"Due to its location, nearly every Buckeye football player has to drive to Ohio State's bunker of a training center for practice, lifting sessions, film studying, etc. There's a private lot, with a motorized gate, designated for the Buckeyes' staff and players to park. Apparently, OSU Campus Parc has been ticketing players that park in the lot without an appropriate pass."
- Andrew Holleran, College Spun
It appears that Ohio State players are getting ticketed by campus parking, despite the player parking their cars in a private lot for the players and coaches while they prepare for the upcoming season. Of course, some players understandably weren't happy about receiving the $40-60 tickets on their cars. Ohio State tight end Jeff Heuerman took to Twitter to show his displeasure, but later deleted the tweets.
If this really is the case..that sucks. I'm sure that things will be taken care of, as it could have been a simple mistake. Perhaps even a prank. Look, it's the offseason, okay?
"Pinar Karsiyaka is also close to re-signing Jon Diebler."
- E. Carchia
The former Buckeye sharpshooter, Jon Diebler, was drafted in the second round of the 2011 NBA draft by the Portland Trailblazers, but has since been playing around Europe. First, Diebler played for the team Panionios in the Greek Basketball League, and then in 2012 signed with Pinar Karsiyaka. After starting at small forward for a season, it appears Diebler is close to re-signing with the team and continue his career.
During his tenure with the team, Diebler has helped lead them to the postseason, ending up as semifinalists in the 2012-2013 season, as well as Eurocup Champions during the 2013-2014 campaign.
"I actually still think about that Michigan State game and that fourth and one. I feel like it was that one play or we could have been on our way to the national championship, I mean, you know, it's a lesson learned."
- Carlos Hyde, via Zac Jackson, FOX Sports Ohio
If you have finally recovered from Ohio State losing to Michigan State in the Big Ten championship game this past season, you might want to skip past this quote. Carlos Hyde was asked about the final two games of his career at Ohio State while at the NFL Rookie Symposium, to which Hyde replied with the above quote.
The play in question can be seen here (if you really like pain) and if you remember, the coaching staff decided to give the ball to Braxton Miller, instead of Hyde. While Hyde is the better runner in between the tackles, you could argue the play still could have been converted had Jeff Heuerman sealed his block, allowing Miller to dive across the first down marker. After that play, Michigan State was able to run out the clock (including a true killing blow of a touchdown right up the gut of the defense) and hand Ohio State it's first loss in two years.
Hyde obviously is still a little bitter about it, perhaps believing he should have been the one to carry the football in that desperate scenario. Either way, when asked what he thinks about the Buckeyes' chances for the upcoming season? "I'm expecting them to win it all."
"The Big Ten Network and Comcast have reached distribution agreements for both New Jersey and Maryland, officials confirmed Wednesday."
- Adam Rittenberg, ESPN
The Big Ten continues their efforts in trying to create a football presence on the East Coast, as the network came to an agreement with Comcast for New Jersey and Maryland. The Comcast pact follows similar BTN agreements with both Time Warner Cable and Cablevision, meaning the network will be available on the three major cable providers servicing New York, Washington D.C., and the surrounding areas.
With the addition of Maryland and Rutgers, the Big Ten has been making sure that viewers will be able to see their teams on the Big Ten Network, and it's been relatively easy compared to when the Big Ten first launched and they tried negotiations with Comcast in 2007. Now it's all water under the bridge as the network has had large success in its business.
STICK TO SPORTS
- Cleveland is supposedly going to make a final list for the 2016 RNC convention. Maybe Cleveland's luck really has changed.
- Net neutrality protesters were arrested at Google headquarters.
- North Korea is threatening merciless retaliation on the United States if a Seth Rogan movie about killing Kim Jong-un is released, considering it an act of war.
- According to the video description, it had to be done ("it" being swapping the goat cry and falcon cry).
- You can find some cuisine from the host of this year's World Cup right in Columbus.