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Big Ten Notebook 2007 Teams PreviewAthlon Sports OSU Team 2007 Preview
July 27, 2007 Source: SI.com - "So what are the Buckeyes to do in 2007 without the likes of Smith, Ted Ginn Jr., Anthony Gonzalez and Antonio Pittman? Go back to the basics on offense and start smacking people on defense, of course..."

Big Ten Teams Preview

Athlon provides in-depth previews for all 119 Division I schools.

Big Ten ConferenceBig Ten expansion could be on horizon
July 27, 2007 Source: Associated Press - "Big Ten officials likely will discuss expanding to 12 schools to accommodate the new Big Ten Network, commissioner Jim Delany said. The network, which is scheduled to launch Aug. 30, would benefit from an additional big-name university in a large television market, Delany said. 'I think we need to look at it in the next year,' he told the Des Moines Register on Wednesday. 'The broader (the network) is distributed, the more value (expansion) has. We have eight states. With expansion, you could have nine.'..."

Mr. Bucknuts' Bucket Of Bullets
July 27, 2007 Source: Bucknuts.com - "Mr. Bucknuts toured the WHAC yesterday with Coach Tressel and he has comments, of course. There are also comments on Indians, Notre Dame, the 2007 defense and a defense of scheduling Youngstown State. All that and more in a minimalist Bucket of Bullets..."

Ohio State Head Coach Jim TresselTressel Makes Cameo On ESPN
July 24, 2007 Source: Bucknuts.com - "Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel made a cameo appearance on ESPN’s new College Football Live show on Tuesday. With preseason camp less than two weeks away for the Buckeyes, the coach was interviewed for about two minutes by Rece Davis. Tressel was asked right off the bat about OSU’s shocking 41-14 loss to Florida in the 2006 national championship game. But Davis did mention that Tressel has won a total of five national championships and is known for being a great big-game coach. 'Well, there hasn’t been much talk about those first five, there’s just been talk about that last one that we tried to get,' Tressel quipped. 'But I think you learn a great deal every situation that you’re in. Florida had a great team, we said it all along, and they deserved to be champions. Hopefully we can look back on preparation time, look back at the planning and look back at the lessons we learned. You better be good to beat a team like Florida and we couldn’t get it done.'..."
VideoTressel Interview on ESPN's College Football Live Source: ESPN
College Football Live will be broadcast every Monday through Friday at 3:30PM on ESPN and during the NFL season it will be on ESPN2 at 2:00PM.

Woody Hayes Athletic Center
Woody Hayes Athletic Center
Ohio State unveils regal new home for athletic teams
July 27, 2007 Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer - "Jim Tressel had an explanation for the juice bar, the three XBox 360s, the racquetball court, the weight room that feels like an airplane hanger and the subtle Buckeye leaves hidden in the design of the gray wallpaper at the expanded and remodeled Woody Hayes Athletic Center. 'Every square inch needs to have a purpose,' Ohio State's coach said Thursday while conducting a tour of the football team's new home. 'In some ways it may look luxurious, but there's a purpose to everything here.'..."
Audio, Photos and More

Remodeled Woody Hayes Center Second To None
July 26, 2007 Source: OhioStateScout.com - "When Jim Tressel arrived at Ohio State, expanding the Woody Hayes Athletic Center weight room was one of his priorities. Then-director of athletics Andy Geiger suggested even bigger changes. The result? A $21 million renovation in which no detail to serve the Buckeye football team has been overlooked..."

OSU has shrine to sweat in
July 22, 2007 Source: Columbus Dispatch - "Woody Hayes Athletic Center...Renovated facility includes bow to football tradition"

Remodeled Woody Hayes Center Second To None
July 26, 2007 Source: OhioStateScout.com - "When Jim Tressel arrived at Ohio State, expanding the Woody Hayes Athletic Center weight room was one of his priorities. Then-director of athletics Andy Geiger suggested even bigger changes. The result? A $21 million renovation in which no detail to serve the Buckeye football team has been overlooked..."

Map of Woody Hayes Athletic Center

Photo GalleryThe Ozone WHAC Photo Gallery
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Ohio State Head Coach Jim TresselOverheard: "There is a huge sound system in here that will just about blow your head off. I make them turn it to country when I come in." Jim Tressel during a tour of the expanded weight room in the Woody Hayes Athletic Center  July 22, 2007 Source: Columbus Dispatch

Recruiting Class of 2008
Nic DiLillo

July 30, 2007 - Madison, Ohio, four-star tight end Nic DiLillo is coming home. After making a commitment to Clemson, then backing away from it and switching to Pittsburgh, the 6-foot-5, 225-pound DiLillo has made a final decision that is keeping him in the Buckeye State. When DiLillo, who is ranked as the #19 tight end in the nation by Rivals.com, was asked why he decided to become a Buckeye, DiLillo said, "What Ohio kid doesn't want to play for Ohio State. Ohio State was always my dream school." Among others, DiLillo also had offers from Nebraska, Illinois, Purdue, Wisconsin, Maryland, Virginia, Clemson and Pittsburgh. Welcome aboard, Nic!

Depth Chart 2007
Depth Chart 2007
Updated Ohio State Depth Chart
July 31, 2007 Source: BuckeyeGrove.com - Here is the most recent 2007 depth chart for the Buckeyes, from the Ohio State Media guide by way of BuckeyeGrove.com.

College Football NewsQuick Predictions for the Biggest Games of 2007
July, 2007 Source: CollegeFootballNews.com - "Here's a quick, thumbnail look at the top games of the season with our July predictions...50 Biggest Game Predictions..."

Recruiting Class of 2008
Shayne Hale five star lineback from PA

Five star DE/LB from PA, and rated #1 at his position by Scout, likes the Buckeyes
July 29, 2007 Source: SuperPrep.com - "'Ohio State will be really strong again this year,' Shayne Hale said. 'They stand out every year and are probably my favorite, slightly now. It's a great program and I love the facilities. They are all new and you couldn't ask for anything more. I went to the Penn State (at Ohio State) game last year and it was amazing there. I love how they shut things down and the atmosphere is all that.'..."

Recruiting Class of 2008
2008 Commit DeVier Posey of Cinci La Salle
Class of '08 Commit Video Interview
July 29, 2007 Source: SuperPrep.com - "DeVier Posey is the first player from La Salle High (Cinci OH) that will sign and play for the Ohio State Buckeyes. Scout.com was recently in Miami, Ohio for a seven-on-seven event, and caught up with the slick offensive threat for a video interview...."
Watch the videoDeVier Posey Video Interview

Recruiting Class of 2008
Garrett Goebel

July 27, 2007 - Garrett Goebel of Lombard (IL) Montini Catholic called Jim Tressel today and gave him his verbal commitment to Ohio State, becoming the 10th memeber of the Class of 2008. A four star defensive tackle, and ranked the #3 DT in the country by Scout.com, he had narrowed his choices to the Buckeyes and Michigan. "I called Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel today and gave him my verbal commitment," Goebel said. "My family is 100 percent behind my college choice and it feels great to have this important decision completed. I'm thrilled to be playing for the Ohio State University next fall." The 6-foot-4, 270-pound defensive tackle received scholarship offers, in addition to tOSU, from Michigan, Notre Dame, Tennessee, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Iowa, Illinois and Arizona State, among others. Welcome aboard, Garrett!

Goebel Commits To Ohio State
July 27, 2007 Source: Bucknuts.com - "Lombard (Ill.) Montini Catholic defensive lineman Garrett Goebel, the No. 2 overall prospect in the state of Illinois, made his decision today -- he has selected the Buckeyes over Michigan. Goebel becomes the tenth commitment in this year's recruiting class. Read on for more..."

RecruitingBucknuts Recruiting Rewind: 7/29
July 29, 2007 Source: Bucknuts.com - "With recruits wanting to get their decisions made before the start of football practice, it has been a busy couple of weeks for recruiting. The Bucknuts staff comes together to discuss the latest recruiting news and also look ahead a bit to next year's class in this version of the Recruiting Rewind..."

Preseason Consensus Poll: July 24 Update
July 24, 2007 Source: Bucknuts.com - "We are back once again with the Preseason Consensus Poll, where we average all of the nationally published top 25 polls in preseason magazines and online sites. This first sampling finds USC as the clear cut No. 1 team heading into the preseason in college football. We will update this poll through mid-August. Click this free link for the poll as well as BCS bowl projections and more..."

Big Ten NetworkEchoStar to FCC: Big Ten Network Is an RSN
July 23, 2007 Source: Multichannel.com - "EchoStar Communications asked the Federal Communications Commission to declare Big Ten Network a regional sports network, which would allow the direct-broadcast satellite provider to seek arbitration so that it can secure carriage of the service 'on reasonable terms.' EchoStar, parent of Dish Network, filed a 19-page petition with the FCC Friday seeking expedited treatment regarding Big Ten Network, a joint venture that is 51%-owned by the Big Ten Conference and 49%-owned by Fox Cable, a unit of News Corp. 'The impact and influence of Big Ten institutions upon the national athletic and academic arena is considerable, and EchoStar states that the Big Ten Network is highly valued by its consumers,' Fox Cable spokesman Tom Tyrer said in a prepared statement..."

ESPN Releases New "ESPN 150"
July 23, 2007 Source: Bucknuts.com - "ESPN Insider reveals their top 150 football prospect rankings, featuring six OSU verbal commitments..."

Ben PersonPerson Looking To Start, Honor Predecessor
July 23, 2007 Source: BuckeyeSports.com - "When it comes to playing early, Ohio State is not often the place for offensive linemen. Offensive line coach Jim Bollman likes it that way, and anyone not willing to believe it can ask Ben Person. Though Person both began and finished 2007 spring practice listed as the starter at right guard, it has been a long and arduous trip to the top for the young man ranked the top offensive lineman in Ohio when he was a high school senior in the fall of 2003..."

Ohio State fifth-year junior quarterback Todd BoeckmanBoeckman ready for his chance
July 22, 2007 Source: Dayton Daily News - "No one may be more in tune - and out of tune - with Ohio State football than Todd Boeckman. The fifth-year junior quarterback - 'it seems like I've been here forever,' he said - is the front-runner to take over the Buckeyes' helm from Heisman Trophy winner Troy Smith. But as we sat and talked at a table outside of a cafe the other day - in between his early-morning conditioning session and his evening 7-on-7 drills - Boeckman admitted trouble getting his teammates to rally around him..."

The Buckeyes James LauranaitisLaurinaitis Gives The Latest On ESPNews
July 21, 2007 Source: Bucknuts.com - "Ohio State's James Laurinaitis appeared on ESPNews on Saturday. The star junior middle linebacker discussed the Buckeyes' recent success against Michigan, his feelings on OSU's 2007 team, his thoughts on the quarterback competition between Todd Boeckman and others, and much more..."

AudioRadio Interview with James Lauranaitis

Big Ten Network
Fans Respond
Q & A With The Big Ten NetworkK
July 21, 2007 Source: BuckeyeGrove.com - "The start of the Big Ten Network is just a little bit more than a month away and there still seems to be a lot of questions around the brand new network that will focus solely on Big Ten athletics starting with the 2007 football season. In an effort to try and help clear up some of the confusion, Big Ten Network President Mark Silverman made his rounds and granted one-on-one interviews on Friday evening to try and answer some of the questions that viewers have about the new network..."

Big Ten Network airs grievances with Time Warner Cable
July 19, 2007 Source: Dayton Daily News - "Four weeks ago, Big Ten Conference Commissioner Jim Delany held a teleconference to discuss the upcoming launch of the Big Ten Network. That teleconference provided the first glance that negotiations with the nation's largest cable operators were becoming contentious. Mark Silverman, the BTN president, said Wednesday that things have not improved. 'We fully expected to do this behind closed doors,' Silverman said. 'Comcast and Time Warner have decided to go public with commentary about our rate and our coverage, so we'll discuss this also.'..."

Local OSU fans incensed by cable impasse threatening broadcasts
July 2, 2007 Source: Mansfield News Journal - "There was no shortage of response when readers were asked to offer their views in the dispute between the Big Ten Network and local cable provider Time Warner Cable. 'I have been going to The Ohio State football games for over 50 years and now that I am 85 years old and can no longer go, Time Warner is considering not televising the games. What a blow,' Shelby's Roger Adam said. 'I can not think of a quicker way of getting me to change from Time Warner to some other system. With their prices, they certainly have no basis for any additional charges if they do end up televising the games.'..."

Big Ten Network fighting hard for cable viewership
June 26, 2007 Source: SI.com - "Over the past two decades, Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany has established himself as the shrewdest executive in college sports...However, as the launch date draws near for Delany's latest and boldest venture to date -- a national cable network devoted exclusively to Big Ten sports -- some bizarre, recent comments by the 58-year-old commissioner have brought up an obvious question: Has Delany lost his marbles?..."

Big Ten Network will change football on TV
June 20, 2007 Source: Sporting News - "It's getting closer. The Big Ten Network will debut in August. And I'm excited, because it means more football will be on TV. Oh, and the face of televised football will change forever..."

Paying For Sports, a comparison of prices charged by various networks to subscribers.

Take a deep breath: Ohio State will be on this fall
June 23, 2007 Source: CentralOhio.com - "Relax, Ohio State football fans. The creation of the Big Ten Network is not a conspiracy to keep Buckeye fans from seeing their team. It is just a conspiracy to make gobs of money for the conference and some guy named Murdoch --you know, that Rupert Murdoch who has turned Fox into arguably the country's top network sports station..."

Congressman questions Big Ten about cable network
June 26, 2007 Source: Associated Press - "House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman John Dingell said yesterday he was concerned about the ability of fans to watch Big Ten sporting events on a new television network debuting this summer. Dingell, D-Mich., wrote Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany with questions about the Big Ten Network, which is expected to launch sometime in August..."

Note: The Big Ten Network is a joint project of the Big Ten Conference and Fox Cable Networks. It will be majority-owned (51%) by the Big Ten Conference, with Fox holding a minority interest (49%). In 2003 Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp/FOX and DirecTV merged. John Malone's Liberty Media gained controlling interest, a 38.4 percent stake, in DirecTV in December 2006. It is no coincidence that DirecTV carries the Big Ten Network.

Ben Buchanan
Westerville Central (OH) kicker-punter Ben Buchanan became the first commit for the 2008 Ohio State recruiting class. Buchanan is one of the top kicking prospects in the country. See where he is ranked nationally by Scout's SuperPrep.com.

The 5-foot-10, 191-pounder has taken it to his peers and won every single kicking camp and competition this summer. "I was blessed enough to win the competition," Buchanan said. "I kicked a 58-yard field goal that won it this past week at the Buckeye (kicking academy) and a couple weeks ago I won the competition at Ohio State with a 63-yard one and then at the senior camp went and hit one from 61-yards.
VideoBen Buchanan Source: Rivals

Malcolm JenkinsJenkins ready to lead Buckeyes again
July 19, 2007 Source: NJ Home News Tribune - "The preseason college football publications have hit the newsstands and Piscataway's Jenkins has been tabbed a preseason All-America first team selection. That's in addition to be a Big Ten Conference All-Defensive first team selection again. But that's not all when writing about the 6-foot-1, 202-pound junior who may opt for the NFL after the upcoming 2007 season, which begins with practice in a little more than two weeks. The Ohio State staff and some of the publications are touting Jenkins as a Jim Thorpe Award candidate, which honors the nation's most outstanding defensive back..."

Former SID Is Witness To History
July 17, 2007 Source: BuckeyeSports.com - "Think you know Ohio State sports? Chances are, you've got nothing on Marv Homan. Beginning with his freshman year at the school in 1944, Homan missed two football games in 55 years. From the time he enrolled in ’44 until he retired from his post as sports information director in 1987, Homan saw Les Horvath, Vic Janowicz, Howard 'Hopalong' Cassady and Archie Griffin put on performances that would earn them Heisman Trophies. On the football field he saw a 'civilian national champion' that first year as a student and two more Associated Press title teams (’54 and ’68), not to mention every season of Woody Hayes' reign in Columbus..."

Big Ten Conference2007 Big Ten Schedules & Picks
July 16, 2007 Source: CollegeFootballNews.com - "Preview 2007 Big Ten Team-by-Team Schedules and Predictions..."

Ranking the Big Ten Offenses & Defenses

2007 CFN Big Ten Team Capsules

Michael BrewsterMichael Brewster is committed to OSU and to bulking up the 2008 class
July 16, 2007 Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer - "Michael Brewster needs to organize his recruiting -- maybe hang a dry-erase board in his bedroom or set up an easel holding placards of his top targets in the living room. He's not a coach, and he doesn't even live in Ohio, but Brewster makes so many phone calls and sends so many text messages on be half of Ohio State, he's losing track. 'I'm probably going to start writing stuff down,' Brewster said by phone re cently from his home in Orlando, Fla. 'There aren't a ton of guys, but probably 10 or 15 I check up on.'..."
Brewster's list

NFL Buckeyes Come Home!
July 15, 2007 Source: Coach Tressel.com - "Each summer, the Woody Hayes Athletic Center resembles an NFL Players Association meeting. That’s because so many former Buckeyes who are now in the National Football League return to Columbus to fine tune their skills at the place that means so much to them. This year is no different as players from all over the country converge in the weight room in order to prepare for the upcoming season. These players have gone on to the next level yet always find time to come back to where it all began at The Ohio State University! Watch these NFL stars train on campus..."

E. Gordon GeeGee seems to know where to draw line on athletics
July 13, 2007 Source: Columbus Dispatch - "As a group, major college presidents are brilliant people. If they weren't, they wouldn't be running institutions that train brilliant people. The observation comes with a cautionary disclaimer. As a group, college presidents sometimes seem pretty clueless when it comes to athletics. Athletics generally aren't high on their list, unless, of course, the president has a real passion for it. E. Gordon Gee is one of those people..."
VideoQ & A with new OSU President

Ohio State's president, Gordon Gee, has emotional return to his post

Gordon Gee Welcomes by OSU StudentsOSU students, staff welcome Gee
July 17, 2007 Source: The OSU Lantern - "E. Gordon Gee, sporting his trademark bowtie, was welcomed back to Ohio State Thursday with a thunderous standing ovation. After leaving the university 10 years ago, he made an emotional homecoming. 'I am returning to a place I consider my home,' Gee said..."

2007 CFN Big Ten Preview
July 15, 2007 Source: CollegeFootballNews.com - "Bring up the Big Ten this off-season and you’ll get two topics of discussion: the schedules and the perceived lack of speed. While it might be the granddaddy of the conferences, it has a lot to learn from the younger, hipper leagues when it comes to scheduling, and to some, fielding teams with fast players. Schedule-wise, forgetting the mega-gap between the end of the Big Ten season..."

Buckeyes Dominate State Rankings
July 9, 2007 Source: SuperPrep.com - "On Monday, Scout.com released its 2007 Ohio State Rankings for a number of states including Ohio. The Ohio State Buckeyes as expected were well represented The Ohio State Buckeyes have landed four of the states top five prospects Mike Adams (Dublin-Coffman), Devoe Torrence (Massillon Washington), Devier Posey (LaSalle)and Jacob Stoneburner (Dublin-Coffman)..."

RecruitingKurelic's Buckeye Recruiting Board
July 8, 2007 Source: Bucknuts - "Bucknuts recruiting analyst Bill Kurelic breaks down the entire Ohio State football recruiting picture. Kurelic takes a position by position look at who is in the mix to fill the remaining spots in the Buckeyes' recruiting class of 2008. A must read guide for Ohio State recruiting fans presented in table form, starting with super quarterback Terrelle Pryor..."

Scout's SuperPrep Team Recruiting Rankings
July 2, 2007 Source: Superprep.com - "...8) The Buckeyes only have nine commitments and what a nine they are. Heading to Columbus are three five star offensive line prospects including Mike Adams (Dublin, Ohio), J.B. Shugarts (Klein, Texas) and Michael Brewster (Orlando, Fla.). The Buckeyes are doing well in other areas including running back Devoe Torrence (Canton, Ohio), wide receiver DeVier Posey (Cincinnati, Ohio), tight end Jacob Stoneburner (Dublin, Ohio), and linebacker Andrew Sweat (Washington, Pa.). Before it's all said and done Ohio State will make a serious run at No. 1 in the recruiting rankings..."

Rivals.com has released its first official team rankings for the class of 2008
June 28, 2007 Source: Rivals.com - "#8: The Buckeyes have put together what has to be one of the best offensive line classes in the nation. Five-star offensive tackle Michael Brewster is about as special as they come. J.B. Shugarts and Mike Adams are also quite impressive. The one player that doesn't get talked about enough is four-star athlete Devoe Torrence. 2008 total commits: 9; Headliner: Michael Brewster; 2007 class rank: 15..."

Recruiting Class of 2008
Rivals.com's National Junior of the Year.

Nation's top QB prospect has Buckeyes on his list
July 8, 2007 Source: Columbus Dispatch - "Duane Long, recruiting editor of Ohio High magazine and Bucknuts.com, said Pryor 'is better than (former Texas star) Vince Young at the same point in their careers.'..."

Class 2008: The 6-foot-6 220lb QB, pictured to the left, was named Rivals.com's National Junior of the Year last year. From Jeannette (PA), he is a dual-threat quarterback who runs a 4.4 40. Some services rank him as the #1 QB in the nation in the class of '08. An outstanding national caliber basketball player, he wants to play both sports in college. And yes, he is seriously considering OSU. Remember the name: Terrelle Pryor

The Sky is the Limit for Pryor
June 19, 2007 Source: SuperPrep.com - "Scout.com sat down with the nation's second ranked prospect recently for a revealing interview. We asked Terrelle Pryor everything fans have been wanting to know and now you can watch the two-part series along with some highlights of Pryor in a recent passing tournament..."

The top six five-stars for 2008 released
May 17, 2007 Source: Rivals.com - "Do-everything quarterback Terrelle Pryor is No. 1 and will be at the top of the first ranked Rivals100..."

The No. 1 player works out in a garage
July 10, 2007 Source: SportingNews.com - "It was almost surreal. Maybe I've been spoiled, or maybe high school athletics has reached such a level that I just didn't expect to see what I was seeing..."

James Laurinaitis2007 Ohio State Preview
July 5, 2007 Source: CollegeFootballNews.com - "Ohio State won't get much national respect after getting blown out in the BCS Championship game and with so many big personnel losses, but Jim Laurinaitis leads a strong defense that could lead the way to another Big Ten title..."

Off Topic
Kirk Herbstreit
Herbie On The Move
July 3, 2007 Source: BuckeyeSports.com - "College football fans might be seeing Kirk Herbstreit fewer nights a week this season, but they still figure to get more of him overall. That is the former Buckeye quarterback’s hope, at least, as his role with ESPN and ABC college football coverage changes this fall. What is the explanation for this seeming paradox? While Herbstreit will continue to be one of the co-hosts of ESPN College GameDay on Saturday mornings, he will no longer work Thursday night game telecasts on the network. The tradeoff is that he will work every Saturday night primetime game, doing color analysis for play-by-play man Brent Musburger..."

ESPN UEasy schedules should help these teams succeed
July 3, 2007 Source: ESPNU - "9. OHIO STATE: The Buckeyes won't miss Heisman Trophy winner Troy Smith and the rest of their departed stars during the nonconference schedule. Not against Division I-AA Youngstown State, Akron and Kent State, anyway. At least a Sept. 15 game at Washington will be played outside the state of Ohio. The Buckeyes play two of their most difficult Big 10 games on the road, at Penn State on Oct. 27 and at Michigan on Nov. 17..."

Michael BrewsterBrewster Continues Aggressive Push For Top Recruiting Class
June 27, 2007 Source: Bucknuts - "Terrelle Pryor and Kevin Koger were just two of the targets at OSU's advanced camp from last weekend that the "Brew Crew" are still trying to convince to become members of the '08 recruiting class. Michael Brewster, the youngster for whom the name of this well-organized group has been coined, gives his impressions of camp and the recruits he would still like to have as future teammates..."

NCAA board to review legislation on text messaging
June 28, 2007 Source: Associated Press - "The NCAA will reconsider three rules, including one that bans coaches from sending text messages to recruits, at its board of directors meeting Aug. 9. The board could reaffirm the text messaging decision, reject the decision or create new legislation. Current rules place no restrictions on text messaging with recruits. The new rule is scheduled to take effect Aug. 1. Should the board make changes, the rule would be rescinded. If it is affirmed, the rule would remain in place until a January vote at the NCAA’s annual convention in Nashville, Tenn..."

James LaurinaitisFour Buckeyes Named to Preseason Watch Lists
June 25, 2007 Source: OSU Official Site - "Ohio State defensive standouts James Laurinaitis, Marcus Freeman and Vernon Gholston have been named to the initial 2007 Bednarik Award watch list, and running back Chris "Beanie" Wells is on the first Maxwell Award watch list of the new season..."

OSU Football

Photo Gallery
Former Ohio State Buckeyes in the NFL: A-G, H-R, S-Z
Source: Columbus Dispatch

Recruiting Class of 2008
Storm Klein

Buckeyes Sound 'Storm' Alarm
June 21, 2007 Source: OhioStateScout.com - "Licking Valley junior running back-linebacker Storm Klein has become the first member of the class of 2009 to be offered a scholarship by Jim Tressel and the Ohio State Buckeyes. Klein, one of the top prospects in the state, participated in the Buckeye summer camp this week..."

Recruiting Class of 2008
Johnny Simon

There are unconfirmed reports that Johnny Simon of Youngstown Cardinal Mooney was offered a scholarship for the class of 2009 following the OSU football camp Friday. Simon is a 6'3" 250lb DT.

RecruitingRecruiting and Prospect Databases:
Buckeye Sports

Scout.com National Top 300
June 25, 2007 Source: SuperPrep.com - "For the first time, Scout.com has put together a National Top 300. This list will consist of all the five and four star prospects gathered from the recent released regional 100s. Currently, the top 40 players are all given five stars. The remaining 260 have been assigned four stars. In the future, Scout.com will assign ten more five star prospects. Once this happens Scout.com will have 50 five star prospects and 250 four star prospects, all making up the National Top 300. This will be used as our reference to assign all the five and four star players in our ranking system..."

Jim Tressel
Big Ten cable talks going down to wire
June 22, 2007 Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer - "...Roughly 70 days away from the network's launch, Delany isn't too worried. But he said by the time the Big Ten meetings are held on July 31 and Aug. 1, if the cable deals aren't progressing, he's ready for Tressel, Penn State's Joe Paterno and the rest of the conference coaches to advise fans to switch to DirecTV, the satellite system with 16 million subscribers that will carry the network..."

New network reflects Big Ten's arrogance
June 23, 2007 Source: Dayton Daily News - "Showing his arrogance as only he can, Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany said this week, 'There are no second-rate contests in the Big Ten'..."

Delaney Adresses Big Ten Network
June 22, 2007 Source: OhioStateScout.com - "To commemorate the one-year anniversary of the announcement that his conference would form its own television network, Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany held a teleconference to better crystallize what he envisions the undertaking will be..."

Big Ten Network: Apology not forthcoming for league commissioner
June 22, 2007 Source: Columbus Dispatch - "Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany said cable TV giant Comcast should apologize for remarks that he claimed were 'intended to denigrate institutions and teams' in his conference. And the company responded emphatically: Forget it..."

OSU's first two games of season to kick off at noon on Big Ten Network
June 19, 2007 Source: OSU Official Site - "Fans of the Wolverines, Buckeyes, Nittany Lions and Wildcats can tune in to the Big Ten Network on Sept. 1 to see their teams kick off their seasons, as conference and network officials today announced the schedule for the network's first three weeks. The Big Ten Network earlier announced six games that will air in prime time, including season openers for Minnesota and Indiana..."

WHACOne Word for WHAC - WOW
June 21, 2007 Source: CoachTressel.com - "Visiting the Woody Hayes Athletic Center is not your regular trip to the gym, more like a field trip to the COSI science museum. Every room being more impressive than the one before it, WHAC is truly the finest football facility in the NCAA. Dedicated to the legendary Coach Woody Hayes in November of 1987; the renovation process began in January of 2006 and WHAC finally opened just in time for the 2007 season..."

Random predictions for 2007 season and much more
June 20, 2007 Source: SI.com - "2. Ohio State will not go quietly into the night. It would be easy to dismiss the Buckeyes following their BCS beatdown and the loss of Troy Smith/Ted Ginn/Antonio Pittman/Anthony Gonzalez. But you can go a long way with a dominant defense, and between that and Chris Wells, OSU will remain in a the thick of the Big Ten title hunt with Michigan and Wisconsin."

RecruitingPlenty of offensive talent in Ohio
June 20, 2007 Source: Rivals.com - "When it comes to the state of Ohio, the class of 2008 is dominated by offensive players. Thirteen of the top 15 players in the newly released Rivals.com Ohio top 50 project the offensive side of the ball. While there are still plenty of good defenders littered throughout the list, there's no question that Ohio's talent is quite offensive this season..."

The Midwest 100
June 20, 2007 Source: Superprep.com - "In case anyone was wondering why Ohio State, Michigan and Notre Dame are usually considered national powers, one only needs to take a look at the Scout.com Midwest 100 rankings and see how these teams keep reloading..."

Three players gone
June 19, 2007 Source: Columbus Dispatch - "Defensive linemen Walter Dublin and Juan Garnier and cornerback Brandon Underwood are no longer on the roster, sports information director Steve Snapp said. No other details were available. Only Underwood had lettered. He was listed as second-team behind Donald Washington."
Related ItemTeam Garnier perseveres, despite the stacked deck
June 12, 2007 Source: CBS Sportsline.com - "...Those are some of the reasons why Juan Garnier is CBS SportsLine.com's walk-on player of the year. In a football subculture that demands tremendous sacrifice, the Garniers might have made the biggest...Ohio State is his fourth school since 2002..."

Devon TorrenceBaseball deal enables Torrence to pursue two dreams
June 19, 2007 Source: Columbus Dispatch - "Devon Torrence didn't have to choose between two sports after all. The Canton South product signed a contract with the Houston Astros yesterday that will allow him to play minor-league baseball, then report for Ohio State football practice in August..."

Torrence faces a choice
June 9, 2007 Source: Canton Repository - "If the money is right, call Devon Torrence an Astro. If dollars don't make sense, put him in scarlet and gray. The Houston Astros selected Torrence on Friday in the 16th round - 501st overall - of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. Torrence, who received the news while at his mom's house in Massillon, had been projected as high as a second- or third-round pick. But his football scholarship to Ohio State offers some major negotiating leverage, and teams were scared off by the idea of simply losing a high-round pick if they were unable to sign him..."

Offer doesn’t thrill recruit
June 13, 2007 Source: Columbus Dispatch - "The adviser for Devon Torrence said yesterday that barring a 'significant' increase in the offer from the Houston Astros, Torrence likely is going to play football at Ohio State this fall..."

OSU football: Recruit won't play in all-star game
June 12, 2007 Source: Columbus Dispatch - "While Devon Torrence ponders his future -- football? baseball? both? -- the Grange Insurance Ohio North-South Classic will go on without him..."

Buckeye CommentaryFive Musts for Our Gridiron Gang
June 18, 2007 Source: Buckeye Commentary - "The complete lack of football newsworthy items is fantastic. That means no one is imitating Pacman Jones nor do we have any freak accidents. Instead we have our head coach apologizing, in so many words, to the Big Ten for the national title game and eager to get going in August. And, just what about this coming year? Depending on who you talk to, expectations are all over the map but there are a few things that must happen in order to make noise on the national title scene. In Letterman-like reverse order..."

Fond Memories Of Father, Friend
June 17, 2007 Source: Columbus Dispatch - "Craig Heyward was every coach and referee’s nightmare - a former pro athlete who thought he knew it all, screaming at them nonstop from the stands. Even when he was fighting brain cancer, Heyward didn’t let up. 'He'd be in the wheelchair, screaming,' ex-wife Charlotte Heyward-Blackwell said. 'One time he wheeled himself out to the sidelines and yelled. He did it in jest, he wasn't cussing anybody out, but it was crazy stuff.' His eldest son, Cameron, said, 'Sometimes I was embarrassed.' These days, though, Cameron would give anything to hear his father yell again. Craig Heyward - known as "Ironhead" during his NFL career - died in 2006 at age 39. A year later, Cameron, from Suwanee, Ga., is headed to Ohio State as a freshman defensive tackle. He is scheduled to arrive in Columbus today and start classes Monday..."

Justin ZwickPanthers keep Zwick's dream alive
June 11, 2007 Source: Associated Press - "Justin Zwick was watching a lot of movies at his parents' house in Ohio, close to giving up his dream. 'I'm thinking I've got to start earning some money some time, and I can't live off my parents forever," the former Ohio State quarterback said Monday. "Then all of sudden you get a call.' The Carolina Panthers wanted to give Zwick a shot to keep his football career alive..."

Panthers keep Zwick's dream alive
June 12, 2007 Source: Columbus Dispatch - "Chance to play in NFL revs former OSU QB despite unlikely odds..."

RecruitingEarly Signing Period... For or Against?
Jume 6, 2007 Source: Superprep.com - "There are many pros and cons in terms of adding an early signing period for college football recruiting. But the numbers don't lie and those numbers could be just too great to ignore. Over the past five years the early commitments are up an astounding 500%. What will college football recruiting and the early commitments be like in just a few years?..."

Recruiting Class of 2008
Andrew Sweat

May 31, 2007 - Andrew Sweat from Washington PA has committed to the Ohio State Buckeyes.'I am going to Ohio State. There are several reasons why I chose Ohio State. The coaches are great guys. I mean all of them from (Jim) Tressel and Luke Fickell on down to Coach Daniels and Heacock. It’s one of the premier, if not the premier football program in the nation. Mike Brewster and all the other guys who have committed there are all great people and are my friends and I can’t wait to play with them,' Sweat said. The 6-foot-2, 225-pound linebacker has 4.5 speed in the 40. He is the first pure linebacker the Buckeyes have landed for their recruiting class of 2008. Sweat made 159 tackles including nine sacks during his junior season. He had 16 tackles for loss and intercepted three passes. Sweat, who attends Trinity High School in Washington, picked OSU over Notre Dame, his other finalist. He also had offers from Florida, Michigan, LSU, Penn State, Alabama and Pittsburgh, among others. Welcome aboard, Andrew!

Top linebacker prospect settles on the Buckeyes Source: Columbus Dispatch
Why Andrew Sweat Became A Buckeye Source: BuckeyeSports.com
Yes Sweat! Linebacker Picks Ohio State Source: Bucknuts.com
Photo GallerySweat Announcement Gallery Source: OhioStateScout.com

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