I'm beginning continuing to think Ohio State Athletic Director Gene Smith is all foam and no beer. I'm ready to swap out our Gene Smith for Norfolk's Gene Smith. I bet he's wrecked fewer buses than ours.
After a week that saw Ohio State release details on 46 secondary violations that have occurred in the past twelve months, including one by Smith himself, he spent this week shoving his foot into his mouth about twelve new violations that OSU is currently "processing." After some back and forth between he and The Lantern about what exactly he had to say, which included The Lantern releasing audio of his exact comments, all of Buckeye Nation is left scratching their head.
Luckily for us there was plenty more online content focusing on the better aspects of our beloved Ohio State sports. We backtrack through The Buckeye Bloggers Network, as well as many other Ohio State sites, and bring you The Week That Was in and around the Horseshoe, including giving our bus driver his well-deserved (negative) attention.
*Each snippet is a direct quote from the article contained within it's link and is not the content, property or otherwise highly intelligent thoughts of those of us at BHC.
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"We're going to build a program here with men that you'll be proud of on the field, in the classroom, and in the Bowling Green community."
In November of 2000 Bowling Green State University handed over the keys to their 2-9 football team to a 36 year old Notre Dame wide receivers coach named Urban Meyer. Quite a leap of faith for a struggling program who hadn't seen a winning record in six seasons, but Meyer would prove them wise and he didn't waste any time doing it.
Just two short weeks after taking the job, Meyer called all of his new players to the on-campus fieldhouse for a 6 A.M. meeting, one in which they were told that if you didn't show up to not bother to ever come back. It would be known simply as "Black Wednesday."
Reports had Meyer carrying a binder with him at all times that he used to keep track of who missed classes or study tables. Those that made the list were put through running drills like no other. From former BGSU running back John Gibson:
"Coach locked the doors, brought out the trash cans for those who had to vomit...and there were plenty, and set the tone for what he would be looking for from us, which was accountability."
When "Black Wednesday" and all of the dust settled from the running drills, approximately 25-30 players or more had left the program. If accountability wasn't your thing, Urban Meyer wasn't your guy. Now with a depleted roster, allbeit the one Meyer preferred, the 2-9 Falcons from a season ago would become the 8-3 Falcons of 2001. It wasn't good enough for a MAC Championship or even a bowl invite, but those eight wins included victories over the BCS's Missouri Tigers and Northwestern Wildcats. Those may not sound "epic" to most, but coming off a season that saw Bowling Green win just 18% of their outings, those two victories meant everything to a program moving in the right direction.
A year later, with his spread offense now engrained into the minds and bodies of his roster, Bowling Green started 8-0 en route to a 9-2 season that saw them beat the likes of Missouri (again) and Kansas.
Meyer only stayed with the Falcons for those two seasons, but those 21 games set the tone for a decade of greatness. We've stretched back eleven years and brought you back to the present day with Urban Meyer - A Decade of Leadership in Pictures. Enjoy.no comments
In reponse The Lantern's article published late last night, quoting Ohio State A.D. Gene Smith and reporting 12 more NCAA violations that Ohio State is currently processing, Gene Smith has released a statement through the Ohio State athletics website:
"Contrary to reports attributed to me, Ohio State Athletics is not facing any major NCAA violations," Smith said. "There are several secondary violations being processed by our compliance office. These are similar to those released last week. Again, these are secondary in nature and consistent with our culture of self-reporting even the most minor and inadvertent violations.
"Again, to be clear, the Ohio State football program, its coaches and staff are not facing any violations."
A Wednesday night report from The Lantern, Ohio State's student newspaper, is reporting that Ohio State has 12 more NCAA violations that are currently pending. A.D. Gene Smith contacted the paper on Tuesday, but told them he didn't yet know if the violations would be deemed primary or secondary.
From The Lantern: “We’ve got 12 pending,” Smith said. “It may turn out to be secondary. It may not.”
Apparently OSU spokesman Dan Wallenberg has said the number is actually less than twelve, but neither he nor Smith would say which sport(s) were involved.
Less than a week ago Ohio State released documents self-reporting 46 secondary violations that have occurred since May 30th, 2011, the day Jim Tressel resigned, across 21 varsity sports. While much of that list was trivial, it's yet to be seen how the additional 12 might shape the overall list differently.no comments
When former Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel resigned his position last Memorial Day, the fan base itself felt a loss that many thought would linger for years. While Ohio State bounced right back with the hire of Urban Meyer as the new leader of the football program, the Jim Tressel era at Ohio State hasn't been, and won't be, soon forgotten.
The news of his resignation marked one of the last events, and easily the largest, of the controversy that surrounded the program throughout the end of 2010 and into 2011. Those who follow and support the Buckeyes were quick to come to TRessel's defense in the wake of the turmoil, but fan bases of the opposition, as well as the national media, were quick to pile on. It was quickly an 'us against them' scenario with those in Scarlet and Grey being far outnumbered. Very few thruths were spoken during the months of conversation, but rumors, innuendo and personal attacks on our beloved coach dominated the headlines and water cooler talks. Ohio State fans stood strong in their beliefs about coach Tressel - honest, caring and overall a great human being.
Confirmation of what we believed eventually came from the voice of Jon Thoma, a former Ohio State punter who spent five years of his young life under the direction of the coach himself. He put pen to paper and scripted a well thought out article, "In Defense of My Coach," and set the record straight on the man we simply knew as The Vest. That voice meant a lot to the Buckeye faithful who were fortunate enough to read it when it came out, and gave us a validation to everything we already thought about coach Tress and had now hoped to remain true.
One thing is very clear about the Jim Tressel era at Ohio State: his players loved him. We caught up with former Buckeye punter Jon Thoma to talk tradition, memories, coaching philosophies and the man we spent a decade cheering for - Jim Tressel.no comments
Sunday afternoon quarterback Mitch Trubisky verbally committed to the University of North Carolina, leaving behind an Ohio State offer as well as seven others. The Mentor, Ohio product was in attendance at the Buckeyes' spring game back in April but may have moved away from his OSU offer after Ohio State got a verbal commitment from 4-Star duel-threat quarterback J.T. Barrett (Wichita Falls, TX) back on April 18th, who landed as the Buckeyes' tenth commitment for the same 2013 class Trubisky would fall into.
Trubisky was rated a 3-Star by Rivals but 247Sports and Scout each have him rated as a 4-Star, with Scout placing him as the 19th-ranked quarterback in the country for the class of 2013. He currently hold offers from Alabama and Tennessee from the SEC as well as B1G schools Michigan State, Minnesota, Northwestern and the Buckeyes. He also held offers from Cincinnati and Toledo but neither have been considered serious contenders for Trubisky's services.
He's the ninth commit, and first quarterback, of UNC's 2013 class.