Warinner and Hinton are (finally, officially) Buckeyes!

Written January 12th, 2012 by MaliBuckeye

Today, Ohio States’ full coaching staff was available for interviews, including the newest members of Coach Meyer’s staff, Ed Warinner and Tim Hinton.  These last two, most recently at Notre Dame, have been working with Buckeye recruiting over the past several days, but were only officially introduced and named today- they will also be a part of Coach Meyer’s introduction opportunity at halftime of the Hoosier Basketball game this Saturday.

Coach Hinton is a former Ohio State coach who’s career includes the following (from the press release):

Coach Hinton

Hinton’s 30 seasons of coaching experience includes 16 seasons in the collegiate ranks with positions at Ohio State, Wilmington, Ohio, Cincinnati and Notre Dame, and 14 years as a head coach at three Ohio high schools:  Zane Trace (1987-88); Van Wert (1989) and Harding (1993-2003).

“I have always felt it would be an honor to have an opportunity to coach for and to represent Ohio State,” Hinton said. “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to be able to work with great people and great coaches at such a wonderful place.”

Coach Hinton will be working with the Tight Ends and Fullbacks- I’m sure Boren and Stoneburner are more than excited.

Coach Warinner doesn’t have previous Ohio connections, instead:

Coach Warinner

Warinner, who is 50, has coached at seven different schools: Akron, Michigan State, Army, Air Force, Kansas, Illinois and Notre Dame. In addition to his nine years in coordinator positions, he has spent 15 of the past 20 seasons coaching the offensive line. He has coached on teams that have won four national rushing titles, and earlier this season Rivals.com named Warinner one of the Top 20 “hottest assistant coaches” in the nation.

“I’ve always strived to coach in positions where I have a lot of responsibility,” Warinner said. “Serving as a coordinator goes beyond just coaching what my guys are doing. It is a thought process of attacking and moving the ball, and strategies and reading plays. There is a big picture as a coordinator that I am into and really enjoy, and it’s a position from where I think I can make a significant contribution to the success of a team.”

Coach Warinner will serve as co-offensive coordinator and work with the offensive line. Read More

Ohio State Gets Defensive; Formally Adds Withers and Vrabel to Staff

Written December 21st, 2011 by MaliBuckeye

In an announcement today that surprised no one, Urban Meyer has added former North Carolina interim head coach Everett Withers to the Buckeye Coaching Staff as Assistant Head Coach and Co-Defensive Coordinator (with Luke Fickell).

Welcome to Buckeye Nation!

Withers, who inherited the TarHeels after the tumult from this summer, has a legacy as a defensive backs guru, having coached the position at the college and professional level. From the press release-

Withers spent one year as defensive coordinator at the University of Minnesota prior to his North Carolina position. He also has been an assistant coach at the University of Texas (1998-2000; defensive backs), Louisville (1995-97; defensive coordinator/assistant head coach/defensive backs), Southern Mississippi (1992-93; defensive backs/assistant special teams), Tulane (1991; outside linebackers) and Austin Peay (1988-90; defensive coordinator/defensive backs; tight ends/special teams).

His first unit (at UNC in 2008) – ranked eighth in the country with 20 interceptions, a number that was just one off the UNC single season record.His 2009 defense was among the nation’s elite, ranking sixth in total defense, 10th against the run, 13th in scoring and 14th in pass defense. His 2010 unit ranked fourth in the Atlantic Coast Conference and 30th nationally. Five players off that unit were taken in the NFL draft, including first-round pick Robert Quinn. And this past year the Tar Heels ranked 14th against the run.

As you can probably guess, he’s stoked:

I am excited, and I couldn’t be more excited to be on coach Urban Meyer’s staff at The Ohio State University. Ohio State is obviously one of the storied programs in college athletics. Having an opportunity to work at that university, and as part of Coach Meyer’s staff, is something that you just can’t pass up.

Additionally, after much speculation, it was announced today that coach Mike Vrabel will be retained as a part of the staff. Read More

What Do You Want to See on Saturday? Akron Edition

Written September 2nd, 2011 by Eric

We’re less than 36 hours from the opener so it’s time to find out what the BBC staff is hoping to see.

And if you got a silly grin on your face reading “less than 36 hours from the opener”, you’ll feel right at home.

Jim

Can Carlos Hyde achieve Jim's goal?

- 400 yards rushing. I channeled my inner “no accountability” national broadcaster in the podcast by predicting 400 yards on the ground, so what the hell, I’d like to see it.

- No sacks. Protecting the new QB on the edge is my number one concern this season. Not giving up a sack against Akron would make me feel a little better about this. It would also mean that the QBs are making smart decisions and not holding onto the ball.

- Defense. After watching the defense in practice, I just want to see them on the field. They are going to be good.

- Carmen Ohio. I want to see the team singing Carmen Ohio in front of the south stands after the game led by Coach Fickell. I won’t be at the stadium, so this one is the least likely of all of the things I’d like to see.

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tBBC Radio Hour: 2011 Football Season Preview Part 3

Written August 18th, 2011 by Eric

Third String Left Tackle Erik Kramer

Eric, Jim and Joe are back with another preseason look at the 2011 Ohio State Buckeyes!  Jim has attended all of the open practices so far this year and has a lot to say about the make-up of the depth chart to date.  In particular we discuss the offensive line – primarily it’s youth and in experience behind the starters – along with the shrinking of the QB competition.  Current injuries are also touched on briefly, along with the names who we will likely be seeing out wide to start the season.

The three of us also spend some time discussing recent College Football news, including the recent Yahoo! Sports revelation of the Miami University (FL) scandal, and the recent spat of conference expansion news.

All this and more on this week’s BBC Radio Hour!

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Notes From Practice: Day 1

Written August 8th, 2011 by Jim

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Let’s jump right in.

Offense:

  • The running backs and quarterbacks rotated so much that it is difficult to say who the starters will be.
  • The starting offensive line, from left to right was: Andrew Norwell, Jack Mewhort, Mike Brewster, Marcus Hall, J.B Shugarts.
  • The starting group of WRs were: Philly Brown, Verlon Reed, Jordan Hall, Jake Stoneburner (TE)
  • Freshman OL Chris Carter was getting reps at LT, he was working on his footwork to the side and was receiving one-on-one instruction from Mike Adams on the side.
  • Freshman OL Antonio Underwood was playing RT.
  • During team drills, QB Taylor Graham threw an interception to S C.J. Barnett and QB Ken Guiton threw an interception to S Zach Domicone.
  • T.Y. Williams is by far the tallest wide receiver and he was targeted quite a bit by the QBs, but he has a bad habit of dropping the ball and still needs some work. Read More

Stars. What are they good for?

The 2012 recruiting class marches on.

The biggest news since our last update has been the bad vibes surrounding the strange saga of OH OL Kyle Kalis balanced out somewhat by the commitments of OH LB Luke Roberts and OH OL/DL Patrick Elflein.

Despite the commitments, the current feeling on the class is still slanting negative for various reasons.

First and most importantly, Ohio State still needs to add some offensive tackles to the roster… and soon, making the pain from the loss of Kalis even more acute.

On top of that, some Ohio State fans were less than enthusiastic about the most recent commitments because they came from non highly rated recruits.

Disappointment at the loss of an extremely talented player in a position of need is one thing, but disappointment over receiving commitments from lower ranked recruits is an unnecessary emotion, and here’s why.

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Mike Vrabel Is A Buckeye (Coach)!

Written July 11th, 2011 by MaliBuckeye

Welcome Home!

We’d been hearing rumors for a while now, and even gave you a head’s up a week or so ago. In fact, our friends at 11W made the announcement on Friday, and Kansas City Radio put it out Friday night/Saturday morning.

But today it became official that former Buckeye standout and Super Bowl champion Mike Vrabel will be returning to Ohio State to coach the linebackers this fall.

Vrabel, who played for the scarlet and gray from 1993 through 1996, shared Silver Bullet status with current Buckeye head coach Luke Fickell. Several weeks ago, Vrabel was present to support his friend at Coach Fickell’s introductory press conference.

During his pro career, Mike was drafted by the Steelers and played for Pittsburgh for four seasons as a backup. After signing with the New England Patriots in 2000, he went on to be a part of three Super Bowl championship teams, and was selected for one NFL Pro Bowl, where versatility was a part of his legacy.

 

In New England, Mike joined elite company by being only one of 17 people to catch two or more  touchdown passes in Super Bowls- again, an interesting stat for a defensive standout. Over his NFL career, he has a total of ten receptions for a total of 10 touchdowns. Not too shabby…

For the past two seasons, Vrabel has been a part of the Kansas City Chiefs program, coming to the squad to join former Patriots defensive coordinator (and former Browns head coach) Romeo Crennel. As a veteran, his role there has included work as a “on field coach” as the Chiefs continue to rebuild their defense.

Interestingly enough, SBN’s Chiefs blog (I was just as shocked as you) went all Nostradamus on us in 2009, saying-

Mangini told Cleveland reporters, “I imagine he’ll eventually go into coaching and he’ll be outstanding.”  And then, later in the same media session, said, “He knew the defense, not just his assignment, knew the defense, could draw up the defense, could coach the defense. I’m telling you, I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s not coaching major college football or pro football at some point and be really successful.”

Vrabel, an Ohio State graduate and at least part-time Ohio resident, suggested that any future involving coaching, would likely begin with his alma mater.

”I would love to go back to Ohio State in any capacity,” Vrabel said.

”I’ve got a lot of friends who coach there, gotten to know some of the players by working out there in the offseason. I would say that would be the only place I would probably coach. If I could get into coaching, I would probably look there first.”

Mike’s work with the NFL Players Association took new emphasis during the recent labor agreements, and it was because of these dialogues that this hire has been delayed somewhat. Mike is also a co-founder of  the “Second and Seven Foundation“, along with Coach Fickell and former teammate Ryan Miller. The foundation seeks to create literacy opportunities for Ohio’s youth, which will juxtapose nicely with his helping Ohio State youth hit people so hard they have problems reading.

Thriving on pressure

Welcome home, Coach Vrabel!!

Silver Bullet Points Gets Pyrotechnic

Written July 4th, 2011 by MaliBuckeye

What's more American than blowing stuff up?

Happy Independence Day, Buck-aroos! As you’re enjoying the cold beverage and grilled meat product that the founded fathers gave their lives to provide, we thought we’d give you a quick update on the news you may have missed when you were stuck in traffic this holiday weekend.

Buckeyes

  • Not Done Yet- The NCAA was back in town last week to check into the “golf gate” allegations that Eric covered last Wednesday. Again, it’ll be difficult to prove the students in question didn’t just pay for the rounds themselves, but that still leaves “access to an exclusive course” as a perk that may have been illegal.
  • Shifting Time-line- Ohio State had until Friday to submit their response to the NCAA’s Notice of Allegations, but have been given an extension until the 12th due to this festive holiday weekend (When Gene Smith starts smoking the ribs, there’s no bothering him…). However, given the re-visit from Indy’s Finest, it’s possible that the NCAA will ask to see some reflections on golf-gate as well, which could push this back even further. That may not be a bad thing for this year’s class of seniors- since it might mean that any possible post-season ban wouldn’t kick in until next year.  Although, that would certainly hose recruiting and any long term coaching decisions.
  • Speaking of Coaching- We hinted at this last week, but we’re hearing that a decision regarding the open linebacker’s coaching position has been made and will be announced following Coach Fickell’s return from wherever he gets his  shirts vacation.
  • In England, They Call It “Rugby”- And Ohio State is still awesome at it… but you can help by going here and voting for them against (savor the irony) Army.  It won’t mean you love America… just that your “Red White And Blue” is more “Scarlet Gray and… well, this runs out of steam, since we don’t want anything to do with blue”.

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