August 31, 2015

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Tennessee experiments with high-tech sleep monitors

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — About an hour before a Tennessee football player’s scheduled bedtime, he gets a reminder via an app on his phone or a text message. That’s when he puts on orange glasses that block out the glow of smartphones or computer screens, making it easier to fall asleep. All the players have been Read More…

Ohio State is first unanimous preseason No. 1

Ohio State is the first unanimous preseason No. 1 in The Associated Press college football poll. The defending national champion Buckeyes received all 61 first-place votes from the media panel in the rankings released Sunday. TCU is No. 2, followed by Alabama, Baylor and Michigan State. The Buckeyes won the first College Football Playoff championship Read More…

Ohio State: Running game could be focus of OSU offense

COLUMBUS — Ezekiel Elliott and the Ohio State offensive line could make most quarterbacks look good. For all the headlines generated by the Buckeyes’ ability to replace a star quarterback with another star quarterback last season, the development of the running game was every bit as important to Ohio State’s national championship season. No matter Read More…

Activists regroup after NLRB blocks unionization bid by Northwestern football players

CHICAGO — Labor activists vowed not to abandon their fight to organize college sports teams after the National Labor Relations Board blocked a historic bid by Northwestern University football players to become the first in the nation to unionize. It’s not clear, however, where the battle might head next. “It’s a setback, but I don’t Read More…

Ohio State quarterback competition still going strong

COLUMBUS — The most-talked-about quarterback competition in college football even has the other Ohio State Buckeyes paying more attention than usual to preseason practices. “It is very interesting,” chatty safety Tyvis Powell said Sunday during Buckeyes’ media day. “You know what it does, when you’re not in, you sit back and you watch. You’re like, Read More…

Big Ten football: Buckeyes, Badgers ripe for a rematch?

The Big Ten East’s a beast. Ohio State is loaded with returning talent and is the popular pick to return to the College Football Playoff to defend its national title. Michigan State has won 24 games the past two seasons and four straight bowls. Jim Harbaugh’s arrival in Ann Arbor shows Michigan is serious about Read More…

Jim Litke: New Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh proving he’s already the Most Interesting Man in the Big Ten

CHICAGO — Compared to the rest of Jim Harbaugh’s year, this was tame stuff. In his first Big Ten media day appearance as Michigan’s head coach, Harbaugh ditched the ball cap and khakis and put on a suit. He kept his shirt on. There were no shout-outs to Judge Judy or rappers Big Sean and Read More…

Ohio State football: Joey Bosa, three others to miss season opener because of ‘violation of athletic department policies’

CHICAGO — Ohio State will face one of its toughest tests of the season without its best defensive player and three talented receivers. The Buckeyes suspended All-America defensive end Joey Bosa, receiver Corey Smith and H-backs Jalin Marshall and Dontre Wilson for their opening game at Virginia Tech because of unspecified violation of athletic department Read More…

Jim Litke: Ohio State’s Urban Meyer may have mellowed, but he’s still in control

CHICAGO — Urban Meyer has always had an answer for everything the coaching profession has thrown at him. Nothing in his straight-ahead glare this morning suggested that had changed. Barely two hours earlier, what had been a months-long victory lap for Meyer and his defending champion Ohio State Buckeyes hit its first speed bump, with Read More…

The Morning Hit–7/28/15

Welcome back to The Morning Hit, where we talk about what’s going on so you don’t have to take someone else’s word for it. Have you ever heard about an issue/story/current event from a friend, not really look into it yourself, then repeat what your friend said to a third party and you were completely Read More…