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EAST HARTFORD, CT - DECEMBER 06: Cameron Nwosu #52 of the SMU Mustangs celebrates with teammates Hayden Greenbrauer #22 and Ryheem Malone #13 following their win against the Connecticut Huskies at Rentschler Field on December 6, 2014 in East Hartford, Connecticut.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

tBBC Radio Hour: Death Penalty and Ohio State Wrestling

March is officially here and though college basketball has taken center stage, The Buckeye Battle Cry Radio Hour has put it focus on a couple of other great topics this week.tbbc-Radio-Hour-itunes

On this week’s show, we talk with David Blewett, who wrote The Pony Trap: Escaping the 1987 SMU Football Death Penalty.

Blewett, who was recruited by and played defensive end for SMU during the NCAA’s investigation and eventual Death Penalty ruling, brings us a unique account of one the most controversial decisions in collegiate sports history.

After spending nearly 25 years away from the program, Blewett’s life changed shortly after the 30 for 30 documentary Pony Excess.ponytrap

And when his daughter asked him if he did anything wrong by being a part of the SMU Program.

In our Interview, David talks about the process of answering that question and what he learned about the NCAA’s handling of the situation.

We also talk about the NCAA’s current handling of violations across college football and how Blewett believes that the NCAA is in serious trouble.

We touch on so many other subjects as well that pertain to his book and his experience with SMU, the Death Penalty, the NCAA, and his attempt to return to college football at age 45.

I highly recommend that you pick up The Pony Trap. Unlike Pony Excess, Dave Blewett brings you a perspective from the players point of view and a true look at what it can feel like being a nobody in an Association that banks on athletes to make a profit.

Also this week, our friend Dan Vest at Land Grant Holy Land stops by to preview the Big Ten Wrestling Championships, which will take place in Columbus this weekend at St. John Arena.

Vest breaks down the growth of the Buckeye program through head coach Tom Ryan. We also talk about the legacy that Logan Steiber will leave behind, Kyle Snyder’s chance at a national title, and what Ohio State needs to do on Saturday and Sunday to bring home a conference title.

As always, thanks for listening to The Buckeye Battle Cry Radio Hour. You can find us on iTunes, where we are always excited to hear your comments and feedback on the show. Feel free to rate and subscribe the show.

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INDIANAPOLIS - MARCH 14:  A detail of an empty basketball court as the Purdue Boilermakers play against the Illinois Fighting Illini during their semifinal game of the Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament at Conseco Fieldhouse on March 14, 2009 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Talking 10 Poll: Week 16

Wisconsin got its first big challenge from a ranked Big Ten opponent this past week, dropping that challenge at Maryland. However, the Badgers clinched a share of the regular season title on Senior Day at the Kohl Center on Sunday. Did they do enough in that win over Michigan State to stay at the top […]

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BHN: Welcome to March Ohio State Basketball

Basketball in the month of March was never meant to be pretty. At this point of the year, even championship caliber teams cannot lean on merit alone. Sunday’s win against Purdue was a great dress rehearsal for the Buckeyes, who came back from a horrible showing in the first half to defeat the Boilermakers 65-61. As […]

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 13:  Amir Williams #23 of the Ohio State Buckeyes grabs a rebound in the game against the  Purdue Boilermakes during the first round of the Big Ten Basketball Tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on March 13, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Buckeyes Battle Back in 65-61 Win vs. Purdue

When it comes to basketball in March, the major difference between putting yourself into a position to win is all about adjustments. In a game that saw 5 ties and 10 lead changes, every decision mattered in Ohio State’s 65-61 victory over Purdue at Value City Arena. Down one with less than :30 to go, the […]

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tBBC Livechat: Purdue Boilermakers

You know it’s March when the Buckeyes can bee seen doing there thing during the evening. If there has been an imperative win this season (I feel like i’ve typed that 20 times this year), then tonight’s match up with Purdue at home is one of them. Winning at home in conference play though hasn’t […]

LOS ANGELES - JANUARY 16:  Jon Crispin #5 of the UCLA Bruins is defended by Kyle Dodd #3 of the Arizona State Sun Devils during their NCAA game on January 16, 2003 at Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles, California. Arizona State defeated UCLA 75-64.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

tBBC Radio Hour: ESPN’s Jon Crispin

There is nobody that enjoys talking college basketball in late February than The Buckeye Battle Cry Radio Hour. Yesterday, we talked Ohio State basketball with tBBC Editor Ken Kohl.

Today, we bring you another great roundball discussion about ESPN and BTN College Basketball Analyst Jon Crispin.tbbc-Radio-Hour-itunes

Crispin, who has called a ton of basketball games this season for ESPN and BTN, stopped by to talk about the gut check time of the season, when teams either play their way in or out of the post season.

Some of the Topics we discussed include:

  • The recent VCU/Richmond game that he broadcasted on Wednesday and the double overtime ending where fouling late in the game played a factor.
  • The coaching, player and competitive parity of the Atlantic 10 conference and just how good some of the teams in the league really are.
  • Who the Best Player Jon has seen play this season.
  • Is there a matchup that could put some fear into Kentucky’s dream of a National title.
  • Where Gonzaga sits in the discussion of potential Number one seeds in the NCAA Tournament.
  • How the B1G is the most competitive conference in the country.
  • The latest talks of the B1G discussing freshman ineligibility.

And Crispin Basketball, the program that he and his brother have built up to help better the game of college basketball.

Plus, so much more.

As always, thanks for listening to The Buckeye Battle Cry Radio Hour. You can find us on iTunes, where we are always excited to hear your comments and feedback on the show. Feel free to rate and subscribe the show.

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COLUMBUS, OH - JANUARY 13:  Head Coach Thad Matta of the Ohio State Buckeyes gives his players instructions before the start of the second half against the Michigan Wolverines on January 13, 2015 at Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State defeated Michigan 71-52.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

Buckeyes Shuck Huskers 81-57

The Zen Master made his way to Columbus on Thursday night to gauge the level of freshman sensation D’Angelo Russell. He left feeling the force of fellow freshman Jae’Sean Tate and senior Sam Thompson as the Buckeyes cruised past Nebraska 81-57. Tate and Thompson went a combined 10/10 from the field in the first half, […]

COLUMBUS, OH - JANUARY 29:  JaeSean Tate #1 of the Ohio State Buckeyes in action against the Maryland Terrapins on January 29, 2015 at Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

TBBC Radio Hour: Talkin’ OSU Hoops with Ken Kohl

The Radio Hour is back after a two week hiatus! tbbc-Radio-Hour-itunes

The Ohio State Buckeyes are wrapping up the season on the hardwood as we head into March and it hasn’t been pretty.

The Buckeyes have lost three of their last five games and have struggled down the stretch to find any type of consistency.

Fellow tBBC editor Ken Kohl and I break down the latest from the court and within the OSU hoops program.

Topics of discussion include:

  • The continuous struggle of the Buckeyes in the post and around the rim.
  • The changing of the rotation and starting lineup by Thad Matta.
  • How the young talent has developed quickly during the second half of the season.
  • Who is going to step up as a secondary scoring option for the Buckeyes?
  • Ohio State’s slow start against Michigan and slow starts in general.
  • Thad Matta’s legacy at Ohio State
  • If he can pass Fred Taylor as Ohio State’s All-Time wins leader this season.
  • The latest ineligibility talk and our opinions on it.

Plus, so much more.

As always, thanks for listening to The Buckeye Battle Cry Radio Hour. You can find us on iTunes, where we are always excited to hear your comments and feedback on the show. Feel free to rate and subscribe the show.

To listen to this week’s show, click play below. To download the show directly, click here.

GO Buckeyes!

CHICAGO - MARCH 10: A detail view of the BigTen logo is seen on a basketball as the Penn State Nittnay Lions play against Ohio State Buckeyes during the first day of the Big Ten Men's Conference Basketball Tournament March 10, 2005 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. Ohio State won 72-69. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Talking 10 Power Poll: Week 15

Andy Coppens brings us this week’s Talking 10 Power Poll from the college basketball panel at Talking 10. Another week, another poll and still the same old team at the top. Yep, the Badgers kept rolling this past week and that makes them the easy choice for…SPOILER ALERT…the No. 1 spot in our power poll. […]

COLUMBUS, OH - JANUARY 13:  Head Coach Thad Matta of the Ohio State Buckeyes gives his players instructions before the start of the second half against the Michigan Wolverines on January 13, 2015 at Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State defeated Michigan 71-52.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

MBB: Wolverines Grill Buckeyes 64-57

This afternoon, before tip-off between the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Michigan Wolverines, we learned on CBS’ Men of March that head coach Thad Matta is a Salmon grill master. After 40 minutes of play at the Crisler Center on Sunday, it was clear that his team doesn’t have the same touch he does with […]

COLUMBUS, OH - JANUARY 13:  D'Angelo Russell #0 of the Ohio State Buckeyes and Spike Albrecht #2 of the Michigan Wolverines battle for control of a loose ball in the second half on January 13, 2015 at Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State defeated Michigan 71-52.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

tBBC LiveChat: MBB @ Michigan

The Ohio State Buckeyes travel to face That Team Up North today as the Buckeyes look for win number 20 on the season. After having the week off, Ohio State will head to Ann Arbor looking for a season series sweep of the Wolverines. From the Ohio State Sports Information office: Ohio State leads the […]

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Talking 10 Power Poll: Week 14

After yet another ultra competitive weekend of B1G Basketball, Andy Coppens shares his thoughts and the results of the latest Talking 10 Power Poll. It’s taken 14 weeks, but things are starting to take shape in Big Ten basketball. After all, there are only three 4-loss teams and five teams with 5-losses or fewer behind […]

EAST LANSING, MI - JANUARY 21:  Denzel Valentine #45 of the Michigan State Spartans celebrates during the game against the Penn State Nittany Lions at the Breslin Center on January 21, 2015 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)

MBB: Ohio State falls to Michigan State 59-56

A team’s merit is always identified in the moments in which they are tested the most.  Coming into Saturday afternoon’s matchup with Michigan State, 6 of the last 7 contests between these teams were decided by four points or less. The Ohio State Buckeyes had answers for those tests Saturday afternoon, but couldn’t overcome their […]

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tBBC Livechat: Michigan State

There’s nothing more romantic than heading to the TSUN and grabbing a victory against Tom Izzo and the Michigan State Spartans. Trust me, my wife will be thrilled sitting along side me, as the Buckeyes destroy her Spartans. I will also be writing all of my works from the dog house next week, but that’s […]

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BHN: Sam Thompson’s Career Night and Handling Marc Loving’s Suspension

Fans watched in awe on Wednesday night as once again Sam Thompson put on another acrobatic display at Value City Arena. For the Senior, that’s nothing new. The Chicago Native has been one of the best alley oop finishers in college basketball over the last few years. Thompson might just be the best inbound dunker […]

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