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Jan
1

OSU Wins Wild, Record Rose Bowl Over Utah

Records were set, CJ Stround and Jaxon Smith-Njigba (below) left a lasting impression on the record books, and the Buckeyes overcame their worst defensive effort in years to overtake Utah and win the 108th Rose Bowl on a last-second field goal. Mark Znidar writes the story for Sunday’s Press Pros.

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Jan
1

Commentary: It’s Just That The Rest Of Us Were Taught Differently…

Reactions to college players skipping out on bowl games to protect their athletic futures are interesting and diverse. One asked, how did we get to this point? It’s not that hard to figure out. Some New Year reflections on January 1

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Dec
31

Will Ohio State Show Up In Rose Bowl Against Utah?

This man would like to know…It’s been the question since Michigan spanked the Buckeyes to end their College Football Playoff chances. Now, they’re playing a hungry Pac-12 champion without four key players who opted out and a number who entered the transfer portal. How will the Buckeyes respond!

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Dec
31

Utah Can Thank Meyer For Putting It On Football Map

The program was so-so to mediocre for many years before he got to campus, but everything began changing during the 2003 and 2004 seasons under the watch, and personality, of Urban Meyer. Mark Znidar shares his preview of Utah in today’s Press Pros.

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Dec
30

Opt-Outs Force Ohio State To Make Major Personnel Changes

Senior Thayer Munford was back at left tackle and backup Matthew Jones was at left guard Wednesday during a practice for the Rose Bowl. Not having Olave and Wilson has made Smith-Njigba the No. 1 receiver and punt returner.

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Dec
30

Russia Wins At Covington’s Expense, Turnovers Costly

Covington played arguably its best fifteen minutes of basketball this year before turnovers and cold shooting in the second half helped Hayden Quinter (below) Russia to its fifth win of the year. Read about the game in Thursday’s Press Pros.

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Dec
29

‘Festivus’ Grievances For The Rest Of Us, 2021

Frank Costanza provided us all with the perfect template to say publicly what’s built up all year long…just never the right time to share.  Having failed miserably with the feats of strength part of it, ‘Festivus’ allows for more.

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Dec
27

OSU Cancels Another Game, Hopes To Play Sunday

Ohio State parlayed a win over then-No. 1 Duke into a four-game winning streak and a move into the middle of the Top 25, but the COVID door slammed shut on the Buckeyes and has now claimed the end of the non-conference schedule with the cancellation of a third straight game. 

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Dec
27

Olave, Wilson, Petit-Frere, Garrett Opt Out Of Rose Bowl

Ryan Day’s world has been rocked since late November…first with his initial Big Ten loss at Michigan, and now with the opt-outs of four players whose decision to sit out the Rose Bowl will inspire much conversation before the Saturday kickoff against Utah.

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Dec
27

Second-Half Surge Sends South Past Davidson

Westerville South’s Isaiah Johnson (15) found himself in Hilliard Davidson’s defensive vice here, but he and his teammates’ pressure wound up turning the tables and triggering South’s ascent to 8-0. (PressPros Feature Photos by John Hulkenberg)

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Dec
27

No question, Ohio State Offensive Line Has Been a Dud

The group failed to convert on third down, was heavily penalized and hot and cold when it came to protecting quarterback CJ Stroud when hit in the mouth by Oregon, Penn State, Nebraska and Michigan.

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Dec
25

Christmas Memory: ‘Good Will Hunting’, And Pheasants In The Snow

We all reflect upon our lives and memories at Christmas, and I’m no different for times spent hunting at Christmas with my dad, family, and friends.  Here’s a particularly good one for those who grew up with a love of the outdoors. Merry Christmas to everyone, and a Happy New Year from Press Pros.

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Dec
25

Ohio State Defense Hopes To Avoid Another Scary Tale in Rose Bowl

Things got off track for the unit from the get-go, and a change in coordinator, a widespread use of true freshmen and a slight scheme change hasn’t made a difference. Mark Znidar writes about the Buckeyes preparation for the Rose Bowl.

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Dec
24

Christmas Coal…Jackson Scores 53, Falls To Bremen

It was tough, and it was competitive, and for 31 minutes it looked like vintage Jackson Center basketball.  But New Bremen and David Homan flipped the script in the final minute to escape Thursday with a pre-Christmas 56-53 win over the Tigers.

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Dec
23

Buckeyes’ Smith-Njigba Ponders Life After Olave, Wilson

Nothing has been said by Olave or Wilson about opting out of the Rose Bowl against Utah, but Smith-Njigba is preparing himself to be the leading man in the receivers room. A Mark Znidar pre-Rose Bowl profile in today’s Press Pros.

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Dec
22

Holiday Music: “Our Little Song Broke Us Up”…Do You Hear What I Hear?

One of the most popular holiday songs in history, it was written as a protest warning during the Cuban missile crisis of 1962, adapted to a Christmas tune, and made famous by a man searching for one more hit record. An interesting read on an all-time Christmas favorite.

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Dec
22

Schulze, Coldwater Face Climb To Maintain Sovereignty, Title

Nine months removed from winning the Division II state title in girls bowling, junior Jasmine Schulze and Coldwater are back in a familiar position of trying to peak at the right time to defend that title, come February.

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Dec
22

McCoy: Flyers Survive Late Furious Southern Rally To Win

The University of Dayton Flyers constructed a 20-point lead with six minutes left, 61-41, Tuesday at UD Arena, then had to fend off a 17-1 run over a five-minute span by the Southern University Jaguars as guard Kobe Elvis hit a fast break reverse layup in the final two minutes to stop the rally and preserve Dayton’s eighth win against five losses in nonconference play. Read Hal McCoy.

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Dec
22

Henderson Has Backed Up the Hype With Ohio State

The true freshman was the No. 1-ranked running back in his class and a five-star, but he didn’t play football as a senior and had one season of experience at the position. Mark Znidar writes for Wednesday Press Pros.

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Dec
20

What I Saw Over The Weekend…December 20

Nixon never looked this good…There really aren’t that many good teams in any sports anymore, and if you doubt that statement…just listen to how hard the talking heads work to make it sound like there are with Monday morning analysis. Read more in today’s Press Pros feature.

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