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Ohio State’s J.T. Barrett playing through the pain

October 30, 2014
When Urban Meyer said his quarterback had a sprained MCL, some Ohio State fans might have cringed — for good reason. It’s the second straight season the third-year OSU coach has seen his starting quarterback suffer that injury, after all. But unlike then-junior Braxton Miller — who missed two games and all but the opening drive of another with the same injury in 2013 — redshirt-freshman J.T. Barrett is expected to play this weekend after hurting his knee on Saturday against Penn State. On Monday, Meyer stressed that Barrett would play in the Buckeyes’ Saturday matchup with Illinois, and the quarterback reiterated the same point — barring unforeseen circumstances —… Read more

Ohio State Buckeyes keeping focus on Illinois with No. 8 Michigan State looming

October 30, 2014
There is a lot going on within the Ohio State football program . Within 48 hours, OSU dismissed redshirt-senior running back Rod Smith for a violation of team rules and dropped in the first ever College Football Playoff rankings three spots from its Associated Press ranking. All this while preparing for a game against Illinois, without looking forward to its matchup against No. 8 Michigan State next week.  But OSU coach Urban Meyer said Wednesday that he is not worried about motivating his players for the game against Big Ten bottom dweller Illinois (4-4, 1-3).  “It depends who you are playing. If they are a really, really bad team or… Read more

Anne Wilkinson still going strong after 300 career victories

October 30, 2014
As junior forward Peanut Johnson was darting in front of the net to score a game-winning overtime goal, Ohio State field hockey coach Anne Wilkinson went on as if nothing special was happening. Johnson’s goal gave OSU its first Big Ten win of the season against Indiana, and — more importantly — gave Wilkinson her 300th career victory. “That’s all we were thinking about,” Johnson said. “Just win for Anne. We’re really happy we got to be a part of her 300th.” Wilkinson, a West Chester, Pa., native, became the 15th coach in Division I field hockey history to reach the mark. Wilkinson’s assistant coach Homero Pardi picked her up… Read more

Ohio State men’s hockey equipment manager content outside of ‘real world’

October 30, 2014
Tim Adams has never ventured into what he calls the “real world.” In his 18th season with the Ohio State men’s hockey team, the equipment manager has never seen the necessity. The man with a degree in natural resources has made his career within the confines of ice rinks, handling hockey equipment for the Buckeyes. Adams’ career path began at the OSU Ice Rink where he was a student employee under longtime manager Duke Johnson. Shortly after graduation, Adams received an offer he wasn’t expecting: become OSU’s equipment manager for the second half of the 1997-98 season. “I thought, ‘Hey, this will be a fun thing to do for a… Read more

Opinion: Momentum zapped under college hockey scheduling format

October 30, 2014
If it weren’t for the marching bands, there would be no rhythm in college hockey. The weekend-loaded schedule is a killer. Ohio State men’s hockey team might relearn that lesson this weekend when it comes off a bye week to face Canisius College in Buffalo, N.Y. The Buckeyes, who last played Oct. 18, will face the Golden Griffins nearly two weeks after their last game. OSU’s bye week has extended its wait to play, but the precedent holds true: college hockey is two days of fun and five days of waiting. Friday-Saturday series occupy the weekends, then a week of practices invariably zaps a team’s momentum and any buzz created… Read more

Urban Meyer not concerned about rankings, looks toward November schedule

October 29, 2014
Just a day after the announcement of the first-ever College Football Playoff rankings, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said he hadn’t done anything more than glance at where the Buckeyes stand in the playoff picture. Meyer also gave an update on the health of redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett — who suffered a sprained MCL in OSU’s Saturday win against Penn State. When he checked the College Football Playoff rankings, Meyer said he “looked down to see where we’re at, that’s it.” OSU — despite being ranked No. 13 in both the Associated Press top 25 and the USA Today coaches’ poll — checked in at No. 16 when the rankings… Read more

Urban Meyer doesn’t see big change from BCS to College Football Playoff; Ohio State checks in at No. 16

October 28, 2014
The Ohio State football team came in at No. 16 in the first-ever College Football Playoff rankings — but the man who invests perhaps more time in the team than anyone else might not have known right away. “I’m sure I’ll look at ‘em tomorrow,” coach Urban Meyer said Tuesday afternoon of the rankings, which were announced Tuesday evening. “We’re practicing and tonight’s a heavy game plan night, so I won’t watch it.” The Buckeyes were the third Big Ten team to appear in the rankings, with Nebraska and Michigan State picked at No. 15 and No. 8, respectively. The inaugural rankings were announced via ESPN on Tuesday night. The… Read more

Ohio State offensive ‘slobs’ trying to carry over culture left by former players

October 28, 2014
The Ohio State offense did not perform up to par in Saturday’s 31-24 double-overtime win over Penn State, and the stat book shows it. After four straight weeks of posting 50 or more points, the Buckeyes scored just 17 points in regulation against the Nittany Lions, something sophomore running back Ezekiel Elliott said is disappointing. “(We were) very below average. We could have played a lot better. We maybe took a step back from the couple weeks we had before,” he said Monday. Elliott ran for 109 yards on 26 carries and a score in the OSU win. Redshirt-sophomore offensive lineman Pat Elflein echoed Elliott’s comments, adding the Buckeyes must… Read more

Ohio State men’s soccer concludes home schedule with 1-1 draw on senior night

October 28, 2014
The Ohio State men’s soccer team celebrated senior night before — and during — its game Tuesday night. Two seniors connected for a first-half score, as the Buckeyes (7-5-4, 4-2-0) drew even with No. 16 Kentucky (9-3-4) on the way to a 1-1 tie at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. “I definitely wish we had gotten a ‘W’ there, but a point is a point, and we need every point right now,” senior midfielder Yianni Sarris, who assisted on OSU’s lone goal, said. “I shouldn’t say I’m happy right now, but I’ll definitely take it.” Before the match, seven seniors were recognized on the field – goalkeepers Alex Ivanov and Andrian… Read more

Ohio State women’s volleyball swept by No. 6 Penn State

October 28, 2014
The No. 6 Penn State women’s volleyball team extended its win streak to five as it took down No. 17 Ohio State in a clean sweep. OSU lost by scores of 15-25, 22-25 and 12-25 Tuesday night in State College, Pa. The Buckeyes (16-7, 7-4) committed 23 attacking errors against the Nittany Lions (21-3, 9-2), who had seven total attacking errors and committed none in the first set. The Nittany Lions also had 12 blocks, seven of which came from senior setter Micha Hancock. In the first set, the Nittany Lions jumped out to a 19-11 lead, before going on a 6-4 run to take the early 1-0 set lead.… Read more