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Football:

Buckeyes hit the books: 16 football players already have degrees
The Plain Dealer – cleveland.com – Cleveland,OH,USA
by Doug Lesmerises/Plain Dealer Reporter COLUMBUS –The term student-athlete won’t apply to 16 of the Ohio State Buckeyes at the Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 5. … http://www.cleveland.com/osu/index.ssf/2008/12/buckeyes_hit_the_books_16_foot.html

Seniors could become winningest in OSU history
ToledoBlade – Toledo,OH,USA
By MATT MARKEY COLUMBUS – The finality of it all keeps bouncing around in the minds of the OhioState seniors. This is it. The Fiesta Bowl game with No. … http://toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20081225/SPORTS16/812250404

WSYX Ch. 6 Feature: Seniors Reflect
http://wsyx6.com/shared/bff/wsyx_vid_184.shtml

All guts, no glory for OSU’s ‘scout team’
Columbus Dispatch – Columbus,OH,USA
With little fanfare or hope for game time, group of walk-ons toils in obscurity — and in enemy colors — to help train star players … http://www.columbusdispatch.com/live/content/local_news/stories/2008/12/29/Scout.ART_ART_12-29-08_A1_TQCB2MM.html’sid=101

No. 63 honors late Buckeye, Bengal
Springfield News Sun – Springfield,OH,USA
Ohio State’s Ben Person may start in the Fiesta Bowl, his jersey a tribute to a fellow Xenia standout. Chances are if you are an OhioState football fan … http://www.springfieldnewssun.com/s/content/oh/story/sports/college/osu/2008/12/26/ddn122608sposub1.html

Jenkins will let others rank OSU’s top corners
ColumbusDispatch – Columbus,OH,USA
Malcolm Jenkins is a confident fellow, but he’s not so cocky as to declare himself a member of what he considers the pantheon of OhioState cornerbacks. … http://www.columbusdispatch.com/live/content/sports/stories/2008/12/29/osufb29.ART_ART_12-29-08_C1_EFCC6I5.html’sid=101

Ohio State football: Robiskie not caught up in what-if stuff
ColumbusDispatch – Columbus,OH,USA
Speaking of few, OhioState’s Brian Robiskie led the Buckeyes with 37. But that doesn’t mean he’ll be looking longingly at those Big 12 numbers when the …
http://www.columbusdispatch.com/live/content/sports/stories/2008/12/27/osufb27.ART_ART_12-27-08_C1_GRCBPU8.html’sid=101

OSU steering clear of calories
The Newark Advocate – Newark,OH,USA
By JON SPENCER For The Advocate December 23, 2008 COLUMBUS — If Ohio State linebacker Marcus Freeman ends up in the NFL with the Arizona Cardinals, … http://www.newarkadvocate.com/article/20081223/SPORTS/812230332/1006/SPORTS

At OhioState, tight ends make a role adjustment
AustinAmerican-Statesman – Austin,TX,USA
Rory Nicol said that’s the way every receiver thinks, even if he happens to play tight end for OhioState. “A tight end is someone who catches the ball and … http://www.statesman.com/sports/content/sports/stories/longhorns/12/26/1226buckeyes.html

Ohio State football: Nicol has learned to focus on team
ColumbusDispatch – Columbus,OH,USA
That hasn’t happened at OhioState in recent years. Not since 2003, when Ben Hartsock had 33 catches, has a Buckeyes tight end been heavily involved as a … http://www.columbusdispatch.com/live/content/sports/stories/2008/12/24/osufb24.ART_ART_12-24-08_C1_1NCB1RF.html’sid=101

Ohio State fans taking siesta from another go at Fiesta
ColumbusBusiness First – Columbus,OH,USA
Even though the Buckeyes won a share of the Big Ten championship, they failed to meet the expectations of many fans because of losses to PennState and the … http://columbus.bizjournals.com/columbus/stories/2008/12/22/story5.html?b=1229922000%5e1750822

Big Ten is not ‘down’ bowl-wise
DetNews.com – Detroit,MI,USA
The loss to Iowa still stings for PennState, but there’s still plenty to play for, especially in terms of Joe Paterno’s legacy. OhioState vs. Texas, Jan. … http://www.detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20081225/OPINION03/812250356

Tressel not exactly Scrooge to his players
Toledo Blade – Toledo,OH,USA
As they departed for Florida, New Jersey, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Georgia and every corner and cranny of Ohio, the Ohio State players got their marching … http://toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20081224/SPORTS16/812249987/-1/SPORTS

Ohio St. out to flip script, beat Texas in Fiesta Bowl | Sports …
This season, Ohio State faced only two teams comparable in talent, and lost both times. The fifth-ranked Buckeyes were humiliated 35-3 in Los Angeles against then-No. 1 Southern California on Sept. 13. They came back to win their next … http://www.chron.com/sports/

Fiesta figures to be a coming-out party for Buckeyes’ 2009 lineup
The Plain Dealer – cleveland.com – Cleveland,OH,USA
That means the Fiesta Bowl is both a farewell to the 28 OhioState seniors and the start of Terrelle Pryor’s team. Three years ago, a dominant group that …
http://blog.cleveland.com/sports/2008/12/fiesta_figures_to_be_a_comingo.html

Buckeyes hope to atone for bowl failures
Rocky Mountain News – Denver,CO,USA
AP Photo by Kiichiro Sato / AP Ohio State coach Jim Tressel doesn’t feel any pressure to deliver a win when the Buckeyes play in the Fiesta Bowl. … http://www.rockymountainnews.com/news/2008/dec/26/buckeyes-hope-to-atone-for-bowl-failures/

WSYX 6 TV: Buckeyes On Their National Reputation
http://wsyx6.com/shared/bff/wsyx_vid_182.shtml

ESPN – Ohio State Buckeyes linebacker James Laurinaitis wins Lott …
Ohio State linebacker James Laurinaitis received the Lott Trophy on Sunday night at the Pacific Club. http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=3770057

Women’s Basketball:

Buckeyes pair measuring up
ColumbusDispatch – Columbus,OH,USA
Lavender, Prahalis develop chemistry on and off the court … http://dispatch.com/live/content/sports/stories/2008/12/29/osu_wbk_synergy.ART_ART_12-29-08_C1_EFCC6GB.html’sid=101

OSU’s Lavender named Big Ten player of the week
Columbus Dispatch – Columbus,OH,USA
Ohio State sophomore center Jantel Lavender received her third Big Ten player of the week award of the season yesterday after leading the women’s basketball team to wins over Delaware State and Michigan. … http://dispatch.com/live/content/sports/stories/2008/12/24/osuwnotes.html’sid=101

BigTenNetwork.com Women’s Basketball Blog
http://www.bigtennetwork.com/blogs/blogs.asp?topic_id=&blogger_id=49 

Men’s Basketball:

Former Buckeye Clark Kellogg CBSsports.com blog
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/sportsline/main11191023.shtml

Mountaineers dismantle Buckeyes
PhiladelphiaInquirer – Philadelphia,PA,USA
The Buckeyes had also won their last 54 games in Columbus against unranked teams. William Buford and Jeremie Simmons each scored 11 points for OhioState. … http://www.philly.com/inquirer/sports/20081228_College_Basketball__Mountaineers_dismantle_Buckeyes.html

The Plain Dealer – cleveland.com – Cleveland,OH,USA
Instead, West Virginia played loose offensive sets to confuse and spread out Ohio State’s zone and then outscored the Buckeyes, 44-26, inside. … http://news.google.com/news?hl=en&ncl=http://www.cleveland.com/osu/index.ssf/2008/12/down_with_a_thud_buckeyes_firs.html

Ohio State game huge for Huggins
CharlestonGazette
WHEN BOB HUGGINS is within the MountainState’s craggy lines, he is home for the holidays.”West Virginia is my home,” he said. “But I have many dear friends in Ohio.”Many as in many, many. http://sundaygazettemail.com/Sports/WVU/200812240513

Freshmen Are Back to Playing Like Freshmen, not Wunderkinds
New York Times – United States
By PETE THAMEL COLUMBUS, Ohio Ohio State center BJ Mullens clanged a dunk off the back rim on opening possession of the No. 15 Buckeyes’ game with West … http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/28/sports/ncaabasketball/28freshman.html?_r=1

Ohio State goes for 10 straight-
SBR Forum – San Jose,San Jose,Costa Rica
COLUMBUS, Ohio (Ticker) — OhioState will try and remain perfect when it hosts West Virginia on Saturday. Dating to last season’s NIT, the Buckeyes own the … http://www.sbrforum.com/Previews/NCAAB/20081227NCAABOHIOST—-0.aspx

No. 15 OhioState beats UNC-Asheville 83-59
The Associated Press
… 12-2 run before OhioState reeled off 12 straight points at the end of the first half and beginning of the second to pull away. The Buckeyes scoring the … http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hgnT8bP6LjTv6MxNlGr-4zGe7ZGQD95857IO2

Bulldogs face uphill battle against Buckeyes
Sports Network – USA
Columbus, OH (Sports Network) – In what appears to be a monumental mismatch, the 17th-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes play host to the UNC-Asheville Bulldogs … http://www.sportsnetwork.com/merge/tsnform.aspx?c=sportsnetwork&page=cbask/news/news.aspx?id=4199002

Ohio.com – Undefeated Buckeyes bring out the big guns
The Buckeyes had a 17-4 lead after 61/2 minutes, but with Turner picking up two fouls and Matta experimenting with lineups, the Bulldogs clawed their way back. They pulled to 29-24 with a 12-2 run before OhioState reeled off 12 … http://www.ohio.com/sports