No sweat! Buckeyes chill out at water park

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

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.


Jody Victor

2nd Annual Ohio State Four-Miler Set For Sept. 21 at Ohio Stadium

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

COLUMBUS, Ohio- The Ohio State Four-Miler, which debuted in 2013 with a sold-out field of 10,000 runners and walkers, will return to the Ohio State campus on Sept. 21, 2014, The Ohio State University Department of Athletics and IMG College announced today.

The Ohio State Four-Miler will start outside of Ohio Stadium and take participants on a four-mile tour of the Ohio State campus before finishing on the 50-yard line of Ohio Stadium. The Ohio State Four-Miler Post-Race Tailgate Party will be held outside Ohio Stadium after the race.

The 2014 Ohio State Four-Miler will be limited to 12,000 runners and walkers. Last year’s event sold out at 10,000.

Registration for this year’s Ohio State Four-Miler is open at An early registration fee of $45 for the general public and $40 for Ohio State students is good through June 15.

“The overwhelming response and success of the inaugural Ohio State Four-Miler was a direct reflection for the love of Ohio State sports and the desire to celebrate fitness,” said Ray DeWeese, General Manager of IMG Sports Marketing. “We look forward to growing this event in 2014, and allowing even more runners and walkers to fulfill their dream of running across Ohio Stadium’s 50-yard line.”

Kroger, 10TV and Roosters are Presenting Sponsors of the Ohio State Four-Miler.

A portion of the proceeds of the Ohio State Four-Miler will benefit the Urban and Shelley Fund For Cancer Research, a general cancer research support fund dedicated to advancing cancer research at Ohio State’s Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute.

The 2014 Ohio State Four-Miler will begin at 9 a.m. Former Ohio State athletes, including football and basketball players including Scoonie Penn, Raymont Harris, Anthony Schlegel, William White, Justin Zwick, J.J. Sullinger and Dimitrious Stanley; Brutus Buckeye; Ohio State cheerleaders and others will participate.

The Ohio State Four-Miler will be produced by the Ohio State Department of Athletics; IMG College, the university’s multimedia rights partner; the Buckeye Cruise For Cancer; and M3S Sports.

“I hope you join us and became part of the winning team in the fight against cancer,” said Lisa Cisco, founder of the Buckeye Cruise For Cancer. “It is a powerful feeling of hope when Buckeye Nation unites for a common cause …. together we can make a difference!”

Runners and walkers will receive an Ohio State-themed technical race shirt a must-have Buckeye-themed Official Finisher’s Medal. The 2013 medal featured an iconic image of Ohio Stadium.

“We are honored again to partner with Ohio State, IMG and the Buckeye Cruise for Cancer to produce a four-mile event that celebrates the healthy and active lifestyle,” said David Babner, race director for M3S Sports. “We look forward to a bigger and better event for our participants in 2014.”

Buckeye Greats who appeared at the last year’s Ohio State Four-Miler included Scoonie Penn, Bobby Carpenter, Dimitrious Stanley, Matt Finkes, William White, Justin Zwick, Ryan Miller, and JJ Sullinger.


Jody Victor

Buckeyes Arrive in Florida for Discover Orange Bowl

Jody Victor: Here is some great football news from and

COLUMBUS, Ohio – After holding its final two practices of the year Friday and Saturday at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center, the Ohio State Buckeyes departed early Sunday morning for Miami, Fla., and the 2014 Discover Orange Bowl.

Two charters filled with team members, support staff and administrators arrived at Miami/Fort Lauderdale Airport about 10:30 a.m. in overcast but warm – mid-to-high 70s – weather. The planes taxied under a water cannon salute and then media and Discover Orange Bowl representatives met the players as they exited the plane.

Head coach Urban Meyer, quarterback Braxton Miller and linebacker Ryan Shazier each spent time with the media upon arrival. Some of their thoughts:
•”It’s [the game] really big for us right now because it is a championship series bowl game. We’re going to come in here and try to do what we can do for the Big Ten and for Ohio State and try to get this W.” – Shazier
•”My main focus is really on the team right now, especially on the game plan. I’ve been watching a lot of film.” – Miller
•”It’s really cool because I know I’ll have family here. Just being back in this atmosphere really means a lot.” – Shazier; who is from Pompano Beach and is one of five Buckeyes from Florida with the others being starting RB Carlos Hyde (Naples), starting TE Jeff Heuerman (Naples), starting DE Joey Bosa (Fort Lauderdale) and freshman WR James Clarke (New Smyrna Beach).


Jody Victor

Ohio State Discover Orange Bowl Game Notes

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

#7 Ohio State (12-1) vs. #12 Clemson (10-2)
Friday, Jan. 3, 2014 – 8:30 p.m. ET
Sun Life Stadium (72,230)
Miami Gardens, Fla.

ESPN: Joe Tessitore (play-by-play), Matt Millen (analyst), Maria Taylor (sideline)

WBNS (97.1 The Fan): Paul Keels (play-by-play), Jim Lachey (analyst), Marty Bannister (sideline)
ESPN Radio: Sean McDonough (play-by-play), Chris Spielman (analyst), Shannon Spake (sideline)

The 12-1 Ohio State Buckeyes (No. 7 BCS) will take on the 10-2 Clemson Tigers (No. 12), from the Atlantic Coast Conference, Jan. 3 in Miami in the 2014 Discover Orange Bowl. Game time is 8:30 p.m. with ESPN carrying the broadcast from Sun Life Stadium (72,230).

This will be only the second appearance for Ohio State in the Discover Orange Bowl; the last coming 37 years ago and following the 1976 season when Woody Hayes’ Big Ten champion Buckeyes defeated the Big Eight champion Colorado Buffalos, 27-10, after falling behind early, 10-0. Ron Springs (98 rushing yards), Rod Gerald (81) and Jeff Logan (79) keyed the offense, which netted 271 rushing yards.


Jody Victor

Mewhort & Shazier 1st-Team All-Americans

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

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State senior left tackle Jack Mewhort and junior linebacker Ryan Shazier were each named Monday to the 2013 All-American team.

Mewhort is the foundation of an offensive line that paved the way for Ohio State to shatter a plethora of school records this season, including points scored (602), total offense yards (6,740), first downs (334), passing touchdowns (36) and touchdowns (82).

Ohio State’s offense is also poised to set school single season records this in a number of additional key categories, including rushing yards gained (the team needs 72 to top the 4,199 yards by the 1974 team) and total yards per game (the 1998 team’s record is 497.5; the 2013 team is averaging 518.5).

A first-team all-Big Ten Conference selection by the media, Mewhort was named last week to the Walter Camp All-American second team.

Shazier, named last week a first-team All-American by USA Today, was also selected to the Walter Camp All-American second team. Shazier’s fine 2013 campaign includes Big Ten-leading totals of 134 tackles, 22.5 tackles for loss and 94 solo tackles. He ranks third nationally in TFLs and solo tackles and 13th in total tackles.

Shazier’s 22.5 tackles-for-loss leaves him just 3.5 TFLs from tying the school record held by defensive line coach Mike Vrabel (26 in 1995). He tied two school records in his 20-tackle game vs. Indiana: most solo tackles in one game (16) and most tackles-for-loss (5.0).

Shazier was named all-Big Ten by both the coaches and the media.


Jody Victor