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Player compensation, staying out of trouble highlight end of Big Ten Media Days

July 29, 2014
CHICAGO –– According to Ohio State’s Michael Bennett, everybody wants money, but that doesn’t necessarily mean college athletes need it. “Yeah, I would like more money, but who wouldn’t?” Bennett asked. The senior defensive lineman said you can’t simply say college athletes need more money without further explanation, at which point it’s important to look more into what how student-athletes spend their money. “I think it’s kind of hard to just say they need more money, because then you have to say, ‘well, for what?’” He said. “That’s when you start getting into the details and stuff.” Bennett said it’s important to learn how to manage your money as a… Read more

2014 Big Ten Media Days: Urban Meyer has “worries” about College Football Playoff

July 29, 2014
CHICAGO –– Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer expressed his concerns with the new College Football Playoff system during day two of the Big Ten Media Days in Chicago. Meyer said Tuesday that while he believes the new system will be “great,” he worries about “fan fatigue, student-athlete fatigue and student-athlete family fatigue.” “We were talking about that at dinner last night,” Meyer said. “If I am (OSU senior defensive lineman) Michael Bennett’s family, and we go on a nice run, you can plan on spending $20,000 going to the Big Ten Championship Game, going to the semi-final game and going to the championship game.” Meyer said he was worried… Read more

Past losses bring camaraderie, fuel for Ohio State football team

July 29, 2014
CHICAGO –– Coming off back-to-back losses to close out the 2013 season, the 2014 Ohio State Buckeye football team is excited to get back to work. OSU senior tight end Jeff Heuerman said the losses to Michigan State and Clemson that finished what was shaping up to be a historic season have become lessons learned. “You just got to learn from your mistakes,” Heuerman said. “You can take a positive out of any situation. We have the experience now that we didn’t have last year going into the Big Ten Championship Game and that we didn’t have going to a BCS bowl.” OSU coach Urban Meyer said he hopes his… Read more

Most important Buckeyes for 2014 – No. 5: Dontre Wilson

July 29, 2014
With the first five already accounted for, The Lantern continues its countdown of the top 10 most important Buckeyes for the 2014 Ohio State football season. No. 5: Dontre Wilson, sophomore H-back Ever since the Southeastern Conference began to dominate the college football landscape in 2007, fans from other regions of the country have been reminded that their favorite teams don’t possess enough quickness to beat schools from the SEC. When coach Urban Meyer took the reins at OSU in November 2011, he made it clear that he intended to change that: the Buckeyes were going to get a lot faster. After an undefeated campaign in 2012, the puzzle of… Read more

2014 Big Ten Media Days: Urban Meyer talks question marks, defensive line a bright spot for Ohio State

July 28, 2014
CHICAGO –– To start his time at the 2014 Big Ten Media Days, Urban Meyer was ready to answer the first question before it was ever asked. “Our quarterback –– I know we’ll get asked that question –– is ready to go,” the Ohio State coach said during his opening statement. “He’s full speed, in the best shape of his life.” That quarterback, senior Braxton Miller, came in ninth in the 2013 Heisman Trophy voting before injuring his shoulder during OSU’s Orange Bowl loss to Clemson in January. Miller’s status heading into 2014 has been a lingering question mark, and the Buckeyes are without former-backup quarterback Kenny Guiton, who set… Read more

Rivalries, expansion, rule changes headline first day of 2014 Big Ten Media Days

July 28, 2014
CHICAGO –– It may only be July, but the Big Ten football season is already heating up. The discussion of rivalries in the realigned Big Ten Conference was a point of emphasis Monday as a coach from each of the 14 teams took to the podium, and the coaches from the top two Big Ten teams from last year did not agree on what constituted a rivalry. Reigning Big Ten and Rose Bowl Champion Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio said he believes the rivalries within the East Division will make for a competitive 2014 season. “Great games and a lot of games, a lot of teams that have built-in rivalries.… Read more

Ohio State football unveils completed $2.5 million locker room

July 25, 2014
The Ohio State football program has received another upgrade. The newly renovated football locker rooms at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center cost $2.5 million, an OSU spokesman confirmed to The Lantern. According to pictures tweeted out by coach Urban Meyer, the futuristic looking locker room features leather couches, multiple flat screen TV’s in a lounging area and above lockers to go along with a functioning water wall. pic.twitter.com/smb0V27QMU — Urban Meyer (@OSUCoachMeyer) July 25, 2014 Media availability to the locker rooms will be scheduled for a date next week an OSU spokesman told The Lantern. According to an OSU spokesman, the locker room project was completed on time as it… Read more

10 things to look for at 2014 Big Ten Media Days

July 24, 2014
With kickoff just a little over a month away, the best players from the Big Ten are set to join their coaches for a media frenzy in Chicago scheduled for July 28 to 29. There will be plenty to talk about as the players and coaches take the podium, but here are 10 of the top storylines to look for during the 2014 Big Ten Media Days. 10. Player unionization The topic of player unionization has been discussed throughout the past year with former Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter leading the charge for the players. While the discussion of player unionization has died down over the past few months, look for… Read more

7 Ohio State football players on preseason awards watch lists

July 23, 2014
The Heisman Trophy is arguably the most prestigious and recognizable trophy in college football, but seven Ohio State football players have been named to preseason watch lists for other notable awards. Senior quarterback Braxton Miller, who has earned the distinction as Big Ten Offensive Player and Quarterback of the Year for the past two seasons, has been named to the watch lists for the Maxwell Award, the Davey O’Brien Award and the Walter Camp Trophy. The Maxwell Award recognizes the college player of the year as voted on by members of the Maxwell Football Club, coaches and sports writers. The Davey O’Brien Award is presented to the nation’s best quarterback,… Read more

Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith says individual changes can key Big Ten rise

July 23, 2014
As the Big Ten expands to 14 teams with the addition of Rutgers and Maryland, Gene Smith thinks improvement across the conference will come down to individual schools making changes. The Ohio State vice president and athletic director said in a July 7 interview with The Lantern the Big Ten is already doing its part to boost competition levels. “The conferences is doing its job with the national exposure that we get to the Big Ten Network and all the other contracts,” Smith said. He added this income gives the coaches and programs at Big Ten schools the resources to recruit highly-rated athletes and improve their own teams. Smith also… Read more