Men's Basketball, Football, Women's Basketball, Men's Hockey
Two-Minute Drill: Big Sunday for Ohio State
By Brandon Castel
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Urban Meyer’s halftime appearance and Ohio State’s 80-63 rout of Indiana took center stage Sunday, but there was a lot of Buckeye action to keep up with.
For those who feel like their head is still spinning trying to keep up with everything, here is a two-minute rundown.
Men’s Hoops Team Blasts Indiana
- In a rematch of their first Big Ten loss of the season, Ohio State scorched Indiana 80-63 Sunday afternoon in Columbus.
- Sophomore Jared Sullinger scored 16 points and grabbed nine rebounds, but it was Lenzelle Smith Jr. who stole the show. The soph. guard scored a career-high 28 points to go with seven rebounds. He was 10-of-12 shooting and 4-of-5 behind the arc.
Urban Introduces His Staff
- At halftime of the OSU-Indiana game, Ohio State Athletic Director Gene Smith introduced new head football coach Urban Meyer to a sold-out crowd at Value City Arena.
- Meyer introduced the crowd to his wife, Shelley, and kids, Nicki, Gigi and Nathan. He also introduced them to his new coaching staff, including defensive coordinator Luke Fickell, who received by far the loudest applause of the night.
Taver Johnson Headed to Arkansas
- One coach Meyer did not introduce was cornerbacks coach Taver Johnson.
- The University of Arkansas announced Johnson had been hired as the new linebackers coach and assistant head coach under Bobby Petrino and former OSU safeties coach Paul Haynes, who is now the defensive coordinator.
Meyer Dismisses Two CBs
- Along with cornerbacks coach, the Buckeyes will also be without two corners next season. Ohio State announced Meyer has released Dominic Clarke and DerJuan “Peewee” Gambrell from their scholarships for violating team rules.
- Both Clarke and Gambrell were recently arrested—Clarke for OVI and Gambrell for assault. This was not the first incident with the law for either player.
Buckeyes Land Big Time OT Recruit
- Multiple news outlets reported Sunday night that Ohio State landed a commitment from 2012 offensive tackle Taylor Decker.
- Decker had been committed to Notre Dame, but took a visit to Columbus this weekend. He was being recruited by Ed Warinner and Tim Hinton, two Irish assistants who left to join Meyer’s staff at Ohio State.
- Decker is a 4-star prospect and one of the top players in the state of Ohio.
Women’s Hoops Team Outlasts Michigan State
- With the men playing in Columbus, the OSU women’s team was on the road at Michigan State.
- They knocked off the Spartans 64-56 in the Breslin Center behind 21 points and seven rebounds from guard Tayler Hill.
- They also got 15 points from Samantha Prahalis, although she was 6-of-18 shooting and 0-of-5 behind the arc.
Men’s Hockey Team Falls in Frozen Diamond Faceoff
- Ohio State’s men’s hockey team played Michigan in the first outdoor college hockey game in the state of Ohio.
- There were 25,864 fans in attendance at Progressive Field in Cleveland to watch the Frozen Diamond Faceoff.
- The No. 2-ranked Buckeyes fell, 4-1, to the Wolverines. Their lone goal came from sophomore Chris Crane in the second period.
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