Sun May 20 03:11pm EDT
"Quality is never an accident. It is always the result of intelligent effort." - John Ruskin
Ohio State operates the largest athletic department in the country, comprising of hundreds of Student-Athletes across 39 Varsity sports. Your average fan doesn't have the time or the resources to keep up on all of them. So we take care of that for you. Hitting the Links is your weekly wrapup of all things Buckeye Athletics. Let's tee off.
The Front Nine — Top Stories
Christina Manning and Alexis Thomas bring home some serious hardware.
The men of the Track and Field finish 4th at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships.
Four Buckeyes take the next step towards being named Academic All-Americans.
Baseball Buckeyes fall to Indiana, yet still make B1G Tourney after Illinois loss.
Led by Chase Buchanan and Blaz Rola, the Men's Tennis team chomped Florida to advance to the Elite Eight.
2012 Ohio State Big Ten Medal of Honor Finalists announced.
Diver Bianca Alvarez and Swimmer Andrew Elliott were the big winners.
Perhaps the biggest news of the week is the release of the Post-Spring Two-Deep Depth Chart.
The 2012 Campaign is over for the Men's Golf team after placing 12th at the NCAA Regionals.
The Back Nine — Best of the Rest
"Non-Revenue" Sports is a misnomer and people should stop saying it. (UnScripted Thoughts)
How is Tommy Frazier not in the College Football Hall of Fame? (Birminology)
The release of the Football Two-Deep sparked a lot of conversation across the internets. Here's a collection of articles:
The Clubhouse — UnScripted Commentary
I can think of no other institution as controlling over its membership as the NCAA. Take the recent slate of violations uncovered by the intrepid reporters at the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Clearly, these are the situations that we must protect recruits and student-athletes from experiencing. First it's chewing tobacco on the sidelines. Next thing you know, Kickers will be snorting meth through a sousaphone during warm-ups.
You can forget about giving out directions too. If a recruit's parents don't know which gate to enter, let them twist in the wind. They should have used MapQuest and called ahead. Let's not forget about that unforgivable sin of wishing a recruit good luck before the biggest game of his life to that point. Why, that might turn into preferential treatment down the road. Obviously, Noah Spence was just going to commit to the first person who wished him well, so it's a good thing that guy was Urban.
In all seriousness though, this was an organization that until recently considered cream cheese to be an impermissible benefit. This is an organization that tells you that you cannot sell your own possessions until the day after you have exhausted all eligibility with a member institution. An organization that has no rhyme or reason to the punishments it hands out. An organization of hypocrisy. I am honestly surprised that they didn't deem Joe Bauserman's lawnmower an impermissible benefit, since the majority of student-athletes don't have lawns, therefore no reason to own a lawnmower. That's got to be good for an extra year of probation, right?
The Buckeye Blogger Network
The Buckeye Blogger Network is a loose affiliation of seven Ohio State blogs dedicated to bringing you a wide variety of topics from an eclectic cross section of writers and bloggers. Here's the best from tBBN in the last week.
The Buckeye Battle Cry
Powerful stuff from Dave on Chris and Stefanie Spielman
Buckeye House Call
It's time to forgive Terrelle Pryor — Ronnie Hamp
Our Honor Defend
Josh Stivers recalls his favorite Buckeye — Troy Smith
The Silver Bullet
Michael Chung catches up with J.T. Barrett