Good morning and welcome to Friday, Hive-minders everywhere. As usual, your Friday Morning Hive comes to you from Florida, or as Robert California calls it, America’s basement. I hope your morning is off to a better start than Pistol Pete’s hockey rink slam dunk on Parks and Recreation last night. Plagued with a nasty case of writer’s block last night, I decided to save this column for morning, so let’s see what happens, shall we? Also, my apologies if this is a little more tardy than usual. There are plenty of events in the Buckeye sporting world this weekend. Most of you will be looking forward to the shooty hoops team, as the Buckeyes seek redemption and revenge at home on Sunday afternoon against the Indiana Hoosiers.
Hopefully no one will drop 40+ on the Bucks (a la Brandon Paul) for a good long while, and although I’m not ready to jump on the panic wagon like so many others, there are a few things Ohio State will need to clean up moving forward. As expected from a young team, these come down basically to defensive assignments, intensity and crunch time. Remember, three seniors are gone and one of them was named David Lighty. That’s roughly a hundred years of experience, right there. If it takes someone going HAM against the Buckeyes for them to beat us, then they’re doing a lot of things right. The Puckeyes host TTUN tonight (it’s on BTN, so watch it) and the two teams play again Sunday afternoon at Progressive Field in Cleveland in the Frozen Diamond Faceoff. Also, the Lady Bucks will visit Lady Sparty. That’s a lot going on. Let’s get to our Five in the Hive:
Warinner, Hinton Officially Announced; Urban’s Staff Meets the Press
Urban Meyer’s staff is now officially complete with the hirings of offensive line coach Ed Warinner and tight ends/fullbacks coach Tim Hinton. Meyer and staff met with the press yesterday and many at the event seemed impressed at how quickly the staff is jelling and how energetic they are. Bob Hunter talks about the staff’s energy here. Writers on Twitter mentioned how the statements made from one coach to the next were all very similar, but without sounding rehearsed or fake. All but Everett Withers have Ohio ties and many of the new coaches commented on Ohio State being a dream opportunity for them. Warinner and Hinton said they were happy at Notre Dame but indicated that taking the opportunity at Ohio State was too good to pass up. Meyer noted that he’s never had to assemble an entire offensive staff before. It will be interesting to see how well this staff’s chemistry works as we get into practices and game planning. Word is that the Spring Game is April 21, but I haven’t seen that confirmed anywhere yet. This is based on the assumption that the annual lacrosse game will still be a part of the Spring Game festivities.
Lady Hoops Team Rebounds
It’s nice to see the Ohio State shooty lady hoops team rebound from its first loss of the season. Margie told you all about the Lady Buckeyes’ 82-72 win over Northwestern last night. Junior guard Tayler Hill scored 19 of her 24 points in the second half to lead the Buckeyes. Last year, the Lady Nerds swept Ohio State, making last night’s win sweet revenge for the OSU women. Samantha Prahalis added 20 points and Amber Stokes chipped in 11 more. Ohio State was coming off a road loss against TTUN last Saturday. Next up will be a trip to play the Lady Spartans on Sunday at 4 p.m. I’m pretty sure Charles will bring you all the important happenings.
Return of Redd Rain
Former Buckeye hoops star Michael Redd returned to action last night after three injury-plagued NBA seasons. In his first game with Phoenix, Redd went up against the Cleveland Cavaliers from his home state. The results were encouraging. Redd scored 12 points on 4-9 shooting (3-7 on three-pointers). In 19 minutes of action. He also recorded an assist and a steal. The good news for Cavs fans is that Cleveland pulled out a 101-90 victory. Redd is hungry to capture a championship before his basketball career ends. That won’t likely happen in Phoenix, but maybe he can regain enough of his form to draw trade interest from a contender. A hot-shooting Redd could certainly help a team off the bench in a title run. We wish Michael the best in his comeback.
I’m no Spartans fan, but that is one glorious tattoo, Nick Hill. I’m absolutely positive that you paid full price for it…Penn State clarifies its removal of Joe Paterno as head coach in this statement…If you want to see how the salaries of Urban’s staff compare to last year’s, the Dispatch has you covered…Just TSUN folk being TSUN folk. (Bad parents! Bad!)
This Friday has gone Dan!
Just because it’s Friday and you need it: