Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Monday, June 28, 2010
Friday, June 25, 2010
I'll go ahead and say it ... the Ohio State football team is better off without former wide receiver, Duron Carter.
Thursday, June 24, 2010
The Buckeye Times: First of all, how does a kid from the heart of Texas end up at Ohio State? You had to be a Texas fan growing up, right?
The Buckeye Times: Word on the street is you were a pretty good basketball player in high school. How did you decide on football over basketball?
Guiton: I love basketball and played on my high school team at Eisenhower. I was a point guard and had a lot of fun with it, but somehow I just knew that football was going to help me make it. My Dad was the football coach at my high school, so I grew up being the ball boy for my high school team and have been around football all of my life. I started out as a receiver playing flag-football and my first year of tackle I was a center, a defensive tackle and a defensive end. I ended up switching leagues the next year and I’ve been playing quarterback ever since.
The Buckeye Times: Any particular games you played as a kid stick out in your mind?
Guiton: [Scratches his head] I remember when I was a kid playing for the Raiders. The year before the team wasn’t very good, but my first season with them we went to the Super Bowl. We were on the 47 yard line and the coach called a quarterback sweep. I got the snap, started running to the edge and a corner comes up. I shake him and I’m gone down the sideline. I think I’m gone and I’m going to score. Then the same corner I shook catches me from behind at the 3 yard line. We lost that game 6-0.
The Buckeye Times: Did you slow up?
Guiton: I didn’t slow up. The kid was just real fast. Matter of fact I knew him all through high school and played against him. He was real fast. I still have that on video to this day. The next two years we won the Super Bowl, so that kind of made up for it.
Guiton: It was the fifth game into my sophomore year. We were playing Andrew Luck’s team, the quarterback for Stanford. Our starter got hurt on the second play. It was a big rivalry game and even though we lost by a touchdown, I had a decent game. I started for the rest of that season and for the next two years.
The Buckeye Times: How did you do during your junior and senior seasons?
Guiton: My junior year was my best. Our team had a lot fun. I led us to the playoffs and we lost to Russell Shepard’s team, the quarterback for LSU. We lost to them in the second round of the playoffs at the 1 yard line. That was a heartbreaker. The next year we had another good season and lost in the second round again.
The Buckeye Times: When did the recruiting process start for you?
Guiton: I don’t remember exactly when I got my first letter, but my first offer came the spring of my junior year from Kansas. After I got it I called the coach and set up an unofficial visit. I went up for their spring game and loved it. The game got snowed out but they showed us around campus and everything. I loved it up there.
The Buckeye Times: Kansas had a pretty good run going at that time, didn’t they?
Guiton: Yeah, they did. They had a real good run. Todd Reesing was at quarterback and they were running that big spread offense, which was the same offense I ran in high school. I thought I matched up with them well.
The Buckeye Times: As a football coach, how did your Dad feel about Kansas?
Guiton: He liked it a lot. But he always told me that it was my decision about what college to go to. He left it up to me, but he made sure he was with me on all of my visits to make sure everything was right for me.
The Buckeye Times: How did your parents feel about you not playing close to home?
Guiton: They didn’t mind it. They just wanted to make sure that I was happy with my decision. When my Mom dropped me off here in Columbus she cried, but that was about the only time it was hard. My Mom and I are very close. We talk everyday and whenever I go home I spend a lot of time with my Mom and my Dad.
The Buckeye Times: Was there a time when you were close to committing?
Guiton: Yeah. As a matter of fact I was very close to committing to Kansas and after a while the head coach told me other people had committed and they were out of scholarships. So then I got a little deeper into the process and got to Rice University, and I tried to set up official there. But, at the last minute they had a transfer come in and they gave the scholarship to him. Next I went to Iowa State for an official and I loved it up there. But I didn’t commit.
The Buckeye Times: Why not? You like the program, the coaches, and the academics. Why wait?
Guiton: To tell you the truth, at the time when my offers were coming, they were coming a lot at once. I think overall I ended up with like nine offers or something like that. Five of them came like back to back, so I didn’t know who else was going to offer. Some time passed and no one else offered and some of the offers I did have were gone, like Kansas and Rice. So here I was at the end of the recruiting process and I’m just trying to get into any college. Basically, I waited too long. When Ohio State came in I was actually talking to Prairie View A&M.
The Buckeye Times: Really?
Guiton: [smiles] Yeah. I was talking to them, also to Houston to be an athlete, and to Wyoming. And at the time it was actually looking like I was going to commit to Prairie View. The coaches were nice and it was about 45 minutes away from home. So I could drive back and forth to practice and class, which was a big positive for me. And I was going to get a chance to come in and compete right away.
The Buckeye Times: How did you feel at that moment in your recruitment? Did you feel like you missed out on some good opportunities because you waited too long?
Guiton: Oh yeah, for sure. I felt like I missed out because my initial love was Kansas. They were my first offer and you always love your first offer. I was in love with Kansas. Matter of fact one of my receivers at Eisenhower went on an official the weekend after I did. He ended up at Oklahoma, but I think if I would have committed there he might have too. But, it didn’t work out that way. God had other plans for us.
The Buckeye Times: So you’re close to committing to Prairie View A&M. It’s close to home and looks good. How does Ohio State come into the picture? Was there any previous contact at all?
Guiton: I had no previous contact at all with Ohio State. Matter of fact, the day they came to my school I was sick. Coach (John) Peterson was there and my receiver Greg Timmons, who is now at Texas, called me and said Ohio State is here to see you. You know we joke around a lot, so I’m like, ‘Man why you calling me with this mess? You know I’m sick.’ So I hung up on him [laughs]. But he called me right back and said they were really there to see me. So I hurried up and got dressed. I lived like 15 minutes from the school but I think I got there in like 5 minutes. I was real excited.
The Buckeye Times: How did the conversation go with Coach Peterson?
Guiton: He was real straight up with me. He said they had some guys commit elsewhere and that they had my film along with two other guys. He said Coach (Jim) Tressel was going to watch film that night and they were going to make a decision about an offer soon. I just didn’t know the offer would come the next day.
The Buckeye Times: It came the next day?
Guiton: Yeah. Coach Peterson called me and let me know they were offering, then Coach Tressel called me that night. That Saturday I went on a visit to Ohio State and I committed in Coach Tressel’s office before I left.
The Buckeye Times: Did knowing that Terrelle Pryor was entrenched as the starter as a freshmen factor into your decision, as far as playing time goes?
Guiton: It did. But I believe if you come in everyday and work hard, study hard, and take care of what you’re supposed to, everything will work out. Besides, I love competition. It only makes you better.
Guiton: I loved it, to be honest. I got to go against our first and second team defense everyday in practice, so I benefited from that. I got to act like Jeremiah Masoli from Oregon before the Rose Bowl. Give the defense looks they were likely to see in the game.
The Buckeye Times: With a year in the program under your belt, you are currently in a fight for the second string quarterback job. The seniors drafted you ahead of teammate Joe Bauserman during the spring game draft. What did you think about that?
Guiton: I was happy that they had trust in me that I could win the game. I try not to worry about stuff like who is number two and who is number three. I just go out and play hard and try to do the right thing.
The Buckeye Times: You had a fantastic spring game, and your stats were much better than the other players you are competing with for the second string spot. But if there were a game tomorrow, and Pryor gets hurt, I keep hearing that Bauserman is the guy. How does that make you feel?
Guiton: It’s a little frustrating. But all I can do is give everything I’ve got every time I get on the field. I’ve been working hard in the film room, and really focusing on my conditioning in the weight room. When I got here I was 170 lbs, and now I am up to 190 lbs. I just keep working hard, and the other stuff will work out.
The Buckeye Times: Speaking of playing time, you are now two classes behind Pryor who is clearly the starter. So that opens up some room. But, Ohio State has also recently received a verbal commitment from one of the top high school quarterbacks in the nation (Braxton Miller). Have you thought about your playing time and would you ever consider transferring?
Guiton: I have no plans to transfer. I believe in myself and my abilities, and like I said before, if I come in and do what I know I can do, I’ll be right in the mix for playing time. So, I try not to think negatively about things like that. I can’t control what anyone else does, I can only control myself.
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Monday, June 21, 2010
What are the chances that Ohio State lands its eighth Heisman Trophy this December? According to the Las Vegas oddsmakers, the answer is +550 (5 1/2 to 1).
COLUMBUS — Ohio State sophomore wide receiver, Duron Carter, is no longer a member of the football team, and will play at Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College instead this fall. Linebacker Keith Wells is also leaving the Buckeyes, according to OSU head coach Jim Tressel.
Saturday, June 19, 2010
Thursday, June 17, 2010
COLUMBUS — Ohio State senior defensive back, Tyler Moeller, has been cleared medically to play football again for the Buckeyes, according to a spokesperson in the university's athletic office.
Monday, June 14, 2010
Sunday, June 13, 2010
Friday, June 11, 2010
LINCOLN, Neb. — Nebraska University is the 12th member of the Big Ten Conference.
On Friday, shortly after Nebraska announced that they would be applying for membership in the Big Ten, the conference's board of presidents and chancellors had a vote and approved the school's admission unanimously.
The Husker switch from the Big 12 to the Big 10 will begin in the summer of 2011.
"We are stronger today. Nebraska is an unbelievable program with an unbelievable legacy." Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany said on Friday.
Earlier this afternoon, Nebraska chancellor Harvey Perlman asked the school's board of regents to authorize their application for membership into the Big Ten.
"I will today ask you to authorize the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to apply for membership in the Big Ten Conference," Perlman said on Friday. "I'm optimistic that the Big Ten will take our application under good consideration and will be receptive to it.
"We would seek full academic and athletic integration with the current membership of the Big Ten."
The Board of Regents approved the request soon after.
Perlman stated that the university became interested last December when the Big Ten expressed interest at their conference meeting about the possibility of expansion. Perlman, as well as Nebraska AD Tom Osborne, put together a presentation to Big Ten officials not long ago and came away feeling that they measured up to what the conference was seeking in its new member.
"We reached out to our friends in the Big Ten in order to see what options we had," Perlman said. "We held informal discussions with representatives of the Big Ten, in which they described what they were looking for in new members, what culture, what competitive standing, what academic credentials, what they were thinking. Tom and I presented the picture for Nebraska, what our athletic program looked like, what our history is, our values, our traditions and what our academic side of the school looked like.
"I think both (Osborne) and I walked away from that meeting thinking that those things aligned pretty closely with what the Big Ten was looking for."
Perlman said that following their presentation with the Big Ten, they returned to the Big 12 meetings, where they were forced to make a decision on whether to stay in the conference or bolt to the Big Ten.
"We came to the Big 12 meetings about a week and a half ago in Kansas City," Perlman said. "Shortly prior to that meeting there were rumors in the press that the Pac 10 had made an offer to six schools in the Big 12 conference. In the meeting with the presidents of the Big 12, it was confirmed that discussions had been undertaken between the Pac 10 and representatives of many of the schools in the southern division of the Big 12.
"It was also suggested to me that they hoped to decide quickly to consider that option or not. But if Nebraska decided to stay in the Big 12, they would stay in the Big 12. The result of that was they gave all members of the Big 12 an ultimatum, 'affirm your commitment to the Big 12 or they would consider that option.'
"They wanted a commitment while we were there and I indicated that I can make no such commitment without consultation with the board of regents and the (NU) president."
Perlman felt that Nebraska was in a bad position with the possibility of six schools leaving for the Pac 10. He felt that because of where they were located and the lack of worthy prospects to fill in the vacant spots which would be left in the conference, Nebraska could've been the odd man out.
"As Tom Osborne and I looked at that, we thought Nebraska was in a very vulnerable position," Perlman said. "Our geography, we sit here with not a lot of options, nor a lot of schools to be added to the conference to bring it back to 12."
Perlman wanted to make it clear at the meeting on Friday that Nebraska is not responsible for the possible breakup of the Big 12.
"There's been much public discussion and posturing this week to make Nebraska responsible for the changes that have been made for the possible breakup of the Big 12 should it occur," Perlman said. "I do not believe that we bear that responsibility. One school leaving a conference does not destroy a conference ...
"Nebraska did not start this discussion."
The Nebraska chancellor stated that Missouri and Colorado were the first to speak of departing the Big 12, not the Huskers. In fact, Colorado announced on Thursday that they would be leaving the Big 12 to enter the Pac 10.
"Early on, after the Big Ten announced that it intended to consider expansion, we saw reports that officials at Missouri would make it clear that they would want to go to the Big Ten, including statements by their governor and I believe by members of their board of curators," Perlman said. "By their chancellor, at least, comments that were not clearly supportive of the Big 12.
"Colorado has always been mentioned as between the Pac 10 and the Big 12. They had made some comments and you can see by recent events that that was a risk to the Big 12, as it materialized."
It's unknown at this time whether the Big Ten will seek further expansion.
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