Former Ohio State and Saints defensive end Will Smith was shot and killed Saturday night in an apparent road rage incident following a traffic accident in New Orleans.
According to the Associated Press, Smith died of multiple gunshot wounds. Smith was 34.
Smith's wife Racquel was riding with him and was shot in the leg. She was taken to a local hospital, according to the AP. The couple have three children.
Smith posted a photo of himself and Racquel on his Instagram account hours before his death with the caption, "Having a blast at the #fqf2016," in reference to the city's French Quarter Fest.To read more or comment...
Ohio State has suspended redshirt sophomore defensive lineman Tracy Sprinkle after he was charged with cocaine possession.
Doug Lesmerises of Cleveland.com first reported the story over the weekend. Lorain Police were called to the Grown & Sexy Lounge on Friday night and found Sprinkle among a group of 50 people in an altercation outside.
After Sprinkle was arrested and put in a squad car, two small bags of cocaine were found underneath a seat. He was also charged with failure to disperse.
Sprinkle was suspended indefinitely by the school on Sunday.To read more or comment...
Ohio State University on Tuesday announced plans renovations at Ohio Stadium that will cost $42 million.
From a release by the school, here's what being updated:
- Restore and re-coat the 94-year old concrete on C-deck.To read more or comment...
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell opened Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer's Real Life Wednesday series, speaking to about 350 at the Fawcett Center Auditorium. Invited to participate were athletes from all 36 varsity sports and administrators.
Goodell talked for about 40 minutes, taking questions and also responding to comments from Troy Vincent, the NFL's executive vice president of football operations.
Six speakers will visit the team during the fourth season of the program. Here are some of the highlights of what Goodell said, via a press release from OSU:
On preparing for the future:To read more or comment...
Following National Signing Day earlier this month, Ohio State has become the new betting favorite to win the national title next season.
The Buckeyes moved from 12/1 to 6/1 favorites according to the bettting website Bovada. That's just ahead of Alabama, which held at 7/1, the same as before National Signing Day.
Ohio State brought in the nation's fourth-best recruiting class according to 247Sports composite rankings.
One of the freshmen players expected to contribute early in his career for the Buckeyes is defensive end Nick Bosa. He could take up some of the snaps vacated by his brother Joey, who is expected to be a top-five pick in the upcoming NFL Draft.To read more or comment...
Ohio State will take over Indianapolis in a couple weeks at the NFL Scouting Combine.
The Buckeyes will have 14 players participating in the NFL's annual underwear Olympics in the lead up to the 2016 NFL Draft. That is the most for any school in the nation.
Here are the Ohio State players invited:
Eli Apple, CB
Vonn Bell, S
Joey Bosa, DE
Taylor Decker, OT
Ezekiel Elliott, RB
Cardale Jones, QB
Darron Lee, LB
Jalin Marshall, WR
Braxton Miller, WR
Joshua Perry, LB
Tyvis Powell, S
Michael Thomas, WR
Nick Vannett, TE
Adolphus Washington, DT
Ohio State's 25-man Class of 2016 announced on national signing day Wednesday included only one local player in Walsh Jesuit offensive lineman Jack Wohlabaugh. But the Buckeyes will have a decidedly local flavor next season.
OSU coach Urban Meyer identified four returning players from area high schools who will have a chance to start. Meyer spoke at noon on his weekly radio call-in show on 97.1 The Fan in Columbus. The class was wrapped up at 11 a.m., with Meyer commenting he liked "uneventful" signing days like this one.
Meyer said Bri'onte Dunn, a GlenOak product who will be a fifth-year senior, will compete with sophomore Mike Weber, junior Curtis Samuel and senior Dontre Wilson for the starting running back spot vacated by Ezekiel Elliott. Meyer said Wilson, 5-foot-10, has bulked up to nearly 200 pounds.
Corey Smith, a Buchtel High School graduate granted a sixth-year of eligibility after breaking his leg in the fifth game last season, is slated to start at wide receiver opposite Noah Brown.To read more or comment...
Ohio State’s newest football recruiting class features 25 players, seven of which are early enrollees. Nine of those players are from the state of Ohio.
According to 247Sports, the Buckeyes’ recruiting class is second best in the nation behind only Florida State and just ahead of national champion Alabama.
Ohio State’s recruiting class was bolstered by the late addition of three players: offensive lineman Malcolm Pridgeon, athlete Malik Harrison and defensive back Jordan Fuller.To read more or comment...