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Published: Tuesday, February 13, 2018 @ 9:06 AM
COLUMBUS — Wittenberg graduate Taver Johnson has returned to Ohio State.
The school announced Johnson’s hiring Tuesday morning.
After graduating from the Cincinnati Academy of Physical Education (CAPE), Johnson became one of the best to suit up for Wittenberg.
A member of the Tigers’ Hall of Honor, Johnson was the team’s MVP in 1992 and ’93, when he was also named the best defensive player in the NCAC.
Johnson was the NCAA Division III Defensive Player of the Year as a senior, when the Tigers went 9-1.
This will be his second stint at Ohio State. He coached cornerbacks under Jim Tressel from 2007-10 and remained on for 2011 under interim coach Luke Fickell.
During that time, he recruited the Cleveland area for the Buckeyes and helped develop All-Americans Malcolm Jenkins and Chimdi Chekwa.
Ohio State coach Urban Meyer hired Johnson away from Temple, where he was defensive coordinator for a season and was recently promoted to assistant head coach.
Prior to that, he spent two seasons at Arkansas and three at Purdue.
“I am really pleased to have Taver Johnson join our coaching staff,” Meyer said in a statement. “I’ve known Taver for a long time, going back to our days at Notre Dame, and I think he is a terrific coach and person. He’ll do an excellent job coaching our cornerbacks and mentoring the young men in our program.”
Johnson’s previous work experience also includes two seasons as an assistant at his alma mater, two stints as an assistant at Miami University and one with the Cleveland Browns.
He also spent a year at Notre Dame, where he worked with Meyer.
Johnson replaces fellow Cincinnati native Kerry Coombs, who took a job with the Tennessee Titans in January.Follow @marcushartman
Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 2:30 AM
NFL mock drafts 2018 are out. Get projections, players and a first-round draft order below.
Much of the narrative around the 2018 NFL Draft is focused at the quarterback position. Mock drafts from ESPN and CBS Sports both have quarterbacks filling up the top 10 this year.
Here is a collection of 2018 NFL mock drafts, including Land of 10’s own projection.
The draft order was finalized after the Super Bowl.
1. Cleveland Browns
2. New York Giants
3. Indianapolis Colts
4. Cleveland Browns
5. Denver Broncos
6. New York Jets
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
8. Chicago Bears
9. San Francisco 49ers OR Oakland Raiders (coin flip)
11. Miami Dolphins
12. Cincinnati Bengals
13. Washington Redskins
14. Green Bay Packers
15. Arizona Cardinals
16. Baltimore Ravens
17. Los Angeles Chargers
18. Seattle Seahawks
19. Dallas Cowboys
20. Detroit Lions
21. Buffalo Bills
22. Buffalo Bills (from Kansas City Chiefs)
23. Los Angeles Rams
24. Carolina Panthers
25. Tennessee Titans
26. Atlanta Falcons
27. New Orleans Saints
28. Pittsburgh Steelers
29. Jacksonville Jaguars
30. Minnesota Vikings
31. New England Patriots
32. Philadelphia Eagles
Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 1:00 AM
Olympics Hockey 2018 continued on Friday, Feb. 23, with the men’s hockey semifinals.
Germany beat Canada in one of the semifinals. Olympic Athletes from Russia beat the Czech Republic in the other.
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Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 6:44 PM
Ohio State was looking to close out its 2017-18 regular season with a win against Indiana on the road on Friday night and did so with an 80-78 double overtime victory.
With the win, the Buckeyes are now 24-7 overall going into the Big Ten Tournament. As it currently stands, the team’s 15-3 record in conference play means they are currently in second-place in the standings. The Big Ten Tournament is slated to take place from Feb. 28-March 4.
In the team’s double overtime win over Indiana, Keita Bates-Diop led all scorers with his 24 points and he grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds as well.
After the thrilling victory, first-year coach Chris Holtmann spoke with the media.
Chris Holtmann: “I’ll never forget this regular season. Ever.”
— James Grega Jr. (@JGrega11) February 24, 2018
Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 6:40 PM
The fun seems to only be getting started.
And, by fun, we mean horrific nightmare for many people around the landscape of college basketball. The sport as a whole is essentially under fire, as major programs within the sport — which involve iconic coaches — are tied to potential NCAA violations.
The latest name to be brought up in regard to NCAA corruption is Michigan State assistant coach Dwayne Stephens.
Stephens was a name mentioned in one of Christian Dawkins’ emails to ASM Sports agency founder and president Andy Miller.
Michigan State associate head coach Dwayne Stephens mentioned here. Stephens has been with the Spartans for 14 years. https://t.co/m6DPzWMX4X
— Dan Murphy (@DanMurphyESPN) February 24, 2018
According to Yahoo’s Pat Forde and Pete Thamel, “On the same July day, Dawkins wrote to Miller that he connected with two Big Ten assistants, Dwayne Stephens of Michigan State and Chuck Martin, formerly of Indiana. The email recounts the interactions from Dawkins’ perspective:
“Dwayne Stephens – Trying to close the deal on Brian Bowen for Michigan State. Trying to do a trade deal for (Spartans) Gary Harris, Miles Bridges, etc”
If this email is indeed true, Stephens is going to be in a world of hurt. Michigan State is already being heavily looked into as it is and it appears as though Stephens may have only intensified the eventual disciplinary actions that could involve the Spartans.