COLUMBUS — What will be remembered as one of the most unusual years in Ohio State football history will include Sunday night’s annual team banquet, where the captains for the recently concluded 2011 season were officially named.
Senior center Mike Brewster, senior linebacker Andrew Sweat, junior defensive lineman John Simon and senior running back Dan Herron were designated as captains for the Buckeyes, who face Florida in the Gator Bowl on Jan. 2.
Ohio State head coach Luke Fickell had announced at the start of the season that due to the circumstances the Buckeyes were facing, he wanted the leadership role on the team to be shared by all. Fickell named individual captains for each game, but postponed any official action on the honorary roles.
In the past year, Ohio State had seen former head coach Jim Tressel forced to resign, starting quarterback Terrelle Pryor leave early for the NFL, and had several top-line players, including Herron, serving multi-game suspensions.
The Buckeyes’ players voted on their captains at the conclusion of their 6-6 season, with the results of that vote being announced during Sunday night’s affair held in the Archie Griffin Ballroom at the Ohio Union on campus.no comments
The 2011-12 basketball Buckeyes lived their vision for 18 days.
In two and a half weeks, beginning with a dominating performance in the Global Sports Shoot-out and culminating in a 22-point, blow-the-roof-off-the-Schott dismantling of Duke, the Ohio State men’s basketball team dulled the pain of a gut-wrenching football season for the Buckeye fan base and primed itself to take over temporarily as the University’s flagship program. The expectations for the season, already sky-high, were exceeded. Jared Sullinger easily lived up to his billing as a preseason All-American. Aaron Craft cemented his place among the best point guards in the country. DeShaun Thomas and William Buford proved to be versatile, albeit inconsistent, scorers. The bench looked deeper than last year.
That was the Buckeyes at their best. If Tuesday, November 29 was any indication, this is a special basketball team. One capable of making a deep run into the NCAA tournament and possibly delivering Thad Matta his first national championship. It was important to see what the Buckeyes were capable of. It was important mainly because it might be a while before this team gets back to that level.no comments
First off, I’d like to thank every Ohio State fan in attendance for the South Carolina game. I have to say that was a first for me - hearing O-H-I-O chanted in another team's arena (only to have the sound muffled by a nauseating recording of a gamecock noise). Anyway, during the game I think the Buckeyes learned some valuable lessons on how to play when Sullinger gets into trouble during Big Ten play.
I’d like to say I was disappointed that Sam Thompson didn’t play key minutes, although I think DeShaunThomas playing as well as he did kept Thompson out of the game. Thad did go 9 deep and I’d say without Sullinger’s injury we don't see that out of Thad.no comments
I arrived at Buckeye Nation Friday around 1:30. When I got there, none of the other coaches were there. They all had attended a funeral for the former Quarterback coach, Joe Daniels. That same day I met Urban Meyer in person for the first time in my life. He had Bri'onte Dunn (@DunnItAlready25) and his family in his office. At that point I started to tell some jokes and get everybody laughing and thats when Coach Meyer told me that I needed to do everything in my power to make sure Bri'onte stays committed to the Buckeyes. Coach Meyer then asked me, "Do you think you can take him?" My response to his question was, "yes Sir, I love a challenge." With a serious look he said, "Tyvis shut the door and me, you, and Bri'onte's father will beat him up." Of course I laughed but he said again, "Tyvis, I'm serious, close the door." So I said "Ok" and reached to close the door and he said, "Naw im just kidding." But if he was serious, I would've been ready. Anything Coach Meyer needs done I'll do it.no comments
2 years, 6 months, and 7 days. That's how long I have been serving in the United States Navy. From Boot Camp and Hospital Corps School in Great Lakes, IL (Or Great Mistakes, depending on who you ask) to Field Medical Training Battalion in Camp Pendleton, CA, to Naval Hospital Bremerton in Bremerton, WA. Though I have never been deployed I have seen a few things and done plenty in my short time in the service. And whether it was Bears fans in Chicago, to Chargers and Raiders fans in San Diego, to Seahawks, Ducks, Huskies, and even a few Cougar fans in Seattle, I’ve seen my share of fan bases as well. But no matter where I’ve been in my travels, no matter what school or pro team may hold claim to the area, there has always been someone to return the I-O to my O-H.
I’ve spent so much time away from home that I almost forget what it is like to be surrounded by people who root for the same teams as I do. Whenever I wear anything to rep the Buckeyes outside of Ohio, I almost always see a sneer; hear a snicker, or a rude comment. I’ve always thought that Ohio State had replaced Notre Dame as the team that EVERYONE loves to hate in College Football, and it’s a fact that has always annoyed me, but yet at the same time gives me a swagger and real boost in my pride, because that means that obviously Ohio State (players and fans alike) have been doing something right.no comments
Today Ohio State junior DT John Simon was named a 3rd-Team All-American by the Associated Press. He was certainly a bright spot within the Buckeyes defense in an otherwise rough 2011. It seemed every time the Silver Bullets were on the field you could find Simon somewhere in the backfield harrassing the opposing quarterback and wreaking havoc the only way he knew how - at 150mph.
Today we congratulate John, thank him for a GREAT season, and hope that he comes back for one more year as a Buckeye Senior!
Here is the full list as distributed by the Associated Press this afternoon:no comments
Only a week before taking over at Ohio State, Thad Matta had said that he wasn’t a candidate for the job. Matta had just taken Xavier to the elite eight, the furthest in school history still today. Thankfully, it was purely coach-speak at the time and looking back, he may have been a better hire than Tressel or Meyer.
Matta signed an eight year deal, took over a sanctioned program, and was one of the biggest hires in the nation. The basketball program wasn’t in good shape, with pending sanctions and having a combined 31 total wins in the previous two seasons. One of Matta’s most memorable quotes for me was in a newspaper article - when asked about the Ohio State program - his reply was, "You can build a national championship program here." With the program that he took over it is hard to believe he was going to put Ohio State back on the national map as quick as he did.no comments