Chris Holtmann Leaves Butler for Ohio State Now Official

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Gene Smith, Ohio State Athletics Director, announced the hire of Butler Head Coach Chris Holtmann as the new man to lead Buckeyes men’s basketball. Holtmann agreed to an eight-year contract with Ohio State worth about $3 million annually, Smith said. Final details of the deal are being finalized and will be released at a later date.

Chris Holtmann just signed a lengthy extension at Butler, but it’s par for the course that bigger programs come in and exercise those expensive buyouts.

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Butler Coach Chris Holtmann Now Reported Front-Runner for Ohio State Job

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Chris Holtmann is 70-31 over his three seasons at Butler, making the NCAA Tournament all three times. During his tenure, he’s consistently been barraged with questions about his interest in/connection to open head coaching jobs everywhere.

He’s the consummate professional when it comes to answering all those queries about bigger gigs too; always giving the most banal of platitudes possible. Now he’s going to get a few more queries, as ESPN.com claims he’s the front-runner for the open Ohio State job.

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Three Michigan State Football Players Charged with Sexual Assault, Kicked Off Team

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Michigan State football suffered through a 3-9 disaster last season, fielding a team that both 1.) fell far below expectations and 2.) often looked very disinterested. Winter brought very serious off-the-field issues to supplement the on-the-field catastrophe, as a sexual assault complaint was filed against three players.

Those three Michigan State football players, who allegedly committed the attack in January, were indefinitely suspended in February. Yesterday, the still publicly unnamed Michigan State football trio were charged with formally charged with sexual assault.

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Lane Kiffin Offers Scholarship to Sixth Grade, Class of 2023 Quarterback

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Sometimes, in order to get a great deal, you must get in on the ground floor. The early bird gets the worm, we’ve been told since we were children. Lane Kiffin, now head coach at Florida Atlantic, has offered a scholarship to a kid who just finished sixth grade this spring, and enters seventh grade this fall.

Here’s more from FOX Sports Bruce Feldman:

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Five Ohio State Basketball Potential Head Coaching Candidates

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Ohio State basketball might be a top 15 level job nationally. Certainly, it has the potential to be one of the highest compensated in the nation. Indeed THE Ohio State University has one of the wealthiest and most lucrative athletic departments around.

However, this late in the cycle, I can’t really see Columbus landing one of the top tier candidates. Federal law mandates you include Wichita State’s Gregg Marshall in any coaching search column, but I just can’t see that realistically happening. The evil Koch brothers funnel so much money into that school that he earns over $3 million a year.

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Thad Matta is Out at Ohio St. and the Reasons Why are Complicated

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Thad Matta has done so much for Ohio State basketball that he truly deserves to leave on his own terms. Technically, on the surface level he has done exactly that, as he announced his resignation today, effective immediately.

In reality though, OSU Athletics Director Gene Smith essentially claimed responsibility for the decision. Matta, the all-time leader in wins (337) and games coached (460) in Ohio State history, announced that he’s stepping down at a news conference that he and Smith held today. During the session, Smith essentially said that recruiting woes are the reason a regime change has been made, which means Thad Matta was actually forced out.

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Illini Football: Peanut Tillman Sees Improvement for Lovie Smith in Year Two (Exclusive)

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The preseason prognosticators are not very high on 2017 Illini football. That’s been well documented.

However, given the much more favorable schedule that they have this season, one could reasonably expect the Illini to win more games this fall than they did last year. Chicago Bears legend Charles “Peanut” Tillman sees his former Head Coach Lovie Smith taking the program in the right direction this season.

“I definitely see improvement,” Tillman said during our exclusive conversation with him. 

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2018 NFL Mock Draft 6-5-17

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Welcome to the 2018 NFL mock draft. Order was based on an amalgam of NFL power rankings from across the internet. If you have issue with the order, well so do many others. That’s what the comments section is for! Just keep it above board and professional in your criticism.

Team needs were not taken into account for the 2018 NFL mock draft as it’s just too early. 2017 NFL Draft picks were mostly not taken into account for our projections.

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Ohio State Football: Preseason Magazines See National Championship Appearance

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It’s another national title or bust kind of season for Ohio State football. All the college football preseason preview magazines see at least a final four appearance in Columbus, with two of the three calling a national championship game appearance. Perhaps Lindy’s says it best: “It’s Ohio State. As ever, the Buckeyes have the best talent in the league.”

Athlon also sees Ohio State football winning the B1G East, ranking the team 2nd nationally. The magazine projects them to finish 12-1 overall, 8-1 in the league and to play Alabama for the national championship.

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Michigan Football to take a Slight Step Back Say Preseason Forecasts

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Rome wasn’t built in a day, and the Jim Harbaugh plan to build Michigan football back into an annual national title contender hits a roadblock this season. Or it will if the preseason college football publications are correct. Friends, countrymen, Wolverines have seen a mostly upward trajectory for Michigan football in the Harbaugh era thus far.

It will be a plateau, or most likely, perhaps a significant step down in 2017, say the preview mags.

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NIU Football: Preseason Publications Anticipating Rebound for Huskies

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From 2010-2014, NIU football was the MAC standard. Over that span, the Huskies won double digit games every single season and became a fixture in the MAC title game. They didn’t do so hot in bowl games, but they were formidable in November. Things in DeKalb dropped off a bit in 2015, and then last season was rather disastrous by the high standards they have established in recent years.

However, 2017 could see the Huskies bounce back in the right direction. That’s what the college football preseason preview publications seem to think is in store.

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Northwestern Football a B1G West Title Contender Say Preseason Preview Magazines

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Perusing the 2017 college football preseason preview magazines there seems to be a consensus among the Northwestern football forecasts. Athlon, Lindy’s and Street & Smith’s all see the Wildcats as legitimate contenders to be in Indianapolis come the first week of December.

Yes, the prognosticators believe NU will be among the front-runners for winning the B1G West this fall.

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