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HelmetStickersLogoI'm beginning continuing to think Ohio State Athletic Director Gene Smith is all foam and no beer. I'm ready to swap out our Gene Smith for Norfolk's Gene Smith. I bet he's wrecked fewer buses than ours.

After a week that saw Ohio State release details on 46 secondary violations that have occurred in the past twelve months, including one by Smith himself, he spent this week shoving his foot into his mouth about twelve new violations that OSU is currently "processing." After some back and forth between he and The Lantern about what exactly he had to say, which included The Lantern releasing audio of his exact comments, all of Buckeye Nation is left scratching their head.

Luckily for us there was plenty more online content focusing on the better aspects of our beloved Ohio State sports. We backtrack through The Buckeye Bloggers Network, as well as many other Ohio State sites, and bring you The Week That Was in and around the Horseshoe, including giving our bus driver his well-deserved (negative) attention.

*Each snippet is a direct quote from the article contained within it's link and is not the content, property or otherwise highly intelligent thoughts of those of us at BHC.

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GENE SMITH

LEAF Smith1More NCAA Violations (The Lantern) - There are more NCAA violations on the horizon for Ohio State, and athletic director Gene Smith said he doesn’t know what the NCAA will make of them. Smith told The Lantern Tuesday...

 

LEAF Smith Statement (Official Athletics Website) - "Contrary to reports attributed to me, Ohio State Athletics is not facing any major NCAA violations," Smith said. "There are several secondary violations being processed by our...

 

LEAF He Said, Gene Said (MotSaG) - But there was a widespread panic by journalists from major news outlets to spread the fact that OSU is under serious investigations for these new twelve or so violations and these may put the death nail in an OSU coffin they have been trying to bury for over a year. To OSU fans it was just another unneeded headache that we all assumed...

 

LEAF OSU's Gift to Corporate Media (Eleven Warriors) - This Wednesday, Smith gave reporters and bloggers the gift that keeps on giving in an interview with The Lantern: diarrhea of the mouth. Facing intimidating student reporter Pat Brennan, Smith managed to allow an innocuous comment turn into a tsunami of...

 

LEAFStudents React (The Lantern) - Jason Mertens, a fourth-year in science and technology exploration, said he is concerned about the university’s image following the violations that have come to light in the last week. “(Gene Smith’s) brought a lot of recognition for OSU, but not all of it is good recognition,” Mertens said. “So, the real question is...

 


TURN BACK THE CLOCK

Enough of the A.D. talk......plenty of sites, including here at BHC, have taken a look back in Ohio State history for a few features during the football/hoops of-season. Always a welcome site in May while the restof the sports world watches cars and horses make left turns at an alarming rate.

LEAFThoma1OSUThe Winner's Manual (UnScripted Ohio) - The Manual has helped me in so many ways, I wanted to know if it had the same effect on former players. So I reached out to Jon Thoma, who just so happened to be...

 

LEAFQ&A with Jon Thoma (Buckeye House Call) - "Coach Tressel looked my parents and I in the eye in his office and told us that nothing would be promised. I would be a walk-on, but I would earn a scholarship and...

 

LEAFQ&A with T.J. Downing (Buckeye House Call) - "My fondest memory of coach Tressel was seeing him with the corn rows in his hair after we won the National Championship in 02. It was a bet with the seniors that he had to pay up on. I guess as bad as my Mohawk looked he looked even worse with corn rows. I didn’t even know he had that much... 

 

LEAFJay Burson (Our Honor Defend) - Baby-faced Burson arrived at Ohio State after scoring an Ohio state high school record 2,958 points in four seasons at John Glenn High School in New Concord. That record held sway for 22 seasons, until another assassin—one Jon Keith “Threebler” Diebler—blew it up in 2007. Burson (and ultimately, Diebler) scored more points in high school than the likes of...

 

LEAFJoey Galloway (Eleven Warriors)- Some players who come to Ohio State as superstars fail to live up to the hype, often due to injury problems. Others simply cannot catch on to the complexity of the playbooks or cannot catch up to the speed of the game at the college level. But there are others who simply will not be denied, persevering through all the difficulties and...

 

LEAFMount Buckmore of the '80s (Eleven Warriors) - The Buckeyes have been competing on the gridiron since 1890, racking up a filthy tradition including seven national titles, 34 conference crowns, 78 All-Americans, an all-time winning percentage of 72% generating 819 wins and seven Heisman Trophy winners. As Woody preached, you win with people and there have certainly been...

 


OHIO STATE BASKETBALL

LEAFThadMattaOSUMore Aircraft Carrier Hoops (Inside the Shoe) - Word started about two days ago that the Buckeye basketball team was looking to play against Marquette on an aircraft carrier (a la North Carolina-Michigan State) when...

 

LEAFConference Movement (The Buckeye Batlecry) - Thanks to what has now become jumptoanotherconfernceapalooza to better football, institutions that take pride in their basketball programs are protecting themselves by...

 

LEAFThe Eight Debate (Eleven Warriors) - With Thad Matta entering his ninth season, I thought it would be a good time to take a look at the last eight years of basketball recruiting, weighing in on Ohio State's eight most impactful and influential recruits on the Buckeye program. I also listed the biggest duds.

 

LEAFSullinger in the NBA (Fox Sports Ohio) - There are positives: Jared Sullinger has soft hands, a great feel for the game and an ability to power his way through taller defenders to find a way to score. He’s strong, smart, a throwback and mostly a winner. But there are question marks, too: Sullinger isn’t athletic enough, lacks explosiveness, is glued to the low post and is...

 


OHIO STATE FOOTBALL

LEAFBROSUGrading the Defensive Depth Chart (The Buckeye Battlecry) - As you may know, Ohio State was nice enough to release the post spring practice two-deep for us to over analyze during the long summer months as we anxiously await the beginning of...

 

LEAFPreseason All B1G Team (Phil Steele) - 9 of the 12 Big Ten teams have at least one 1st-Team selection on my Preseason All-Big 10 Team. 2x defending champ Wisconsin leads the way with seven 1st-team selections while Michigan St, Nebraska and...

 

LEAF2015-16 Football Schedules (UnScripted Ohio) - The B1G Schedules for the 2015 and 2016 seasons were released yesterday and rather than just present the schedules without comment...

 

LEAFCollege Conferences Analyzed Through the Draft (Along the Olentangy) - Perhaps more interesting than the obvious domination the SEC represents, the next cluster between the remaining five BCS conferences takes a sharp spin from last season. The ACC held second place a year ago, while the Big 12, Big 10, and Pac 10 followed in that order. Is the change due to...

 

LEAFRevisiting "Legends" and "Leaders" (MotSaG) - The result was the highly controversial and unfortunately named “Legends and Leaders” format.  While most fans and observers (and even Jim Tressel) favored the simple East/West split along the Indiana-Illinois border, the Big Ten brass seemed to specifically desire a separated Ohio State and Michigan, for the obvious benefit of being able to...

 

LEAFBraxton Miller Key (College Football Saturday) - The performance of quarterback Braxton Miller will have a lot to say about the Buckeyes’ potential turnaround in 2012. Miller showed bursts of his sensational skillset at times last season, but he also looked like a freshman at times. He wasn’t given a chance to grow as a passer under interim head coach Luke Fickell, but Meyer will...

 

LEAFOSU Youth Movement (Land-Grant Holy Land) - We don't know right now how many of the true freshman from this year's top-five class will see the field this season whether it be from day one or by the last game of the year against Michigan. There are those that we know or expect should play right away, including Noah Spence, Adolphus Washington, Michael Thomas and...

 

LEAFFans Going Too Far? (The Silver Bullet) - Buckeye fans may also share in this alarming behavior.  In recent Ohio State Football history, two young men, Alex Anzalone and Lewis Neal, experienced similar things as Steve Blake. After their de-commitment from Ohio State, fans took out their wrath on these two young men. They are not professionals but two people who are trying to figure out...

 

LEAFConference Expansion About to Explode (The Buckeye Battlecry) - With a sudden mass exodous from the ACC, the Big Ten could swoop in and pick up such luminaries as Maryland, Virginia, Duke and North Carolina - all solid academic institutions that fit the Big Ten's culture. That's assuming the Big 12 doesn't get there first, as they are...

 


URBAN MEYER

LEAFUFMOSUA Decade of Leadership in Pictures (Buckeye House Call) - Urban Meyer knows rivalries. After Georgia head coach Mark Richt sent his entire roster on the field to celebrate the first touchdown of...

 

LEAFUrban Meyer's Town Hall Meeting (Eleven Warriors) - While the event was branded as "The Urban Meyer Student Town Hall Meeting" it was anything but the Urban Meyer show. The event is simply...

 

LEAFUrban and Competition Psychology (Eleven Warriors) - Urban clearly believes that he is best able to motivate his players through intense competition that results in the public separation of winners and losers. Maybe due to his psychology degree, Urban's new traditions have their roots in one strain of education psychology known as achievement goal theory.

 

LEAFMeyer's Coaching Style (The Lantern) - “He definitely got our attention right off the bat—I knew he was a winner, and that’s all that really mattered to me,” junior defensive back C.J. Barnett said. “He has two championships and you can’t argue with that, and I want to be apart of that.” Senior tight end Jake Stoneburner said...

 


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