Urban Meyer’s Greatest Task at Ohio State: on the field or off of it?

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The past few months have been rocky for Ohio State and Urban Meyer. Around this time last year we learned that due to a lack to player control (players selling team memorabilia in exchange for tattoos), Ohio State was forced to vacate wins from the 2010 season. Also, beloved head coach Jim Tressel, one of the schools winningest coaches, was forced to resign after knowingly withholding information about his players’ violations.

Due to the abrupt departure of Tressel, Luke Fickell took over as the interim head coach for the Buckeyes until they could find a permanent replacement (Meyer). With Fickell as a quick fix for the troubled program, Ohio State went 6-7, the first losing season for the Buckeyes since 1988.

After taking control, Urban Meyer is expected to clean up the program off the field, and lead the team back to success on the field. Which task will be toughest?

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Big 10 Statement on Penn St; Potential “Lack of Institutional Control”

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The open college football head coaching position at PSU looks much less attractive today. Public statements released today make future sanctions against the school look much more likely. The Big Ten Council of Presidents/Chancellor met this week to discuss several items, including the mess at Penn State University.

The Big Ten office issued the following statement from the COP/C:

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Going Inside Big Ten Network Headquarters, Conference Expansion Rumors

Last night I was lucky enough to be at a small private reception that included Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany. Yes, I was at the same party as the most powerful man in the prestigious college basketball and college football league.

Delaney’s a University of North Carolina alum, and this was a Chicago Carolina Club gathering at Japonais, a downtown restaurant located a few floors below the Big Ten Network (BTN) studio. Yes, I infiltrated a group of Tar Heels (despite the horrors of the 2005 national title game) in order to get the story.

Before we get to the tour, we’ll go over some conference expansion rumors and innuendo. Because once you get on any topic remotely connected to this issue these days, the conversation inevitably leads there anyway.

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Badgers’ Mike Bruesewitz Sheds Fro for a Good Cause

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In an effort to raise awareness for multiple sclerosis, Badger sophomore Mike Bruesewitz shaved his trademark red curly hair Wednesday during “Wake Up Wisconsin” on Madison’s WKOW-TV.

Bruesewitz partnered with the National MS Society to raise money and awareness for those with multiple sclerosis. The goal is to raise a minimum of $3,100 dollars, which reflects the sophomore guards’ jersey No. 31.

By: Justin Mertes-Mistretta

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Wisconsin Badgers Land a #4 Seed and a Giant-Killer in Belmont


After finishing the year with two horrific losses, the Wisconsin Badgers enter the NCAA Tournament as one of the nation’s top 16 teams. As a #4 seed in the Southeast Regional, the Badgers will take on the #13 seed Belmont Bruins (30-4), champions of the Atlantic Sun Conference.

The Badgers and Bruins will match-up on Thursday, March 17th in Tuscon, Arizona. Tip-off is set for 6:27 with coverage on TruTV. The winner of this game meets the winner of #5 Kansas State and #12 Utah State on Saturday.

Keep reading to learn a little about the Badgers tournament history and Belmont who have surfaced as a trendy upset pick.

By: Nick Grays

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Is Jon Diebler the Nation’s Best 3-Point Shooter?

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There’s been some dominant shooting performances in college basketball this year. Less than a month ago, we saw Jordan Taylor light up #1 Ohio State in the second half en route to a comeback upset and just recently seniors Ben Hansbrough and Tim Abromaitis put on a shooting clinic on senior night against Villanova. However, Jon Diebler’s outing Tuesday night may be the best yet.

By: Justin Mertes-Mistretta

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Ohio State’s Forgotten Freshman, Deshaun Thomas

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Blind resumes are ever-so popular this time of year in college basketball with Selection Sunday nearing. Instead of comparing two teams, let’s compare the per game averages of Player A and Player B:

Player A – 18.2 min, 11.7 pts, 5.4 rebs

Player B – 12.5 min, 4.9 pts, 2.7 rebs

Per game, Player A has played 25 percent more minutes, scored nearly three times as much, and grabbed twice as many boards as Player B.

By: Justin Mertes-Mistretta

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Ohio State Dominates Illinois, Making a Case for No. 1

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Ohio State man-handled Illinois 89-70 Tuesday night. After Mike Davis scored the opening basket for the Illini, it was all Ohio State as they led for the rest of the game. While the win came at home against a team that had lost 7 of its past 11 games, it was an impressive victory nonetheless for the Buckeyes. Not only did the Bucks win in impressive fashion, they did so after a brutal stretch in their schedule.

By: Justin Mertes-Mistretta

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Buckeye Recap: #11 Purdue Beats #3 Ohio State Thanks to Moore’s 38

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“E’Twaun, he may put his fingers up and tell you he hit a 3-pointer, but he rarely smiles,” Purdue guard Lewis Jackson said. “Once he smiles, he’s in a zone, and you probably won’t stop him that night.” Purdue guard E’Twaun Moore was smiling all day Sunday as he lit up Ohio State for 38 points en route to a 76-63 victory.

How they lost: The Boilermakers took the lead with 3:23 left in the first half and never looked back. The Buckeyes played catchup the entire second half, eventually getting within four points after a Jared Sullinger dunk. But, it was too much Moore for Ohio State as he hit a late 3-pointer to seal the victory for Purdue.

By: Justin Mertes-Mistretta

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Conference Call with Gene Smith on NCAA Tournament Selection Process

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With the annual mock tournament selection taking place in Indianapolis on Thursday and Friday, Gene Smith, Athletic Director at Ohio State and chair of the NCAA Division I men’s basketball committee, held a conference call on Wednesday to discuss the tournament selection process.

By: Justin Mertes-Mistretta

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Rapid Reaction: Wisconsin 80 Coppin St. 55


With a 80-55 win over the Coppin State Eagles, the Wisconsin Badgers have now won 10 non-conference games for the fifth time in the last six seasons. Junior Jordan Taylor and senior Jon Leuer led the way with 19 points a piece.

The Badgers (10-2) final tune-up before the conference season was successful on both sides of the floor as they extended their nation leading streak to 31 games while holding opponents under 70 points at the Kohl Center.

By: Nick Grays

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