Ohio State Rumors & News

  • Ohio State lineman Tracy Sprinkle pleads no contest to bar-fight charge

    Columbus Dispatch "Former Ohio State defensive lineman Tracy Sprinkle pleaded no contest today in Lorain Municipal Court to a reduced charge of failure to comply for his part in a bar fight earlier this month. Sprinkle’s attorney, Michael Duff, told The Dispatch that the redshirt freshman is “very optimistic”..." July 31

  • Urban Meyer: 'I still don't get' why Tim Tebow is out of NFL

    NFL.com "NFL training camps are in full bloom and Tim Tebow is still waiting for a team to call him. He's going on a year of being out of the league, and Urban Meyer says he doesn't understand why that's the case for the QB he coached to stardom at Florida. "I still don't get that part of it," Meyer..." July 29

  • Defensive end Tracy Sprinkle suspended after arrest

    Columbus Dispatch "Ohio State football player Tracy Sprinkle is facing charges of cocaine possession, rioting and failure to disperse following a massive bar fight in northeastern Ohio early yesterday, which police described as a riot. Sprinkle, a 19-year-old backup defensive end, is from Elyria, near Lorain. He..." July 07

  • Ex-Ohio State DE Jamal Marcus announces transfer to Akron

    CBSSports.com "Former Ohio State defensive end Jamal Marcus announced on his Instagram feed this week that he will transfer to nearby Akron to play for coach Terry Bowden and the Zips. "Everything in life whether good or bad I feel are life lessons that God places on us to help us become better and wiser men..." July 05

  • Ohio State receiver Devin Smith rolled his car in accident on Sunday

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Ohio State senior receiver Devin Smith rolled his car in an accident on Sunday morning, according to the Canton Repository. A former Massillon star, Smith has written on his Twitter account since the accident, apparently in appreciation of making it through the accident OK. According to the..." July 03

  • Justin Hilliard, Jashon Cornell pledge

    ESPN.com "Ohio State gained commitments from five-star prospects Justin Hilliard and Jashon Cornell on Wednesday. The ESPN 300 prospects announced their decisions live on ESPN.com. They give the Buckeyes their first five-star commitments for the 2015 class. Hilliard, the No. 13 prospect, is the second..." July 02

  • Ohio State picks up oral commitments from prospects Tyler Gerald and Denzel Ward

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Ohio State picked up two oral commitments from two separate classes on Thursday afternoon, one from 2016 offensive tackle Tyler Gerald of Portsmouth (Ohio) Sciotoville East and one from 2015 Macedonia (Ohio) Nardonia cornerback Denzel Ward. Ward is best known for his speed, and he told..." June 19

  • Four-star quarterback Deondre Francois cancels his unofficial visit to Ohio State

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "On Tuesday morning, four-star quarterback Deondre Francois of Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy was set to take an unofficial visit to Ohio State on Wednesday. By the evening, Francois' visit was cancelled. Rated by Rivals.com the No. 8 dual-threat quarterback in the 2015 class, Francois was on a..." June 17

  • Grant Schmidt commits to Ohio State

    Land-Grant Holy Land "Ohio State lands their fifth commitment in South Dakota native Grant Schmidt. Two days, two commitments for Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes. Land-Grant Holy Land has confirmed Sioux Falls (SD) Roosevelt offensive tackle Grant Schmidt has committed to Ohio State, almost immediately after learning..." June 10

  • Texas Tech lands former Ohio State LB Mike Mitchell

    CBSSports.com "Once a top-30 national recruit signed to Ohio State, linebacker Mike Mitchell will rebuild his collegiate career in Lubbock. Mitchell on Friday told Texas Tech he will transfer to the Red Raiders, according to a source. Mitchell was in Lubbock as part of his second visit to the..." May 30

  • Joe Burrow commits to Ohio State

    Land-Grant Holy Land "Ohio State has a quarterback for the 2015 recruiting class. Ohio State has their first quarterback commit for the 2015 recruiting class – but it probably isn't who you expected. In a bit of a surprise, three-star 247Sports Composite quarterback Joe Burrow has pledged to the Buckeyes, per his..." May 27

  • Ohio State defensive end Jamal Marcus will transfer

    Columbus Dispatch "Backup defensive end Jamal Marcus will transfer from Ohio State, a high-level OSU source told The Dispatch this afternoon. Marcus, a redshirt junior, had missed time during spring practice because of academic struggles, an issue that persisted. Contrary to an Internet report, Marcus was not..." May 27

  • Jim Tressel chosen as president of Youngstown State University

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Ohio - Jim Tressel will be the next president of Youngstown State University. YSU's board of trustees voted unanimously today to offer the position of president to Tressel, executive vice president for student success at the University of Akron. The appointment is not final until contract..." May 09

  • Former Ohio State coach Jim Tressel says he is done with coaching

    SI.com "Former Ohio State head football Jim Tressel says he never plans to coach again even though he won more than 70 percent of his games during a four-decade coaching career. Tressel currently is a candidate for university president at Youngstown State and the Akron. Tressel, 61, resigned in 2011..." May 06

  • Four-star QB Torrance Gibson announces his top 15

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Four-star quarterback Torrance Gibson of Plantation (Fla.) American Heritage may be one of Ohio State's top quarterback targets in the 2015 recruiting class. But the Buckeyes aren't Gibson's top school. At least not yet. Gibson released his top 15 in order Monday night, and Ohio State..." May 06

  • Bradley Roby charged with operating car under the influence

    NFL.com "Former Ohio State cornerback Bradley Roby was cited Sunday for operating a vehicle while under the influence, according to a report from WBNS-TV in Columbus. Court documents obtained by the TV station show the incident with Roby occurred April 20, and he has a court date set for..." April 25

  • Report: ex-Tide lineman expected to join Buckeyes

    College Football Talk "It appears that, the way it have on the field the past decade, Ohio State is going to get over on bitter rival Michigan on the transfer front as well. Jeremy Fowler of CBSSports.com tweeted Tuesday afternoon that offensive lineman Chad Lindsay has decided to transfer to Ohio State and continue..." April 22

  • Ohio State will pay $2 million to non-conference opponents

    College Football Talk "Ohio State is stepping up the level of difficulty in the non-conference portion of their football schedule in 2014 with the hope that it does not end up costing them a shot in the College Football Playoff. But in terms of money, we know exactly how much it will cost to play those..." April 07

  • Buckeyes lose top TE to foot injury

    College Football Talk "The bad news for Ohio State? They’ve lost the services of a starter on the offensive side of the ball to injury. The good news? It should have no impact whatsoever on the player’s availability for the 2014 season. Citing team insiders, the Columbus Dispatch is reporting that tight end Jeff..." April 02

  • Archie Griffin on union: 'The players are not blind'

    CBSSports.com "There's been no shortage of reaction to Wednesday's National Labor Relations Board decision to approve Northwestern football players' drive to unionize, but the opinion Ohio State fans might most be interested in is that of a former player himself: Archie Griffin, the only back-to-back Heisman..." March 29

  • Meyer extension likely after next 'elite performance,' per AD

    CBSSports.com "Coaching contract extensions in college have become so commonplace that the updates are often more about maintenance or recruiting than sweeping long-term commitments. Ohio State is in a unique situation with Urban Meyer, whose 24 wins in two seasons would be grounds for leverage in today's..." March 25

  • Jim Tressel should be considered seriously for University of Akron president

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "How long will the tattoos that marked Jim Tressel’s players also stain him? The statute of limitations on his college coaching ban still has two years to go. The Browns never gave the former Ohio State coach the time of day when they embarked on their last coaching search and wound up with Mike..." March 22

  • Michigan, Ohio State agree: Stadiums will remain alcohol-free

    CBSSports.com "Ohio State is on the same team with Michigan on the alcohol sales issue. The Buckeyes do not plan to sell alcohol in the 102,000-seat Ohio Stadium on gamedays any time soon, AD Gene Smith said Friday. Texas refueled the alcohol-at-games topic after reports surfaced in February that the..." March 22

  • Could the Ohio State Buckeyes spring football game ever go away?

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "John Infante, the respected author of the Bylaw Blog, foresees the eventual demise of the spring football game. Writing this week at athleticscholarships.net, Infante predicted The spring game will not go quickly, but it will go. A few schools canceling spring games will become a handful, a..." March 19

  • Ohio State safety Vonn Bell out for rest of spring after knee surgery

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Vonn Bell's spring practice didn't last very long. The sophomore safety will miss the rest of Ohio State's spring drills after knee surgery Thursday. He injured his MCL in the Buckeyes' first practice on Tuesday, limping off the field. Ohio State said Bell is expected to be back for May..." March 07

  • Meyer feels good as Ohio State opens spring practice

    College Football Talk "Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer underwent a minor surgical procedure over the weekend to remove fluid from a congenital arachnoid cyst. It is a problem that has bothered Meyer at times in the past, but now he hopes to have it behind him. On Tuesday Meyer returned to doing what he is best known..." March 05

  • Big Ten not keen on Friday night football

    Chicago Sun-Times "“Friday Night Lights” is not coming to the Big Ten any time soon. Social media was abuzz Thursday regarding various reports the Big Ten was looking into playing football games on Friday night. The Big Ten’s 10-year broadcast contract for regular-season games with ABC and ESPN is up in 2017...." March 01

  • How Tebow’s 8-second call became a recruiting violation

    New York Post "Tim Tebow made a high school football player’s day by speaking to him briefly on the phone during a lunch with Ohio State coach Urban Meyer. Big mistake. It was one of 42 self-reported secondary violations Ohio State reported to the NCAA, according to Cleveland.com. Others included..." February 28

  • Limited Braxton Miller opens door for back-up QB competition at Ohio State

    College Football Talk "Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller underwent surgery on his right shoulder, his throwing shoulder, on Friday. The operation at Ohio State’s medical center was minor but will reduce Miller’s availability for the spring practice schedule in Columbus. Fortunately for Ohio State, this is not..." February 22

  • Braxton Miller to undergo shoulder surgery Friday

    Eleven Warriors "Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller collected his second consecutive Chicago Tribune Silver Football award Wednesday night. On Friday, he’ll undergo surgery on his throwing shoulder, sources told Eleven Warriors. The procedure is minor in nature and should not significantly impact his status..." February 21

  • Ohio State QB Braxton Miller says he always knew he'd be back with the Buckeyes

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Braxton Miller could have accepted the Silver Football and turned in a circle at midcourt at Value City Arena on Wednesday night knowing he was saying goodbye to Ohio State fans, knowing that the biggest job interview of his life at the NFL Combine was coming up. Instead, Miller faced those..." February 20

  • About time for youth movement at Ohio State

    USA Today "An unusual metamorphosis is taking place at Ohio State. Two years ago Urban Meyer inherited a 6-7 team. Jim Tressel's NCAA sanctions denied Meyer's first squad from a postseason opportunity (which probably cost the Buckeyes a national title date with Notre Dame), and scholarship reductions..." February 12

  • Buckeyes may lose former five-star LB to transfer

    Columbus Dispatch "Neither Mike Mitchell nor an Ohio State spokesman would confirm last night that the freshman linebacker intends to transfer after spring semester is done, but insiders said they wouldn’t be surprised because the signs have been there for a while. Mitchell, from Plano, Texas, has not been taking..." February 10

  • Ohio State's lineup in 2014 could finally satisfy Meyer's need for speed

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Urban Meyer has a need for speed. In his short tenure at Ohio State, the coach has quickly stockpiled players who fit his offensive vision. The Buckeyes' latest recruiting class is no exception, with players such as Curtis Samuel, Parris Campbell and Johnnie Dixon, who all qualify as being..." February 09

  • Ohio State will have plenty of 'toys' on offense, but a revamped line is the key

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Stan Drayton's toy chest is filled with novelties. That chest was locked, though, upon the departure of Ohio State's four senior offensive linemen. Who holds the key to the Buckeyes' toy box, a deep arsenal of weapons not suitable for children of all ages? It could be a crop of five teenage..." February 07

  • WR Michael Thomas expressed frustration with receivers' lack of production, now he'll see if he can change that

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "He wasn't complaining at us, he was complaining with us. That was the explanation from Ohio State receivers coach Zach Smith about some gripes that receiver Michael Thomas expressed on Twitter shortly after the Orange Bowl, when he pointed out a lack of production from OSU receivers in the last..." February 07

  • Signing day: Ranking the Big Ten

    Chicago Sun-Times "1. Ohio State The Buckeyes may have stubbed their toe in the Big Ten title game against Michigan State, but Urban Meyer hasn’t lost his recruiting touch. OSU has seven four-star players from Ohio in a 23-man class that also draws from the talent hotbeds of Florida and Texas. Locally, Meyer has..." February 06

  • Urban Meyer makes Signing Day statement by showing national reach

    CBSSports.com "Ohio State didn't win the mythical recruiting national championship Wednesday, but count the Buckeyes and Urban Meyer as one of the biggest winners on Signing Day. OSU, as usual, cleared up in Big Ten country, landing a bushel of local four- and five-star talent (LB Dante Booker, LB Kyle..." February 06

  • Urban Meyer on winning recruiting battles in Georgia and Texas

    CBSSports.com "In his two seasons at Ohio State, Urban Meyer has lost only two games. It's just that both of those losses have been his last two games, as the Buckeyes followed a 24-0 start with losses to Michigan State and Clemson in the B1G Championship and Orange Bowl respectively. Now, while they don't..." February 05

  • Michigan isn't out of Malik McDowell sweepstakes, but not exactly in driver's seat

    Michigan Live "It seems there may be only one way Michigan adds to its 2014 class at this point. And that one way comes in the form of five-star Southfield High School defensive end Malik McDowell. McDowell, ranked as the No. 36 prospect in America per Scout.com, has whittled his recruiting list down to..." January 30

  • Ohio State extends contract, gives raise and promotion to athletic director Gene Smith

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Forget about $1 million football assistant coaches - Ohio State will have an athletic director making nearly $1 million per year. Gene Smith will receive a four-year contract extension, a promotion to vice president and a raise, retroactive to last July, that will pay him $940,484 per year in..." January 29

  • New Ohio State co-defensive coordinator Chris Ash took a pay cut to leave Arkansas

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "What was it that persuaded Chris Ash to leave Arkansas for Ohio State? It wasn't money. According to the USA Today database of college football coaching salaries, Ash made $550,000 last season. According to an Ohio State football spokesman, the Buckeyes will be paying Ash $520,000. A..." January 24

  • Brooklyn WR, Ohio State commit Curtis Samuel's recruiting snapshot

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Curtis Samuel School: Erasmus Hall, Brooklyn, N.Y. Position: Receiver Height, Weight: 5-foot-11, 180 pounds Rivals.com rating: Samuel is rated as a four-star prospect, the No. 1 player in the state of New York and the No. 49 overall player in the Class of 2014. Other schools:..." January 23

  • Ohio State officially introduces Arkansas' Chris Ash as co-DC

    CBSSports.com "Chris Ash, the former Bret Bielema assistant at Wisconsin and Arkansas, was officially introduced as Ohio State's new co-defensive coordinator on Thursday. Ash, like Everett Withers before him, will lead the defense with Luke Fickell and coach the safeties. He has coached defensive backs and..." January 23

  • Sources: Buckeyes hire Ash, Johnson

    ESPN.com "Ohio State once again has a full coaching staff, and its beleaguered defense has two fresh faces to get started on the overhaul on that side of the ball. The Buckeyes reached a deal Tuesday with Arkansas defensive coordinator Chris Ash, sources told ESPN's Joe Schad, and have officially..." January 16

  • Ohio St. to hire Chris Ash, Larry Johnson to defensive staff

    CBSSports.com "Urban Meyer might not care much for Bret Bielema. But it appears he can at least respect the job one of Bielema's assistants performed at Wisconsin and Arkansas -- enough so that Meyer has reportedly made him the Buckeyes' new co-defensive coordinator. Sports Illustrated and other outlets have..." January 15