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Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith uninterested in paying players

July 16, 2014
While Gene Smith supports covering all college costs and promising four-year scholarships, he doesn’t think student-athletes should be paid. “I am not a proponent of creating an employer-employee relationship, which changes the whole dynamic,” the Ohio State vice president and athletic director said in a July 7 interview with The Lantern. “At the end of the day, you get fired if you don’t perform if you’re an employee, and we don’t want that.” Smith said he hopes the NCAA never makes it to the point of paying student-athletes beyond the cost of attendance, and added that if it did, it could lead to less lucrative sports being cut. “I hope… Read more

Opinion: Kyrie Irving’s new contract offers new hope for Cleveland Cavaliers

July 2, 2014
On April 15, 2013, as the final buzzer sounded, he ran toward the locker room and wasn’t seen again for the rest of the evening. It was simultaneously the final game of the 2012-13 season at Quicken Loans Arena for the Cleveland Cavaliers and “Fan Appreciation Night” —  a night dedicated to the thousands of Clevelanders who watched the Cavs put together another atrocious campaign. While many players stood on the hardwood following the game to toss their shoes, uniforms and promotional giveaways into the audience as a sign of their appreciation, Kyrie Irving could not be bothered. All of a sudden, the 21-year-old prodigy, who offered a ray of… Read more

Opinion: LeBron James, Aaron Craft headline intriguing NBA Draft, off-season for Ohio basketball fans

June 24, 2014
As the dust from the NBA Finals has settled, basketball fans have turned their attention to the much anticipated 2014 NBA Draft, and even more so, free agency. For basketball fans in the state of Ohio, two names will be watched closely: LeBron James and, for those in Columbus, Aaron Craft. James, who according to multiple reports will exercise his early termination clause with the Miami Heat, has Cleveland fans buzzing about the thought of seeing “the King” return to his home state and to the team that drafted him in 2003. The Cavaliers have been building, and tearing down at times, their team since James took his talents to… Read more

Opinion: Things setting up perfectly, too perfectly, for LeBron James to return home

June 17, 2014
Almost four years ago, I sat in the passenger’s seat of my mother’s SUV, my mouth stuffed with red-stained tissues and napkins, sore from the early morning removal of my wisdom teeth. As my mom sped along the highway with my exhausted sister in the backseat (she had just been through an exciting week at a tennis camp at the University of Florida), I sat in that front seat, staring at the dark, star-speckled Florida sky, wondering  what I did to deserve this punishment. An hour earlier, LeBron James had uttered those infamous words that will forever live in NBA lore, spurning Cleveland, the city that I loved and opting… Read more

Ohio State set to be pitted against UCLA, Kentucky, North Carolina in CBS Sports Classic

May 7, 2014
Whispers of an annual college basketball event featuring Ohio State, UCLA, Kentucky and North Carolina floated their way around the rumor mill for quite a while. On Wednesday, though, those whispers were made official. According to CBS Sports, the CBS Sports Classic is set to launch in 2014 and feature the four aforementioned basketball programs in a round-robin style tournament that will take place over a three-season span. The tournament is set to be hosted in three separate cities over the next three seasons, starting with Chicago in 2014, Brooklyn in 2015 and Las Vegas during the 2016 season. The first slate of games in Chicago is set to feature… Read more

Ohio State 2013-14 athletics: Year in review

April 21, 2014
Some seasons end in championships. Others, losses that make you scratch your head. Some teams show pure dominance in their sport. Others fight just to finish with a winning record. Ohio State sports dabbled in a bit of each of these during the 2013-14 season, as the men’s tennis, men’s lacrosse, pistol and synchronized swimming teams captured at least a share of a conference or National Championship, and redshirt-junior Logan Steiber captured his third-consecutive NCAA wrestling title in addition to senior Joe Totts winning his second individual pistol title. Other squads, like the football, women’s volleyball and men’s basketball teams, all started hot and won at least 12 straight contests… Read more

With added personnel, Thad Matta looking for more production from low post for Ohio State men’s basketball

April 21, 2014
For a time early in Thad Matta’s career as the Ohio State men’s basketball coach, his teams were built around the center position. Terence Dials, Greg Oden, Kosta Koufos, B.J. Mullens and Jared Sullinger were all standout post presences that helped carry the Buckeyes under Matta. But over the last two seasons — since Sullinger left for the NBA after two seasons in Columbus — the Buckeyes have had a bit of a crisis in the post. With junior centers Amir Williams and Trey McDonald — who averaged a combined 9.8 points and 7.5 rebounds per game last season — trading time down low, the Buckeyes have been forced to… Read more

Virginia Tech transfer Trevor Thompson added to Ohio State men’s basketball roster, to sit out 2014-15 season

April 18, 2014
Seniors Aaron Craft and Lenzelle Smith Jr. might be gone, along with junior LaQuinton Ross and sophomore Amedeo Della Valle, but Ohio State men’s basketball coach Thad Matta is not wasting any time filling those vacancies. After announcing that former-Temple redshirt-junior forward Anthony Lee would transfer to Ohio State last month, Matta has secured another inside presence in Trevor Thompson. Thompson, who spent his freshman season with Virginia Tech, can start playing for the Buckeyes beginning in 2015-16 after sitting out for a season per NCAA transfer rules. Thompson tweeted his excitement in joining the Buckeyes on April 13, a day after attending the 2014 Spring Game at Ohio Stadium.… Read more

Ohio State students work on creating new basketball ticket distribution policy

April 17, 2014
Some Ohio State students say the same thing every year: OSU doesn’t offer enough student basketball tickets. One student is working with spirit groups, Undergraduate Student Government and the athletic department to help solve the problem by implementing a new system, which would reward points to students who attend games and give them priority ticket ordering times. “The reality is that from the number of tickets sold … only 57 percent on average are being used,” said Abby Waidelich, a former USG senator who is working to form a new policy that would change the way students buy tickets and fill the seats for home games at the Schottenstein Center.… Read more

Ohio State men’s basketball lands Virginia Tech transfer Trevor Thompson

April 13, 2014
To say the Ohio State basketball team is going through an overhaul is a bit of an understatement. First, the Buckeyes saw the careers of two of the most decorated players in program history — a total of 119 wins — come to a close on a cold, windy day in Buffalo, N.Y., more than three weeks ago when senior guards Aaron Craft and Lenzelle Smith Jr. battled to a 60-59 loss Dayton in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Two days later, sophomore guard Amedeo Della Valle told coach Thad Matta of his intentions to leave Columbus and head back home to Europe to pursue a professional basketball… Read more