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PORTLAND, OR - MARCH 21:  D'Angelo Russell #0 of the Ohio State Buckeyes drives against T.J. McConnell #4 of the Arizona Wildcats in the second half during the third round of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Moda Center on March 21, 2015 in Portland, Oregon.  (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

tBBC Radio Hour: Braxtigram, Hoops and Wrestling Wrap Up

Its the end of March and man alive do we have a show for you this week.

First, we start things off by bringing you the latest news on what I’m deeming “Braxtigram.” When it comes to the NCAA, we always pull out the heavy artillery. Our own MaliBuckeye breaks down the difference between posting your photo on instagram and potentially damaging a program with the oh so meaningful NCAA Violation.tbbc-Radio-Hour-itunes

One week after the Ohio State Buckeyes started their march to a wrestling championship, The Lantern’s Patrick Kalista stops by to review the improbable run to the first team championship in the program’s 94 year history.

Kalista was in St. Louis to witness first hand to witness the strong start on Thursday and the final match of Logan Stieber’s career. We also talk about the emergence of Bo Jordan through the weekend, what the Stiebers have meant to building up the program, the aggressiveness of Nathan Tomasello on his run to a national championship match, and Logan’s place in Ohio State Athletic history.

While the Buckeyes were winning a championship in St. Louis, the men’s basketball squad saw it’s season come to an end in Portland. After an impressive overtime win against VCU, Ohio State was demolished by Arizona on Saturday.

Buckeye Sports Bulletin’s Blake Williams was there for both games and helps us break down the end of the season. Blake shares his insight on D’Angelo Russell’s high level performance against the Rams, helps us answer if there is any reason for the freshman to return to play his sophomore season, If he sees any coaching changes in the near future, and the lasting impression of the senior class.

We also share some GREAT news! The Buckeye Sports Radio APP is available on iOS and on your iPhone, iPad and in the iTunes store!

As always, thanks for listening to The Buckeye Battle Cry Radio Hour on Buckeye Sports Radio and Buckeye Sports Radio.com. 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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PORTLAND, OR - MARCH 17:  Head coach Shaka Smart of the Virginia Commonwealth Rams reacts in the first half while taking on the Indiana Hoosiers during the third round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at the Rose Garden Arena on March 17, 2012 in Portland, Oregon.  (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

tBBC Radio Hour: VCU/OSU Preview with Ken Kohl and VCU Ram Nation

There are no breaks for the Buckeye Battle Cry Radio Hour during March Madness!

Yesterday, We broke down the NCAA Tournament as a whole with Jacob Rude, the co-editor at Busting Brackets. Today, we  get get specific by breaking down Ohio State’s second round matchup with the Virginia Commonwealth Rams.tbbc-Radio-Hour-itunes

First, my fellow editor Ken Kohl swings by to talk about the Ohio State Buckeyes heading into the tournament and the keys to beating a very tough VCU team. Ken and I discuss how the Buckeyes can cut down the run and jump press defense that the Rams are known for under head coach Shaka Smart.

We then wonder if Ohio State’s interior play can outdo VCU offensively and set a tone on the glass. Finally, we break down the chances of Ohio State advancing into the round of 32, which would set up another rendezvous with Arizona.

To get the VCU perspective, we are joined by Mat Shelton-Eide of VCU Ram Nation. He gives us great insight into a program that has grown epic proportions since Shaka Smart took over.

Mat and I talk about the ultra competitive Atlantic 10, how the Rams have bounced back without team leader Brionte Weber, who will miss the tournament due to a major knee injury. We also break down why Shaka Smart is a perfect fit in Richmond.

Plus what he believes are the keys for VCU in a match up of two of the greatest coaching minds in college basketball.

As always, thanks for listening to The Buckeye Battle Cry Radio Hour on Buckeye Sports Radio and Buckeye Sports Radio.com. 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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ATLANTA, GA - APRIL 08:  The Louisville Cardinals celebrate after they won 82-76 against the Michigan Wolverines during the 2013 NCAA Men's Final Four Championship at the Georgia Dome on April 8, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox REMOTE/Getty Images)

tBBC Radio Hour: March Madness Preview With Busting Brackets’ Jacob Rude

March Madness is here and The Buckeye Battle Cry is going deep with the best at covering the NCAA Tournament. Joining us this week is Busting Brackets’ co-editor Jacob Rude, who helps us break down the madness that is the NCAA Tournament.

Jacob and I break down the selection process and what went into putting teams in their regions. We also break down the upset possibilities, top teams and top players from each of the four regions.tbbc-Radio-Hour-itunes

We cover so much in this podcast that you can consider it your official primer to the NCAA Tournament, which gets underway tonight with the First Four.

Here are some additional topics we touch on:

  • Can Wisconsin defeat Kentucky and will anyone get in the Wildcats way in the Midwest Region?
  • How the East and South are full of potential upset games that could open up the doors for 3 or 4 seeds.
  • How the Midwest is officially the land of Indiana schools
  • That Georgia State might be the best lower seed in the tournament that could make a Sweet Sixteen run.
  • If Tom Crean’s job is on the line and if he could be replaced by Gregg Marshall.
  • How the East is the land of the best coaches in the country and could mean match ups in the elite 8 could be all about coaching.
  • The best matchups in the second round are mostly 7/10 games.

Again, we cover so much more during the Radio Hour, that you really have to listen in to get a full grasp of what Jacob and I cover.

It’s the best time of the year! Tomorrow, Ken Kohl and I will preview the Buckeyes and VCU Rams with Mat Shelton Eide from VCU Ram Nation.

As always, thanks for listening to The Buckeye Battle Cry Radio Hour on Buckeye Sports Radio and Buckeye Sports Radio.com. 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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ANN ARBOR, MI - FEBRUARY 22:  Head coach Thad Matta of the Ohio State Buckeyes talks with Jae'Sean Tate #1 of the Ohio State Buckeyes and Marc Loving #2 of the Ohio State Buckeyes during the second half of a game against the Michigan Wolverines at Crisler Arena on February 22, 2015 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Michigan defeated Ohio State 64-57. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)

tBBC Radio Hour: Big Ten Tournament Preview with Ken Kohl

The Buckeye Battle Cry Radio Hour is back to talk about the end of the regular season for the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Big Ten Basketball Tournament, which gets under way today.

To do so, I welcome back my good friend and fellow Buckeye Battle Cry editor Ken Kohl to wrap up the season and preview what you can expect during the conference tournament.

Ken and I hand out our first (hopefully not last annual) end of the season awards.tbbc-Radio-Hour-itunes

We also discuss the tough loss to Wisconsin and what to expect to see from Thad Matta lineup wise from this point forward and if they can get through the likes of Michigan State and Maryland on a run to the finals.

We also talk about the likes of a Northwestern/Indiana winner upsetting Maryland and if anyone besides Iowa, Purdue, or Wisconsin can advance to the finals from the top of the bracket.

We also touch on so much more in regards to the Tournament and what to expect.

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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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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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.

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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.

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tBBC Radio Hour: Signing Day Primer with Jeremy Birmingham

Signing Day is right around the corner and here at The Buckeye Battle Cry Radio Hour, we bring you the best content we can to get you prepared for what could go down on Wednesday when members of the Class of 2015 fax in their letters of intent to various schools across the country to play football for those coaches and universities.tbbc-Radio-Hour-itunes

Ohio State is expected to finish the day with the highest rated class in the Big Ten and a top ten group of recruits across that national spectrum.

Helping us break down what to expect is Jeremy Birmingham, who is one of the if not the most respected Recruiting Analysts out there. The Eleven Warriors recruiting director helps us break down:

  • The 2015 class as a whole and how they can provide depth despite heading to a National Championship team that is loaded at nearly every position
  • Whether or not Cass Tech (MI) running back Mike Weber will stay an Ohio State commit despite a late surge from Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh
  • Where Torrance Gibson fits in this class and how high he ranks among athletes across the country and quarterback and at Wide Receiver
  • Who the “Sleeper” of this class is that could help Urban Meyer and company right away during the 2015 campaign
  • The development of the coaching staff on the recruiting scene and how Kerry Coombs has carved a recruiting road into the state of Michigan
  • How Ed Warinner has impressed recruits and their families with his ability to turn recruits into NFL lineman
  • The likelihood of Porter Gustin signing on the dotted line and faxing over his letter of Intent to Ohio State
  • If there could be a quarterback logjam down the road
  • Who Jeremy’s favorite recruits are that decided to go elsewhere for their education and to play football

Plus, our own MaliBuckeye stops by to talk about the other side of recruiting and what role education and development have in the selections that young men will be making tomorrow.

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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ANAHEIM, CA - MARCH 29:  Frank Kaminsky #44 of the Wisconsin Badgers celebrates after making a three-pointer in the second half while taking on the Arizona Wildcats during the West Regional Final of the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at the Honda Center on March 29, 2014 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

tBBC Radio Hour: B1G Basketball Mid-Season with Andy Coppens

tbbc-Radio-Hour-itunesThe Buckeye Battle Cry Radio Hour is back this week to talk about B1G Basketball. It’s been a strange season, and joining us to help break it down is our pal Andy Coppens from Talking 10.

Andy and I talk how the league has changed over the last three years and how despite the B1G being down, it’s good that there are four or five freshman that are really talented to help this league grow.

We also break down the latest hoops action and how Wisconsin continues to roll in conference play.  Frank Kaminsky is a candidate for Player of the Year and is well deserving, but Andy believes he should be in talks for National Player of the Year.

Finally, we break down the importance of tonight’s match up with Maryland and Ohio State and how many teams from the B1G will make it to the dance in March.

That and so much more on this episode of The Buckeye Battle Cry Radio Hour

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National Championship - Oregon v Ohio State

tBBC Postgame Show: National Champions

What a ride.

There hans’t been and will never be a journey to a national championship quite like the road Ohio State took this season. Adversity, Character, toughness and talent all shined in primetime tonight, as the Ohio State Buckeyes brought home the 8th championship in school history with a 42-20 win over the Oregon Ducks.

Clair and Joe jump on the microphone right after the game to talk about the greatest moment of recent Ohio State football history. They touch on the journey that this team has made and the growth fans have witnessed.

The great coaching staff that has helped mold and mature this team.

This one runs a little off the tracks as you can imagine, as we spilled our guts just moments after the trophy presentation.

As always, Clair and I think you for listening in to the Radio Hour all season and it’s been a blast connecting with you all.

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tBBC Radio Hour: Sugar Bowl Preview/Buckeye Legends with Mark Rea

It’s a very important week for Buckeye football and you know that tBBC Radio Hour has made it’s way back to the audio arena to help prepare you for the Allstate Sugar Bowl on New Year’s day against the Alabama Crimson Tide.

Helping us do so this week is a very special guest. Buckeye Sports Bulletin Editor Mark Read joins us to talk about Ohio State’s journey to the playoffs and his book, The Legends: Ohio State Buckeyes, the Men, the Deeds, the Consequencestbbc-Radio-Hour-itunes

Our own MaliBuckeye reviewed Mark’s book when it was released in August and hit the nail on the head.

In a new book entitled “The Legends: Ohio State Buckeyes; The Men, The Deeds, The Consequences”, Rea examines the stories of fifty men who made Ohio State football what it is today.

From Coach John Wilce to James Laurinaitis, the timeline of Buckeye football is covered in stories both complementary and revealing.

Rea continued to reveal the stories behind his book during this interview and touches what goes behind making such a great art. I asked Mark specifically about Woody Hayes and what he meant to the blossoming of the football program, who his favorite person to interview during the writing process is, and where the greats of the Tressel era stand in the big picture of Ohio State football.

Mark also helps us break down the big game on New Years Day by touching on the three headed quarterback monster at Ohio State, the growth of Ezekiel Elliot during the season, how important a solid running game is against Alabama, and just how well he thinks the Buckeyes can fare in New Orleans.

Rea also touches on possibly seeing another 10-year War if Michigan officially hires Jim Harbaugh.

That and more is jam-packed into this shortened radio hour.

Clair and I would like to thank you for another great year chocked full of great guests and great fans listening in to the show!

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NCAA Football: Big Ten Football Championship-Ohio State vs Wisconsin

tBBC Radio Hour: Coaching Carousel

The Ohio State Buckeyes are B1G Champs and tBBC Radio Hour is back to talk about it!

Joe Dexter and Clair Crawford break down the romping of Wisconsin and the impressive performance by Cardale Jones in his first start at Ohio State. We also touch on the impressive defensive performance and the shutting down of Melvin Gordon.tbbc-Radio-Hour-itunes

And Joe rants on how he felt Ezekiel Elliott should of been named the Championship Game MVP.

The gang also breaks down the latest in the head coaching ranks and wonder who in the heck would be willing to take on the tough task that is rebuilding the Michigan program.

We hear Ron English is available.

Clair and Joe also take a quick look at the Sugar Bowl and Ohio State’s matchup with Alabama!

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tBBC Radio Hour: TTUN Preview

Clair and Joe are back to preview “The Game”. For us, it’s more than just a football game — it’s a holiday.

The best rivalry in all of sports takes center stage yet again Saturday afternoon and we have you covered.tbbc-Radio-Hour-itunes

On this week’s episode, Clair and I talk about the tradition behind the game, our recollections of it and why it’s ingrained in our blood.

It’s that time of the year again! Enjoy it Folks:)

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NCAA Football: San Jose State at Minnesota

tBBC Radio Hour: Minnesota Preview

What is up Buckeye Nation? It’s time to dance like Jerry Kill on a cold Saturday. The Radio Hour is back again, as are the dynamic duo of Joe and Clair!

The two discuss Ohio State’s big win over Michigan State as well as the topics surrounding the Buckeyes and college football.

Topics Include: tbbc-Radio-Hour-itunes

  • The Braxton Miller/JT Barrett debate that won’t go away.
  • The latest release of the Playoff rankings and where Ohio State fits in the national picture.
  • How Ohio State will handle Dontre Wilson’s injury.
  • The latest in the scUM news

Plus Clair and Joe play the latest game that is sweeping the nation.

Warm that Seat: B1G Edition!

We also get you ready for kickoff on Saturday against the Minnesota Golden Gophers.

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tBBC Radio Hour: Former Buckeye Defensive Back Marlon Kerner

What is up Buckeye Nation? Welcome back to another edition of tBBC Radio Hour.

This week, Mike Doty and Joe Dexter are joined by a very special guest of Buckeye past, as former Ohio State defensive back Marlon Kerner swings by to share his great story.

Kerner, who was part of the Ohio State commitment class of 1991, played a major role for head coach John Cooper’s Buckeyes.tbbc-Radio-Hour-itunes

A quarterback at Brookhaven High School, Kerner committed to Ohio State at defensive back, despite never playing the position at the high school level.

The 3rd round selection of the Buffalo Bills in 1994 shared a ton with us about his football career and the guys he played with.

Kerner told Doty and Dexter about his upbringing and the recruiting process that ended in his commitment to Ohio State.

He also tells us:

  • Who the fastest, strongest and funniest Buckeyes he ever played with were.
  • His experience with John Cooper and where he ranks him among Buckeye coaches
  • How fellow class of 91 DB Walter Taylor could of been the best pro of his Buckeye tenure, but how he gave up fame for family.
  • What it was like playing alongside so many great Buckeyes.
  • His NFL debut against John Elway and the great Bills players that were his teammates.
  • How he feels about the current NCAA Playoff system
  • His special teams plays and interception in 1993 that nearly propelled the Buckeyes to the Rose Bowl

And SO much more.

Thanks again to Marlon Kerner for swinging by, It was a pleasure talking to him.

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