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They've Been Through the Grind

In the BCS era from 1998-2013, there was only one team that won the BCS Championship Game in back-to-back seasons. Alabama took down LSU in 2011 and then Notre Dame in 2012.

One team that seemed poised to do so, however, was the 2003 Ohio State squad, and members of that squad have some advice for the 2015 Buckeyes as they look to win back-to-back championships in the College Football Playoff.

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Posted by Lori Schmidt Posted on May 22, 2015 0 Comments

Hat Tip of the Week 5-20-15

Posted by Lori Schmidt Posted on May 21, 2015 0 Comments

Nick With a Capital C

Reaction to the installment of forward Nick Foligno as the sixth captain in Blue Jackets history.

Posted by Lori Schmidt Posted on May 21, 2015 0 Comments

Captain Nick Foligno Joins The Fan

Posted by Lori Schmidt Posted on May 20, 2015 0 Comments

Is Aaron Craft Close to Breaking Into the NBA?

Chicago has been at the center of the NBA universe of late, and not just because LeBron and company invaded the Windy City last night to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals.

The league’s combine is still going on there, and that’s not the only place busy scouts have been able to check out prospects, as there is another event going on in town.

The NBA D-League held their annual “Elite Mini Camp” this Monday and Tuesday. Twenty-nine of the thirty-seven players who participated in the camp last year landed on an NBA Summer League roster, meaning it is an important couple days for those hoping to take their career to another level.

And who stood out at this year’s Elite Camp?

On both Monday and Tuesday camp director Bob MacKinnon as well as other camp coaches cited former Buckeye Aaron Craft as one of the top performers.Craft

Craft is hoping he’s finally developed an NBA-caliber jump shot, as that may be the one thing holding him back at this point. He did make 26 of his last 70 three-point attempts in the D-League.

Speaking of Craft, anecdotes from a soon-to-be-released book regarding Nebraska coach Tim Miles have been released. One of the stories about the Huskers head man that has been shared was the time he went up to Craft grinning and told him that, while his niece had a crush on him, “The rest of us call you Aaron Crap.”

To find out Craft’s reaction, click here.

Posted by Lori Schmidt Posted on May 15, 2015 0 Comments

Big Ten Football Attendance, 2013 & 2014

The latest numbers are out. Here's a look at average attendance at Big Ten football games over the past two seasons...

Big Ten Attendance

Notes: Penn State had a new coach, and Maryland and Rutgers saw bumps in attendance after playing as members of the Big Ten for the first time in 2014. Purdue saw a major drop, but that’s due in part to the fact that they removed seating in order to renovate the stadium. Michigan also saw a fairly substantial decrease, but that should turn around with Jim Harbaugh taking over in Ann Arbor.

Ohio State averaged 104,933 fans in 2013 and 106,296 in 2014.

Posted by Lori Schmidt Posted on May 14, 2015 0 Comments

Hat Tip of the Week 5-12-15

Posted by Lori Schmidt Posted on May 13, 2015 0 Comments

A Cheater's Guide to Playing Defense

It seems like every time an athlete or team is accused of cheating, you hear the exact same defenses. So in the event someone you root for gets in trouble, we’d  like to save you some effort with this handy dandy cheat sheet:

  • Everybody is doing it! Okay, maybe not everybody, but almost everybody. At least a majority, right? We can’t prove that, but you know it’s true. In fact, the only reason our team was the one that got caught is…
  • Everybody hates us! We’re totally able to be impartial regarding our beloved team. You on the other hand, are biased and clearly not credible. The charges against us? They’re a total hatchet job. That’s right. We’re being scapegoated here, especially since…
  • You don’t have any real evidence! We’ve watched Law & Order. We know how this works. Where’s your video? Oh, there’s video? Umm…Where’s your DNA? There’s always DNA! This case is circumstantial at best. And don’t you know that “innocent until proven guilty” is applicable both to courtroom dramas and real life? That’s definitely the standard of proof here. And even if you could prove it…
  • We’re great anyway. Face it. We would have beaten you even if we had been playing by the rules. Hey, since our cheating raised the question of how great our accomplishments truly are, we might as well be the one to answer the question, right? Really great. We’re awesome. Not only are we innocent until proven guilty, we’re also incredible until proven mediocre. Finally…
  • The rule is stupid! Sure maybe at one time everybody agreed this is how the game should be played, but we know better now, don’t we? And can’t we all just admit that the only proper response to a stupid rule is to break it? Civil disobedience, man. Fight the power!

So there you have it. And may the team that doesn’t get caught win.

Posted by Lori Schmidt Posted on May 12, 2015 0 Comments

The Graduates

Ohio State handed out a school-record 11,040 degrees this weekend, thirteen of which went to current or former members of the Buckeye football team.

Among those in cap and gown, 97.1 The Fan host, Bobby Carpenter and OSU assistant strength & conditioning coach, Anthony Schlegel.Carpenter

Also in attendance, former Buckeye Adam Griffin, who happens to be the son of commencement speaker Archie Griffin.

Archie’s message might not have been new to Adam. (Dad also gave the commencement address at Adam’s high school graduation.) However, for those who had not heard the speech before, it centered on the theme of coming back after facing adversity.

The elder Griffin noted that in his first game as a freshman, he fumbled the ball and feared he had fumbled away his chance to be a Buckeye football player.

That was, of course, before he went on to become the first, and still only, two-time Heisman winner.

Photo Courtesy of Ohio State University

“Because I kept working hard, because I found the joy and silver lining–no, I should say a scarlet and gray lining–in the test of my faith, that produced endurance and made me better,” said Griffin.

The three current Buckeyes to earn their degrees this weekend were defensive back Tyvis Powell (family resource management), offensive lineman Chase Farris (family resource management) and long-snapper Bryce Haynes (biology).

According to Ohio State, there are now five graduates expected on the 2015 roster, and that number is likely to grow with several players set to graduate at the end of this summer.

Posted by Lori Schmidt Posted on May 11, 2015 0 Comments

Hat Tip of the Week 5-6-15

Posted by Lori Schmidt Posted on May 6, 2015 0 Comments

VIDEO: D'Angelo Russell Announces He's Turning Pro

Here are highlights from D'Angelo Russell's meeting with the media. 

Posted by Lori Schmidt Posted on Apr 24, 2015 0 Comments

Hat Tip of the Week 4-22-15

Posted by Lori Schmidt Posted on Apr 22, 2015 0 Comments