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Columbus Dispatch Jul 30, 2014

Ohio State football: Players say Urban Meyer has changed approach

CHICAGO — Urban Meyer said he is the same coach he was when he took over the Ohio State football program 2 1/2 years ago. Yes, he is much more attentive to his health than he was in his final years at Florida. Beyond that, he hasn’t changed much, Meyer said yesterday during Big Ten media days. As Meyer gets set to lead the Buckeyes into his third season, the three players representing Ohio State — Braxton Miller, Michael Bennett and Jeff Heuerman — disagreed.
Columbus Dispatch Jul 30, 2014

Bob Hunter commentary: Scott Hartnell is perfect fit with young Jackets

The Columbus news media got its first extended interview session with Scott Hartnell yesterday, and it scrutinized him the way a prospective customer might go over a used car. Scratches and dents are obvious. Sometimes problems that lurk beneath the hood aren’t easily detected. This qualified as a friendly interrogation, but questions about his impressions of his new NHL team, teammates and city showed that reporters still haven’t forgotten that the team’s front office didn’t ask the right questions in 2011 before acquiring a disgruntled Jeff Carter from those same Philadelphia Flyers.
Columbus Dispatch Jul 30, 2014

Crew: Gregg Berhalter won’t force move for scorer

Time is running out on the Crew’s summer pursuit of a goal-scorer. But with a week remaining until Major League Soccer’s secondary transfer window closes, coach and sporting director Gregg Berhalter said the Crew is sticking to its plan and does not feel the pressure to make a signing to help this year’s roster.
Columbus Dispatch Jul 30, 2014

Ohio State notebook | Urban Meyer, Mark Dantonio: Fund playoff travel for players’ families

CHICAGO — If Ohio State has a dream season, it could be a nightmare scenario — financially — for many players’ families, coach Urban Meyer said, and he wants that addressed.
Columbus Dispatch Jul 30, 2014

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Akron Beacon Journal Jul 29, 2014

Big Ten Media Day notebook: National Signing Day riles Nebraska coach

CHICAGO: If Nebraska coach Bo Pelini had his way, National Signing Day would be a thing of the past. And the result would be an improved recruiting process.“You’ve made a commitment to a young man to come play in your program, why do we have to wait to any certain day?” Pelini said. “Why don’t we just go ahead and let’s sign on the dotted line, let’s get it over with and move forward.”That would be a big change from the system in place, where players have to wait until the signing period even if they’ve made an oral commitment.But what if they could sign as soon as they...
News-Herald Jul 29, 2014
Ohio State football: Urban Meyer starts from scratch to improve pass defense

Ohio State football: Urban Meyer starts from scratch to improve pass defense

When in doubt, go back to the drawing board. Suffice to say, there was plenty of doubt surrounding Ohio State's pass defense last season. Enter said drawing board. Coach Urban Meyer, obviously not happy with his team's pass defense during the 2013 season, told a group of media members at the annual Big Ten Media Days in Chicago on July 28 that the 2014 pass defense will have a new look.
Plain Dealer Jul 29, 2014

Ohio State QB Braxton Miller on LeBron James and high-profile athletes: Big Ten Media Days

Miller said that high-profile athletes know each other, and that includes James following the Buckeyes and their quarterback.
Plain Dealer Jul 29, 2014

Urban Meyer compares potential of Ohio State defensive line to 2006 Florida D-line that wrecked the Buckeyes

"It shouldn't be a question that we're the best at the end of the season, because it should just be obvious," senior defensive tackle Michael Bennett said.
Plain Dealer Jul 29, 2014

LeBron James, James Franklin and how they impact Ohio State Buckeyes football: Wrapping up from Big Ten Media Days

Before Doug and I leave the Chicago Hilton to head back for Columbus, we sat down and spoke about some of the biggest themes of the last two days to wrap up Big Ten Media Days. Two of those themes were LeBron James and James Franklin.
Akron Beacon Journal Jul 29, 2014

Big Ten Media Day: BCS playoffs could create chances for conference’s best

CHICAGO: As he watched the BCS championship game last season, Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook could not help but wonder:What if a playoff system were in place? Would the Spartans be playing for the biggest prize?No need to wonder anymore. The old BCS system is out. A four-team playoff to determine a national champion is being implemented this season, and that could open some more opportunities for the Big Ten and the other four power conferences.“Hopefully, this will give everyone an equal opportunity to play for a national championship, which everyone wants,” Cook said Tuesday as...
Plain Dealer Jul 29, 2014

Behind the scenes: Ohio State Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer, rest of the Big Ten bunch in for Day 2 of Media Days (Photo gallery)

Day 2 of Big Ten Media Days is always more hectic because it's every coach and three of his best players jammed inside of a ballroom. Doug and I, however, took it as an opportunity to snap some pictures of the scene. A full gallery from Tuesday inside.
Columbus Dispatch Jul 29, 2014

NHL: Blue Jackets sign forward Jerry D’Amigo

The Blue Jackets announced today that they have signed forward Jerry D’Amigo to a one-year, two-way contract.
Columbus Dispatch Jul 29, 2014

Ohio State football: Urban Meyer counting on youngsters

CHICAGO -- Produce or move to the back of the line. That’s a message that Ohio State coach Urban Meyer is sending to his players -- even ones who are relative newcomers to campus.
Plain Dealer Jul 29, 2014

Ohio State University urged to reinstate fired band director Jon Waters, who has support from across the country

Support for former Ohio State University marching band director Jon Waters, fired last week after a university investigation determined he was aware of and did not diffuse a "sexualized culture," has been widespread and strong.

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