After three continuations allowed by the court, former Ohio State running back Jaamal Berry will plead guilty from his early morning October assault of a male Columbus State student in the Arena District of downtown Columbus, Ohio in a case that will now be settled outside of court.
Berry's punishment will come in the form of one year probation in the state of Ohio, the payment of court costs and to complete an unannounced amount of hours of community service.
Robert Tobias, assistant prosecuter assigned to the case, said he was told by Berry's defense attorney that Jaamal desired to transfer away from The Ohio State University. William Meeks, Berry's attorney, has said that he is still in good standing with the university as a student but is unsure if he's currently enrolled in classes.no comments
Back on January 15th Ohio State reserve cornerback Dominic Clarke and DerJuan Gambrell were released from their scholarships by head coach Urban Meyer in the first loud move made after Meyer took over the program. Today Clarke signed on to play for Illinois State of the Missouri Valley Conference where he will likely see plenty of playing time.
Clarke had a couple of run-ins with the law, most recently on January 7th when he was pulled over for running a stop sign and found to be over the legal alcohol limit.
Head coach Urban Meyer addressed the situation a few days before releasing Clarke from his scholarship:
"What we'll never do is say we're going to make an example out of a kid. That's not going to happen. However, (Clarke) broke a team rule. I'm still getting the information. I'm very, very disappointed because some things were covered in the team meeting. They'll be dealt with very swiftly and sternly at the appropriate time."
The 'appropriate time' turned out to be January 15th when Clarke was released from his scholarship.
Illinois State coach Brock Spack on the Clarke pick up:
"Dominic is a gifted athlete and started a few games last year as a cornerback at Ohio State. He is a defensive back by trade, but he could be a slot receiver, a running back and a kick returner as well, so he is a guy with possibilities with the ball in his hand for us."
You can find ISU's official announcement of the transfer here.
Lewis Neal, the 28th ranked linebacker in the nation for the 2013 class (Scout), has de-commited from Ohio State just a week after making his initial commitment to Urban Meyer and the program.
Over the weekend Neal was found on Twitter discussing other schools, leading Ohio State fans to wonder just how commited he was. Two specific posts shined a glaring light on what was happening inside the mind of Neal just hours after receiving a new offer from LSU on Monday. First, this random message at 6:20pm Eastern on Monday evening:
Then, just six minutes later, 2013 Ohio State commit Najee Murray reached out to Neal, and his response told us all we needed to know...no comments
On Friday former Ohio State wide receiver DeVier Posey was drafted by the Houston Texans in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft, 68th overall, and will now write the next chapter of his football career in Texas. He went from serviceable, to dependable to near-stardom right in front of our eyes during his four seasons in Columbus - interrupted by controversy that threw the program, and his senior season, into a whirlwind - but his career contributions to The Ohio State University should be celebrated. We give you DeVier Posey's career in photographs. Enjoy.....no comments
It went somewhat unnoticed last Saturday when Thad Matta and the Ohio State Buckeyes basketball team landed some much needed shooting help from the commitment of Amedeo Della Valle - after all, it happened the morning of Urban Meyer's first spring game in Columbus. Focus was elsewhere, understandably. Now that we're through the spring game - and the NFL Draft - it's time to take a look at exactly what the Buckeyes gained.
Della Valle, a 6'3" 180 pound combo guard out of famed Findlay Prep (Henderson, NV), chose Ohio State over offers from Arizona, Gonzaga, Michigan and Texas A&M after making a mid-week visit to Columbus just a few days before Meyer's spring game. His commitment, while under the radar, is invaluable for the basketball program.
Just three weeks ago Thad Matta and his staff were looking to fill only one void - that left by graduating senior William Buford. When the dust settled Jared Sullinger had departed while JD Weatherspoon and Jordan Siebert decided it was in their best interest to transfer out, leaving the Buckeyes with four spots to fill and some catching up to do. SNagging Della Valle shortly after his official visit was key, and should help give Ohio State some much needed options on the offensive end in 2012-13.
So who is this kid?no comments
We've once again browsed around the Buckeye Bloggers Network to pick the 'Best Of' for the week, and what a busy week it was. Over the last eight days we've had Urban Meyer's first Spring Game, plenty of Ohio State recruiting news from the football and basketball programs - and now made our way through seven rounds of the NFL draft that saw four former Buckeyes drafted and a trio more picked up as undrafted free agents.
Before we get too far along we'll get some housekeeping put of the way. First and foremost a quick shoutout is warrented for a couple of blogging brethren - Chris Holloway and Jeremy Birmingham - who fired up their new Ohio State blog over on the Rivals (Yahoo!) platform for Buckeye Grove, dubbed UnScripted Ohio. We're hoping to rope them into the network, but look forward to plenty of great content from those guys regardless.
We would also be remissed if we failed to mention the ultra-intense, pregame 'circle drill' put on right before the spring game kicked off last Saturday afternoon. For a fan base itching for anything positive out of the football program - what a perfect way to get the day started. If you've yet to see it, we've posted the video below ahead of our BBN links. It's a prime example of Urban Meyer Badassery.no comments