Following Ohio State's loss on Saturday to Michigan State, Buckeyes running back Ezekiel Elliott went off on the playcalling.
On Monday, he issued an apology on Twitter for his rant.
"I am sorry for all those offended by the statements made by me Saturday after OUR loss," the apology said. "My intentions were not to point fingers at anyone for OUR failure."To read more or comment...
1. OSU coach Urban Meyer never found a way to regroup after the departure of offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Tom Herman at the end of last season to become coach at the University of Houston. Meyer tried to make it work with co-offensive coordinators Ed Warinner and Tim Beck, with both taking their turns at play-calling, with Meyer's input. Quarterback J.T. Barrett denied the change affected the offense, saying, "Um, no, I don't think so. Coach Beck is a great coach and our offensive staff does a good job preparing us. We had a good week of practice. We just came into the game and didn't execute the game plan. I don't think that's part of it." But Barrett was giving the politically correct answer.
2. Ezekiel Elliott said "there's no chance of me coming back next year." While that's no surprise, the loss illustrated that the junior running back was the No. 1 reason the Buckeyes won the 2014 national title. The OSU offense doesn't hum when Elliott is not at his best, and he spent Monday through Wednesday in the hospital with an infected cyst in his leg, then got two carries in the second half and 12 for the game. Perhaps Meyer thought he could rest Elliott since Michigan State was without starting quarterback Connor Cook, but that plan backfired.
3. Season-ending broken legs suffered by receivers Noah Brown and Corey Smith were major blows. Michael Thomas can play in the NFL, but the Buckeyes' leading receiver managed only two catches for 8 yards vs. the Spartans. OSU has talent with Jalin Marshall, Curtis Samuel, Braxton Miller and tight end Nick Vannett, but not nearly as much as expected. Miller's switch from quarterback seemed more of a distraction than an asset.
4. This game might have shown that the quarterback switch from Cardale Jones to J.T. Barrett put the offense behind. Barrett said he didn't deserve to be the starter on Sept. 7 at Virginia Tech because of his poor practices. But Barrett's limited work while Jones was No. 1 left Barrett unpolished going into crunch time.To read more or comment...
In the wake of Friday's terrorist attacks in Paris, Ohio State will institute a clear-bag policy for Saturday's 3:30 p.m. football game against Michigan State in Ohio Stadium.
Bags must be no larger than 14 inches by 14 inches and must be see-through. Backpacks will not be permitted.
For more information, go to http://www.go.osu.edu/
Not only will quarterback J.T. Barrett be suspended for Ohio State's game against Minnesota on Saturday, he's being stripped of his scholarship for the term.
Barrett will be arraigned on Friday after being charged with operating a vehicle while impaired on Saturday morning. Barrett is due in court at 9 a.m., according to the Franklin County Municipal Court database.
When asked if Barrett will start when he returns from suspension, Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer told reporters he would if he "earns that right."MeyerTo read more or comment...
Ohio State didn’t have a game this weekend, but it was dealt a loss.
Buckeyes starting quarterback J.T. Barrett was arrested Saturday morning for operating a vehicle while impaired (OVI). It was first reported by Eleven Warriors, followed by ESPN and confirmed by Ohio State.
Per the report Barrett, still only 20, was arrested after trying to avoid a Columbus DUI checkpoint and failing a breathalyzer test. He was then released to quarterback Cardale Jones.
Barrett is being suspended for one game, per OSU. He had only regained the starting job from Jones a week ago after losing it late last season following a broken ankle against Michigan.
Just as Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer made the switch back to Barrett, he's found himself in some hot water. Ohio State plays Minnesota—sans Barrett—and then Illinois before the two big showdowns with Michigan State and Michigan.To read more or comment...
Ohio State has a new starting quarterback. Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer announced on Tuesday that J.T. Barrett will start on Saturday against Rutgers.
Junior Cardale Jones started the first six games of the season for the Buckeyes.
"J.T. has earned the right to start Saturday at Rutgers," head coach Urban Meyer told the media.To read more or comment...
Below are short videos of head coach Urban Meyer, quarterback J.T. Barrett and running back Ezekiel Elliott following Ohio State's 38-10 win against Penn State Saturday night.
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When Ohio State hosts Penn State on Saturday night, the Buckeyes will look altogether differrent.
For the first time ever, the Buckeyes will be clad in all-black jerseys. Ohio State is calling the game a "Dark Night in The Shoe." Perhaps it's meant to contrast Penn State's annual "White Out" in Happy Valley, or it's just OSU taking further advantage of its partnership with Nike, which helped design the jerseys.
During a news conference, Ohio State head caoch Urban Meyer said Nike showed him the jerseys and his first reaction for the tradition-rich Buckeyes was "no way, no chance."To read more or comment...