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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 hoops freshmen sweep Big Ten weekly awards

January 26, 2015
The Ohio State men’s and women’s basketball teams each had experienced starters returning this season, but so far a pair of freshmen have stolen the show. That trend continued Monday afternoon when D’Angelo Russell from the men’s team and Kelsey Mitchell for the women were each named Big Ten Player of the Week and Freshman of the Week. In two games — both wins — for the Buckeyes in the past week, Russell averaged 27.5 points, eight assists and 6.5 rebounds and made 21 of 32 total shot attempts. The run included a career-high 33 points in the win against Northwestern, and he did it without turning the ball over… Read more

D’Angelo Russell double-double leads Ohio State past No. 23 Indiana, 82-70

January 25, 2015
The script was the same, and for the second game in a row it was a happy ending for the Ohio State men’s basketball team. The Buckeyes started slow, trailing 9-2 in the opening minutes, but fought back at home to upset the visiting No. 23 Indiana Hoosiers, 82-70, on Sunday at the Schottenstein Center. Senior guard Shannon Scott said the recent success by opposing teams in the early going against the Buckeyes has been frustrating. “For some reason everyone starts out hot on us,” Scott said after the game. “I think we did a great job of not getting frustrated about that. I think we did a great job… Read more

Shannon Scott, D’Angelo Russell becoming formidable backcourt duo for Ohio State

January 25, 2015
When the Ohio State men’s basketball team fell down 9-2 early on in its game against Indiana, two players didn’t seem to panic. The starting backcourt of senior Shannon Scott and freshman D’Angelo Russell led the Buckeyes back to their second straight win Sunday afternoon, though neither of them put together a complete game. Russell, who scored 16 of his 22 points in the first half of OSU’s 82-70 victory over No. 23 Indiana, attempted just four shots in the second half, in part because of cramps. Enter Scott, who scored all 10 of his points against the Hoosiers in the second half, including four points while Russell was on… Read more

Ohio State defeats No. 23 Indiana, 82-70

January 25, 2015
Without a signature Big Ten win this season, the Buckeyes finally got the job done against the No. 23 Indiana Hoosiers on Sunday night, thanks to two freshmen: Jae’Sean Tate and D’Angelo Russell. While Russell lead the way with 22 points and 10 assists, Tate came up huge with 20 points and 6 rebounds of his own. While head coach Thad Matta was pleased with Tate and the effort of his team overall, he’s also looking ahead to another top-25 matchup with the Maryland Terrapins at home on Thursday.… Read more

Ohio State men’s lacrosse tunes up for regular season with 11-4 exhibition win

January 25, 2015
In its first scrimmage of the new year, the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team put the skills and training it fostered in the off-season into practice, coming away with a 11-4 win in a practice game against The Hill Academy on Saturday at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. Midfielder David Planning scored late in the first quarter, bringing the Buckeyes to a 3-0 lead against Hill — a Concord, Ontario, high school — but the senior credited his younger teammates for stepping up during the scrimmage. “We have guys playing their butts off coming off the bench,” Planning said. “Everyone’s playing really well.” Among the younger players, freshman midfielder Trevor… Read more

Losing streak for Ohio State men’s hockey continues, swept by Spartans

January 25, 2015
Twenty, eight and zero. That’s the number of goals scored by Ohio State men’s hockey opponents, the number scored by the Buckeyes and the number of OSU wins since Jan. 10. OSU suffered its two most recent Big Ten losses this past weekend to the Michigan State Spartans. The Buckeyes (7-13-2, 2-6-0) traveled to East Lansing, Mich., over the weekend, losing to the Spartans (9-11-2, 3-3-2) 4-1 on Friday and 2-0 on Saturday to extend their losing streak to four games. In the second matchup, the Buckeyes were shut out by Spartan junior goaltender Jake Hildebrand, who totaled 22 saves. Though the Buckeyes were not able to finish on their… Read more

Ohio State women’s basketball escapes Purdue with 79-71 overtime victory

January 25, 2015
The Purdue Boilermakers were even with the Ohio State women’s basketball team for 40 minutes, but the Buckeyes hit the road back to Columbus with a win. OSU escaped West Lafayette, Ind., with a 79-71 win in overtime behind a game-high 37 points from freshman guard Kelsey Mitchell on Sunday. The win was the Buckeyes’ second in a row as OSU improved to 13-7 overall and 5-3 in Big Ten play. After a loss to Minnesota on Jan. 15, McGuff had stressed the need for OSU to find a second scorer to back up the play of Mitchell, who leads the country in scoring. Sophomore forward Shayla Cooper came off… Read more

Ohio State wrestling topples Terrapins, Hoosiers

January 25, 2015
The Ohio State wrestling team improved to 9-3 overall and 5-1 in the Big Ten after defeating the Maryland Terrapins, 31-9, in College Park, Md on Sunday. Redshirt-freshman Nathan Tomasello (125 pounds) got things started for the fourth ranked Buckeyes when he defeated Terrapins’ redshirt-junior Josh Polacek with a 15-0 technical fall in the second period. At 133 pounds, OSU redshirt-junior Johnni DiJulius bounced back after being taken down in the first period by Maryland’s redshirt-junior Geoffrey Alexander by scoring 10 straight points to give himself a 10-2 majority decision win. OSU redshirt-senior Logan Stieber continued his pinning ways against sophomore Shyheim Brown when he was able to get the… Read more