B1G Football Media Days Coverage

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CHICAGO — The Big Ten kicked off the 2014 football season Monday afternoon at the Hilton downtown Chiacgo with day one of the annual Big Ten Media Days to preview the upcoming campaign. All 14 schools were in attendance with nearly 600 credentialed media members from around the country.

Buckeye seniors Braxton Miller, Jeff Heuerman and Michael Bennett represented the Buckeyes along with head coach Urban Meyer, who met with reporters and network TV partners for about 6 hours.

Miller, the reigning two-time Big Ten offensive player of the year, was chosen as one of 10 Players to Watch by conference media members. Media do not vote on a preseason champion or player of the year.

Players and coaches will be back at it Tuesday morning with more interviews, photo shoots and autograph sessions followed by the Kickoff Luncheon, which will be hosted by ESPN’s Rece Davis.

Click the links above to view photos from day one and to view Urban Meyer’s opening press conference and transcript.

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No sweat! Buckeyes chill out at water park

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COLUMBUS, Ohio- The members of the Ohio State football team spent Wednesday afternoon chilling out at Columbus’ local waterpark: Zoombezi Bay. On a splendid 75-degree day in Ohio, the entire team took part in activities that included:
•Individual and multi-person water slides;
•Side-by-side, or perhaps slide-by-slide, water races;
•Floating on inner-tubes down a lazy river; and
•Splashing around in the wave pool.

After enjoying this watery-world – and judging by the smiles, everyone absolutely enjoyed the day – the players headed over to coach Urban Meyer’s residence for a barbecue dinner featuring ribs, hamburgers, cheesy potatoes, pasta salad and chips.

Now that all of the scholarship players on the team are in Columbus attending classes and training with strength and conditioning coach Mickey Marotti, the activities represented one of the first full-team building opportunities outside of the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.

The student-athletes have had numerous bonding activities within their position groups already, including some visiting a ropes course, some battling at paint ball and some water skiing. In addition, all the position groups are involved in community service projects this summer.

The Buckeyes are down to their final two weeks of conditioning work with Marotti and his staff before the start of fall camp on August 4.

Today, however, was just for fun.

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Drew Rucinski Makes MLB Debut

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Former Buckeye Drew Rucinski made his Major League Baseball debut Thursday night, pitching the ninth inning of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim’s 15-6 win over the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas. The right-hander becomes the fourth Buckeye to play in the big leagues this season, joining Eric Fryer, JB Shuck and Nick Swisher.

“It’s awesome,” Rucinski told Angels.com of the promotion. “I’m excited and grateful for the opportunity. I found out [Wednesday] night in Tulsa. They told me to pack up and come here. Baseball’s crazy. You never know what’s going to happen. I’m just thrilled to be here.”

Prior to his promotion, Rucinski was 7-4 with a 2.35 earned-run average in 17 starts at Double-A Arkansas. A Texas League All-Star and Texas League Pitcher of the Week in June, Rucinski had struck out 85 and walked 28 while allowing opponents to hit just .235.

Rucinski, who signed a free-agent contract with the Cleveland Indians in 2011, pitched for the Rockland Aviators of the independent Frontier League in 2012 and 2013 before signing a free-agent contract with the Angels last August. He earned second team All-Big Ten honors and ranked fifth in the Big Ten in earned run average as a senior in 2011. Rucinski went 5-3 with a 2.95 ERA and 53 strikeouts in a team-high 82.1 innings pitched as the Buckeyes’ Friday night starter. He ranks 16th all-time at Ohio State with 22 career wins and 15th with 257.1 innings pitched.

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Arlin, Ratcliff Shine Bright Thursday in Omaha

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OMAHA, Neb. – The Ohio State baseball program was well-represented Thursday night at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha at the Omaha College Baseball Hall of Fame 2014 induction and the TD Ameritrade College Home Run Derby. Buckeye legend Steve Arlin, a member of Ohio State’s 1965 and 1966 baseball teams, was inducted into the second class in the Omaha College Baseball Hall of Fame while Ratcliff, a rising junior at Ohio State, finished fourth in the TD Ameritrade College Home Run Derby.

Arlin Inducted Into Omaha College Baseball Hall of Famer
Arlin was joined by Dustin Ackley (North Carolina), Will Clark (Mississippi State) and Mark Kotsay (Cal State Fullerton) in the 2014 class, the second in the history of the Omaha College Baseball Hall of Fame. He was recognized in front of the fans during the Home Run Derby and was featured during ESPN’s telecast of the event.

“The Omaha College Baseball Hall of Fame is great and this is a really special honor to me because I played here almost a half-century ago,” Arlin said. “It’s an honor to represent The Ohio State University and the Big Ten Conference.”

Ohio State’s first two-time All-American, Arlin posted a 24-3 record in his two years with the Buckeyes. A two-time member of the College World Series All-Tournament team, Arlin fanned 57 hitters while tallying a 0.96 earned-run average in 47.0 innings in his College World Series career. In the 1965 College World Series, Arlin set two College World Series records against Washington State by striking out 20 batters in 15.0 innings pitched. In 1966, Arlin posted an 11-1 overall record, earning College World Series MVP honors while leading the Buckeyes to the national championship. The right-hander pitched in five of the six days of the 1966 College World Series, striking out 12 while allowing just two hits in a 1-0 shutout of top-ranked Southern California to make the championship game, where he tossed a perfect ninth inning to close out the Buckeyes’ 8-2 victory over Oklahoma State.

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Steve Arlin to be Inducted into Omaha College Baseball Hall of Fame

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State baseball legend Steve Arlin will be inducted into the Omaha College Baseball Hall of Fame Thursday night in Omaha, Neb. Arlin will be joined by Dustin Ackley (North Carolina), Will Clark (Mississippi State) and Mark Kotsay (Cal State Fullerton) to be inducted into the 2014 class, the second in the history of the Omaha College Baseball Hall of Fame.

“It’s an honor to be inducted into just the second class of the Omaha College Baseball Hall of Fame,” Arlin said. “The induction is a wonderful achievement for me but also for Ohio State and the Big Ten Conference. Not a lot of teams get the chance to make it to Omaha but the experience is something I will never forget.”

“On behalf of our university, athletics department and baseball program here at The Ohio State University, I would like to congratulate Steve Arlin on this great honor,” Ohio State head coach Greg Beals said. “Steve’s performances in the 1965 and 1966 seasons played an integral part in putting Ohio State baseball on the map and, here again today, his achievements have our program in the national spotlight.”

The group will be recognized at the TD Ameritrade College Home Run Derby at TD Ameritrade Park and also will be featured on ESPN’s live broadcast which airs at 8:30 p.m. ET. Current Buckeye first baseman/designated hitter Zach Ratcliff will be participating in the event.

Ohio State’s first two-time All-American, Arlin posted a 24-3 record in his two years with the Buckeyes. A two-time member of the College World Series All-Tournament team, Arlin fanned 57 hitters while tallying a 0.96 earned-run average in 47.0 innings in his College World Series career. In the 1965 College World Series, Arlin set two College World Series records against Washington State by striking out 20 batters in 15.0 innings pitched. In 1966, Arlin posted an 11-1 overall record, earning College World Series MVP honors while leading the Buckeyes to the national championship. The right-hander pitched in five of the six days of the 1966 College World Series, striking out 12 while allowing just two hits in a 1-0 shutout of top-ranked Southern California to make the championship game, where he tossed a perfect ninth inning to close out the Buckeyes’ 8-2 victory over Oklahoma State.

Arlin was elected to the College Baseball Hall of Fame in 2008, the same year his jersey – No. 22 – was retired at Ohio State. Arlin, who was selected 13th overall by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 1966 Major League Baseball Draft, went on to play six seasons in the big leagues between the San Diego Padres and Cleveland Indians organizations.

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