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    Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Ryan Day. (Adam Cairns-The Columbus Dispatch) College football referees get things wrong every week. In Week 4, Michigan benefitted, Ohio State got a bad break and Notre Dame got screwed. It wouldn’t be a college football weekend without needing to scream at the television because the officials made a bad call. It’s part of the experience, even if it’s one of the worst parts. So let’s have a look at the worst calls from this week in college football. But first, we begin with an honorable mention to the Pac-12 refs in charge of the Oregon vs. Washington State game. The conference had to release a statement acknowledging their refs messed up by skipping a second down belonging to the Cougars. After a punt on not-fourth down, they went back and gave Wazzu a new down. It was a mess.Flag on the play: 3 worst calls from college football Week 43. Phantom pass interference on Ohio StateBogus pass interference call against Ohio State. pic.twitter.com/9VyIJUh2DQ — Swapty Sports (@SwaptySports) September 25, 2022 Ohio State was...
    LeBron James was pondering the idea of his college eligibility if he played another sport and Ohio State AD Gene Smith made sure to shoot his shot.  Ohio State football didn’t look like it needed much help this season in Week 4 as they ran through Wisconsin like a hot knife through butter in a rout. But if they do want some truly veteran assistance moving forward, athletic director Gene Smith is doing his part to try and make that happen by recruiting one of this generation’s greatest athletes, LeBron James. Now, I know what you’re thinking: LeBron James has been a professional athlete for two decades at this point. There’s no way he could go back to Ohio State or any college. Well, that was something the King was pondering himself this weekend while assumedly watching college football as he tweeted about what the eligibility rules would be for the Lakers superstar if he went to school to play another sport. Do I have college eligibility if I went to play another sport besides basketball? How does that rule...
    Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback C.J. Stroud. (Adam Cairns-The Columbus Dispatch) The newest college football rankings are out and after another thrilling week, we’ve got the biggest winners and losers from the AP Top 25 for Week 5. The AP Top 25 for Week 5 dropped on Sunday as usual with all the shuffling you’d expect from a wild slate of college football action. Big upsets saw CFB powers plummet while undefeated Top 25 hopefuls continued to make their case. Who were the winners and losers from the polls this week?College football rankings: Biggest winners from AP Top 25 Poll, Week 5 3 Ohio State Buckeyes Big Ten (4-0) Ohio State is getting first-place votes and deserves themThe perception of Ohio State took a hit each week their Week 1 opponent, Notre Dame, stumbled while the Buckeyes could only beat up on cupcakes. They had six first-place votes in the preseason. By Week 4 they had just one. The Wisconsin beatdown (simultaneous with Georgia’s inexplicable struggles with Kent State) gave Ohio State some new momentum in the polls. They’re back up to...
    Kansas Jayhawks (Photo by Jay Biggerstaff/Getty Images) Projecting the Week 5 AP Top 25 college football rankings after a wild Saturday with Oklahoma, Texas and Miami all being upset while Ohio State rolled.  It feels like the college football universe is on a see-saw right now. One week, we have a ho-hum Saturday in which everything goes as expected. Then the next week, everyone gets smacked in the face with a heavy dose of chaos. Saturday in Week 4 fell into the latter category. Whether it was Miami getting their doors blown off by Middle Tennessee, Florida ending its dominance over rival Tennessee, Texas slipping up in overtime against Texas Tech, a field goal hitting the top of the upright to give Texas A&M a win, or Oklahoma getting clipped again by Kansas State, it was just a wild Saturday for teams involved in the college football rankings. So where does that leave us? Let’s take a look at our projections for the Week 5 AP Top 25 college football rankings.Projected AP Top 25 college football rankings after Week 4:...
    The Ohio State Buckeyes have officially activated blackout mode vs. the Wisconsin Badgers. There will be a funeral in the Big Ten on Saturday night, as the Ohio State Buckeyes will lay to rest the Wisconsin Badgers’ slim College Football Playoff chances during their blackout game in The Horseshoe. Ohio State is the No. 3 team in the land. Although the arch rival Michigan Wolverines are right on their tail at No. 4, there are few places in college football that are tougher to play in than Ohio Stadium. Not only will it be a night game in Columbus, but this will be a blackout game for Buckeye Nation. There has never been a better time to listen to Metallica’s masterpiece “Fade to Black.” Wisconsin will not even be down 10 points mentally before the Badgers get off the bus. They are dead on arrival. Good. Night. Badgers… blackout activated ✔️ pic.twitter.com/WIZuSEjUCr — Ohio State Football (@OhioStateFB) September 20, 2022 Ohio State will lay Wisconsin to rest during Saturday night’s blackout game Because the Badgers lost a weird one to Washington...
    Sep 17, 2022; Seattle, Washington, USA; Washington Huskies quarterback Michael Penix Jr. (9) looks to pass while rolling out of the pocket against the Michigan State Spartans during the second quarter at Alaska Airlines Field at Husky Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports Projecting the Week 4 AP Top 25 college football rankings after a Saturday when Georgia, Alabama and Ohio State rolled, Texas A&M topped Miami and more. If you were hoping for more massive shakeups in the college football rankings by the way of huge upsets in Week 3, then Saturday probably wasn’t your cup of tea. Having said that, we learned a lot about the teams inside the AP Top 25 through one avenue or another. We saw a number of the teams in the Top 5, the likes of Georgia, Oklahoma, Alabama, Ohio State and Michigan, completely roll over substandard competition. Meanwhile, there were teams that turned some heads by looking better than we would have otherwise expected and other teams that came far too close for comfort to getting upset. So where does that...
    Jim Harbaugh scored his first win over Ohio State last year, but Michigan is showing that they might be the new team to beat in the Big Ten.  Entering last season, Jim Harbaugh was no stranger to success with Michigan football, but there was a monkey hanging on his back with the claws dug into him. He needed to beat rival Ohio State for the first time in his coaching career. As we know, he accomplished that, essentially punching the Wolverines’ ticket to the College Football Playoff in the process. But the question then evolved from there into whether or not Michigan would be able to parlay the success in the 2021 season into sustained, long-term dominance in the Big Ten. It’s only been three games against vastly inferior competition, but the Wolverines are staking their claim as the new team to beat in the conference.Michigan football is overtaking Ohio State as team to beat in the Big TenIn the case of Michigan, this turning of the tables to be the top dog in the Big Ten starts with Harbaugh’s...
    The Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Texas A&M Aggies shockingly lost in Week 2, and the college football rankings have been shaken up. It did not take that long into the 2022 college football season for there to be some massive upsets. Earlier in the day, the Alabama Crimson Tide were on upset alert, but beat the Texas Longhorns 20-19. But since that score went final, TWO top 10 teams have lost. First up, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. After losing their season opener against the Ohio State Buckeyes, the Fighting Irish had an easy game on paper against the Marshall Thundering Herd. Instead, Notre Dame lost 26-21 to start their season with an 0-2 record. Then, the Texas A&M Aggies, who were expected to be a true force in the SEC. Instead, the sixth-ranked team in the nation were held to just 14 points. Texas A&M fell to the Appalachian State Mountaineers 17-14 So, with these top programs losing, how does the projected top 10 look now?Projected college football rankings after Notre Dame, Texas A&M loseHere is what the...
    College football rankings will be impacted by Alabama surviving Texas in Austin in Week 2. With Alabama needing a last-second field goal to beat Texas in Austin, you better believe college football rankings will be impacted accordingly. While No. 1 Alabama will still be ranked very high entering Week 3, Texas more than gave the Crimson Tide a game. Although we may have been sleeping on the Longhorns a bit, the Crimson Tide may not be the team we all thought they would be at the start of the season. Did the Georgia Bulldogs break them in January? Regardless, it is hard to envision Alabama still being ranked No. 1. Of course, the Associated Press could have a wide array of opinions stemming from this game…Projected college football rankings after Alabama holds off TexasHere is what the top 10 of the AP Top 25 Poll could look like once it is released Sunday afternoon. Georgia Bulldogs Alabama Crimson Tide Ohio State Buckeyes Michigan Wolverines Clemson Tigers Texas A&M Aggies Oklahoma Sooners Notre Dame Fighting Irish Baylor Bears USC Trojans Given that...
    President Joe Biden departed the White House Friday morning to travel to Licking County, Ohio where he'll deliver remarks at the groundbreaking of Intel's new $20 billion semiconductor plant.  It's a victory lap for the president, who steered a bipartisan bill through Congress to put $52 billion into the U.S. semiconductor industry - as a way to compete with China.  As part of the president's visit, Intel is expected to announce nearly $18 million the company plans to invest in Ohio colleges and universities to put toward workforce development.  'This includes partnering with community colleges across Ohio, the state's oldest historically Black university, and other institutions to train thousands of workers to work in Ohio's growing semiconductor industry,' a senior administration official said.  President Joe Biden arrives at Joint Base Andrews Friday morning to take Air Force One to Licking County, Ohio  President Joe Biden gives a finger gun salute to those on the tarmac at Joint Base Andrews Friday morning  President Joe Biden spoke with well-wishers as he departed the White House for Ohio Friday morning  President Joe Biden walks out...
    Sep 3, 2022; Gainesville, Florida, USA; Florida Gators quarterback Anthony Richardson (15) is congratulated by wide receiver Justin Shorter (4) and wide receiver Ricky Pearsall (1) as he scored a touchdown during the second quarter at Steve Spurrier-Florida Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports Projecting the AP Top 25 college football rankings after Week 1 with Ohio State passing the test against Notre Dame and Georgia blowing out Oregon.  College football has finally arrived in its full form and, my god, is it beautiful. You want an upset? Well, let me direct your attention to Gainesville where unranked Florida knocked off the No. 7-ranked Utah Utes in the season-opener. You want wild drama? The state of North Carolina had you covered with UNC-App State and NC State-East Carolina both delivering in-state rivalries and wild finishes. And that’s without mentioning the biggest games of the day with Georgia and Oregon going head-to-head as Ohio State and Notre Dame did the same. So now that we’re through the first Saturday of the season, let’s take a look at the projected AP...
    Ohio State fans rip Notre Dame over their independent status on ESPN’s College GameDay. Death, taxes and Notre Dame remaining forever independent… In a day and age where teams are switching leagues faster than we can keep up with, the Fighting Irish will refuse to join a conference in football under any circumstances. Ahead of their Week 1 road date at THE Ohio State, Buckeyes fans had a little fun at their expense during ESPN’s College GameDay. This sign was a better representation of the sport than Jack Harlow could ever muster. When asked to join a conference or pick up 25 cards in Uno, Notre Dame will gladly do the latter. hate when this happens pic.twitter.com/CAPO1t4CqG — College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) September 3, 2022 Ohio State fans crush independent Notre Dame with this College GameDay sign Geographically, Notre Dame makes the most since in the Big Ten. The Irish hail from South Bend, Indiana, so they play in a state with two other conference members in Indiana and Purdue. Historically, the Irish have a rivalry with the Michigan Wolverines. Factor...
    If the College Football Playoff instituted the newly approved 12-team field last season, the matchups would have been amazing. A lot of people are uncertain about the future of college football now that a 12-team playoff has been approved. Many worry about the regular season and whether its value will be diminished. Others are concerned about adding more games to the schedule. Still others would prefer six or eight teams instead of 12. Whichever side you come down on, the 12-team playoff is coming in 2026. You’ve got a few years to get used to the idea. If you need some convincing, perhaps a look at what the 2021 College Football Playoff field might have looked like will get you on board. Spoiler: It would have been awesome. What if the College Football Playoff in 2021 had 12 teams?The parameters for a 12-team CFP include giving six automatic bids to the highest-ranked conference champions. Six other bids will go to the remaining six highest-ranked teams. The top four conference champions will fill the top four seeds in the playoff an...
    The guest picker for College GameDay’s visit to the Ohio State vs. Notre Dame game could have been anybody. They chose someone totally unconnected. College GameDay is going to be popping in Columbus when Ohio State and Notre Dame come together to open the 2022 season on Saturday. The folks at ESPN could have brought in a variety of figures to fill the role of guest picker. Often, they’ll go with a celebrity linked to the host university or city. Ideally, that person will get the crowd even more amped than they would have been. So who did GameDay pick? They decided on Jack Harlow, rapper of “WHATS POPPIN” fame, who has no discernable connection to either Ohio State or Notre Dame.College GameDay tabs Jack Harlow for Ohio State-Notre DameColumbus, get ready [email protected] WILL BE PERFORMING LIVE ON COLLEGE GAMEDAY ???? pic.twitter.com/GPMwgAvWHH — College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) August 28, 2022 Harlow is from Louisville. Maybe he’s secretly a Buckeyes fan but more likely he’s simply a popular rap artist that producers are trying to use to appeal to college-aged kids....
    Paul Finebaum sees the Ohio State football team as the biggest threat to Alabama this year. Paul Finebaum is not alone in thinking the Ohio State football team will play Alabama for the national championship. The Crimson Tide were last year’s national runner-up to Georgia, who they beat previously in the SEC Championship game in Atlanta weeks prior. While Alabama should be the runaway favorite to win the 2023 College Football Playoff, is Finebaum right to believe it will be Ryan Day’s Buckeyes who will be meeting them there in the end? Let’s discuss if this is an inevitable outcome or not. “Ohio State is built for this,” said Finebaum on Get Up last week. “It’s a tailor-made schedule for Ryan Day to make a serious run at the championship.” [email protected] says Ohio State is the biggest threat to Alabama this season ???? "Ohio State is built for this. … Its a tailor-made schedule for Ryan Day to make a serious run at the championship." pic.twitter.com/apnCNKYU1M — Get Up (@GetUpESPN) August 17, 2022 Paul Finebaum: Ohio State football team biggest challenger...
    Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud is already putting college football on notice with his latest decree heading into the 2022 season. The 2022 college football season is a matter of weeks away from kicking off, and one of the teams that is expected to be in contention for the CFP National Championship are the Ohio State Buckeyes. They do have the backing of the AP Preseason Top 25 list, as they are ranked No. 2 in the entire nation. Ohio State will have C.J. Stroud starting at quarterback, who impressed football fans with his play. If you thought there was no way Stroud could get even better, the third-year signal caller revealed that he is fastest he has ever been. “I feel the best I’ve ever felt in my life,” Stroud said, h/t Stephen Means of Cleveland.com. “I (hit my personal record) in squat. I PR’d in bench. In my running, I forgot the mileage I hit, but I PR’d in that. I’m the fastest I’ve been since I’ve been alive.”Ohio State football: C.J. Stroud says that he has gotten...
    It is college football rankings season, as Alabama beats out Ohio State and Georgia for the top spot in the Preseason AP Top 25 poll. As a surprise to absolutely no one, the Alabama Crimson Tide edge out the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Georgia Bulldogs for the top spot in the most important college football rankings to date: The Preseason AP Top 25 poll. Let’s be real. Anyone outside of Clemson, Norman or Southern California knows these are the top three teams in the country entering the season, and it’s not even close. It would come as quite the shock if the Tide, Buckeyes and Dawgs failed to reach the College Football Playoff this season. Then again, this is why you play the games. Of course, the AP had to rank a bunch of other teams, too. It’s been a while since we argued with someone in a Home Depot aisle, so let’s get right to it then.College football rankings: Alabama edges out Ohio State, Georgia for No. 1 in APHere is what the Associated Press decided should be our guiding...
    Commentary on Pac-12 developments on and off the field … Rising: NIL opportunities I For all the scrutiny on name, image and likeness — particularly when used to lure high school recruits as a proxy for pay-for-play — there are instances of NIL working as intended. As a means for college athletes to be compensated by the private sector for promotional and endorsement opportunities. At least two examples of NIL-done-right will unfold this weekend in Portland, at the Worlds of Sport event. If you’re unfamiliar with Worlds of Sport, no worries — until recently, so was the Hotline. It’s billed as “the World’s Most Complete Celebration of Sports Fandom.” For our purposes, the guest list is important. A slew of college and pro athletes with roots in the Pacific Northwest will make appearances, including Oregon State safety Jaydon Grant and Oregon linebacker Keith Brown. In the past, public appearances would have come from the goodness of their hearts. But thanks to NIL, Grant and Brown can mingle with fans and collect a paycheck for their time. How much? Our guess...
     Ohio lawmakers want to see Ohio State’s vacated wins from 2010 restored amid the NIL boom. With NIL having taken complete control of college athletics, Ohio lawmakers are putting forth a resolution urging the NCAA to restore the wins vacated by the Ohio State football program from the 2010 college season. This season in question saw the Buckeyes win a share of the Big Ten title and the Sugar Bowl. However, the wins were later vacated by the NCAA after players allegedly sold memorabilia in exchange for tattoos. This left a stain on the final years of the Jim Tressel era in Columbus, as well as marring the brilliant college career of former five-star quarterback Terrelle Pryor, among others. Here is an excerpt from the statement put forth by the Ohio House of Representatives about it.“We, the members of the 134th General Assembly of the State of Ohio, urge the National Collegiate Athletics Association to restore the vacated wins and records from the 2020 football season of the Ohio State University. And be it further resolved, that the clerk of...
    ESPN’s College GameDay will be in Columbus Week 1 for Notre Dame taking on Ohio State. Columbus will be at the center of the college football world on Labor Day Weekend, as ESPN’s College GameDay will be there to take in the non-conference spectacle that is Notre Dame at Ohio State. Though there are several great matchups on tap opening weekend in the sport, it is hard to pass up the two most consistently strong northern teams going at it head-to-head right from the jump. Ohio State should make the College Football Playoff and could win its second national title since 2014. As for Notre Dame, the Fighting Irish are being led by a former Buckeye in Marcus Freeman. Kickoff from Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio will be at 7:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, Sept. 3. HEY BUCKEYE NATION ????️ Were already counting down the days till Sept. 3 for @NDFootball vs. @OhioStateFB ???? pic.twitter.com/adsIDimff3 — College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) May 17, 2022 ESPN’s College GameDay will be in Columbus for Notre Dame at Ohio State On paper, anything short...
    After winning the Rose Bowl last season, 48-45 over the Utah Utes, Ohio State gave Ryan Day a well-deserved raise. Day and the Buckeyes have been in the College Football Playoff conversation seemingly every year since he took over full-time in 2019. The young coach has yet to win a National Championship, which is surely the Buckeyes ultimate goal, but he has gotten OSU to the Playoff on two occasions. In 2019, Ohio State lost to Clemson in the semifinals, and in 2020 they were defeated by Alabama in the National Title Game. Nonetheless, Day has shown plenty of promise and routinely dominates the Big Ten. They’re favored to win the conference again next season thanks to the likes of C.J. Stroud and a talented group of upperclassmen.Ryan Day contract: How much is Ohio State paying him?Day will make $9.5 million in 2022 — which is a $2 million raise paired with a two-year contract extension. His deal now goes through 2028. With the increase in pay, Day’s deal is now on par with the likes of Michigan State’s Mel...
    Three huge matchups to kick off the college football season, a new Australian Open agreement and two new “30 for 30” documentaries were announced Tuesday by ESPN as part of its presentation to advertisers in New York. ABC has a doubleheader on Sept. 3 to kick off the season. Georgia will face Oregon in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff game in Atlanta at 3:30 p.m. EDT. Besides the Bulldogs opening their national title defense, it marks the first game for Ducks coach Dan Lanning, Georgia’s defensive coordinator for the past two seasons. New Notre Dame coach Marcus Freeman makes his debut on the road against Ohio State at 7:30 p.m. The day will begin with ESPN’s “College GameDay” originating from Columbus, Ohio, for its first on-campus show of the season. Former Fighting Irish coach Brian Kelly also gets ABC’s prime-time spotlight the following night when LSU takes on Florida State in New Orleans. Many thought ABC might have to give up the Notre Dame-Ohio State game as a way for Fox to let Joe Buck out of his contract early to join...
    With all of the talk about college football being in trouble, it looks like Ohio State AD Gene Smith has a pretty intriguing idea to help the sport. As the college football world argues and debates about a number of different topics, it seems as if many are trying to figure out the best way forward for everybody in the sport. It is currently unclear as to how everyone will end up navigating the current circumstance college football finds itself in as some are displeased with the current state of the sport, but a number of different ideas have been recently proposed to help everyone move ahead. Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith apparently has a fairly intriguing idea as the leader of the Buckeyes believes there is a pretty easy path forward for the 10 FBS conferences. According to a report by ESPN’s Heather Dinich, Smith’s idea includes having the “FBS conferences operate under the umbrella of the College Football Playoff” and letting the NCAA take care of championships for the other sports, such as basketball.Ohio State AD Gene Smith...
    The race to be the No. 1 pick in the 2023 NFL Draft has already begun with Alabama and Ohio State football stars in the mix. Now that the 2022 NFL Draft is done and dusted, the 2023 NFL Draft can come right into focus. It took 20 picks for a quarterback to come off the board this year. Next year, odds are a passer will be in contention for the No. 1 overall pick. Already, projections for the top projections are being dropped with Ohio State and Alabama the most likely to add to their tally of No. 1s.Alabama, Ohio State QBs lead odds for potential No. 1 pick in 2023 NFL DraftHere are the odds for the No. 1 pick in the 2023 NFL Draft, per Bet Online (h/t Jaime Eisner): Odds to be No. 1 pick in 2023 #NFLDraft (via @betonline_ag): CJ Stroud (+200)Bryce Young (+250)Will Anderson (+300)Paris Johnson (+900)Jaxon Smith-Njigba (16/1)Phil Jurkovec (16/1)Tyler Van Dyke (16/1)Spencer Rattler (18/1) — Jaime Eisner (@JaimeEisner) May 2, 2022 Ohio State QB C.J. Stroud (+200) Alabama QB Bryce Young...
    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Before Republican JD Vance began targeting universities as the enemy of the conservative movement, the Donald Trump-endorsed U.S. Senate candidate in Ohio leveraged a network of higher education institutions across the country to promote his book — and he made money doing it. In the two years after the 2016 release of “Hillbilly Elegy,” his bestselling memoir of growing up in Appalachia, Vance visited at least 18 universities to give graduation speeches, lectures or political talks. For those visits, Vance was paid more than $55,000, according to records provided to The Associated Press by the colleges. At the time, Vance, a graduate of Ohio State University and Yale Law School, spoke glowingly of education. During an appearance on CBS’ “Sunday Morning” in 2017, he complimented universities on providing “high-quality talent” and “intellectual property necessary for folks to get their businesses off the ground.” In his book, he recalled watching an episode of “The West Wing” about “education in America, which the majority of people rightfully believe is the key to opportunity.” But his rhetoric has...
    While he could have entered the 2022 NFL Draft, former Ohio State star Sevyn Banks is transferring to LSU to spend his final college season playing for DBU. Sevyn Banks could have turned pro, but he decided he wanted to be part of Brian Kelly’s family, as the former Ohio State cornerback is transferring to LSU. Banks is a former four-star recruit from Orlando, having played his first four years of college football for Ohio State. He had 43 career tackles and two interceptions playing for the Big Ten juggernaut. A two-year starter in Columbus, Banks played an integral part in the Buckeyes’ run to the College Football Playoff National Championship two seasons ago. He is a huge pickup for LSU. Great job by Kelly to land an absolute stud in the back-end of his Tigers defense from the portal. BREAKING: Former Ohio State CB Sevyn Banks will transfer to LSU, he tells @On3Recruits The former four-star prospect had 43 tackles and 2 INTs in his four year career with the Buckeyes. More Here (FREE): https://t.co/FFksIEPuF3 pic.twitter.com/FxYqmqKnYB — Hayes Fawcett (@Hayesfawcett3) April 19,...
    PORTSMOUTH — Shawnee State University has announced a Free Tuition Initiative – offering free tuition to Pell-eligible first-time students who have a minimum 3.0 GPA and 18 ACT score living in Scioto, Lawrence, Adams, Pike, Jackson, and Ross counties in Ohio, as well as Greenup, Boyd, and Lewis counties in Kentucky. “We’ve been making college possible at Shawnee State since our beginning, and low tuition has been a cornerstone of that tradition,” said SSU President Jeff Bauer. “By making tuition cost-free for the students and families who need it most, we are making sure that a college education is even more accessible.” Eligibility requirements include being a first-time undergraduate student entering SSU in Fall 2022 (including College Credit Plus students who earned college credit while in high school), being a resident of Scioto, Lawrence, Adams, Pike, or Ross counties in Ohio, or Greenup, Boyd, or Lewis counties in Kentucky, qualifying for Federal Pell Grant (as determined by FAFSA), having a high school GPA of at least 3.0 and an ACT score of at least 18. Students must enroll at SSU...
    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State forward E.J. Liddell announced Friday he has declared for the NBA draft. The decision by the All-American to skip his senior season was no surprise. Liddell had the best season of his three-year Buckeyes career, averaging 19.4 points, 7.9 rebounds, 2.6 blocks and 2.5 assists per game. Liddell scored in double figures in every game and had 13 games of 20 or more points. “He has developed and grown significantly as a player every single year as a Buckeye, and that will continue to be the case as an NBA player,” Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann said. “E.J. has represented our program at the highest level with his excellent play, leadership and of course, his trademark smile. E.J. will always be a Buckeye.” Ohio State finished 20-12, beating Loyola Chicago in the first round of the NCAA Tournament before losing to Villanova 71-61 in the second round. ___ More AP college basketball: https://apnews.com/hub/college-basketball and https://apnews.com/hub/ap-top-25-college-basketball-poll and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25 Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written...
    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — LSU coach Kim Mulkey dismissed the notion that her team’s narrow escape on its own court against a 14th seed from a non-power conference signified that the third-seeded Tigers looked vulnerable in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The proof will come in how the Tigers perform on Monday night against No. 6 seed Ohio State (24-6) in their second-round game in the Spokane Region. LSU had to rally from 10 points down against Jackson State within the final five minutes on Saturday night. But there has been no talk among Mulkey or her players about wake-up calls. “I just felt like it was a Jackson State team that got on a roll and played good, and we had to fight back,” Mulkey said Sunday. “How could you criticize anything that was done on that floor yesterday? I don’t care if we’re a 3 seed. “Think about where this senior group has been,” Mulkey added. “They won nine basketball games last year. And for them to get to the NCAA Tournament is special,...
    The Michigan Wolverines had a first half to forget against Colorado State and people are letting them have it on social media.  For those of you who had the Michigan Wolverines moving on to the second round in your NCAA Tournament brackets, things aren’t looking so great right now. Michigan, a slight favorite going up against Colorado State, looked rough in the first 20 minutes of action. The two teams just entered the locker rooms at halftime with the Rams holding a 36-29 advantage. Only 29 points for Juwan Howard’s group in the first half? No one expected that. At the half: HD: 12P / 5R / 3BFC: 7P / 3-3 FG / 2R 〽️???? | #GoBlue | #WeAreNotForEveryone | #MarchMadness pic.twitter.com/3oiUg1UvNd — Michigan Mens Basketball (@umichbball) March 17, 2022 Michigan doesn’t look like they belong in NCAA Tournament vs. Colorado State In that first half, Michigan went through a scoring drought of 4:41, which opened the door for Colorado State to jump to its lead. Howard was visibly frustrated on the bench. He’s not going to want check Twitter...
    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State offensive lineman Harry Miller said he’s retiring from football because of mental health issues that pushed him to the brink of taking his own life. Miller made the retirement announcement in a two-page letter posted on Twitter on Thursday in which he shared details of his struggle with mental illness and credited Ohio State coach Ryan Day with getting him help. Miller is a 6-foot-4, 315-pounder from Buford, Georgia. A backup center his freshman year in 2019, he played regularly at left guard in 2020 and was expected to compete to be starting center in 2021. “Prior to the season last year I told coach Day of my intention to kill myself,” Miller wrote. Day put him in touch right away with professionals who helped him get support. “After a few weeks, I tried my luck at football once again, with scars on my wrists and throat,” Miller wrote. “Maybe the scars were hard to see with my wrists taped up. Maybe it was hard to see the scars through the bright colors of...
    CLEVELAND (AP) — Mark Sears had 24 points and 10 rebounds, and Jason Carter added 20 points and 18 rebounds as Ohio got past Ball State 77-67 in the Mid-American Conference tournament quarterfinals on Thursday night. Ben Vander Plas had 14 points for Ohio (24-8). Miles Brown added 13 points. Payton Sparks had 20 points and 14 rebounds for the Cardinals (14-17). Tyler Cochran added 16 points. ___ For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/hub/college-basketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25 ___ This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State’s wild 48-45 win over Utah in the Rose Bowl helped salve the wounded spirit of a Buckeyes team coming off a humiliating loss at Michigan that ruined their championship hopes. C.J. Stroud set passing records in the Rose Bowl game, but the problems that had dogged Ohio State’s defense all season were still on display. In the Michigan and Utah games, the unit allowed a combined 950 yards and 87 points. The 42-27 setback at Michigan was the first loss to the hated rivals in eight seasons and first in the Jim Harbaugh era. So changes ensued. Rebuilding, reorganizing and rescheming the defense will be a focus for Ohio State in spring practice, which opened Tuesday at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. The Buckeyes have a new defensive coordinator, Jim Knowles, who had transformed Oklahoma State’s defense and was a finalist last season for the Broyles Award as the nation’s top assistant coach. The Cowboys allowed just 16.8 points per game in the Big 12 and were No. 3 in yards allowed...
    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — DeVante’ Jones scored 21 points and Michigan rallied in the second half, wrapping up its up-and-down Big Ten regular season by beating No. 23 Ohio State 75-69 Sunday. Fill-in coach Phil Martelli guided the Wolverines (17-13, 11-9) as coach Juwan Howard finished out his five-game suspension for hitting a Wisconsin assistant in a postgame handshake line. Howard is expected back on the sidelines when the Big Ten conference begins this week. E.J. Liddell recorded his eighth double-double with 16 points and 13 rebounds for Ohio State (19-10, 12-8). Seedings for the conference tourney are still to be determined. Trailing by as many as nine points in the first half and down by seven at the break, the Wolverines went on a 14-1 run midway through the second to jump ahead 56-44 with 10:18 left. The Buckeyes pulled within four points with 11 seconds remaining, but Terrance Williams II made a pair of free throws to seal it. Williams added 17 points for the Wolverines while Eli Brooks and Moussa Diabate scored 14 apiece. Malaki Branham led...
    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Nicole Cardano-Hillary led a balanced attack with 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds and No. 14 Indiana moved within a game of making Big Ten Conference history with a 70-62 win over No. 13 Ohio State in the semifinals on Saturday. If the fifth-seeded Hoosiers can beat the winner of the Nebraska-Iowa game in Sunday’s championship game they will become the first team to win four straight to win the tournament. Indiana was a five-seed in 2002 when it won the title but there were fewer teams in the league and hasn’t been back to the title game since. Ali Patberg scored 15 points for the Hoosiers (22-7), Mackenzie Holmes had 12, Chloe Moore-McNeil 11 and Grace Berger 10. Berger had six rebounds and seven assists and Cardano-Hillary had five assists as Indiana had 20 helpers on 24 baskets. Jacy Sheldon scored 22 points for top-seeded Ohio State (23-6), league co-champion with Iowa, and Taylor Mikesell and Braxtin Miller had 12 apiece. The Buckeyes never led and fell behind 38-28 late in the second quarter before...
    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Malaki Branham scored 22 points and No. 23 Ohio State snapped a two-game losing streak with an 80-69 win over Michigan State on Thursday night. Branham scored 15 points in the second half and finished 9 for 16 from the floor. The Buckeyes (19-9, 12-7 Big Ten) made their first five shots and sped to a 13-0 lead in the first 2:47. Michigan State (19-11, 10-9) rallied and closed within two points with 8:11 remaining in the first half. Ohio State closed the opening period with a 16-8 run for a 43-33 lead at halftime. The Spartans never got closer than 10 points the rest of the way. E.J. Liddell scored 19 points and Joey Brunk added 18 for Ohio State, while Jamari Wheeler finished with 16 points, tying his career high with four 3-pointers. Gabe Brown led Michigan State with 13 points, and Marcus Bingham Jr. added 11. The Spartans shot 45% from the field overall and 50% from 3-point range. They outrebounded the Buckeyes 30-26. BIG PICTURE Michigan State: The Spartans suffered their third...
    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Malaki Branham scored 27 points and No. 22 Ohio State rallied to beat Indiana 80-69 in overtime Monday night. Indiana led by four with 2:47 to go in regulation, but E.J. Liddell forced a steal with 1:11 remaining and slammed home the tying dunk with six seconds left. The Hoosiers jumped ahead by two early in overtime, but Jamari Wheeler hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 2:58 left as Ohio State took the lead for good. Branham finished 9 of 13 from the field and Ohio State shot 48%. Liddell had 16 points and Eugene Brown III scored 10. The Buckeyes led by 10 with 12:06 remaining in the second half, but the Hoosiers used an 18-4 run to grab a 59-55 lead with 5:09 left. Xavier Johnson led Indiana with 16 points, going 10 of 10 from the free-throw line. Trayce Jackson-Davis and Race Thompson added 13 points apiece, and Parker Stewart scored 11. The Buckeyes led 33-28 at halftime and pulled further ahead by making their first seven field goal attempts in the second half....
    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Jacy Sheldon scored 19 points on 9-of-13 shooting and No. 18 Ohio State cruised to a 59-42 win over Wisconsin on Sunday. Rebeka Mikulasikova had 12 points and Tanaya Beacham added 10 points for the Buckeyes, who outscored Wisconsin 35-14 in the middle two quarters. Ohio State (20-5, 12-4 Big Ten Conference) was 2 of 9 in the fourth quarter with five of its 11 turnovers to finish with its second-lowest offensive output of the season. However, the Buckeyes held the Badgers to their lowest output and worst shooting game (30%). Krystyna Ellew and Julie Pospisilova scored 11 points each for Wisconsin (7-19, 4-12) and Katie Nelson had 10. Nelson played all 40 minutes for the third-straight game and eighth time this season. The Badgers set a school record with 14 3-pointers on 24 attempts in their last game. This time they were 6 of 17 on 3s (34.3%) and 9 of 33 inside the arc (27%). Sheldon had 10 points in the first quarter when the Buckeyes took a 16-15 lead and had a three-point...
    Ohio_State_Maryland_Basketball_71747 Maryland's Angel Reese (10) celebrates after scoring against Ohio State during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022, in College Park, Md. Maryland won 77-72. AP Photo/Gail Burton Ohio_State_Maryland_Basketball_68010 Maryland's Angel Reese, center, shoots between Ohio State's Tanya Beacham, right, and Taylor Thierry during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022, in College Park, Md. Maryland won 77-72. AP Photo/Gail Burton Ohio_St_Maryland_Basketball_07212 Maryland's Angel Reese (10) grabs a rebound against Ohio State in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022, in College Park, Md. AP Photo/Gail Burton Ohio_State_Maryland_Basketball_69491 Maryland's Diamond Miller drives to the basket as Ohio State's Braxton Miller defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022, in College Park, Md. AP Photo/Gail Burton Ohio_State_Maryland_Basketball_55535 Ohio State's Rikki Harris gestures after scoring against Maryland during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022, in College Park, Md. Maryland won 77-72. AP Photo/Gail Burton Ohio_State_Maryland_Basketball_68847 Ohio State's Taylor Mikesell,...
    by Ken Tashjy   Law Enforcement Appreciation Day was celebrated this year on January 9, 2022. The day is dedicated to recognizing and honoring all law enforcement officers who unselfishly serve and protect our communities, often at great risk to themselves and their families. Unfortunately, there is pervasive negative political and activist rhetoric in American society that undermines support for law enforcement by recasting our men and women in blue as the enemy of an orderly society. This attitude has manifested as not only a deteriorated level of respect for police, but also increased crime, as well as assaults on law enforcement. Assaults on police are not just limited to city streets. They also occur on college campuses including Bridgewater College, in Virginia, where a former student recently gunned down two safety officers simply for doing their job. Likewise, the lack of respect for police undoubtedly contributed to an incident involving Mr. Hunter Mattin, a White student currently enrolled at Ohio State University (OSU). On April 13, 2021, Mr. Mattin participated in a Black Lives Matter protest against alleged police brutality in downtown Columbus, Ohio. The police confronted the...
    Before Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow was taking his team to the Super Bowl, he boasted an impressive record from college and high school.  Twenty years ago, a Super Bowl underdog defeated the Los Angeles Rams’ “Greatest Show on Turf”, and a dynasty was born. While it’s difficult to imagine another run quite like the post-millennium Patriots, there are distinct parallels between a young Tom Brady and a young Joe Burrow. Besides borrowing the “Joe Cool” nickname from fellow NFL great Joe Montana, Burrow also shares the distinction of leading his college team to a national championship 42 years after Montana did. Burrow could join the company of Joe Montana and Tom Brady as young pocket passers who quickly gained Super Bowl acclaim, but like these two greats, Burrow’s path to glory was being set years in advance. Where did Joe Burrow play high school football?Before Burrow came close to a Super Bowl, he was a part of his own dynasty as a member of the Burrow clan. His father, Jim, was a football player and coach whose career spans...
    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Diamond Johnson scored 12 points and fifth-ranked North Carolina State build a big lead in the third quarter and beat No. 11 Georgia Tech 59-48 on Monday night. Raina Perez added 11 points for the Wolfpack, who turned a marquee matchup of top Atlantic Coast Conference teams into a largely one-sided show. Most importantly, N.C. State (21-3, 12-1) made things difficult on the Yellow Jackets defensively through the middle of the game, which has been an area coach Wes Moore has been pushing for a team with Final Four aspirations. Eylia Love scored 16 points to lead Georgia Tech (18-5, 9-3), which shot 35% and had a long stretch in which the Yellow Jackets miss 24 of 29 shots, turning a fast start into a large deficit. NO. 21 OHIO STATE 61, RUTGERS 57 COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Taylor Mikesell made six 3-pointers and scored 26 points as Ohio State coach Kevin McGuff’ earned his 100th Big Ten victory. Mikesell made two free throws with 24.2 seconds left for a 59-56 lead. Rutgers missed a...
    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — E.J. Liddell had 24 points and 11 rebounds, and No. 16 Ohio State beat Maryland 82-67 on Sunday. Ohio State (14-5, 7-3 Big Ten) led by as much as 22 points in the second half of its fourth victory in five games. It shot 51% from the field, including an 11-for-26 performance from 3-point range. Justin Ahrens and Zed Key scored 14 points apiece for the Buckeyes. Donta Scott scored 25 points for Maryland (11-12, 3-9), which dropped its third straight game. Fatts Russell had 12 points, and Qudus Wahab finished with 10. Scott went 5 for 8 from 3-point range. The rest of the Terrapins went 5 for 21 from deep. Ohio State led 42-29 at the break. Maryland shot 32% from the field in the first half. The Terrapins got just six points from their reserves for the game, compared to 21 for the Buckeyes. BIG PICTURE Maryland: Unable to overcome their slow start, the Terrapins lost for the fifth time in seven games. Ohio State: The Buckeyes played their first Big Ten home...
    The Ohio State Buckeyes and Michigan State Spartans have tough road matchups on tap. Could they be among this week’s most popular college basketball upset picks? One of the biggest takeaways longtime college basketball fans are aware of is that it is extremely difficult to win on the road in conference play. The intense nature of long-standing rivalries leads to rowdy home crowds, which make life difficult for road teams simply trying to maintain their place on the seed line by avoiding an upset. Purdue and LSU were upset victims last week in conference road games, which isn’t surprising at all given the quality of the leagues they play in. Let’s look at five more teams that could be staring an upset in the face in this week’s college basketball upset picks.Upset Alert: Week 12 College Basketball Upset PicksNote: All games listed below were on the schedule as of post time. COVID-19 related issues can lead to a postponement at any moment.No. 10 Michigan State at No. 24 Illinois – TuesdayThe Spartans are coming off a huge road win at...
    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — E.J. Liddell had 13 points and 10 rebounds, and No. 19 Ohio State never trailed in its 83-37 win over IUPUI on Tuesday night. Liddell extended his streak of double-figure scoring to 27 games and recorded his third double-double this season. The Buckeyes (12-4) jumped ahead 9-0 early, but the Jaguars (1-15) hung tough the rest of the first half. Ohio State led 37-24 at halftime. The game quickly got out of hand after the break. Ohio State used a 24-6 run to push ahead 61-30, and the Buckeyes closed the game on a 19-0 run. IUPUI shot 47.4% in the first half but 19% in the second, while Ohio State shot 66.7% after halftime and 57% for the game. Eugene Brown III scored a career-high 14 points for the Buckeyes. He shot 4 of 6 and made five free throws. Bakari LaStrap led the Jaguars with 12 points. BIG PICTURE IUPUI: The Jaguars committed 21 turnovers, tying the third most they’ve allowed this season. Ohio State capitalized for 31 points off those giveaways. Ohio State:...
    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Collin Gillespie hit five 3-pointers and scored 17 points, and Justin Moore scored 15 points to lead No. 14 Villanova to its sixth straight win, 82-42 over Butler on Sunday. The Wildcats (13-4, 6-1 Big East) are rolling again since dropping their conference opener and never let Butler get comfortable at the Wells Fargo Center. With a noon start, the Wildcats did Philly sports fans a favor and used a 13-2 run to decide this one by halftime — enough time to flip over to catch the opening kickoff of the Eagles’ playoff game at Tampa Bay. The bar areas on the concourse were swarmed with fans who decided to watch playoff football on big screens over the Wildcats stretching their lead to 25 only minutes into the second half. Butler (9-7, 2-3) had given coach Jay Wright’s Wildcats fits more than any other team in the Big East since 2016. The Bulldogs’ five wins over that span were the most of any team against Villanova over that span. The Wildcats opened the second half on an...
    COLUMUBS, Ohio (AP) — E.J. Liddell scored 19 points and No. 16 Ohio State defeated Penn State 61-56 Sunday. Ohio State (11-4, 5-2 Big Ten) won despite shooting just 38.6% overall and going the final 5:07 without a basket. The Nittany Lions (8-7, 3-4) trimmed multiple 10-point deficits in the second half and pulled within four with seven seconds to go. Seth Lundy, Penn State’s leading scorer with an average of 14.1 points, missed his first game of the season. The school announced earlier in the day that he was out but didn’t give a reason. Ohio State’s Kyle Young forced a steal with 1:25 remaining and sank a pair of free throws 20 seconds later to hold off the Nittany Lions. Jamari Wheeler made four foul shots in the final minute. The Buckeyes went 24 for 36 from the foul line while Penn State was 8 for 14. Zed Key added 10 points for Ohio State. Sam Sessoms led the Nittany Lions with 15 points and Jalen Pickett scored 11. BIG PICTURE Penn State: Without the team’s leading...
    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State coach Ryan Day continued to revamp his coaching staff by hiring of two defensive assistants Friday. Tim Walton, a former Ohio State player who spent the last 13 years coaching in the NFL, most recently with the Jacksonville Jaguars, was added as cornerbacks/secondary coach. Perry Eliano, who coached cornerbacks for the past two seasons under Luke Fickell at Cincinnati, will be the new safeties/secondary coach for the Buckeyes. The Bearcats’ national-best pass defense helped them advance to the College Football Playoff. Matt Barnes, last season’s secondary coach who became the primary play-caller after coordinator Kerry Coombs was demoted during the season, was been named the defensive coordinator at Memphis. Day had previously replaced Coombs with Oklahoma State defensive coordinator Jim Knowles. Offensive line coach Greg Studrawa and linebackers coach Al Washington also won’t be returning to the Buckeyes. Coombs, the defensive coordinator for the past two seasons, was ousted after the defense struggled last season against better teams, notably in a 35-28 loss to Oregon and a 42-27 setback at Michigan. ___...
    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Brad Davison scored 23 points and No. 13 Wisconsin beat No. 16 Ohio State 78-68 on Thursday night for its sixth straight victory. Tyler Wahl added 20 points, one point shy of his career high, for the Badgers (14-2, 5-1 Big Ten). Johnny Davis had 14 points and nine rebounds. Wisconsin was 10 of 23 from 3-point range. E.J. Liddell scored 18 points for Ohio State (10-4, 4-2). Jamari Wheeler added 11 points, and Malaki Branham, Zed Key and Kyle Young each had 10. Davison and Wahl hit 3s in an 8-0 run to help Wisconsin take an 18-7 lead. Jahcobi Neath, a Wake Forest transfer, made a 3-pointer with 55 seconds left in the first half and the Badgers led 40-27 at halftime. The Buckeyes strung together an 8-0 run early in the second half to cut it to 43-35. Liddell’s jumper with 8:51 to go cut Wisconsin’s lead to 56-49. Wisconsin overcame a second-half drought that lasted 3:32. Davison’s 3-pointer ended the drought with 7:32 left, and put Wisconsin on top 59-49. BIG PICTURE...
    Ryan Day makes a smart, in-state hire to hopefully fix his Ohio State football defense. Ryan Day knows the only way his Ohio State Buckeyes are playing for a national championship next year is if its pedestrian defense gets better in a hurry. He was already able to land former Oklahoma State defensive coordinator Jim Knowles. The Pokes defense was a big reason they had arguably their best season in program history. Now Day has targeted Cincinnati Bearcats cornerbacks coach Perry Eliano to coach the safeties at Ohio State. Eliano coached the best cornerback duo in the country last year in Coby Bryant and Sauce Gardner. With C.J. Stroud returning under center, it is most critical for the Buckeyes defense to get better to help its Heisman finalist quarterback get this team over the top. Sources: Perry Eliano has accepted the safeties coaching job at Ohio State. He’s the Cincinnati corners coach, where he tutored Thorpe winner Coby Bryant and first-team All-American Sauce Gardner. He’s the former DC at Bowling Green and has worked at New Mexico and UTSA. —...