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R.I.P. Will Smith

If you didn’t have the pleasure of watching Will Smith, who was tragically and senselessly  killed in New Orleans on Saturday night, play for Ohio State, he was the most dominant defensive lineman I have seen in Scarlet and Gray.

He wasn’t quite the physical marvel Joey Bosa is, but he was even more disruptive.

While Sports Illustrated put Craig Krenzel on the cover after the Buckeyes won the national championship over Miami in January 2003, Austin Murphy focused on the defensive line’s role in ending the Buckeyes’ three-decade national title drought and gave Smith the first quote in his cover story.

 

If you listened closely, you could hear it calling out: Pop my cork–you’ve earned it!

Someone had left a bottle of Moet in the ice bucket in Room 6414 of the Princess Resort in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Even as the hundreds of Ohio State fans at the hotel — and the rest of the red-clad horde that had descended by the tens of thousands on the Valley of the Sun for the Fiesta Bowl — swung into full party mode, neither Will Smith nor Darrion Scott seemed much interested in champagne.

‘It hurts to move,’ Smith said.

Source: “The Best Damn Team…” Wins The Big One Underdog Ohio State stunned mighty Miami in a two-overtime thriller to win its first national championship since 1968

The NCAA rule change likely to irk Urban Meyer

Urban Meyer never seemed to enthusiastic about satellite camps one way or another, but the other piece of news to come out of the NCAA offices Friday probably rankled him.

The Council deregulated electronic communication with prospective student-athletes who participate in football, cross country, track and field and swimming and diving.

The Ohio State football coach brought this up unsolicited on National Signing Day in February, coming down quite decisively against it and other “nonsense rules” that lead to more hassle for recruits (and recruiters) than they bring benefit.  Continue reading The NCAA rule change likely to irk Urban Meyer

Ohio State QB J.T. Barrett talks young Buckeyes WRs

Ohio State will have an entirely new starting lineup at wide receiver in 2016, and there figures to be a huge competition for playing time in Columbus this spring.

Despite the graduation of Braxton Miller and Michael Thomas and Jalin Marshall opting to go pro early, Ohio State is still set to have more than a dozen scholarship receivers this fall — all of whom were four-star recruits.

J.T. Barrett met with the media Wednesday and talked about what he has seen so far in winter workouts, including the return of Corey Smith and Noah Brown as well as early enrollee Austin Mack.

Ohio State football recruiting Mike Weber: Winners and losers

Am I the only one who feels like Mike Weber probably handled the whole circus surrounding his recruitment and the related coaching change better than anybody else?

Granted, his Tweet about being “hurt as hell” was a catalyst for the first wave of reactions, but it’s hard to blame anyone for having an emotional reaction to something affecting his or her future and expressing that reaction. That’s especially true with a teenager who just made a big life decision then saw some of the information he probably used to make it change almost immediately.

Feeling and expressing emotions is an important part of life no matter our age. But actually being part of the process is also kind of key to having an emotional attachment, isn’t it?  Continue reading Ohio State football recruiting Mike Weber: Winners and losers

Ohio State football: The new narrative

Of course when something like “winning a national championship” happens, everyone has something to say.

The theme of my reaction column at BuckeyeSports.com was simple: Ohio State not only won a fancy gold trophy on Monday night, it also wiped out every narrative people have used against the Buckeyes — sometimes more correctly than others — since that stunning night in the desert in January 2007.

Need proof? After the jump, find a sampling of the new narrative from around the web, including writers who cover Ohio State and others more national in scope.  Continue reading Ohio State football: The new narrative

Does Ohio State need a win at MSU to become Ohio State again?

Urban Meyer made no attempt to hide the fact Ohio State has something more than a win or even prime position in the conference race on the line Saturday night at Michigan State.

The Buckeyes are also playing to regain their position as the top dog in the Big Ten, or as he put it, “the respect Ohio State deserves.” (Read more: Meyer: Buckeyes playing for ‘respect Ohio State deserves’ | FOX Sports.)

The head coach was sure to point out Ohio State still has only one true rival, though, reiterating something he said during the summer.

Meyer: Buckeyes playing for 'respect Ohio State deserves' | FOX Sports

 

When Meyer was done, assistant coaches Tom Herman, Tim Hinton and Luke Fickell had a lot of interesting things to say about the Buckeyes and the Spartans, including some flashbacks to last year’s Big Ten Championship game and a fair amount of Xs and Os. That comes as no surprise given the stature Michigan State’s defense — imported from Ohio — has gained over the past few years under Mark Dantonio and Pat Narduzzi.

Monday was also a big day for the program’s future as Torrance Gibson, on of the top quarterback prospects in the country, gave a verbal commitment to Ohio State from his school in Florida.

Gibson is the second signal caller to commit to Ohio State for 2015, joining Joey Burrow of Athens, Ohio. While signing two quarterbacks in one year has been rare at Ohio State over the past 15 years, history shows it could have some tremendous results for the Buckeyes.