight end, but he’s currently out for the remainder… Read more