"Sometimes you know, it's not really like a priority of mine to see how many yards I have during the game. But that was just one where I knew I didn't have 100, and it was something I just was trying to get before they pulled me."
Ohio State was comfortably in control of Rutgers on Saturday night early in the fourth quarter, but there was still something many fans were waiting for. Ezekiel Elliott was 13 yards short of 100 yards rushing for the game, a mark he had topped in each of the last 12 games heading into the contest with the Scarlet Knights. Then Elliott exploded for a 55-yard touchdown, which was more than enough for Elliott to extend his streak. In most cases, with Ohio State up by so much, Elliott would be finished for the game, but the junior running back was able to successfully lobby head coach Urban Meyer for one more series.
While the main concern of Elliott is helping his team get back to the Big Ten Championship Game, as well as repeating as national champs, adding to his numbers certainly doesn't hurt as he states his case to be a finalist for the Heisman Trophy. Elliott has run for 1,130 yards through eight games this year, but he might be able to find bigger numbers the rest of the season, with defenses not being able to key on him as much now that J.T. Barrett has taken over at quarterback. While there might be a few candidates more deserving of the Heisman Trophy at this point, it'll be hard to keep Elliott away from New York if he continues to rack up numbers like he has the first eight games of the year, but at this point all that matters to Elliott is wins for his football team.
"An appearance at a celebrity softball game, a Bluetooth mishap, and a room-service bill were among 29 self-reported violations the Ohio State Department of Athletics filed to the NCAA from Feb. 1 to Sept. 10."
In a public records request filed by The Lantern on September 11th and received on October 16th, the Ohio State Department of Athletics self-reported 29 violations to the NCAA. Ohio State football was the biggest offender, with six self-reported violations. The violations include, Cardale Jones attending Joe Haden's Celebrity Charity Softball Game in June in Cleveland, Braxton Miller's AdvoCare post on Instagram, an ineligible player traveling to the Sugar Bowl, and three other incidents involving members of the coaching staff. The six self-reported violations were the most among Ohio State's 36 varsity teams.
Some of the other notable self-reported violations by the university included one from the men's basketball team, who had a player who had not yet received academic certification, that was given money for expenses and participated on Ohio State's preseason trip to the Bahamas in August 2014. The women's basketball team had a violation where the mother and stepfather of a recruit accumulated a $252.16 bill from room service and a hotel restaurant, which exceeded the limit of $50 per meal. The Ohio State men's hockey team held a camp for recruits during a dead period in April, which resulted in the NCAA reducing Ohio State's number of permissible contacts by one.
One humorous violation came via women's volleyball coach Geoff Carlston, in which he made a call to a 2017 recruit from a hands-free device in his call, when he intended to call a 2015 recruit who has the same name. Carlston spoke with the father of the 2017 recruit for several minutes before realizing he had placed a call to a recruit who wasn't yet allowed to be contacted. As a result, The Compliance Office ruled the 2017 wouldn't be able to be contacted until September 15th, two weeks after the first permissible date.
"It has dramatically changed how we do our business."
- Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer on daily biometrics monitoring via Ralph D. Russo, Associated Press
One of the reasons Urban Meyer believes his team peaked at the end of last season was due to daily biometrics monitoring he has his players go through, which allows the staff to track how players are holding up to the wear and tear of football. The information the staff gains through the monitoring allows them to decide how to structure practices. Before practice, players have a band placed around their torso, and electrodes attached to their head and hands, which is hooked up to an iPod device called Omegawave, for about five minutes. The data received allows the staff to gauge physiological readiness on a scale of one through seven, with the higher the score representing a greater readiness.
The increased information hasn't always been easy for Meyer to process, as there has been times when he has wanted the team to go harder in practice, but the data has shown that wouldn't be the best for the team on that day. Not only do players have to go through biometrics monitoring before practice, but they also have to take a urine test to monitor their hydration level. If it is determined a player isn't properly hydrated, they won't practice until they are. This has become more a concern due to studies that have shown lack of proper hydration is tied to soft tissue injuries. Add in the monitoring of heart rates, as well as the tracking of competitive repetitions in both practice and games, more and more information is being studied to try and ensure player safety.
The Ohio State women's basketball team has been ranked 10th in the USA Today Coaches Poll, the first preseason poll of the season. The Top 25 is topped by the UConn Huskies, who received all 32 first place votes after going 38-1 and winning the national title last season. Ohio State is the second Big Ten named in the poll, with Maryland being the only other team being placed in front of the Buckeyes. Two other Big Ten teams were included in the Top 25, with Iowa and Northwestern placing 23rd and 24th, respectively.
Following a 17-18 season during head coach Kevin McGuff's first year in Columbus in 2013-14, the Buckeyes posted a 24-11 record and were able to earn a NCAA Tournament bid. Ohio State was able to defeat James Madison 90-80 in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament before falling to North Carolina 86-84 in Chapel Hill in the next round. Expectations are high for McGuff's third season as head coach, especially with the talented Kelsey Mitchell on the roster. During her freshman season, Mitchell was the first freshman to ever lead the country in scoring, putting in 24.9 points per game. Ohio State opens their regular season with a tough test, when they hit the road to take on second-ranked South Carolina on November 13th.
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