Luther Muhammad and Duane Washington Jr. are expected to play for the #Buckeyes at Penn State on Saturday.— Adam Jardy (@AdamJardy) January 17, 2020
Luther Muhammad and Duane Washington Jr. will make their return for Saturday’s game against Penn State after sitting out during Tuesday’s 80-68 win against Nebraska due to suspensions for failing to meet program standards and expectations, according to head coach Chris Holtmann.
Colin Hass-Hill from Eleven Warriors reported:
The suspensions, which stemmed from an off-court incident that a source told Eleven Warriors was not criminal, were announced as one game apiece. However, there was potential for Muhammad and Washington to miss more games. After Tuesday’s victory, Holtmann didn’t guarantee that they would be back for the next game.
While its still not clear as to why Holtmann suspended the duo for Tuesday’s game, he suggested that it was bigger than basketball.
“I’m not ever coaching just to win one game or put our best team on the floor for one game. They’re more important to me than that, and it’s more important to me than that,” Holtmann said.
While the Buckeyes were able to pull off a win against Nebraska without them, it certainly won’t hurt to have them back as Washington is second on the team with an average of 10.7 points per game and a 3-point percentage of 43.9, while Muhammad is much-needed on defense.
You can catch Ohio State/Penn State at noon on ESPNU.
The Ohio State women’s volleyball team has named former four-year standout for the Buckeyes, Jen Flynn Oldenburg, as their new head coach.
Oldenburg graduated from Ohio State in 2001 with a bachelor’s degree in sport and leisure studies and spent the 2001 season as a volunteer assistant coach for the Buckeyes. During her time as a player from 1996-99, she recorded 3,213 career assists (7th) and 1,138 digs (12th). She was also the first conference player to be named All-Big Ten at two different positions (setter and outside hitter). She was an Ohio State Scholar-Athlete every year and was a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree.
After college, Oldenburg went on to be the starting setter for the USA National Team and helped lead the team to a silver medal at the 2002 World Championship. She also started for the Grand Rapids Force (USPV) and played on the USPV “Dream Team.”
She is returning to the Ohio State coaching staff after spending six years as the club/associate director of the Pittsburgh Elite Volleyball Association, where she was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the club, handled recruitment for potential collegiate athletes and worked as a private lessons instructor.
“I would like to thank Gene Smith, Janine Oman and the Ohio State athletics leadership for the tremendous opportunity and privilege of leading the women’s volleyball program,” Oldenburg said. “I am honored and humbled to accept such an important role during such an exciting time for the program. With the overwhelming support I have felt from the administration from the second I returned to campus along with the love that has been shared from the alumni, I cannot wait to get started with this group of talented young women to lead them back to the national stage.”
Wouldn’t want these two on my bad side.
“Even though they lose quite a bit of talent on both sides of the ball and have to replace one of the top defensive coordinators in college football, the consensus is that the Buckeyes are once again a top team heading into next season and will compete for a national title.”
College football may have just ended, but there’s already talk of next season because it’s probably unsafe to quit CFB cold turkey.
Various media outlets are ranking teams heading into the 2020 season, and basically everyone agrees— Ohio State is a top 3 team. Here’s what they decided:
ESPN: No. 2
ESPN has Clemson at No. 1 and Oregon, Ohio State’s week two opponent, at No. 5.
USA TODAY: No. 3
USA TODAY has Clemson at No. 1 as well. However, they believe Alabama will make a comeback at No. 2.
CBS Sports: No. 2
Again, Clemson at No. 1.
Sports Illustrated: No. 3
Clemson No. 1 and Georgia (?) at No. 2. I don’t know about that one, SI.
YAHOO! Sports: No. 2
Can you guess who they have at No. 1?!
According to Harrish of Eleven Warriors, the Buckeyes were ranked No. 2 on most major lists, but were never ranked higher than No. 2 or lower than No. 3.
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