What we know: The Allegations

Written June 29th, 2011 by Eric

Yea, this picture pretty well sums up the last 6 months.

UPDATE- We’ve put all of this information into a table for those who prefer getting their information that way (and read USA Today). Check it out here, or under the Media Table at the top right of the site.

We’ll also work to update it as necessary, should more evidence emerge either supporting or refuting these concerns.

Update 2 – It has come to our attention that not all of the information presented was sourced properly.  The article has been modified to be more clear.

It’s been a hectic couple of months to be a Buckeye fan.  The first half of the year has felt like every media organization in the nation, including our own home base news sources, have been giving our favorite university the third degree.

One constant in these media investigations is that the national news sources never return to the scene of the crime to report on what they got right and what they got wrong.  To be honest, who really cares?  People love dirty laundry, after all.

So we here at the BBC have decided to compile a list of every allegation leveled at Ohio State University and its Football Program in the last couple months.  Of course, this idea may seem familiar to you.  Admittedly, the Ozone (and seemingly everyone else) beat us to the punch, but we thought we could be more thorough.

We are going to do a blow by blow account of everything anyone said or suggested about OSU, as a resource for you when these things take on a life of their own. We’ll also give you the information regarding which of these have been refuted, so you can refer back as you’re bringing truth to the water-coolers around the country.

The time frames reference when we learned about the accusation, not when the violation (or accused violation) occurred.  Also, anything after “Effect” on each point is writers opinion only, and not to be taken as fact unless linked as such. Read More

UPDATE: OSU/NCAA Investigation

Written May 31st, 2011 by MaliBuckeye

We’ve received numerous reports today that the NCAA and the Ohio State Athletic department are in the midst of a collaborative investigation regarding the allegations involved in yesterday’s Sports Illustrated piece.

Speculation is that the investigation continues to center on current Buckeye QB Terrelle Pryor; particularly his usage of various automobiles from local vendors.  NBC4 is also reporting that Pryor is currently driving on a suspended license.

Given that the University began looking into arrangements with auto dealers several weeks ago, it would not be surprising that their discoveries, combined with the SI article, have led to this current exploration of the automotive situation. In addition, last week’s article in the Lantern had Ray Small discussing automotive issues, as did a post several weeks ago from Buckeye alumni Mark Titus.

It should be noted that the Ohio BMV has reviewed the sales involving Aaron Kiffin and Ohio State players, and has determined that these were legitimate (that the dealership made money on each transaction).  Left to be determined is the use of “loaner” cars; something that was a part of the Maurice Clarett investigation, but was not deemed inappropriate at that time by the NCAA.

In addition, several sports media personalities, including Buckeye legend Chris Spielman, have indicated that they believe that Terrelle will enter the NFL Supplemental Draft in June. To do so, his status with the University and the team will have to have changed; it’s been speculated since yesterday that he has effectively played his last game at Ohio State based on concerns that have led to this investigation.

More on this as it develops.

Hope your Memorial Day is off to a bang...

It’s that time of the year again! The the smell of brats, dogs and burgers fill the air. And of course a brew of choice in hand. The staff at The Buckeye Battle Cry would like to take this time to thank veterans and those currently serving that have risked their lives for our freedom, and remember those that have given the ultimate sacrifice.

Thank You.

With the weekend limping into it’s last day, how about we get you updated on some Big Ten and Ohio State news and views? It’s been a very busy time in Buckeye Land, let’s get you updated with the latest clips across the country.

Roll ‘Em.

Green played in 17 games during his two seasons in Lincoln, starting four of those contests.  He exited spring practice behind starter and redshirt sophomore Taylor Martinez  on the depth chart, and that was apparently at least part of the impetus for the decision to ask for a release.  Another factor, by way of HuskerOnline‘s Sean Callahan‘s Twitter feed, was the fact that “Green didn’t feel like he was a fit in [first-year coordinator] Tim Beck‘s new offense.”

Cody Green was well on his way to being one of the up and coming quarterbacks in college football when he joined Nebraska two years ago. The 6th best incoming dual threat quarterback of the 2009 class has at times showcased that ability, but with Tim Beck’s new system and a man named Taylor Martinez, it looks like the Texan will put on his cowboys boots and travel onward.  A good thing for opposing Big Ten teams, because Green adds a lot of depth, and can replace the oft-injured Taylor Martinez pretty evenly.

No word on where Green is targeting, but names of schools that have been rumored are: Boise State, Texas, Texas A&M, Baylor, Houston, and Louisville. A whole slew of other Big 12 schools such as Kansas State, Iowa State, and Kansas are in need of a quarterback.

Boise seems the most compelling with Kellen Moore graduating after this season. Louisville is the home of Green’s former offensive coordinator Shawn Watson, who is now the Cardinals’ quarterback coach and could be a place of comfort for Green.

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tBBC Radio Hour with Malcolm Jenkins

Written May 28th, 2011 by Eric

Following up our excellent conversation with Jonathan Wells and The Wiz of Odds, we continue our return with another great interview. New Orleans Saints Free Safety Malcolm Jenkins (OSU DB ’05-’08) joins me on the podcast! In addition to being a Buckeye Legend and Super Bowl champion, Malcolm’s work in the community is making a difference in New Orleans and is worth checking out.

Jenkins discusses his feelings about the current situation surrounding his Alma mater, along with his feelings about OSU compliance in particular. He also talks Coach Tressel, the NFL Lockout, and what he thinks of Nebraska joining the Big Ten.

You don’t want to miss his thoughts on Ray Small’s recent comments, so make certain to stop by and listen to the latest Buckeye Battle Cry Radio Hour!

Be sure to subscribe on iTunes so that you’ll be up to date with the latest from our writers and guests.

Wilted Roses

Written December 21st, 2009 by MaliBuckeye

Earlier we talked about how Ohio State would be missing WR Duron Carter for the Rose Bowl, presumably because of grades. At that time, Rob Rose was cleared to play.

Now word is that both Rose and constant Tressel Doghouse resident Ray Small will not be a part of the Ohio State team performing in Pasadena. Joining this merry band at home in front of the TV will be former walk on Bo DeLand. As always, the staff of the Columbus Dispatch are on top of this, and have indicated that the violation is one of “team rules”.

This will mean that both Small and Rose have played their final games for the scarlet and gray; with Small being named captain for the victory over Mich1gAAn. It wasn’t long ago that we were celebrating another milestone for these young men from Glenville; now, they will not get the “on the field” sendoff they deserve.

While some people may be thankful that the “Ray Small Experiment” has drawn to a close, I hope that many Buckeye faithful will join me in wishing both he and Rob well in their future endeavors. While their on the field careers may not have panned out as we the fans wished, their willingness to give a good portion of their lives to be a part of this team at whatever level is worth our gratitude. 

IF (please note that word) there are other issues surrounding them that will keep them from being sucessful in the long run, we pray that they find the support, challenge, and encouragement necessary to overcome them.

With that, I’ll leave you with highlights from Ray’s most meaningful game of the year. I believe that without his efforts we are not successful in Happy Valley.

And yes, I’d much rather they were out shooting each other with pellet guns.

Where Things Stand: Offense Week 9

Written October 30th, 2009 by Jim

I skipped a position update last week because there was absolutely nothing to take away from the Purdue game in week 7, particularly on the offensive side of the ball.

After the Minnesota game last week things are looking up, but I would like to see similar results in more adverse situations before I can say that I have a lot of confidence in the offense.

That being said, this week is basically a scrimmage before our trip to Happy Valley and a killer final three games of the season. So, it would be nice to see the offense pick a scheme and fine tune it. Even if the offense puts up big points this week, I am not sure how much you can take away from the performance due to the competition. At this point in the season, I am waiting for our dual with Penn State before I form any opinions.

So, rather than focus on a specific position this week, I will briefly go over where we stand at every position on offense. Hopefully the entire offense steps up and uses this week as an opportunity to find some kind of identity to finish the year on a high note.

QB

Terrelle Pryor #2

102-184, 55.4%, 1408 yards, 12 TDs, 9 INTs

101 rushes, 471 yards, 4.7 average, 5 TDs

Terrelle Pryor has put up decent numbers this year, but he has been painfully inconsistent. Purdue was an unbelievably awful game for Pryor, Minnesota was probably one of the best games of his career. Will Pryor build on his Minnesota performance against New Mexico State? We can only hope. The real test comes in two weeks.

RB

Would you want to tackle him? Neither did Minnesota.

Would you want to tackle him? Neither did Minnesota.

There are four backs listed on the depth chart heading into the game this weekend, mostly due to a series of injuries and questions about whether or not players will be healthy enough to play. Still, these four backs should provide the Bucks with a nice rotation for the rest of the season, and hopefully everyone will be back to 100% sooner rather than later.

Boom Herron #1

GP 5, Att 66, Net 241, Avg 3.7, TDs 5

Many people were critical of Herron at the beginning of the year due to his subpar play. Unfortunately, he hasn’t had a chance to answer his critics since week 4 when he was injured against Illinois. It looks like Herron may play some snaps this week, but he will most likely be used sparingly to make sure he is 100% for Penn State.

Ideally he will at least get a few carries this week in order to shake the rust off, because getting your feet wet for the first time in five weeks on the road against Penn State probably isn’t the greatest way to make a comeback. Unless something drastic happens in the next few weeks, it looks like it will be a disappointing year for Herron to say the least.

Brandon Saine #3

GP 8, Att 81, Net 426, Avg 5.3, TDs 0

Many people were pushing for Saine to be the starter even before Herron went down with his injury. Saine broke 100 yards in his first start against Indiana in week 5 but hasn’t come close to breaking 100 since. Still, Saine is averaging a respectable 5.3 yards per carry and his recent lack of production can be partially explained by a lack of opportunities. Saine only had 14 rush attempts against Wisconsin and 7 in the debacle at West Lafayette. Last week Saine carried the ball 11 times for 45 yards before being sidelined with a concussion.

I looks like Saine will be available to play this weekend, but like Herron, his reps may be limited to make sure he is 100% for Penn State.

Jordan Hall #29

GP 4, Att 35, Net 141, Avg 4.0, TDs 1

Hall had 38 yards on 10 carries and his first TD of the year filling in for the injured Saine last week against Minnesota. That stat line has been about average for him when he gets into the game, and if the offense gets rolling against New Mexico State he will probably get a chance to carry the ball some more, but Hall may see some carries taken away by the emergence of Jermil Martin.

Jermil Martin #41

GP 2, Att 8, Net 73, Avg 9.1, TDs 1

Martin was definitely the breakout player of the week against Minnesota. His 75 yards and a TD on only 7 carries was probably the most impressive piece of running Buckeyes fans have seen this year. Despite his impressive running, I am not ready to call Martin the next big thing just yet. Keep in mind that he was carrying the ball against a Minnesota defense that was halfway on the bus by the time Martin got his first carry. So, I would take his performance with a grain of salt.

Still, it was nice to see a back running with authority and breaking tackles like we haven’t seen since… well, Beanie last year. But anyways, I expect Martin to get more carries, and hopefully he can provide a power back look to hammer away at defenses up the middle and keep them honest on the edge.

WR

DeVier Posey #8

So good at catching the ball that he can carry it like this without fumbling apparently.

So good at catching the ball that he can carry it like this without fumbling apparently.

GP 8, Catches 38, Yards 516, Avg 13.6, TDs 6

Posey had by far his best game of the year last week, hauling in 8 passes for 161 yards and 2 TDs. Like Jermil Martin, however, you have to consider the competition before you get too excited. On the other hand, it definitely looked like Posey into developing into Pryor’s go-to guy, and that can’t hurt. Like everyone on offense, I will wait a few weeks before a make up my mind, but Posey definitely looks to be a solid #1 receiver in the making.

Dane Sanzenbacher #12

GP 8, Catches 19, Yards 388, Avg 20.4, TDs 4

Dane started off the year strong, but has been quiet for the past few weeks. You can’t exactly blame Dane considering the entire offense has been pretty quiet lately. If the offense is able to consistently move the ball, it is a pretty sure bet that Sanzenbacher will be involved.

Ray Small #82

GP 7, Catches 11, Yards 147, Avg 13.4, TDs 0

There’s not much to say about Ray Small, the talent is there, but the production has not been. Small did carry the ball 4 times against Minnesota, so the staff is trying to get him the ball. Unfortunately for Small, he is running out of time in his Buckeye career to be an impact player.

Duron Carter #9

GP 8, Catches 9, Yards 82, Avg 9.1, TDs 1

Duron has all of the tools, but like everyone else on the offense, his numbers have been seriously cut into by the extremely inconsistent play of the entire offense. He is going to be good.

TE

It looks like another year where all of the preseason talk about getting the TEs getting involved in the passing game doesn’t actually materialize. Jake Ballard and Jake Stoneburner have combined for 10 catches and 118 yards on the year despite both playing in all 8 games up to this point. It once again is a case of poor production from the entire offense rather than poor play from the TEs in my opinion. If the offense gets rolling I imagine that the TEs will see a few more balls coming their way.

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So there you have it. Inconsistency has hurt everyone on the offense in terms of production so far this year. It would be nice if we could fix that in the last couple games. I will believe it when I see it.

Chicks Dig Offensive Skills

Written September 2nd, 2009 by Jim

This post is going to be a brief look at the rest of the positions that I have not covered yet on offense. I would like to go over them more in depth, but I am running out of time.

So, if you are craving in depth, take a look at my previous entries covering:

Linebackers

Offensive Tackles

Guards and Centers

Defensive Tackles and

Defensive Ends

For the rest, look here. I guess I will start at the top.

QB

Is good.

Is good.

The QB story at Ohio State begins and ends with #2. He has recieved so much coverage over the past two years that I will keep this brief. Terrelle Pryor can run, but can he improve as a passer? If he can, things will be awesome. Even if he stays the same as a passer (all indications are that he has improved drastically) things will still be pretty sweet.

Redshirt sophomore Joe Bauserman (#14) and  true freshman Kenny Guiton (#13) are the backups. I don’t have much to say about them. Guiton is probably a year or two away from being ready to play and Bauserman is servicable but unspectacular.

RB

A pair and a spare, that is what to look for here.

#1 Daniel ‘Boom’ Herron (redshirt sophomore) and #3 Brandon Saine (junior) are the pair looking to replace the departed Beanie Wells. Herron performed admirably in limited action last year as a redshirt freshman (89 carries, 439 yards, 6 TDs) while Saine spent last year off the radar for the most part due to injuries.

Herron reminds me a lot of Antonio Pittman while Saine has great straight line speed and the ability to break tackles, but he doesn’t have much in the way of elusiveness.

Here Herron continues the Buckeye tradition of breaking off a long touchdown run again tsun.

Herron continues the Buckeye tradition of breaking off a long touchdown run again tsun.

I look for Herron to be the main guy this year, but Saine looked good in the spring and it wouldn’t be surprising if both backs saw extensive action this year. I think the two compliment each other nicely and I expect the pair to eclipse 1000 yards easily. If either does so individually it would be a mild surprise.

Battling to be the spare are #4 Jaamal Berry (5’11″ 195 lbs.)and #29 Jordan Hall (5’10″ 190 lbs.) who are both true freshman.

Berry has apparently been hindered by the lingering effects of off season surgery and Hall has taken advantage. I look for Hall to get more carries than Berry at the beginning of the year but both players are fully capable of contributing and provide a nice change of pace (both are very quick and elusive) in the backfield. There is a possibility that whoever loses the competition to be the third back will redshirt.

Hall looks to be the 3rd back this year.

Hall looks to be the 3rd back to start the year.

Also worth nothing is that Hall was a teammate of Pryor’s in high school.

Providing a big back look will be redshirt freshman Jermil Martin (6’0″ 227 lbs.) who wears #41. Martin moved to RB from fullback following Carlos Hyde’s failure to qualify academically. He may get some looks in short yardage or goal line situations, but I don’t think he will get many carries when it is all said and done.

I think that the RBs will be a pleasant surprise this year for those expecting a significant drop off following the departure of Beanie to the NFL, especially if the O-Line improves. It should be fun to see who steps up and performs on Saturday.

FB

Fullback will be manned by a duo of true freshman younger brothers this year. #44 Zach Boren is the younger brother of Justin Boren and #49 Adam Homan is the younger brother of Ross Homan. I don’t think that OSU will utilize the fullbacks very much this year, but Tressel called the younger Boren his surprise player of fall camp and he is listed as the starter at FB going into the Navy game. At 6’1″ and 255 pounds it should be fun to watch him smash people lead blocking.

The Boren Brothers.

The Boren Brothers.

WR

#8 DeVier Posy (6’3″ 205 lbs. sophomore) and #12 Dane Sanzenbacher (5’11″ 175 lbs. junior) are the starters, which is what everyone expected. Sanzenbacher is a slot guy in the mold of Anthony Gonzales and is the leading returner at receiver (21 catches, 272 yards, 1 TD). He has good hands and isn’t afraid to go across the middle, but he isn’t exactly a game breaker. Posey has great size and ability, but didn’t show very much last year (11 catches, 117 yards, 1 TD). He can be a great one, but I will wait and see before I label him as such.

Listed as the backups are #9 Duron Carter (6’2″ 190 lbs. freshman, which are extremely outdated numbers) and #5 Taurian Washington (6’2″ 179 lbs. junior).

First of all, good for Taurian Washington , I hope he is able to make a splash during an actual game this year after looking like a top reciever in each of the last two spring games.

Second of all, Duron Carter, WOW. He is quickly becoming one of the players that I am the most excited about watching this year. Carter has excelent size and superb hands and has impressed everyone in the off season and during fall camp. It looks like Carter might be a big time contributor right away.

WOW.

WOW.

I look for Posey, Sanzenbacher, Washington and Carter to be the starters in four reciever sets, with #82 Ray Small (5’11″ 180 lbs. senior) being a wild card. It doesn’t look like Small is out of the doghouse yet following some off season academic issues, but I would be surprised if he doesn’t get significant reps by the end of the season (barring further off the field issues).

I don’t want to make any predictions about the productivity of our recivers this year, as that depends a lot on how well Pryor and the offensive line perform, but the Buckeyes have plenty of players that are capable of replacing the Brians (Hartline and Robiskie) from the 2008 team, and the depth may even be improved.

TE

There has been a lot of talk about using the tight ends more in the offense this year, which happens every off season. I will believe it when I see it. The starter is #86 Jake Ballard, who is big (6’6″ 256 lbs.) and has good hands. Ballard will be a steady presence at TE this year.

Show it off while you can big guy.

Show it off while you can big guy.

#11 Jake Stoneburner (6’5″ 230 lbs. redshirt freshman) is listed as the backup at TE and is a converted WR who could present some serious matchup problems for defenses. Will OSU take advantage of said matchup problems? Once again I’ll believe it when I see it.

If the offense looks to the TEs as much as in the past (11 catches for tight ends last year), take conselation in the fact that Ballard is a good blocker.

Also worth noting is that #92 Todd Denlinger (6’2″ 292 lbs. 5th year senior) is seeing time at TE during short yardage situations for some added muscle in the mix.

That does it for my look at the offensive skill positions. In summation, the Buckeyes are young, inexperienced, but very talented on offense.

I will try to have a post up before the end of the week on the DBs.

The Game 021

photo credit – Me

I’m finally home from an amazing 48 hours in Columbus. Yes, I had a laptop, but no I didn’t have the energy to write. By the time I got to the hotel last night, I was way too tired to post my post-game thoughts.

I’ve gotta say, Michigan may be the dumbest team I have seen in a LONG time. They did things that intentionally pissed off the Buckeyes, and it woke us up in a vicious mood.

Seriously, you decided to start a turf war during pre-game? You can’t do that without the talent to back it up…and watching that turf war live was VERY telling. Michigan started to taunt the Bucks players, and within 30-40 seconds, the Bucks were literally intimidating Michigan to retreat to their locker room. And if you’re going to start shit at midfield, do it when you AREN’T on your way to the locker room…because when it ends, it won’t look like you’re running away.

Then, the cheap shot on Pryor after the interception….come on, guys, there were 108,000 people who saw that, even if the refs didn’t. It fired us (the crowd and the team) up, it got the defense juiced, and it got you three plays for negative-5 yards and a crushed spirit after a missed FG.

UPDATE – I’m watching the game on DVR right now, and Bob Griese was talking early about Ohio State players getting dirty in the first UM series after the INT…he singled out Malcolm Jenkins in particular. What he failed to mention, and what ABC didn’t show is that after Pryor knocked the Michigan player out of bounds on the interception, another UM player came in and gave a cheap shot to Pryor a good 5 or 6 seconds after the play, and nothing was called. Jenkins, and the rest of the Buckeyes, were fired up over the no-call. Griese, being the not-so-closeted UM fan that he is, completely neglected to mention that.

Fact is, there wasn’t a single facet of the game that wasn’t dominated by Ohio State. Even the Michigan MVP, Zoltan Mesko (yes, their punter is their MVP) got outplayed. Ray Small made sure of that by taking one of his low line-drives back 80 yards.

I’ll have a full day review up later, but first I have to go watch the film and see just how badly the refs blew that safety non-call…..

Oh, and by the way…it’s been 1,828 days since Michigan beat us.