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Published: Thursday, March 01, 2018 @ 6:59 PM
INDIANAPOLIS — The Cincinnati Bengals need help on the offensive line.
That is no secret.
It also makes that position group one of particular interest during this week’s NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.
This is regarded as a deep and talented position this year one year after what was considered a weak group, at least at the top.
Not only are there several players expected to get first-round grades from NFL talent evaluators, many of them come from name-brand college programs.
Notre Dame teammates Mike McGlinchey and Quenton Nelson are both potential first-round picks along with Oklahoma’s Orlando Brown Jr.
They all talked about their development during their college development and pro prospects Thursday afternoon.
McGlinchey, a tackle who would fit a great need for the Bengals, said he is enjoying getting the opportunity to meet a variety of NFL personnel and pick their brains about football.
Nelson credited his ability to crunch opposing defenders and make highlight-reel blocks to intense film study and strong instincts.
Brown, whose late father was a long-time NFL offensive tackle, talked about learning to play in a three-point stance after doing that rarely in the Sooners’ offense and said he would be open to getting to block for former teammate and current Bengal running back Joe Mixon again.
Meanwhile, Iowa center James Daniels said he mimics his game after a former Cincinnati Bearcat who plays for the Eagles and related a story about Ohio State’s Billy Price from when they were both high school football players in northeast Ohio.
That’s the part of the state where Ohio State’s Jamarco Jones is working out with another former Buckeye, LeCharles Bentley, who started an offensive lineman academy.
For more, check out the video on top of this story.Follow @marcushartman
Published: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 5:14 PM
Updated: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 5:16 PM
COLUMBUS — Nathan Bruns scored Marion Local’s final five points as the Flyers edged newcomer Pandora-Gilboa 56-54 in a Division IV boys high school basketball state semifinal on Thursday.
The win sends Marion Local (24-4) into Saturday’s D-IV state championship at Ohio State University’s Schottenstein Center against Willoughby Cornerstone Christian (21-7) at 10:45 a.m. Cornerstone advanced with a 51-41 defeat of Berlin Hiland in Thursday’s opening D-IV semi at the Schott.
»RELATED: Springfield standouts on All-Ohio teams
That sets up a rare shot at a state championship double-double for the Flyers. The Midwest Athletic Conference power also won a D-VI state football championship last December.
Scoreless in the first half, Bruns scored 15 points in the second half to lead the Flyers to their 12th straight win. None were more crucial than his last five.
Tyler Mescher’s 17 points led Marion Local in scoring. Trailing by two, he missed two free throws with 2:11 left. However, Bruns snared the rebound, hit a field goal and converted a free throw for a 3-point play that would give the Flyers the lead for good, but not without some anxious moments.
Following a steal, Gilboa was in great position for a final shot, but missed. Bruns rebounded the miss and converted two free throws.
»RELATED: Trotwood-Madison back to final four
»RELATED: Boys state final four pairings
Ahead by three, the Flyers deliberately sent Jared Breece to the line with 5.2 seconds left. He converted the first to account for the final score. On the second he bashed off the rim, but the play was ruled dead. Marion Local successfully inbounded the ball and the celebration was on.
Drew Johnson had a game-high 24 points to lead Pandora-Gilboa (26-2), including 19 in the first half. Breece added 16 points.
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»RELATED: Springfield coach, “we’ll be back”
Marion Local will be shooting for its third boys state basketball title, joining the 2003 and 1975 Flyers’ teams. It also is Marion Local’s fifth state final four. It was the first final four for Pandora-Gilboa, out of the Blanchard Valley Conference and Putnam County League.
Cornerstone Christian 51, Berlin Hiland 41: Michael Bothwell, the D-IV state player of the year, scored 22 points in leading the Willoughby power. This is the second final four for the Patriots, who won a D-IV
state title in 2016. Hiland finished 23-6.
»RELATED: Boys regional results
»RELATED: Girls state final four results
• Upper Arlington senior Dane Goodwin was named Ohio’s Mr. Basketball by the Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association on Wednesday. The son of former University of Dayton hall of famer and Capital men’s coach Damon Goodwin, Dane averaged 24 points and 10 rebounds for the Golden Bears.
A four-year starter, he initially verbally committed to OSU but signed with Notre Dame after Thad Matta resigned with the Buckeyes.
BOYS STATE BASKETBALL
Thursday’s D-IV semifinal results
Willoughby Cornerstone Christian 51, Berlin Hiland 41
Marion Local 56, Pandora-Gilboa 54
Published: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 12:12 PM
DAYTON — For the fourth time since 2015, the Atlantic 10 has lost one of its most successful coaches.
Connecticut announced the hiring of Dan Hurley on Thursday. He spent six seasons at Rhode Island, compiling a record of 113-82 and leading the program to the A-10 tournament crown in 2017 and the regular-season title in 2018. The Rams reached the NCAA tournament his last two seasons after missing the big dance in his first four seasons.
» RELATED: A look at Dayton’s 2018-19 roster
This wasn’t unexpected news. Dayton students teased Hurley about leaving for UConn when Rhode Island visited UD Arena in January. The Rams lose four senior starters from a team that finished 26-8.
Here’s a glance at the other recent high-profile coaching losses by the conference:
2015: Shaka Smart left Virginia Commonwealth for Texas after leading the Rams to the A-10 tournament title in his final season. He spent six seasons at VCU and finished with a 163-56 record, making the NCAA tournament his last five seasons.
» LOOKING BACK: Celebrating fourth anniversary of Dayton’s win over Ohio State
2017: Dayton’s Archie Miller took the head coaching job at Indiana after six seasons with the Flyers. Dayton shared the A-10 regular-season title in 2016 and won it outright in 2017. He was 139-63 in six seasons at UD and led the Flyers to the NCAA tournament in his last four seasons. Dayton finished 14-17 in the first season for Anthony Grant.
Published: Tuesday, March 13, 2018 @ 12:48 PM
DAYTON — Dayton Flyers recruit Dwayne Cohill finished his high school career with 2,182 points. That ranks 31st in Ohio history, according to the Ohio High School Basketball Association record book.
Cohill’s senior season ended when Holy Name High School lost 74-66 to Bay in overtime a Division II district final Saturday. He had 28 points in his final game.
» RELATED: Cohill looking forward to playing for Flyers
In 24 games, Cohill averaged 22.6 points per game. He shot 62.6 percent (161 of 257) from 2-point range, 42.0 percent (34 of 81) from 3-point range and 78.5 percent (117 of 149) from the free-throw line.
Cohill averaged 2.9 assists and 2.2 turnovers per game, plus 3.3 steals and 5.4 rebounds and 1.0 blocked shot.
Cohill will be one of at least two new recruits to join Dayton’s roster. Junior college recruit Jhery Matos is the other. Dayton has one scholarship open because of Xeyrius William’s decision to transfer.
Published: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 4:31 PM
— While crowds throwing rocks and clogging the streets during St. Patrick’s Day didn’t amuse the administration at the University of Dayton (the school reacted by moving Spring Break to the same week as St. Patrick’s Day in 2019), Barstool Sports found the events amusing enough to put a story on its site.
Headlined “Riot Police, A Running Of The Gingers And Girl Scout Cookies: University Of Dayton Absolutely Dominated St. Patrick's Day Weekend,” the story made light of the disturbances on March 22 that led to police in riot gear to respond.
Writer “Intern Jack Mac” congratulated Flyer students and their rowdy behavior: “Big weekend for a lot of schools. Nevada, Kansas State, Florida State, Texas A&M, etc. all dominated America’s March Madness attention. There was one school that didn’t participate on the court but does deserve a huge round of applause for their performance off of it: University of Dayton.”
The story included a number of embedded tweets:
Amazing video from last years St. Paddy's day by @logan_lambert6. But this amazing holiday won't fall on a Saturday again for over a decade so let's make history tomorrow Flyers!!! pic.twitter.com/QGulYaPb7z— Barstool Flyers (@BarstoolFlyers) March 16, 2018
One interesting note from Mr. Mac, he discovered an Instagram video of a Girl Scout selling cookies among the throngs of UD students in the streets.
Barstool Sports has stirred controversy over comments its writers and podcast hosts often make of female television sports reporters. ESPN had slotted Barstool with a one hour interview show until Sam Ponder, the NFL Countdown host, blasted the site and ESPN for allowing Barstool on the channel. Ponder was a frequent target of inflammatory language and anger on the site.