Ohio State Will Wear Pro Combat Uniforms Against Michigan
(The) Ohio State University will wear (the) Pro Combat uniforms, as they try to finish undefeated against Michigan this weekend.
There is a real government petition to – Pardon The Ohio State Buckeyes from unjust NCAA sanctions preventing their rightful access to a BCS bowl game.
The Ohio State University football team is one win away from an undefeated season. However, due to imposed sanctions, they are not allowed to participate in their conference’s championship game or the following bowl season…
Aircraft Carrier game is special for Ohio State Aaron Craft
Not only will Aaron play on that ship but so will his younger sister, Cait. It is also going to be extremely meaningful for the Craft family since Aaron’s older brother Brandon serves in the United States Army.
Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller took off for a nice 37-yard run at the end of the third quarter against Purdue, but fell to the ground awkwardly while being tackled by Boilmakers safety, Chris Quinn, and brutally banged his head.
A pizza delivery driver at Iacono’s in Shawnee Hills, Ohio was fired after criticizing the Buckeyes’ tackling to Luke Fickell’s wife while she ordered a pizza. The driver, a Columbus State College student, claims it was a joke
Ohio State and Texas will play a home-and-home series in 2022 and 2023, the schools announced Wednesday. The series will begin on Sept. 17, 2022, in Austin, and will return to Columbus on Sept. 16, 2023. The Buckeyes and Longhorns have met three times — in the 2005 and 2006 regular seasons and in the 2009 Fiesta Bowl. Texas leads the series, 2-1, including a memorable win in Columbus in 2005 during the Longhorns’ national title season. Texas also won the Fiesta Bowl, 24-21.
The big Ohio State football press conference starring Urban Meyer was earlier today, and because college football is more important than Presidential politics, civil war in the Middle East and Hurricane Isaac combined, there was a social media blackout imposed by the university powers that be.
via Off the Bench
As expected, Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer has reinstated senior linebacker Storm Klein, just one day after Klein reached a plea agreement in the domestic violence case against him. “The charges that would have violated our core values have been totally dismissed,” Meyer said, referring to the domestic violence charges that were dropped. Klein was accused of “violently and purposefully” grabbing his girlfriend by the arms and slamming her into the front door of his apartment.
via Rant Sports
Former Ohio State linebacker Storm Klein was dismissed from the team on July 7, one day after he allegedly grabbed his girlfriend by the forearms and threw her into the front door of his apartment. Since then, Klein has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge and a domestic violence charge. Both have recently been dismissed. A spokesman from Ohio State said that if charges were dismissed, “there will be a re-assessment of Storm Klein’s status with the football team.”
via Rant Sports
Former Ohio State linebacker Storm Klein has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge, and a domestic violence charge involving his girlfriend has been dismissed. Klein was dismissed from the team on July 7, one day after he allegedly “violently and purposefully” grabbed his girlfriend by the forearms and threw her into the front door of his apartment, according to a Columbus, Ohio, police report.
The Ohio State football team knows what the depths look like. After all, they’ve been to hell and back more than once. It all began in late-December 2010 when the program as they knew it changed. In one fell swoop, everything was turned upside down.
Marotti has been an asset to Meyer.
Turmoil became a constant for the 2011 season, the pre-Sugar Bowl press conference acting as a precursor for the future. What followed was an unmemorable season that dissolved with an 0-fer November and a mid-tier bowl loss to Florida.
It was hell for a fanbase and assembly of players used to national prominence, Big Ten championships and wins over Michigan. Instead, the Buckeyes received national ridicule, their first losing conference record in more than a decade and the end of a seven-game win streak against That Team Up North.
Enter Urban Meyer. Just two days after the Maize and Blue beat their hated rivals to the South, Ohio State immediately stole back momentum in the rivalry. All was right in Buckeyeland. The players respect and admire (still do) what Luke Fickell did for Ohio State football in 2011. But make no mistake about it, the hiring of Meyer thrilled the locker room.
The retaining of Fickell and hire of Mickey Marotti from Florida were two power moves by Meyer, a stroke of brilliance. Marotti was a shadowy figure to many in the world of college football, but they knew he was hailed as a Messiah by former players and a trusted confidant of Meyer’s.
“He is the most important hire in the athletic department,” Meyer said of Marotti. “I don’t want to say that I couldn’t do this job without him, but it would be hard.”
Ohio State got to know him – quite rudely, actually. On a cold Tuesday in January, 100-plus members of the Buckeye football team entered a hell that was frozen over. Winter conditioning in a Meyer-coached program takes on an entirely new definition. It is more comparable to boot camp than a football game.
In 2001, a day known as “Black Friday” hovered over Bowling Green, Ohio, as Meyer worked his Falcons far past the state of exhaustion. Marotti wasn’t a part of that strength staff, but an apprentice was. For two hours, the only time players stopped running was to vomit into trash cans. Dozens quit the team. But those who stayed were rewarded with 17 wins in Meyer’s two seasons at BG, this at a program that had not finished with a winning record since 1994. They also developed lasting relationships built on the foundation of hard work.
“He's a guy that I have a lot of respect for and a lot of love for,” Josh Harris, Meyer’s quarterback at Bowling Green, said. “When he came to (Bowling Green), he came as the wide receivers coach from Notre Dame, so he didn't come in with a prestigious background. What he did do was he set the expectations from day one in that first team meeting. The first thing he said to us was, 'I've got three rules: the first thing is to love the game of football, to love and respect your teammates and to love and respect your university.’
“It really set a precedent for not only how we were going to prepare, but how we were going to perform on Saturdays and how we were going to carry ourselves. The guys that stayed on board, and the guys that bought into the system, they'll never be the same.”
Boren is in the best shape of his career.
There wasn’t a mass exodus from Ohio State, though there were some defections. However, the Buckeyes took the Bowling Green approach and banded together. They approached the 5 a.m. workouts with resolve and came out the other end better because of it. Conditioning improved from January to February; after spring practice, the staff was even more impressed and when fall camp commenced, Marotti could be seen beaming like a proud father.
Marotti is hardnosed and serious, but he carries a good sense of humor – a laugh or smile never far away. He’s one of only 100 strength trainers in the country to hold the title Master of Strength and Conditioning. At Ohio State, Marotti is the assistant athletics director for sport performance. With that comes a hefty paycheck, but for Meyer, Marotti is worth every penny.
“I have been blessed to have had Coach Marotti on my staff for a number of years,” Meyer said. “Player issues, motivation; he’s everything and we’re fortunate to get him to come up here to Ohio State.
“I usually put the strength coach No. 1 (on my staff). Then the offensive line coach and your defensive coordinator. But strength coach is No. 1.”
Once the coaches’ interaction with players ceased over the summer, Marotti was the man in charge of the Ohio State football program. And he took to the team like a mechanic fine-tuning his prized hotrod. But it was all part of a plan: to have the best offseason in college football history.
Meyer preached that message to the team in January, and it stayed in the backs of their minds throughout the winter and spring and into the summer. Consider that goal accomplished. The success stories on the team are never-ending when it comes to what Marotti was able to do to their bodies.
More muscle, less weight, better conditioned – the list goes on and on.
“They were all tough workouts,” senior captain Zach Boren said. “They were all hard. I'm actually going to say that we've had the best offseason in the history of college football. I honestly think we had that because guys are pushing themselves that hard. I've never seen it before.”
How hard were the Buckeyes working? The night before Boren and fellow captains John Simon and Etienne Sabino left for Big Ten media days in Chicago they had a night workout and conditioning test.
Simon, a workout freak, could hardly contain himself while talking about Marotti’s regimen. He was almost waxing poetic.
Workouts have been embraced by Simon.
“There might be mornings where it's 5 o'clock and you walk in there,” Simon said, “you might be lagging or a little tired, but you walk in and the music is blasting and everybody is screaming, coaches are bumping into you, everybody is riling you up and before you know it, you're hyped for the workout. I get excited just talking about it.”
As camp began, Meyer could see the results of the extra summer work. After easing the team into the playbook, last week was designated as a “hell” week. Meyer didn’t mince words when he described the ensuing pain the team would feel.
“This will be the hardest week of training camp,” he said. “This will make or break us.”
Part of Meyer’s philosophy is to break down the team and then build them back up. Another goal is to make practices so grueling that games become easy. It’s a lesson Meyer learned from Michael Jordan.
The conditioning helps both sides of the ball: the fast-paced offense will be able to strike against a beleaguered defense, and the Silver Bullets will remain fresh deep in to the fourth quarter.
“The better the team, the harder the training camp,” Meyer said.
On Friday, a trio of assistant coaches said the Buckeyes met all challenges thrown at them and the head coach concurred Monday.
“They answered the bell,” running backs coach Stan Drayton said. “They knew it was going to be a tough week. I really liked the way our team approached the field. They had a purpose in mind.”
It’s the only way Ohio State knows how to perform – 100 percent effort on every rep. When you’ve seen the depths of the college football world, a week of strenuous conditioning seems minor in nature.
The Urban Meyer buy-in rate inside the Buckeye locker room is in the A+ range. Since he was hired in November, his message has seeped into his players and taken hold. As the regular season approaches, lessons from January, April, June and July become even more valuable.
Championships are won with defense, but they also formulate in offseasons filled with diligence.
Texas A&M went to Junction City, Ohio State went to Hell.
© 2012 Eleven Warriors.
In the Hive
Hello all and welcome to your morning Hive, Tuesday edition! Did you guys miss me? I am deeply sorry that all of you loyal defenders of our honor went without a Tuesday Hive for the past two weeks as I was busy with my last finals ever in college and I made a trip to the big apple. But I will say this; New York City was an absolute blast. What made it even better? Knowing that upon my arrival back to the great city of Columbus, OH, I would be that much closer to Ohio State Buckeyes football! The countdown is at 11 days officially, Buckeye Nation. The anticipation is killing me. After so much hype and build-up, I am so incredibly eager to see the product that Urban Meyer and his staff will put out on the field. After watching parts of the ESPN All-Access special on Ohio State and Urban’s presser yesterday, I love the direction in which this program is heading. I knew the fiery type of coach Urban Meyer was, but it was nice to see it first-hand.
Urban Meyer, during spring camp, was extremely critical of many aspects of his inherited team–mainly the offense and the skill positions. However, yesterday, he was singing a slightly different tune.
Yesterday, in his press conference, coach Meyer gave his evaluations as to where is team is currently at. Here are some quotes from that press conference:
“I like where we’re at right now. We’re certainly not perfect, but are guys are trying and we’re doing decent. The area where we’re much improved is throwing and catching. Which, you couldn’t have gone much the other way.”
“The only reason I did that (ESPN All-Access special), I wasn’t going to do it, because I don’t want people in this media room, but I felt like with all the stings Ohio State has taken in the last 12 months, and the negativity, a lot of people have opinions about this program.”
“I think, right now, the offense will be fairly competent. I can’t say great, because I don’t see that yet, but I see competency. I see the ball being snapped correctly, I see an offensive line protecting, and the skill positions starting to improve. It wasn’t that way in the spring.”
Urban also said that freshman Cardale Jones and Warren Ball had their black stripes removed from their helmets which basically means that they’ve “earned their stripes” and have earned their way to be part of the team. In addition, he said that Braxton Miller had a great game during their inter-squad scrimmage. According to Ohio State, Miller threw for 350 yards on 27 of 39 passing. For the most part, however, the number 1 offense went against the number 2 defense, but it’s still great to see that type of passing game.
Apparently, some people are blaming scUM’s humiliating loss to Appalachian State in 2007 on TTUN’s players being hungover and “stoned.” For your enjoyment, here’s that story
Afroman could easily be mistaken for a scUM football player