Ohio State Suspends Coach Tressel Two Games for NCAA Violation

Ohio State University has fined longtime football coach Jim Tressel $250,000 dollars, in addition to a two-game suspension after uncovering that Tressel had prior knowledge of his players’ NCAA violations.

Vice president and director of athletics, Gene Smith; head football coach, Jim Tressel, and president of Ohio State University, E. Gordon Gee addressed the media Tuesday at 7 PM, regarding the issue and ongoing NCAA investigation.

Athletic Director Gene Smith began the conference by clearly reiterating the University’s support of Coach Tressel and dismissing any rumors of Tressel’s resignation.

“He is a coach of young men and we trust him 100%,” Smith said, “…he is our coach and we trust him implicitly.”

By Harrini Krishnan

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Daniel “Boom” Herron Becomes the Man

Over the past two weeks, Daniel “Boom” Herron has emerged as the go-to-guy for the Ohio State Buckeye offense. It all started after halftime in the Wisconsin game. Herron, after only four carries in the first half for 36 yards, anchored the Buckeyes’ first touchdown drive of the game with 6 carries for 32 yards, including an impressive 13 yard touchdown burst. After a Badger punt, the Bucks drove down the field again. Again, Herron served as the catalyst, punching the ball into the endzone with three straight tough runs from the Wisconsin 7 yard line.

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Troy Smith to Start for the 49ers!

This Sunday, Troy Smith will take the first snap for the San Francisco 49ers against the Broncos—in London, of all places, which is either fate or simply a very bizarre place to play a football game. After starting QB Alex Smith separated his shoulder, 49ers head coach Mike Singletary (more evidence of the hand of fate) bypassed second-string QB in favor of the third-string Smith.

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Ohio State Experiences the Healing Power of the Indiana Hoosiers

Going into the Indiana game, the Ohio State Buckeyes had plenty to worry about. How would the Buckeye’s banged up secondary hold up against Ben Chappell and the Hoosier’s prolific passing attack? How much would Terrelle Pryor’s thigh injury inhibit an Ohio State offense that has relied on his explosive runs when their backs were against the wall? But what seemed like threats from the Hoosier squad at kickoff turned into the perfect treatment for Ohio State to smooth out their rough edges.

By Hans Hetrick

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One Cream Puff Too Many for the Buckeyes?

Last Saturday was a great day for camping. The cool autumn air quickened my bloodstream, the moon laced the woods with a lustrous silver light, and the Ohio State Buckeyes—along with most of the Big Ten—welcomed a cream puff into their home stadium for an early season feast.

Cream puffs are tasty and go down easy with a hot drink, but watching someone eat a cream puff for sixty minutes is not must-see entertainment. I hope you used last Saturday wisely: finally put new brakes on the car, maybe split some firewood for the winter, or, even better, escaped the hometown with your lover for a romantic weekend, because the Big Ten season starts this Saturday, the talent gap closes, and the football gets interesting and mean.

Hans Hetrick

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#2 Ohio State-Illinois: the Brutally Honest Game Preview

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The last three times Illinois beat Ohio State: 2007, 2001, 1999, it was in Columbus. For some reason, the Illini play the Buckeyes much better in the Buckeye state than they do at home. The last time they beat Ohio State in Champaign, Vanilla Ice and MC Hammer were at the peak of their popularity.

Whenever Illinois is having a good season, they seem to beat the Buckeyes, as they have a 9-11 record against
OSU dating back to 1988. Only Michigan has more victories over Ohio State during the span, posting an 11-10-1
record.

However, this year is not a (as 50 Cent would say) “Champagne Campaign.

There is one thing Illinois can claim over #2 OSU- a character on the ABC sitcom “Modern Family” wore a Juice Williams jersey for an entire episode last season. So until Courtney Cox rocks a kid size Terrelle Pryor jersey on “Cougar Town”- advantage Illini.

By Paul M. Banks

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Showdown Letdown: OSU Report and Review

As sequels often do, last Saturday’s showdown between the Miami Hurricanes and the Ohio State Buckeyes failed to live up to the promise of the original—the original, of course, being the two team’s classic 2003 Fiesta Bowl BCS National Championship game. It might have been unreasonable to expect a preseason game to matched one of college football’s greatest title games in intensity, big hits, and twists of fate, but no one expected the snoozer that ended up with a 36-24 Ohio State victory. If it wasn’t for the 2 and the 12 beside their names on the TV scoreboard, it would have been easy to forget that both team are members of college football’s 90th percentile.

By: Hans Hetrick

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Buckeyes DeVier Posey: Terrelle Pryor’s Favorite Target

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Ohio State quarterback and Heisman candidate Terrelle Pryor has said he’s looking for junior wideout Devier Posey one-on-one, and every time he sees that matchup, he’s taking it.

“He’s grown a lot, he sees matchups, he sees coverages and he goes to his best options,” the 6-2, 213 pound receiver from Cincinnati said about his QB, and his targeting on him.

“So we talk about it: don’t have your mind made up in the huddle. And he’s taking that, absorbing that and becoming better at it and reading on the run,” Posey continued.

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Ohio State’s Chimdi Chekwa National Defensive Player of the Week

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Ohio State Buckeye Chimdi Chekwa, a Jim Thorpe award candidate (best national defensive back)
and senior corner from Clermont, FL picked off a pair of passes and recorded two pass breakups, while adding six tackles and a tackle for loss to help hold the offense of #12 Miami (Fla.) to only 10 points. For his efforts, Chekwa was named Walter Camp national defensive player of the year and Big Ten defensive player of the week. Michigan QB Denard Robinson took the offensive award in both categories.

By Paul M. Banks

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Miami game extra special for Ohio State’s Brian Rolle

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When No. 2 Ohio State hosts No. 12 Miami today, it will no doubt be one HUGE college football game. But for one Buckeye, 5-11, 218 pound senior linebacker Brian Rolle, this specific contest will be extra special.

Rolle is a native of Immokalee, Fla., in the southern part of the state. And his cousin Antrel Rolle was an All-American corner for the Miami Hurricanes. And yes, Antrel did play against the Buckeyes in that classic 2003 Fiesta Bowl.

Given this background, Brian Rolle obviously grew up a Miami Hurricanes fan.

“That’s the only place I thought about going, I never even thought about being recruited, I just said I’m going to Miami,” Rolle told me last Saturday.

Unfortunately, the ‘Canes never offered Rolle.

“I thought I was going to be a Cane no doubt about it, and it’s kinda crazy that I ended up at Ohio State, and we end up playing them, but it’s personal for me. So I’m looking forward to it, going to be zeroed in,” Rolle said.

By Paul M. Banks

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2002 versus 2010: OSU Edition

With The Ohio State University facing the University of Miami for the first time since the 2003 BCS National Championship game, the Buckeye nation has been infused with sweet nostalgic daydreams of the Buckeyes’ magical 2002 National Championship team. They were a fearless, tenacious, strong-willed bunch. And while they walked a tight rope over the abyss of defeat weekly, they were easy to love and harder to forget.

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Ohio State-Miami: 2003 All Over Again…Sort Of

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12 National Titles. 9 Heismans. 113 Consensus All-Americans.  81 players  currently on NFL rosters.

Ray Lewis. Cris Carter. Michael Irvin. Jack Tatum. Warren Sapp. Orlando Pace. Jim Kelly. Eddie George. Bernie Kosar. Archie Griffin.

A lot of history will be swirling around Ohio Stadium this Saturday when the University of Miami Hurricanes (the U) and The Ohio State Buckeyes take the field. If it’s anything like the last time these two storied college football programs crashed into each other, the 2003 Tostito’s Fiesta Bowl BCS National Championship Game, there will be multitudes of fans on the edge of barstools and sofas wringing their hands, pulling their hair, and shouting at televisions.

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By Hans Hetrick

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