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Joe Dexter was born and raised in the mitten state, but since becoming a football fan at the age of six, has had a hatred for the Michigan Wolverines. A graduate of Northern Michigan University’s Electronic Journalism program, it wasn’t until Joe’s sophomore year in high school that he saw the light and became a Buckeye fan- thanks to Buckeye wrestling greats Russ Hellickson, Mitch Clark and Tommy Rowlands for the conversion, as well as a high school wrestling program with one All-American wrestling coach from Michigan and another from Ohio State.
Joe currently resides in Greensboro, North Carolina where he serves as the features editor for VSporto’s Buckeye Sports Radio and the lead editor of The Buckeye Battle Cry. His most important title though is stay at home dad to Bailey Dexter. He tweets here: @buckeyeradio.
Chip Minnich is a former volunteer recruiting assistant at Ohio State, a former scouting intern for the Washington Redskins, and has been writing or podcasting about Ohio State football for several years. Chip has his own blog that focuses on just about anything football-related, Buckeyes or Browns, called From The Mind Of Minnich. Chip has contributed to Men of the Scarlet and Gray, and also writes for Athlon Sports.
Happily married with three children, Chip is a lifelong resident of Ohio, residing in Avon Lake, hometown of former Buckeye greats Mike D’Andrea and Anthony Gonzalez. Follow Chip on Facebook, or on Twitter @ChipMinnich. #GoBucks
Brandon Zimmerman grew up in the great state of Ohio as a Buckeyes, Reds, and Bengals fan. After graduating from high school in 2000, Brandon joined the Air Force and has worked in the government since then. Brandon has a B.S. in Sports Management and currently lives in Falcon, Colorado. He is married with two children. You can find him on twitter: @bzimmerman9
Ben Van Ooyen is a graduate of The Ohio State University class of 2004. Ben has followed Ohio State sports for as long as he can remember, as his dad and his brothers all attended Ohio State and ingrained it into him at an early age how important it was. Ben has become a bit of a recruiting junkie over the past 10 years or so, and follow it religiously. He has written for Scout and for MotSaG in the past, and is happy to have joined tBBC as a recruiting analyst/editor! GO BUCKS! follow him at @buckeyebvo
Charles joins us from down under, following a “faculty fellowship” program with our friends at Our Honor Defend, where he was the endowed chair at the Center of Ladyhoops Studies and brings a wealth of expertise and insight to our 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 and currently is on faculty at one of Australia’s premier institutions of higher education. Tweets go the opposite direction in Australia, you can see for yourself at @Charles_BBC
WVaBuckeye is a married father of three and grandfather to one. He’s been a Buckeye fan his entire life and follows ALL of the Scarlet and Gray sports. An official for high school football, basketball, and college women’s hoops, he’s also a SAP Master Data Resource in his current life, after being a mechanic and planner/scheduler for most of his career. He’s been with tBBC since his birthday in December of 2011. Tweets and whatnot at @wvabuckeye
Patrick grew up in Dayton and can remember falling in love with Buckeye football in 1987 watching the Cotton Bowl. He moved to Akron in 1994 and attended the University of Akron and studied criminal justice. He joins our crew as yet another referee- officiating football, wrestling, and also is an umpire. A huge amateur wrestling fan and MMA fan, he’s a Buckeye season ticket holder and am engaged to a Penn St grad- Which makes for one interesting Saturday a year during football season. He tweets and stuff at @pj844
Originally from Toledo Ohio, MDotySr is the proud father of four grown children and served his country in the United States Air Force from ’86-’91. You can find him on twitter @MDotySr, but should be aware that he spends most of his time talking with WVaBuckeye.
JCollingsworth was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio to a long line of die-hard Buckeyes fans. He served 3 yrs. in the US Army while also attending both Monterey Peninsula College in CA and the University of Louisville. Once back in Columbus off he went to The Ohio State University – studying Literature. It was not long before he found himself in NYC – where he has called home for 30 yrs. now. JC is married for 20 yrs. to the best woman in the world, a true Brooklyn girl. They are proud parents of a talented and creative 15-year old boy. JC has attended OSU games his whole life – seeing Archie Griffin, Art Schleicther, Eddie George, and now JT, Ezekiel and the current team. Between the ages of 14 through 17 JC and his friends would arrive at the SHOE in the early morning hours and scale the huge Iron-spiked fences and sneak in where they would wander endlessly among the vendors setting up in the Stadium before game time. One old usher, whom they called Woody, would allow them into his section without tickets – obviously knowing the “need” for children to be indoctrinated into the Buckeye culture. Of all his SHOE experiences JC’s greatest moment was last year (2014) against Kent State, as it was the first time that his lovely wife and son attended a Buckeyes game. Having now drank the Kool-Aid they too are fervent Buckeyes fans. JC is on Twitter: @JCollingsworth3
Mike Meals was born and raised in West Central Ohio, where he attended high school with tBBC’s own Brandon Zimmerman and like most of you, he hated Brandon when they first met too! (luckily for both, that changed enough that they served in each other’s weddings as Best Man). After attending The Defiance College, Mike has lived all over the country, from Ohio to California to Florida. Mike currently live in the Houston, Texas area with his wife, where he works as an insurance agent. That life causes him issues, as he wears Khakis like Jake, but hates them because an idiot in Ann Arbor wears them too. Mike prides himself on being loud, opinionated, and a die-hard Buckeye fan. You can follow his twitter rants here as @mmeals, but you have been warned.
As the founder of The Buckeye Battlecry in 2006, Jeff attended The Ohio State University in the late 1980’s (yeah, he’s old).
His fondest memory of Ohio State football is being in attendance for Earle Bruce’s final game as head coach. He went up to Ann Arbor with “Block O” and saw Chris Spielman and the Buckeyes beat Michigan 23-20. After the game ended, he rushed the field, and on his way back to the bus, he and two friends swiped a maize-colored parking barrier from the Michigan Stadium parking lot, and he carved the date and final score into his portion of it. The statute of limitations has expired on that crime, so suck it.
He has a daughter, Charlotte, who attended her first game for her 8th birthday. The Bucks won 44-3.
Jeff took his fancy book-learnin’ at Ohio State, combined it with his years of writing here at tBBC, and snagged himself a job over at Fox Sports Ohio covering Ohio Sports and getting you the info you need before you know you need it.
Clair describes herself as a Buckeye nut, who was born and raised in the Buckeye state with lots to prove- “I play sports, I follow sports and most of all I love to write about sports!” She’s a former “Fan Girl” on 97.1 The Fan and was a contributor at Buckeye Banter. When she’s not following sports, she’s also an NPC figure competitor and a fitness instructor that loves to cook healthy meals for my family. Follow her on Facebook and on twitter: @aclaircrawford
Jim was born in Columbus and raised in NE Ohio. He graduated from The Ohio State University in 2008 and earned a masters degree in 2010.
He currently lives and works in Columbus.
His focus is on Ohio State football year round, including recruiting, but he will talk about other things if he really has to, but rarely on twitter:@James_Carmean
Ken was raised in east-central Ohio and graduated from Muskingum University (nee College) in 1973. He has lived in the Buffalo, NY area since the mid-70‘s, obtaining his MBA from Canisius College in the 80’s. He works in the logistics field and is counting the days until he can golf full-time. Crediting a proper upbringing, Ken is a lifelong Ohio State fan. As well as Browns, Indians and Cavs… He’s happily married to a very understanding wife and has an adult son, also a fervent Buckeye fan, who obviously had a proper upbringing as well. Somehow, he found his way to twitter at @KenKohl1… We think he got lost looking for eBay or something.
Robby Donoho is a 2011 graduate of Purdue University, growing up playing high school basketball in the Heartland of Hoops (that’s Indiana for those who aren’t familiar with that phrase). You probably know him better by his abilities as a video editor on his YouTube channel ‘RobbyDKitchel‘.
He’s a Buckeye at birth, coming from a family that has Ohio State roots dating back all the way to his great-grandparents. And yes, Robby is used to the heckling he takes from his family and friends for having dual citizenship within both Purdue and Ohio State camps. He still remembers his first Buckeye game at the Horseshoe, where Eddie George ran wild against Notre Dame.
Robby currently resides in the heart of SEC country as the weekend sports anchor for WCBI-TV in Columbus, Mississippi. He longs for Saturday’s at the ‘Shoe singing along to Carmen Ohio while enjoying a Buckeye victory and the legendary stadium mustard hot dogs.
You can follow Robby and his occasional witty Tweets @RobbyDKitchel
Ohio State’s own Janelle is a junior who is majoring in Sports Industry and Business at the greatest University in the world (fact). Born and raised in Central Pennsylvania to a family of primarily Penn State fans, she is eternally grateful that her mom showed her the truth and guided her to the Scarlet and Gray. She currently took her talents to Floriday, where she’s pursuing her graduate degree, and can’t wait for kickoff each week. In what’s sure to be a source of consternation at tBBC cookouts, she’s an avid Steelers fan. We are equal opportunity employers hereabouts. She loves her some twitter… see for yourself.
Joe Laing graduated with an Engineering degree in 2008 from the Ohio State University, and currently works both at the Shoe and the Schott. Married for 2 years, Joe currently resides in Blacklick, Ohio.
Having grown up in west-central Ohio, he played and coached college football at the NCAA D3 level. Somehow, this launched him into a career in higher education, and he is in his eleventh year working in Student Life.
Husband of a Nebraska fan (yeah, it’s been tense lately), proud father of a seven year old who could sing “Carmen Ohio” since she was 18th months and a fourteen year old who doesn’t understand American football but knows enough to cheer for the Buckeyes (there’s ice cream involved). She also no longer likes the color blue. ‘Nuff said.
He misses the sounds and sights of midwestern autumns, although January in Pasadena is a pretty good replacement.
Eric grew up a Buckeye fan, having been born to a pair of Ohio State graduates. He decided to continue the family tradition and attended Ohio State University from 2002 to 2006 as an undergraduate. As much of his time in school was spent studying the football and basketball teams as was spent on his academics – which may be why he didn’t have time for anything else. He recently completed his PhD at Michigan State University where he remained vocal in his support of the Bucks, much to the annoyance of his neighbors. You can follow him on twitter @ErictBBC.
Jason Winrow is an alumni of both the University and of the football team, having lettered from 1990-1993, when he was All Big Ten in his senior season. Following college, he was a part of the New York Giants franchise under coach Dan Reeves.
After his NFL career, Jason began exploring entrepreneurial opportunities with hopes to return to the world of college sports as a journalist or commentator. You may have seen him on the Ohio News Network’s Wall to Wall on Monday and again on Saturday night, on ONN’s Buckeye Blitz on Tuesday, and the Qfm96 Buckeye Break on Thursday morning. He provided reflections and insights into the larger world of college sports, and covered the national sports scene. He also wrote at his own site- “The State Of College Football” and on twitter: @jasonwinrow68.
Former Lantern staffer Tim Shoemaker is originally from Youngstown, Ohio and graduated from Ohio State with a bachelor’s degree in journalism in June of 2011. He’s a huge Indians/Browns/Cavaliers fan (glutton for punishment) as well as all things Ohio State. After leaving tBBC for a gig at the The Ashland Times-Gazette, he’s now the basketball reporter for Eleven Warriors. You can follow him on twitter @TimShoemaker, particularly if you want to argue whether or not “The Wire” is the greatest television show of all-time.
DaveR lived in Cleveland all of his life outside of the 2yrs he lived in Columbus. While he didn’t go to school there – he certainly partied like someone who did. He loves Cleveland and Ohio State sports a ton… too much sometimes. He also loves defending the cities and sports when he’s on the road because people love to hate Ohio. He’s never short on opinions and love to share them- Sometimes getting too passionate about certain topics but is pretty self-aware so he usually can curb that. He comes from a great Italian family so me being loud and passionate is drawn from that. Also a huge music fan – anything but country- and loves discovering bands new or old, but is not in love with this whole Indie movement. Dang hipsters.
Rob Harley was a member of the 2002 National Championship team. He was a three-time letter winner at strong safety and during his time on the team, the Buckeyes went 50-13, winning two Big Ten Championships and a National Championship in 2002.
Rob’s work with ABC 6 have showcased his talent and abilities off the field and behind the microphone, and his work with Harley Helping Hands carries on the legacy of “Paying It Forward” that coaches Hayes and Tressel have instilled into Ohio State Football.
Rob’s great-great uncle was Chic Harley, Ohio State’s first 3-time All-American and to whom Ohio Stadium is nicknamed after “The House That Harley Built.”
Rob is currently the linebackers coach at Florida International University; we still love him though. Prior to that, he coached at Michigan State University, Ohio Dominican University, and worked as an analyst on ESPN3.
Chris Schmidbauer was born and raised in Northwest Ohio, and during his time protecting the border from Michiganders, Chris became a Buckeye fanatic. While his athletic talents were never good enough to garner a scholarship, Chris found the next best way to be a part of Ohio State football. He was a student manager from 2001-2005 with the football team, and he gained two championship rings, tons of Ohio State clothing, and memories to last a lifetime. He has been in journalism for the past five years working for a few different publications, and is currently a co-host of Odd Couple Sports Show on Fox Sports Radio 1230 WCWA. Chris and his wife are located in Toledo where he now lives and works.
Dave is an occasional contributor to this site, and has been there for his real-life little brother when Jeff needed his writing skills. Dave’s name will pop up from time to time as an author.
Dave graduated from Case Western Reserve University in 1988, and married his college sweetheart two months later. He has two kids, Jake and Julie.
Gary is married and father to a wonderful son. When he’s not working and spending time with the family you can find him watching, playing or officiating sports (softball, football, and basketball). Besides being a part of Buckeye Nation, he is a Cleveland and Columbus Blue Jacket fan Writing about sports has always been a dream of his, so you can follow him in 140 characters or less @3ebgary.
Born and raised in the Buckeye state, a lifelong Buckeye fan, Jason simply bleeds scarlet and grey. “Pounding out aggression turned in to obsession” this Youngstown (Struthers) native brings a unique look at our Buckeyes and the world of college sports. And he’s only slightly infatuated with Metallica, but don’t let that scare you off! You can tweet at him here: @ScriptOhio