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Dec. 11

Basketball:

Lavender, Prahalis give Buckeyes potent one-two punch
ESPN – USA
Of course, Lavender points out that Prahalis doesn’t say “ball.” At least not the way that most people say it. She says it that New York-New Jersey way. You know, like … boal. Or is it bow-ell? Or …http://sports.espn.go.com/ncw/columns/story?columnist=voepel_mechelle&id=3758950

Turnaround on boards
Buckeyes step up rebounding efforts after win at Miami
The Columbus Dispatch
December 11, 2008
There was a lid on the Ohio State basket last week. Not the one that kept nearly 60 percent of the Buckeyes’ shots from touching net against the University of Miami and Notre Dame. Rather, the plastic bubble that was affixed to the top of a rim in practice between those games so that the men had no choice but to do what they failed to in the first of those games — rebound. http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/sports/stories/2008/12/11/osu_mbk11.ART_ART_12-11-08_C3_30C6UST.html’sid=101

Conley powers Grizzlies to win
The Columbus Dispatch
Former Buckeye Mike Conley scored 14 of his 16 points in fourth quarter to help Memphis win back-to-back games for the first winning time this season. http://dispatch.com/live/content/sports/stories/2008/12/11/nba_notebook_1211.ART_ART_12-11-08_C5_30C6UUJ.html’sid=101

Football:

Laurinaitis loses out to Longhorn for Lombardi
The Columbus Dispatch
December 11, 2008
James Laurinaitis is zero for two on the major awards circuit this week, but the Ohio State linebacker still has two more shots. He was a finalist for the Lombardi Award, which last night went to Texas defensive end Brian Orakpo at a banquet in Houston. On Tuesday, Laurinaitis learned he did not repeat as the Butkus Award winner; linebacker Aaron Curry of Wake Forest was presented it by the award’s namesake, Dick Butkus, in a ceremony at his school. http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/sports/stories/2008/12/11/fbc11.ART_ART_12-11-08_C3_30C6UQ9.html’sid=101

OhioStateBuckeyes.com Football Blog: Laurinaitis and Jenkins Blog From the “Awards Tour”
http://www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=17300&ATCLID=3631224

USA Today: Texas DE Orakpo wins Lombardi Award
http://www.usatoday.com/sports/college/football/2008-12-10-orakpo_N.htm?loc=interstitialskip

Strikes, spares and gutters in this bowling season
Allentown Morning Call – Allentown,PA,USA
Ohio State. Can the Buckeyes defense slow the Longhorns offense? Teams met home-and-home a couple of years ago and the games were very competitive. …http://www.chicagotribune.com/topic/education/colleges-universities/05007000.topic 

Volleyball:

Buckeyes coach sets goals for Year Two
Big Ten Network – Chicago,IL,USA/ The Lantern.com
By Matt Lang The Ohio State women’s volleyball team was in a rebuilding year this season. It was the first year for coach Geoff Carlston, who coached at …
http://www.bigtennetwork.com/news/article.asp?list_id=17&story_id=3181068  

Athletics:

10-TV to air Schottenstein Center 10th Anniversary Special
It’s been 10 years since the Jerome Schottenstein Center opened it’s doors on the Ohio State campus. Tune in to 10-TV at 8 p.m. Saturday (12/13) for Making Memories… Value City Arena at the Schottenstein Center 10th Anniversary Special, and take a look back at a decade of memories. Big concerts, championship games, candid moments and more. www.schottensteincenter.com

Dec. 9-10

Athletics/Football:

National honors await Buckeyes past and present
Columbus Dispatch
The National Football Foundation’s awards dinner tonight at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel in New York is a black-tie affair, but it will be heavily tinged with scarlet and gray. Three men associated with Ohio State are among the honorees: Former coach John Cooper is being honored for his induction into the College Football Hall of Fame, athletic director Gene Smith will receive the John L. Toner Award, and senior receiver Brian Robiskie is among the finalists for the Draddy Award, sometimes called the “Academic Heisman.”http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/sports/stories/2008/12/09/fbc_fame09.ART_ART_12-09-08_C1_IDC67OQ.html’sid=101

Hockey: 

WSYX Ch. 6 Columbus: Buckeye Brother and Sister Share Love of Hockey 

Football:

Laurinaitis, Jenkins log plenty of award miles
The Columbus Dispatch
Dec. 10, 2008
Win or lose, James Laurinaitis said, there is still a reward for being on the major college football awards circuit this time of the year. http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/sports/stories/2008/12/10/osufb10.ART_ART_12-10-08_C3_GQC6HVO.html’sid=101

Ohio State linebacker James Laurinaitis usually up for major college football awards
Cleveland Plain Dealer: http://www.cleveland.com/osufootball/plaindealer/index.ssf?/base/sports/1228901513175700.xml&coll=2

OhioStateBuckeyes.com blog: Laurinaitis and Jenkins Blog From the “Awards Tour”  

Kehres, Tressel among coach of the year candidates
Canton Repository
Dec. 10, 2008

Mount Union College Larry Kehres captured the American Football Coaches Association’s regional coach of the year award after guiding the team to another unbeaten regular season and Ohio Conference championship.
http://www.cantonrep.com/sports/x596338614/Kehres-Tressel-among-coach-of-the-year-candidates 

WSYX Ch. 6: Buckeyes React To Fiesta Bowl Invitation 

Ohio State Buckeyes will help answer if Big 12 college football …
The Plain Dealer – cleveland.com – Cleveland,OH,USA
Columbus — Whether you admire or abhor the offensive onslaught in the Big 12 this season, find 500-yard games invigorating or insulting, Ohio State is … http://www.cleveland.com/osufootball/plaindealer/index.ssf?/base/sports/1228815189101420.xml&coll=2

Jim Tressel Interview on Big Ten Network

Malcolm Jenkins on BTN …

Buckeyes eager to avoid third straight BCS flop
Austin American-Statesman – Austin,TX,USA
By Alan Trubow While the Texas Longhorns ended the season hoping for a bid to the BCS championship game, the Ohio State Buckeyes began the season that way. … http://www.statesman.com/sports/content/sports/stories/longhorns/12/09/1209fiesta.html

Buckeyes can’t take a siesta at Fiesta
Commentary
The Columbus Dispatch
Dec. 9, 2008
The Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 5 should be viewed as a test, not a treat. The game is about regaining respect by impressing the nation, and for that to happen, the No. 10 Buckeyes need to win big against No. 3 Texas, which can only happen if Jim Tressel coaches outside his comfort zone, meaning he needs to design a game plan that somewhat imitates the wide-open attacks that dot the Big 12 conference. http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/sports/stories/2008/12/09/oller09.ART_ART_12-09-08_C1_IDC67AC.html’sid=101  

Texas might take frustration out on OSU
Toledo Blade
Dec. 9, 2008
Everything seems to point to an angry, bitter Texas team getting off the plane in Phoenix in less than three weeks and possibly taking out its mountain of frustrations on Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl. The two national powerhouses were matched up in the Jan. 5 game by the Bowl Championship Series, and while the Buckeyes (10-2) seem elated to be back in the desert Southwest, Texas (11-1) likely thinks its rightful stage is 2,000 miles away, in Miami, where the national championship game will be played. http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20081209/SPORTS16/812090395  

Women’s Basketball:

WSYX Ch. 6 Columbus: Freshman Runs the Show 

Men’s Basketball:

Big Ten a big kid on block yet again
Conference looking good in wins over ACC, ranked teams
The Columbus Dispatch
Dec. 9, 2008
Like their football brethren, Big Ten men’s basketball teams have seen their collective reputation take a hit in recent years. In four of the past seven years, the conference entered the NCAA Tournament with the lowest Rating Percentage Index of the six Bowl Championship Series conferences. But with a good chunk of the nonconference portion of the schedule completed, the Big Ten looks to be in the process of reversing its slide. According to CollegeRPI.com, the Big Ten ranks behind only the Atlantic Coast Conference so far this season. http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/sports/stories/2008/12/09/big_ten_mbk_1209.ART_ART_12-09-08_C1_IDC67AA.html’sid=101 

Big Ten announces its basketball presence with authority
Chicago Tribune
Dec. 8, 2008
The conference had some quality wins this week, surprising even some conference coaches. The Big Ten is No. 2 in RPI and No. 1 in strength of schedule among the nation’s conferences. Michigan has done its part, beating Duke from the ACC and UCLA from the Pac-10. Ohio State took out No. 21 Miami and No. 7 Notre Dame. Like the Buckeyes, Minnesota is still undefeated. http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/college/chi-081208-big-ten-basketball-notes,0,1699663.story  

Ohio State basketball: Buckeyes up to No. 21 in both polls
The Plain Dealer – cleveland.com – Cleveland,OH,USA
At 5-0, the Buckeyes remain behind the 6-2 Fighting Irish in both polls despite their head-to-head win. (Is this the BCS?) Ohio State is third in the … http://www.cleveland.com/buckeyeblog/index.ssf/2008/12/ohio_state_basketball_buckeyes_4.html

Big Ten recognizes Buckeyes’ Turner
The Columbus Dispatch
Dec. 9, 2008
Ohio State sophomore Evan Turner was named Big Ten player of the week for the first time yesterday.
http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/sports/stories/2008/12/09/bkc09.ART_ART_12-09-08_C3_IDC681L.html’sid=101  

Evan Turner on Big Ten Network’s Big Ten Tonight http://link.brightcove.com/services/link/bcpid1640149611/bclid1906883053/bctid4283455001

North Carolina remains unanimous No. 1
Washington Post – United States
Ohio State (5-0), which beat Miami and Notre Dame last week, moved in at No. 21, the Buckeyes’ first ranking since being No. 1 in the final poll of 2006-07. … http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/12/08/AR2008120802079.html

HOOP THOUGHTS
SI.com – USA
But when Ohio State got blown out by USC on Sept. 13, that essentially eliminated the Buckeyes from the championship race. Whatever glimmer of hope remained … http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2008/writers/seth_davis/12/09/hoop.thoughts/

Dec. 6-8

College football:
 
Buckeyes hook up with ‘Horns
Columbus Dispatch
Monday, Dec. 8, 2008
Considering that the Ohio State football team lost two games this season, the Buckeyes ended up with about the best possible bowl scenario. Ohio State (10-2) accepted an invitation last night to play in the Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 5 in Glendale, Ariz. Its opponent will be Texas (11-1), ranked third in the nation and a team that came within a last-second loss of being in the national championship game. http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/sports/stories/2008/12/08/osufb_bowl08.ART_ART_12-08-08_A1_89C5RDH.html’sid=101 

Buckeyes extend BCS roll
Four straight invitations is heady stuff
Columbus Dispatch
Dec. 8, 2008
Two losses was considered a disappointing total for Ohio State this season, but coach Jim Tressel is not apologizing for his Buckeyes being chosen to play in a Bowl Championship game once again. The Fiesta Bowl last night invited Ohio State (10-2 and ranked 10th in the BCS standings) to play Texas (11-1 and ranked third) on Jan. 5 in Glendale, Ariz. http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/sports/stories/2008/12/08/osufb08.ART_ART_12-08-08_C1_A8C5S3O.html’sid=101 

Bucking for redemption
ESPN.com
Dec. 7, 2008

After being embarrassed in the last two BCS national title games, Ohio State gets a chance to repair its national reputation against a Texas team many feel should be heading to Miami rather than the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/bowls08/bowls?game=fiesta 

OSU is bowl-bound, but economy is wild card for fans
Tickets, travel packages may be cheaper
Columbus Dispatch
Dec. 8, 2008
Considering the Ohio State football team lost two games this season, the Buckeyes ended up with about the best possible bowl scenario. Ohio State (10-2) tonight accepted an invitation to play in the Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 5 in Glendale, Ariz. Its opponent will be Texas (11-1), ranked third in the nation and a team that came within a last-second loss of being in the national championship game. http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/local_news/stories/2008/12/07/osufb.html’sid=101 

Ohio State awards banquet: Wells turning pro? Easy call to make, Tressel says
The Columbus Dispatch
Dec. 8, 2008
Ohio State coach Jim Tressel, who watched junior tailback Chris “Beanie” Wells win four awards at the team’s banquet yesterday, was asked whether Wells faces a tough decision in regard to leaving for the NFL after the Fiesta Bowl. “If it were me, it wouldn’t be tough,” Tressel said.  He should go?
“Shoot, yeah,” Tressel said.
http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/sports/stories/2008/12/08/Osuaward12088.ART_ART_12-08-08_C2_A8C5SOC.html’sid=101 

Beanie named Ohio State’s MVP
Columbus Dispatch
December 8, 2008
Running back Chris “Beanie” Wells has been voted Ohio State’s most valuable player this season. The announcement was made today at the team’s Football Appreciation Banquet. http://www.columbusdispatch.com/live/content/sports/stories/2008/12/07/1207osufb-awards.html’sid=101 

Men’s Basketball:

Turner Named Big Ten Player of the Week http://bigten.cstv.com/sports/m-baskbl/spec-rel/120808aab.html

Ohio State 67 | No. 7 Notre Dame 62
Defense helps net big win No. 2
Columbus Dispatch
December 7, 2008
Thad Matta has been labeled a recruiter extraordinaire. The Ohio State men’s basketball coach is 41 going on 17 occasionally, the recruits’ best friend, telling them they can shoot threes until their arms fall off. Then the kids sign and find themselves playing defense until their lungs explode.
http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/sports/stories/2008/12/07/osu_mbk07.ART_ART_12-07-08_C1_HNC5AJ4.html’sid=101 

Big Ten Network Highlights: Ohio State vs. Miami Dec. 2 and  Ohio State vs. Notre Dame Dec. 6

Women’s Basketball:

Light comes on before it’s too late
Buckeyes manage to pull out road win with closing surge
Columbus Dispatch
Sunday,  Dec. 7, 2008
LINCOLN, Neb. — The switch flipped to “on” in the nick of time to save the Ohio State women’s basketball team yesterday afternoon in the Devaney Sports Center. The 18th-ranked Buckeyes (7-2) suddenly found the short circuit that left them stumbling in the dark throughout the first half against Nebraska, fixed the problem on the fly and watched the offense come to life like a string of Christmas lights in the final seconds of a 69-65 win. http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/sports/stories/2008/12/07/osu_wbk07.ART_ART_12-07-08_C1_HNC5ALV.html’sid=101 

University/Football:

Still against a playoff, but not averse to change
Q&A with E. Gordon Gee
Columbus Dispatch
Dec. 8, 2008
E.Gordon Gee is an unabashed cheerleader for major-college football. He also totes a larger megaphone than most, now that he is more than a year into his second term as president of Ohio State University. He made headlines a year ago when he said, in regard to a possible extended major-college playoff, “They will have to wrestle it out of my cold, dead hands.” In other words, Gee is a strong proponent of the Bowl Championship Series and its single title game, despite the debates it has spawned since its inception in 1998. http://www.columbusdispatch.com/live/content/sports/stories/2008/12/07/osu_gee07.ART_ART_12-07-08_C3_HNC58B0.html’sid=101 

Dec. 5, 2008

Athletics:  

  Ohio State leads Big Ten with 80 on academic all-conference team
Columbus Dispatch

Ohio State ranked first in the Big Ten with 80 student-athletes named to the Big Ten fall Academic All-Conference team, the conference announced yesterday. Ohio State had academic honorees in all seven eligible fall sports. http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/sports/stories/2008/12/05/osuacad.html’sid=101

  WSYX TV: OSU Athletic Director on Buckeyes Bowl Possibilities 

  Names in the Game
International Herald Tribune

NEW YORK (AP) NFL Charities has awarded $1.5 million in grants to support sports-related medical research at 17 organizations, the NFL announced Thursday. The NFL medical grant recipients are: Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center; Duke University; Hospital for Special Surgery; National Athletic Trainers Association; NFL Physicians Society; Ohio State University Research Foundation… http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2008/12/04/sports/Names-in-the-Game.php

Football:

  All-America honors go to Laurinaitis, Jenkins
Columbus Dispatch

For just the second time in 32 years, the Ohio State football team has a three-time All-American.
Linebacker James Laurinaitis and cornerback Malcolm Jenkins were named to the American Football Coaches Association team yesterday. http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/sports/stories/2008/12/05/fbc05.ART1_ART_12-05-08_C4_78C4VIP.html’sid=101

WBNS TV: Seniors Talk on Wall-to-Wall Sports 

  Tressel, Crean coming to town
Middletown Journal

Ohio State University football coach Jim Tressel and Indiana University basketball coach Tom Crean will be the featured speakers at the 20th Pigskin-Roundball Spectacular, event organizers announced Thursday, Dec. 4. http://www.middletownjournal.com/hp/content/oh/story/news/local/2008/12/05/mj120508pigskin.html

  OSU tickets on sale next week
Dayton Daily News

Ohio State will learn its bowl destination and opponent Sunday, and tickets will go on sale next week, the school announced Thursday. Tickets will be available until 5 p.m. Monday for season ticket holders. http://www.daytondailynews.com/s/content/oh/story/sports/college/osu/2008/12/05/ddn120508spcollfbnotes.html

  UT hands football reins to Beckman
Oklahoma State assistant has strong Ohio ties
Toledo Blade

Tim Beckman has moved around the country for football coaching jobs since he was in diapers, first with his father Dave and then for his own career. One common theme prevailed – he has always returned to Ohio. A former assistant coach at Bowling Green and Ohio State, Beckman was most recently the defensive coordinator at Oklahoma State the last two years. http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20081205/SPORTS11/812050398

Also: Chicago Tribune: Toledo hires Oklahoma State defensive coordinator Tim Beckman as head coach
http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/sns-ap-fbc-toledo-beckman,0,4662481.story
Also: San Francisco Chronicle: Toledo hires Okla St coordinator Beckman as coach
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2008/12/04/sports/s144308S75.DTL&hw=Ohio+State&sn=001&sc=586

  Could it soon be Scarlet versus Blue?
Plain Dealer

Ohio State vs. Michigan with both schools wearing their classic home uniforms might be a fashion statement and fashionable, with USC and UCLA planning on the home vs. home look for their rivalry game this weekend. http://www.cleveland.com/osufootball/plaindealer/index.ssf?/base/sports/1228469519213081.xml&coll=2  

Men’s Basketball:

  Once the top pick, Oden is now overshadowed
International Herald Tribune

NEW YORK: Greg Oden’s previous trip under the lights at Madison Square Garden seemed like a long time ago. He stepped onto the stage at the 2007 National Basketball Association draft, capping an astounding year in which he had taken the college game by storm in his only season at Ohio State University. His selection as the first overall pick was supposed to herald his arrival as a franchise player for whichever team picked him. A year and a half later, Oden returned to the Garden on Tuesday night, this time in a Portland Trail Blazers jersey and no longer an instant star. http://www.iht.com/articles/2008/12/04/sports/ODEN.php

Men’s Hockey:

  Former Lake Catholic star Albert told to shoot first, ask questions later for Buckeyes
Plain Dealer 

COLUMBUS — Family, friends, teammates and coaches supporting Ohio State sophomore John Albert at Saturday’s hockey game with Robert Morris at Quicken Loans Arena on Saturday certainly won’t be booing him. That sound is just them yelling “Shoot.” http://www.cleveland.com/osu/index.ssf/2008/12/former_lake_catholic_star_albe.html

Dec. 4, 2008  

Women’s basketball:  

  Buckeyes go cold against Heels’ zone
Ohio State heats up with 13-0 run, but then offense has a meltdown – The Columbus Dispatch

The 18th-ranked Buckeyes (6-2) had second-ranked North Carolina (8-0) on its heels and in trouble much to the delight of a season-high crowd of 5,045 in Value City Arena. But after an excruciating nine-minute, 20-second span of scoreless basketball, Ohio State was left with a 72-63 loss in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge. http://www.columbusdispatch.com/live/content/sports/stories/2008/12/04/osu_wbk04.ART_ART_12-04-08_C1_38C4GDK.html’sid=101

Cleveland Plain Dealer: New-style OSU has success, failure – in spurts
http://www.cleveland.com/osubasketball/plaindealer/index.ssf?/base/sports/1228383082108270.xml&coll=2

Baseball: 

  Surveying the minors — Matt Angle
Baltimore Sun

In his first two seasons of professional baseball, Matt Angle has displayed excellent speed. The Orioles picked the 5-foot-10, 175-pound center fielder in the seventh round of the 2007 MLB draft, and he has piled up stolen bases since joining the organization. Prior to being drafted by the Orioles, Angle played baseball for three years at Ohio State University. http://weblogs.baltimoresun.com/sports/minors/blog/2008/12/surveying_the_minors_matt_angl.html

Football: 

  UT selects new head coach for football
Beckman has strong Ohio ties
Toledo Blade

The University of Toledo is expected to name Tim Beckman, defensive coordinator at Oklahoma State, as its new head football coach, The Blade has learned. Insiders at both UT and in Stillwater, Okla., confirmed that Mr. Beckman had been offered the job and was expected to accept. In 2005, he left Bowling Green to become the cornerbacks coach at Ohio State. He worked under head coach Jim Tressel for two seasons, helping the Buckeyes to the national championship game in 2007. http://toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20081204/SPORTS11/812040396/-1/SPORTS09

  Tressels pay visit to state champs at Southview
Toledo Blade
December 4, 2008
How do you follow up a celebration of a football state championship? With a visit from a guy who has won a national championship. Ohio State coach Jim Tressel was at Southview yesterday afternoon to congratulate Cougars coach Jim Mayzes on the school’s recent Division II state championship, and talk with Mayzes about some of his players who could have college football in their future. http://toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20081204/SPORTS12/812040404/-1/SPORTS09

Dec. 3, 2008 

Men’s basketball:

  The Columbus Dispatch: Ohio State shows offensive punch: Buckeyes rally, thanks in part to key Hurricanes player’s ejection

An Ohio State men’s basketball team that struggled to average 63 points in three games against lesser competition scored 51 in the second half last night against the No. 21-ranked team in the nation. The Buckeyes grabbed a game the University of Miami left them for the taking and stunned the Hurricanes 73-68 in the BankUnited Center. http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/sports/stories/2008/12/03/osu_bkb_1203.ART_ART_12-03-08_C1_P1C44PR.html’sid=101

Also: Cincinnati Enquirer: Buckeyes rally past No. 21 ‘Canes http://news.cincinnati.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/AB/20081203/SPT01/812030333/

Akron Beacon Journal: Ohio State rallies to beat No. 21 Miami 73-68 http://www.ohio.com/news/ap?articleID=1202819&c=y

Toledo Blade: Ohio State meets Miami’s challenge http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20081203/SPORTS16/812030472

USA Today: Ohio State rallies to knock off No. 22 Miami http://www.usatoday.com/sports/college/mensbasketball/2008-12-02-osu-miami_N.htm

Women’s basketball:

  Columbus Dispatch: Buckeyes finally get their moment

Ohio State wants to run, but not at Carolina’s pace

The game fairly jumped off the Ohio State women’s basketball schedule the moment it was announced in the spring. North Carolina was coming to Value City Arena on Dec. 3 as part of the annual Big Ten-Atlantic Coast Conference Challenge.  http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/sports/stories/2008/12/03/osu_wbk03.ART_ART_12-03-08_C1_P1C43NJ.html’sid=101

Football: 

  Toledo Blade: The End Zone: Ohio State haters form cult

Ohio State hating is now officially a cult. Like the Moonies, this cult’s followers incessantly repeat a mantra “too slow, soft schedule.” http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20081203/SPORTS16/812030276

Dec. 2, 2008

Football:  

  No Buckeye fatigue at the Fiesta
Bowl president would welcome OSU on Jan. 5
The Columbus Dispatch

The Fiesta Bowl committee likely holds the key to Ohio State’s bowl fate, so the question is: Are Fiesta officials wary of having the Buckeyes for the fifth time in seven years? “Do you think the Steelers would let us use the phrase, ‘One for the thumb?’ ” was Fiesta president John Junker’s response. “Can you have too much of a good thing? I guess it’s possible. “But we look at every game as a new experience. There are new players every year, and Ohio State is always someone people love to have in bowl games.” http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/sports/stories/2008/12/02/osu_fb02.ART_ART_12-02-08_C1_99C3OBM.html’sid=101

  Buckeyes need direction as OSU bowl situation not settled
Toledo Blade

They can gas up the Ohio State team plane and put the flight crew on standby, but at least for the next few days the pilot won’t know in which direction to point that aircraft. Do they take a southwest heading toward Phoenix and the Fiesta Bowl, or fly due south to New Orleans for the Sugar Bowl, or trace a route southeast to Orlando and the Capital One Bowl? All are possibilities at this point. http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20081202/SPORTS16/812020399

Men’s basketball:

  Buckeyes take first flight from the nest
The Columbus Dispatch

A year ago at this time, Ohio State basketball coach Thad Matta wondered whether all of his first-year players knew how to operate the slide cards to get in their hotel rooms while they were in New York for the NIT Season Tip-Off. Two nights ago, Matta got two calls from another rookie about his travel dress code for the players. Was it OK to wear khaki pants on the charter flight? http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/sports/stories/2008/12/02/osu_mbk02.ART_ART_12-02-08_C1_99C3OKK.html’sid=101

Dec. 1, 2008 

Football:

  Laurinaitis finalist for Lott award
The Columbus Dispatch

Ohio State linebacker James Laurinaitis has been named one of four finalists for the Lott Trophy. Laurinaitis was a Lott finalist last year and already has Butkus and Nagurski awards on his resume. He is a two-time Big Ten defensive player of the year and led the Buckeyes in tackles this season with 121. http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/sports/stories/2008/12/01/jl_lott.html’sid=101

  Busy offseason for Buckeyes
Top national awards could land in hands of team’s stars
Toledo Blade

When the current football season started, many in the Ohio State camp thought by this time on the calendar, running back Chris “Beanie” Wells would be picking out some fine threads to wear to the Heisman Trophy ceremony in New York. He was expected to be the headliner of the Buckeyes’ parade when the 2008 awards were passed out. The reservation for Wells at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel on Park Avenue likely got canceled when he planted his foot to make a lateral cut near the goal line in the first game of the season and felt something pop. The 6-1, 240-pound junior missed three games with a foot injury and fell off the awards radar. http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20081201/SPORTS16/812010389/-1/RSS03

  The Cincinnati Bearcats throw out a challenge to Ohio State
Cleveland Plain Dealer

This may be a surprise to many, but Ohio State is not the only ranked college football team in the state of Ohio. The Buckeyes are ranked No. 10 in the latest BCS poll. Cincinnati, champions of the Big East Conference, is ranked No. 13. From the fans’ perspective, at least, there is no reason why the Buckeyes and the Bearcats should not play an annual game. These are the two biggest schools (in enrollment) in the state and the proximity (100 miles) from Columbus to Cincinnati makes for a natural rivalry. http://blog.cleveland.com/bransonwright/2008/12/the_bearcats_challenge_the_buc.html