Football job fair draws 57 companies

Jody Victor: Here is some great Buckeye football news from and

COLUMBUS, Ohio – All of the players on the Ohio State football team, and dozens more student-athletes from across the school’s 36-sport Department of Athletics, took part in a first-ever student-athlete job fair at Ohio Stadium that drew senior staff and human resource representatives from 57 businesses and organizations and Ohio Governor John Kasich.

The job fair, an idea of coach Urban Meyer and organized by administrators in the football program, was an opportunity for Buckeye student-athletes to prepare now and to experience today the protocols, experiences, tools and preparation needed to secure a good job when their athletic playing days are over.

Only at Ohio State?
It is hard to imagine any other school or location that could hold a student-athlete centered job fair and end up with such a comprehensive selection of major companies, many with their corporate headquarters in Columbus, so eager to participate.

And judging by the comments from the representatives at the event and the eagerness of the student-athletes to meet with them, the effort and the organization was not only well worth it but it is something that will be repeated over and over.

All this education today about the future tomorrow because, as the saying goes, “life does come at you fast.”

And the Buckeyes will be ready.


Jody Victor

Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2013 Announced

Jody Victor: Here is some great Buckeye sports news from and

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame will enshrine 14 new members this fall, with 12 former student-athletes and two coaches among the honorees. The class will be inducted Sept. 27 at a dinner and will be introduced to the public at halftime of the Ohio State home football game against Wisconsin Sept. 28.

The 2013 class includes Matt Beaumont (baseball), Hugo Boisvert (men’s hockey), Dan Cheney (men’s lacrosse), John Cooper (football coach), Jim Daniell (football), Ninett Kossowsky (rowing), Melissa Miller (women’s soccer), Saskia Mueller (field hockey), Laura Murray (pistol), Scoonie Penn (men’s basketball), David Pichler (men’s diving), Monica Rincon (women’s tennis), Tommy Rowlands (wrestling) and Jim Sweeney (pistol coach).

The hall of fame was created in 1977 and has inducted 269 men through 2012. Daniell will be the 109th former football player to be inducted, while Cooper is the fifth former football coach to receive a spot in the hall of fame. Penn brings the total of former basketball players to 28 and Pichler will be the 19th diver enshrined. Beaumont will be the 15th former baseball Buckeye to be inducted and Rowlands brings the total number of wrestlers in the elite group to 12.

Women were first inducted into the hall in 1993, with 100 inductees enshrined through 2012. Mueller is the seventh former field hockey player to join the prestigious list, while Kossowsky and Rincon bring the total for their respective sports to five each. Miller and Murray are just the second inducted for soccer and pistol, respectively, and Sweeny will be the first coach of a co-ed sport to be enshrined.

The Athletics Hall of Fame Dinner, which will be a joint dinner for the men and women, will be held in the Archie M. Griffin Ballroom at the Ohio Union Sept. 27. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. with hors d oeuvres and cocktails; dinner will follow at 6:30 p.m. Individual tickets are $75, with tables of eight available for $600. Tickets will go on sale July 1. Payment will not be accepted at the door; reservations and payment must be submitted by Sept. 13. Registration information will be available on later this month.


Jody Victor

Sights, Sounds & Stories from the Women’s Clinic

Jody Victor: Here is some great Buckeye football news from and

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Anything goes when about 750 Ohio State football fans – all of them women – have the full attention of the Ohio State coaching staff, as was the case Saturday at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center for the second annual Ohio State Football Women’s Clinic, presented by Kroger.

Running backs coach Stan Drayton kept the clinic flowing smoothly as a coach-in-charge. He wisely took advantage of the power of the microphone by complimenting his wife’s hair – multiple times – and by opening up a Q&A session with six Buckeyes by alerting them as to who was boss.

“This is a room full of women,” Drayton said to Warren Ball, Drew Basil, Chase Farris, Curtis Grant, Bradley Roby and Jamie Wood, “and they can ask you guys whatever they want. Anything goes.”

Moments later, Farris was doing the “Dougie,” Roby was showing them his “abs” and Basil was explaining that he is 21 and “happily taken.”

An hour later on that same stage, Coach Urban Meyer was meeting every one of the attendees individually, some from as far away as San Francisco, Las Vegas and San Antonio, and having an individual photo taken with each one.

Literally hundreds of other photos were taken throughout the day with the other coaches and the players, who graciously stayed through lunch and signed autographs.


Jody Victor

2015 Ohio State Big Ten FB Schedule

Jody Victor: Here is some great Buckeye football news from and

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Big Ten Conference office announced its 2015 conference schedule today, as approved by the Administrators Council. Ohio State will play the same eight Big Ten schools as it does in 2014 with location of the game reversed.

The Buckeyes will kick off their Big Ten season on the road for a second consecutive season – the team opens 2014 at Maryland – with a game Oct. 3 at Indiana. A pair of home games follow: Oct. 10 vs. Maryland and Oct. 17 vs. Penn State.

The Buckeyes will then travel for the first time to Rutgers University, the birthplace of college football, for a game Oct. 24. The game will be played at Rutgers’ 52,424-seat High Point Solutions Stadium, located in Piscataway, N.J.

Following an off week on the Halloween weekend, Ohio State returns to Ohio Stadium for a game against Minnesota Nov. 7. The team’s final three games in the 2015 regular season will be at Illinois (Nov. 14), home against Michigan State (Nov. 21) and at Michigan (Nov. 28).

Big Ten teams Ohio State will not play in the 2015 regular season: Iowa, Nebraska, Northwestern, Purdue and Wisconsin.

2015 Ohio State Big Ten Conference Football Schedule
Oct. 3 – at Indiana
Oct. 10 – Maryland
Oct. 17 – Penn State
Oct. 24 – at Rutgers
Oct. 31 – Off
Nov. 7 – Minnesota
Nov. 14 – at Illinois
Nov. 21 – Michigan State
Nov. 28 – at Michigan
Dec. 5 – Big Ten Championship Game


Jody Victor