Good morning and happy Friday to all defenders of our honor, wherever you may be. We hope you’re ready for this weekend because we sure are. In addition to the men playing for a share of yet another B1G regular season title under Thad Matta on Sunday at East Lansing, the Lady Bucks will take to the hardwood at 11:30 this morning against TTUN in the B1G women’s tournament. More on that later. We here at OHD would like to wish the best of luck to Shelly Poe, who is leaving the OSU sports information department and heading to S-E-C country. Shelly will be working with the Auburn football program. By all accounts from those who have worked with her in the past, Shelly is a class act and will be missed in Columbus. It’s Hive time. Let’s do this.
Kerry Coombs completes Urban Meyer’s staff (again)
As Dan told you yesterday, Kerry Coombs interviewed for the Ohio State cornerbacks coach job. It appears that interview went well, as Coombs is reportedly headed to Columbus. Coombs has been the associate head coach at the University of Cincinnati and former head coach at Colerain High School. Though we don’t know what his official capacity will be if/when he is officially named to the staff, it’s nice to know he has special teams experience. You can never have too many coaches with special teams experience, in my opinion. Knowing the importance of special teams in Urban Meyer’s philosophy, we should see improvement in that area. I have to admit, since we’re on our third cornerbacks coach since Urban took over, I’m not getting too excited. We’ve been going through cornerbacks coaches like Spinal Tap goes through drummers.
Revenge is a dish best served in Indianapolis
B1G POY Samantha Prahalis and her Lady Buckeye teammates will face the Lady LOLverines at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis at 11:30, as previously mentioned. The game is on the BTN and it’s a revenge game for Ohio State. The team’s first blemish of the season came in Ann Arbor back on Jan. 7, 73-62. Courtney Boylan dumped 19 on the Buckeyes that night to lead TTUN. Prahalis and Tayler Hill scored 17 and 15, respectively, in the loss, which snapped Ohio State’s 15-game winning streak to open the season. Michigan advanced yesterday with a 68-53 win over Illinois. The winner of today’s game will get the winner of the Iowa-Nebraska matchup, which starts 30 minutes after the conclusion of Ohio State’s game. Here is the complete women’s tournament bracket.
Ohio State football team down to 82 scholarship players
Jordan Whiting announced on Twitter yesterday what has been suspected for some time—the linebacker best known for being the sixth member of the Tat Five is transferring. Whiting is headed to Louisville, where he will finish his college football career. It’s noteworthy that Louisville is Whiting’s hometown. He thanked Jim Tressel and Gene Smith for the opportunity in Columbus and gave a shout out to his teammates and Buckeye Nation in a nice parting gesture, adding:
“Sometimes in life there comes a time where u have to make a decision about what’s best for u and ur career and what u want out of life.”
It’s strange to think that the former three-star from Kentucky was the first commit from the 2009 class. He is also the eighth member of that class to leave Ohio State prematurely. Dominic Clarke and Jaamal Berry were recently booted for separate troubles. Others gone from the 2009 class include Sam Longo, Dorian Bell, Duron Carter, Jonathan Newsome, and James Jackson.
The Shark’s book hits the shelves on Tuesday
Everybody’s favorite benchwarmer, Mark Titus, is set to release his book, “Don’t Put Me in Coach,” on Tuesday, March 6. The book promises to be entertaining if this excerpt posted on Grantland is any indication. Titus chronicles his experiences as a walk-on bench player at Ohio State and the story he tells about Thad Matta in the Grantland excerpt is an outstanding teaser for the book. Rest assured it will be on my to-buy list.
Natalie Spooner is one of 10 finalists for the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award
Senior forward Natalie Spooner of the OSU women’s ice hockey team was named one of 10 finalists for the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, the women’s equivalent to the Hobey Baker Award. It is given annually to the nation’s most outstanding collegiate player. Spooner has been outstanding for the Buckeyes this season, scoring 50 points and setting a school record with 31 goals in 34 games. Her 25 goals in conference play was second best and she led the nation with a 0.91 goals-per-game average.