"From 2008-13, revenues at FBS schools grew on average by 32%."
-Paula Lavigne, ESPN the Magazine
ESPN the Magazine released a handy infographic breaking down spending and revenue at some major FBS schools. Texas was the most profitable school in 2013, raking in $166 million worth of sports-related revenue, while OSU placed 5th by bringing home a cool $140 million.
Texas and OSU's respective rankings remained the same as far as expenses went, with the Longhorns spending $146.8 million and the Buckeyes dropping $116 million in 2013. OSU's $24 million surplus (that's revenue minus expenses, for those of you who ain't come to play school) was tops in the NCAA. The Buckeyes also spent the most money on coaches in 2013, with Urban, Matta, and co. bringing home close to $28.5 million put together.
It should be noted that in 2013 Michigan outspent Ohio State on both recruiting and travel, and, as of press time, still sucks.
"One thing a lot of people don't know, I love this game so much."
-Newly-signed Browns QB Vince Young
Former Titans, Eagles, and Packers quarterback Vince Young was signed to a one-year deal by the Browns, per Cleveland.com. Young is a former no. 3 overall pick, and was the NFL's Rookie of the Year in 2006. His stint with the Titans lasted five years, with Young earning Pro Bowl honors twice in that time span before being released in 2011.
Young has notoriously struggled with off-the-field issues throughout his career, most notably a 2010 fight inside a strip club and bouts with depression. He was picked up by the Eagles prior to the 2011 season, when he famously dubbed that squad "The Dream Team." Young's prediction for greatness failed to materialize, as the Eagles struggled to an 8-8 finish with Young going 1-2 as a starter.
The Young signing, along with that of veteran journeyman Tyler Thigpen, has many wondering what the Browns' plans for the draft might be. Many expect the team to draft a QB in the opening rounds, which would provide some much-needed energy and competition to a lineup that has struggled with lackluster quarterback play since...pretty much always.
"He's my highest-rated Buckeye in this draft class. He's so fast, he's so athletic, he brings that physical skill set that you want."
-Dane Brugler, CBSSports.com draft analyst
Brugler, via an interview with Cleveland.com, is here referring to do-it-all linebacker Ryan Shazier, the unquestioned MVP of OSU's 2013 defense. Shazier, who led the Buckeyes in tackles in consecutive seasons, is expected to be a first-round pick in this year's draft.
The NFL draft is a circus of analyzing minutiae and making wildly off-base predictions, but just about everyone seems to think that Shazier will be picked somewhere between the Cardinals at no. 20 and the Broncos at no. 31. Green Bay at no. 21 and Cincinnati at no. 24 have also been discussed as good possibilities.
Shazier's departure is bittersweet for Buckeye fans, who will miss the leadership and grit that he brought to a defense that was decidedly mediocre at times in 2013. Shazier recorded double-digit solo tackles four times last season, against Cal, Indiana, Illinois, and Michigan State.
"I'm proud of the men and the way they fought hard and didn't give up, but we just couldn't quite get back even."
-Nick Myers, Ohio State men's lacrosse coach
OSU men's lacrosse had its season come to an end on Thursday as the Buckeyes fell to Air Force, 14-7, in the semifinals of the ECAC tournament. The Buckeyes, the two-seed in the tournament, went 6-8 on the year, and ten seniors saw their careers come to an end. OSU had previously beaten Air Force, 8-6, on April 19th.
Ohio State hung tough in the first half, but conceded five consecutive goals to open play in the second. Air Force outdid the Buckeyes in just about every category, racking up more faceoffs (15-7) and groundballs (31-22) while outshooting OSU 34-30. Tewaaraton Award (MVP in men's lax) nominee Jesse King was the bright spot for Ohio State, racking up a hat trick to go with three groundballs.
Air Force, a three-seed, advances to the ECAC tournament final, which will be held in Columbus at 5 pm Saturday. The Falcons are 9-5 on the season.