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Report: Former Alabama offensive lineman Chad Lindsay to transfer to Ohio State

April 22, 2014
Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer said he was not pleased with where his offensive line sat following spring practice. However, he appears to have taken a step in further bolstering that unit for his team. Alabama redshirt-junior transfer Chad Lindsay is set to sign with the Buckeyes, according to a report from CBS National college football writer Jeremy Fowler Tuesday. Lindsay, who is listed as 6-foot-2-inches tall and 302 pounds on Alabama’s official roster, is available to suit up right away for the Buckeyes as he has already graduated from Alabama. Lindsay participated in eight games last season for the Crimson Tide, starting four. An OSU spokesman told The … Read more

Ohio State football set to take on Cincinnati in 4th scheduled night game of 2014

April 22, 2014
For the first time in program history, the Ohio State football team is scheduled to play four regular season night games. According to an OSU press release, the Buckeyes’ game against Cincinnati Sept. 27 at Ohio Stadium is set to kick off at 6 p.m. The game will be televised on the Big Ten Network. The game is slated to be the third night game played in Columbus during the 2014 season, as the Buckeyes will also host Virginia Tech Sept. 6 and Illinois Nov. 1. Those two games are scheduled to start at 8 p.m. The three scheduled night games in Columbus are also a program first. OSU is… Read more

Chris Ash, Kerry Coombs, Luke Fickell forming working bond on defensive staff

April 21, 2014
A Buckeye, a Badger and a Bearcat walk into a coaches meeting and have to find a way to work together to save the Ohio State football team’s defense. There’s no punch line for the joke, because it hasn’t had time to be written yet. With the addition of co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach Chris Ash to coach Urban Meyer’s staff — the aforementioned Badger because of a two-year stint with Wisconsin, before spending last season with the Arkansas Razorbacks — to the OSU coaching staff in January, there were bound to be some things that had to be figured out in the coach’s room. Defensive coordinator and linebackers coach… Read more

Opinion: ‘Draft Day’ doesn’t portray passion, misery of Cleveland Browns

April 17, 2014
Walking into the movie theater, I had a very clear checklist outlining my hopes for “Draft Day.” “Accurately portray the passion and football misery of the city of Cleveland, make it as realistic as possible and give NFL fans an in-depth look as to what goes on behind closed doors in a real NFL front office,” I thought to myself. “If it does all those things well, this film should be a classic.” After nearly two hours in the theater, my checklist was of little to no use, my thoughts were jumbled and I couldn’t wrap my mind around my opinion of this film. Part of me thought it was… Read more

Ohio State football looking for confidence from young linebackers

April 17, 2014
It was the final night in Ohio Stadium for the Ohio State football team’s senior class. Players like Jack Mewhort, Bradley Roby, Carlos Hyde and Corey “Philly” Brown were set to step on the field as players for the last time in the ‘Shoe. One player who, at the time of the game, was thought to be coming back and continuing his Buckeye career was junior linebacker Ryan Shazier. But Nov. 23 against Indiana, Shazier had his most memorable — and final — performance at home. In the 42-14 win, Shazier tallied 20 tackles, the first time a Buckeye did it since A.J. Hawk in 2004. Less than two months… Read more

Much maligned Ohio State football pass defense improved in spring practice

April 17, 2014
Something had to change. After allowing an average of 268 yards per game through the air in 2013 — including getting torched for an average of 377.6 yards in its final three games of the season — the Ohio State pass defense needed a facelift. Gone is former safeties coach Everett Withers, who is now the coach at James Madison University. Gone are former starters Bradley Roby, Christian Bryant and C.J. Barnett, as well as Corey “Pitt” Brown, who filled in after Bryant broke his ankle against Wisconsin Sept. 28. Gone is the leadership the departed players provided. Buckeye fans might be wondering who is left to pick up the… Read more

Report: Ohio State football redshirt-freshman safety Jayme Thompson to transfer

April 16, 2014
According to multiple reports, Ohio State redshirt-freshman safety Jayme Thompson has been granted his release from the school and will transfer. An OSU spokesman was not able to confirm the release of Thompson, however. “I have not been informed by coach (Urban) Meyer that there has been a change in status with regard to Thompson,” the spokesman told The Lantern in an email Wednesday. Thompson, a native of Toledo, Ohio, redshirted the 2013 season after suffering a broken ankle prior to the start of the season. He never appeared in a game for the Scarlet and Gray. A four-star recruit out of high school, Thompson was also ranked as a… Read more

Inexperienced offensive line has big shoes to fill for Ohio State football

April 15, 2014
At any level, success running the football begins with the offensive line. Even the most talented running backs can only do so much if the big guys in front aren’t making space for them to operate. Those big guys on Ohio State’s offensive line did more than their fair share of space-making in 2013, paving the way for two 1,000-yard rushers in then-senior running back Carlos Hyde and then-junior quarterback Braxton Miller en route to helping the Buckeyes tally 4,321 yards on the ground in a 12-2 season. But that unit had four senior starters — Andrew Norwell, Jack Mewhort, Marcus Hall and Corey Linsley — who all returned from… Read more

Ohio State football to play in at least 3 primetime games in 2014

April 15, 2014
Gene Smith and Urban Meyer are getting their wish — more primetime football games for Ohio State football. ESPN announced its slate of primetime matchups for the 2014 season, six of which involve teams in the Big Ten. Half of those Big Ten games include the Buckeyes, giving what both Smith and Meyer want for the program — an ability to showcase the team at night. Smith said in an interview with The Lantern Jan. 29 he pushes for ESPN to pick OSU as often as it can when it irons out its night game schedule. “I’m trying to encourage them to pick us,” Smith said in the interview, adding… Read more

Ohio State has wealth of running backs to fill void left by Carlos Hyde

April 14, 2014
Some things in sports never change. March Madness will have upsets, Cleveland fans will always have something to complain about and the Ohio State football program will have a talented stable of running backs. Of the program’s seven Heisman trophies, five were won by running backs, including the only two-time winner in Archie Griffin from 1974-75. Even in this modern age where plenty of focus is placed on the passing game — especially under the high-tempo offense run by coach Urban Meyer — the Buckeyes have found a way to succeed in the running game. Last season it was Carlos Hyde, who ran for 1,521 yards and 15 touchdowns, becoming… Read more