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August 20-21

Women’s Soccer

Even on sideline, athlete knee-deep in action Columbus Dispatch – Cassie Dickerson, an academic senior from Kalamazoo, Mich., was redshirted her freshman year after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee. Two days before the next season, the defender tore the same ligament in her left knee. And three minutes into her third game last year, she injured her right ACL again and faced yet another six- to nine-month recovery.

** OSU vs. Bowling Green 7:30 p.m. TONIGHT – Watch the game live on Buckeye Vision **


Ohio State climbs in latest U.S. News rankings

Ohio State has climbed in the rankings of the nation’s best public and private universities according to U.S. News & World Report. The publication’s 2010 edition of America’s Best Colleges, released today (8/20), ranked Ohio State as 18th among all public universities and 53rd among all 262 national institutions rated. The rankings show steady improvement over the last five years. Ohio State has climbed from 62nd among all universities (public and private) in 2004 and 22nd among publics. Last year, Ohio State rated 56th among all universities and 19th among publics. Read more:

Men’s Hockey

Blue Jackets notebook: Umberger still alive for Team USA Columbus Dispatch – Blue Jackets forward  (and former Buckeye) R.J. Umbergerremains a candidate for the 2010 U.S. Olympic Team and he will be among the players asked to submit to additional drug testings so he’s eligible for the Winter Games.

Men’s Basketball

Buckeyes’ Big Ten mettle tested early
Columbus Dispatch
By Bob Baptist We’ll find out quickly whether a veteran Ohio State team has what it takes to win the Big Ten men’s basketball championship. ‘Hoops & Scoops’ blog: Buckeyes, Tar Heels meet in nightcap in New York

Ohio State to face defending champ North Carolina in basketball
The Plain Dealer –
Ohio State basketball will play defending national champion North Carolina this season. The Buckeyes had been scheduled already to be one


Ohio State Buckeyes hope a camp without frills helps bind together …
The Plain Dealer –
COLUMBUS, Ohio — When the Ohio State seniors explained the concept — no cell phones, computers or TV for a week — in a players-only meeting last Saturday

Team-building means no cell phones Columbus Dispatch – The military is where the idea came from. This week, OSU is taking a page from the Navy SEALs, whose famously grueling training regimen includes “Hell Week” — a week of intense physical and mental hardship that usually weeds out 75 percent of the candidates.

Scrimmage puts focus on OSU kickers
Dayton Daily News
Now a sub with the Tennessee Titans, Trapasso had 203 of Ohio State’s 205 kicks for a 41.0 average over that span. Jon Thoma, the only Buckeye to punt other

Top 25 Countdown: No. 4 Ohio State
Fort Worth Star Telegram
AP/ANDY MANIS Overview: Coach Jim Tressel has established Ohio State as a legitimate BCS Championship contender every season. The Buckeyes won the BCS title

Buckeyes Expected to Challenge for Big …
Marietta Register Online
The Ohio State University , however, is anything but typical. Ohio State is among the very few who can simply plug-in quality players to take the place of

Shugarts provides a sophomore surprise at left tackle in practice …
The Plain Dealer –
by Doug Lesmerises/Plain Dealer Reporter OSU photoSophomore JB Shugarts took repetitions as the first-team left tackle in Wednesday’s drills for Ohio State.

NFL: Beanie’s ankle improving Columbus Dispatch

2009 Heisman Watch: Terrelle Pryor – Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor is next on the 2009 list, which will be released in no particular order. Following a 35-3 loss to USC last year,  

Shugarts stock is way up

Columbus Dispatch – Sophomore tackle J.B. Shugarts said last week he intended to make an impression in this preseason camp after his star-crossed, injury-slowed freshman season. Apparently he wasn’t kidding.
From evidence gathered yesterday, offensive coordinator and line coach Jim Bollman must believe Shugarts…

Big Ten lunch links
JB Shugarts is getting a shot at left tackle for Ohio State, Doug Lesmerises writes in The Cleveland Plain Dealer. Buckeyes players have stiff-armed – Buckeyes’ Torrence focusing on football
He came to Ohio State as a receiver in 2007, then switched to cornerback before last season. He’s campaigning to return kicks, too. ”I hope to get that opportunity,” said Torrence, a junior. ”That’s something I love to do,

Ohio State‘s Jake Stoneburner may be a new kind of Buckeyes tight end

Cleveland Plain Dealer – During his recruitment, Jake Stoneburner told everyone who would listen that he had no interest in playing tight end. He was going to college to be a receiver and catch passes. And now he’s a tight end. The Ohio State redshirt freshman figures he wouldn’t be there if he wasn’t going to catch passes.  

Kick scrimmage highlights

Columbus Dispatch – A few quick notes on the kick scrimmage today in Ohio Stadium: — The highlight came on the first play, when Lamaar Thomas took Aaron Pettrey’s kickoff in the end zone and raced up the right sideline for a 92-yard return. Devon Torrence did a nice job of staying in range and making the one-on-one…

OSU football: Pettrey pleased, Thoma less so after scrimmage

Columbus Dispatch – Aaron Pettrey put an exclamation point on the placekicking job for Ohio State. Jon Thoma wanted to do the same thing with the punting job, but he didn’t think he was emphatic enough.

Quick hits from today’s Ohio State football practice and kick …
The Plain Dealer –
Back from Ohio State’s practice in Ohio Stadium and special teams scrimmage this evening. Some quick thoughts: * Several Buckeyes sat out

Big Ten: UM can’t get worse; Pryor will be most-watched | Toledo …
Toledo Free Press – If PSU defeats Ohio State on Nov. 7, it will give the Lions their first back-to-back wins over the Buckeyes in school history. Michigan State is picked to finish a distant third in the Big Ten. Why? No one is quite sure when you

Ten questions about the 2009 Ohio State Buckeyes
Chicago Tribune
Only once has Ohio State done that. In years past, the Buckeyes have burned to prove critics wrong, or to show that they belonged in the talk about the

Attorneys debate if blow that benched OSU player was defensive or …
This spring, Moeller was penciled in to start at outside linebacker for Ohio State University. Now he’ll miss the entire 2009 season.


Greve to play baseball at OSU

Cleveland Plain Dealer – Pitcher/third baseman Greg Greve, who helped Walsh Jesuit reach the Division II state championship game for the third time in the past four years, has made an oral commitment to Ohio State.


Penn State Swimming Brings Thad Schultz Aboard as Assistant Coach
Schultz’s extensive swimming experience includes collegiate at Ohio State from 2000-02. He served as an assistant coach for the Buckeyes, specifically with


August 19

Men’s Tennis

In a New York state of mind

Columbus Dispatch – Chase Buchanan, an Ohio State sophomore from New Albany, earned a spot in the U.S. Open by winning the 18-and-under USTA Championship on Sunday in Kalamazoo, Mich.

Men’s Hockey

Pelley has big shoes to fill – Herb Brooks once said, “Great moments are born from great opportunity.” Or maybe it was Kurt Russell playing Brooks who said it. Either way, that inspirational statement from the movie “Miracle” applies perfectly to the Devils’ Rod Pelley.

Men’s Basketball

Timing just right for games in Canada Columbus Dispatch


Torrence tables baseball, for now

Columbus Dispatch – Opportunity to start at cornerback was motivation for junior

TV: Watch Ohio State features on WSYX Ch. 6 Columbus

Three sleeper teams who could challenge for the Big Ten crown
In the course of winning or sharing the past four Big Ten titles, Ohio State has gone 29-3 in conference play, an astounding .906 winning percentage.

Boren saga only adds to Michigan-Ohio State rivalry
USA Today
not recruit him to Ohio State. When Justin Boren was deciding between the Buckeyes and Wolverines, Schembechler had this to say to his former player.

Ohio State Buckeyes football afternoon news roundup: Playing time …
The Plain Dealer –
Plain Dealer The departure of James Laurinaitis and Marcus Freeman to the NFL has left a void at the linebacker positions for the Ohio State Buckeyes.

Injury to Spitler further weakens revamped linebacker corps: Ohio …
The Plain Dealer –
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Already without Tyler Moeller for the season, the Ohio State linebackers suffered another blow when senior Austin Spitler went down

Moeller’s alleged assailant identified Columbus Dispatch


August 18

Men’s Tennis

Buchanan, Austin win USTA titles

Detroit Free Press – ‎Chase Buchanan of New Albany, Ohio, defeated Ryan Lipman of Nashville, Tenn., 6-2, 6-3, 6-4, to win the United States Tennis Association’s boys 18 division

Son of beauty queen secures a spot in US Open’s main draw

Mansfield News Journal – MANSFIELD — There’s a chance Roger Federer’s defense of his US Open tennis championship will have to go

Buchanan lands on top after ‘long journey’ through juniorsOhioan …

Kalamazoo Gazette – – ‎KALAMAZOO — Playing Roger Federer in the first round of the US Open would be ”unbelievable,” said Chase Buchanan on Sunday, after earning


Diamond in the rough: Two-sport athlete Torrence makes bid for starting role at Ohio State

Canton Repository – COLUMBUS – Whether football or baseball is Devon Torrence’s first love always did depend on the calendar. But football may be inching slightly ahead.

Linebacker who?

Columbus Dispatch – Eight players eager to make cases for starting roles; unexpected loss of Moeller adds wrinkle to competition

“You look at the current roster of linebackers and their obvious potential, and I think it says something about the tradition of Ohio State,” analyst Bill Kurelic of said. “Everybody likes to talk about Penn State being ‘Linebacker U,’ but Ohio State has a great reputation for linebackers, which only has been enhanced recently by the likes of A.J. Hawk and James Laurinaitis.” Potential becomes reality?

Pryor’s “Block O” tattoo Columbus Dispatch video

Welcome to Hell Week Columbus Dispatch – It’s patterned after the Navy SEALS training, during which the Navy weeds out about 75 percent of SEALS candidates. Yes, it’s that tough.

OSU linebackers have a great desire to play

Youngstown Vindicator – COLUMBUS – Etienne Sabino is neither choosy nor demanding when it comes to where he might fit in with the Ohio State defense this season.

The Ohio State Carters
The Plain Dealer –
One of the greatest receivers in Ohio State history, played with the Buckeyes from 1984 to ’86. Was a first-team All-Big Ten pick in 1985 and 1986 and a

Chip off the old Cris? OSU freshman Duron Carter certain he can …
The Plain Dealer –
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Twenty-five years ago, his father put together the greatest freshman season in Ohio State receiving history. Now, the Buckeyes‘ returning

August 15-17

Track and Field

Jesse Owens’ exploits still echo at Berlin’s Olympic Stadium

Los Angeles TimesJesse Owens competes in a 200-meter sprint at the Olympics in Berlin on August 14, 1936. (Associated Press)

Owens’ 1936 feat stands test of time ESPN

Jesse Owens and the 1936 Berlin Olympics Revisited

Memory of Jesse Owens lives on in Berlin AFP

Ghost of Owens inspires Bolt

BBC Sport – ‎Almost exactly 73 years ago in this Olympiastadion, Jesse Owens produced an athletic performance that made sporting history. Before Sunday night, it seemed

Bolt – I want to emulate Owens in Berlin

CNN International – ‎(CNN) — Triple Olympic champion and world 100m record holder Usain Bolt has said he wants to emulate the great Jesse Owens at the World Athletics

Usain Bolt: I want to be a legend like Jesse Owens

Going forth after going 4th

The Plain Dealer – -Last summer, shot putter Dan Taylor and distance runner Katie McGregor felt that intense sting. Taylor, a Burton native, was fourth at the trials by inches   

Men’s Basketball

Ohio State might move Turner to point guard
The extra practice sessions and three games in Canada will help Ohio State examine these questions. The Buckeyes still have smaller guards Jeremie Simmons

Turner one of Katz’s Wooden Award favorites

Columbus Dispatch  Andy Katz of ESPN was among the media members from whom the Wooden Award folks solicited names for their first list of 2010 award candidates. Katz gave them 50 names, then offered his top 15 in his Daily Word column…

Items from the pre-Canada news conference Columbus Dispatch


Buckeyes well-stocked with speed on the edge Columbus Dispatch

Intense practices loom as hitting begins Columbus Dispatch

Commentary: Patience, belief finally paying off for Spitler Columbus Dispatch

Name gets him recognition Columbus Dispatch But Carter intends to make own mark

It’s tough to make a name for himself when people skip over the “Duron” and focus on the “Carter.”

Local football Buckeyes gear up for a new season

Delaware News – Several members of the Ohio State University football team from Central Ohio have faced different situations blocking their attempt to make

Spitler steps into starting role at Ohio State
Dayton Daily News
To his left, a fellow Ohio State football player was introducing his parents to his coaches. And then there was the bemused Austin Spitler, whose mom had

Ohio State Buckeyes’ Devon Torrence, Andre Amos in tight battle …
The Plain Dealer –
The competition between Torrence, a junior, and Amos, a fifth-year senior, for a starting cornerback job is one of the tightest in Ohio State’s preseason

Protecting Pryor: Buckeyes trying to balance QB’s quick feet with …
The Plain Dealer –
He beat Wisconsin with a touchdown run and ran five times among Ohio State’s 15 plays in the Buckeyes‘ two fourth-quarter touchdown drives to take a late

Boren bringing some nastiness to Ohio State’s offensive line
Canton Repository
Michigan’s loss now is Ohio State’s gain, and certainly one the Buckeyes can use. The OSU offensive line struggled last year, and that brought added

Boren injury gives Shugarts opening Columbus Dispatch

Update! Ohio State insists again on Terrelle Pryor’s crazy 40 time
Yahoo! Sports
Watching my inbox fill up with the indignant wrath of Ohio State fans deeply invested in every obscure aspect of their Buckeyes‘ honor is so

Commentary: For all he gave, and suffered, Chic Harley deserves more Columbus Dispatch Charles William “Chic” Harley

We’re No. 2: Oklahoma, Ohio State have a lot in common
In Week 2, the Buckeyes have a home date with No. 4 USC, which beat the Buckeyes 35-3 last year. “It’s one of the most important games Ohio State has had in

What they’re saying about OU-Ohio State
Jack Park, who is a radio commentator and Ohio State football author and historian, discussing the Buckeyes‘ 41-14 loss to Florida in the 2007 BCS national

A running debate: How often should QBs carry the football?

The Plain Dealer – — “Take a kid like Pryor,” said former Detroit Lions general man ager Matt Millen, now analyzing the col lege game for ESPN and ABC.

NCAA Football Preview: Ohio State Buckeyes
Big Ten Network
By Mike Castiglione 2008 SEASON IN REVIEW: Ohio State continued its dominance of the Big Ten in 2008, capturing a fourth straight league title and – Quinn, Hawk face off again
When linebacker Hawk’s Ohio State Buckeyes defeated quarterback Quinn’s Notre Dame Fighting Irish 34-20 in the Fiesta Bowl after the 2005 season, Quinn’s sister Laura was dating Hawk, her future husband. With Laura Quinn wearing a

Big Ten preview: Coaches argue bowl results don’t show …
Bloomington Pantagraph
Not to worry, coach: the Buckeyes could get another chance to prove their BCS mettle. Ohio State and Penn State are the favorites again, though both teams

The Herald-Times (subscription)
The teams last met in 2006, with Ohio State winning by a 44-3 score at Columbus. The last win, 41-7, came in 1988. WHO ARE THEY: The Ohio State Buckeyes are