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Published: Thursday, May 17, 2018 @ 9:21 AM
Updated: Thursday, May 17, 2018 @ 9:21 AM
— Offseason? What offseason?
Don’t tell Ohio State football the calendar says May because lots of stuff has been happening with Buckeyes past, present and future.
Here is a quick rundown of some stories from this week you might have missed:
1. Urban Meyer confirmed what everyone was thinking about the starting quarterback position.
The head coach told the crowd at the Pro Football Hall of Fame Luncheon in Canton that Dwayne Haskins Jr. will get the first chance to be the stater when the Buckeyes reconvene for preseason practice.
“Dwayne is a young guy that came in against our rivals and did a heck of a job,” Meyer reportedly said. “You go back and watch that again, he came in on the first drive and took us down the field and scored on that first drive against that defense. So he’s got a great release, he’s got good size and he’s a mobile-enough quarterback.”
Ohio State football coaches bring passion, knowledge to clinic at Northmont https://t.co/FhNm9mzfiv— daytonsports (@daytonsports) May 11, 2018
2. Joe Burrow hasn’t named a landing spot yet.
Meyer said the quarterback competition was still open at the end of spring ball, but Burrow’s announcement last week he plans to transfer pretty much answered that question even before Meyer spoke in Canton.
But what about Burrow?
He’s reportedly visited LSU and Cincinnati with the Bearcats the favorite according to SECCountry… unless a visit to North Carolina changes his mind.
Ohio State grad transfer QB Joe Burrow has visited both Cincinnati and LSU this past week. Look for his third and final visit this week to be to North Carolina. I expect an announcement by possibly the end of this week from Burrow.— Sean Callahan (@Sean_Callahan) May 15, 2018
Follow up on Joe Burrow. The North Carolina visit is not set for sure yet, but if he does take another trip, it will be to Chapel Hill this week per source close to Burrow.— Sean Callahan (@Sean_Callahan) May 15, 2018
3. What about the last guy?
The quarterback spot was open in spring ball because J.T. Barrett graduated after seven years (more or less) in Columbus.
He’s on to his next challenge: Trying to make an NFL roster, and early returns (VERY early returns) are positive as Saints coach Sean Payton told reporters in New Orleans he sees a leadership presence in Barrett.
"He's a good athlete. He's played a lot of competitive football,” Payton said (via nola.com). “He's handled this camp very well, so (he has) a lot of the things you look for in that position. He certainly was worthy of being drafted, and he's done a good job here.”
Ohio State trio ready to make marks in Cincinnati with Bengals https://t.co/Zgd4FouHVJ— daytonsports (@daytonsports) May 11, 2018
4. What about the next guy?
Of course in college football recruiting is always ongoing.
Meyer hasn’t found his quarterback for the 2019 class yet, but there are plenty of candidates.
Closer to home, there is interest in Alter senior-to-be Connor Bazelak.
I expect that Ohio State will bring Bazelak on campus for a camp in June to evaluate him further. They may want to sit down with him and go over film and see how he understands and breaks down defenses.
Penn State has been sniffing around Bazelak as well and other schools are coming after him hard, so the Buckeyes may not be able to wait beyond June to make a decision on an offer. Bazelak is planning to cut his list in June, and a commitment should follow relatively quickly from there.
Bazelak is the top-rated pro-style quarterback in Ohio for 2019 and one of the top 10 players in the Cox Media Group Ohio coverage area.
Georgia Bulldogs latest team to offer Alter QB Connor Bazelak https://t.co/HXQNd7zcBp— daytonsports (@daytonsports) May 10, 2018
5. Future schedules set.
Finally for those who like to plan way in advance, Ohio State announced several changes to future schedules.
Of note: Two games against MAC teams were added in the coming years while dates for a two-game series against Texas were changed.
Also of note if Burrow ends up at Cincinnati: The Bearcats are Ohio State’s second opponent in 2019.Follow @marcushartman
Published: Sunday, July 22, 2018 @ 12:54 PM
DAYTON — The University of Dayton shared a video updating the progress of phase two of the three-year, $72 million UD Arena renovation on Friday.
The video shows the seats in the 300 and 400 levels have been removed. They will be replaced by padded seats with cupholders.
» EARLIER COVERAGE: Phase two of renovation may be busiest
UD Arena Director Scott DeBolt walked fans through the changes going on inside and outside the arena.
“The main concentration of phase two is expanding the north side and east side of the building,” DeBolt said.
DeBolt mentioned the expanded concourse area, improved restrooms and an elevator that will provide access to a new landing at the top of the east side 400 level. That area will contain restrooms, expanded handicap seating and concession options.
“The area will provide guests with a dynamic view of the playing floor and the river,” DeBolt said, “all while maintaining the intimacy of the arena.”
Two photos from today of UD Arena as phase two of renovation continues. pic.twitter.com/ikMF0LreZ8— David Jablonski (@DavidPJablonski) July 18, 2018
Published: Sunday, July 22, 2018 @ 12:04 PM
CINCINNATI — The Cincinnati Reds will use a six-man starting pitching rotation at least until the trade deadline July 31, though interim manager Jim Riggleman hopes the Reds hang onto Matt Harvey, the player most likely to be dealt.
“I’ve got no indication that he’s going to be traded,” Riggleman said Sunday.
» HAL McCOY: Reds honor 2018 Hall of Fame class
Harvey (5-5, 4.63 ERA) makes his 13th start with the Reds on Sunday, facing the Pittsburg Pirates in the finale of a three-game series at Great American Ball Park. He would make one more start with the Reds if he stays with the team until the trade deadline.
Entering Sunday, the only question with the rotation was who would start Wednesday against the St. Louis Cardinals after Homer Bailey (1-7, 6.68) returns to the rotation Tuesday. Riggleman confirmed that starter will be Sal Romano (5-8, 5.19).
“If we absolutely need (Romano) today in the bullpen,” Riggleman said, “he would pitch today, but we would really try to limit that and see if he would then be able to pitch Wednesday as a starter.”
The six-man rotation could test the bullpen if the Reds stick with it for long because it means the Reds will have one fewer reliever than normal.
Published: Saturday, July 21, 2018 @ 3:31 PM
DAYTON — Two of the top-10 leading scorers in Dayton Flyers men’s basketball history will join the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame in 2019.
Roosevelt Chapman and John Horan will be honored on May 18, 2019, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Columbus.
Chapman is Dayton’s all-time scoring leader. He scored 2,233 points between 1980 and 1984. Horan (1951-55) ranks 10th with 1,757 points.
» LOOKING BACK: Chapman led Dayton to Elite Eight in 1984
Among the other inductees are:
• Beavercreek's Alison Bales, who won two state championships in high school and was a 1,075-point scorer at Duke.
» RELATED: Archdeacon on Bales in 2017
• The late Lauren Hill, who inspired people around the country while battling a brain tumor during her career at the College of Mount St. Joseph.
• Mike Pratt, a Dayton native who attended Meadowdale High School and starred for the Kentucky Wildcats.
• Larry Baker, a St. Paris native who ranks sixth in career scoring at Wittenberg (1,627).
• Steve Moore, a Wittenberg graduate who has turned Wooster in a Division III national powerhouse and ranks second in career victories (822-239) at that level.
• The 1952 and 1953 Middletown High School boys teams that won Class A state championships.
• The 1952 and 1955 Lockland Wayne teams that won Class B state titels.
• Gary Walters, who won 407 games at Newark High School from 1972-1999.
• James Houdeshell, who had 21 winning records in 30 seasons at Findlay College.
• Reginald Lee, who won 434 games Brookhaven High School.
• Muskingum College’s Donna Newberry, the fifth-winningest active women’s coach in NCAA Division III.
• Eastlake North High School’s Kaayla Chones, Ohio's Ms. Basketball in 1998 and 1999.
• Larry Nance, who played seven seasons with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
• Charlie Slack, who starred at Marshall University in the 1950s.
• Former Ohio State Buckeyes Dave Sorenson, Scoonie Penn and Jodi Roth Korbas.
Published: Saturday, July 21, 2018 @ 11:00 PM
CINCINNATI — Corey Dickerson hit two first-pitch home runs, rookie Nick Kingham overcame another Cincinnati rain delay to pitch six shutout innings and drive in two runs, and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Reds 6-2 Saturday for their season-high eighth straight win.
Dickerson homered on the first pitches he saw from Anthony DeSclafani (4-3) in the third and fifth innings for his seventh career multihomer game, helping the Pirates to their longest winning streak since an eight-game stretch Sept. 19-26, 2015.
Josh Bell added four hits, including a run-scoring double in the fourth, to help send the Reds to their third straight loss, their longest slump since a four-game losing streak June 2-6.
The game was delayed 47 minutes by rain in the middle of the fourth inning, one night after the start was held up 2 hours, 55 minutes.
Kingham allowed just one runner past second base before Curt Casali knocked him out of the game with a two-run homer that just barely reached the left field seats in the seventh.
Kingham (5-4) earned his third win in his last three starts, limiting the Reds to four hits and two runs with three strikeouts and two walks in 6 1/3 innings. He also grounded a two-run single up the middle through a drawn-in infield in the sixth.
Ervin Santana finished the seventh, Kyle Crick pitched a perfect eighth against Reds All-Stars Scooter Gennett, Joey Votto and Eugenio Suarez and All-Star Felipe Vazquez escaped a one-out, two-on jam in the ninth.