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Why is this news?: Urban talks Braxton, Buckeye basketball not going to Cleveland

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Urban Meyer knows that a healthy Braxton Miller is critical to Ohio State's title hopes
Urban Meyer knows that a healthy Braxton Miller is critical to Ohio State's title hopes
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"If he makes the same strides he made year one to year two, year two to year three and this year, year four, he could have a great year. He's not 100 percent yet, but he's close."

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer on Braxton Miller

Yesterday at the Urban Meyer/Dean Hood Youth Football Camp in Northeast Ohio, Meyer was asked about how quarterback Braxton Miller was doing in his recovery from offseason shoulder surgery. Meyer said that he heard Miller is "doing great" in summer workouts, which per NCAA rules Meyer and the rest of the Ohio State coaching staff can't attend.

Another topic that Meyer was asked about was how the team is responding to losing their final two games of the season after winning the first 24 that Meyer coached for the school. Meyer said that the Buckeyes are "angry", which makes him excited for the upcoming season. Meyer is hoping to channel that anger that the Buckeyes have in a positive way to try and help them achieve their goals this coming season. Along with the mindset that the Buckeyes have had in summer workouts, Meyer is very excited about a number of returning players that he was asked about on Wednesday, who he thinks can make a huge difference for Ohio State this year.

"Certainly it could happen, because we do need maybe two more home games on our non-conference schedule. But right now, on the last schedule I have, we have five non-conference homes games and at least two more to fill."

- Cleveland State Sports Information Director Greg Murphy

We found out earlier this week that Ohio State is going to host Wright State in the non-conference portion of the 2014-15 men's basketball schedule. While there had been talk of a possible Ohio State matchup with Cleveland State at Quicken Loans Arena, today we found out those rumors wouldn't become reality. Buckeye fans in Cleveland might get a shot to see Ohio State at The Q though depending on NCAA Tournament placement and if the Buckeyes make it that far, as the 2015 Midwest Regional will be held at Quicken Loans Arena.

There are some certainties on the non-conference portion of Ohio State's schedule with, as mentioned before, Wright State, along with matchups with Marquette, North Carolina in Chicago, and a trip to Louisville for the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, leading into the Big Ten portion of the schedule. With what the Buckeyes already have, they are looking at a tougher slate this year than they had to deal with to kickoff last season.

"My friend randomly wanted me to come to an ultimate practice with her so that she wouldn't be alone trying it out. Once I got there, I liked it."

Cassie Swafford

Not only did Cassie Swafford like Ultimate Frisbee when she tried it out during her sophomore year at Ohio State, but it turned out she was good at it. Really, really good. The recent Ohio State graduate not only helped her team take home the national title with a 15-11 win over Oregon in Mason, Ohio on May 26th, but she took home the Callahan Award, which is given to the nation's best player. The Olentangy Liberty product was not only team captain for the Buckeyes, but she switched her position from cutter (think wide receiver) to handler (think quarterback) so Ohio State could utilize all the talent they had to make their march towards the national title.

Not only was Swafford recognized as the best player in the country, but her coach DeAnna Ball had nothing but high praise for Swafford, saying that if Swafford wanted to, coaching could be in her future. But the intelligence level that Swafford possesses isn't only on the field, but also in the classroom, as she recently graduated from Ohio State as a double-major in neuroscience and zoology. Swafford will now attend graduate school at Duke, and says if the opportunity presents itself that she hopes to continue playing Ultimate.

Looking for some more information on Ultimate? Last year our own Matt Brown wrote about a professional Ultimate Frisbee league and the challenges they faced as they tried to bring the sport more into the mainstream.

"We are pleased to welcome Dorial to the University of Oklahoma, where he is excited to continue his education and resume his playing career."

Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops

Bob Stoops and the Sooners set off a firework earlier today when they announced that former University of Missouri wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham would be joining the University of Oklahoma. Green-Beckham was dismissed from Missouri back in April after a number of legal issues. Green-Beckham will now have to sit out a year as per the NCAA transfer rules, but the Sooners are apparently pursuing a waiver that would allow Green-Beckham to be eligible to play immediately. Last year Green-Beckham caught 59 passes and 12 touchdowns for Missouri, and would provide a dynamic target for Oklahoma quarterback Trevor Knight when eligible.

How does the transfer effect Ohio State? It really doesn't unless there are a couple of far-fetched scenarios that happen. If Green-Beckham sits out the 2014 season, and exhausts his college eligibility by playing for Oklahoma in both 2015 and 2016, the Buckeyes do travel to Norman in September 2016 for a non-conference tilt. With tremendous athletic talent many are expecting Green-Beckham to enter that NFL Draft when eligible, which would be after the 2014 season.

There is also the possibility that if Green-Beckham is granted a waiver to play this year, and with expectations high for both the Buckeyes and Sooners this season, there is a chance they could meet in the first ever College Football Playoff. Or if Green-Beckham isn't granted the waiver, and does play for the Sooners in 2015 there is that chance again. While these scenarios are hypotheticals, this move is definitely worth keeping an eye on.