"It's the abnormal ones that I like to be around. The ones who say, 'I don't care who you have on your roster, I'm gonna beat him.' That's when I shake his hand and say let's do this."
While most of the day might be spent arguing on whether Urban Meyer was right or wrong on claiming Cam Newton as a product of his offense, there is no question that Urban knows how to recruit quarterbacks. With quarterbacks like Alex Smith, Tim Tebow, Braxton Miller, and J.T. Barrett already having showed success in his offense, and Joe Burrow and Danny Clark on the way, Meyer knows how important quarterbacks are, and makes sure he finds some of the best to play for him.
Some other news and notes from Meyer's weekly call-in show included an update on freshman running back Curtis Samuel, who is suffering from a thigh bruise and sprained ankle. The bye week the Buckeyes are on this week will hopefully have him able to play against Rutgers. Urban also continued to praise the kick coverage unit, who was able to hold the explosive Stefon Diggs in check when the Buckeyes played Maryland. One other note is that the coaching staff is still trying to find a position for freshman Sam Hubbard, as the coaches aren't sure on whether to use him at tight end or defensive end.
"They've been recruiting on a high level since Urban Meyer took over. They run a wide open spread option scheme that's appealing to national dual-threat quarterbacks, wide receivers, local run blockers and stud backs."
247 Sports took a look at the 15 college football programs that look primed to have a big amount of success over the next five years and Ohio State was slotted in the fifth position in the rankings. Not like that should be much of surprise since Ohio State has been quite successful over the last decade-plus, but it is good to know that the future looks bright as well. The main reason for Ohio State checking in so high on the list is the fact that they have Urban Meyer and the high-powered offense that he likes to run.
The Buckeyes are projected to win the Big Ten title in seven of the next 10 years and should become quite familiar with the new College Football Playoff. The immediate future looks bright with the incredible promise that J.T. Barrett has shown so far in his short time as Ohio State quarterback, along with strongly yearly recruiting classes. The only programs that are expecting to be more successful than the Buckeyes over the next decade are Florida State, Alabama, Texas A&M, and USC. The expected dominance in the Big Ten going forward should be no surprise with the only other Big Ten team checking in on the list is Penn State at 15.
"In order for our brand relevance to grow significantly in our market and throughout the region, we needed to consider making changes in certain areas that affected the progress of our brand and identity."
Last night at LC Pavilion the new crest and brand of the Columbus Crew was revealed after a two year study on how to improve on the dated crest and brand the club had sported for years. While there isn't too much of a change in the name of the team, the Crew will now be referred to as Columbus Crew SC. The "SC" stands for soccer club. Along with the change in the name, the initials of the club will change from "CLB" to "CCSC"
The biggest change that that club made was to the crest. In a homage to the German roots of the city, Crew SC adopted a badge that is similar to teams in the German Bundesliga, which uses a circular shape. The inner ring of the circle is meant to mirror the state flag of Ohio. The nine diagonal stripes in the crest are to represent how Columbus was one of the nine original MLS teams. The checkerboard pattern that is also part of the crest is to represent the passionate fans and the unwavering support they have for the club. To keep up with all the news of the rebrand of Crew SC, be sure to check out the SB Nation site for all things Columbus Crew SC.
"Ohio State University is paying a consultant group $460 an hour and a separate law firm $425 an hour for work on a second investigation of the marching band, records show."
Two reports on the culture of the Ohio State University Marching Band is costing quite a lot of money. On July 24th band director Jonathan Waters was fired after findings reported there was a "sexualized culture" within the band and Waters did nothing to rectify it. Now two different investigations are costing the university $885 an hour. The David Vaughn Consulting Group is taking in $460 an hour (as well as $287 an hour when Vaughn is traveling). There was a deal in place with Vaughn's consulting group to participate in the investigation just a day after Waters was fired.
The other group that has been hired to perform an investigation is the Arent Fox law firm, who is being compensated $425 an hour for their work. Unlike the deal with Vaughn that has no cap on what can be spent on the investigation, the deal with Arent Fox cannot exceed $49,000. The two groups, along with Ernst & Young, are part of a task force headed by former Ohio Attorney General Betty Montgomery to assess the culture in the marching band, and to advise the university on federal Title IX rules against gender discrimination. While Ohio State President Michael Drake was hoping to have the findings by early October, Montgomery has stated she needs another four-to-six weeks to present the findings of the task force.
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