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Buckeyes made headlines in a wide spectrum of sports during the last week-plus

Men’s basketball

OSU men’s basketball: Learning curve is lessening for pair
Freshmen Buford, Mullens showing signs of progress

Columbus Dispatch
January 13, 2009

Buckeyes unleash a storm of threes
Columbus Dispatch – Columbus,OH,USA
The Buckeyes wasted no time establishing their outside shooting. Ohio State did not have a possession that resulted in two points until freshman center BJ

Court Awareness: Tuesday Review
FOXSports.com – USA
It looked like Ohio State had tipped-off against a JV squad, as the Buckeyes were able to get easy shots and the Hoosiers had to work for everything.

Big Ten flexing its muscle, ranks third on Dickie V’s radar
USA Today – USA
The Buckeyes of Ohio State got big victories against Notre Dame, Miami (Fla.) and Butler. 8. PennState made it to the winner’s circle at Georgia Tech.

Matta has been down same road as IU’s Crean
Chicago Tribune – United States
The fortunes of Matta and Ohio State changed dramatically. In Matta’s second year, the Buckeyes won the Big Ten title and went 26-6.

Rob Oller commentary: Don’t blame Matta if he can’t shed a tear for IU
Columbus Dispatch
January 13, 2009

Daddy’s little darlings get a softer touch
Former Buckeyes find it works best to let daughters do it their way — for the most part
Columbus Dispatch
January 13, 2009

Buckeyes’ Kecman is sidelined
Big Ten Network – Chicago,IL,USA
Ohio State officials disclosed the injury shortly before the Buckeyes played Indiana on Tuesday night. Kecman tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his

Buckeyes roll past Huskies, 89-65
The Associated Press
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Freshman William Buford scored a career-high 19 points and Ohio State pressured and fastbreaked past road-weary Houston Baptist 89-65

NO POINT HELP ON HORIZON FOR KENTUCKY, OHIO STATE
FOXSports.com – USA
I still don’t think he’ll be ready more emotionally after this season, but the talented Ohio State 7-foot freshman was terrific in a second-half stretch

Spartans find flow, beat Buckeyes
DetNews.com – Detroit,MI,USA
Ohio State had some success early with a trapping zone and took a 15-11 lead on an Evan Turner jumper. But the Buckeyes‘ offense dried up when it was forced

Women’s basketball

Former Buckeye Hall to have number retired
Big Ten Network – Chicago,IL,USA
She will become just the second women’s basketball player at Ohio State to have her number retired after Katie Smith’s No. 30 was retired in January 2001.

Big Ten Network Feature on Lavender Sisters

 

Gophers-Ohio State preview
Minneapolis Star Tribune – Minneapolis,MN,USA
Preview: The Gophers, 0-for-23 at Ohio State all time, will try to change history against the 15th-ranked Buckeyes, who are in first place in the Big Ten.

Lavender leads No. 16 Ohio State to win
International Herald Tribune – France
16 Ohio State beat Wisconsin 55-42 Thursday night. It was the seventh straight win for the Buckeyes (13-2, 4-0 Big Ten), who took sole possession of first

Illinois defense another stiff challenge

The Columbus Dispatch

January 12, 2009

The difference between painting a landscape and slapping two coats of fire-engine red on a barn is all about the perception. Finishing the job correctly can make the real barn look as beautiful to the person holding the brush as a fanciful field of flowers. The OhioState women’s basketball team discovered as much during a Big Ten defensive showdown Thursday at Wisconsin.

 

24th time is charm for Gophers
Ellis-Milan scored 17 points, including two tiebreaking free throws with 17.3 seconds left, leading the Gophers past 15th-ranked Ohio State 59-56, marking their first victory on the Buckeyes’ home court. “It means so much.
Gophers – http://www.startribune.com/sports/gophers/ 

 

 

Men’s Hockey

 

Men’s hockey: Goaltender’s rise as leader sparks big turnaround
ColumbusDispatch – Friday, January 9, 2009

When the OhioState men’s hockey team needed a leader to keep it composed in tense games last season, it couldn’t find one. One mistake led to another, and losses began to accumulate. The Buckeyes won only 12 games.

USCHO.com :: U.S. College Hockey Online :: Ohio State Wins Wild
9) The Ohio State Buckeyes(14-6-1; 6-5-1-1 CCHA), idle in the CCHA since Thanksgiving, returned to conference action in grand style, as they lit up the Bowling Green Falcons(7-11-3;4-7-1 CCHA) for eight goals en route to an 8-5 USCHO.com Game Recaps – http://www.uscho.com/

Ohio State Not Resting on Win Streak
InsideCollegeHockey.com – Jan. 16

With Michigan on a six-game winning streak and Notre Dame unbeaten in its last 18 games, Ohio State wasn’t about to be left behind in what’s promising to be an exciting second half of CCHA play this season.

Collegehockeynews.com: Ohio State Is Turning Things Back Around After a Couple Years of Misfortune (CollegeHockeyNews.com Jan. 16)

At first glance, it might look like Dustin Carlson has been the solution Ohio State’s problems. After riding a roller coaster in net the last few years, the Buckeyes have had steady goaltending this season and have gone from dreadful to in contention. But coach John Markell insists that Carlson is just one piece.

Football

Ohio State’s Larimore Shows off Art at NCAA Convention – Video by NCAA News

Larimore video by OhioStateBuckeyes.com

 

OSU’s season showed pride
Youngstown Vindicator – Youngstown,OH,USA
By DOUG LESMERISES The Buckeyes didn’t win the Fiesta Bowl, but they made some believers in the game. COLUMBUSOhio State and its 28 seniors finished this

Looking ahead: OSU should be just fine in ’09

Marion Star

January 14, 2009

Even though it’s hard saying goodbye to No. 28, the most physically-gifted running back in Ohio State history, the numbers 2 and 8 will continue to play a big role in defining the 2009 Buckeyes. His jersey says No. 2, but quarterback Terrelle Pryor will be Numero Uno in leadership, elusiveness and playmaking skills next season for an offense losing NFL-bound Chris “

 

Ohio State football: Buckeyes will return 11 starters
The Plain Dealer – cleveland.com – Cleveland,OH,USA
Washington joining the 28 seniors leaving Ohio State, here’s the final total on how many starts the Buckeyes are losing and how many are coming back.

Ohio State Buckeyes coach Jim Tressel has support of Ohio coaches

Plain Dealer

January 7, 2009

After a game like that, you feel crushed,” said University of Akron football coach J.D. Brookhart. “Absolutely, positively crushed. It rips you apart inside.”

Brookhart was talking about OhioState’s 24-21 loss to No. 3 Texas in the Fiesta Bowl on Monday night.

 

Moral victories are lost on Pryor

QB’s contempt for close loss may be good sign for 2009 season

The Columbus Dispatch

January 7, 2009

Perhaps the best sign for next season’s OhioState football team is that the man who will lead it was not buying the “moral victory” talk Monday night.

 

In case of Boeckman, nice guy didn’t finish last

The Columbus Dispatch

January 7, 2009

When Todd Boeckman came out to take the first snap of the Fiesta Bowl with freshman quarterback Terrelle Pryor lined up wide, my journalistic cynicism kicked in. That’s nice, giving the deposed senior a chance to start, but is this just a one- or two-play gimmick?

 

OSU QB Boeckman comes full circle

Toledo Blade

January 7, 2009

Todd Boeckman wore a mask fashioned out of irony almost the entire 2008 season.

 

Robiskie makes resurgence

Receiver helps start OhioState’s comeback

The Columbus Dispatch

January 7, 2009

Receiver Brian Robiskie spent most of his senior season as almost an afterthought in the OhioState offense, but it wasn’t that way in the Fiesta Bowl on Monday night

 

Ohio State football rose on shoulders of forgotten star — Plain …
The Plain Dealer – cleveland.com – Cleveland,OH,USA
It led to a demand for seats that outstripped the capacity of Ohio Field, the Buckeyes‘ previous home. By 1920, fund-raising had begun for Ohio Stadium.

Report: Irish offer job to Ohio St. aide
Chicago Tribune – United States
coaching staff: Ohio State‘s Luke Fickell. A report out of Cleveland says that Fickell, the Buckeyes‘ linebackers coach and co-defensive coordinator,

WSYX-TV Ch. 6 Columbus – Coleman Stays, Hartline Jumps

Ohio State Buckeyes’ Brian Hartline entering NFL draft, Kurt Coleman to stay …
The Plain Dealer – cleveland.com – Cleveland,OH,USA
No matter what draft analysts project, Ohio State football players lately are deciding their futures on what feels right. Last year, that was Buckeyes like

Buckeyes WR Hartline enters draft
Seattle Post Intelligencer – USA
Columbus, OH (Sports Network) – Ohio State wide receiver Brian Hartline announced on Wednesday that he will skip his senior season and enter the NFL draft.

Ohio State Buckeyes running back Chris “Beanie” Wells to enter NFL …
The Plain Dealer – cleveland.com – Cleveland,OH,USA
Columbus- Ohio State running back Chris “Beanie” Wells leaves Ohio State as the Buckeyes‘ fourth-leading rusher, with two of the 10 greatest single-game

Departure of USC’s Mark Sanchez, Ohio State’s Donald Washington …
The Plain Dealer – cleveland.com – Cleveland,OH,USA
Sanchez sliced apart Ohio State with four touchdown passes in USC’s 35-3 win over the Buckeyes four months ago. But like Texas’ Vince Young, who beat Ohio

Buckeyes’ RB Maurice Wells eyeing NFL
Springfield News Sun – Springfield,OH,USA
By Carlos “Big C” Holmes When you hear the name Wells associated with Ohio State running backs, the first name that comes to mind is Chris “Beanie” Wells,

Buckeyes find some consolation
Urbana Daily Citizen – Urbana,OH,USA
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — It was still a loss. Yet for some reason this one seemed easier to swallow for Ohio State‘s players and fans. The Buckeyes walked

It seems beating Michigan is good enough

Dayton Daily News

January 10, 2009

If John Cooper were still here, OhioStateUniversity football fans might be marching in the streets, calling for his head. The Buckeyes have just lost their third consecutive bowl game, with Texas pulling out a last-minute comeback and winning 24-21. It’s been a painful run, and a reversal of the early bowl success of the Jim Tressel era, when his teams won four of their first five post-season tries.

 

Football Commentary: Historic season outweighs sour end
OSU – The Lantern – Columbus,OH,USA
Only two other senior classes in Ohio State‘s 119-year history have racked up as many wins as this year’s group of 28 seniors.

Wrestling

Mixed martial arts: Coleman returns; he just can’t use his head butt

Former OhioState wrestler from Hilliard gives the sport another shot at 44

Thursday,  January 15, 2009

THE COLUMBUSDISPATCH

Oh for the days when a man was rewarded for ramming his forehead into another man’s skull.

 

College wrestling: Buckeyes look for progress

National Duals will help provide a status report

Saturday,  January 10, 2009

THE COLUMBUSDISPATCH

A runner-up finish at the NCAA Tournament last season raised expectations for the OhioState wrestling team. From the outside, it appears it is living up to them. The sixth-ranked Buckeyes are 4-0 in dual matches.

 

Wrestling: No. 6 Buckeyes narrowly fall to Cornell, finish fifth …
OSU – The Lantern – Columbus,OH,USA
Ohio State freshman Cody Gardner locks up an opponent’s arm during the Buckeye Duals in November. Gardner and the rest of the Buckeyes competed in the NWCA

Buckeyes knock off Gophers for fifth place
Big Ten Network – Chicago,IL,USA
6-ranked Ohio State wrestling team (4-0; 0-0 Big Ten) wrestled back to a fifth-place finish Sunday at the 2009 National Duals, defeating No.

Men’s Gymnastics

Ohio State voted favorite to win Big Ten
Big Ten Network – Chicago,IL,USA
The third-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes return 12 gymnasts from their 2008 squad. The Scarlet and Gray finished third at the 2008 Big Ten Championships,

Men’s tennis

Men’s tennis gets preseason No. 1 ranking

Wednesday,  January 7, 2009 The ColumbusDispatch

 

The OhioState men’s tennis team is ranked No. 1 in the Division I rankings. The top ranking is the first in program history, and the team became the first OSU program to get a preseason No. 1 ranking since the 2006 football team. Bryan Koniecko is ranked No. 1 in singles.

 

 

Lacrosse

 

NCAA Preview 09: No. 21 Ohio State Buckeyes | IL Blog Central
As part of our 2009 Preseason Preview, Inside Lacrosse is counting down the top teams from DI, DII and DIII lacrosse as well as the DI women leading up to.

Athletics

Palestra.net story on new Value City Arena video board

 

Fly, drive or stay home? NCAA, colleges look for ways to pinch pennies in tough economic times

AP via www.Salon.com  

January 14, 2009

OXON HILL, Md. (Associated Press) —  When members of the NCAA selection committee are setting up those brackets for the men’s basketball tournament, they’ll be able to plug in a school’s name and first-round site into a software program and get a quick idea as to how much it will cost for the school to make the trip.

If a school in the NCAA baseball tournament find itself 375 miles away from its regional site, it can take the bus instead of fly.

Even big-time sports schools aren’t immune. OhioState football coach Jim Tressel said athletics director Gene Smith talked with the staff in December about upcoming cuts.

“We have to tighten our belts just like everyone else’s in the midst of tightening theirs,” Tressel said at the American Football Coaches Association in Nashville, Tenn.

 

Ohio State Buckeyes fan posts snowy ‘Script Ohio’ on YouTube
The Plain Dealer – cleveland.com – Cleveland,OH,USA
He didn’t attend Ohio State, but the Buckeyes fan has seen the marching band’s “Script Ohio” dozens of times and figured it couldn’t be too tough.