Jody Victor : 2006 Ohio State Football Season Outlook

Jody Victor: In his five years at Ohio State, Jim Tressel has led the Buckeyes to 50 wins, two Big Ten titles and a national championship. During the past four years, Tressel's teams have won four bowl games, including three BCS contests, and finished in the top five three times. Last year, the Buckeyes closed out a 10-2 season with seven consecutive wins, including back-to-back victories over arch-rival Michigan and Fiesta Bowl-foe Notre Dame.

With that kind of track record, expectations will again be high in 2006. A look at the depth chart shows eight starters back on offense, including the undeniably talented foursome of quarterback Troy Smith, flanker Ted Ginn Jr., split end Anthony Gonzalez and tailback Antonio Pittman. Much of the excitement about the coming season revolves around that quartet. They were the major cogs last year in an offense that averaged 32.7 points and 422.3 yards per game.

The Buckeyes do have 20 lettermen returning on the defensive side of the ball, and judging by spring practice there is no lack of talent, speed or enthusiasm. Tackles Quinn Pitcock and David Patterson, the lone two returning starters, will be stabilizing factors, especially early in the campaign.

With a seven-game winning streak intact heading into the season, most experts have the Buckeyes ranked in their top five, more than a few have Ohio State at No. 1. One thing for sure, OSU will get tested early with  a road game at Texas in week two and back-to-back Big Ten games against Penn State and at Iowa two weeks later. For more details on the season outlook go to www.osu.edu.

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Jody Victor

 

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Jody Victor : Global Warning

Jody Victor: Global warming is big news these days–and Lonnie Thompson, an Ohio State geologist who's one of the world's leading experts on climate change–is having one sizzling summer.

Thompson's list of accomplishments had already been long:

He's been named one of “Amerca's Best” by Time and CNN; featured as one of “25 leaders who are fighting to stave off the planetwide catastrophe.” in Rolling Stone; won the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement, the environmental science equivalent of a Nobel Prize; named a Distinguished University Professor; and been the subject of a book, Thin Ice, which comes out in paperback this summer, just to name a few.

But while some people might be content to retire with those accolades, Thompson shows no signs of slowing.

This summer, his work is highlighted in An Inconvenient Truth, Al Gore's long-awaited global warming documentary, for which he was a consultant.

He's also just released the most comprehensive research on high-altitude tropical ice caps to date, combining data collected from seven locations north and south of the equator, from the Andes in South America to the Himalayas in Asia.

The research–just published in the prestigious Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences–posits that the earth experienced a major shift to a cooler climate 5,000 years ago, and is currently in the throes of a shift back to a much warmer climate.

“Approximately 70 percent of the world's population now lives in the tropics,” he said, “so when climate changes there, the impacts are likely to be enormous.”

The take-home message is that global climate can change abruptly, and with 6.5 billion people inhabiting the planet, that's serious. For the full story go to www.osu.edu.

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Jody Victor

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Jody Victor : Ohio State Varsity O Association Annouces 2006 Athletics Hall of Fame Class

Jody Victor: The Ohio State Varsity “O” Association will induct 12 members (seven men and five women) into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame the weekend of Sept.15-16. The class will be officially inducted in two separate ceremonies Sept.15 and introduced to the public at halftime of the Cincinnati – Ohio State football game in Ohio Stadium the following day.

In all, 69 women have been inducted since 1993 and 224 men have been honored since 1977.

The 2006 class includes : Men – Kevin Akins (track and field), Adam DiSabato (wrestling), Alex Eckelman (baseball), Eddie George (football), Ron Nischwitz (baseball), Ted Provost (football) and Kip Simons (gymnastics); Women – Kate Hedman (swimming), Annette Kraml (rifle), Donica Merriman (track), Patricia Szelle (fencing), and Lindsey Vagades (gymnastics).

Congratulations to all the inductees!

Jody Victor

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Jody Victor : Hawk Nominated For An ESPY

Jody Victor: Former Buckeye linebacker A.J. Hawk has been nominated for The 2006 ESPY Award for the Underarmour Undeniable Performance category. Fans can vote for Hawk's 12-tackle, 2-sack effort in Ohio State's 34-20 victory over Notre Dame in the 2006 Fiesta Bowl.

Hawk, a No.5 selection by the Green Bay Packers in the first round of the 2006 NFL Draft, earned defensive MVP honors for both the 2004 and 2006 Fiesta Bowls and led the Buckeyes to a perfect 4-0 postseason record in his career. The Big Ten's preseason and postseason Defensive Player of the Year in 2005, Hawk was the recipient of the Lombardi Award and was named first-team All-American for the second-consecutive season.

Hawk finished his senior season at Ohio State with 121 tackles, a team high for the third-straight year. He also led the team in tackles-for-loss (16.5) and sacks (9.5) and was his team's unanimous selection for co-captain and MVP. Hawk leaves Ohio State as the fifth-leading tackler in program history with 394 total stops. During his career, Hawk was part of a team that led the nation in rushing defense in 2003 and '05 and won Big Ten co-championships in 2002 and '05.

Winners of the 2006 ESPYS are determined by a popular vote and polls are open from June 26 through July 9 at www.espys.tv. Fans can lend their support to A.J. and Ohio State by voting today!

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Jody Victor

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