Today, fellow Defenders of OurHonor, the Thursday Morning Hive comes to you with a heavy heart. As of Tuesday morning, we were officially as far as we will ever be from the next college football game. Today, much to my dismay, we are only two days closer. For football fans, our winter is upon us. Fortunately, for those interested in some of the other Ohio State sports, there is plenty to keep us warm until the snow thaws and the oasis that is the spring football game finally, if only temporarily, sates our appetite for Buckeye football.
That’s not to say we’re totally at a loss for football news. National Signing Day is three weeks away and soon we’ll all be Better Knowing our new Buckeyes. There are also bound to be a few news stories (though hopefully a few less than last winter). Some will be good, some will not. What’s that you say? You’re skeptical? You still need proof? Well, in that case, I offer you two stories, one that is fun, and one that involves too much fun.
Good Football News
This Sunday at 4:30 PM, the Ohio State basketball team will get a chance to avenge its 74-70 New Years Eve setback against Indiana as the Hoosiers travel to the Schott. The game itself should be quite a bit of fun, and Our Honor Defend will have the coverage both before and after the game. However, in addition to the action on the court, the halftime show at this game should be one that all Buckeye fans appreciate.
According to a release from the OSU Athletic Department, Urban Meyer will appear at halftime to introduce his entire staff to the Buckeye Nation. Will it be as memorable as Jim Tressel’s introductory speech? Personally, I think they should dim the lights and have everyone strut out to Voodoo Child like Hulk Hogan and the NWO circa 1998. In all actuality, and probably as it should be, it will likely just be a few minutes on the court, a few bland statements and some sort of vague promise of future success. It might not be anything earth-shattering, but it will still be fun for those in attendance, that’s for sure.
Wait? Still not sure who all is on Urban’s staff? Chris has you covered.
Not So Good Football News
So it was written, and so it shall pass. The first player arrest of the Urban Meyer is upon us. For the second time in the last six months, it is defensive back Dominic Clarke who ended up in bracelets. Clarke’s first arrest occurred back in October when he was picked up for shooting a BB gun on the roof of an OSU campus building. His most recent arrest was for OVI (basically, drunk driving). Apparently, he wasn’t too drunk, but still even a little drunk is too drunk to drive. Like everyone on campus knows, just dial 614 and start pressing 4 until the phone rings, you’ll get a cab in no time.
Clarke is an extremely talented defensive back. There are many who would argue that he deserved one of the starting spots last season. However, many a talented player has had a promising career derailed due to off-the-field issues. Let’s hope that these two incidents were just examples of a young kid making mistakes that he will grow from.
Meet the Early Enrollees
As I mentioned earlier, once National Signing Day passes, OHD will start to profile the recruiting class. However, as you may know, some of that class is already on campus. They include:
- Jacoby Boren, an offensive lineman from Pickerington, Ohio and Pickerington Central High School;
- Bri’onte Dunn, a running back from Canton Glen Oak High School in Ohio;
- Cardale Jones, a quarterback from Cleveland’s Glenville High School who spent last season at Fork Union (Va.) Military Academy;
- Joshua Perry, a linebacker from Lewis Center, Ohio and Olentangy High School;
- Tyvis Powell, a defensive back from Bedford (Ohio) High School; and
- Michael Thomas, a receiver from Los Angeles who graduated from Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft High School and attended ForkUnion Military Academy this past season.
The Ohio State athletic website has a nice write-up on the early enrollees. You can find the article on the “Six Who Couldn’t Wait to get to Ohio State here.
Ohio State Wrestling Takes Some Lumps
The Wrestling Buckeyes lost two matches last week, bringing their dual meet record to 7-2. The consecutive losses, both to ranked opponents, caused the Buckeyes to slip from #6 to #8 in the polls. This was a relatively small drop for a two-match losing streak, but considering the caliber of opponent faced, it feels appropriate.
The two losses came at the hands of current #7-ranked Nebraska in a 18-16 squeaker, and #4-ranked Minnesota in a 24-13 finish. Despite the losses, don’t expect the Buckeye grapplers to sit back in lick their wounds. Tonight the Buckeyes welcome Purdue (6-5, 1-1 Big 10) to St. Johns arena. This will be a big test for the Buckeyes to see if they can overcome two disappointing matches and come back strong against a team that they should beat. The match begins at 7:00 and tickets are only $8 ($5 for students) so come out and support your Ohio State wrestling team.
Meyer to Meet with Media
In one last short football tidbit, Urban Meyer and his staff will be meeting with the Media today, so keep your eyes on Twitter (and OHD of course) for all of the updates.