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Big Ten proposes new student-athlete benefits to NCAA

October 1, 2014
The Big Ten conference has submitted a set of recommendations to the NCAA — including redefining the cost of education and providing improved medical insurance — that it says would improve the college experience for student-athletes who are in “good-standing” with their respective universities. The release is in response to the NCAA’s new autonomy structure that was announced in August which allows the Atlantic Coast, Big Ten, Big 12, Pacific 12 and Southeastern conferences to make their own rules concerning scholarships, full cost of attendance and health care for student-athletes. The release by the Big Ten listed four main suggestions its made to the NCAA including Cost of education: Make… Read more

Despite praise and accolades, J.T. Barrett is still earning his stripes

September 30, 2014
When the Ohio State football team took the field to open the season, Urban Meyer didn’t know what to expect from his quarterback. But five weeks and four Big Ten awards later, the OSU coach said he has a better idea of what redshirt-freshman J.T. Barrett’s development has been like. “J.T. continues to be a very good distributor, completing a high percentage of his balls, and really we’re giving him more and more responsibility about getting us in the right play, which is a big part of what the quarterback’s expected to do,” Meyer said after OSU’s 50-28 win against Cincinnati on Saturday. On Tuesday, Meyer said his comfort level… Read more

Ohio State snaps losing streak with win against top-10 opponent

September 30, 2014
In the midst of a three-game losing streak, the Ohio State men’s soccer team might not have been banking on a win at No. 8 Louisville on Tuesday night. But the Buckeyes were surely glad to get it. OSU (3-3-3, 1-1-0) defeated Louisville, 1-0, to snap its losing slide on the strength of a first-half goal by senior midfielder Yianni Sarris. Sarris capitalized off a turnover by the Cardinals (5-2-1) late in the 34th minute and scored his third goal of the season, putting his team ahead for good. OSU was outshot, 15-6, in a contest that saw Louisville control the possession for most of the game. However, redshirt-senior goalkeeper… Read more

Opinion: Handling of Shane Morris’ injury shameful, embarrassing

September 30, 2014
When you hear the word concussion, what comes to mind? From someone who has played quarterback just at the high school and college club level for seven combined years, I can tell you any sort of hit to the head is as painful as it looks. I do not want to speak for Michigan quarterback Shane Morris, but from the looks of his reactions immediately after the hit he took from Minnesota redshirt-junior defensive lineman Theiren Cockran, Morris was in significant pain — yet he stayed in the game. This decision has brought outrage upon the program and has warranted responses by the athletic director Dave Brandon and university president… Read more

Urban Meyer’s comfort level improving along with offensive line, pass defense needs work

September 30, 2014
Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer made his weekly appearance on the Big Ten teleconference Tuesday afternoon and discussed the improved play of the offensive line, the emergence of sophomore running back Ezekiel Elliott and his comfort level with the team thus far. The Buckeyes are 3-1 on the season following a 50-28 victory over the Cincinnati Bearcats Saturday night.         Meyer said after Saturday’s win over Cincinnati his offensive line has “crossed the barrier” and added he believes the offense has developed depth and more of an identity. He named redshirt-junior Chase Farris as someone who has improved and is earning playing time on the offensive line.         He said that… Read more

Joey Bosa a ‘dominating force’ for Buckeye defense

September 29, 2014
When Ohio State’s Joey Bosa drilled Cincinnati quarterback Gunner Kiel on Saturday and forced a fumble that ultimately resulted in a safety, the record crowd at Ohio Stadium erupted. Bosa wasn’t even sure where the ball landed. “I just made a move inside and my eyes got big and I ran as fast as I can and hit him as hard as I could,” Bosa, a sophomore defensive lineman, said Saturday following the game. “I actually thought he got the ball off so I stood up and went to walk back to the line, but I saw the ball pop out.” The play not only electrified the fans and gave… Read more

Offensive line paves the way for Buckeyes’ big numbers

September 29, 2014
After Ohio State’s win against Cincinnati, Urban Meyer made it clear which position group led the way. On Monday, the third-year OSU coach reiterated the impact his offensive line had on the Buckeyes 50-28 win. “Player of the game was the entire offensive line,” Meyer said. The line paved the way as the OSU offense either set, or came close to setting, multiple school records against the Bearcats. The Buckeyes set a new OSU record with 45 first downs and finished third in school history with 710 total yards from scrimmage. The Buckeyes even briefly held what would have been a new record of 720 yards before a 20-yard loss… Read more

Opinion: Student-athletes deserve share of gameday revenue

September 29, 2014
To many at Ohio State, the college football season is one of the most highly-anticipated times of the year. More than 100,000 students, alumni and fans across the state fill Ohio Stadium on gameday to watch and support their Buckeyes, regardless of who the opponent is that day. However, what most people don’t think about while caught up in the electric atmosphere produced by college football is the business aspect of things. At the end of the day, after all, college football is a business. It is a business that generates millions upon millions of dollars each year for top programs across the country. Millions of dollars that — at… Read more

Ohio State men’s soccer preparing for test against No. 8 Louisville

September 29, 2014
Experiencing an extended losing streak is less than ideal for any team. For the Ohio State men’s soccer team, a trip on the road to take on a top-10 team could make that situation even worse. OSU (2-3-3, 1-1-0) has dropped three straight games after beginning the season undefeated through its first five. The team is scheduled to travel to Louisville, Ky., to take on the No. 8 Louisville Cardinals (5-1-1) on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. A struggle to score goals has been at the forefront for the Buckeyes, who have only scored one goal in their three consecutive losses. “The ability to score goals has been lacking so far,”… Read more

Joshua Perry, Buckeyes take part in ‘Whipping Childhood Cancer’

September 29, 2014
Junior linebacker Joshua Perry was joined by a few of his teammates outside the Woody Hayes Athletic Center on Monday afternoon to promote a cause he called “Whipping Childhood Cancer.” Earlier in the year, Perry befriended a young boy named Joshua Chambers who has been diagnosed with leukemia. Perry, joined by teammates junior linebacker Joe Burger, redshirt-sophomore safety Tyvis Powell, senior defensive lineman Michael Bennett, junior cornerback Armani Reeves, redshirt-freshman linebacker Darron Lee, and co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Luke Fickell, took whip-cream pies to the face in an attempt to raise awareness about childhood cancer and the fight against it.    … Read more