Written by Andrew Huber | 26 January 2012


For Urban Meyer and Mickey Marotti, first impressions are important.

“We’re going to open up the weight room tomorrow,” Meyer said at a press conference January 12. “After I saw some of our physiques, or whatever you say that is, we need to get in that weight room rather quickly.”

Huber1For Ohio State’s incumbent football players, four months of pain, led by Marotti, began January 13.

According to Meyer, Mickey Marotti was his “most important hire” when he assembled his staff at Ohio State. Marotti, officially the assistant athletic director for football sports performance for the Buckeyes, is the man in charge of the team’s new strength and conditioning program. He holds a Master of Strength of Conditioning, one of 100 in his profession that have earned that honor.

The two men have a history. They worked together as graduate assistants at Ohio State and again on Notre Dame’s staff. When Meyer took the head-coaching job at the University of Florida, Marotti was one of his first hires. Now they’re reunited in Columbus.

Right now, it’s safe to say he’s not the most popular man in the Woody Hayes Athletic Center, at least among the players. Marotti is known for his brutal and unpredictable workouts. Many reports indicate that Marotti’s program for the Buckeyes has been shocking to the players. He knows he has work to do to turn the 6-7 Buckeyes into title contenders. Urban Meyer wants strength and speed that can compete with the SEC’s best. That strength and speed needs to be earned.

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Written by EB Cooper | 26 January 2012




Cooper1February 6, 2004. I remember being a kid and walking through my house on that day, and seeing my dad reading through the newspaper. My dad was on the sports page, the most interesting page to me other than the comics page which I perused through often when my dad was done with the paper. The feature article of that day, however, was no laughing matter, and one that still troubles me to this day. Mario Manningham, star receiver from Warren G. Harding High School in Warren, Ohio, had committed to play for TSUN as a junior. I was shocked. Although I’m not from Warren, I liked to follow their football program (My alma mater was more of a basketball school) and seeing Manningham, a player who could have easily stayed at home and played for my beloved Buckeyes, a player that lived 20 minutes away, who was a star athlete and hometown hero commit to play for That State Up North left me dazed and confused. I had been following the situation closely, I knew that Ohio State was very interested, and why not? A Four star prospect in high school, Manningham was a small but speedy receiver with quickness and agility that could make you fall out of your shoes. Put on top of that the talent that northeast Ohio had pumped down to Columbus (Warfield, Gradishar, DeCree just to name a few) in the past and it seemed like the perfect situation. But on that day I learned a tough lesson, not all Ohio boys grow up wanting to play for Ohio State.

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Written by Grant Edgell | 24 January 2012

The Ohio State University men's basketball program has retired four numbers in it's 113 year history. Dennis Hopson's #32 is not one of them. One prerequisite, aside from John Havlicek, to having this honor bestowed upon you at Ohio State is to have won the National Player of the Year Award in college basketball, of which three former Buckeyes have been selected for.

In 1961 and 1962 Jerry Lucas was chosen as the NCAA Division 1 Player of the Year, the United Press International Player of the Year, and the Associated Press Player of the Year. His #11 was retired on February 23rd, 2000.  In 1964 Gary Bradds was chosen as the NCAA Division 1 Player of the Year, the United Press International Player of the Year, and the Associated Press Player of the Year. His #35 was retired on January 27th, 2001.  In 1992 Jim Jackson was chosen as the United Press International Player of the Year. His #22 was retired on February 10th, 2001.

In an honorary ceremony at halftime of a game against Wisconsin in 2005, John Havlicek had his #5 retired without having won NPOY.

So what has kept Dennis Hopson, an All-American and Big Ten Player of the Year, from hoisting his jersey into the rafters at Value City Arena, even though he is the University's all-time leading scorer and record holder for most points scored in a season?

David Robinson   |   Navy Midshipmen   |   1987 National Player of the Year

This is the second of a five-part series documenting the Ohio State career of Mr. Dennis Hopson - and why we should never again see a #32 in Scarlet and Gray.



"The Admiral" David Robinson was the national story of 1987. He was enrolled at one of our prestigious military academies - Navy - and was a unique seven-footer, for the time, with his combination of power, grace, and athleticism. He was a consensus All-American following his junior year of 1986 and followed that up with a senior season performance that earned him a clean sweep of all major national college basketball awards: Consensus All-American; AP Player of the Year; NABC Player of the Year; Naismith Award; Rupp Trophy; Sporting News Player of the Year; UPI Player of the Year; USBWA Player of the Year; Wooden Award.

In 1986-87 Robinson averaged 28.2 points and 11.8 rebounds per game in the Colonial Athletic Association against teams like American, William & Mary and North Carolina-Wilmington. He graced the cover of Sports Illustrated two months into his senior season, sparking a following that gained him national attention that he would sustain until being knocked out of the NCAA's first round by the Big Ten's fifth best team - Michigan (20-12).

Meanwhile Dennis Hopson was lighting up the old St. John Arena night after night, averaging 29.1 points-per-game - ranking him second in the nation and first among all Big Ten players - while also leading Ohio State in ten statistical categories. He broke the Ohio State record for most points in a season (958) while becoming the University's all-time leading scorer with 2,096 points. Twenty-five years later both records still stand. And who watched his beyond-spectacular 1986-87 senior season? Just us.

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Written by Andrew Huber | 22 January 2012



Huber_1Hold the Buckeyes to a higher standard

Don’t trust it.

The basketball Buckeyes played one game this week. By most standards, Saturday’s 79-45 win over Nebraska was a rousing success. The Buckeyes won by 34 points. The game was played on the road in front of a hostile crowd, the venue where most of Ohio State’s struggles have come this season. The team’s scoring was evenly distributed, with Buford scoring 15 and Sullinger and Thomas posting 14 each. At the end of the night, the Buckeyes regained their place atop the Big Ten conference standings.

But this win felt empty. Sure, the Buckeyes won on the road. But they won on the road at Nebraska, a truly terrible basketball team. Despite the past week’s success, which included a significant revenge win against Indiana, the Buckeyes have done little to show they have resolved the problems that led to losses at Indiana and Illinois. The fact remains that the Buckeyes have lost the only three road games they have played against good basketball teams (Kansas, Indiana, Illinois).

In each of those games, the Buckeyes lost their identity, failing to perform cohesively as a team. The team was rattled by a combination of a strong opponent and hostile crowd. Jared Sullinger and Deshaun Thomas disappeared in key moments. William Buford appeared in too many moments. The Buckeyes struggled both from the free throw line and from distance.

Those problems appeared in each of the Buckeyes’ road losses. But they’re masked when the Buckeyes play at home and when Ohio State’s talent clearly overshadows its opponents’. Until the Buckeyes play a good basketball team on the road again, it would be a mistake to pass judgment on whether the team has progressed as a result of those losses or not. The only two games remaining on the Buckeyes’ schedule that qualify are trips to Michigan and Michigan State.

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Written by Grant Edgell | 22 January 2012


Dennis Hopson is a Buckeye Legend. He's the all-time leading scorer in Ohio State basketball history with 2,096 career points. He also holds the single season Ohio State scoring record with 958 points in 1987. Both are records that have now stood for a quarter of a century. Hopson was a two-year Captain for the Buckeyes, roamed the floor at the old St. John Arena for four years, earned All-American status and was voted Big Ten Player of the Year as a senior. He is also the proud owner of a degree from The Ohio State University. Dennis Hopson's famed #32 does not currently hang from the rafters in the Jerome Schottenstein Center.

We believe it should.

This is the first of a five-part series documenting the Ohio State career of Mr. Dennis Hopson - and why we should never again see a #32 in Scarlet and Gray.


Gary Williams was about to begin his first season at the helm of the Ohio State's men's basketball program after Eldon Miller's contract wasn't extended following the 1986 season. Seven-footer Brad Sellers was off to the NBA, having just become the ninth overall pick by the Chicago Bulls in the April draft after two seasons in Columbus. Ohio State's point guard, the floor general of all successful college basketball teams, was a young sophomore named Jay Burson. The Buckeyes were picked to finish 8th of ten teams in a Big Ten conference that was stacked full of talent. But Ohio State had one thing nobody else had - Dennis Hopson.

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Written by BHC Staff | 22 January 2012



New York Giants at San Francisco 49ers   |   Candlestick Park, San Francisco, CA   |   6:30pm Eastern   |   FOX


The college football season is over and Buckye Nation now looks forward to the beginning of the Urban Meyer Era in 2012. With that being said, not ALL Buckeyes have closed out their season quite yet, as a few remain to play in tonight's late game to decide who will represent the NFC in this year's Super Bowl. Here is the quick rundown:

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Written by Grant Edgell | 22 January 2012


This morning we awoke on the west coast to news that Joe Paterno had passed away very early this morning. Our deepest condolences go to the Paterno family, the fans of Penn State University and to all those who celebrate college football just as we do here at Buckeye House Call.

He was a legend who did so much good on and off the field. Today is a day for the college football world to celebrate exactly that, and to mourn the loss of a legend.

R.I.P. JoePa




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