"Ohio State finished sixth in the nation in spring football game attendance, according to a check of the major BCS schools."
-Doug Lesmerises, Cleveland Plain Dealer
On their April 12 spring game, Ohio State drew 61,058 fans to Ohio Stadium for the intra-squad game. Doug Lesmerises of the Cleveland Plain dealer compiled a list of the top-drawing spring games and the Buckeyes ranked sixth in spring game attendance, third in the Big Ten.
Leading the way as the nation's best attended spring game was Alabama with a turnout of 73,506. On the heels of the Crimson Tide was Big Ten leader Penn State. Like Alabama, Penn State did not charge for attendance and drew 72,000 to Beaver Stadium.
For teams that charged an admission, BCS title game runners-up Auburn led the way, a $5 ticket did not turn back a crowd of 70,645. Tennessee at 68,548 and Nebraska at 61,772 rounds out the top five.
In total, the Big Ten drew 319,764 with the inclusion of Maryland and Rutgers.
"Both ran into some negative attention their final years in school, both for reasons that aren't or do not appear to be criminal. Is Roby like Adams, a possessor of an upside ability that makes the Steelers roll the dice on him in the second round?"
-Neal Coolong, Behind the Steel Curtain
There is never a good time to run into trouble with the law. One of the most inopportune times is when your professional future, and millions of dollars, hang in the balance.
Though the legal side yet to play out, Neal Coolong of SB Nation's Behind the Steel Curtain speaks regarding one team, the Steelers, that has a history in nabbing talented Buckeyes that may have fell in the draft following off the field issues, but owned up to the mishap.
Leading up to the 2012 draft, former Ohio State offensive lineman failed a drug test at the NFL Combine. A possible knock on makeup, Adams fell to Pittsburgh as a second-round selection. For Roby to fall to Mike Tomlin's club, he would need to not be drafted in the first 41 picks.
"The Columbus Blue Jackets will be without veteran winger R.J. Umberger for the team’s pivotal sixth game against the Pittsburgh Penguins Monday night, head coach Todd Richards said Monday morning."
-Scott Burnside, ESPN.com
Looking to stave off elimination and force a winner-take-all game seven, the Columbus Blue Jackets will take on the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight without former Buckeye R.J. Umberger, ESPN.com's Scott Burnside reports. Blue Jackets' head coach Todd Richards did not disclose the injury, add nothing more than Umberger and fellow Jacket Nikita Nikitin are both "not feeling great, so not 100 percent."
Umberger sacrificed his body blocking a shot before providing the assist on Nick Foligno's game-winner in last Wednesday's 4-3 overtime win against the Penguins, the first home playoff win in franchise history. Umberger played collegiately up the road, with plenty of home games at Value City Arena as a Buckeye from 2000-03.
"Entering Sunday, Swisher was batting .360 (9-for-25) with five doubles, two RBIs, two walks and three runs over his last six games played for the Tribe."
-Jordan Bastian, MLB.com
On the Ohio State campus during the same days as Umberger, another Ohio professional athlete, Nick Swisher, has played well of late.
The Ohio State outfielder from 2000-02, is in his second season with the Cleveland Indians. After helping the American League Central club to the 2013 playoffs, Swisher, and the rest of the heart of Cleveland's offense, was to a slow start as the Tribe hovered around .500. Though the team is 11-14 after a three-game sweep at the hands of the Giants, Swisher found his stroke in a return to the Bay Area.
The first-round draft pick of the Oakland A's in 2002, Swisher went 4-for-13 with a pair of doubles against the Giants.
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- Ohio State's practice of private search for E. Gordon Gee's successor wasn't questioned. The same can't be said as Kent State tries to follow suit in their own search for their university's next leader.
- Facing elimination, after blowing five speakers in Game 3, who knows how loud Nationwide Arena will be tonight as the Blue Jackets' fan support has frenzied.
- Brookhaven High School welcomed alumni of 50 years of classes on Sunday as the Columbus high school is set to close at the school year's end.
- Vogue's Kimye cover was not the idea of editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, E! reports.
- Ticks are on the rise in Ohio. By how much? We don't know as funding cuts have affected monitoring.