The Madness Of Silver Bullet Points

Written March 20th, 2013 by MaliBuckeye

Welcome to the calm before the storm… unless you’re an NIT junkie, then your Madness has already started.  In honor of Coach Calipari’s fantastic coaching job on Tuesday night, today’s soundtrack channels the thoughts of Wildcat fans as they get to watch the rest of the tournament. Hey… you think they’ll have time to join our Bracket Challenge?

It’s What We Do

Buckeye 411

  • We Talkin’ About Practice? Tuesday was a return to the WHAC for the Buckeyes after Spring Break, and it sounds as if it was a bit of a “rusty day” for the Scarlet and Gray. No need to panic, though- this is typical for teams the first time they put the pads on in the spring or in the fall.
  • Injury Update- Barrett, Shazier, Wood, and Bogard were in “orange” jerseys today, although JT was taking mental reps behind Braxton as the practice went along. Jordan Hall had a hamstring strain as well, but Coach Meyer said that there was nothing to be overly concerned about with his progress.
  • TP Again- Tyvis Powell seems to, at least for now, locked in on the #1 Star position, with Roby and Doran Grant at corner.
  • Committee- Rod Smith and Warren Ball ran the ball really well Tuesday, although Smith caught the ire of Coach Drayton with his nonchalant flip of the ball in the endzone.  Anything to help break the fumble-itis, right?
  • Caffeinated- Apparently Kerry Coombs is in mid-season form, screaming at what he perceived to be a horrible call by an official helping monitor the scrimmages.
  • los ‘Los- After practice, Carlos Hyde talked about his decision to return, and his desire to help Coach Meyer get his first 1K yard runner. He also was honest about the fact that he had some work to do in order to be NFL ready, a sentiment that his coach agreed with. Read More

Wrapping up the 2012 Recruiting Class

Written October 25th, 2011 by Jim

After a long hiatus, it’s time to jump back in with some recruiting talk.

Adverse circumstances surrounding the program have obviously impacted recruiting for months, but the 2012 class still has an opportunity to be pretty darn good.

The key will be finishing strong, and the Buckeyes look to be in a great position to do just that.

The biggest concern, as it has been for months, continues to be along the offensive line. Regardless of how the ’12 class finishes, the depth issues there may not be resolved until the ink is dry on the ’13 class.

Before I get too far ahead of myself, here is a look at how the 2012 class will wind down. Read More

Frank Epitropoulos is a Buckeye!

Written April 26th, 2011 by Jim

Frank Epitropoulos, your newest Buckeye.

Local athlete and Buckeye legacy Frank Epitropoulos became the sixth member of Ohio State’s 2012 recruiting class today.

Epitropoulos is a standout wide receiver and punter at Upper Arlington High School in Columbus.

While he isn’t as flashy as some of the other national prospects Ohio State is targeting, he has all of the attributes that you look for in a receiver (height, speed, hands, route running, concentration in traffic).

On top of catching the football, Epitropoulos is also an outstanding punter. He regularly booms the ball 40+ yards with great hang time.

If WR doesn’t work out for him, he almost certainly has a future kicking the ball in Columbus. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him handling both duties during his time in the scarlet and gray.

Frank is the son of former Buckeye John Epitropoulos, who lettered for Woody Hayes and Earl Bruce from ’78 to ’80. Frank’s Buckeye roots and pedigree on the football field are strong, so here’s hoping for big things in his future at Ohio State.

Highlights after the jump.

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Recruiting Update: 3/30/11

Written March 30th, 2011 by Jim

More elite offensive tackles with offers? you betcha.

It is a quiet time for football recruiting in general, but Ohio State has thrown out a few offers to some dynamite out-of-state prospects that Buckeye Nation can get excited about.

They are all long shots at best, but landing any of these new offers would be recruiting gold.

Additionally, an interesting new dynamic this recruiting season will be the impact of the off-field trouble currently revolving around Jim Tressel.

On one hand, the adversity allows Tressel to highlight some of the characteristics that really separate him from most college football coaches. Loyalty, sincerity, and humility being a few of those qualities.

MN OT Jonah Pirsig said he views the situation as a positive because it shows Tressel’s loyalty.

Unfortunately, other players may not feel the same way. Only time will tell what impact, if any, the saga will have on the 2012 class and beyond.

Finally, standout Ohio LB Kaleb Ringer says he will announce his college decision on April 15th. He does not hold an Ohio State offer and it looks like he will turn to the dark side by committing to tsun. The usual career long grudge against OSU will most likely follow. May he follow in the footsteps of Shawn Crable (from Massillon, Ohio and #2 on the left) and Prescott Burgess (from Warren, Ohio and #6 on the ground) if he does go down the path of darkness.

With that said, here are the newest offers that the Buckeyes have handed out.

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