Ohio State on Thursday night announced a 15-year contract extension with Nike that monetarily surprises similar deals given to the University of Michigan and the University of Texas.
The Wall Street Journal reports that Ohio State will receive $252 million from Nike. The deal includes $112 million in product and at least $103 million in cash. That cash number does not include royalty.
Ohio State's deal with Nike was set to expire in August of 2018. A release by Ohio State says the majority of the benefits for Ohio State will begin after August of 2018, but other benefits like cash and product placements will be provided immediately. In July Michigan signed a $169 million that lasts until 2027.To read more or comment...
ESPN NFL Draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. released his first 2016 mock draft on Thursday, and it's heavy on Ohio State players.
The mock draft features four Buckeyes, starting with defensive end Joey Bosa going No. 1 to the Tennessee Titans. Bosa is regarded by many as the best player in this year's draft. He finished his three-year Ohio State career with 51 tackles for loss.
The next Ohio State player off the board comes in at No. 18 with offensive tackle Taylor Decker going to the Indianapolis Colts. Indianapolis has had trouble for years keeping star quarterback Andrew Luck upright, and the Buckeyes' left side protector would help there.
Redshirt sophomore Eli Apple is mocked to the Seattle Seahawks at pick No. 26. A few picks later is running back Ezekiel Elliott is off the board at No. 29 to the Denver Broncos.To read more or comment...
Akron resident Tom Cousineau, a former Cleveland Browns linebacker who became the first Ohio State player selected No. 1 overall in the NFL Draft, was selected as a member of the College Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2016 on Friday.
The announcement was made jointly with the National Football Foundation in Scottsdale, Ariz., as part of the lead-up to Monday's College Football Playoff national championship.
Fourteen players and two coaches will be formally inducted on Dec. 6 at the NFF Awards dinner at the Waldorf Astoria in New York. Cousineau will be the 25th Buckeye enshrined.
"I am stunned. I am humbled. And I am truly honored to be a part of this Hall of Fame class," Cousineau said in an Ohio State press release. "I know there are so many great, great players who will never see the College Football Hall of Fame. It is my understanding that it is really tough to get consensus with so many great players on the ballot, so the fact I have been elected into the Hall of Fame is a testament to the incredible teammates I was fortunate to play alongside and just wonderful news to receive. I am very appreciative and thankful for this honor."To read more or comment...
The exodus of underclassmen leaving Ohio State's football team continued on Monday.
A pair of redshirt sophomores -- cornerback Eli Apple and wide receiver Jalin Marshall -- announced that they'll enter the 2016 NFL Draft.
That makes it seven Buckeyes redshirt sophomores or juniors who have decided to go pro. Apple and Marshall join Joey Bosa, Ezekiell Elliott Cardale Jones, Darron Lee and Tyvis Powell as OSU players who hope to hear their name called during the draft.
There has no word on what safety Vonn Bell or wide receiver Michael Thomas may do.To read more or comment...
Ohio State junior defensive end Joey Bosa declined to say he was leaving early for the NFL this week in order to avoid taking the focus off Friday's matchup with Notre Dame in the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl.
Projected as the No. 1 overall pick, Bosa said he would make his intentions known for the April 28-30 NFL Draft after the game. But in the final press conference Thursday morning at the JW Marriott Camelback Inn, OSU coach Urban Meyer let Bosa's intentions slip.
Asked about players on the OSU roster likely bound for the 2016 draft, Meyer said, "Three of them have already said they're going to leave, that's Zeke, Joey, Cardale. It is a very good junior class. I take my hat off to them because I know what's out there. I know the agents. I know the pressures that are being put.
"I can relate it back to 2008, I believe, or '09, where we had at least 12 to 15 guys put in paperwork for the NFL Draft. It's tough on them."To read more or comment...
Ohio State backup quarterback Cardale Jones reiterated that his plan is to enter the 2016 NFL Draft.
"I don't want to be a 24-year-old college student," Jones said Wednesday at media day for the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl at the JW Marriott Camelback Inn. "I have one more semester of school left, that was my whole focus of coming back. Two classes is not going to affect my decision of coming back to college."
Jones said he is on track to graduate in June. The draft is April 28-30.
Jones indicated he would soon be a pro when he tweeted after a Nov. 21 loss to Michigan State that it was his last game at Ohio Stadium. He will leave with an 11-0 record as a starter.To read more or comment...
Yearning for more in the Ohio State-Notre Dame rivalry?
An agreement for a home-and-home series between the two Midwest powerhouses was reached in 2014. The Buckeyes will host the Irish on Sept. 3, 2022 at Ohio Stadium. The series moves to South Bend, Ind., on Sept. 23, 2023.
The schools will meet for only the sixth time Friday at the University of Phoenix Stadium.
Ohio State is 3-2 all-time against Notre Dame. The Irish swept a home-and-home series in 1935-36 and the Buckeyes did the same in 1995-96. The two last squared off in the 2006 Fiesta Bowl, with Ohio State winning 34-20.To read more or comment...