May 20, 2012
"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.
A few months ago, I found myself thinking more and more about Jim Tressel, the successes he had on and off the field, and the guidebook he used to shape the lives of young men. The Winners Manual, first started in 1986 by Coach Tressel at Youngstown State University, has been a guiding force for hundreds of men for countless years.
Some, if not most, of Tressel's former players still refer to The Winners Manual on a consistent basis. Some go back to it looking for guidance. Some refer to it to remember their goals and purpose. All of them continue to use it because of the powerful and genuine messages it contains.
May 16, 2012
Just the very description bothers me. It automatically places a second-class citizen status on sports such as Tennis, Track & Field, Lacrosse, Rifle, Synchronized Swimming, and Volleyball. Yet take a look at the success of these programs in recent years. More trophies, conference titles, and National Championships have come JUST from Synchronized Swimming in the last 15 years than in Football, Basketball, and Baseball combined. These are the student-athletes bringing home the hardware on a consistent basis. Yet they get relegated to the back of the room to watch guys like Braxton Miller and Jared Sullinger get all the attention.
May 15, 2012
This afternoon, the National Football Foundation (NFF) announced the newest members of the College Football Hall of Fame. In all, there were 14 inductees who will see their names enshrined among the greatest names in college football history, including three legendary coaches: Tennessee's Phil Fulmer, Texas A&M royalty R.C. Slocum and the man behind "The U", Jimmy Johnson.
The majority of the players who made the cut are names that most football college fans, even the most casual, would know. BYU's record-setting quarterback Ty Detmer, the legendary wide receiver Art Monk of Syracuse, and "Holy Roller" Dave Casper, a Notre Dame hero, lead a pack of deserving names and resumes.
May 14, 2012
"Excellence is not an act…but a habit." — Aristotle
Welcome to another edition of Hitting The Links, UnScripted Ohio's Weekly Wrapup of all things Ohio State Athletics.
Coach Meyer and 10 Buckeyes, headlined by the Boren brothers and Curtis Grant, visited Whetstone High School for the Columbus City Schools Special Olympics kickoff.
A portion of the proceeds from the Women's Football Clinic on June 9th will go to benefit the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research.
May 09, 2012
As most of you read yesterday, Jim Trotter over at Sports Illustrated spoke with former Ohio State QB Terrelle Pryor about his first season in the NFL with the Oakland Raiders. The article gave us a lot of insight into the mind of a young man who was thrust, of his own accord, into a situation in which he probably was not yet ready. It outlined how Pryor almost gave up football after questioning his love for the game.
May 08, 2012
"It isn't hard to be good from time to time in sports. What's tough is being good every day." — Willie Mays
John Simon was named to the Lott IMPACT Award Watch List, his second straight year on the list.
Charles Eric Waugh, the OSU SuperFan, was arrested in Kentucky yesterday on probation violations.
The first Ohio State Women's Football Clinic under Urban Meyer will be June 9th.
The entire Ohio Senate swooned when Aaron Craft was honored.
Jordan Sibert will take his talents to Dayton in search of more playing time. Godspeed young man.
Out at The Swish, the Buckeyes swept the Cats of Northwestern to stay in the B1G Tournament hunt.
Next up for the bats is a midweek trip to Oklahoma State.
Ladies Lacrosse beats up on Vandy in OT at ALC Tournament.
Then drops a heartbreaker to host Florida in the semis.
Men's Lacrosse falls to Fairfield in the ECAC Tourney, awaits fate of NCAA At-Large Bid.
Ladies Golf earns their 18th consecutive NCAA Regional Bid, will host teams on May 10-12.
Duffer Grant Weaver is named the B1G Freshman of the Year, OSU's first since Chris Smith in 1988.
The Men's Golf team earns a bid to the NCAA Regional in Ann Arbor as the 13th seed.
The Lady golfers have four honored by the B1G, led by Kendall Prince, 2012 Freshman of the Year.
Gymnast Kris Done qualifies for VISA Championship after his performance in the U.S. Men's Qualifier.
OSU WR Devin Smith made his track and field debut, placing 6th in the 100M Dash.
Demoye Bogle puts up another PR in the 400M Hurdles with a time of 52.06, good enough for first.
Chase Buchanan and Blaz Rola were selected to compete in the NCAA Tennis Tourney, in both doubles and singles.
May 07, 2012
We are all keenly aware of the events that unfolded last week that saw two players committed to Ohio State re-open their recruiting process. This is a nice way of saying that they have de-committed from the Buckeyes. I'm not about to get into the reasons that either of these two gentlemen left the program. This column doesn't address any controversies, rumors, or speculations. What it does address is recruiting in the age of social media.
May 01, 2012
It is Tuesday, May 1st, 2012 and Michigan still sucks.
Apologies for the lack of article yesterday. I had a wicked illness, so I stayed home from work. You'd think that this would have given me ample time to compile all my notes into an article earlier in the day, but you'd be wrong. Very, very wrong. Instead, you get a late edition of the Daily, encompassing the entire past weekend's affairs with a splash of Monday happenings. Let's get caught up, shall we?
April 30, 2012
It's not a stretch to say that Ohio State is one of the most successful college football programs in the history of the NCAA. The numbers back it up. The championships and trophies earned as a team and by individual players back it up, so there's little need to go too far into the history of the Buckeyes. Most of you already know it anyway, right?
One area of the field that the Buckeyes have been regularly and historically successful is the offensive line. Since 1960, there have been 54 offensive linemen from Ohio State taken in the NFL Draft, including 18 taken in the first three rounds. Two Buckeye offensive lineman - John Hicks and Orlando Pace - even finished within striking distance of the Heisman Trophy; finishing 2nd and 4th, respectively.
It's a historically successful and vital position for a program known for "three yards and a cloud of dust". Yet the previous ten years, arguably the program's most successful decade ever, has seen the once proud Buckeye offensive line fade from premiere to mediocre. In fact, from 2008 — 2011, there was not a single Ohio State offensive lineman drafted. Zero. In four straight NFL drafts. Let that sink in.