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Ohio State Director of Athletics Gene Smith ‘supportive’ of unlimited food for student-athletes

April 17, 2014
Division I college athletes are now able to keep their bellies as full as they want with food from their respective institutions, and Gene Smith is pleased to hear they won’t be going hungry. The NCAA Legislative Council approved criteria Tuesday allowing Division I student-athletes an unrestricted amount of meals and snacks in accordance with their respective scholarships, and OSU’s director of athletics and vice president approves. “We have always been supportive of this type of legislation,” Smith said in an email to The Lantern Thursday. “It is deregulation of student-athlete welfare benefits and permissive, meaning schools can choose to do as they please based on their needs and capabilities.”… Read more

Ohio State football to play in at least 3 primetime games in 2014

April 15, 2014
Gene Smith and Urban Meyer are getting their wish — more primetime football games for Ohio State football. ESPN announced its slate of primetime matchups for the 2014 season, six of which involve teams in the Big Ten. Half of those Big Ten games include the Buckeyes, giving what both Smith and Meyer want for the program — an ability to showcase the team at night. Smith said in an interview with The Lantern Jan. 29 he pushes for ESPN to pick OSU as often as it can when it irons out its night game schedule. “I’m trying to encourage them to pick us,” Smith said in the interview, adding… Read more

Urban Meyer focuses on individual play in Ohio State Spring Game

April 14, 2014
To Urban Meyer, the 2014 Ohio State Spring Game wasn’t about statistics, which intrasquad team won or lost, or which side played better as a unit. “It’s more of an individual — I’m not trying to evaluate an offense because who cares?” Meyer said after the Gray team defeated Scarlet, 17-7, Saturday at Ohio Stadium. “There are guys out there that will either never play or they’re not ready to play now.” With players like starting senior quarterback Braxton Miller, senior tight end Jeff Heuerman, a skill guy like sophomore H-Back Dontre Wilson and even starting offensive lineman junior Taylor Decker not seeing a single snap during the game, it… Read more

Ohio State men’s basketball lands Virginia Tech transfer Trevor Thompson

April 13, 2014
To say the Ohio State basketball team is going through an overhaul is a bit of an understatement. First, the Buckeyes saw the careers of two of the most decorated players in program history — a total of 119 wins — come to a close on a cold, windy day in Buffalo, N.Y., more than three weeks ago when senior guards Aaron Craft and Lenzelle Smith Jr. battled to a 60-59 loss Dayton in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Two days later, sophomore guard Amedeo Della Valle told coach Thad Matta of his intentions to leave Columbus and head back home to Europe to pursue a professional basketball… Read more

Price for Ohio State Spring Game tickets reduced

April 11, 2014
Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer has said he wants Ohio Stadium to be full for the 2014 Spring Game, and now fans might have a better chance of affording a ticket. According to a Friday OSU press release, tickets to Saturday’s annual Scarlet and Gray intrasquad scrimmage have been reduced to $5. Initially, the price for advanced tickets was $12, and tickets at the gate were $20. “We want everybody who wants to attend the game to be able to come to Ohio Stadium,” Martin Jarmond, executive associate director of athletics said in the release. “We are encouraged by the weather forecast and we want our fans to come… Read more

Urban Meyer on Ohio State Spring Game: Not just ‘another practice’

April 9, 2014
Urban Meyer’s opinion has never wavered about how important spring games are to his program. In a time where some Division I schools have seen low figures for their respective intrasquad scrimmages — LSU leads in attendance figures for schools that have already had their spring game with 18,565 attendees, while Michigan is second with 15,000 — Meyer has said time and time again how important the Spring Game is to him and his staff as they evaluate players. And now, he wants as many people in the stands Saturday as there would be for any other game. “I hope it’s 106,000,” Meyer said. “I don’t think it probably will… Read more

Ohio State names new spirit squad head coach months after former was fired

April 7, 2014
The Ohio State spirit squad has a new head coach — and he’s a former Buckeye. More than four months after former head cheerleading coach Lenee Buchman — who had been in the position since July 2009 — was terminated “for cause” following a sexual harassment investigation involving her assistant coaches and athletes, OSU announced Ben Schreiber as the squad’s new head coach in a press release Monday. Schreiber, who cheered at OSU from 2004-07, replaces interim coach Steve Chorba, who took over for Buchman Nov. 25, the day she was fired. “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to return to my alma mater and be at the helm… Read more

Defensive cohesiveness, tight ends developing in Ohio State football spring practice

April 3, 2014
It is no secret what the Ohio State football team’s offseason has been focused on: transition. The team is seeing changes in multiple units as it replaces four offensive linemen, the team’s top running back and wide receiver, and adapts to new coaches on the defensive line and defensive backfield. The latter, however, is likely a high point of interest for Buckeye fans. Urban Meyer replaced departed co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach Everett Withers — who was announced as the head coach at James Madison University Dec. 20 — with Chris Ash, and questions arose how Ash’s defensive philosophy would mesh with holdover and cornerbacks coach Kerry Coombs. That movement… Read more

Urban Meyer, Ohio leaders talk ‘complicated’ college athlete union movement

April 2, 2014
Steps have been taken to scale what has for years seemed like an insurmountable mountain in college athletics — the debate over college athletes becoming school employees and getting paid — but don’t expect to see Urban Meyer offering his support any time soon. Although the National Labor Relations Board’s Chicago district gave Northwestern University football players the right to formally establish a union on March 26 — thus considering them school employees — Ohio State’s football coach does not see eye-to-eye with the ruling. “I don’t feel that at all,” Meyer said Tuesday after OSU spring practice when asked if he saw student-athletes as employees. “What I do feel… Read more

Urban Meyer: Ohio State tight end Jeff Heuerman out for 6 weeks after foot surgery

April 1, 2014
Yet another key player for the Ohio State Buckeyes is going to miss time because of injury this spring. Senior tight end Jeff Heuerman suffered a foot sprain during practice last week and is slated to miss the rest of spring practice after having surgery Monday, OSU coach Urban Meyer said Tuesday. Meyer said he expects Heuerman to be back in June for summer workouts. “Jeff Heuerman had surgery on his foot. What it was was a sprain, and I don’t want to get too technical because I usually screw those things up,” Meyer said. “It’s a six-week in a cast/boot, and we should have him ready to go full… Read more