In what is fantastic news for the Ohio State basketball team, freshman Jae’Sean Tate has been cleared to return to practice and could potentially be ready to go by the team’s upcoming trip to the Bahamas. The Bahamas trip, which begins Tuesday will be a five-day journey for the Buckeyes and will include games against two Bahamian teams.
Tate’s clearance comes almost six months to the day that he tore his labrum forcing him to miss the end of his Senior season of high school basketball. Tate, who was a small forward from Pickerington Central High School, was a four-star recruit that Rivals ranked No. 79 in the nation.
As for what to expect from Tate this season, here’s what our Ohio Basketball guru Zach Fleer had to say about him after his initial commitment:
Tate's biggest strengths are his tenacity on both sides of the ball, slashing ability and his never-ending motor, qualities that helped the forward outperform higher ranked competition on the EYBL circuit for All-Ohio Red. The senior has a level of consistent productivity that should bode well for his future in Columbus.
In more news from the scandal that just won’t die, fired former Ohio State marching band director Jon Waters is back in the news. It appears that the disgraced former boss of the Best Damn Band in the Land is ready to break his public silence. In news first reported by the occasionally reasonable "We Support Jon Waters" Twitter page, Waters will be appearing on both the TODAY Show and Good Morning America tomorrow morning. No specific time has been announced, so those wishing to watch will either have to set DVRs, slog through the entire three hour program, or wait for the inevitable video that will pop up online later.
Obviously, we don’t know what Waters is going to say, but we do know that he plans to fight his dismissal. There is a growing rift between the Ohio State administration and a segment of the university’s fan and alumni base, and unless Waters comes out and issues a mea culpa, we can only expect the interviews to intensify the existing friction.
Ohio State true freshman Kyle Snyder will continue his quest to win a second world championship beginning tomorrow at the FILA Junior World Wrestling Championships. The event, which is being held in Zagreb, Croatia, runs from Aug. 5 – Aug. 10. Last year Snyder won the same event, winning three of his four matches by technical fall on the way to his first world championship. Snyder’s biggest opposition is likely to come from Armenian Viktor Kazishvili. Kazishhvili almost pinned Snyder early in their match last season before the Amerrican rallied back for a victory by technical fall.
In case you missed it, LGHL profiled Snyder yesterday. You can read the article here.
Here are a few thoughts from the first-year Buckeye on the eve of the tournament courtesy of Flowrestling:
"ESPN’s seventh annual College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon – more than 24 hours of consecutive coverage to mark the start of the 2014-15 season over Monday, Nov. 17 and Tuesday, Nov. 18 – will feature 19 men’s and women’s college basketball games across ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU."
ESPN announced the lineup for its annual College Basketball tip-off Marathon, and Ohio State is once again part of the festivities. Fortunately for Buckeye fans, you won’t have to get up at 3 a.m. to see them play. The game, which is against Marquette, will be held at 7:30 p.m. on November 18th at Value City Arena.
For those who can’t make it out to Columbus, ESPN2 will be airing the game live. Other games of note on the 18th include a 7 p.m. tilt between Michigan State and Duke and a 9:30 p.m. contest featuring Kansas and Kentucky.
STICK TO SPORTS
- Residents of Columbus are working hard to bring Stone Brewing to town.
- Syracuse University is apparently the nation's top party school.
- It appears that Toledo's water is Poison. Probably due to its proximity to Michigan.
- Jeff Bridges, obviously not a golfer, throws best first pitch ever.
- Do not screw with Peter Dinklage.