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Former Buchtel WR Corey Smith commits to Ohio State

By Dan Kadar Published: January 29, 2013

Former Buchtel wide receiver Corey Smith will now be playing top-level college football closer to home.

A little more than a week before next Wednesday's national signing day, Smith flipped his commitment from Mississippi State to Ohio Stat today. 

Smith starred on the 2010 Buchtel team that was the state runner-up in Division III in 2010. That season, Smith caught 52 passes for more than 1,100 yards and 16 touchdowns.

He had to attend East Mississippi Community College to get his academics in order. For EMCC this season, Smith had 51 receptions for 733 yards and nine touchdowns.

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Buckeyes lose two players off football roster

By Associated Press Published: January 23, 2013

COLUMBUS: Ohio State has announced that two players will no longer play for the Buckeyes, one because of injury and another who wishes to play closer to his home in Colorado.

Sophomore linebacker Conner Crowell, from Waldorf, Md., has decided to give up football. He has had two surgeries while at Ohio State for an injury that occurred while he was in high school. Ohio State medical staff had not cleared him to play.

Freshman offensive lineman Joey O'Connor, from Windsor, Colo., requested a transfer to play closer to home. He was redshirted last fall as the Buckeyes went 12-0 under first-year coach Urban Meyer.

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Ohio State revises Thad Matta's contract

By RUSTY MILLER, AP Sports Writer Published: January 21, 2013
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COLUMBUS: Ohio State coach Thad Matta has agreed to a revised contract which will give him a 10 percent increase to more than $3.2 million annually and includes academic bonuses and more stringent wording about NCAA violations.

With years he had already earned through job performance, the five-time Big Ten champion coach will be under contract through July 2019.

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Final Rivals top 100 features seven Buckeye recruits

By Dan Kadar Published: January 21, 2013

Rivals.com released its final top 100 college football recruits, and the list features seven commits.

No. 26 Mike Mitchell, LB, 6'4, 216 pounds
No. 35 Jalin Marshall, Ath, 5'11, 196 pounds
No. 39 Cameron Burrows, DB, 6'0, 203 pounds
No. 47 Joe Bosa, DE, 6'5, 270 pounds
No. 84 Ezekiel Elliott, RB, 6'0, 198 pounds
No. 89 Eli Apple, DB, 6'0, 185 pounds
No. 90 Evan Lisle, OL, 6'6, 265 pounds

Rivals rates Mitchell as a five-star prospect. The others are all considered four-star players.

Whiles most of the players in the top 100 are committed, there are 17 who haven't picked a school. Ohio State is after Georgia safety Vonn Bell, who visited the school on Jan. 11. The Buckeyes are battling Alabama and Tennessee for Bell.

Burrows, Lisle and Marshall are the only three Ohio players in the top 100.

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Deshaun Thomas central figure in Buckeyes-Spartans matchup

By RUSTY MILLER, AP Sports Writer Published: January 18, 2013
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COLUMBUS: Michigan State coach Tom Izzo knows that to stop Deshaun Thomas is the surest way to stop No. 11 Ohio State.

"Thomas is shooting the lights out. He's been really effective," Izzo said during preparations for his 18th-ranked Spartans' home game against the Buckeyes on Saturday night. "We've got to contain Thomas."

The thing is, no one really has been able to do that all season.

The 6-foot-7 junior leads the Big Ten in scoring (by more than two full points) at 20.3 points a game. He hasn't been held below 14 points all season, and he's been between 16 and 24 points in each of his last 10 games.

What's more, he actually likes it when opposing teams key on him, double-team him or throw some junk defense at him.

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Ohio State after twin brothers committed to Oregon

By Dan Kadar Published: January 18, 2013

Before Chip Kelly was even introduced as head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, Ohio State was after two of his commits at Oregon.

According to Brad Bournival of ESPN's BuckeyeNation, twin brothers Tyree and Tyrell Robinson will be visiting Columbus next week. Both were offered scholarships by Ohio State despite being committed to Oregon.

But as Tyree Robinson told Rivals.com that Notre Dame and Southern California are the two schools "I really have in mind right now, but there will be others."

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Buckeyes up to No. 11 after beating Michigan

By Ohio.com Published: January 14, 2013

Following a 56-53 win over previously undefeated Michigan on Sunday, Ohio State has moved up to 11th in the latest Associated Press men's basketball poll.

The Buckeyes were 15th in last week's poll. Michigan fell from second to fifth but still received a single first place vote.

Ohio State plays at Michigan State on Saturday at 6 p.m. The game airs on ESPN.

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Meyer says Buckeyes have lots of room to improve

By RUSTY MILLER,AP Sports Writer Published: January 11, 2013

COLUMBUS: Urban Meyer says one of the mantras for his second Ohio State team will be "truth."

He's certainly not sparing his Buckeyes his perception of it when it comes to whether they can compete with the likes of national champion Alabama next season.

"For me to say we have to get there next year, that's like me talking about we have to go fly to the moon," he said Friday. "We're nowhere near even having that conversation."

Despite a 12-0 record and a No. 3 ranking in the Associated Press poll after a bowl-less season, Meyer made it clear he does not believe his team is remotely close to even discussing competing with the nation's elite teams.

"Truth means exactly (that); you have a good season, and there's a lot of conversation about things that really shouldn't be discussed because it's not true," he said, referring to extremely early predictions that figure the Buckeyes to be among the top handful of teams in the nation in 2013. "For example, are you guys going to (contend for the national title) next year? No, probably not, unless we get a lot better — like, a lot better."

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Ohio State RB Jordan Hall granted medical redshirt

By Ohio.com Published: January 10, 2013

COLUMBUS: Ohio State says running back Jordan Hall has been granted a medical redshirt after missing most of the 2012 season due to foot and knee injuries.

Hall carried the ball in just three games last season as a senior, totaling 40 attempts for 218 yards and a touchdown. He missed the start of the season after cutting his foot in the summer and the end after partially tearing a knee ligament.

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