Student Athletes Travel to Puerto Rico to Do Community Service

14 Ohio State understudy competitors, alongside three staff individuals, are heading out to Puerto Rico from Aug. 3 through 9 for an administration learning background. The Ohio State University Department of Athletics along with alley organizations SASSO and Buckeyes Go International are joining forces with Soles4Souls. This will be the sixth time the organizations worked together. Past teamed up trips have included goals of Bolivia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador and Jamaica.

Buckeye understudy competitors will encourage shoe circulations at nearby schools and networks in the San Juan territory. Notwithstanding the administration, the Buckeyes are likewise slated to take an interest in an assortment of social submersion exercises and instructive chances.

Soles4Souls is a non-benefit association devoted to battling neediness through the appropriation of shoes and dress.

The Ohio State University and NIKE Create Unique Partnership

Ohio State University and NIKE have created an unique fifteen agreement that will benefit not only the athletic department, but the entire student body.Examples of benefits beyond athletics include monetary support and products to enhance the student experience, a significant endowment for student scholarships and NIKE internships for both athletes and non-athletes.

The majority of the benefits take effect in August 2018, when the previous contract would have expired. Other benefits — including cash and product commitments — will be provided immediately in addition to commitments that NIKE will continue to provide under the terms of the previous contract.

With 36 varsity sports and more than 1,000 athletes, Ohio State has one of the largest self-sustaining athletics departments in the country. The athletics department is also a significant contributor to the broader university, contributing more than $30 million a year to support projects such as the renovation of the Thompson Library.

Ohio State’s student-athletes excel in the classroom, leading the Big Ten Conference on several measures. For 2014-15, 304 Ohio State student-athletes earned Academic All-Big Ten honors (tied for first in the Big Ten), and 80 students were named Big Ten Distinguished Scholars (the most in the conference).

Another Feather in the Cap of Ohio State University’s Sports

While The Ohio State University is already nationally known for its outstanding athletic department and programs, their culture of sportsmanship and excellence has earned them another feather in their cap.

Forbes magazine has listed the department among the 10 best organizations to work for in sports. The article ranks The Ohio State University Athletics Department, which employees some 300 people, as the 4th best among other prestigious organizations such as the Cleveland Cavilers (ranked 2nd).

The article quotes Janine Oman, Associate Athletics Director Sport Administration/Sport Performance as stating:

“The culture of OSU Athletics is one of excellence that is focused on the growth and development of each person. It is an environment where all individuals are valuable members of the team with ideas to contribute and given the opportunity to lead those efforts. The department provides traditional education opportunities as well as engages employees with projects to stretch them and grow new skills. Individuals are given autonomy at the local level to determine what works best for their group. Gene [Smith] truly supports each individual and allows them to lead. It is a culture of we and not me as cliché as that sounds. I am very thankful for the opportunity the Buckeye’s have given me to grow my professional skills.”

The Ohio State Antithetical Department is the only college athletic department to make the list. The others include: Arizona Diamondbacks, Cleveland Cavaliers, GMR Marketing, Navigate Research, National Football League, Premier Partnerships, The Aspire Group, RSE Ventures and Turnkey Sports and Entertainment.

The OSU program is an extremely diverse program that supports 36 fully funded varsity sports and maintains many impressive facilities such as the Ohio Stadium, Bill Davis Stadium, Jesse Owens Stadium, The Schottenstein Center and golf courses to name a few.

Perhaps most impressive among the department’s attributes is that it receives no state tax or student tuition dollars. The department is fully self-sufficient financially. In 2013 the department gave almost 30 million dollars to the university, 16 million dollars of that included grant-in-aid reimbursements.

This is one instance in which an end zone victory dance seems appropriate.

Jody Victor


No. 12 Ohio State Hosts California

Jody Victor: Here’s some great Buckeye football news from and

California (1-1) at #12 Ohio State (2-0)
Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012 – Noon ET
Ohio Stadium (102,329)
Columbus, Ohio

The Broadcasts
Television: ABC will televise the game to a national audience with Beth Mowins and former Buckeye Joey Galloway on the call and Lewis Johnson on the sidelines.
Radio: WBNS (FM 97.1 The Fan) is the flagship station for the 73-station Ohio State radio network. The Urban Meyer  pregame show airs 30 minutes prior to kickoff. Paul Keels will call the play-by-play with former Buckeye Jim Lachey in the booth and Marty Bannister on the sidelines. The game can also be heard live on Sirius and XM channel 91.


  • Seventy years ago (1942) Ohio State won the first of its seven national championships and four members off that 1942 team – E Paul Matus, G Carmen Naples, QB Paul “Robin” Priday and E Don Steinberg – will be honored at the game.
  • Ohio State and California are playing for the first time in 40 years.
  • Ohio State coach Urban Meyer is 106-23 in his 11th season as a head coach.
  • Cal coach Jeff Tedford is 80-49 in his 11th season as a head coach (all at Cal).
  • Meyer’s teams are 36-4 in the month of September.
  • Ohio State and Cal will square off Sept. 14, 2013 at Cal’s newly renovated Memorial Stadium.
  • Ohio State is 7-3 in its last 10 games against Pac-12 competition, dating back to the 1997 season.
  • The Big Ten Conference went 0-3 last week – all on the road – vs. teams from the Pacific-12.
  • Ohio State has won 59 consecutive regular-season non-conference home games vs. teams not ranked in the AP Top 25. The last loss: 34-17 to Florida State, Oct. 2, 1982.
  • Ohio State is 59-7 at Ohio Stadium since the start of the 2002 season.KICKING THINGS OFF
    Ohio State and California kick off a two-year home-and-home series with a game Saturday, Sept. 15, at Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes are 2-0 so far this season and are ranked 12th this week by the Associated Press while Cal comes to town with a 1-1 record.

    The game will be the third of four consecutive home games at Ohio Stadium for the Buckeyes. Cal is on the road for the first time this season. Ohio State hosts UAB next week (time still TBD). Cal plays at USC.

    Twelve outstanding former student-athletes will be enshrined into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame this weekend. The class will be inducted Friday at a dinner in the Ohio Union and will be introduced to the public at halftime of the Ohio State/California game Saturday. The 2012 class includes Louise Bond-Williams (fencing), Pete Cusick (football), Jessica Davenport (basketball), George Downes (wrestling), Joseph Gailus (football), Ray Griffin (football), Rex Holman (wrestling), Bob Knight (lifetime achievement), Keturah Lofton (track and field), Dick Schafrath (football), Jim Stone (women’s volleyball coach) and Mike Vrabel (football).

    California is 1-1 on the season with a 31-24 opening game loss to Nevada, followed by a 50-31 win over Southern Utah Saturday.

    Senior QB Zach Maynard is fifth in the Pac-12 with a 154.2 passer rating. He has completed 64.2 percent of his passes for 474 yards to go along with three TDs and one INT. Last week in the win over Southern Utah he was 17 of 23 for 229 yards with one TD and one INT. Freshman Chris Harper is his favorite target with 12 catches for 151 yards and one score. Wide receiver Keenan Allen has 11 receptions in 2012 and 155 for his career for nearly 2,000 yards.

    Defensively, Cal is sixth in the NCAA with 10.0 TFL per game and tied for 23rd with 3.0 sacks.

    Jeff Tedford is in his 11th season in Berkeley with an 80-49 record. He has led the Golden Bears to eight bowl appearances, going 5-3 in those contests.

    Ohio State and Cal have met six times previously, and the start of this home-and-home is the third time the teams have played in consecutive years.

    Ohio State vs. California
    1-1-21 – Cal 28, Ohio State 0 (at Rose Bowl)
    1-2-50 – Ohio State 17, Cal 14 (at Rose Bowl)
    10-3-53 – Ohio State 33, Cal 19 (Memorial Stadium)
    10-2-54 – Ohio State 21, Cal 13 (Ohio Stadium)
    10-2-71 – Ohio State 35, Cal 3 (Ohio Stadium)
    10-7-72 – Ohio State 35, Cal 18 (Memorial Stadium)

Go Bucks!!!

Jody Victor