Well, it’s certainly been an… interesting… day as far as news goes. But before we dive into the dregs of college sports (and those who “oversee” it), let’s enjoy the fact that it’s finally FOOTBAW! season. Here’s your “pump up”/palate cleanser before the season kicks off.
Our friend Clair participated in Saturday’s fantastic event at the WHAC; I guess when they put you on the poster, it’s kinda’ a required thing. She’s been gracious to jot down her perspective on the experience- she’s more than just your average fan, as you’ll see. Be sure to give her a follow on twitter and “like” her professional page on Facebook.
The second annual OSU Women’s Football Clinic proved to be a success yet again. Almost 300 additional women attended this year’s clinic, and with a shortened itinerary, it was a day stuffed full of Buckeye fun for a great cause, the James Cancer Research Hospital. The den of champions that is the Woody Hayes athletic facility housed the enthusiastic campers and truly is every Buckeye fantasy manifested into real life.
My story, however, started long before I attended the clinic. So many layers of my psyche were melded together to form my experience at the OSU Women’s Clinic on Saturday. I consider myself to be a football connoisseur. I know football. I play football and have for over ten years. I watch the sport with laser focus, follow recruiting, drafts, and believe NFL Sunday Ticket might just be the greatest invention ever. All this being said, I have a special love for The Ohio State Buckeyes. I’ll tangle with anyone on Buckeye Trivia past and present. I was born and raised a Buckeye, in the epicenter of Buckeye Mecca, Columbus, Ohio. The history, the pageantry, the tradition and the domination is unmatched at The Ohio State University.
Being an athlete I have great appreciation for the dedication, mental strength and God given talent it takes to be part of such an elite program. As an NPC competitor, our diets are restrictive, our training is time consuming, andStab our sport is very expensive. We often miss out on family functions and are alienated by loved ones. And I don’t have the NCAA, coaches, parents and boosters breathing down my neck and scanning my every move. The coaching staff at the clinic gave all the campers a miniscule peek into the reality that is the life of a student athlete.
And the last layer to form my experience was my connection to breast cancer research. My beautiful, talented and spunky grandmother Kathleen R. Jones was taken much too early from this earth from complications from breast cancer. Until the day the cure is found, I will continue to donate, to research and participate in these events that highlight the drive for the cure for breast cancer. The James Cancer Research Hospital was the beneficiary of the proceeds for this year’s clinic. The Buckeye Cruise for Cancer also had a strong presence at the camp with an ocean view room donated, then auctioned off live for over four thousand dollars. A silent auction was also very successful with the help of the Clinic’s sponsors. Read More
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):
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:
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
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.
- 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.
Jason Winrow returns for another excellent Radio Hour! Jason talks about what he’s hearing regarding the Ohio State offense, in particular which players are beginning to step up into their potential starting roles. Positions of interest include Quarterbacks, Runningbacks and Wide Receivers.
They also spend some time discussing the Ohio State schedule, and give a hat-tip to the Miami (FL) scandal, and how it might effect their game with the Buckeyes.
All this and more on this week’s Radio Hour!
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The Buckeye Battle Cry hits hard and fast with another Preseason Radio Hour! Eric sits down with former Buckeye and BBC contributor Jason Winrow to discuss Ohio State’s Saturday preseason scrimmage. They talk all positions, particularly the offensive line and quarterback, as well as receivers, the corners and the D-line and linebackers.
A special shoutout is given to LS Bryce Haynes, and Winrow gives his thoughts on the current Jersey Scrimmage format, and Ohio State’s coaches.
All this and more on this weekend’s Radio Hour!
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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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Once again, let’s jump right in.
It is still difficult to judge a lot of the offensive skill positions given the circumstances during practice. I explain that line of thought further in an upcoming podcast (so check that out), but I will leave the “he looked good, he looked bad” analysis to other writers.