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:
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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...
During his radio show on Wednesday, Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer said wide receiver Corey Smith was granted a sixth year of eligibility. Meyer anticipates that Smith will start at wide receiver for the Buckeyes, along with Noah Brown.
Smith only played four games last season before a leg injury ended his season. For the year, he had five receptions for 62 yards. Smith also contributed on special teams covering kicks. He was suspended for the first game of the 2015 season.
Meyer said Smith has to "take care of his business, which he will."To read more or comment...
Wednesday is National Signing Day in college football, and Ohio State class of 22 recruits ranks second in the nation.
Big Ten rival Michigan comes in at No. 5. Other Big Ten teams in the top 25 inclue Michigan State comes at No. 12, followed by Penn State at No. 13. 247Sports.com ranks the Buckeyes behind only LSU in terms of overall team rankings.
The headliner of Ohio State’s class is defensive end Nick Bosa, the brother of NFL-bound Buckeye Joey Bosa. The younger Bosa is rated as the nation’s eighth best overall player in the nation.
Some who cover Ohio State recruiting regularly believe that the Buckeyes will end up with the 22 players who are committed. There is reportedly room for another couple of players, however. Ohio State is still believed to be in the mix for defensive tackle Rashan Gary, the nation’s top player. Ohio State is probably a longshot to land Gary. The Buckeyes are also in the mix for five-star athlete Mecole Hardman. Georgia is considered the favorite to land him, however.To read more or comment...
Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett may not have even thrown for 1,000 yards last season, but he's an early favorite to home the next Heisman Trophy.
Barrett was given 10/1 early odds by the sports betting website Bovada. Barrett is behind Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson (9/2), LSU running back Leonard Fournette (5/1) and Christian McCaffery (5/1). Barrett has the same odds as Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield.
Barrett is not only the only Ohio State player listed in the early odds, he's the only Big Ten player. Barrett started his redshirt sophomore season for the Buckeyes backing up Cardale Jones. He was eventually given the starting role but was bechnce for the Minensota game after being charged with OVI in November.
On the season, Barrett completed 61.3 percent of his passes for 925 yards and 11 touchdowns. He also ran for 682 yards and 11 touchdowns.To read more or comment...
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...