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Written by EB Cooper | 02 February 2012

 

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Growing up as a kid, I had always admired the linebacker position. I grew up watching guys like AJ Hawk, Anthony Schlegal, and Bobby Carpenter tear apart offenses together for the Buckeyes. I still remember seeing Carpenter go down against TSUN, and seeing a young freshman by the name of Laurinaitis go in to take his place. I was nervous, I didn’t know who this guy was, and I was hoping for the best. Needless to say, I got what I wished for and then some.

The most glorious position on the famed “Silver Bullets” defense has always been the linebacker, and Ohio State has put out quite a few good onesl. But whenever your Average Joe thinks of a great school for linebackers, the name they usually utter is the one that always brings up a much heated debate - Penn State. Being from Northeast Ohio living only an hour from PA, I grew up hating the place. Whether it was Pittsburgh, Penn State, the debate on who plays better High School football (Ohio does) or just the entire state in general, Pennsylvania has never been on my good side, and this argument is the one that always rubs me the wrong way. I’ll give them credit, the Nittany Lions have put out some great linebackers in the past, but let us further examine the greats on both sides to see who truly deserves the moniker “Linebacker U”.

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Written by Andrew Huber | 02 February 2012

 

In what was nothing short of an amazing signing day for Ohio State, the newly formed Buckeye Bloggers Network got together to take a look at Urban Meyers first Buckeye recruiting class. Together, we throw our perspective at the three questions below. Be sure to check out the other recruiting posts at The Buckeye Battle Cry, The Buckeye Blog, Men of the Scarlet and Gray, Our Honor Defend and The Silver Bullet.

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Who are you most excited to see in the Scarlet and Gray?

Tyvis99Tyvis Powell.

Today was a special day. It was, in many ways, both a catharsis and a reward for Buckeye fans that suffered through the year 2011. Urban Meyer’s arrival has brought with it a wealth of blue-chip commitments. All of those young men will be electric on the football field. All of these young men will excite Buckeye fans, most for the next four years.

But in the aftermath of the pomp and circumstance of National Signing Day, it’s important to remember the recruits who chose Ohio State before Urban. The recruits who chose Ohio State before “multiple national championships” were on the horizon.

Each of Ohio State’s commitments took a big step towards becoming a true Buckeye today. But they’re all playing catch-up to Tyvis Powell. Powell committed to the Buckeyes two days after Jim Tressel’s resignation. He chose to come to Ohio State at the same time Kyle Kalis was scampering to Ann Arbor. He told Buckeye Nation what the Scarlet and Gray meant to him every week on this blog.

I’m most excited to see Tyvis Powell in Scarlet and Gray because, of the 25 new Buckeyes, he’s the most excited to wear the colors. It’s an honor to have him.

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Written by Andrew Huber | 30 January 2012

 

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The basketball Buckeyes’ problems might not matter

The basketball Buckeyes aren’t perfect. They still have issues. But their problems are losing significance. Quickly.

Huber1Ohio State’s men’s basketball team won by 15 against Michigan at the Schott on Sunday. It was a significant win on many levels. The Buckeyes proved they could grind out a win against a very good team. All of the team’s starters contributed and, most of all, the Buckeyes sent Michigan back to Ann Arbor reminded of their place in the Big Ten hierarchy: behind the Buckeyes.

The losses to Illinois and Indiana felt distant on Sunday. The Buckeyes are once again alone in first place in the Big Ten standings. The team looked composed against a solid defensive effort. Free throw misses, lack of ability to shoot from distance, and a tendency to lose identity in key moments have all been issues for the Buckeyes this year.

Sunday brought a fresh perspective on those issues. They may still be there. We won’t know for sure until the Buckeyes are tested on the road again. But maybe those problems don’t matter after all.

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Written by Grant Edgell and Dennis Hopson | 29 January 2012

 

We've looked at Dennis Hopson's famed 1986-87 senior season, one in which he ended third in voting for National Player of the Year - an honor required by The Ohio State University before being given consideration to having your number retired. We've looked at the 1986-87 season of David Robinson, the man who won the award that year. We've compared and contrasted Hop's senior season to the college basketball greats of his era and seen him come out near the top in every angle you can view it from. We've also taken a look at how Ohio State and other institutions chose to honor special athletes that come through their programs over the years.

You've now heard plenty on the topic from us here at Buckeye House Call, but we also wanted to present to you the angle from within. The opportunity to see the situation from the inside rather than simple opinions from the outside looking in, so we went straight to the man himself:

Dennis Hopson

This is the fifth of a five-part series documenting the Ohio State career of Mr. Dennis Hopson - and why we should never again see a #32 in Scarlet and Gray.

 

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Written by Grant Edgell | 29 January 2012

Dennis Hopson is not honored in any manner within the hallways or arena at the Jerome Schottenstein Center on campus in Columbus, Ohio. Neither is Clark Kellogg or Herb Williams. Both are Buckeye greats, each teetering on Legendary, yet they are forgotten heroes within the Buckeyes' basketball program.

Most universities chose to honor their greats in one of many different ways. Some retire numbers. Some retire jerseys but keep the numbers alive. Some have chosen to take both routes. Meanwhile, The Ohio State University has chosen to retire just four numbers in it's storied basketball history while leaving many others who have succeeded enormously within the program to fend for themselves in the arena we call history. It doesn't make sense for the administration to cut it off at four when so many are deserving.

After all, greats were meant to be honored.

This is the fourth of a five-part series documenting the Ohio State career of Mr. Dennis Hopson - and why we should never again see a #32 in Scarlet and Gray.

 

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The Ohio State University men's basketball program has limited itself in how many numbers it can retire - requiring a player to win the National Player of the Year award in order to be considered - aside from the honorary retirement of John Havlicek's #5 in 2005. It is perhaps the greatest honor a student-athlete could receive, yet to date Ohio State has retired just four - the #11 of Jerry Lucas, the #35 of Gary Bradds, the #22 of Jim Jackson and Havlicek's #5 - all of whom were named National Player of the Year at some point during their Ohio State career except Havlicek.

Evan Turner was the latest Buckeye to receive the National Player if the Year award and in time his #21 will likely hang from the Schott's rafters as well. He was the fourth in OSU history to be named NPOY.

By comparison, the University of Kentucky has had a total three players named National Player of the Year - Forest Sale (1933), LeRoy Edwards (1935), and John Wall (2010) - but currently have 37 numbers retired at Rupp Arena. Yes, thirty-seven.

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Written by Grant Edgell | 27 January 2012

 

The 1980's were a golden era of college basketball. They began directly off the heels of the famed Magic v Bird matchup in the 1979 NCAA Championship Game and the list of players who won the annual Nation Player of the Year award during the decade is literally a who's who of college basketball history.

We've already seen what David Robinson did during his trophy run of 1987. We also saw what our beloved Buckeye Dennis Hopson did during his magical '87 season that saw him voted third in NPOY consideration. So how did Hop compare to the rest of the era?

Worthy of recognition, at a minimum.

This is the third of a five-part series documenting the Ohio State career of Mr. Dennis Hopson - and why we should never again see a #32 in Scarlet and Gray.

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Quickly, who broke Dan Marino's long-standing, 'unbreakable' single season passing yards record of 5,084 yards this season? The overwhelming answer would be Drew Brees and his 5,476 yards, and that would be correct. But it's easy to forget Tom Brady did as well with 5,235 yards of his own, and of course it doesn't make the record books due to Brees' performance. So are Brady's accomplishments any less worthy because of Brees?

The Ohio State University would apparently say yes.

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Written by Andrew Huber | 26 January 2012

 

For Urban Meyer and Mickey Marotti, first impressions are important.

“We’re going to open up the weight room tomorrow,” Meyer said at a press conference January 12. “After I saw some of our physiques, or whatever you say that is, we need to get in that weight room rather quickly.”

Huber1For Ohio State’s incumbent football players, four months of pain, led by Marotti, began January 13.

According to Meyer, Mickey Marotti was his “most important hire” when he assembled his staff at Ohio State. Marotti, officially the assistant athletic director for football sports performance for the Buckeyes, is the man in charge of the team’s new strength and conditioning program. He holds a Master of Strength of Conditioning, one of 100 in his profession that have earned that honor.

The two men have a history. They worked together as graduate assistants at Ohio State and again on Notre Dame’s staff. When Meyer took the head-coaching job at the University of Florida, Marotti was one of his first hires. Now they’re reunited in Columbus.

Right now, it’s safe to say he’s not the most popular man in the Woody Hayes Athletic Center, at least among the players. Marotti is known for his brutal and unpredictable workouts. Many reports indicate that Marotti’s program for the Buckeyes has been shocking to the players. He knows he has work to do to turn the 6-7 Buckeyes into title contenders. Urban Meyer wants strength and speed that can compete with the SEC’s best. That strength and speed needs to be earned.

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