Written by Mitch Goldberg | 16 April 2012

danger-expectationsIn the case of uncertainty, expectation is what is considered the most likely to happen. An expectation, which is a belief that is centered on the future, may or may not be realistic. A less advantageous result gives rise to the emotion of disappointment and if something happens that is not at all expected it is a surprise.

Expectations are sometimes out of context with reality at Ohio State. Over the last 25 years, there have been a myriad of expectations that have either failed to materialize or have exceeded anyone’s wildest dreams.  John Cooper was hired at Ohio State based on the expectation that he could consistently replicate the win his Arizona State team had in the 1987 Rose Bowl game vs. Michigan. You can imagine the board of Trustees saying “This is a man that knows how to beat Michigan--He beat Bo Schembechler in the Rose Bowl”, but the numbers 2-10-1 demonstrate that Coop wasn’t up to the task and to make matters worse he had a bowl record of only 3-8 at OSU. Fans expected so much from those great teams of the early and mid-90’s and were always disappointed in the end.

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Written by Carrie Janello | 15 April 2012

CJ1Anyone that knows me knows that my #1 interest, #1 passion, and #1 hobby is The Ohio State University. In California, my friends call me ‘Ohio’ since I basically am a walking billboard for Buckeye Nation. When anyone I know hears or sees anything regarding Ohio State, their first thoughts inevitably go to me. I even have friends who have caught the sickness and now cheer for Ohio State. And I would not have it any other way! Outside of Buckeye Nation, it is difficult to explain from where exactly our pride comes; inside Buckeye Nation, I can only share the source of my Buckeye Pride.

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Written by EB Cooper | 13 April 2012

Simon2012. If I would have gone to college like many of my friends out of high school, this would have been my senior year in college. But like many seniors around the country, I didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life, so I joined the military, and the rest, they say, is history. But there are 21 seniors on The Ohio State football team that knew what they wanted to do out of high school. They wanted to be Buckeyes. They signed across a dotted line, young kids of seventeen and eighteen, putting their futures in the hands of men they may only have known for several months, more if they were good, or lucky. Some of them, wearing colored buttoned shirts and ties, sat in front of cameras in auditoriums or gyms, in front of friends, family and the media - sweating it out in front of the hot lights burning bright on their fresh faces, wishing they could just get it all over with. These young men, whose pure talent, skill and determination put them on the map of success, given a great decision to make with those who would watch waiting to see the either great or horrendous decision they made depending on who they pulled for. Many futures on the line.

Many futures determined by what hat they chose, or didn’t. Others simply signed their form, faxed in the sheet, and called it a day.

In the end it doesn’t matter how these players got to where they are today. No, what matters most is what they have accomplished in their time as Buckeyes, and how they plan on ending their careers in the Scarlet and Gray.

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Written by Andrew Huber | 11 April 2012

Football’s back.

Yes, it’s back on the field. Spring practice is underway on college campuses across the country. Diehards have spent the past few weeks pouring over vague practice reports and booking their tickets to their teams’ spring games.

And, yes, it’s back off the field too. In fact, the game’s two biggest headlines this week had little to do with Xs and Os.

2PetrinoFirst, Bobby Petrino was ousted as coach of the Arkansas Razorbacks. He deserved it. Even so, the Arkansas athletic director, Jeff Long, should be commended for his handling of the situation. Having lived in Arkansas from 2009-2011, I can attest to the massive significance the state places on Razorback football. For perspective, imagine a version of Ohio where there wasn’t decent college basketball or any pro football, baseball, basketball, or hockey presence at all. In such a focused market, it takes stones to dethrone the University and state’s most public leader, even in the wake of public embarrassment.  It also takes a brand of ethics and conviction that Gene Smith has never shown in Columbus.

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Written by Jessi Weiland | 11 April 2012

“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”

ShazierSound familiar? This is a quote given by the great Wayne Woodrow Hayes, or Woody Hayes as he would come to be known. Hayes has become a legend in Ohio State culture and community, and is the shining light on a football program that has seen its dimmer days since his departure.

A lot of people are criticizing Urban Meyer for his “deer in the headlights” sort of outlook. Meyer has stated he has made an effort not to look at footage, but to start everyone on a clean slate. Make the player fight for what they want, and strive to get it in the only logical way – proof.

The coaching staff at Ohio State caught onto this trend as well, and while for some coaches returning this may be a bit difficult, they – like me – see the logic behind the madness.

Urban Meyer has been scolded by his critics as a “program-dictator” and “machine-maker”. This is clearly evident and supported by his 104-23 record (.819 winning percentage) as a Div-1 head coach. He also carries two National Championships under his belt, including one heart-wrenching win against Ohio State in the 2007 BCS National Championship game.

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Written by Grant Edgell | 06 April 2012

DeShaunapalooza has begun in Columbus.

ScreamI've made no secret of the fact that I love watching and rooting for DeShaun Thomas. The news today that he'll be returning for his junior year at THE Ohio State University was certainly welcomed by me - but coming off the heels of Jared Sullinger's announcement that he would be foregoing his junior and senior years - this is HUGE for Buckeyes fans everywhere.

High hopes last season, with great senior leadership in Deibler, Lighty and Lauderdale, ended short in the Sweet Sixteen. This season a less-hyped Ohio State team found themselves in the Final Four, after an up-and-down season, before being knocked out last weekend by the Kansas Jayhawks. Next season? High, high hopes.

DeShaun has been a bit of a polarizing figure since landing on campus. His freshman season was full of poor decision making causing quick hooks by head coach Thad Matta, and a few little streaks of brilliance and potential. But by the time he hit mid-season as a sophomore he had become the most reliable, most consistent force on the team.

Jared battled a few injuries before getting healthy and falling into a slump. Senior William Buford was as inconsistent as any 'star' could be, and really finished his career on a horrid shooting slump over the last few weeks of the season. But DeShaun stepped up and lead that team to the Final Four while averaging 20+ over the last dozen games of the year, including the B1G and NCAA tournaments.

So what does his return mean? It means Aaron Craft has a true running mate. It means Amir Williams, sans Sully, has some help on the boards at both ends of the court, which he'll need as he continues to get used to the college game. It means Ohio State wil enter another season with hopes of a potential Nation Championship.

Freshman Sam Thompson said it best today: "With that announcement...that just made my Friday!!!"

Yeah. Us too, Slam. Welcome back, DT.

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Written by Grant Edgell | 04 April 2012

FanPic_BoonieBoone David Shoewalter was born November 12, 2002 after a very normal pregnancy and delivery. Hiding beneath this beautiful young man's appearance was a very rare genetic condition called Urea Cycle Disorder. With no visible symptoms or signs - he was taken home.

After just a few hours in his new house, with his new family, Boone began having dangerous symptoms. A very scary five days at Children's Hospital would follow before his family would learn of his disorder. During this brief amount of time Boone would suffer through seizures, a stroke and ultimately lapsed into a temporary coma - the combination of which caused a traumatic brain injury.

In the midst of the amazing, neverending assistance from the doctors and nurses of Cincinnati Children's Hospital the family was told that Boone's only lifeline would be through a liver transplant. He was put on the donor recipient list and in September of 2003 the young fighter was given the Gift of Life.

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