Saturday, February 27, 2010

BUCKEYES TO OPEN 2014 IN BALTIMORE AGAINST NAVY

M&T Bank Stadium

Ohio State will open the 2014 college football season against Navy at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.

Their is no exact date yet, but it is believed the game will played sometime over Labor Day weekend.

The stadium, which is home to the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League, seats around 71,000.

RECRUITING IS GETTING WAY, WAY, WAY OUT OF CONTROL

Southern California head coach Lane Kiffin

Now I have seen it all.


Last month, Southern California head football coach Lane Kiffin — who left Tennessee reeling in December after he abruptly resigned for the opening at USC — gave a scholarship offer to a young quarterback prospect from Delaware.


Yeah, I know, when you think of great high school signal callers, the first place you look to is the "Diamond State," right?


Seriously, Delaware has produced such great football players as ... well ... I don't know of any.


But, I digress.


Kiffin offering a player from Delaware isn't what makes this proposal so incredibly funny — and a bit troubling. No, the recruit for whom I am speaking of is David Sills, a seventh grade quarterback from Bear, Delaware.


Yes, you read that correctly — a 13-year old, pimple popping, voice cracking, Degrassi watching seventh grader. Boy, and I can't imagine why Kiffin is 12-21 in his career as a head coach (Oakland Raiders, University of Tennessee).


Of course, Sills accepted the offer from Kiffin and the Trojans, but come on, how can you blame the child? I have no issue with the kid being stoked by the offer.


It would be like Megan Fox asking you if she could be your date to the seventh grade dance. Sure, as a 13-year old, you will have no clue as to what to do with her, but it doesn't really matter because just being seen with her will cement your status as the big man on campus, something extremely important to the adolescent mind.


"I've always imagined in my dream going to USC," Sills told the Wilmington News Journal in Delaware. "All I imagined was playing in the Coliseum. But this is so crazy and out of nowhere."


Sills has always dreamed of going to USC? What is he, like two years removed from having dreams of the boogie man?


However, the youngster is intelligent enough to clearly see that this situation "is so crazy."


I can understand his 13-year old buddies hyping this kid up, but the adults which surround him need to know better.


The first person who needs to feel ashamed is Sills' father, David IV. This is the man who should be protecting his son from people like Steve Clarkson, a quarterback trainer from southern California, who has worked with many former and current USC passers, as well as Sills.


"He is extremely special," Clarkson told the Associated Press. "I first saw it with Jimmy Clausen. If there was a LeBron James in football, Jimmy Clausen would be the one. Then Matt Barkley was sort of second.


"This one (Sills), he is so unique. I thought he was the Tiger Woods of his position."


Wow, what a way to set a "child" up for failure there, Mr. Clarkson.


And what a great way to sell your services. He basically said that "every quarterback who has ever been a client of mine is the next great thing!"


Doesn't Clarkson realize how much a person can change from 13 to 18 years old? Both mentally and physically?


Sills hasn't even lined up under the lights against a base high school defense — let alone a more complex Pac 10 unit — and yet,


Clarkson and Kiffin are ready to lump such expectations on this child that even a fangtooth couldn't handle the pressure.


A "fangtooth" also known as Anoplogaster cornuta, is a creature that lives at depths of about 16,000 feet in the ocean.


But again, I digress.


I just really hope and pray that someone swoops in and protects this child from the vultures. Someone needs to grab this kid and let him know that the people who are tooting his horn right now will be the first to vacate if he doesn't live up to those lofty expectations they have thrust upon him. That they will be the first to abandon him if something better comes along in the next few years.


Need an example, kid?


Just look at the guy who offered you the scholarship.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

ANOTHER GRIFFIN TO PLAY AT OSU

COLUMBUS — Adam Griffin — son of two-time Heisman Trophy winner Archie Griffin — has signed to play college football at his father's alma mater, Ohio State, according to the university.

Griffin, a 5-9, 185-pound running back, defensive back and return specialist from Columbus DeSales High School, helped the Stallions to the 2009 state championship game as a senior.

Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel issued this statement about the signing ...

"Adam Griffin has a passion to be an Ohio State Buckeye. He will add a great deal to our football family on the field, in the locker room and on our campus," Tressel stated. "Adam clearly understands the privilege of being an Ohio State Buckeye."

Griffin becomes the 19th member of Ohio State's 2010 recruiting class.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

OSU SPRING FOOTBALL PRACTICE, OHIO COACHES CLINIC INFORMATION

Listed below is the 2010 Ohio State spring football practice schedule:

Week 1
Thursday, April 1 — 3:15 p.m. (Shorts)
Friday, April 2 — 3:15 p.m. (Shorts)
Saturday, April 3 — 9 a.m. (Pads)

Week 2
Tuesday, April 6 — 3:15 p.m.
Thursday, April 8 — 3:15 p.m.
Friday, April 9 — 3:15 p.m.
Saturday, April 10 — 9 a.m.
Week 3
Tuesday, April 13 — 3:15 p.m.
Thursday, April 15 — 3:15 p.m.
Friday, April 16 — 3:15 p.m.
Saturday, April 17 — 9 a.m.
Week 4
Tuesday, April 20 — 3:15 p.m.
Thursday, April 22 — 3:15 p.m.
Friday, April 23 — 3:15 p.m.
Saturday, April 24 — 1 p.m. (Spring Game at Ohio Stadium)

Also, the annual Ohio Coaches Clinic will be held April 22-24. Those coaches who will be in attendance are:

Bo Pelini — head coach, University of Nebraska
Mel Tjeerdsma — head coach, Northwest Missouri State
Larry Kehres — head coach, Mount Union
Jim Dennison — head coach, Walsh University
Reno Saccoccia — head coach, Steubenville High School
Mike Kelly — former head coach, University of Dayton
Jeff Giesting — head coach, Cincinnati Anderson High School
Ted Ginn Sr. — head coach, Cleveland Glenville High School
Ryan Wiggins — head coach, Columbus St. Francis de Sales High School
Mike Fell — head coach, Ada High School

Monday, February 8, 2010

RUMORS OF PITTSBURGH JOINING THE BIG TEN ARE JUST THAT — RUMORS

Photo by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

There have been rumors circulating around the web that the Big Ten was going to announce that the University of Pittsburgh would become the 12th member of the conference, as early as last Friday.

In December, the Big Ten issued the following statement about possible expansion: "The Big Ten Council of Presidents/Chancellors believes that the timing is right for the conference to once again conduct a thorough evaluation of options for conference structure and expansion.

"As a result, the Commissioner (James Delany) was asked to provide recommendations for consideration by the Council of Presidents/Chancellors over the next 12 to 18 months.

"The Council of Presidents/Chancellors has asked the conference office to obtain, to the extent possible, information necessary to construct preliminary options and recommendations without engaging in formal discussions with leadership of other institutions."

Big Ten assistant commissioner of communications, Scott Chipman, told me on Sunday that nothing has changed from December, where the conference said it would take 12 to 18 months just to consider whom the candidates would be — let alone naming one just a month after sending out the statement.

"The Big Ten has no further comment at this time regarding expansion beyond the statement we sent out in December," Chipman said.

So, the rumors that Pittsburgh is about to join the Big Ten are just that — rumors.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

PRYOR STILL FEELING THE PCL

Photo of Terrelle Pryor by Darla Dunkle-Hudnell/The Buckeye Times

COLUMBUS — Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor, who hasn't played a down since the Buckeyes' 26-17 Rose Bowl victory over Oregon on New Year's Day, is still feeling the pain from his partially torn posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) in his knee.

"We had three weeks of what's called discretionary time, and so our guys were in working out on their own," Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel said. "At the conclusion of that, (Pryor) still wasn't feeling 100 percent."

However, Tressel did state that Pryor — who won the Rose Bowl's Most Valuable Player award, while playing with the bad PCL — just needs more time to heal.

"He went in for a little further discussion with the doctors and so forth (following the voluntary workouts) and what I gathered that came out of that is it's just something that's going to heal up (on its own).

"It's nothing that has to be tended to surgically or anything like that. We began Monday the 25th with our workouts and he's been fine."

Of course, with the Buckeyes being major BCS title contenders and Pryor being an early frontrunner for the Heisman Trophy, that tweaked ligament in the OSU quarterback's knee will be under more surveillance than an airport terminal, at least until he takes the practice field in the spring.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

BT VIDEO: HEAD COACH JIM TRESSEL ON 2010 CLASS AND MORE

Below is The Buckeye Times "Signing Day" press conference footage with head coach Jim Tressel, featuring the 2010 Ohio State recruiting class, as well as other information on the Buckeyes football team.

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BT VIDEO: COACH HAZELL ON COREY BROWN, JAMES LOUIS

Below is The Buckeye Times "Signing Day" press conference footage with wide receivers coach Darrell Hazell, featuring 2010 Ohio State signees ... wide receiver Corey Brown (Upper Darby, PA./Cardinal O'Hara) and wide receiver James Louis (Delray Beach, Fla./Atlantic).

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BT VIDEO: COACH HEACOCK ON JOHNATHAN HANKINS, DARRYL BALDWIN

Below is The Buckeye Times "Signing Day" press conference footage with defensive coordinator Jim Heacock, featuring 2010 Ohio State signees ... defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins (Dearborn Heights, Mich./Southeastern) and defensive end Darryl Baldwin (Solon).

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BT VIDEO: COACH BOLLMAN ON J.T. MOORE, T.Y. WILLIAMS

Below is The Buckeye Times "Signing Day" press conference footage with offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Jim Bollman, featuring 2010 Ohio State signees ... defensive end J.T. Moore (Boardman) and wide receiver T.Y. Williams (Cleveland Shaw).

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BT VIDEO: COACH FICKELL ON DAVID DURHAM, CHAD HAGEN

Below is The Buckeye Times "Signing Day" press conference footage with co-defensive coordinator/linebackers coach Luke Fickell, featuring 2010 Ohio State signees ... linebacker David Durham (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Christian) and safety Chad Hagen (Canonsburg, PA./Canon-McMillan).

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BT VIDEO: DOC TRESSEL ON ROD SMITH, CARLOS HYDE

Below is The Buckeye Times "Signing Day" press conference footage with running backs coach Doc Tressel, featuring 2010 Ohio State signees ... tailback Rod Smith (Ft. Wayne, Ind./Paul Harding) and running back Carlos Hyde (Naples, Fla./Fork Union).

Also, Carlos Hyde gives a few words ...

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BT VIDEO: COACH HAYNES ON BRADLEY ROBY, VERLON REED

Below is The Buckeye Times "Signing Day" press conference footage with safeties coach Paul Haynes, featuring 2010 Ohio State signees ... cornerback Bradley Roby (Suwanee, Ga./Peachtree Ridge) and athlete Verlon Reed (Columbus Marion-Franklin).

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BT VIDEO: COACH PETERSON ON ANDREW NORWELL, DREW BASIL

Below is The Buckeye Times "Signing Day" press conference footage with tight ends coach John Peterson, featuring 2010 Ohio State signees ... offensive tackle Andrew Norwell (Cincinnati Anderson) and kick specialist Drew Basil (Chillicothe).

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BT VIDEO: COACH JOHNSON ON CHRISTIAN BRYANT, SCOTT MCVEY

Below is The Buckeye Times "Signing Day" press conference footage with cornerbacks coach Taver Johnson, featuring 2010 Ohio State signees ... cornerback Christian Bryant (Cleveland Glenville) and linebacker Scott McVey (Cleveland St. Ignatius).

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BT VIDEO: COACH SICILIANO ON TAYLOR GRAHAM, JAMEL TURNER

Below is The Buckeye Times "Signing Day" press conference footage with quarterbacks coach Nick Siciliano, featuring 2010 Ohio State signees ... quarterback Taylor Graham (Wheaton, Ill/Wheaton North) and defensive end Jamel Turner (Youngstown, Ohio/Fork Union).

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HENDERSON GOING TO USC

Parade Magazine player of the year, offensive tackle, Seantrel Henderson (Cretin-Derham Hall/St. Paul, Minn.) has decided to play his college football at Southern California, the blue-chip prospect said on Wednesday evening in New York.

Henderson selected the Trojans over Ohio State, Notre Dame, Florida, Miami and Minnesota.

More signing day coverage coming up ...

JAMES TO THE IRISH

Cincinnati St. Xavier offensive lineman Matt James selected Notre Dame over Ohio State this morning.

James was one of two blue-chip prospects Ohio State was hoping to land on Wednesday.

The other, all-American offensive tackle Seantrel Henderson (Cretin-Derham Hall/St. Paul, Minn.) will make his announce at 5:30 p.m. in New York.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

SPRING PRACTICE TO BEGIN APRIL 1; ROSE BOWL CHAMPS TO BE HONORED

COLUMBUS — According to Ohio State SID Shelly Poe, the Buckeyes 2010 spring practice will begin on April 1.

The annual Scarlet and Gray "Spring Game" will take place on April 24 at Ohio Stadium following the Buckeyes men's lacrosse match with Air Force at 11 a.m.

HONORING THE CHAMPS — Wednesday night at Value City Arena, the 2010 Rose Bowl champion Buckeyes football team will be honored during Ohio State's men's basketball game against Penn State. The game is scheduled to tip-off at 6:30 p.m.

Fans will also have the opportunity to take pictures of the Rose Bowl trophy which will be on display at the Schottenstein Center following the game.

HENDERSON, JAMES TO MAKE ANNOUNCEMENT WEDNESDAY

Photo of Seantrel Henderson by Sports Illustrated

Ohio State has two more blue-chip recruits still on the radar and both will make their college declarations known on Wednesday.

Parade Magazine player of the year, offensive tackle Seantrel Henderson (Cretin Derham Hall/St. Paul, Minn.) and Ohio star offensive lineman Matt James (St. Xavier/Cincinnati) will both sign on the dotted line tomorrow and all in Buckeye land are hoping their letter of intent has a block "O" in the letterhead.

Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel will be holding a press conference at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center on Wednesday at 4 p.m. and The Buckeye Times will be on hand for complete coverage.