Archives for January 2015

Rush to Judgment

We as fans cringe when we hear players from our favorite teams make it into the news for allegedly doing something bad. We Buckeye fans have lived through a dark time with Tattoo Gate and in recent years since the Urban Meyer hire, some players gain national attention for possible indiscretions. Since Meyer has joined the Buckeyes as their head coach there was a ton of criticism from national pundits, like the all to infamous Clay Travis, blasting Meyer always claiming his players were out of control. Let’s not even talk about the hack jobs who blame Urban for the Hernandez situation. Remember the whole Carlos Hyde situation and the national media outrage that Urban is helping cover up the “crime”.

Last night Action19 News out of Cleveland, Ohio ran a story that Carl Monday investigated. First off as a Clevelander seeing that man in a trench coat with a microphone walking around is never good because he seems to uncover some stuff. Carl Monday found the dash cam of the Jackson Township car that was involved with the Devin Smith car accident investigation. I won’t go into all the details, that’s why you should watch their video they ran last night on it, but to sum it up basically it seems like sometimes maybe an officer has an agenda of his own or even (this is what I’m going with) they make mistakes cause you know they are like you and me human.

Just remember all the haters who want to say that Urban is always covering up his players indiscretions, there is more than meets the eye and on several occasions now the video doesn’t lie. Stop rushing to judgment to get some web hits haters and Buckeye fans stop giving them the satisfaction by clicking on the bait.

Funny thing about this story was and ironically not very well known and after seeing the video for good reason it wasn’t.

MotSaG Live Podcast #18

Sorry Buckeye Nation as I am a few days behind in publishing this podcast. This week Chip Minnich and myself sit down and recap the B1G Championship, the Sugar Bowl and the National Championship games. We also discussed some about the National Championship Celebration that we were both able to attend. Hope you all enjoy another edition of MotSaG podcast (sorry there’s no editing as I am still trying to learn that).

Thad Matta Lands a Five Star Recruit

Late last night after a HUGE win over #16 ranked Maryland. Word was leaked out via D’Angelo Russell’s Instagram that a big time recruit JaQuan Lyle had committed to play for Ohio State while he was on his Official Visit to OSU yesterday. On top of that D’Angelo also said he would be returning to play next season as well. While we can’t confirm the latter the former has proven to be true and JaQuan Lyle will be a part of a star studded 2015 class for Thad Matta and Ohio State.

JaQuan Lyle is a 6’5″ 220 lbs Five Star Shooting Guard from Huntington, West Virginia. JaQuan originally committed to Oregon last year but had to decommit due to a grades issue and was forced to go to a Prep school for one season while he worked on grades and his game. JaQuan is a top recruit very similar to D’Angelo Russell and if D’Angelo returns they would be a deadly combination. If D’Angelo doesnt comeback next season JaQuan is the perfect fit to replace him at the Shooting Guard spot.

JaQuan Lyle joins Austin Grandstaff, Mickey Mitchell, AJ Harris, and Daniel Giddens all ranked Top 100 and at least Four Stars in the 2015 class. Time will tell where this class fits compared to Thad’s other classes but one thing is certain Thad can and will recruit his butt off.

The 2014 OSU Seniors’ Theme? “Redemption Song”

It was tremendous attending the celebration in Ohio Stadium on January 24th, 2015, with approximately 45,000-50,000 other Ohio State fans. Yes, it was cold; about 27 degrees. It was not as cold as the other national championship celebration I attended in January 2003; that celebration had more snow and was several degrees below zero. Yes, the players did join in a singing of “Carmen Ohio” at the conclusion; there was no Cie Grant moment in this celebration.

While I sat with my friend Bob during the celebration, my mind could not help but think of the senior class who signed letters of intent with Ohio State in February 2011. Twenty-four players signed with Ohio State in February 2011, yet only seventeen remained by January 2015. Fortunately for Ohio State fans, a few of these individuals have eligibility remaining to play for Ohio State in 2015 (Chase Farris, Joel Hale, Bryce Haynes, Cardale Jones, Braxton Miller, Ron Tanner, and Nick Vannett).

While “Carmen Ohio” was naturally performed at the national championship celebration, another song has crossed my mind as I reflect upon the careers of the players who signed in 2011 ~ Bob Marley’s “Redemption Song”.

“But my hand was made strong
By the ‘and of the Almighty.
We forward in this generation

My first experience watching Braxton Miller as an Ohio State Buckeye was in the 2011 Ohio State Spring Game. Enrolled as a true freshman, there were questions as to whether Miller would be the quarterback during the first five games, as returning starter Terrelle Pryor served a five game suspension, along with Ohio State Head Coach Jim Tressel. Little did anyone know that the 2011 Spring Game would be the last time Coach Tressel would coach Miller in any capacity.

Memorial Day 2011 dawned with the bombshell that Coach Tressel, under siege by the national media and members of the university power struggle, resigned as head coach. Former Ohio State defensive lineman and longtime Ohio State assistant coach Luke Fickell was promoted to head coach for the 2011 season, and possibly beyond.

While 2011 was a disappointing season for Ohio State and Coach Fickell, optimism for these players came into Columbus with the hiring of Urban Meyer as head football coach on November 28, 2011. In less than one full year, many of these players had experienced signing to play for one head coach, suffering through a losing season under an interim coach, and now were going to play for a coach that had not recruited the majority of them (Coach Meyer had recruited Braxton Miller while Coach Meyer was at Florida, if you recall). Even with this optimistic turn of events related to Coach Meyer’s arrival, it was only natural that a few of the players decided to look elsewhere to continue their football and educational careers.

“Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery;
None but ourselves can free our minds…”

The 2012 season under Coach Meyer resulted in a perfect 12-0 season, yet no rewards were possible as the program was under a bowl ban. The 2013 season began in tremendous fashion, yet collapsed down the stretch with a loss to Michigan State in The 2013 B1G Championship Game, and followed up with a loss to Clemson in the 2014 Orange Bowl. The 2014 season, after three years, would prove to be the last opportunity to leave a positive legacy in the archives of Ohio State football for several of these players who began in 2011.

“Won’t you help to sing
These songs of freedom? –
‘Cause all I ever have:
Redemption songs”

Yes, “Carmen Ohio” was on my mind, along with 45,000-50,000 other members of the Buckeye faithful on January 24th, 2015, in Ohio Stadium. But I will admit this other tune will also be on my mind and in my heart as I will fondly think back to the magical season of 2014, and to several of the Buckeyes who helped to make it that way, beginning back in February 2011.

Four Star Recruit Decommits From Ohio State (Per Report)

247sports is reporting this morning that Carlton Davis is no longer planning on being a Buckeye. While this news is not shocking in the least it is news. Carlton Davis committed last summer in a surprise announcement and instantly said he would still take visits and his recruitment wasnt over. He has flirted with many teams since then and never seemed really a part of this class. Here is some of what 247sports is reporting…

Confirmed by multiple sources, 247Sports has learned that Miami (FL) Norland DB Carlton Davis will not be signing with Ohio State when National Signing Day comes around next Wednesday, and it now looks like Auburn is sitting comfortably in the driver’s seat to land the 4-star prospect.

We will have more on this as it develops.

He’s a Speedy Teflon Wizard.

(With apologies to The Who)

Ever since I was a young boy
I’ve watched the Buckeye Ball
From Byars down to Ed-die
I must have watched them all
But I’ve never seen anyone like him
Run right through them all
That big headed number 15


MotSaG Men’s B1G Basketball Power Poll

Back for another week and there’s a lot of movement in the Big Ten conference this week, lets take a look at where I feel things shook out.

1. Wisconsin 18-2 (6-1) The Badgers are on a perch all by themselves, currently have the solo lead over the Terps in the BiG standings. Wisky smashed Iowa last week and pulled out a tight game against the maize and blue to take over the top spot from Maryland.
Last Week: #2
RPI: 8

2. Maryland 18-3 (6-2) The Terps lost a spot after beating Sparty last week but losing to Indiana. Maryland and the Buckeyes meet up this week big game for Buckeyes to add another quality win to resume (last chance) and for the Terps to try and stay on the heals of Wisconsin.
Last Week: #1
RPI: 14

3. Indiana 15-5 (5-2) The Hoosiers and their, I can’t seem to stay off the court Tom Crean, had a decent week. Beating Maryland by 19 but then lost to OSU by 12.
Last Week: #5
RPI: 32

4. Ohio State 16-5 (5-3) Buckeyes had a really good week winning a tight game at Northwestern then coming home and beating Indiana by 12 to get their first big win of the season. D’eangelo Russel showing why he is considered a top lottery pick in next seasons draft.
Last Week #6
RPI: 53

5. Michigan State 13-7(4-3) Sparty beat PSU but lost to Nebraska last week. Izzo will get this turned around Sparty fans.
Last Week : 4
RPI: 43

6. Iowa 13-7 (4-3) I know how can I have the Hawkeyes lower than the Buckeyes after they beat OSU twice. You get blown out by Wisconsin and lose a close one to Purdue to have a losing week will do that to you.
Last Week: #3
RPI: 52

7. Michigan 12-8 (5-3) The Wolverines might be living on borred time since losing Levert for season. This week they beat Rutgers and barely lost to Wisconsin without him.
Last Week: #7
RPI: 73

8. Nebraska 12-7 (4-3) Cornhuskers aren’t going away quietly mater of fact they are making some noise and making a run it looks like. Beating Minn and Michigan State has allowed them to jump up 3 spots this week.
Last Week: #11
RPI: 91

9. Purdue 12-8 (4-3) Boilermakers in the middle of the hunt for the B1G crown. They lost to Ill by 9 and beat Iowa.
Last Week: #8
RPI: 96

10. Illinois 13-8 (3-5) Fighting Illini beat Purdue but lost to Minnesota and have a below .500 conference mark
Last Week: #9
RPI: 58

11. Minnesota 13-8 (2-6) Golden Gophers lost to Nebraska but beat Illinois at home. Allowing Minnesota to move a spot is there out of conference record and better RPI
Last Week: #12
RPI: 90

12. Rutgers 10-11 (2-6) I should probably put the Scarlet Knights seeing how they are under .500 across the board and on a current 4 game losing skid. Having one more conference win allows them some reprieve for another week.
Last Week: #10
RPI: 102

13. Penn State 13-7(1-6) Nittany Lions lost to Michigan State but beat Purdue this week for their first conference win of the year.
Last Week: #14
RPI: 97

14. Northwestern 10-10 (1-6) Wildcats gave the Buckeyes a run for their money like they always seem to do and they only lost to Maryland by 1. Seems their second win is on the end of the line of the fisherman from the State Farm commercial right now.
Last Week: #13
RPI: 147

As always comment down below let me know your thoughts, hit me up on the twitters or email me at and let me know what I have wrong like you always do, looking forward to the talk about basketball just like we did with football.

Buckeyes Recruiting Roll Continues

With the upcoming National Signing Day only 8 days away the 2015 class is starting to come to an end. There is room for a few more guys and a few more surprises. Today Urban flipped a local kid who was previously committed to Kentucky in 2015 DE Da’Von Hamilton.

As first reported by Recruiting Guru Bill Kurelic….

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DaVon Hamilton is a 6’3″ 285 lbs Three Star Defensive Tackle from Pickerington, Ohio. DaVon is a local kid who had to go through the entire process trying to earn an offer from his hometown school and found a way to do it just 10 days before NSD. He went home talked with his family and mentors and made a decision that was best for him. He decommitted for the second time (was initially committed to Pitt) and decided to go to OSU where they have a position of need that he fills wonderfully. He will likely Red Shirt next year and work in the weight room and get bigger and better.

Buckeyes Land Another Highly Rated Recruit: Five Star 2017 Offensive Tackle Josh Myers

Photo Credit: 24/7 Sports

Photo Credit: 24/7 Sports

The Ohio State coaches have landed yet another commit from a highly rated recruit today. Five star 2017 offensive tackle Josh Myers has officially committed to the Ohio State Buckeyes. The 2017 recruit is from Miamisburg, Ohio, stands at 6’6″ and weighs 290 pounds. Myers becomes the four commitment of the 2017 class for the Buckeyes. That makes three five-star players and one four star player in the 2017 class, which is absolutely remarkable. According to 24/7 sports, he is the third highest rated player overall, the top ranked offensive tackle overall and the number one player overall in the state of Ohio in the 2017 class.

Myers knew his mind was made up once he saw the Ohio State-Michigan game in-person. Myers said this to 24/7 Sports:

“I think my mind was probably made up for sure after the Ohio State-Michigan game,” Myers said. “That was what did it in for me. That was a great experience. I thought I connected with that coaching staff after the game and I felt in my heart it was the right place for me.

Myers said he felt a deep connection with offensive coordinator Ed Warinner, who recruited him to Columbus along with tight ends/fullback coach Tim Hinton. He really complimented the coaching staff and was impressed by how great of a team the Buckeyes have. Myers also said more than anything it felt great to finally announce it to everybody.

Myers comes from a family that is very talented athletically. His father Brad Myers was an offensive lineman at Kentucky from 1984 to 1987. His mother Julie Myers was a basketball player at the University of Dayton and his older brother Zach is also an offensive lineman who signed with Kentucky in 2012. Myers had a plethora of offers from other schools that included Alabama, Florida, Michigan, Kentucky, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Penn State, Tennessee and West Virginia.

Take a look at the future “big slob” below. Here are his highlights against Troy:

To see more of Josh Myers highlights, click here.

Welcome to Buckeye Nation, Josh Myers!

2016 Four Star Tight End Jake Hausmann Commits to Ohio State

Jake Hausmann

The Ohio State Buckeyes have added another great player to their 2016 recruiting class. 2016 four star tight end Jake Hausmann has officially committed to the Buckeyes. He is the sixth player added to the 2016 class, making him the fifth offensive player of the group. Hausmann is from Cincinnati, Ohio, stands at 6’5″ and weighs 235 pounds. The 2016 recruit is the third highest rated tight end nationally and seventh overall in the state of Ohio in the 2016 class.

Hausmann had several offers from other schools, including Georgia, Michigan, Florida State, Notre Dame, Arkansas, Ole Miss, Cincinnati and many more. The Archbishop Moeller product was recruited by Kerry Coombs and Tim Hinton. Many were worried when Urban Meyer took over that tight ends would be underutilized, but he has certainly proved that wrong and Hausmann is another big body for Ohio State’s plethora of quarterbacks to throw to in a few years. Hausmann announced his decision to become a Buckeye via his Twitter page:

Boom! Welcome to Buckeye Nation!

Here are his junior year highlights, courtesy of Hudl:

And here are his sophomore highlights:

To see more of Hausmann’s highlights, click here.