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Sept. 20, 2013

WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL

Ohio State women’s volleyball: 9-0 start is best since 2006
Columbus Dispatch
September 20
After the Ohio State women’s volleyball team lost four seniors to graduation, coach Geoff Carlston was unsure of what to expect this season. But he knew he would have to rely on several freshmen and underclassmen to play key roles.

Ohio State volleyball heads to Buffalo, N.Y. for Blue and White Classic
Lantern
September 19
The No. 13 Ohio State women’s volleyball team will travel to Buffalo, N.Y., this weekend for the Blue and White Classic hosted by the University at Buffalo. OSU (9-0) will look to continue its undefeated start against Maryland Eastern Shore Friday at 4:30 p.m. before two matches on Saturday …

K. Leary puts Ohio State women’s volleyball before herself
Lantern
September 19
Leary, a senior outside hitter for the No. 13 Ohio State women’s volleyball team, was named Sports Imports/AVCA Division I National Player of the Week Sept. 10 after recording 66 kills to lead her team to the Four Points by Sheraton Seminole Invitational title.

WOMEN’S SOCCER

Women’s soccer returns home to take on Fighting Illini
Lantern
September 19
Nearly three weeks after the team’s last home game, the Ohio State women’s soccer team is scheduled to return to Columbus to face Illinois. The matchup with the Fighting Illini (5-2-1) will be the conference opener for the Buckeyes, as they look to improve upon their current 6-1-1 record, including a 3-0-1 slate at home.

MEN’S SOCCER

Ohio State men’s soccer prepared for undefeated Dayton Flyers
Lantern
September 19
The Ohio State men’s soccer team (2-2-2) is looking to bounce back Friday when the Dayton Flyers (5-0) come to Columbus. The Buckeyes’ last two matches ended in scoreless shutouts, and the team will be looking to capture a win without starting junior goalkeeper Alex Ivanov.

FOOTBALL

Football, racism and an unbreakable bond: The tale of Rudy Hubbard and Woody Hayes
Plain Dealer
September 20
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The emperor of Ohio State football would periodically check on his players after dark to ensure they were studying. So one night when a tailback named Rudy Hubbard hosted a poker game in his dorm with a few teammates and a couple of non-players who smoked cigarettes, the telling taps on the door shot pangs of hot fear into Rudy’s belly.

As Ohio State tight end Heuerman waits for receptions, he’s making a difference in other ways
Plain Dealer
September 20
COLUMBUS, Ohio – With still more than a week before Ohio State opened its season, Jeff Heuerman smiled widely as he confidently struck a Heisman Trophy pose in support of quarterback Braxton Miller.

Meyer to field return of C. Hyde without ousting J. Hall
Lantern
September 20
Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer isn’t the kind to let a player back into his lineup without earning it. Senior running back Carlos Hyde, who returns Saturday …

5 things to watch for: Ohio State v. Florida A&M
Lantern
September 20
Arguably the biggest storyline heading into Saturday is whether junior quarterback Braxton Miller or redshirt-senior Kenny Guiton gets the starting bid to lead the Buckeye offense. Meyer said Miller will play a limited role …

Ohio State football: D. Smith has knack for big plays
Columbus Dispatch
September 20
The development of receiver Devin Smith continues to be a work in progress, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said, but it seems almost every time the Buckeyes need to pull a rabbit out of their hat, they reach for Smith.

Win-win situation
Columbus Dispatch
September 20
Kenny Guiton has become an inspirational figure, rising from the bottom of the depth chart to deliver victories for the Buckeyes.

Gameday+ gets you ready for Buckeyes vs. Rattlers
Columbus Dispatch
September 20
The latest edition of our special weekend section is loaded with features, analysis, stats and more. Click here to get a jump on things.

Sept. 19, 2013

MEN’S HOCKEY

Checking In: Former Ohio State player Matt Bartkowski
USCHO.com
September 19
Matt Bartkowski’s locker was tucked in the far right corner of the room last season at TD Garden, right next to a garbage can. It was the farthest stall from the exit and the closest to the shower. Clearly, though it was posh NHL quarters overall, his nook was not prime real estate.

FOOTBALL

Not six, but seven: New “Penny” defense Ohio State used against Cal could help again vs. spread teams
Plain Dealer
September 19
COLUMBUS, Ohio — It was clear that Ohio State was going to play six defensive backs against Cal last week, with the Buckeyes going into the game talking about their dime defense. Nobody mentioned the penny.

Hyde returns to Buckeyes; Miller also likely
AP/FoxSportsOhio.com
September 19
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Urban Meyer couldn’t be happier that Carlos Hyde is returning to the field for No. 4 Ohio State — even though it might create some minor headaches when it comes to playing time.

Ohio State football: Offense hitting high gear
Columbus Dispatch
September 19
It took 15 games for Ohio State’s offense to look the way Urban Meyer designed it. Now, with the final piece of the puzzle to be added this week against Florida A&M with the return of running back Carlos Hyde and presumed return of quarterback Braxton Miller, the Buckeyes truly will be complete.

The hottest book at Ohio State: ‘Kenny Guiton’s Guide to Being a Backup and Thinking Like a Starter’
Plain Dealer
September 19
From his game-saving win against Purdue in 2012 to his new national player of the week honor won for his play against Cal, Guiton’s ways have been proven effective. Now you can learn his secrets and apply them to any walk of life.

Guiton proves to be more than backup
ESPN.com
September 18
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Without knowing any better, figuring out Kenny Guiton’s normal role at Ohio State would have been almost impossible. The fifth-year senior was right in the middle of the action during warmups, taking the first-team snaps and commanding the attention and respect of teammates the way only a quarterback and a captain can.

Miller will play limited role against Florida A&M
Lantern
September 19
After defeating Pac-12 foe California 52-34 in its last game, the Ohio State football team returns home this weekend to face the Florida A&M Rattlers of the Football Championship Subdivision.

Sept. 18, 2013

MEN’S LACROSSE

Lacrosse: Former Buckeye Schuss is indoor league’s top pick
Columbus Dispatch
September 18
Former Ohio State player Logan Schuss was the No. 1 overall pick by the Minnesota Swarm in the 2013 National Lacrosse League entry draft on Monday.

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WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL

Carlston leads Ohio State women’s volleyball on and off the court
Lantern
September 18
From being a 19-year-old college sophomore coaching 17-year-old girls, to working with the Belize National Team while in the Peace Corps, volleyball kept finding its way into Geoff Carlston’s life. While the sport has been a constant for the Plymouth, Minn., native, Carlston said he never expected early on to make a career out of coaching.

FOOTBALL

The freshman and the big man: Ohio State’s Bosa and Carter fill holes on the Buckeyes’ defensive line
Plain Dealer
September 18
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Missing two of its top five defensive linemen last week, Ohio State was saved by a freshman and a big man.Buckeye Joey Bosa at defensive end … while Chris Carter and his new body helped fill the hole created when Tommy Schutt

Assistant Vrabel helps Ohio State close gap on SEC teams
USA Today
September 17
COLUMBUS — He was seen as a stop-gap hire two years ago with the Ohio State football program in a state of turmoil. Now, it’s more about what former Buckeye great Mike Vrabel is doing as coach …

Ohio State has options at QB
ESPN.com
September 18
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State coach Urban Meyer has a nice problem on his hands … he has three-year starter and Heisman Trophy finalist Braxton Miller and backup Kenny Guiton, who has gotten a turn in the spotlight because of Miller’s sprained knee ligament.

Ohio State football | Jack Looks Back: ’73 Buckeyes to celebrate season of excellence
Columbus Dispatch
September 18
Players from the the 1973 Ohio State football team will assemble on Saturday in Ohio Stadium to celebrate the 40th anniversary of their 10-0-1 season, which took place in Woody Hayes’ 23rd year as head coach of the Buckeyes.

College football | Florida A&M: Rattlers eager for challenge of Buckeyes
Columbus Dispatch
September 18
Last season, the Rattlers finished 4-7, prompting coach Joe Taylor to step down with two games left. Defensive coordinator Earl Holmes took his place as acting coach and has retained the position. None of those circumstances, however bleak, has changed their outlook, they say, in preparation for facing Ohio State.

Miller and Hyde look to make return against Florida A&M
Lantern
September 18
Meyer said Miller, who missed OSU’s 52-34 win over California with a sprained MCL in his left knee, is “feeling much better.” … Meyer also said senior running back Carlos Hyde is “welcome back” after being suspended for OSU’s first three games …

Ohio State backfield getting more crowded
ESPN.com
September 17
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The projected starter has handled his business and is finally returning after a three-game suspension. Carlos Hyde is a proven touchdown machine, and he will no doubt want to make up for lost time.

Quite a catch: Germaine-to-Boston and Krenzel-to-Jenkins are unforgettable Ohio State connections, but Guiton-to-Smith is now historic
Plain Dealer
September 17
COLUMBUS, Ohio — As soon as Devin Smith zipped past his defender on the second play from scrimmage last Saturday, he turned his head to peer back at Kenny Guiton. The quarterback didn’t need the extra assurance; he saw his receiver and the endless field of grass beyond him.

 

Sept. 17, 2013

WOMEN’S SOCCER

Freshman Nichelle Prince making a quick impact for Ohio State women’s soccer
Lantern
September 17
When Nichelle Prince first started playing the game at age 4, she dreaded the soccer field … Prince, a freshman forward for the Ohio State’s women’s soccer team, didn’t shy away from the game for long, though.

MEN’S BASKETBALL

College basketball: Clark Kellogg to return to studio for CBS Sports
Columbus Dispatch
September 17
Clark Kellogg said his return to the CBS studio after five years as lead game analyst on the network’s college basketball telecasts is “a surprise I wasn’t expecting” but a move he will embrace.

FOOTBALL

Urban Meyer’s heartwarming response to 2-year-old recruit
USA Today
September 16
Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer responded to a 2-year-old football recruit with a personal letter … Meyer was responding to an adorable letter sent by the parents of Sullivan Busser, a 2-year-old Buckeyes fan from Columbus, Ohio.

Commentary: We can all learn something from Kenny Guiton
Lantern
September 17
Not only is he talented enough to fill in for junior starting quarterback Braxton Miller without flinching … Guiton’s personality and leadership skills make him truly one of a kind.

Ohio State football: Outclassed foe might see full arsenal
Columbus Dispatch
September 17
After passing their first test on the road with a 52-34 victory over California behind backup quarterback Kenny Guiton, the fourth-ranked Buckeyes now turn to their final nonconference tuneup on Saturday against the Rattlers (1-2) of the Football Championship Subdivision.

Meyer: Miller will start if healthy
Lantern
September 17
Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer said the plan is that if junior quarterback Braxton Miller is healthy enough to play Saturday against Florida A&M, he will. “Braxton — we’ve still got a lot of work to do,” Meyer said. “If he’s ready, he’ll play this week.”

Ohio State notes: Offense could receive boost from Hyde’s return
News-Herald
September 17
COLUMBUS — The Ohio State offense is averaging 44.7 points and 504 yards per game. Not like the Buckeyes need any help, but they’ll get one of their primary weapons back on Saturday when Carlos Hyde returns from a three-game suspension … As a junior, Hyde ran for 970 yards and 16 touchdowns.

Player of the Week: Big Ten
ESPN.com
September 16
The questions keep popping up, and Jordan Hall keeps shooting them down with emphatic answers. Could the senior handle a full load and be an everydown back a year after being forced to redshirt due to a couple of injuries? Is he capable of finishing in the red zone? Is he even still a running back for Ohio State?

 

Sept. 16, 2013

Former OSU basketball captain ensures Buckeyes follow NCAA rules
Columbus Dispatch
September 15
He’s part goodwill ambassador, part sleuth and part NCAA rule enforcer.
Three hours before each Ohio State University home football game, former OSU basketball captain Jason Singleton, a member of the Buckeyes’ 1999 Final Four team, chats with the crew guarding the players entrance.

WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL

Ohio State women’s volleyball remains unbeaten with a trio of wins
Lantern
September 15
The No. 13 Ohio State women’s volleyball team took home the title at the Sports Imports DC Koehl Classic after winning all three of their matches at St. John Arena over the weekend.

MEN’S SOCCER

Men’s soccer battles to draw against Bowling Green
Lantern
September 15
The Ohio State men’s soccer team earned its first draw of the season at Bowling Green in front of more than 3,000 fans over the weekend. The game was the first of four straight in-state matchups for the Buckeyes, who are now 2-2-1 for the season, while BGSU sits at 1-2-2.

FIELD HOCKEY

Ohio State field hockey falls to No. 7 Massachusetts and No. 6 Syracuse
Lantern
September 15
The Buckeyes fell short to No. 7 Massachusetts Saturday and then again Sunday to No. 6 Syracuse. Both games ended with a score of 1-0. Although the team came out on the losing end in both games, OSU coach Anne Wilkinson said it was not due to their efforts …

FOOTBALL

Ohio State football: Fans who made trip spurred Guiton
Columbus Dispatch
September 16
In a way, it was a perfect marriage — a crowd of Ohio State fans who seldom get to see their team in person, and a quarterback who’d waited five years to start a game.

OSU Insider: Guiton impresses in first start
Columbus Dispatch
September 16
In his first collegiate start, Guiton, a fifth-year senior, ran the offense with aplomb, and was named the Walter Camp Football Foundation national offensive player of the week yesterday. He passed for 276 yards and four touchdowns, and ran for 92 yards …

Miller’s injury, Guiton’s performance gives Ohio State a tale of 2 quarterbacks
Toledo Blade
September 16
BERKELEY, Calif. — Ohio State’s 52-34 win Saturday at California confirmed two truths: Passion for Buckeyes football runs deep as ever and maybe offensive coordinator Tom Herman was right.Kenny Guiton probably could start at quarterback for a majority of the nation’s 125 FBS teams.

Meyer, Herman have Ohio State offense running at warp speed
Lancaster Eagle Gazette
September 16
If you blinked while watching college football on Saturday, you might have missed that California and Oregon weren’t the only teams on the West Coast that were moving at warp speed.Ohio State, it seems, can run with the best of them.

Guiton leads No. 3 Ohio State past California
USA Today/AP
September 15
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Kenny Guiton threw three of his four touchdown passes in the first six minutes of his first career start and No. 3 Ohio State rolled to its 15th consecutive victory, 52-34 against California on Saturday.

OSU’s Guiton a backup QB in name only
Canton Repository
September 15
BERKELEY, Calif. — In a cramped locker room inside Memorial Stadium, Urban Meyer called upon quarterbacks coach and co-offensive coordinator Tom Herman to heap praise on a worthy player.Herman didn’t need to think about who he would call up in front of teammates.

First career start a record-breaker for Ohio State quarterback
Lantern
September 15
Whether it is redshirt-senior Kenny Guiton or junior Braxton Miller playing, the sky seems to be the limit for what is becoming a high-powered offensive attack for the Ohio State Buckeyes football team.

Commentary: Jordan Hall deserves some Heisman love
Lantern
September 15
Since the year 2000, the Heisman Trophy has been dominated by quarterbacks. Former Alabama running back Mark Ingram is the only non-quarterback to win the trophy since the new millennium began.So when talking about early season Heisman predictions, the conversation tends to be dominated by the signal callers.

Ohio State remains No. 3 and No. 4 in polls; Guiton named national offensive player of the week
Plain Dealer
September 15
BERKELEY, Calif. — Ohio State stayed at No. 4 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll and No. 3 in the coaches poll following its 52-34 win at Cal on Saturday, but its backup quarterback received national acclaim.

Could QB Guiton have an increased role down the road?
Plain Dealer
September 15
BERKELEY, Calif. – As the Buckeyes prepared to take the field for the second time Saturday, Ohio State starting quarterback Braxton Miller stood on the edge of the sideline offensive huddle, his arms propped on the shoulders of a couple of third-string teammates.

Ohio State coach and his Buckeyes had so much fun on offense, they wanted to play another quarter
Plain Dealer
September 15
BERKELEY, Calif. – If that was Urban Meyer’s offense, the Buckeyes want more of it. Against Cal on Saturday night, a 52-34 win, 608 yards of offense and 60 minutes of football wasn’t enough.

MEN’S BASKETBALL

Ohio State men’s basketball student tickets sell out in 23 minutes
Lantern
September 15
The annual overload of the Ticketmaster system is over after 2,400 Ohio State students purchased tickets to watch OSU men’s basketball at the Schottenstein Center.