Written by BHC Staff | 20 May 2012

Iowa3We're bored, so why not browse around the Internet and see exactly who's supporting the other teams within the Big Ten. It's amazing what you can find online - or at a tailgate - or a dorm - or - at volleyball practice (video). Today we look at those who support the black and gold of the University of Iowa. It's not always pretty, but it can be. As is the case with any fan base, you'll find your share of the Good, the Bad and the Ugly. Truer words have never been spoken in and around Kinnick Stadium. Apparently.

First and foremost, the fans of eastern Iowa love their Hawkeyes. They'll pack 70,000 plus into Kinnick Stadium every single time the Hawks play at home no matter if they're 8-0 or 0-8. But it's what they do before and after the game that we're interested in seeing.....

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Written by Grant Edgell | 20 May 2012

B1GSundayEncoreHappy Sunday morning, Buckeye Nation. First and foremost, if you haven't checked out the 2012 Ohio State Football Schedule Poster we released yesterday, we're quite proud of it - perhaps because we love all things Scarlet, Gray, Urban, John Simon and Buckeye Badassery in general.

Now on to the week that was. Memorial Day is right around the corner and while it's certainly a day to honor those who have served our wonderful country, it also reminds us that we lost a wonderful head coach last May when Jim Tressel resigned his post at The Ohio State University. We've jumped at the opportunity to begin honoring Tress the best way we know how - as have a few former players of his - and we kicked off our Q&A series this week. Stay tuned next week as we have five more Q&A's lined up with two national champion Silver Bullets, one young man who found himself square in the middle of the 'Tat-5' controversy, and a couple other Buckeyes who have a serious love of the S&G of their own. We'll be rolling those out throughout next week, so stay tuned.

Today we smear more Scarlet font all over the B1G news of the week including plenty of Ohio State content from the Buckeye Bloggers Network, a potential new B1G v Notre Dame series in the making, one moxie-less QB in Happy Valley on his way out and further confirmation that B1G commissioner Jim Delany is indeed out of his gourd.

Enjoy the B1G links from the week that was - 36 of them to be exact...

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Written by BHC Staff | 19 May 2012

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Written by Grant Edgell | 18 May 2012

 DowningGaryHousteauBucknutsT.J. Downing lettered three years for The Ohio State Buckeyes football team from 2004 through the 2006 season that ended with a loss to Florida in the National Championship Game. The 6'5", 305-pound OL from GlenOak HS (Canton) shared the Jim Parker Offensive Lineman Award at Ohio State with running-mate Doug Datish in 2006 while being named a first-team All Big-10 and second team All-America by the Associated press. He also spent 2006 protecting Troy Smith, later to be named the 2006 Heisman Trophy winner, as well as opening holes for 1,200-yard rusher Antonio Pittman. Downing helped to anchor one of the better offensive lines in recent Ohio State memory alongside names like Kirk Barton, Alex Boone and Steve Rehring. 

Oh, and he beat Michigan three years in a row.

In late 2008 Downing ran into some issues off the gridiron and, just as he did in dealing with the ups and downs of college football, he leaned on the words of one man in particular to fight his way through it and come out a better person on the other end. As was with many Buckeyes over the last decade, that voice was the one of former head coach Jim Tressel.

We talk haircuts, memories, Michigan and Tress with former Ohio State offensive lineman T.J. Downing... 

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Written by BHC Staff | 17 May 2012

VrabelCan you spot the secondary NCAA violation within the-Ozone.com photo pictured to the right? No?

I couldn't either.

According to Doug Lesmerises of the Plain Dealer, The Ohio State University has self-reported forty-six secondary violations that have occurred since May 30th, 2011 - which includes an infraction on assistant coach Mike Vrabel for using a tobacco product while coaching. Yep, you heard right. According to the NCAA that's a no-no whether it during a game or a practice.

Gene Smith and Urban Meyer were also flagged for violations, Smith for filming a video communication to a football recruit (Ezekiel Elliott) and Meyer for telling Noah Spence "Good luck" before one of his games in 2011. By rule, coaches aren't allowed to speak with high school recruits on the day of a game. Meyer, who was at Spence's state championship game with other assistants back in mid-December, approached both coaches before the game. At one point before leaving the field, Spence apparently walked by - saw Urban - and said hello as he walked by. Meyer's two-word response wasn't allowed by NCAA rule. He passed it on to Ohio State two days later, reporting himself for the violation.

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Written by Ronnie Hamp | 17 May 2012

PryorHampTime heals all wounds. It may be an old saying, but truer words have never been spoken. Even though it feels like yesterday when Terrelle Pryor was the heralded freshman quarterback out of Jeannette, PA those days are long gone. The young man officially exited Ohio State just three years after arriving, but with a lot less fanfare than when he took those first steps into the Horseshoe as a Buckeye.

Terrelle Pryor has been described in many ways from Buckeye fans and college football fans around the country - selfish, brash, arrogant, cocky - those are a few that were uttered, but under appreciated should be added to the list. TP didn't go out with a National Championship or a Heisman Trophy as Texas coach Mack Brown once predicted he would. He was forced out due to NCAA violations stemming from investigations dealing with selling memorabilia and receiving free tattoos. The 'fleet' of vehicles? Barely mentioned by those who mattered most - the NCAA. Playing for a university as large as Ohio State, after being the number one recruit in the country as a senior in high school, it becomes very easy to get sucked in by the “rock star” status that is given to star players. Pryor is the poster boy for it.

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Written by Grant Edgell | 17 May 2012

BRolleQABrian Rolle was a four-year letterman at The Ohio State University, starting at middle linebacker his junior and senior years. Remember the Buckeyes opening up against Navy in '09, with the Midshipment taking it down to the wire before Ohio State closed them out? With 2:23 remaining Navy lined up at Ohio State's three yard line for a two-point conversation attempt that would have tied the game and had Buckeye Nation in a collective state of shock. Instead Rolle picked off the Ricky Dobbs pass and streaked 99 yards to give the Buckeyes the final 2 points of the afternoon and sealing a 31-27 opening weekend win.

That was just the start of what would be a fantastic final two seasons in Scarlet and Gray for Rolle, a junior and senior year that would ultimately earn him a spot playing on Sundays.

Brian would close out his Ohio State career, after his 2010 senior season, with 206 career tackles, 3 1/2 sacks as a mike linebacker and 4 interceptions - including a pick-six his senior year. He was one of the last Buckeyes to enjoy a Senior Day (pictured below) with former head coach Jim Tressel, but that didn't mark the end of the relationship.

The Immokalee, FL native was drafted 193rd overall by the Philadelphia Eagles in the 2011 NFL Draft, marking the official end to his Ohio State career, but leaving Coach Tressel and the Buckeyes behind was only figurative. The relationships built between coach and player is normally a pretty tight bond, especially at the collegiate level, but as you'll see it's a whole different game when that coach is Jim Tressel. That's a relationship that lasts a lifetime...

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