Our honor defend we will fight to the end for O-HI-O!
Our Honor Defend is just another unofficial blog about the Buckeyes of The Ohio State University. The title itself — and corollary domain name — reflects the faculty’s fanaticism to all things The Ohio State University and their fervent wish that all Buckeyes could share that same enthusiasm referenced in the last line of The Buckeye Battle Cry.
The website was founded in January 2008 by Vico, whose purposeful use of a nom de guerre underscores his uneasiness in starting the blog while living deep in the heart of SEC country (Alabama). Its origin lay in the 2008 BCS Championship Game pitting the Buckeyes against the Louisiana State Tigers. Should the Buckeyes have redeemed themselves from the previous debacle in Glendale, Arizona, it was assumed college football’s national love affair with the Southeastern Conference would subside and Vico’s time living in Alabama would be that much more bearable. If the Buckeyes lost, as they did, perhaps a blog would be needed as a creative outlet to discuss all things Ohio State football and how the Buckeyes could improve. The blog was a collective effort at first, along with a colleague in Alabama and one of Vico’s college friends at Ohio State. From early 2009 to 2010, it was a one-man show. Our Honor Defend now has a veritable faculty of six colleagues.
Our Honor Defend currently has eight tenure-track faculty members as of March, 2012, and is always looking for adjuncts and assistants. Vico manages the website and is largely responsible for football coverage and, in particular, coverage on football recruiting. Michael Citro, who has previous experience as a sportswriter and communications/public relations director for many professional sports clubs, serves as Director of the Shooty Hoops Program, covering Thad Matta’s squad in its yearly pursuit of a national championship. Dr. Charles Kuehn is an endowed chair in Our Honor Defend’s Center of Ladyhoops Studies and brings a wealth of expertise and insight to the site’s coverage of women’s basketball. The “Dr.” title is not honorific for the sake of prestige in the blog; he has a Ph.D. in Astronomy from Michigan State University. Margie Stahl assists in facilitating group discussion on Our Honor Defend. Nate McKenzie, Jeremy Schneider, and Josh Stivers, are recent additions to Our Honor Defend at the assistant level.