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Braxton Miller Injured, Season in Jeopardy (UPDATED)

(** Post updated, see below **)

Tim May of the Columbus Dispatch is reporting that Braxton Miller has reinjured his surgically repaired shoulder:

Ohio State senior quarterback Braxton Miller, considered by several polls to be among the preseason leaders to make a run at the Heisman Trophy, reinjured his right shoulder in practice this afternoon, sources told The Dispatch. The injury puts in jeopardy his playing status for the coming season.

This is according to a source and has no been confirmed by Ohio State nor coach Urban, so adjust your panic accordingly. This could be an overzealous source, mishearing a conversation or this could be the most devastating injury for Ohio State’s National Championship hopes since Roy Hall’s ill-fated tackle.

The Lantern tweeted out a few more details, and it doesn’t paint a pretty picture:

Also, from Patrick Maks at 11W:

New Look, New Feel, New Faces, Same Old MotSaG

Blog/site newsJust like the Buckeyes will have some fresh faces in uniform and on the sidelines this season, we here at MotSaG have also cleaned house a little and changed things up a bit here and there.

We have changed up the front page layout to give you quicker access to our content. Instead of the old blog-layout of a number of recent posts, in their entirety, we have cleaned up the front page, highlighting our most recent post and giving access to the rest of our content by way of short summaries with links to each post (and a section of our most popular content for a given day). We have also improved our menu system, which is that little black bar underneath the header. There, you can directly access different categories, different pages and more (including Forums, which we’ll get to in a bit).

We have also added a bunch of new contributors to the site. After having Mike Rockstedt called up to the majors (11W, where he’s putting in work), we wanted to restock our writing staff. You’ve hopefully seen the announcements on Twitter, but in case you didn’t, we have added JT Perry, Mark Cerimele, Christopher Owens, Stephan Sharp, LaMarques Greenwood, Nate, Ryan, and hopefully when the dust settles, Alexis. We are excited, as always, to have new blood and we think they’ll all contribute to the great community we’ve built up here.

Finally, and this is the part that has Jeremiah and I most excited — we added a Forums section to the site. (Sure, this is probably something we should have had years ago, but go with it). This will give us a chance to post content that may be more suited for a discussion in a forum setting, along with a chance to just shoot the breeze. You’ll have to register for an account (which you can do right here). The forum software is fairly basic, but fairly straight forward. We want to keep the discussion going, so feel free to add topics, reply to topics already there and continue to talk Buckeyes all you want. We just ask that you keep it clean, be cool to each other and don’t do (or link to) anything vulgar/racist/pornographic/illegal. You know the drill.

Welcome to the new and improved MotSaG!

Friday Lunch Viewing: A Little Taste of 2014 Ohio State Football

Our pal Kade has been doing the Lord’s Work for our brethren over at 11W, and we just had to share it here for your lunch-time viewing pleasure.

Three Yards and a Cloud of Links

osuHelmetCavaliersThree Yards and a Cloud of Links is Men of the Scarlet and Gray’s semi-regular curated look at items that would interest Ohio State fans. These include news items, interesting blog posts and the occasional meme you’ve probably already seen. It’s all here and it’s all for you. Have a tip that should be included in the next TYAACOL? Drop us a line at motsag@gmail.com or through our Contact Page.

IT’S MILLER TIME: Bill Rabinowitz of The Columbus Dispatch has a great article on the senior leader of the Buckeyes, Braxton Miller. There’s lots of great stuff here, so you definitely should read the whole thing, but here a couple pieces I particularly enjoyed. The first was Braxton’s hesitancy in telling the new coaching staff about his new born son, Landon. There was only one person he trusted enough to tell the news:

In fact, the only one he confided in was his roommate, fellow quarterback Kenny Guiton, who also became a father two months after Miller.

There were times during last season when people wondered out loud if Kenny G should be starting instead of Miller, who had some ups and downs. In our own minds we had built up this rivalry, but there clearly was a relationship not everyone was privy to.

I also enjoy his candidness when asked about having the Heisman Trophy as a goal:

“If I just play my game, play smart and play within myself, a lot of good things will happen,” he said. “If we do what we’re supposed to do on offense and defense and score a lot of points and be Big Ten champions and get to the national (playoff), I would really love to accept that Heisman award.”

A great read about a great kid.

BUCK NAKED: Late last week it was announced that Jonathan Waters, the Ohio State Marching Band director was fired after an exhaustive investigation was done and found a troubling “”sexualized” culture of the band”. You can read all about the investigation here and a lot of the fallout here.

If you were on Twitter when the new broke, I’m sure you saw much of the reaction that trended toward Ohio State acting too harshly. You can read the investigation and come to your own conclusion. I’ve certainly come to mine.

I think what bothered me the most about this situation was the number of hot takes that basically blew this off as “things college kids do”. While that may be entirely true, why is that excuse valid? Why can’t we demand that “college kids” be better? And aren’t people like Dr. Waters tasked with teaching them that they should be better? I know there is going to be a lot of this kind of thing happening, but I guess I’d rather see things like this not be swept aside with another shrug of the shoulders and “kids will be kids” excuse. Maybe I’m getting to be an old fuddy-duddy, but that’s just me.

(I have to give a h/t to future MotSaG’er Frenchie on that title)

B1G! B1G!: The B1G Media Days kick off tomorrow in Chicago, which will be the first real chance the media has to get access to the football coaches, and Ari Wasserman has a few questions that Urban Meyer might have to answer. Dave Biddle has a five storylines for the Buckeyes going in to B1G Media Days, as well. What are a few questions you’d ask Coach Meyer, given the opportunity?

OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS (AND CARLOS HYDE KNOCKS OPPORTUNITY DOWN): With San Francisco’s running backs dropping like flies to injuries, it looks like Carlos Hyde is going to get some early chances to show off what he’s got:

“El Guapo” is a “throwback runner” – he knows the shortest distance between A and B is a straight line, often running over his opposition en route to a big gain. Times have changed and football has evolved into a passing game, eliminating the need to draft running backs early in the first round. Hyde slipped to the 49ers at #57, and when considering recent injuries to the backfield, it’s starting to look like one of the best picks in the draft.

#23 IT IS:

23 it is! It's only right I go back. 2·3=6  We still family 6. #HomeTeam #StriveForGreatness

ETC: It looks like Kyle Trout will probably redshirt this season. Get to know Mrs. Urban Meyer.

MotSaG Reader’s Digest for July 20, 2014

osuHelmetThe MotSaG Reader’s Digest is back! The MotSaG Reader’s Digest is just that — a quick glance at the past week of content here at Men of the Scarlet and Gray. This will give you a chance to catch up on anything you may have missed during the course of the week. This isn’t everything we posted this week, so we always encourage everyone to subscribe to our feed, sign up for email alerts or simply check the website on a regular basis.

Site News

Not a lot of site news this week. We will be adding a new writer to the ranks shortly, but we’ll hold off on announcing who that is until a little later. We’re also hoping to start up a podcast so look here for updates on that, as well.

Ohio State Football

We didn’t post much about the football team this week other than Jeremiah’s post about the JT Moore situation (which led to our favorite thing, a Twitter slap fight between fellow Buckeye Bloggers. We’re all on the same team, guys!).

We did have a little fun looking at Mike Vrabel’s liquidation sale. The dude had like seven TVs. Who needs that many TVs?

Recruiting

Mike continues to bring recruiting news on a daily basis (You should be following him on Twitter, he is a wealth of recruit information there). Earlier this week, he took a look at the 2015 offensive linemen commits and targets.

Jeremiah chatted with 2016 LB prospect, Ethan Tucky (how do you have this last name and not name your kid “Kenneth”?!) and 2015 OL Kieffer Longson.

Mike spoke with 2017 WR Donovan Peoples, an Ohio State offer, who is showing a lot of interest in the program. He also chatted with another WR prospect, Lawrence Cager of the 2015 class.

MotSaG Reader’s Digest for July 13, 2014

osuHelmetCavaliersThe MotSaG Reader’s Digest is back! The MotSaG Reader’s Digest is just that — a quick glance at the past week of content here at Men of the Scarlet and Gray. This will give you a chance to catch up on anything you may have missed during the course of the week. This isn’t everything we posted this week, so we always encourage everyone to subscribe to our feed, sign up for email alerts or simply check the website on a regular basis.

We’ve all been on a little hiatus except for Michael, so this should hopefully signal a return to more content moving toward the upcoming season. Less than 2 months away!

Site News

We haven’t had a chance to formally introduce him, but we’ve added a new writer in Michael Rockstedt to our writing ranks. Mike has been covering recruiting for us and has been on a tear the last couple months. He’s also a great follow on Twitter, so make sure you add him. I’m pretty sure he’ll answer any recruiting question you might have. We look forward to having him on staff and hearing more than just about recruiting from him.

Another one of our writers, Garth, has been asked by the OSU Wrestling Team to cover the team for the official Ohio State Athletics website. You can follow his wrestling writing over there, including his latest on Hunter Stieber. But we’ll still be hearing from Garth around these parts. As a former Golden State Warriors blogger, he’s planning on covering the Cleveland Cavaliers for the website. I know that for the past few years this site has been mostly about Ohio State football and basketball, but we’re all fans of professional sports and we can’t help but be excited about the return of LeBron James to the Buckeye State. The excitement is palpabale in Cleveland and his return will pay dividends for Ohio State on the recruiting front, as well. Expect to see some Cavalier content moving forward.

Ohio State Football

We haven’t talked much about the actual team that will take the field in 2014 (that should change shortly) but we did have to mention the unfortunate circumstances of Tracy Sprinkle’s dismissal from the team.

Recruiting

Michael spoke with a few future recruits. From the 2016 Class, he talked to RB Robert Washington from North Carolina. With offers from a third of the major football programs out there, he’s going to be able to go pretty much anywhere he wants. He has Ohio State in his top 15, but that’s about it. But he does love the tradition, especially at running back:

“I love the tradition that Ohio State has, especially at running back,” he said of why he loves Ohio State. “The running backs they have had like Carlos Hyde and Archie Griffin, are just special players. The coaches are amazing too. I love coach Drayton, he is a good coach and we continue to build our relationship. The university has so much pride and I love everything it has to offer.”

Michael also spoke to a pair of kids in the 2017 class, Aapri Washington and Marcus Williamson. Coach Coombs is heavily involved in their recruitment, so you can probably just put these two guys down as future Buckeyes.

Tracy Sprinkle Dismissed From Team

osuHelmetAs reported by Doug Lesmerises (and others), Tracy Sprinkle has been kicked off the team (pending further legal proceedings).

Urban Meyer dismissed Tracy Sprinkle from the Ohio State football team on Monday after the defensive lineman was arrested over the weekend and charged with cocaine possession after a bar brawl in Lorain.

Sprinkle, 19, entered not guilty pleas to charges of rioting, failure to disperse, possession of cocaine and drug paraphernalia in a Monday morning arraignment in a Lorain courtroom.

Sprinkle was arrested on Saturday.

As the linked article points out, this is similar to the case during Urban’s first year at Ohio State, when legal troubles for Storm Klein resulted in his dismissal from the team, only to be welcomed back after things had cleared up. Klein’s missteps seem to be a little less severe than Sprinkles (possession of cocaine and drug paraphernalia) but running afoul of the law is still running afoul of the law.

B1G Tournament Game 1 (Purdue) Semi-live Blog

Our basketball coverage has been a little light lately (totally my fault) but we love Buckeye Basketball just as much as anyone, so I’m hoping to live-blog as much of the B1G Tournament as I can, starting with today’s game against Purdue.

After a quick start from Purdue, Ohio State’s defense tightened up and they converted a couple transition buckets to pull even.

Ohio State 11 Purdue 9

With five minutes left in the first half, Ohio State and Purdue have gone back and forth with neither team able to pull away. Both teams have made a couple mini runs but no one has been able to sustain any momentum.

Ohio State 21 Purdue 19

And as soon as I say no one can pull away, Lenzelle Smith Jr. hits a three pointer and Sam Thompson connects on a nice little floater on the baseline.

Ohio State 26 Purdue 19

Of course, as soon as I update with that, the Boilermakers go on a mini run to pull themselves right back up alongside Ohio State. LaQuniton Ross’ jumper keeps the lead to three at the half, Ohio State 30 Purdue 27.

Purdue maintains their hot shooting with nine points to OSU’s four early, Ohio State 34 Purdue 36.

Meanwhile, Ross is starting to have another March renaissance as he carries Ohio State on his shoulder.

After Purdue went up 3, Ohio State’s defense and Aaron Craft specifically, decided to clamp things down while Ross makes an awkward running hook to put the Buckeyes up, 45-44

I’m just going to throw this Twitter worthy statement as the Buckeyes go up 3: March Craft > Nov-Feb Craft. The same thing can be said about LaQuinton Ross.

Ohio State 54 Purdue 51

Aaron Craft doing Aaron Craft things.

It’s not supposed to be like this, but 2013-14 has just not been Ohio State’s basketball season. With less than 90 seconds left against Purdue, Ohio State clings to a one-point lead. Let’s see if the Buckeyes can hold on.

Buckeyes hold on to that one point lead, finishing off Purdue’s upset bid. The Buckeyes are going to have to shoot better from the free throw line and behind the three point line if they want to run with the hot Nebraska Cornhuskers.

Ohio State 63 Purdue 61

Minnesota vs. Ohio State, Take 2

OSU LogoMinnesota at Ohio State
Value City Arena, Columbus, Ohio
Feb. 22nd, 2014 at 6:00PM ET (BTN)

The first time these two teams met this season, Minnesota came in unranked with a 13-4 record. Ohio State was 15-2, ranked #11 but had just came off two losses to Michigan State and Iowa.

Minnesota would go on to upset the Buckeyes, handing Ohio State its third loss that was just he beginning of a slide that had people wondering if Ohio State was even a tournament team.

Since that game in January, Ohio State has won six of the next nine games while Minnesota would only find success in three of their next nine (even though one of those wins was a solid victory over Wisconsin). Divergent paths, indeed. Minnesota is now the team in need of another signature win to bolster any kind of tournament resume they can. Ohio State twice in one season would be quite the feather in their cap.

Not much has changed from the preview that Chris K did earlier. Minnesota is still going to rely on Andre and Austin Hollins to lead the way against Aaron Craft and LaQuinton Ross of the Buckeyes.

Look for Ross to have a big game after his ejection in Ohio State’s victory over Northwestern. Thad Matta (and I’m sure Ross as well) wasn’t proud of the outburst and I’m sure has been riding Ross. This is a chance to LaQuinton to show he’s moved on and is able to concentrate on getting his game right.

Game tips off at 6 on Big Ten Network