May 28, 2015

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Avon’s Sopko commits to Cincinnati

The choice was pretty simple for Avon junior quarterback Jake Sopko. He developed his skills in the Eagles program, he found success in the Eagles program and he was comfortable in the Eagles program. So when colleges started vying for his services and one of them felt familiar, Sopko didn’t hesitate to give his oral Read More…

OSU Spring Game: Elyria’s Chase Farris named starter at right tackle for fall

COLUMBUS — Ohio State coach Urban Meyer didn’t waste any time confirming Elyria High graduate Chase Farris had won a spot in the starting lineup. “We didn’t improve as a team … but we did individually get better,” Meyer said after the Gray team’s 17-14 win over the Scarlet team in the spring game. “Some Read More…

College football: East Division changing Big Ten’s reputation

The Big Ten’s reputation as an underachieving football conference is so 2014. The pundits are talking up the league this spring, largely because of the achievements and trends in the East Division. There was Ohio State’s national championship under Urban Meyer, Michigan State’s bowl win over a Baylor team that narrowly missed the College Football Read More…

Ohio State Football: Coach Urban Meyer gets raise, extension, will average at least $6.5M a year

COLUMBUS — Urban Meyer keeps winning big. Meyer can pair Ohio State’s national championship with a hefty contract extension that will make him the second-highest-paid coach in college football. Meyer was rewarded Monday with an extension through the 2020 season. His previous contract ran through 2017 and would have paid him $4.9 million for 2015. Read More…

Despite winning opener by 20, Ohio State has its share of problems to clean up before San Diego State comes to town

COLUMBUS — The coaches at San Diego State and Ohio State have two things in common. First, their teams meet Saturday at Ohio Stadium. Second, neither was particularly thrilled with the way their teams played in the opener. That’s about where the similarities end. Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer repeatedly told everyone he saw that, although Read More…

Ohio State perfectly … OK: Fast start yields big lead, but Buckeyes let Buffalo back in game before finishing off win

COLUMBUS — Urban Meyer is a perfectionist. His second-ranked Ohio State team was less than perfect. Braxton Miller threw two touchdown passes before fighting leg cramps and Jordan Hall ran for two more scores to lead the Buckeyes to a 40-20 victory over Buffalo on Saturday in the season opener for both teams. “I preached Read More…

Ohio State’s Jordan Hall more than happy to carry the load after injury-riddled season

COLUMBUS — A lacerated foot cost Jordan Hall his starting spot last year. When he returned, a knee injury knocked him out for the rest of his senior season. Hall applied for and was granted a medical redshirt and a fifth year of eligibility. During Ohio State’s 40-20 victory over Buffalo on Saturday, Hall took Read More…

Safety not a concern: Ohio State counting on veterans Christian Bryant and C.J. Barnett to lead defense, entire team

COLUMBUS — Safeties are the players farthest removed from the action. Yet they’ll be in the middle of Ohio State’s hopes this fall. Starters Christian Bryant and C.J. Barnett account for 50 percent of the seniors on the defensive side for the Buckeyes. They’ve been through a lot, with three coaches in their college careers, Read More…

Urban Meyer says he has to wait until practices get ‘a lot harder’ to find out how good Buckeyes can be

COLUMBUS — Urban Meyer doesn’t know what to make of his current crop of Buckeyes yet. He believes he’ll have a better handle on them when practices get harder. A lot harder. “It’s the first day in pads. So right now this is all candy,” he said, flashing a wicked grin. “Come back in about Read More…

College football: Ohio State players pumped to begin camp, put focus back on field

COLUMBUS — Finally, the focus turns to the field. After several weeks of questions and controversy, the Ohio State Buckeyes open fall training camp today with concerns like every team, but also with strengths pointing to a run at a Big Ten title and maybe even a national championship. “I’m going to focus on the Read More…