Weekend Wonderings

Written February 9th, 2014 by Ken

thinking chimpWelcome to this week’s edition of Weekend Wonderings. The men’s basketball team seems to be finding its way, the women’s team is still in the wilderness and the football team had a very successful Letter of Intent Signing Day. Grab whatever beverage that you prefer, or need, and let’s proceed.

The James/Wexner

  • A new study identifies the molecular pathway that enables cancer cells to grow in areas of a tumor where oxygen levels are low, a condition called hypoxia.

    The findings by researchers at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC – James), might offer a new strategy for inhibiting tumor growth by developing agents that reverse this hypoxia-related pathway.

    The study focuses on how cancer cells use the amino acid glutamine, the most common amino acid found free in the bloodstream. Under normal oxygen levels, healthy cells use glutamine largely to produce energy, with a small amount diverted to make fatty acids and lipids.

  •  World Health Organization declares air pollution a carcinogenWell no surprise for me with this one. A pollutant is a pollutant. All the more reason to ‘go green’.

Commentary

So, we had a big day on Wednesday, eh? Twenty-three new members of the Buckeye Family. Honestly, I didn’t follow the entire process too closely, but did pay attention at the end. Your milage and sorting may vary, but here’s how I interpreted the signees “positions”. Read More

tBBC/BBN Roundtable: Signing Day Thoughts

Written February 7th, 2014 by WVaBuckeye

The Buckeyes had a pretty big day this past Wednesday on National Signing Day and we wanted to get everyone’s thoughts about the class. Jeremiah joins us from MOTSAG this week with his two-cents, as well as the gang from 95.5 The GAME, Matt Finkes, Arch Madness, and Adam Sabie.

Which recruit the Buckeyes got signed was the biggest surprise to you and why? 

Concensus great get on NSD

Concensus great get on NSD

  • Jeremiah MOTSAG – For me it is Malik Hooker- no one knew who he was or had even predicted him to OSU when he committed. He was an under the radar player that Coach Meyer swooped in and stole.
  • Archie - Slade because it’s so crazy the fact that he never had an official visit. That’s unheard of.
  • Matt Finkes - Slade because he signed at last minute
  • Adam Sabie - I would have to say that Slade is the biggest surprise.  I mean, the guy didn’t even visit Columbus and spurned MSU! Love that!
  • Ken – Probably Darius Slade. He’d seemed to have had trouble figuring where he wanted to land, but I think that McDowell’s signing(?) with MSU channeled him to OSU. It was a mild surprise to me, but once McDowell went North, it all made sense.
  • Patrick – Darius Slade. Much like last year, and Vonn Bell, there wasn’t much talk of Slade coming here. Good get.  
  • Scott – Darius Slade. Seemed to waffle quite a bit.  
  • Mali- Slade is the obvious choice here (and I’m certain to call him “Jim” at some point), but I’ll go with Jamarco Jones. Sure he was committed to the Buckeyes for a long while, but historically we don’t have good things happen when recruits take last minute visits to other schools.
  • WVaBuckeye -  This should be a tie between Slade/Jones but for me its an easy choice to go with Jamarco Jones. A solid commit for a good while I really am not sure what kept him in Columbus. All real talk had him going to East Lansing, and as you heard what Coach Meyer said, JJ was a must have for this class.

Which recruit do you have a feeling will come in and have an immediate impact? Read More

Recruiting Classes: Do They Live Up To The Hype?

Written February 5th, 2014 by Scott

Today is the offseason day college football junkies love.

It’s National Letter of Intent Day. The day high school seniors can make official their college choice. At the end of the day, or actually the signing period to be more exact, the so-called experts will rank the classes.

Ohio State is hoping to claim the No. 2 spot behind the Crimson Sabans. But do the rankings really mean anything or are they more like a ticket to see the Florida Marlins play the Houston Astros — crap? Will a top class bring a national title in a couple years?

With that in mind, I thought it would be interesting to look back to 2012, when Urban Meyer inked his first class. He had 25 players, 12 on offense, 12 on defense and one who was termed an “athlete.”

That class was ranked No. 4 behind Alabama, Texas and Florida. By the way, how did those high rankings work for you, Texas and Florida fans?

After taking a look back, I’m not quite sure I would rank OSU’s class so high. Maybe top 10. Maybe. But definitely not top five. OSU went undefeated that season but certainly not because of anything major any of these recruits did. Some redshirted, others played mostly special teams. Read More

Ohio State National Letter Of Intent Day 2014

Written February 5th, 2014 by MaliBuckeye

The Super Bowl Of Recruiting Is Here!

Welcome to “Second Christmas” for college football fans… the day when programs accept written commitments from the nation’s best high school players to join their families.

It’s another place where “bragging rights” come to play as well, as every University wants to bring in the top ranked class by the assessment of Rivals, Scout, 247, or ESPN.  National Letter Of Intent Day also brings a lot of excitement, drama, and just a little bit of ridiculousness across the country… let’s hope that Ohio State has little to none of those last two today, though.

We’ll be updating the Buckeye list as the day goes on, and will also bring you our thoughts on what each athlete brings to the Scarlet and Gray.  We’ll also keep you informed on news and notes from the WHAC, and you can look forward to our annual NLOID Podcast on Thursday.

If you’re a real “recruit-nik”, please drop by our friends at Men of the Scarlet and Gray; they’ll be livechatting all morning, and always have great coffee and pastries.

As always, it’s a GREAT DAY to be a Buckeye!

Buckeye Early Enrollees Read More

One Fan’s Opinion: The Dark Side Of Signing Day

Written February 8th, 2013 by MaliBuckeye
Wednesday was a celebration for many across the country; families, coaches, and fans. But not everyone saw National Signing Day as a great event.What started out as a Tuesday conversation with a friend of mine who works in Higher Education turned into his sending me the following reflection on the underside of roster management, admissions, and the pursuit of the next big thing.

Bells And Whistles

“My word is my bond“…except in college football recruiting.

It has been well covered on the BBC before but there aren’t too many boy scouts (in the traditional sense) involved in the circus that culminated on National Signing Day.  We all saw the faces of 17-18 year olds sitting behind a table with significant others and an pen in hand.  What is a day that will ultimately change their life forever, though, is littered with ugly.  There is enough blame to go around and in this writer’s opinion, very little should be shouldered by the 18 year old kid.

Let’s start with the system (driven by the media), which asks a kid to give his “word” (which used to mean something) and announce his verbal commit way in advance…but what is that commitment anyway…doesn’t everyone know that guys are non-committal at best?  This promise isn’t something that will keep anyone away.  If nothing else, it draws MORE attention from other teams trying to “flip” that word (read: promise).

Next, there are the coaches, lathering up the recruits and blowing smoke saying they are the best player they’ve seen (in the past 5 minutes).  All to find out that this best player is just one of 5 recruited at that position, and in many cases he was told he was top guy on the coach’s list (as were the other 4).

Then there is the NCAA, which I’m convinced couldn’t host a 5 year old’s birthday party properly.  How does a “program” like Ole Miss sign a class that rivals USC, OSU, TX, FL, or AL?  Schadenfreude that’s how.  When did Mississippi become the hotbed of college football…NEVER.  And the NCAA stands by smiling.

Finally, as our friends at Oversigning so wonderfully articulates, how do many programs in the country do math? When the rest of the nation is playing with 85, they are playing with 100, 105 and in some cases 110.  The travesty in this, is that to get to 85, many STUDENT athletes are sent packing because they aren’t as fast or as strong as they were told they were a year ago, and instead of earning a college degree from a sound academic institution, they are getting one from a directional school, if one is achieved at all.

So how do we fix this? Well, I propose a few options. Read More

Vonn Bell Is A Buckeye !!!

Written February 6th, 2013 by MaliBuckeye

All Smiles

In a battle that came down to the wire, Georgia standout safety Vonn Bell selected Ohio State over Tennessee and becomes the latest member of what’s shaping up to be an epic 2013 recruiting class.

Bell is ranked as a five star athlete on all of the major recruiting sites, and was a standout during this January’s Under Armour game. He also held offers from Auburn, Arkansas, and Georgia, but it was a late battle between Alabama, Tennessee, and the Buckeyes for his commitment.

A life-long Volunteer fan, the team from Knoxville was seen as a late comer in his recruitment, but following a visit there on January 25th, they were back into the thick of it for him almost immediately. Bell and his family kept their recruiting process very close to the vest; as late as Tuesday, many scouting experts were evenly divided on whether or not he’d end up a Vol or a Buckeye.

Recruited by Coach Withers, there was a lot of speculation that both Bell and his family felt most at home with the OSU coaching staff for a while- that they were impressed by Coach Meyer and the direction of the program, in addition to the opportunity to see early playing time for their son.

Measurables: 5’11″, 185 pounds with a 4.45 forty yard dash. He’s a ball hawk, but also is not afraid to be physical in run support or blowing up a play in the secondary.  Check his highlights after the jump: Read More

James Clark Is A Buckeye !!!

Written February 6th, 2013 by MaliBuckeye

Wears It Well

National Letter Of Intent Day is often called “Second Christmas”, and today Coach Meyer got another great present to open as Florida receiver James Clark joined the 2013 Recruiting Class.

Clark visited Columbus in January, but was seen as a strong Florida lean- even visiting Gainesville this past weekend after being on their campus numerous times over the past several months. However, it seems that his interest in being a part of an explosive offense, coupled with Florida’s large WR class and his connection with the academic programs in Columbus have led him to be a part of the Scarlet and Gray.

Clark will be a graduate of New Smyrna high school, where he earned accolades and was seen as a four star athlete by the major recruiting services. He’s a 5’10″, 170 speedster with 10.4 speed in the 100 meter dash, and was offered by Clemson and Nebraska to go along with the Gators.  Like Dontre Wilson, he had Tom Herman as his primary recruiter- you can imagine what he’ll look like in Coach Herman’s offense as you check out his highlights after the jump. Read More

Ohio State Recruiting: National Signing Day!

Written February 6th, 2013 by Jim

The Super Bowl of recruiting is finally here.

Signing Day Central from Official Site (Photo Gallery, Bios, etc.)

Bill Greene Live Chat at Noon (via Fox Sports Ohio)

Meyer Call-in Show on 97.1 The Fan at Noon

Live Press Conference at 3 p.m.

Welcome to The Buckeye Battle Cry’s signing day headquarters for Ohio State’s 2013 class!

For people that follow recruiting obsessively, this is like the Super Bowl.

Below you will find all of the latest information on the players that may be deciding to join Ohio State’s class today, as well as the latest updates on the verbally committed players that have signed and faxed their letters of intent to Ohio State.

Please feel free to join the conversation in the comments section. We would also like to give a shout out to the fantastic work and community discussion that takes place over at BuckeyePlanet.com.

Also, Fox Sports Ohio will be hosting a livechat with Bill Greene at noon today; be sure to head over to get the latest on Buckeye and national recruiting news.

Vonn Bell and James Clark will announce their decisions early in the morning, which could make an already exciting day even better.

Ezekiel Elliott will announce his college decision later in the day and there is buzz surrounding Taivon Jacobs and Trey Johnson potentially not signing with Ohio State as originally planned.

Regardless of what happens, this class is one of the top groups in the nation and Urban Meyer is clearly stockpiling the talent necessary for future National Title chases in the years to come.

Signing Day Targets Read More