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Luke Fickell trying to create ‘discomfort’ to motivate linebackers

March 26, 2015
With a defense that returns two of its three starting linebackers from a national championship team, the learning process is now over. For the most part. The Ohio State football team returns senior linebacker Joshua Perry and redshirt-sophomore Darron Lee to the starting lineup for the Buckeyes in 2015, but sophomore Raekwon McMillan is set to make his first appearance as a full-time starter at middle linebacker in the upcoming season. Perry, who led the Buckeyes in tackling during their title run, said he has seen McMillan improve in more ways than one as he transitions into a starting role. “He is different in terms of how he has matured… Read more

Ohio State men’s lacrosse trying to bounce back against Penn State

March 26, 2015
During its three-game series over spring break, the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team went 2-1 and broke into the Inside Lacrosse top 20 at No. 15, but immediately returned to the Woody Hayes Athletic Center for what the players call “truth day.” The truth is the team is not sugarcoating its 9-0 loss to No. 2 Notre Dame last Saturday, but rather using it as motivation heading into the Buckeyes’ first-ever Big Ten game Sunday against Penn State, coach Nick Myers said. “There’s a lot we can grow from,” Myers said. “People will make more of the shutout than it was. And obviously it’s something you don’t want to see,… Read more

Ohio State women’s lacrosse set to open Big Ten play against rival Michigan Wolverines

March 26, 2015
After women’s rowing was added to the Big Ten in 1999, it took 14 years for another women’s sport to officially join the conference. That changed in June 2013 as the Big Ten announced that women’s lacrosse would be joining the conference as the 28th official sport. Almost two years later, Michigan, Penn State, Rutgers, Maryland, Northwestern and Ohio State are set to open the first Big Ten women’s lacrosse season this weekend. After playing in the American Lacrosse Conference throughout her career, OSU senior attackman Jackie Cifarelli said she is honored to be playing in the Big Ten. “It’s awesome. Being a Buckeye, just knowing you’re in the Big… Read more

Ohio State baseball set for first-ever road trip to Rutgers

March 26, 2015
After 11 consecutive games at home and a 12-2 record posted for the month of March, the Ohio State baseball team is hitting the road and looking to continue its offensive success. Two of those home wins came against Toledo and Akron earlier this week. The Buckeyes (16-6, 2-1) are now set to jump back into conference play with a three-game series against Rutgers (7-14, 2-1), over the weekend in Piscataway, N.J. Coach Greg Beals said he is confident in the team’s capability to win and is proud of the Buckeyes’ success so far. “We have a four-game winning streak and we won opening weekend with Michigan State, 2-1, so… Read more

Ohio State men’s tennis prepared for a ‘battle’ on trip to Land of Lincoln

March 26, 2015
The Ohio State’s men’s tennis team has dominated the Big Ten for roughly a decade, but trips to Northwestern on Friday and Illinois on Sunday could be tests for the Buckeyes. “It’s going to be a very tough weekend. They’re big matches,” coach Ty Tucker said. The last time No. 11 Ohio State lost a Big Ten regular season matchup was on April 24, 2005, at Northwestern. This year, the No. 19 Wildcats are not only 8-1 at home but have won six of their last seven matches. The Buckeyes hit a rough patch with losses in two matches before entering Big Ten play for good, then swept the state… Read more

Ohio State ‘looking into’ Braxton Miller Instagram post

March 26, 2015
The Ohio State athletic department is “looking into” an Instagram post by redshirt-senior quarterback Braxton Miller posted Tuesday night, an OSU spokesman confirmed to The Lantern. Miller posted the following to his Instagram account @braxtonmiller92 before removing it on Wednesday morning: The photo pictures Miller seated next to Brandon Oshodin, owner of Authentik Fitness in Columbus and an AdvoCare distributor. It also shows products on the table in front of Miller from AdvoCare, which is a company that “provides innovative nutritional, weight-management, sports performance and skin care products,” according to its website. According to the NCAA recommendations page on the AdvoCare website, a student-athlete may not use “photos of themselves… Read more

Urban Meyer: Ohio State quarterbacks ‘always talking’ in practice

March 26, 2015
When two recent Heisman Trophy candidates and the reigning National Championship starter play quarterback for the same team, things could get ugly. But at Ohio State, “it’s all positive” between redshirt-senior Braxton Miller, redshirt-sophomore J.T. Barrett and redshirt-junior Cardale Jones, coach Urban Meyer said Tuesday. “If you watch the three of them, they’re always talking,” Meyer said. Miller — who has been in the top-10 in Heisman voting twice — was the undisputed starter heading into fall camp in 2014, but he tore the labrum in his throwing shoulder less than two weeks before the season started. That paved the way for Barrett to take the reigns of the OSU… Read more

Ohio State baseball stays hot, defeats Akron Zips 9-4

March 26, 2015
For Ohio State baseball coach Greg Beals, the 2015 season has been five years in the making. After being named the head coach in 2010, Beals said he dedicated the first five years of his career toward forming a balanced program. “It’s been five years of developing, it’s the idea of recruiting, the idea of talent and having a balanced baseball club,” Beals said. For the Buckeyes, the five-year plan has been a long process, but it all starts with recruiting, Beals added. “When you are developing your program you have 35 guys, and only 11.5 scholarships so you can’t just throw out a bunch of scholarships and build it… Read more

International recruiting an asset for Ohio State women’s tennis

March 26, 2015
Traveling to America from a foreign country can be a big change, offering an unfamiliar culture with new languages and learning experiences for some international students. The Ohio State women’s tennis team (12-4, 5-0) has eight players on its roster. Only half of those players are from the United States. The other four have traveled thousands of miles from Peru, Japan, Ireland and Venezuela to become Buckeyes. Coach Melissa Schaub said she considers international players to be great assets for the team. “Tennis is a very international sport, so you see a lot of international players in college tennis,” Schaub said. “It is much more popular in other countries than… Read more

Opinion: ‘Hard Knocks’ last thing Browns, Johnny Manziel need

March 26, 2015
The last thing Johnny Manziel needs right now is more attention. NFL Films has reportedly — tentatively — named the Cleveland Browns to be featured for its HBO reality series “Hard Knocks.” While coach Mike Pettine has repeatedly stated that he has no interest in participating, the Browns could be forced to by the league. Nothing could be worse for Johnny Football. Keep the cameras far away from him. Manziel shined in the spotlight while at Texas A&M, becoming one of the most talked about pro prospects in years. Despite his success in college, his talents haven’t quite translated to the NFL. Those sneaky concerns about arm strength and field… Read more