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March 31-April 1

Baseball

Ohio State rallies to win home opener

Columbus Dispatch – Michael Stephens drove in the tying run with an eighth-inning double, then scored the go-ahead run on Ryan Dew’s single, and the Ohio State baseball team

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Home, sweet home: After a month of road games, OSU returns home for win

OSU – The Lantern – A late rally propelled the Ohio State baseball team to victory in its home opener. The Buckeyes escaped with a 4-3 win over Toledo

Freshman pitcher skips transition period, jumps right into starting rotation

OSU Lantern – In the second game of the Ohio State baseball team’s season, coach Bob Todd decided to start Brett McKinney on the mound. The right-hander instantly impressed spectators by striking out the first three batters he faced. McKinney earned the win, going five innings without allowing a run and striking out eight in the process. 

Buckeyes top Rockets in tight affair

Big Ten Network – ‎COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State and Toledo passed the lead back and forth on Wednesday at Bill Davis Stadium. In the end, the Buckeyes pulled out a 4-3 victory

Softball

Senior zeroes in on strike-filled campaign

OSU Lantern – Megan Miller made an instant impression in her 2007 freshman season and has left an even bigger impact as she exits in her 2010 senior season. Miller, a four-year starting pitcher, has started 30 career games as a Buckeye. She has won seven of the eight games she started this season.

Football

Buckeyes will face enormous expectations Columbus Dispatch – This is no April Fool’s joke. There are great expectations for Ohio State football in 2010.

OSU needs group effort to boost pass attack

ESPN (blog) – The Rose Bowl shed new light on Terrelle Pryor and the Ohio State offense — a glow that Buckeyes fans hope doesn’t go anywhere.

Former OSU running back living his dream after NFL

OSU Lantern – It takes a great athlete to reach his dream of playing in the NFL. It takes a special kind of person to move on after accomplishing that lifelong goal.   Described as a “finisher” by his high school football coach, Michael Wiley, a former Ohio State football player and Dallas Cowboy for four years, has moved forward with life toward new goal after living out his dream of playing in the NFL.

Buckeyes hope success follows linebacker to OSU

OSU Lantern – Few high school football programs have been as successful as Cleveland’s St. Ignatius, yet the Buckeyes and Wildcats rarely hook up for top players.   Ignatius has won a record 10 State Titles but has only sent one player to OSU on a scholarship in the last decade.

Buckeyes get back on practice field

Toledo Blade – COLUMBUS – The unofficial-official start to the 2010 Ohio State football season is today when the Buckeyes take to the practice field outside

John Kampf: Pryor’s knee takes top priority for Ohio State News-Herald.com

Is Big Ten weather just a big myth?

ESPN – The weather factors into coaching strategy, style of play, recruiting, the fan experience and the league’s lore.

Big Ten football weather is not that bad afterall

Plain Dealer (blog) – ‎One of the biggest criticisms of recruits who sign with schools in the South or out West is that the weather in the Big Ten is too cold.

The Big Ten Network and spring football

Gazette Online (blog) – Does some spring football on the Big Ten Network interest you? (Especially now that the new Iowa basketball coach is hired?) CHICAGO – The Big Ten Network

Men’s Basketball

Commentary: Turner’s decision easy one to make economically Columbus Dispatch

Ohio State recruit Sullinger shines in high school all-star game

OSU Lantern – After being hospitalized earlier in the day with apparent food poisoning, Ohio State recruit Jared Sullinger still managed to put on a show for the Schottenstein Center crowd. The Columbus Northland center scored a game-high 22 points and grabbed seven rebounds for the East in Wednesday’s McDonalds All-American game.

Women’s Basketball

Lavender a first-team All-American

The Columbus Dispatch – OSU’s Prahalis an honorable mention pick

Ohio State junior Jantel Lavender had finished her first postseason basketball workout yesterday when she learned that she had been voted a first-team All-America by the Associated Press. “It’s a great honor,” Lavender said. “It shows that it pays off if you work hard, do what you need to do and never give up on yourself.” Lavender led the Buckeyes to a sixth consecutive Big Ten championship and a program-best 31 wins. She averaged 21.4 points and 10.3 rebounds and was named the conference player of the year for the third time.

  • Also: Cleveland Plain Dealer: Ohio State’s Jantel Lavender named to AP All-America women’s basketball team
  • Also: Dayton Daily News: Ohio State’s Lavender makes 1st-team All-America

Swimming

Meets serve as measuring stick Columbus Dispatch – For the second week in a row, some of America’s best swimmers will gather at Ohio State’s McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. On the heels of the NCAA men’s swimming and diving championships, USA Swimming’s Grand Prix Series comes to town today through Saturday featuring its share of former and future Olympians.

Athletics

Buckeye briefs for Mar. 30

OSU Lantern – Ohio State swimming and diving exceeded its goals on the season by not only taking home the Big Ten Championship, but earning a ninth-place finish at the 2010 NCAA Championships. The Top 10 finish is the team’s best in 36 years. The Scarlet and Gray added 16 athletes to the school-record 29 All-America or honorable mention All-America honors.

March 30

Athletics

Buckeye briefs for Mar. 30

OSU Lantern – Ohio State swimming and diving exceeded its goals on the season by not only taking home the Big Ten Championship, but earning a ninth-place finish at the 2010 NCAA Championships. The Top 10 finish is the team’s best in 36 years. The Scarlet and Gray added 16 athletes to the school-record 29 All-America or honorable mention All-America honors.

Men’s Basketball

Buckeye guard to return next season

OSU Lantern – Buford declares intent to stay at OSU for junior season, could be focal point of offense

As many await junior Evan Turner’s decision on his plans for next season, one of his teammates has already declared his intentions.  Sophomore guard William Buford, who some thought would leave OSU for the NBA, said Friday that he will remain in school for his junior year.

Ohio State’s Evan Turner is Mr. Everything

Plain Dealer (blog) – ‎Evan Turner Ohio State’s Evan Turner did not reach his goal of taking the Buckeyes to the Final Four,

Mr. Everything Columbus Dispatch – “Evan would get my vote,” said Clark Kellogg, a former Ohio State All-American and now CBS’ lead analyst on college basketball, “because he’s been more consistently spectacular than anybody else.”

  • OSU Insider Columbus Dispatch

Turner named First Team AP All-American www.BigTenNetwork.com

Meet your 2009-10 AP All-Americans

ESPN (blog) – Yes, The Associated Press has released its 2009-10 All-American teams, and there are few surprises on the lists.

Men’s basketball AP All-American Teams announced

OSU Lantern – The 2010 All-American teams for men’s basketball are announced. First team includes John Wall of Kentucky, Scottie Reynolds of Villanova, Evan Turner of Ohio State, Wesley Johnson of Syracuse and DeMarcus Cousins of Kentucky.

Turner, Wall and Johnson headline All-America team

Examiner.com – ‎The Associated Press announced their five-man All-America teams on Monday, and not a single player on their First Team will be suiting up in the Final Four

Ohio State’s Turner Named an All-American
WOWK
Without him in the starting lineup thanks to a few broken bones in his back, the Buckeyes went .500. With him even remotely healthy, the Bucks won the Big

Matta: “Don’t think (Turner leaving) is done deal” The Columbus Dispatch – Coach Thad Matta’s final call-in show was on WBNS radio tonight, and he said that despite the widespread belief that Evan Turner has played his last game at Ohio State, “Evan’s going to take some time (and) kind of think it over. I don’t think it’s a done deal at all.” Turner is projected to be a top-three pick in the NBA draft in June and, especially after his scary injury in December, is not expected to turn his back on what could be an $8 million to $9 million guarantee before endorsement income is added. “Whatever he wants to do,” Matta said, “I’m going to support him 100 percent.”

There’s little reason for Evan Turner to delay the NBA — except for the … Plain Dealer

John Wall or Evan Turner? Tennessee players say both stars are worthy of top …

Plain Dealer – ST. LOUIS — Evan Turner or John Wall? The year-long debate over college basketball’s national player of the year, which swung heavily towards Turner over the

Boys basketball | McDonald’s All-American Game notes: Richmond competes in dunk contest; Ohio State greats make appearances Chicago Tribune – COLUMBUS, Ohio — Jereme Richmond didn’t win the slam dunk competition, but in typical Richmond fashion, he managed to have a say in who did. Richmond scored 124 points (out of a possible 140) in the first round but was one point shy of making the final round of the McDonald’s All-American game’s slam dunk competition Monday night at Ohio State’s Value City Arena. Feeling at home: Predictably, the loudest cheers in the player introductions here in Buckeye-land went to future Ohio State teammates Jared Sullinger and Deshaun Thomas.

Football

Spring gives OSU receivers chance to bloom Columbus Dispatch

Moeller won’t try contact until fall The Columbus Dispatch – Fifth-year senior Tyler Moeller will not participate in contact drills this spring, the Dispatch has learned. But that’s not a bad sign for the linebacker/safety, who is simply taking it slow in his return to football following a serious head injury suffered in an off-field incident last July. After being punched in a Florida bar/restaurant, Moeller fell and hit his head. He suffered a subdural hematoma, otherwise known as bleeding on the brain, and had holes drilled in his head and a titanium plate inserted in early August.

 

March 26-29 

Football

Ohio State football legend Archie Griffin wins Distinguished American Award …

Plain Dealer – ‎ Archie Griffin, president of the Ohio State University Alumni Association, was named the 2010 winner of the

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Spring spruce-up Columbus Dispatch

Swimming and Diving

NCAA swimming and diving championships: Diving sends Texas past Cal Columbus Dispatch

NCAA swimming and diving: Event has a homey feel for four divers Columbus Dispatch

NCAA Division I Championships Multimedia coverageOSU Lantern

Men’s Basketball

Commentary: Hard to say these Buckeyes disappointed Columbus Dispatch

Swirl surrounding Turner gets started; Buford says he will play junior year
Toledo Blade
ST. LOUIS – The Ohio State Buckeyes left Saturday, uncertain about the future of their superstar leader, and certain that a whirlwind of chaos will confront

John Wall or Evan Turner? Tennessee players say both stars are worthy of top … Plain Dealer

Turner on NBA possibility: ‘I can’t give a percentage right now’ USA Today

All eyes will remain on Turner

Columbus Dispatch – ST. LOUIS – Jon Diebler might have been whistling in the wind, but he thinks the season ending when it did for Ohio State could make it more difficult for Evan Turner to end his stay in Columbus.

Early exit clouds expectations concerning Turner’s decision

OSU – The Lantern – – ‎With his head down and eyes swollen, a humbled Evan Turner responded to questions from the media after Ohio State was stunned by the

In the battle of Tennessee vs. Turner, the Vols take the cake

CBSSports.com – Ohio State’s national player of the year probably played his last college game — brilliantly. Unfortunately for him, as a nation watched,

For Ohio State’s Turner, it’s no way to go out

Chicago Sun-Times – MIDWEST REGIONAL | TENNESSEE 76, OHIO ST. 73L: Star guard facing NBA question sooner than planned after Vols oust Buckeyes

Tennessee’s depth benches Ohio State

FOXSports.com – ‎For Bruce Pearl, it’s the biggest of challenges. The Tennessee coach believes in a team concept – the whole roster contributes. But his players don’t always

Tennessee closes out Ohio St.

Boston Globe – That would seem to be the appropriate question after watching Tennessee advance to the Elite Eight with a 76-73 victory over Ohio State,

Out of the dance

Columbus Dispatch – ST. LOUIS – Ohio State went quietly into the good night, reiterating one last time that it was not tired.

Commentary: Turner deserved better sendoff — if he leaves Columbus Dispatch

Tennessee volunteers to advance with close win over Ohio State
Belleville News Democrat
Tennessee’s JP Prince decided to focus solely on defense in the final 10 minutes of the Volunteers’ game against the Ohio State Buckeyes.