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Jordan Hicks
Top-rated linebacker has OSU on his list of colleges
June 26, 2009 Source: Dayton Daily News - "Rivals.com ranks Lakota West senior as country’s No. 1 outside LB in class...Lakota West incoming senior linebacker Jordan Hicks has trimmed his list of colleges down to six, he said Thursday morning, June 25. From the initial list of 16 schools, Hicks revealed that Texas, Ohio State, Florida, Southern Cal, Georgia and Alabama remain. 'It’s a combination of the feeling I get when I talk to the coaches,” Hicks said. “Those are the ones I feel most comfortable with.' Hicks (6-foot-2, 220 pounds) is the No. 1-rated outside linebacker in the country in his class, according to Rivals.com, and the 16th prospect overall. Hicks does not have any official visits lined up, but said he'd like to visit Texas, Florida and Ohio State for sure..."

Austin Spitler Photo: Dan Harker, The OzoneSpitler's time finally arrives at Ohio State
June 26, 2009 Source: ESPN - "If dues-paying was an official NCAA statistic, Austin Spitler would be among the national leaders. Few players have remained on the runway as long as Spitler, waiting for their careers to truly take flight. He redshirted at Ohio State in 2005 and watched as James Laurinaitis stepped into a featured role following two key injuries at linebacker. For the next three years, Spitler backed up Laurinaitis...(now) Spitler will take over a starting job this fall, either at middle linebacker or strongside 'backer...'He's a senior now, and I'm really excited about his progress and his performance,' Heacock said. 'He's finally getting his shot, and he's taking full advantage of it. He's coming to work every day and doing a good job.'..."

Big Ten forks in the road for 2009
June 26, 2009 Source: ESPN - "...OHIO STATE: Fork in the road: Nov. 7 at Penn State. An obvious choice here as Ohio State likely will take one of the nation's most impressive win streaks into Happy Valley. Provided the Buckeyes handle Purdue and Indiana, they will own a 17-game Big Ten road win streak. The last team to beat Ohio State at home? Penn State in 2005. A win in the Big Ten's premier game could clinch a league title for Ohio State. A loss could put the Buckeyes out of the BCS mix..."

Read it in the blog...the Op Ed BlogspacerBrent Johnson: Don't Expect Drop off for '09 Buckeye D
Former Ohio State LB, (1988-92) under John Cooper, Brent Johnson breaks down Ohio State's 2009 defense after losing Malcolm Jenkins and James Laurinaitis to the NFL and explains why it will still be one of the nation's best on LostLettermen.com in a June 26, 2009 blog..."Although we're inexperienced at linebacker - the defensive front is going to be better than it has been as a collective group in the past. We've got a lot of depth at defensive end and some big boys that can plug up the middle..."  (Link to 'Op-Ed Blog')

Video InterviewFellows, Bellamy, Newsome
June 26, 2009 Source: Bucknuts.com
"...in our series of interviews from the Big 33 Game, we talked with defensive linemen Melvin Fellows, Adam Bellamy and Jonathan Newsome. See what they had to say about the game and about coming to Ohio State."

Off Topic
Proposal to dramatically change BCS receives 'no traction'
June 25, 2009 Source: USAToday - "The Mountain West Conference's proposal to make dramatic changes to how the Bowl Championship Series determines a national title winner in college football is dead for at least the forseeable future...After undefeated Mountain West champion Utah was left out of the BCS title game last season, the league unveiled a plan in March that would recast the BCS' four current bowls — FedEx Orange, Allstate Sugar, Tostitos Fiesta and Rose — as quarterfinals in an eight-team tournament. The winners would move on to a semifinal round the next week with two finalists emerging to play for the title...(committee chairman David Frohnmayer) Frohnmayer said he believes the current BCS system, which combines human polls and computer ratings to select the top two teams for a one-game championship matchup, is the best marriage of schools' academic considerations with a business model that works...'A lot of these playoff proposals have not thought about their business models,' he said. 'They seem to assume the bowls would be on-board with this. They'd wreck the Rose Bowl, which is the most storied bowl in American history. To say that would be a quarterfinal destination is ridiculous.'..."

Recruiting Class of 2010
Taylor Graham

Taylor Graham Commits to the Buckeyes
Wheaton, IL QB Taylor Graham, "one of the fastest rising stars in the Midwest" has committed to OSU and the Class of 2010. "I committed to Ohio State (on Monday)," Graham said. "I wanted to call the other coaches who were recruiting me and let them know beforehand and didn't want them reading it over the internet." The 6-foot-4, 211lb signal caller already had offers and interest from many schools including UCLA, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Arkansas, Colorado, Duke, Iowa and Indiana. Welcome aboard, Taylor!

VideoTaylor Graham Highlights
Source: Rivals.com

Kent Graham's QB son commits to class of 2010
June 24, 2009 Source: Columbus Dispatch - "Taylor Graham figures becoming an Ohio State football player was meant to be. He was born in the Ohio State Medical Center on July 31, 1991, less than two months before his father, Kent Graham, would become starting quarterback for the Buckeyes. 'I was born overlooking the stadium,' Taylor Graham said yesterday. 'If that isn't a little sneak peek into my future, I don't know what is.' Not that he based his commitment to the OSU recruiting class of 2010 solely on that episode, or on family ties. But when OSU coach Jim Tressel called with a scholarship offer last week, Graham -- a senior-to-be from Wheaton (North), Ill., also the same high school as his father -- knew exactly where he wanted to be. 'I really felt like Ohio State was the right fit for me,' Taylor Graham said. 'I felt like it had some very good options, and the other schools that were offering me (Wisconsin, UCLA, Michigan State and Iowa, to name a few), they all could have been good fits, too. But it's always been a dream of mine to play at Ohio State.'..."

Ranking the top offensive units in college football
June 23, 2009 Source: Sporting News - "...Offensive linemen: 2. Ohio State. The arrival of Michigan transfer Justin Boren at guard will make the unit more physical inside...Quarterbacks: 1. Florida. Talk to coaches around the nation, and it's nearly unanimous that Tim Tebow affects more of the game than anyone we've seen in a long, long time. Talented backup John Brantley will get more playing time this fall in preparation for 2010...Running backs: 1. Georgia Tech. First, a disclaimer: It's not all running backs at Tech. In fact, quarterback Josh Nesbitt is the team's most dangerous runner in the triple option offense. But the Jackets grind away with the power and speed of star running back Jonathan Dwyer before hitting the defense with quick scatback Roddy Jones. Louisville transfer Anthony Allen gives the team another dynamic option...Wide receivers/tight ends: 1. Notre Dame. All-American candidate Golden Tate played baseball this spring for the Irish, but it didn't take long for Tate -- an MLB prospect -- to start spending more time at spring football. His job seemed safe, but the Irish are so deep and talented that Tate needed to make sure..."

Ranking the top defensive units in college football
June 23, 2009 Source: Sporting News - "Defensive linemen: 1. Florida. Remember the front four that controlled the point of attack against Oklahoma's point-a-minute offense? It returns intact -- including freakish specimen Carlos Dunlap at one end and relentless Jermaine Cunningham at the other...Linebackers: 1. Alabama. Never let it be said that defensive guru Nick Saban can't identify talent. Alabama's coach recruited All-American Rolando McClain in his first year, then landed rising star Dont'a Hightower in Year 2. Next up: Nico Johnson, an incoming five-star freshman...Defensive backs: 1. USC. The Trojans essentially play with four cornerbacks. Veteran corners Shareece Wright and Kevin Thomas don't make mistakes, and hard-hitting safeties Taylor Mays and Josh Pinkard clean up every missed angle by anyone in the back seven...Special teams: 1. Oklahoma State. As if the Cowboys' offense isn't dangerous enough, the return game is so good that it may as well be another offensive play. Dez Bryant is one of the nation's top punt returners, and cornerback Perrish Cox is among the best in the kick return game. OSU likes to put either running back Kendall Hunter or Bryant back with Cox on kickoffs to force teams to choose how to get beat..."

Ranking the nonconference schedules: The Big Ten
June 21, 2009 Source: Sporting News - "...First to worst: 1.Illinois: vs. Missouri (St. Louis), Illinois State, at Cincinnati, Fresno State; 2. Ohio State: Navy, USC, at Toledo, New Mexico State; 3. Purdue: Toledo, at Oregon, Northern Illinois, Notre Dame; 4. Minnesota: at Syracuse, Air Force, California, South Dakota State; 5. Iowa: Northern Iowa, at Iowa State, Arizona, Arkansas State; 6. Michigan State: Montana State, Central Michigan, at Notre Dame, Western Michigan; 7. Wisconsin: Northern Illinois, Fresno State, Wofford, at Hawaii; 8. Michigan: Western Michigan, Notre Dame, Eastern Michigan, Delaware State; 9. Northwestern: Towson, Eastern Michigan, at Syracuse, Miami (Ohio); 10. Indiana: Eastern Kentucky, Western Michigan, at Akron, at Virginia; 11. Penn State: Akron, Syracuse, Temple, Eastern Illinois...Keeping score (four of six BCS leagues analyzed): Games against I-AA teams: SEC (23 percent), Big Ten (21 percent), Big 12 (19 percent), Pac-10 (13 percent); Games against BCS teams: Pac-10 (50 percent), Big Ten (32 percent), SEC (29 percent), Big 12 (23 percent); Games against non-BCS, I-A teams: Big 12 (58 percent), Big Ten (48 percent), SEC (48 percent), Pac-10 (37 percent)...Five best games: 1. USC at Ohio State: Buckeyes are 23-1 under Jim Tressel in non-con home games, including a 25-22 loss to Texas in 2005..."

Video InterviewNew Buckeye Sam Longo learned what he needs to work on at Ohio State
June 24, 2009 Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer
"Ohio State has four freshmen offensive linemen in this class. If form holds, I'll guess that two will redshirt and two will not...Sam Longo as the more likely redshirt candidates at first blush...Longo said he needs to get stronger, believing he's behind some of his teammates in the weight room. But there are always surprises. After standing next to the 6-foot-5 Longo and seeing his frame, he looks like he's a guy who has the ability to really muscle up. At the moment, he's a leaner athlete than Hall, who is also 6-5 but about 30 pounds heavier. 'I don't really have expectations,' Longo said. 'They said they need two offensive linemen to break the two-deep, and I'd like to be one of them.'..."

Video InterviewChris Fields moves on to Ohio State after Big 33 win
June 24, 2009 Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer
"Chris Fields, coming off a 4-6 senior season at Harvey High, is taking a step up now that he's at Ohio State. He saw a taste of that at Saturday's Big 33 Classic, playing against some of the best players in Pennsylvania. 'The competition was real hard,' Fields said after Ohio's win. 'As a player coming from high school, the competition was not as good. But I'm competitive, and I'm competing with a good chance to get in the rotation.' Players like this always intrigue me. Coaches love to talk about players that played for winning programs, but every kid with a scholarship doesn't always come from a 10-win team. Fields was used mostly on short crossing routes in the Big 33, as Ohio lined up in four-receiver sets much of the time. He didn't really make any big plays, but he didn't have much opportunity to. He does come across as a polished, confident kid ready to handle his business..."

Video InterviewGlenville's Marcus Hall prepares to fight for a job at Ohio State
June 23, 2009 Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer
"Marcus Hall thinks about his future all the time, thinks about making the two-deep on Ohio State's offensive line this fall. 'That's what I'm going to work for,' Hall said Saturday after Ohio's win over Pennsylvania in the Big 33 Classic in Hershey, Pa. 'I pray every day about that. But I'm not trying to go in there with a cocky attitude. It's just a fact that I want to start. That would be ideal. But a freshman going in ... I definitely would like to get into the rotation, that would be good.'..."

Video InterviewCorey Linsley enters Ohio State off a win, still stunned he's a Buckeye
June 23, 2009 Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer
"Corey Linsley would have run from Hershey, Pa., to Columbus after Saturday night's Big 33 Classic if he had to. 'I've been waiting my whole, actually the last four years, to be a Buckeye,' Linsley said. 'I never thought this would happen. If you told me my freshman year I'd be an Ohio State Buckeye, I'd have said you were crazy. But I worked my butt off, and when I'm from, it's all about being tough and working hard.' The offensive line prospect from Youngstown Boardman looks like he might end up redshirting, as about half of all freshman do. Doing so on the offensive line makes even more sense..."

In the annual Tuscaloosa News’ Best College Football Rankings Ohio State is No. 1, followed by Southern California, just like 2008.spacerOhio State and USC stay on top, Tide moves up
June 22, 2009 Source: TuscaloosaNews.com - "In the annual Tuscaloosa News’ Best College Football Rankings, which attempt to measure the nation’s top programs every way imaginable, there’s no change at the top this year. Ohio State is No. 1, followed by Southern California, just like 2008...Granted, Florida won the national championship, and Oklahoma is the new No. 1 team in the All-Time Associated Press Poll, but Ohio State’s point total was the highest yet in the rankings, primarily due to being the only program to score in all 10 categories. Although the Buckeyes didn't place first in any specific area, they were in the top five in half of the categories, and top 10 in all but one...Since Jim Tressel took over eight years ago, OSU has played in three national championships (winning one), enjoyed six 10-win seasons and five Big Ten titles. His teams are 83-19, with eight bowl appearances including six Bowl Championships Series games, and are 7-1 against rival Michigan (the Wolverines last won in 2003, 35-21 in Ann Arbor). However, Ohio State’s consistency has put it on such a high level that its recent postseason struggles have caused both it and the Big Ten to be labeled 'overachievers.'..."

Berry at Ohio State as legal case unfolds
June 23, 2009 Source: Columbus Dispatch - "Running back Jaamal Berry, facing a charge of felony possession of marijuana in his hometown of Miami, has joined Ohio State's summer program for freshman football players. 'As the legal process proceeds, he will be attending class and maintaining his orientation preparation academically and athletically,' OSU coach Jim Tressel said yesterday. 'The privilege of playing will be determined by the outcome of the legal situation.' Berry reported on Sunday with the rest of the 2009 recruiting class...Berry was considered one of the elite running-back prospects in the country in the 2009 recruiting season, despite being hampered by injuries his senior season. He was expected to challenge for playing time this fall..."

Tressel not sure how arrest will affect recruit
June 14, 2009 Source: Columbus Dispatch - "Ohio State coach Jim Tressel said he does not yet know whether incoming freshman Jaamal Berry will report for summer quarter after his arrest Thursday...He was scheduled to come to Columbus in time for the start of classes June 22. '(I) probably won't know until early this week, when we get a little early indication as to really what we're facing, as opposed to hearsay,' Tressel said yesterday. 'I don't have much information yet. Obviously, any time guys get into situations that you'd rather not have them in, it's disappointing. But before you take too many opinions in your own mind, you find out what the story is and what's going to be the future of it.'..."

Recruit told police he bought marijuana
June 13, 2009 Source: Columbus Dispatch - "...Jaamal Berry admitted to buying and planning to smoke the marijuana found in his car Thursday morning, a Miami-Dade County arrest report shows. Berry was pulled over after he ran a red light at 12:10 a.m. Thursday. The officer saw a bag of marijuana on the backseat and wrote in his report that Berry, "stated that he had just bought the narcotics approximately one hour before and planned to smoke the narcotics with friend." The bag contained about 28 grams of marijuana, the report said, which is about 1 ounce. Berry was charged with third-degree felony possession. He paid bond and was released later Thursday. OSU athletic department officials remained silent on the case yesterday. Coach Jim Tressel did not return phone calls. Athletic director Gene Smith declined to comment...A school spokesman said that students charged with a felony before they are enrolled are handled on a case-by-case basis. Berry could face potential restrictions once he arrives, such as not being allowed to live in campus housing or being required to see a counselor. If Berry is convicted of a felony, the university judicial affairs department would handle the case, likely holding a hearing before deciding on any punishment...Berry's case might be viewed differently, as it does not involve weapons, violence or selling drugs. Berry, a running back from Miami Palmetto High School, is one of OSU's highest-ranked recruits and was expected to challenge for playing time this fall..."

Prized recruit charged with drug possession
June 11, 2009 Source: Columbus Dispatch - "Less than three weeks after his 18th birthday, Ohio State football recruit Jamaal Berry has been arrested on drug possession charges. Berry, an incoming freshman this fall, was arrested early today in his hometown of Miami, Fla., court records show. He turned 18 on May 22. He was charged with possession of more than 20 grams of marijuana. The charge is a third-degree felony, punishable by up to five years in jail and a $5,000 fine. He faces an arraignment July 2. Ohio State coaches are aware of the situation, but had no immediate comment. Berry is one of the most highly anticipated members of OSU's 2009 class, rated the No. 5 running back nationally by Rivals.com. He and fellow Florida running back Carlos Hyde have been expected to come in and challenge for playing time right away."

Read it in the blog...the Op Ed BlogJard Work: Wading Through Cyberspace
Adam Jardy, staff writer for BuckeyeSports.com, writes (June 21, 2009), "The personal pages of a few Ohio State football players have been given prominent scrutiny in the past week as the merits of photos and such have caused a minor controversy in Columbus. BuckeyeSports.com writer Adam Jardy offers his take on the situation in the latest installment of ‘Jard Work.’..."
(Link to 'Op-Ed Blog')

Off Topic
Radical BCS restructuring proposal to get inspection
June 15, 2009 Source: Denver Post - "A recommendation to change the current Bowl Championship Series could come out of the Collegiate Commissioners Association meetings, which run Tuesday through Thursday at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs. A radical proposal from Mountain West Conference commissioner Craig Thompson will be further examined Tuesday. If any aspects of the proposal are accepted, the commissioners will recommend them to the BCS Presidential Oversight Committee, which has a conference call June 24. Under his proposal, a conference would qualify for one of the BCS bowls only by meeting two criteria: playing at least 20 regular-season games in a two-year period against teams from the six major BCS conferences; and winning at least 40 percent of those games. A new 12-person committee, made up of one representative from each of the 11 conferences, plus Notre Dame, would determine the top 25 teams at the end of the regular season. The top 10 teams would play in the Rose, Fiesta, Orange and Sugar bowls, plus a to-be-determined fifth bowl currently hosting a non-BCS bowl. The winners of the top four bowls would play in semifinals one week later, with those two winners meeting in another week for the national title..."

Is the Big Ten just a two-horse race?
June 15, 2009 Source: ESPN - "The near consensus around college football says the Big Ten will come down to two teams in 2009 -- Ohio State and Penn State. Most preseason publications and other prognosticators have tabbed the Buckeyes to win the league, with the Nittany Lions possibly making a run at a repeat championship...CBSSports.com's Dennis Dodd is the latest to chime in, picking Ohio State to win a bad Big Ten and, not surprisingly, getting in a few shots on the league. The Big Ten remains the leader in BCS bowls (19) but you don't have to be told the league has lost a step in recent years. The 28 NFL draft picks each of the last two seasons ranked fifth (2008) and tied for fourth (2009) among major conferences. The league is only 9-20 in bowls (1-6 last season) since 2005...As someone who covers the league 24-7-365, I don't see things nearly as cut and dried. Yes, Ohio State and Penn State are the frontrunners entering the fall, but things can and will change. They do every year. That's the beauty of the sport. Here are a few games and outcomes that could really shake up the Big Ten race..."

Off Topic
OSU No. 2 for sports revenue
June 15, 2009 Source: Business First of Columbus - "Ohio State University’s athletics programs generated the second-highest revenue total of any college in the nation during the 2007-08 school year, according to a report released Monday in Street & Smith’s SportsBusiness Journal. The sister publication to Columbus Business First, citing Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act forms, found that Buckeye sports brought in $118 million in the school year ended June 2008, second only to the University of Texas at $120.3 million. Ohio State was one of only three college athletics programs during the school year to top the $100 million mark, the University of Florida coming in at third with $106 million. In breaking down revenue by sport, SportsBusiness Journal ranked Ohio State among the top five earners nationwide for its football program. Buckeye football, according to the report, generated $65.2 million during the ‘07-’08 school year to come in at No. 4. (The top 10 in football revenue were: 1. Texas - $72.95 million, 2. Georgia - $67.05 million, 3. Florida - $66.1 million, 4. Ohio State - $65.16 million, 5. Notre Dame - $59.77 million, 6.Auburn - $59.67 million, 7. Michigan - $57.46 million, 8. Alabama - $57.37 million, 9. Penn State - $53.76 million, 10. LSU - $52.68 million.) The following is a full listing of the top 10 revenue-generating college sports programs in the U.S.:..."

Justin Boren's hard-nosed play resulted in a few scuffles during spring practices. The junior was honorable mention All-Big Ten at Michigan in 2007. Photo: Kyle Robertson, Columbus DispatchspacerBoren gives his linemates physical education lesson
June 14, 2009 Source: Columbus Dispatch - "Justin Boren doesn't want to be singled out. He's a guard -- anonymous by nature -- and he just wants to quietly fit in with his still relatively new Ohio State teammates. That's why, as his intense, physical play raised eyebrows in spring practice, Boren refused all interview requests. 'A lot of guys stood out and did well in the spring,' Boren said. 'I was just trying to work hard and earn a position and contribute to the team's success. The fans should be excited about the whole team's potential. I'm just a small part of it.' But the thing is, he could be a big part of a rebuilt offensive line. And as much as he downplays it, he is different -- and maybe just what the line needs. A unit that has been viewed as underachieving and perhaps even lacking aggressiveness can't help but get a boost from Boren, who brings an attitude and an edge that stood out in practices. The Pickerington native and Michigan transfer is the type who "plays through the whistle," a prototypical wide-bodied, hard-nosed guard who loves the scratching and clawing that goes on up front. More than a few times in the spring, Boren was involved in minor scuffles. 'He's a strong kid and I think he'll add a dimension,' coach Jim Tressel said. 'He loves football. He loves to compete, and he'll sometimes wear his feelings on his sleeves, which doesn't hurt.'..."

Mr. Bucknuts' Bucket Of Bullets
June 14, 2009 Source: Bucknuts - "Mr. Bucknuts says things about Lane Kiffin screwing with our assistant coaches and shows a great Michigan video, reminisces about The Drive from the Rose bowl, and takes a first look at the best receivers in the state for the Class of 2011. And there’s more – a whole bunch of stuff in this week’s Bucket of Bullets..."

Doug Lesmerises answers your Ohio State questions
June 13, 2009 Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer - "Hey, Doug: Has there ever been a period of time in the past, like now, when OSU had a streak of losses in big games? If so, what was the game or year when that streak was turned around? Hey, Ellis: First, let's put a finer point on this big-game streak. I'll call it games against foes in the top 10, and since beating Michigan in that historic No. 1 vs. No. 2 game, 42-39, on Nov. 18, 2006, the Buckeyes have lost five straight against top 10 teams. Those losses are the national title losses to Florida and LSU, regular-season losses last year to USC and Penn State, and the Fiesta Bowl loss to Texas. That's the third time in Ohio State history the Buckeyes have lost at least five in a row against the top 10...But the worst modern-day run? That was 10 straight losses to top-10 teams..."

The Future at QB is still Cloudy
June 11, 2009 Source: Eleven Warriors - "While I try not to think ahead to the time when TP will no longer be under center, Nick Montana’s spurning of the Bucks for 0-12 Washington is a bit concerning...If OSU doesn't land Hendrix, they may be forced to take another flyer to develop and then bank on Braxton Miller of Huber Heights making his commitment to the Bucks for 2011, giving the Brew Crew a freshman signal caller in their senior season. Who knows which one of these guys will become the better player, but as Ken Gordon (link to story below) pointed out yesterday, if Hendrix chooses the Irish, the Buckeyes have struggled in their attempt to snatch a top tier QB since LiC came to town..."

Struggling to recruit a QB....again?
June 10, 2009 Source: Columbus Dispatch - "Don't look now, but Ohio State may be down to Plan C or worse soon when it comes to its recruitment of quarterbacks for the 2010 class...He (Montana) probably wasn't coming to OSU, anyway. I viewed his flirtation with the Buckeyes the same way I viewed Mark Sanchez expressing interest in OSU in the summer of 2004. How often has OSU convinced a big-time California quarterback to come to Columbus? So now, the Buckeyes turn all their attention to Andrew Hendrix of Cincinnati Moeller. You can read about him here. This is a much bigger deal for OSU. Here's an in-state kid, and apparently a good one. And they might lose him. He just returned from a trip to Notre Dame, where he breathlessly reported he nearly committed, he was so impressed. Miami (Fla) and Florida also are in on him..."

Coach Jim Tressel does
Coach Jim Tressel does "O-H-I-O" with U.S. troops at Camp Liberty in Baghdad, Iraq

Coach Tressel, along with fellow coaches Mack Brown of Texas, Houston Nutt of Mississippi and Troy Calhoun of Air Force and former Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville, went on a Department of Defense-sponsored tour that included visits to Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Afghanistan and Iraq.

Photo GalleryPhoto GalleryTressel on Coaches Tour Visit with U.S. Troops Source: OSU Official Site

VideoCoaches Tour 2009 Source: CoachTressel.com

VideoCoach Tressel on the MidEast Coaches Tour Source: OSU Official Site

Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel and the other six coaches touring the Middle East aren't getting hotel points for their stay in Iraq. According to the UCLA Web site, coach Rick Neuheisel called to report that the seven coaches on the trip were sharing one room in one of Saddam Hussein's former palaces -- and sleeping in bunk beds.

Tressel made a good impression on a private contractor who happens to be a friend of The Daily Oklahoman's Berry Trammel. The friend had nice things to say about all seven coaches, but Tressel seemed to make a particularly good impression: "Very polite and friendly, has that professor-type appearance on TV and also in person. Very knowledgeable about most subjects but doesn't come across as smarter than you." Source: Columbus Dispatch

Was Mack Brown converted?
Mack Brown doing "O-H-I-O" with U.S. troops in the Middle East, who are obviously fans of the Buckeyes.

Mr. Bucknuts' Bucket Of Bullets
June 7, 2009 Source: Bucknuts - "Why is the O-line finally “there” and why not just trade players instead of transferring them? There are good questions and strange answers this week in the Bucket of Bullets. We have Coach T in Iraq, we've got 2009 game odds and some spreads that will surprise you and we have the best ten players in Ohio – ranked regardless of class. That’s just a taste of the full course meal served up by Mr. Bucknuts today!..."

Off Topic
The Least With The Most
June 5, 2009 Source: CollegeFootballNews.com - "Which teams have the most going their way and do the least with their advantages? Either the programs don't get the most out of their recruiting bases, they have everything in place but don't win consistently, or they have the talent and just don't produce. It's the Friday topic in the CFN Daily Roundtable Discussion..."

Off Topic Read it in the blog...the Op Ed Blog

Urban Meyer and Gators everywhere should be embarrassed with Florida's 24 arrests in four years. (Getty Images) Gator damnation: Stays in jails show Urban’s way fails
Gregg Doyel, an alumnus of Florida, writes on CBSSports.com (June 4, 2009), "Something like this happens at Penn State or Florida State, and I laugh. This happens at Tennessee, and I laugh. At Southern California, and I laugh. But this happens at the University of Florida, not just a school, but my school, and I don't laugh. I seethe. Because this isn't funny. This is infuriating, bordering on insanity. This is a football program that has had 24 players arrested — that’s an entire recruiting class — in Urban Meyer’s four years as coach..." (Read Doyle's column in the Op-Ed Blog))

Preseason Lundy's Magazine Rankings
June 3, 2009 Source: OSU Official Site - "Lindy’s Football has announced its 2009 Preseason Top 25...8. Ohio State...Lindy’s 2009 Big 10 Predicted Finish: 1. Ohio State - 2. Penn State - 3. Michigan State...Lindy’s 2009 Big 10 Preseason All-Conference Team: First Team Offense QB Terrelle Pryor So. Ohio State - OL Justin Boren Jr. Ohio State...First Team Defense DB Kurt Coleman Sr. Ohio State...Lindy’s 2009 Preseason Top 25: 1. Florida - 2. Texas - 3. Oklahoma - 4. USC..."

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