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Ohio State Assistant Head Coach Larry Johnson is not going anywhere

Plus, the Ohio State men’s gymnastic team is expected to take home the Big Ten title in 2018.

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With coaching changes happening all across the college football landscape, it’s not really all that surprising that Ohio State coach Larry Johnson’s name would be among those rumors. At 65 years old, it’s likely the coach was addressing the chances of him retiring versus leaving for another program, but it’s still good news for the Buckeyes.

The Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Line coach didn’t mince words on Friday and made it abundantly clear that his plans were to stay with Ohio State for the long haul.

As someone who helped coach the likes of Joey and Nick Bosa, Sam Hubbard and Tyquan Lewis, Johnson’s commitment to the Ohio State program should help the Buckeyes on the recruiting trail as well. Johnson is a big draw for some of the top d-line talent in the country, and his mere presence should continue to attract top name targets. The Assistant Head Coach has been with Urban Meyer since 2014, and has produced the Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year every year since.

“Another year and it’s more high expectations for head coach Rustam Sharipov and the Ohio State men’s gymnastics team. For the fourth-consecutive season, the Scarlet and Gray have been picked by Big Ten coaches as the preseason favorite to claim the conference title.”

-Ohio State Buckeyes

The Buckeyes have consistently boasted one of the best men’s gymnastics teams in the country. That streak is expected to continue as the team heads into the 2018 season, as they are once again projected to take home a Big Ten championship.

However, it isn’t just within the conference that the team is expected to succeed, they also enter the season ranked No. 3 in the preseason College Gymnastics Association coaches poll. Their lofty spot is due in large part to returning a handful of guys from last year’s team that went on to finish as the runners-up in the NCAA competition and the Big Ten champs.

“This preseason poll earns us nothing and we know that every year is a new year. Instead, we focus our energy on finding ways to push ourselves in the gym to get better on a daily basis and everything else will take care of itself,” said head coach Rustam Sharipov.

The Buckeyes also feature two of the athletes tabbed as Athletes to Watch for the 2018 season, Sean Melton and Alec Yoder. Both Melton and Yoder earned spots on the U.S. National Team this summer after impressive performances at the P&G Championships.

The season will start for the Buckeyes in less than a month, with the Ohio State team beginning their 2018 slate on the road in Colorado on Jan. 13, on the Air Force campus.

“Sammy Edwards, Nikki Walts and Morgan Wolcott, seniors on the Ohio State women’s soccer team, have been named Scholar All-Americans by the United Soccer Coaches, the organization announced Thursday. ”

-Ohio State Buckeyes

As the 2017 soccer season came to an end, the OSU women’s squad finished 15-5-1 on the year and claimed the first outright Big Ten championship in program history. Along with a division title, three players took home Scholar All-America honors, with Nikki Walts and Morgan Wolcott getting first-team nods and Sammy Edwards receiving second-team Scholar All-American.

A team co-captain, Nikki Walts also finished the season as Big Ten Midfielder of the Year and first team All-Big Ten in 2017, wrapping up the year ranked No. 1 on the team and No. 2 in the conference with nine assists in her 21 starts.

Morgan Wolcott is a three-time team captain for the Buckeyes, and helped the team to a 0.59 goals-against average and 10 shutouts. As an 18-match starter, Wolcott also earned Big Ten Defender of the Year, first team All-Big Ten and second team CoSIDA Academic All-District honors.

All Ohio State Team’s Weekend Schedule:

Team Match-up When
Team Match-up When
Women's Hockey @ Mercyhurst (Erie, PA) Friday, 7 pm
Women's Basketball Dartmouth Friday, 7 pm
Wrestling Princeton (Newark, DE) Friday, 8 pm
Women's Hockey @ Mercyhurst (Erie, PA) Saturday, 2 pm
Men's Basketball Appalachian State Saturday, 6 pm
Wrestling Chattanooga (Alpharetta, GA) Sunday, 2 pm
Women's Basketball @ Cincinnati (Cincinnati, OH) Sunday, 4 pm