Ohio State football: On Dwayne Haskins, Joe Burrow, J.T. Barrett, a local recruit and more

Published: Thursday, May 17, 2018 @ 9:21 AM
Updated: Thursday, May 17, 2018 @ 9:21 AM

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - DECEMBER 02:  Quarterback J.T. Barrett #16 of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks to pass while warming up before taking on the Wisconsin Badgers in the Big Ten Championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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INDIANAPOLIS, IN - DECEMBER 02: Quarterback J.T. Barrett #16 of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks to pass while warming up before taking on the Wisconsin Badgers in the Big Ten Championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)(Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

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: 

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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.” 

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. 

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.” 

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. 

Landof10.com's Ryan Donnelly reports Grant Gunnell (a four-star prospect from Houston, Texas), is a top target among several prospects from across the country. 

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. 

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. 

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UD provides inside look at arena renovation

Published: Sunday, July 22, 2018 @ 12:54 PM

The $72 million renovation of UD Arena is in phase 2 with two shifts of construction workers tackling the big project

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.

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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.

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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.”

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Riggleman confirms Reds will use six-man starting rotation

Published: Sunday, July 22, 2018 @ 12:04 PM

The scene at Great American Ball Park before the Reds play the Pirates on Sunday, July 22, 2018, in Cincinnati.
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The scene at Great American Ball Park before the Reds play the Pirates on Sunday, July 22, 2018, in Cincinnati.(David Jablonski - Staff Writer)

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.

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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.”

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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.

“We would not say with six for a long period of time,” Riggleman said. “I guess we could if we run into a period of very few off days and those guys are giving us six innings because if they’re not then we’re really putting a strain on the bullpen.”

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Two Dayton Flyers legends part of 2019 Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame class

Published: Saturday, July 21, 2018 @ 3:31 PM

University of Dayton basketball legend Roosevelt Chapman in the 1980s.
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University of Dayton basketball legend Roosevelt Chapman in the 1980s.(Staff Writer)

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.

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» 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.

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• 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).

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• 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.

• Official Mike Sanzere, of Cincinnati.

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Another rain delay, another Reds loss to the Pirates

Published: Saturday, July 21, 2018 @ 11:00 PM


            CINCINNATI, OH - JULY 21: Starling Marte #6 of the Pittsburgh Pirates reaches back for the bag as Scooter Gennett #3 of the Cincinnati Reds tags him out during the first inning at Great American Ball Park on July 21, 2018 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - JULY 21: Starling Marte #6 of the Pittsburgh Pirates reaches back for the bag as Scooter Gennett #3 of the Cincinnati Reds tags him out during the first inning at Great American Ball Park on July 21, 2018 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)

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.

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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.

Dickerson bounced a sharp one-hopper off DeSclafani’s left ankle leading off the game. DeSclafani was able to last 4 1/3 innings, giving up six hits and three runs with two walks and six strikeouts.

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