Marshon Lattimore Is A Buckeye!!!!

Written January 4th, 2014 by MaliBuckeye

In San Antonio, Ohio State once again found gold in the shadow of the Alamo, as Cleveland Glenville’s Marshon Lattimore verballed to become a part of the 2014 recruiting class.

Mr. Lattimore

Lattimore’s decision came as a part of the US Army All-American Bowl, and following a week where he’d continued to turn heads in both practice and scrimmages. Rated as the #1 athlete in the state of Ohio by most recruiting services, Marshon’s “offer list” included Southern Cal, Oregon, Alabama, Kentucky, Michigan, Michigan State, and Georgia Tech.

While classified as an “athlete”, many target him as a corner at the collegiate level. Scouts highlight his speed and his ability to catch anything near him- I’m certain that the Buckeyes will find a way to get him on the field.

Today’s decision was seen by most to be a “lock” for some time now, although the other members of Glenville’s contingent in San Antonio were involved in several moments of speculation that the trio might end up at Kentucky or at one of the schools in that state up north.

Lattimore, for what it’s worth, was never seriously tied to any of these allegations, having seen Ohio State as his dream school. What’s made it interesting, though, is that he and Erick Smith have always pledged to go to school together… and if Smith was wavering, then perhaps Lattimore was as well.

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Erick Smith Is A Buckeye!!!

Written January 4th, 2014 by MaliBuckeye

Mr. Smith

As a part of today’s Army All-American festivities, Ohio State’s defense received a verbal commitment from one of the top defensive backs in the country and a stand out in the state of Ohio.

Cleveland Glenville’s Erick Smith  joined a long line of Tarblooders to don the scarlet and gray after a week where he excelled against some of the nation’s best athletes as a part of Army AA practices and scrimmages

Smith, a 6’1″, 185 pound safety led his Tarblooders team to the State Championship this year, and is described as a big hitter with solid hands who can play either the strong or free safety slots. At Glenville, he played on both sides of the ball and is a nifty runner with the ball in his hands.

Ranked as a “four star” prospect by most recruiting services, Smith held offers from Kentucky, Michigan, Michigan State, Georgia Tech, Alabama, Illinois, and West Virginia.

His announcement today was not without some drama/excitement, depending on your perspective. Rumors had swirled all week regarding several of the Glenville All Stars choosing a different path; first it was Kentucky, and then there were reports that Smith wanted to postpone making a selection on Saturday so that he could take additional visits to Michigan and Michigan State.

This went against thoughts that he and Marshon Lattimore has been a “package deal” who’d wanted to announce at the Army Game for quite some time (Lattimore will announce in the fourth quarter). So, even though the Buckeyes were the recipient of his verbal commitment today, don’t be surprised if this process draws out until NLOID.  It’s the “Glenville Way”, and fans should just take rumors and reports with a grain of salt until ink is on paper in the WHAC.

When Smith reports to Columbus, he brings a skill set that the Ohio State secondary has been looking for all season; he may be a great replacement for fellow Tarblood Alumni Christian Bryant.  You can see why in the highlights from the State Title game after the jump: Read More

Welcome to today’s hangover recovery liveblog!

Up first at Noon on the BTN – the Ohio State Buckeye Shooty Hoops team plays their first home game against the B1G vs. Nebraska.

Up second at One on NBC – the Army All-American Bowl, for those interested in looking ahead instead of looking behind.

We’ll see you here, Go Bucks!
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The Buckeyes and Clemson met for only the second time in history, and for the second time the Clemson Tigers pulled out the victory on an interception at the end of the game. In a tough, hard fought battle, both teams slugged their way into leads, and control of the momentum, but it was Clemson holding the 40-35 lead at the end. Braxton Miller, hurt for much of the game, grit his teeth and put together a 16/24 for 234 yards, 2 touchdowns and two interceptions. He also added two touchdowns and 35 yards on 18 carries, though he lost a lot of yardage on sacks. Tajh Boyd, Miller’s counterpart, came out with a stunning display by throwing 30/39 for 370 yards, 5 touchdowns and 2 interceptions, as well as running 20 times for 127 yards and a touchdown.

Carlos Hyde, the stellar Ohio State back, finished his career in a tough running day, managing to gain 113 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries. Corey “Philly” Brown led the Buckeye receivers with 116 yards on 8 receptions for the day. For Clemson, Roderick McDowell picked up only 69 yards on 12 carries, while Sammy Watkins set an Orange Bowl record with 227 yards on 16 receptions, and capping it off with 2 touchdowns.

The Ohio State Defense, much maligned most of the season and especially going into this game, were the first unit tasked with handling a potent offense this evening. Things were going well for the first couple plays. Clemson was finding some success moving the football, but the Buckeyes were tackling and attacking. Until Tajh Boyd hit the center of the offensive line and blitzed away to a 49 yard touchdown. That was Boyd’s longest touchdown run of the season.

Going the other direction, things did not look a whole lot better for OSU. The Offensive Line, a huge strength of this team all season, suddenly looked unable to block up the middle. A few attempts at the edge, including a 10 yard pass to Corey “Philly” Brown in the flat, had some success, but it wasn’t enough. Clemson’s defensive line picked up an excellent 17 yard sack helped by their coverage unit. 20 yards of penalties, including an unsportsmanlike conduct, gave the Buckeyes new life on the drive.

The Buckeyes continued to struggle on their first drive. Eventually, they were forced to punt. But, instead of giving the ball back, Meyer called Heuerman’s number on a fake with only 2 yards to go inside Clemson territory. The fake worked, and began to breathe life into the Scarlet and Grey. The drive was capped off by a beautiful 33 yard run with a little Braxton-patented stutter-step for a touchdown.
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BBN Football LiveBlog: Orange Bowl vs. Clemson

Written January 3rd, 2014 by Eric

The Buckeyes are in Miami for the Orange Bowl, a matchup against Tahj Boyd and the Clemson Tigers!

Coverage is scheduled to start at 8PM – make sure to stop by and enjoy the last Football Liveblog of the season! Go Bucks!
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Graphic Content: Orange Bowl

Written January 2nd, 2014 by MaliBuckeye

Just in time for tomorrow’s game, Kevin Dearth hit our inbox with something to help distract you at work on Friday:

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tBBC Preview: Orange Bowl – Ohio State vs Clemson

Written January 2nd, 2014 by Ken
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Bowling for Oranges

  Ohio State (12-1, 8-1, B1G) vs Clemson (10-2, 8-1, ACC)

 January 3rd, 2014: 8:30 PM EST ESPN

Well, well, the Buckeyes get to head south for their bowl game rather than west.  Oh well, it wasn’t our first preference, but let’s go Orange Bowling. The bowl game that we know as the Orange Bowl was inaugurated in 1933 as the Palm Festival. The bowl game was renamed the Orange Bowl and under the new name, the first game was played on January 1st, 1935 between Bucknell and Miami, won by Bucknell 26-0. From 1935 through 1988, this contest was known as the Orange Bowl. From 1989 – 2010, buttressed by corporate sponsorship, it was renamed the FedEx Orange Bowl. Moving from logistics to financial services, the game was renamed again in 2010 as the Discover (Financial) Orange Bowl.

The protagonists this January are the Ohio State University Buckeyes, Big Ten Conference (12-1, 8-1) and the Clemson Tigers, Atlantic Coast Conference (10-2, 7-1). Both teams have a brief history in playing in the Orange Bowl, and have played one another. The Buckeyes enter this game averaging 46 points on offense, while giving up 21 points. The Tigers average 40 points on offense and 21 on defense. The early line is Ohio State -2.5 with an over/under of 67, so Vegas is anticipating both teams scoring in the mid-30′s. They are probably right. Look for a high scoring game. Without much further ado, let’s get into the preview.

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Looking For The Exit?

On New Year’s Eve, Penn State lost their head coach to the NFL.

Bill O’Brien, who took on the enormous task of manning a wounded Lions program two years ago, left the college game for the NFL. He will now lead the Houston Texans, another franchise that needs rebuilding (but that’s another story for another time).

When O’Brien arrived at Penn State, many believed that the once-heralded team in Happy Valley was at death’s door. NCAA sanctions and a devastated reputation left the entire school in shambles, and it was going to be at least a decade before they could begin the recovery process.

The critics were wrong.

O’Brien turned PSU around in quick order. A 7-5 record in 2013 was unexpected, and so were two victories over two giants of the Big Ten. Wins over Michigan and Wisconsin, both ranked at the time, highlighted the 2013 season and took away the pain of their 63-14 destruction at the hands of Ohio State.

But now O’Brien is off to greener pastures and Penn State fans are feeling betrayed again.

I share no love for Penn State fans, having watched their willful ignorance over Joe Paterno’s enabling behavior during the crimes of the Jerry Sandusky scandal. They threw Sandusky to the wolves as they should have, but repeatedly buried their heads in the sand when shown undeniable proof that Paterno was complicit in allowing the unmentionable crimes to continue unabated.

But with O’Brien’s departure, I feel their pain. Their head coach made promises to Penn State, and he has now broken them by leaving before the end of his contract.

If a player at Penn State decided to leave for a different school after two years, he’d likely be forced to sit out for a full year before he could take the field again. (Yes, I’m aware there are situations that allow a player to avoid being put on a shelf for a year, but that is the exception rather than the rule).

Should a coach of an NCAA program not be held to the same standards as the players he recruits? If a coach convinces a player to attend his university, should both men be asked to stay for the same length of time or face minor penalties?

When Bill O’Brien sat in the home of a recruit in January of 2012 and told him that he would be a part of the rebirth at Penn State, there was no mention that the coach might be gone by the end of the player’s sophomore year at PSU.

That player will not have an easy time changing schools, now that his coach has abandoned him. The NCAA has rules that will make his life difficult if he wishes to transfer to a different school (it goes well beyond sitting out a year and deep into bureaucracy). Even if he is skilled enough to succeed at the next level, laws forbid him from jumping to the NFL until he is three years removed from his high school football years.

That being said, is it time to place rules on college coaches that leave their programs before their contracts expire? Should coaches have to sit out a year before they can take on another job within the college ranks?

Obviously, the NCAA cannot mandate rules in the NFL for such situation – unless Roger Goodell behaves like he did towards Jim Tressel and Terrelle Pryor, having doled out suspensions for both men when they entered the NFL. But within the NCAA, can the same rules be applied to coaches and players?

Yes, the NCAA rule book is already a mess and it should be tightened up immediately. I propose that the rules for coaches are included in the next set of changes. Read More