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Opinion: Progression of Ohio State offensive line keyed Buckeyes to title; brings good omens for future

January 27, 2015
Three rookie offensive linemen out of Ohio State saw significant playing time as starters throughout the 2014 NFL season, including playoff runs. But as the Green Bay Packers, Indianapolis Colts and Carolina Panthers benefited from the presence of Corey Linsley, Jack Mewhort and Andrew Norwell, respectively, the 2014 Buckeyes were left wondering what was next at offensive line. That wonder turned into a panic as OSU — replacing four out of five regular starters up front — struggled mightily to block the opposition through two games. In week one against Navy, redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett was sacked only once, but sophomore running back Ezekiel Elliott averaged just 3.7 yards per… Read more

Michael Drake: ‘I really support a collegiate model’ for compensating student-athletes

January 26, 2015
Ohio State President Michael Drake has had a son and a nephew compete in collegiate athletics, and said he doesn’t support the idea of pay-for-play for college athletes. “I think the professional athletics are one thing, and the collegiate athletics are another,” Drake said during a Monday interview with The Lantern. “And I really support a collegiate model.” Under current NCAA rules, schools can provide student-athletes with their full cost of attendance, but athletes don’t receive a salary or additional pay from the school. They are also prohibited from receiving compensation for anything related to their participation in athletics, including signing autographs or selling memorabilia. In August, the O’Bannon v.… Read more

Opinion: Improved Ohio State secondary greatly contributed to title run

January 26, 2015
At the end of the 2013-14 football season, it was evident what the Ohio State football team lacked — pass defense. At the end of the 2014-15 season, that position ended up being one of the reasons the Buckeyes came out as national champions. The OSU pass defense, which allowed 31 touchdown passes while forcing just 16 interceptions in 2013, came back with a force in 2014, allowing just 17 aerial scores and picking off opposing quarterbacks 25 times. By that same token, the 112th-ranked Buckeye passing defense improved to 29th in the country in just a year’s time, largely because of co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach Chris Ash and… Read more

Ohio State men’s basketball looking to establish rhythm against Northwestern

January 22, 2015
As the Ohio State men’s basketball team prepares to play its fourth road game in a five game stretch, it is struggling to find its rhythm. OSU coach Thad Matta said he is not only pondering a switch in the starting lineup, he added he is wondering if the Buckeyes can pull their season together as they approach the thick of the Big Ten season. The Buckeyes are coming off of their third conference loss in six Big Ten games, and find themselves outside the top 25 for the second straight week. On the other side of Thursday’s matchup, the Northwestern Wildcats are reeling, having lost four straight with second-year… Read more

Opinion: Ohio State linebackers have earned back the ‘Silver Bullets’ moniker

January 21, 2015
Historically, Ohio State defenses — especially the linebackers — have lived up to their moniker. But as of late, the “Silver Bullets” have been shooting blanks. Even in August, the Buckeye linebackers were one of the biggest question marks on the team. Senior Curtis Grant had plenty of talent — judging by his five-star rating coming out of high school — but he never seemed to put it all together in Columbus. To an extent, the same could be said for junior Joshua Perry, who racked up just 69 tackles through his first two years with the Buckeyes. And then there was redshirt-freshman Darron Lee, who still looked more like… Read more

New co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tim Beck set to make $525,000 annually

January 21, 2015
New co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tim Beck has signed a preliminary contract with Ohio State, guaranteeing him more than half a million dollars in his first year on the job. Beck, a Youngstown, Ohio, native and former Nebraska offensive coordinator quarterbacks coach, signed a contract with OSU on Jan. 14 that will pay him $525,000 annually between Jan. 13 and April 30, 2016. The contract runs through April 30, 2017, and says Beck will be eligible for raises beginning on May 1, 2016. The contract was made available to The Lantern as part of a records request  fulfilled on Wednesday. In addition to the $525,000 yearly salary, Beck will… Read more

Opinion: Urban Meyer unseated Nick Saban as best college coach with 3rd national title win

January 20, 2015
In the wake of winning his third national championship, Urban Meyer has sent a statement to the world of college football: Not only is Ohio State the best team in the nation, but he is the best coach. For years, Nick Saban has owned this de facto title from his stronghold in Alabama. However, with Meyer’s triumphant return to college football glory — with a team on its third-string quarterback, no less — the flow of power is beginning to shift. Now what makes Meyer a better coach than Saban, excluding his head-to-head victory on New Year’s Day? I believe the best college football coach in the nation would have… Read more

Opinion: Buckeye pass catchers to be a high point once again in 2015

January 20, 2015
When Urban Meyer arrived in Columbus, the receiving corps was a low point for Ohio State. Now the third-year OSU coach has a Buckeye national title on his resume, and a chunk of the credit can be pointed toward a much-improved group of pass catchers. Now going into 2015, the Buckeyes are more than set at running back with soon-to-be junior Ezekiel Elliott, and overstocked at quarterback. On the outside — and at tight end — OSU will be looking to replace pass-catching production to the tune of 66 receptions and 18 receiving touchdowns from 2014. But even with the departures of Devin Smith, Evan Spencer and Jeff Heuerman —… Read more

Former Buckeyes Bobby Hoying, Greg Frey weigh in on current Ohio State quarterback picture

January 19, 2015
Playing football at Ohio State can set a student apart from the pack, and playing quarterback can make that gap even larger. “I guess there’s a lot of pressure,” former Buckeye quarterback Bobby Hoying told The Lantern on Monday. “You feel it right when you get to campus and everybody looks to the quarterback to kind of be the leader.” Hoying, a native of St. Henry, Ohio, spent five years at OSU after redshirting his first season before earning the starting job in 1993. By his final year in 1995, Hoying compiled one of the best seasons ever for a Buckeye signal caller with 3,269 passing yards and 29 touchdowns.… Read more

Report: Former Ohio State defensive end Noah Spence to transfer to Eastern Kentucky

January 19, 2015
Former Ohio State defensive lineman Noah Spence is transferring to Eastern Kentucky, according to multiple reports. Spence, who last played for OSU in the 2013 Big Ten Championship Game, was initially suspended for three games for failing a drug test. He sat out the 2014 Orange Bowl and the Buckeyes’ first two games of the 2014-15 season. Less than 24 hours before Spence was set to return to action against Kent State on Sept. 13, it was announced that he had failed a second drug test. That failed test ultimately led to a ban from Big Ten play just days before the Buckeyes’ annual tilt with Michigan. Spence appealed his… Read more