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Accidental text from coach’s 4-year-old son among 47 Ohio State self-reported Big Ten, NCAA violations

March 2, 2015
Ohio State self-reported 47 minor Big Ten and NCAA rules violations in 2014, including one as the result of an accidental text sent by a football coach’s 4-year-old son. OSU wide receivers coach Zach Smith’s son picked up his father’s cell phone when a recruit called on May 27, and accidentally sent an automatic text message in return. The university sent a letter of education to the football coaches after the incident in regards to NCAA texting rules and phone security. The NCAA did not review the case as part of its interpretations philosophy, which allows for flexibility when reviewing rule violations. This information is the result of three separate… Read more

Win over Purdue a ‘step in the right direction’ for Ohio State as it enters month of March

March 2, 2015
Ohio State men’s basketball coach Thad Matta has never lost a game at home in the month of March. And he doesn’t seem to care. “We got what, one more left at home? What’s my road record, because we have one on the road before that?” Matta asked after a 65-61 comeback win over Purdue on Sunday night. The Buckeyes, despite falling behind by 12 points in the first half, polished off the comeback at home in front of 15,978 at the Schottenstein Center. The win puts OSU in a three-way tie for the fourth seed in the Big Ten Tournament, which is set to begin March 11 in Chicago.… Read more

Buckeyes bounce Boilermakers, 65-61, after 2nd-half surge

March 2, 2015
The Ohio State men’s basketball team overcame a 12-point first-half deficit to win its second straight game at the Schottenstein Center. The Buckeyes (21-8, 10-6) fell behind, 35-23, at halftime against Purdue (19-10, 11-5), but outscored the Boilermakers 42-26 in the second half to win 65-61 Sunday night, avenging a 60-58 Feb. 4 loss to Purdue on the road. OSU was led once again by freshman guard D’Angelo Russell, who rebounded from a first half in which he turned the ball over three times to score 17 points in the second half to lead the Buckeyes to the comeback victory. Trailing by one, Russell drove inside and scored with 58.6… Read more

Ohio State men’s hockey completes 1st series sweep of season against Penn State

March 2, 2015
Freshman forward Nicholas Jones scored his first career goal and senior captain Tanner Fritz extended his point streak to four games as the Ohio State men’s hockey team snagged its first sweep of the season against Penn State. On Friday, the Buckeyes bounced back from a 1-0 deficit early in the first period to beat the Nittany Lions, 5-3, before winning by the same score Saturday at the Schottenstein Center. OSU snagged the back-to-back wins after splitting its previous two series against Michigan and Wisconsin. Ten players tallied points for the Buckeyes on Saturday, including three points from Fritz alone. Sophomore goaltender Christian Frey led the way for the Buckeyes… Read more

Ohio State women’s basketball trounces Nebraska; earns 3-seed for Big Ten tournament

March 2, 2015
The Ohio State women’s basketball team won 10 of its final 12 regular season games, securing the No. 3 seed in the Big Ten Tournament. OSU (21-9, 13-5) capped that run with a 78-60 win against Nebraska (20-9, 10-8) on Sunday in Lincoln, Neb. Freshman guard Kelsey Mitchell led the Buckeyes with 28 points in the contest to go along with a career-high 10 rebounds. However, the real star of the show could have been sophomore forward Shayla Cooper. Coming off the bench, the 6-foot-2-inch transfer from Georgetown scored 13 points and grabbed a career-high 18 rebounds. The Buckeyes blew the game open with a 15-0 run to close the… Read more

Urban Meyer announces April 11 as date for 4th annual Student Appreciation Day

February 27, 2015
After winning its eighth national title in school history, the Ohio State football team and coach Urban Meyer are set to show their gratitude yet again. In an email to students Friday, Meyer announced that OSU will host the fourth annual Student Appreciation Day on April 11, one week before the Spring Game at Ohio Stadium. In the email, Meyer said more details will be released “in the coming weeks” regarding the event, which in years past has been held at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center on Olentangy River Road where the Buckeyes traditionally practice. Meyer added in the email that, “There will be opportunities to take pictures with the… Read more

Phil Jackson could face fine over comments about Ohio State’s D’Angelo Russell

February 27, 2015
New York Knicks president Phil Jackson could face a tampering fine from the NBA for making comments about Ohio State freshman guard D’Angelo Russell, according to multiple reports. Jackson was on hand at the Schottenstein Center on Thursday night to watch Russell and his OSU teammates dispatch Nebraska, 81-57. According to Cleveland.com, Jackson made comments about Russell as he was leaving the arena. “He’s a great-looking kid,” Jackson said. “Great prospect.” The Knicks currently have the worst record in the NBA, meaning they will likely have a top five pick in the 2015 NBA Draft in June. Russell is currently projected to be among those top five picks. Multiple reports… Read more

Jae’Sean Tate ‘a truck’ in Ohio State’s blowout win over Nebraska Cornhuskers

February 26, 2015
An NBA coaching legend was in Columbus to likely scout a freshman from Louisville, Ky., but it was a native son who stole the show for the Ohio State men’s basketball team. Freshman forward Jae’Sean Tate scored a career-high 22 points in an 81-57 drubbing of the Nebraska Cornhuskers at the Schottenstein Center on Thursday night. The Pickerington, Ohio, product scored 14 points on 6-of-6 shooting in the first half alone, finishing from all over the floor, including a 3-pointer. Tate, who has become known for his relentless effort on the court, earned high praise from his coach after the game. “There’s not a selfish bone in him,” OSU coach… Read more

Russell exits early as Ohio State routs Nebraska, 81-57, with Phil Jackson looking on

February 26, 2015
With arguably the greatest basketball coach in recent memory watching courtside, the Ohio State men’s basketball team got back on track at the Schottenstein Center. The Buckeyes (20-8, 9-6) bounced back from back-to-back losses in emphatic fashion, defeating the Nebraska Cornhuskers, 81-57, Thursday night. Playing in OSU’s first home game in more than two weeks, freshman forward Jae’Sean Tate said it felt good to be back in front of a home crowd. “It definitely feels good to be home. It feels like we haven’t been home in forever. But I just think the team buckled down,” he said. “We needed this win and we just came together and started playing… Read more

Ohio State men’s lacrosse to put 3-game win streak on the line vs Bellarmine

February 26, 2015
The Ohio State men’s lacrosse team has its sights set on a Big Ten title for the first time ever. Fighting to fulfill that aspiration, the team is now four games into its non-conference schedule before the inaugural Big Ten season. The Buckeyes (3-1) have tallied three straight wins, but earned individual recognition for outstanding performances by senior midfielder Jesse King, senior defenseman Evan Mulchrone and freshman midfielder Trevor Hodgins. The trio won the Big Ten Offensive, Defensive and Freshman Players of the Week, respectively. Currently the third-highest scorer in the Big Ten, King brought his season goal tally to 12 by scoring a total of 10 in his last… Read more