"Steve was an innovator and an icon in the sports information field, and a great friend who did so much for The Ohio State University sports program. He'll be missed."
Sad news in the Ohio State community today with it being learned that Steve Snapp, who served 38 years in the Ohio State athletic department, has passed away at the age of 69. Originally from Sidney, Ohio, Snapp served two tours of duty in Vietnam with the U.S. Marine Corps in 1966 and 1967, being awarded two purple hearts during his service. After his tours of duty, Snapp attended Ohio State, graduated in 1973 with a B.A. in journalism. As a senior, Snapp worked as a student assistant in the sports information department before beginning his career there full time as assistant sports information director in 1973.
In 1978 Snapp was named associate sports information director, a position he held until 1987 when he became the fourth sports information director in school history. In the years following, Snapp held a number of other positions within the university before being named associate athletics director for broadcasting and senior advisor to the director of athletics in 2007. Snapp helped to oversee the creation and launch of the Big Ten Network and all aspects of radio and television broadcasting. During his time with the university, Snapp worked more than 30 bowl games and went to two Final Fours. With his contributions and service to the country and university, Snapp will be greatly missed.
While Ohio State's lacrosse season came to an end on Saturday after falling to fourth-ranked Denver 15-13 at Sports Authority Field, several Buckeyes are being recognized for their tremendous season. Earlier this week Turner Evans and Christopher May were named USILA Scholar All-Americans, which marked the fourth straight year in SI.comwhich at least one Buckeye made the USILA list. Today, Jesse King, Robby Haus, and Tom Carey were all recognized for their performance on the field by being named USILA All-Americans.
Senior Jesse King and junior Robby Haus were named third team selections, while the redshirt sophomore goalie was named honorable mention. King tallied a career-high 77 points with 42 goals and 35 assists, which was the highest point total in program history since 1979, and the fourth-most in program history. For his career, King finished fourth in program history with 208 points and 119 goals. The senior also finished fifth in program history with 89 assists, and he recorded at least a point in 54 of his last 55 games for the Buckeyes.
King might have propelled the Ohio State offense, but Haus and Carey were key parts of the defense the Buckeyes exhibited this year. The Buckeyes were second in the Big Ten in team defense this year, with Haus starting all 19 games for an Ohio State defense that allowed just 9.16 goals per game. In Carey's first year playing for the Buckeyes, the sophomore recorded at least 10 saves in 11 games, with a season-high 15 saves coming in the upset win over Duke in the NCAA Tournament. The goalie finished the year with a 9.08 goals against average, which ranked him in the top-10 nationally for much of the year.
"Former Ohio State Buckeyes rank 23rd in NFL with an average salary of $2,115,821"
Sports Intelligence put together a report on the top 35 earning groups during the 2014 season based on college background. Paced mainly by large salaries from Eli Manning, along with then-Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy, the University of Mississippi topped the list with their 18 alums earning an average salary of just over four million dollars. A little bit of a surprise on the list was Virginia coming in at the second position with their 19 alums averaging $3,345,855 in salary for the year. Ohio State may have gotten the better of Michigan on the football field lately, but former Wolverines are besting former Buckeyes when it comes to earning in the NFL. The 22 Wolverines rank fifth in average salary, boosted greatly but Tom Brady's big paychecks.
During the 2014 NFL season, Ohio State had 28 players in the NFL, with their total salary checking in at $59,242,981. The 28 Buckeyes playing in the NFL in 2014 saw Ohio State tie for 10th for most players on the list of the top 35. Alabama checked in with the most NFL players on rosters in 2014 with 36. Other Big Ten teams besides Michigan who checked in ahead of Ohio State in terms of average salary were Iowa and Nebraska, while Penn State, Wisconsin, and Illinois rounding out the Big Ten teams in the top 35. The average salary of Buckeyes in the NFL should raise in the coming years with a number of projected first round draft picks in the pipeline.
"We were really in tall cotton with these other events in the category, these are all bucket-listers, so to just be nominated was tremendous."
For Buckeye fans the first College Football Playoff has been their favorite event so far in 2015, but on Wednesday night the event was also honored as Sports Event of the Year during the 2015 Sports Business Awards. It's easy to see why the inaugural College Football Playoff won the award, as the CFP pulled in over 33 million viewers and culminated with Ohio State's win over Oregon in early January. The award was presented by the Sports Business Journal and Sports Business Daily. The College Football Playoff beat out events like Super Bowl XLIX, MLB All-Star Game, and NBA All-Star Game. Big things will be expected for the College Football Playoff going forward after taking home such a prestigious award in its first year.
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