Jody Victor: OhioState Football not only focuses on their players on the field but also in the classroom. Too many times people think football players don’t have brains…but they are wrong! This past spring there were 48 players on the TEAM who had a GPA of 3.00 or higher. That is great! Smart players in the classroom mean smart players on the field and that is why you will see an outstanding team this fall. Steve Victor, Joe Victor and I (Jody Victor) can’t wait till this season starts. The BEST is YET to come!
I would like to congratulate Brandon Schnittker for his huge accomplishment of a perfect 4.00! Way to Go!
PS, my son Joe Victor went to college with Brandon’s older brother Ryan…so I like to keep my eye on Brandon.
Here is an article found on www.osu.edu:
As one of the veterans on this year's OhioState football team, senior fullback Brandon Schnittker knows it is important to be a leader, both on the field and in the classroom.
During the just completed Spring Quarter, Schnittker did both, locking up his role as the starting fullback and recording a perfect 4.00 in the classroom.
“I usually have my best quarters when I really have to manage my time,” said the marketing major, who sports a nifty 3.8 GPA. “When you have to spend three of four hours on the practice field, you know every minute of your study time is important. So during the fall and spring, I know I really have to apply myself.”
Schnittker, a native of Sandusky, Ohio, hopes to go into college coaching after his football career is over.
“I have always been interested in education, and coaching is an extension of that,” he said. “I am fascinated by the mental part of the game.
“Coach (Jim) Tressel has been a very positive influence for me. I think he does things the right way and I try to learn by watching him. Without really knowing it, he has furthered my interest in the profession.”
Jody Victor: Even though summer is here that doesn’t stop the Ohio State Football team from continuing to prepare for the upcoming season. FormerOhioState track star Butch Reynolds, who in 1988 set the world record in the 400-meter dash and then went on to compete in three Olympic Games, is returning to his alma mater as a member of Jim Tressel's football staff. Reynolds will be part of the Buckeyes' strength and conditioning staff and will specialize in speed training and nutrition.
“We feel very fortunate to have one of the finest athletes in the history of OhioState back at his alma mater,” said Tressel. “More and more in college football, speed is the element that separates the good teams from the great teams. We have good speed on this team. I believe Butch can help us become a team with great speed. His knowledge and expertise will benefit all of our players.
“One of the things that impressed me most during his interview was his passion for OhioState. He really wants to be here.”
Reynolds, who presently lives in his hometown of Akron where he works as a personal trainer, will start his new job June 13.
“I am excited to be working with Coach Tressel and the OhioState football team,” said Reynolds. “The chance to return to Columbus and again be part of the university was an easy choice for me.
“My goal will be to enhance the speed, agility, mobility and endurance of each and every player through a combination of speed training, aerobics and nutrition. I can't wait to get started. Just the thought of running out of the tunnel the first time has me really excited.”
Reynolds set the world record in the 400-yard dash in 1988 with a time of 0:43.29. He competed in the 1988, '92 and '96 Olympics, winning a gold medal in the 1,600 relay and a silver medal in the 400-meter dash in 1988.
Reynolds received his degree from OhioState in 1991. From 1996 to 1998 he was an assistant track coach for the Buckeyes. He was inducted into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame in 1995.
It’s great to see an Akron-local helping out at OhioState. I personally have had the opportunity to spend some time with Butch Reynolds and I know that he will be an asset to the OSU football team.
We look forward to another great season!