The Locker Room

Go beyond the shows!Here in The Fan Locker Room you'll get insight and commentary from your favorite Fan personalities and reporters. Everything is game here, so you're guaranteed to find out what 97.1 The Fan thinks.

Penn State Week Begins

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer and two of his assistants, defensive line coach Larry Johnson (who spent almost two decades working for Penn State) and wide receivers coach Zach Smith, spoke to the media today.

Posted by Lori Schmidt Posted on Oct 20, 2014 0 Comments

Urban Meyer Postgame

Here's Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer discussing the Buckeyes 56-17 win over Rutgers.

Posted by Lori Schmidt Posted on Oct 18, 2014 0 Comments

Ohio State Players Preview Rutgers

Posted by Lori Schmidt Posted on Oct 17, 2014 0 Comments

Meyer and Barrett Preview Battle With Rutgers

Posted by Lori Schmidt Posted on Oct 15, 2014 0 Comments

Franklin's Two Cents

Penn State beat Rutgers this year 13-10, so Dispatch reporter Todd Jones asked Nittany Lions head coach James Franklin to preview the Ohio State/Rutgers game for Buckeye fans.

Posted by Lori Schmidt Posted on Oct 14, 2014 0 Comments

Scarlet and Grey vs. Scarlet Knights

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer previews Saturday's game against Rutgers. Offensive coordinator Tom Herman talks about how their game plan would be different if Braxton Miller was still their quarterback. And co-defensive coordinator Chris Ash explains why the defense does what they do.

Posted by Lori Schmidt Posted on Oct 13, 2014 0 Comments

Follow Friday

We know nobody does "Follow Friday" posts anymore. However, we thought it might be worth dusting off that old chestnut so you'd know where to find your favorite Fan shows, show hosts, producers and reporters!


Make sure to follow the show accounts for the most up-to-date info on guests and contests. Never miss a chance to discuss your favorite topic. And we often share breaking news via these accounts.




...And, of course 97.1 The Fan!


Mike Ricordati-Like his show, Mike's Twitter feed is full of irreverent sports talk and pop culture references.

Jonathan "T-Bone" Smith-Jonathan offers a humorous take on all our favorite local teams...and then some.

Beau Bishop-Always going up to the edge of being edgy, Beau is also famous for his "Three Things" posts, where he breaks down the latest Buckeye game in 420 characters.

Anthony Rothman-Follow Anthony for Seinfeld/movie quotes, Buckeye talk and a Feherty-level golf intellect. Plus, you'll quickly learn why he's one of the most likeable guys around, both on and off-the-air.

Posted by Lori Schmidt Posted on Oct 10, 2014 0 Comments

Buckeye Bye-Week Updates

Ohio State is enjoying their second bye-week of the season. However, we were still able to catch up with the head coach, and representatives of the offense and defense, to find out what the Buckeyes are doing during what is only nominally a week off.

Posted by Lori Schmidt Posted on Oct 8, 2014 0 Comments

Done Deal

Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen took a few moments today to discuss the Ryan Johansen signing with 97.1 The Fan. The deal is for three years, $12 million dollars, and at the end of that time, Johansen will be a restricted free agent.

And here's what he had to say at the podium when he spoke to the media at-large.

Posted by Lori Schmidt Posted on Oct 6, 2014 0 Comments

Get to Know: Maryland

Ohio State is preparing for their first ever meeting with Maryland. In fact, in a quirk of scheduling, the Terrapins have never faced any of their next three opponents (OSU, Iowa, Wisconsin), but have at least a little backstory with every other team they play this year.

Another notable first associated with this contest? It’s Maryland’s first ever Big Ten home game, which could provide some extra motivation to a team that is already 4-1, and only a few plays against West Virginia away from being 5-0.

To continue padding a healthy win total, though, Maryland will have to recover from a rash of injuries. A number of those are of the nagging, but not debilitating variety. Then there are those that are more significant.

Starting defensive end Quinton Jefferson? Done for the season. Starting tight end Andrew Isaacs? Done for the season. Backup linebacker Cavon Walker? Done for the season.

Starting quarterback CJ Brown? Well, that’s more of a question mark. He sprained his left wrist in the team’s most recent 37-15 win over Indiana, and head coach Randy Edsall said he wouldn’t say anything more about Brown’s status until just before the Terrapins take the field against the Buckeyes.

Brown was both Maryland’s leading passer and rusher going into that game against the Hoosiers. His backup, junior Caleb Rowe, is much more of a pocket passer.

Given that, and the fact that Rowe has more experience than a lot of backups do, Ohio State could see their pass defense tested once again.

That’s especially true given that Maryland features two of the more talented receivers in the league. Stephon Diggs has 29 catches for 398 yards. He’s also the league’s best kickoff returner, averaging 29.4 yards. (More on Maryland’s dangerous special teams in a bit.)

Deon Long has added 21 catches for another 250 yards.

And yet neither of them leads the team in touchdown receptions. That distinction belongs to Marcus Leak, who has 3 scores and is averaging 17.6 yards/catch.

As mentioned before, when CJ Brown was healthy, he was the focus of the running attack, often executing a zone-read option. Outside him, Wes Brown and Brandon Ross have combined to average 72 yards a game.

Defensively, Maryland is similar to Cincinnati, in that both teams have at times given up numerous yards, but were (up until the Bearcats faced Ohio State last weekend) clamping down in the red zone.

Illustrating this is the fact that Maryland is the top team in the league in red zone defense, while they are 13th in total defense (nearly 435 yards/game). And, as if to underline the similarity to Cincinnati, before last week, the Terps were one spot ahead of the Bearcats in total defense nationally.

Maryland managed to stifle Indiana, though.

That’s due in part to the effort of safety Sean Davis, who led the team with 102 tackles last year and continues to be a force this year. Defensive back William Likely has stretched his 5’7″ frame to record 3 picks, 5 pass breakups and one forced fumble.  Finally, Yannick Ngakoue has already tallied 7 tackles-for-loss, costing opponents 46 yards in the process.

However, it’s special teams where Maryland has really shone. They have one of the best kick returners in the country in Diggs. They’ve blocked 3 kicks and 2 punts.  Finally, their kicker, Brad Craddock is a perfect 10/10 this season with a long of 49.

Ohio State will play Maryland at noon this Saturday on 97.1 The Fan.

Posted by Lori Schmidt Posted on Oct 3, 2014 0 Comments

Mid week Buckeye football updates

Urban shares his usual midweek updates. Jeff Heuerman won't give away the team's game plan on special teams, but he very strongly hints at something we'll see this week. (Oh, yeah, you might also have heard he promised Ohio State would welcome Maryland to the Big Ten.) Vonn Bell has his interview interrupted by a trash-talking defensive lineman. Speaking of trash talk, Bell thinks there will be a little of that going on between him and Stefon Diggs. Finally, you won't believe when the first time Pat Elflein snapped a football was. 

Posted by Koby Doughty Posted on Oct 2, 2014 0 Comments

The Next Step

Ohio State football is gearing up for their Big Ten opener, as they'll play Maryland Saturday on 97.1 The Fan.

Today we'll hear from two members of the OSU defense, which has some issues to work out. We'll also hear from a member of one offensive unit, specifically the offensive line, which seems to have turned a corner.

Posted by Lori Schmidt Posted on Oct 1, 2014 0 Comments

Getting Ready to Enter Big Ten Play

Posted by Lori Schmidt Posted on Sep 29, 2014 0 Comments

Whip It!

Ohio State football players are doing their part to raise awareness, and more importantly funds, to fight childhood cancer.

Jumping off the popularity of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, there is now an effort underway to make whipped cream pies to the face the next viral charitable movement, and proceeds are going toward research into pediatic cancer, as well as support for the young patients and their families.

"A lot of people know people who have dealt with cancer, but it's different when you have a child dealing with cancer," linebacker Joshua Perry said. "So I hope this keeps going. I hope people pick it up and they keep doing it."

Posted by Lori Schmidt Posted on Sep 29, 2014 0 Comments

Ohio State Still Ruling the Buckeye State


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Posted by Lori Schmidt Posted on Sep 28, 2014 0 Comments