Written March 8th, 2012 by WVaBuckeye

This is part two in my series on who we should honor next in the retire or not to retire saga at THE Ohio State University. Last week I covered the basketball greats here. This week I am going to take a stab at football and really, for all intents and purposes, this should be called #Who2TheHorseshoeRafters. This can be done in a lot of ways but the “ring of Honor” has already started with the Heisman Trophy winners: Horvath, Janowicz, Hop Cassidy, Archie Griffin, Eddie George, along with Bill Willis’ #99 and Chic Harley’s #47.  We have to assume that Troy Smith’s #10 will be there soon, so this will give us a look at the rest of the candidates.

Lets begin with one of the most coveted awards outside of the Heisman Trophy. The Lombardi Award is awarded annually to the best lineman or linebacker. It has gone to Ohio State six times, with one of them winning it twice with Orlando Pace, at one time considered a no brainer for jersey retirement.  Jim Stillwagon won the first ever in 1970.

Jim Stillwagon had a nose for hitting - First Lombardi winner ever - Should 68 be up there?

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Shots from the Schott…Indiana

Written January 16th, 2012 by Joe Laing

Meyer and his crew

It has been awhile since the last shots from the Schott article, but all these early weekday games and blowouts haven’t left much time for any good info other than “hey, we looked great and blew another team out at home.” We have had one game at home that we didn’t win by double digits. That was the Florida game, which was a 7 point victory. Today marked the 2nd smallest win on the season at home and it was a 17 point spread.

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Thoughts from the Shoe

Written September 24th, 2011 by Eric

Since I had the opportunity to attend the game in the Horseshoe today, I wasn’t able to do my usual recap. Because of that, I instead took a series of notes and jotted down some thoughts from the game to share. Hopefully I can provide some insight that wasn’t obvious from the television broadcast.

Also, I want to thank Joe D for covering me so ably on the recap this week. Without him, I might not have even been able to make the game!


Braxton Miller attempts the Stiff Arm of Justice.

  • Let me tell you, the back 4 rows of B deck in the ‘Shoe are half as wide as nearly every other row of the stadium. It’s pretty tough to squeeze in back there, particularly if you’re near 6 feet or taller.
  • Despite being 50/50 for the game, Corey “Philly” Brown came out in his jersey and warmup sweats with no pads. Apparently the injury is still worrying the coaching staff.
  • If anyone from the University reads this article, I hope they take away this one point. OSU has this new “Zero Waste” initiative for the stadium, attempting to make something like 90% of all of their waste either recyclable or biodegradable. While this is great, the ad they used during the pregame show will be a disaster if they run it again. At the end of the ad, the guy over the loudspeaker says “GO GREEN!” as loud as he can. For those who know something about Big Ten cheers, Michigan State’s version of “OH – IO” is “Go Green! Go White!”. I can see all of the Michigan State fans going ballistic about our stadium announcer saying “Go Green” before the game, and getting to yell “Go White!” back.
    For the love of all that is holy, do NOT run that before the MSU game!! If they do, I hope you students figure out something pithy to say afterwards to cover up the obvious “Go White”.

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The Flag Heard ’round the World

Written September 16th, 2011 by Eric

This article originally ran on September 8th, 2010 in the week leading up to last year’s battle between Ohio State and Miami. We post it again heading into tomorrow’s game with the Hurricanes.

This? This could be legal.

There have been few calls in the history of college football that have had earth shattering impacts on the entire collegiate fanbase.  The mysterious 5th down in the Missouri/Colorado game comes to mind as one of the absolute worst.  But in more recent times the first call that will pop off the tongue of anyone old enough is the “Pass Interference” call in the 2003 Fiesta Bowl.

There has been an awful lot of time wasted in discussion of the topic.  Absolutely everyone has an opinion on it whether or not their favorite team was directly involved in the game.  It has gotten absolutely out of control despite some attempts to end the controversy and despite a few posts of a more vociferous variety. Of course, there have been more than a few attempts to exacerbate it and turn it into a larger than life disaster of epic proportions.

ESPN has begun talking up the pass interference call, along with other major media outlets, mostly because they know the topic sells.  This is, of course, one reason why I’m going to get my shot in on the argument – I’m tired of the fact that this is the one play from that game that everyone remembers.

My hope is to objectively analyze the play from the very basics of the rules.  The question in mind is “Does the defensive player clearly violate the rules as set forth in the College Football Rulebook?”  Of course, in this day and age we’re capable of doing that simply by downloading the appropriate rulebook (pdf)!

Yea yea, that’s not the 2002 rulebook.  I pull that one out later.  That’s the current rulebook which I desperately wanted an excuse to toss out there for you, our loyal readers, to see and enjoy this season.

Lets start off by first setting the stage.  During the first overtime of the 2002 National Championship, Maimi of Florida held the lead after scoring a touchdown on their attempt.  Ohio State was trying to drive the 25 yards but had met stiff resistance.  A spectacular 17 yard play on 4th and 14 to Michael Jenkins put the Buckeyes in good field position but it was squandered.  With the Buckeyes looking at 4th and a 3 from the 5, Craig Krenzel dropped back to throw..

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TBDBITL Director Dr. Jon Woods Retires

Written September 3rd, 2011 by Eric

Band Director Dr. Jon Woods

In a stirring moment during today’s Skull Session, Ohio State University President E. Gordon Gee announced the retirement of Dr. Jon Woods, Director of the Ohio State University Marching Band. Now entering his 28th season as director, and his 38th season with the band, Dr. Woods has one of the most storied careers in the long, proud history of the band.

The OSUMB official page discusses his career in more detail, including this:

A recipient of the School of Music Distinguished Teaching Award, Dr. Woods is recognized nationally as a clinician and adjudicator for both marching and concert band festivals. He received his Bachelors Degree from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, his Masters Degree from The Pennsylvania State University and his Ph.D. from The University of Michigan.
Dr. Woods has received untold honors and accolades over his illustrious career as a band director and a music educator. In 2010 Dr. Woods topped them all when he was awarded one of the most prestigious honors in collegiate music – the College Band Directors Association Lifetime Achievement Award.

Dr. Woods will surely be missed.

Charles at Our Honor Defend will certainly have more to say later this week about this fine member of the best Ohio State traditions.

Update: Dr. Woods will finish this season with the band.  Dr. Jon Waters, current Assistant Band Director of TBDBITL, will serve as interim Band Director next year.

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!

Don’t forget, you can subscribe to us via iTunes!  Just search the iTunes store for “The Buckeye Battle Cry Radio Hour”.

Lastly, special thanks to Kevin Dearth for our new rocking logo!

Terrelle Pryor ends Ohio State Career

Written June 7th, 2011 by Eric

Terrelle Pryor in 2009 Fiesta Bowl

The news broke just a few minutes ago and has flashed across twitter like a bolt of lightning.

Per his lawyer, Terrelle Pryor has decided to end his Ohio State playing career.

Pryor released the following statement through his lawyer,

In the best interest of my teammates, I have made the decision to forego my senior year of football at The Ohio State University

This is a not-too-surprising move for the embattled quarterback, who was discovered in December to have sold championship memorabilia for cash and discounts on tattoos. Pryor has taken a lot of heat (fairly or unfairly) in recent months for his car addiction, and for being the reason for Jim Tressel’s forced resignation.

It is unclear at this time what Pryor will do and whether he will be able to enter the NFL Supplemental Draft. To enter the supplemental draft would require his eligibility status to officially change. Pryor’s sudden decision could indicate an upcoming announcement regarding any further suspensions. Any guess as to where Pryor may be headed is at best speculation at this point.

Stay tuned with the Buckeye Battle Cry as we follow this developing story.


The University has released the following statements to the media.

Athletic Director Gene Smith: “We understand Terrelle’s decision and wish him well in this next phase of his life. We hope he returns to The Ohio State University one day to finish his degree.”

Head Coach Luke Fickell: “I was notified this evening that Terrelle has decided to pursue a professional career. I wish him the best in his pursuits.”


ESPN is reporting that Terrelle Pryor may have earned up to $40,000 signing memorabilia. If true – the source is unnamed and as yet unsubstantiated – it would represent a major change in the tone of the NCAA investigations against Pryor.

It is unclear what effect this might have on the football program as a whole, particularly as very little information on the NCAA investigation has been released to the media. We’ll continue to update as things unfold.

OSU AD Gene Smith Talks Resignation

Written May 30th, 2011 by Joe Dexter



Ohio State Athletic Director Gene Smith talked this afternoon by a recorded three minute message on Youtube video about today’s resignation of football head coach Jim Tressel.

Smith stated that Tressel and himself met after a vacation for the former head coach on Sunday. It was then that the former leader of the Buckeyes indicated that it was time to step down from the program.

Smith and Tressel then met this morning, in which at that time Tressel handed in his official resignation notice.

Following his resignation, Tressel addressed part of the team. Members of the squad that weren’t around were told of the news via phone from their current position coaches.

Luke Fickell was then asked to become the interim head coach of the team for the upcoming season. Fickell was also able to give some words of advice for his team.