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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Urban Meyer officially joins Buckeyes - Spielman Says Ohio State 'Perfect Situation' For Meyer - College Basketball Top 25 - Ohio State vs Duke

#2 Ohio State

6-0, 0-0 Big Ten

Roster | Schedule November 29, 2011

9:30 PM ET - ESPN
The Schott

Columbus, OH
#4 Duke

7-0, 0-0 ACC

We pause all the Urban Meyer talk for a few hours Tuesday night and put the focus back on Thad's squad, as they take on the Duke Blue Devils in the marquee matchup of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
This is Ohio State's 10th time in the Challenge, entering the game at 4-5, but they have won their last 3. OSU and Duke faced off back in '02, where the Dukies took down a Brent Darby lead Buckeye group in Greensboro, 91-75.
Both these teams come in undefeated on the season and each received first-place votes in this week's AP poll. With UNC/Kentucky battling on Saturday, the winner of this game could find themselves atop the rankings come next week.

4 Aaron Craft 9.2 3.0 5.5 G 30 Seth Curry 15.1 3.3 3.1
32 Lenzelle Smith Jr. 5.8 4.8 3.0 G 0 Austin Rivers 14.4 2.4 2.1
44 William Buford 17.7 4.2 3.2 F 20 Andre Dawkins 10.1 1.4 0.4
1 Deshaun Thomas 12.3 3.7 0.7 F 5 Mason Plumlee 11.4 10.0 2.1
0 Jared Sullinger 18.8 10.7 1.8 C 34 Ryan Kelly 14.6 4.6 1.3

Duke is a bit more tested this young season and is fresh off winning the Maui Invitational. Thad has always said he doesn't like the Maui trip, because it takes a team 2 weeks to recover from the games and travel, so it will be interesting to see if the are any adverse affects for the Blue Devils. Duke hasn't played since Wednesday, after taking down Tennessee, Michigan and Kansas in Hawaii. Coach K and his crew also defeated Michigan St., 74-69 in a Madison Square Garden tilt.
The Blue Devils are a veteran group, but their best player may be a freshman. The starting lineup consist of 4 juniors and the freshman, Austin Rivers. Duke comes in scoring 79 PPG, on the strength of 49.4% shooting from the floor. As is the case with OSU, Duke hasn't relied on the 3-point shot as much this season, but unlike OSU, they are hitting at a 45.9% clip, which is good for 5th in the country. What's interesting with this squad is the lack of assist and rebounds per contest. Even though Mason Plumlee is 6'10" and Kelly is 6'11", the Dukies rank 248th in the country with 34 RPG and have been outboarded in 4 of their 7 games.
The lack of assists could mean plenty of one on one action tonight, which should give the advantage to Ohio State. Curry and Rivers are both scorers and only Rivers, against Presbyterian has had more than 4 assists in a game. The matchup of Smith Jr./Craft vs. Curry/Rivers is going to be fun to watch. If OSU's guards can pressure them, it could lead to some questionable shots and TO's, as Kansas showed last week.
Curry attempts almost half of his shots (28 of 62) from beyond the arc, where he is hitting an outstanding 57.1 percent(16/28). Rivers is more of a slasher, attempting just 24 of his 76 shots from deep. Rivers, the son of Doc, has hit 9/24 from deep, but is second on the team with 40 FT attempts. Andre Dawkins leads the team in both 3-point attempts and makes, with 38 and 17 respectively. Kelly will also step outside, hitting 11/27 thus far.
Coach K makes his first trip to Columbus, even though he has over 900 career wins and brings with him a short bench. All five starters average more than 28 minutes, with Miles Plumlee, Tyler Thorton and Quinn Cook coming in off the bench. Plumlee is a 6'10" SR. who plays about 15 MPG, going for 5.6 PPG and 5.3 RPG, but he only played 7 minutes against Kansas. Thorton, a 6'1" SO. plays just over 18 minutes a game, scoring 3.4 PPG and dishing out 1.6 APG. He hit a huge 3-pointer on Wednesday night, that helped lift Duke to the Maui title. Cook is a 6' FR., who may not see much, if any action tonight, averaging 8 minutes and 3 points.

Buckeye Breakdown:
This is the type of matchup Thad has been working towards since he arrived and the Blue Devils are the highest ranked team to visit Cbus since the #1 Tar Heels beat the '07 team, 66-55. There is no doubt Duke has a longer run of a winning tradition, but Thad has worked his Buckeyes into the same sentence in recent years and we can only hope he has a run similar to Coach K's here at Ohio State. It's too bad once again he will be overshadowed by all the football news and the hiring of Urban Meyer.
Will Spoon see some action tonight?Last week was kind to Ohio State, as they saw their shooting average rise roughly 5 points and thier per game assists total now ranks 4th in the country. The Buckeyes come in shooting 51.5 percent, which puts them ninth in the NCAA and equates to 85.2 PPG, good for 12th nationally. Their assists are up to 20 a game, while the TO's are holding steady at 12 per contest. Though it was better last week, the 3-point shot is still incinsistent at 31 percent(27/87) and the FT's dipped a bit, now sitting at 66.3(114/172). After grabbing 38 more rebounds than their opponents last week, they are now grabbing 40 per game and only Florida has outboarded the Bucks.
William Buford found his groove last week, averaging 20 PPG and has hit his last 6 shots from deep. He now is up to 50% from the arc on the year (10/20), after starting the season 2/12. For me, there isn't a smoother stroke in the conference and if Ohio State is going to be a national force this year, Buford has to continue to get 13-16 shots a game, while continuing to improve his rebound and assists numbers, which are reaching career high status.
Jared Sullinger is working on a streak of 4 straight double-doubles, which is a career high, but obviously the competition is much stiffer tonight. The Buckeyes haven't necessarilly gone early and often to Sully inside to start games, but I really think they need to get him going early tonight. Duke is tall, but thin across the front line and if Sully can get either Plumlee or Kelly in early foul trouble, it could opens things up for the Buckeye offense. Plus making FT's is one of Sully's strengths this year, where he has made 35 of his 41 attempts.
Protecting the lane is key for OSU tonight, so Deshaun Thomas, along with Evan Ravenel and possibly J.D. Weatherspoon are going to have to step it up if the Bucks are to win. Thomas is still struggling with consistency on offense, but he is taking immense pride in his defense this year and will be guarding a taller player tonight, who can also step outside the arc. Ravenel has been getting the most minutes inside off the bench and has hit 14 of his first 19 shots, but J.D. Weatherspoon's energy and leaping ability could come in handy tonight. The buzz at the Schott is going to be unprecedented and a thunderous Weatherspoon rim-rattler could blow the roof off the place. J.D. has hit 11/14 shots and is scoring almost 6 PPG in just under 9 minutes.
After attempting a combined 4 shots against JSU and North Florida, Aaron Craft has hit 9/16 in the last 2, setting season high marks with 13 and 15 points respectively against VMI and Valpo. He also has 8 assists in that span and leads the conference with 3.5 steals per game, which puts him fifth nationally. His peskiness on either Curry or Rivers will be entertaining.
After devouring some turkeys for the Thanksgiving week, Duke will be the first measuring stick game for the Buckeyes over the next three(@Kansas on 12/10). Ohio State controlled 75% of the Florida game and has won thier last 4 by at least 33 points, so there's no reason to think they can't win tonight. They are giving up 54.7 PPG, holding teams to 37.4 percent shooting and forcing 21 TO's a contest, while only giving up 7 offensive boards. If they can guard the perimeter and hold Duke to under 35% shooting form deep, they should come away with a win.
It's a great time to be a Buckeye, so sit back and enjoy this one, it doesn't get any better in the early season. I think Ohio State has the talent to win and the Schott is going to be LOUD tonight, which is going to be a difference maker. Hopefully the OSU guards can win the battle of the backcourts and the Bucks can take home a 78-73 win.

Urban Meyer officially joins Buckeyes

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- If Ohio State did not come calling, Urban Meyer says he was planning to stay away from coaching for at least another year.
Meyer, the former Florida coach and native Buckeye, was officially hired Monday by Ohio State, a program with a glittering past that has suffered through a difficult year of NCAA violations.
"If not for the coaching position at Ohio State, I would not have coached this year," he said.
Meyer resigned as Gators coach after last season, citing health concerns and a desire to spend more time with his family.
"A year ago in my mind I was convinced I was done coaching," he said.
He added that he is feeling great.
"I've been checked out and I'm ready to go," he said. "I've been to a place and I don't want to go back."
Meyer will become one of the highest paid coaches in college football, along with Alabama's Nick Saban, Oklahoma's Bob Stoops and Texas' Mack Brown. The school says he will receive a six-year contract that pays $4 million annually, plus another $2.4 million total in "retention payments." He also can qualify for supplemental bonuses.
Interim coach Luke Fickell, who took over when Jim Tressel was forced out for breaking NCAA rules, will coach the Buckeyes (6-6) in their bowl game and be retained by Meyer as an assistant, although Meyer declined to say in what capacity.
Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith said his first conversation with Meyer about becoming coach was on Nov. 20 by phone. Smith said the two met face-to-face Nov. 23.
Meyer won two national championships in six years as the coach at Florida. Now, the 47-year-old will return to the place where his college coaching career began in 1986 after spending a year as an ESPN game analyst.
Smith said he was won over by Meyer.
"There's a right time for certain leaders," he said. "This is the right time for Urban Meyer to lead this football team. ... He gets it."
Earle Bruce, the coach at Ohio State when Meyer was a graduate assistant, has remained a close friend and confidant of Meyer through the years. He said he had no concerns about Meyer's health.
"Well, if he'd had a heart attack and his heart was bad, I'd be worried about that," the 80-year-old Bruce said on Monday. "I'm not worried that he was stressed out over the game of football because he was thinking too much and not doing some things (exercising) that would have kept him straight. I think he got everything back under control by sitting out a year. I think he missed football. And he's good at it."
Meyer's news conference had to be stopped momentarily when a woman operating a camera for the Big Ten Network kneeled over during the middle of Meyer's remarks. She was helped out of the meeting room.
Meyer met with the team on Monday before his news conference. He said he was impressed with the players' enthusiasm and acceptance.
Alabama's Saban, who played at Kent State and coached at Toledo in the Buckeye state, said he was happy for Meyer.
"I'm sure he's excited about it, and I'm excited for him that he has an opportunity to go back to his home state and be the head coach here," Saban said. "I think it's a wonderful opportunity and I think he'll do a great job."
Meyer takes over a program that is likely facing NCAA sanctions and was crippled by the forced resignation of Tressel. The Buckeyes completed their only season under Fickell with a 40-34 loss to Michigan on Saturday that snapped a seven-game winning streak to their rivals.
Wolverines coach Brady Hoke underplayed the role of the head coaches in the rivalry.
"I've known Urban, he's a good football coach, a good guy and I welcome him in," Hoke said on Monday. "But it's still Michigan and Ohio and neither one of us is going to play the game."
Meyer called the rivalry with Michigan "the game of games," but didn't predict a win for the Buckeyes next season.
"One thing I know about that game ... there's always a lot of respect in that rivalry," he said.
In 10 seasons as a head coach -- two at Bowling Green, two at Utah and six at Florida -- Meyer has a 104-23 record. His teams are 7-1 in bowl games, including the Gators' 41-14 victory over unbeaten and top-ranked Ohio State in the 2007 Bowl Championship Series title game.
Meyer had persistently denied all the talk surrounding him and Ohio State. Soon after Tressel stepped down, Meyer said he wasn't interested in leaving ESPN, where he was a college football analyst.
The chance to coach Ohio State changed his mind, he said.
"A year ago in my mind I was convinced I was done coaching. Then I moved away," he said. "I didn't realize I'd miss it so bad."
"He enjoyed what he was doing, but I think he also had the bug to start coaching again," ESPN broadcast partner and former Ohio State linebacker Chris Spielman said. "This was just an opportunity that he couldn't pass up."
Meyer inherits a program still facing NCAA sanctions. But he also inherits a young team led by a freshman quarterback, Braxton Miller, who would seem to be a perfect fit for his spread offense.
"We're putting a lot of pressure on this cat," Meyer joked once after several questions about the freshman. "He's special."
A native of Ashtabula, Ohio, Meyer becomes the 24th head coach at Ohio State. He succeeds Fickell, who took over last spring when Tressel's 10-year reign came crashing down. Tressel was forced out for knowing but not telling his superiors that Buckeyes players had most likely broken NCAA rules by taking cash and free or discounted tattoos from the subject of a federal drug-trafficking investigation.
Ohio State's .500 record this season marked the most losses at Ohio State since John Cooper's 1999 team also went 6-6 overall and 3-5 in the Big Ten.
The Buckeyes had already lost their string of six Big Ten titles when the school was forced to vacate the 2010 season for the NCAA violations. The school has also self-imposed two years of NCAA probation, offered to return $339,000 in bowl revenue from 2010 and to give up five scholarships over the next three seasons.
Ohio State is awaiting final word from the NCAA's committee on infractions. The committee tagged Ohio State with a "failure to monitor" label -- second only to a lack of institutional control on the list of most egregious charges against a university. The school could still be hit with a bowl ban, a loss of more scholarships, or other penalties.
At the urging of Bruce, Meyer took his first head coaching job at Bowling Green (2001-2002) where he led the Falcons to records of 8-3 and 9-3 before jumping to Utah.
Using a spread offense featuring quarterback Alex Smith, the Utes went 10-2 in his first year. In 2004, he led Utah to an 11-0 season and a Bowl Championship Series berth.
After a bowl win over Pittsburgh to cap the 12-0 season, he was the top candidate for the jobs at both Notre Dame and Florida. He surprised many by becoming a Gator.
In his second season with the Gators, No. 2-ranked Florida beat unbeaten Ohio State, coached by Tressel, 41-14 to win his first national title.
Two years later, the Gators won another national title, beating Oklahoma 24-14 behind Tim Tebow.
The next year Florida contended for a repeat, but after losing the SEC title game to Alabama, Meyer said he was retiring from coaching, citing health problems. He changed his mind and was back the next day, saying he would only take a leave of absence.
After the 2010 season, he stepped down again.

Spielman Says Ohio State 'Perfect Situation' For Meyer
By Tony Gerdeman

COLUMBUS, Ohio — In the back of the capacity-breached room, watching intently as his friend Urban Meyer was introduced as Ohio State's 24th head football coach, stood former Buckeye great Chris Spielman. The College Football Hall of Famer was witnessing the next stage in Ohio State football history, and it just happened to be his friend and colleague who was going to be leading the Buckeyes through it.
The former All-American linebacker couldn't have been happier. Spielman, having dedicated the rest of his life to helping his university raise funds for breast cancer research, had no doubts that Ohio State had landed the right man, and not only had they had landed the right man, but they had also kept the right man as well.
“In my eyes it's a homerun,” Spielman said moments after Monday's press conference.
“That being said, I would like Luke [Fickell] to be a head coach because I think he'd be a great coach. But if he doesn't want to do it yet, or he still wants to be a part of this, I think that's a win-win. It's a huge win for Urban. I couldn't be more pleased and happy for both guys.”
Part of the reason for asking Fickell to stay was to keep Meyer from returning to a place that he said he had no desire to go back to—being consumed with trying to do everybody else's job. Meyer has intentions of delegating more than he did in his final season at Florida, and his family has designs on holding him to that.
But this is very big-time college football. Is it even possible to win if you're not consumed by it? Meyer said he spoke to many different coaches about it and is convinced that it's not impossible, and Spielman agrees.
“You've got to hire good people,” he explained.
“You've got to be able to delegate and hire good people, and trust people to do what you want them to do, and then do your job. Woody wrote the book on it—you win with people. In all walks of life, it's who you surround yourself with. A coaching staff is a team within a team.”
Luke Fickell is one piece of that team, with many more yet to come. Spielman is confident that Meyer will lean on his staff more than he has in the past because the level of consumption that he was working with in the past just wasn't healthy for him or his family.
“We talked a lot about life issues,” Spielman said.
“I think that he's always been a great father and a great husband, but I think sometimes things can consume you—especially football if you're a competitor, and I'm very open about that as a player, it consumed me completely and totally.
“There's choices that we all have to make. But I think he has checks in place to make sure he maintains that balance. And people will hold him accountable to what he says. I think it's very possible that he can be just as successful, just as effective, just as great a coach without ever having to sleep in the office, because that accomplishes nothing.”
Throughout the weeks of broadcasting games and the various talks that the two have had, it became quite clear to Spielman that Meyer missed coaching. Meyer would draw up plays that he liked during broadcasts, or while watching film. He and Spielman would compare notes and it was obvious that Meyer was keeping tabs on the things that he was seeing.
“I knew it was a matter of time, but it had to be the right situation,” he said. “I think if he was going to get back into it, this is the perfect situation for him personally to get back into it.”
Meyer's own statements echoed Spielman's, saying that “if it was but for the coaching position at The Ohio State University, I would not have coached this coming year”.
But it was Ohio State, and so now he is coaching this coming year. There is no coincidence in Meyer's decision because it had everything to do with The Ohio State University.
It couldn't have come as a surprise to Spielman, who saw the Buckeye fire in Meyer's eyes in the first game they broadcast together—Ohio State's season opener against Akron.
“Watching him get excited when we did the Akron game,” Spielman reflected back.
“When I saw the passion and tears come to his eyes when the band came out doing 'Script Ohio'. Right before we went on the air I said, 'Dude, you've got to get yourself together here, man! You've got to get it going.' His passion is there for Ohio State. He knows what he is. He's a Buckeye.”
Spielman knows his Buckeyes well, and when he says somebody is a Buckeye, understand that he knows what he's talking about. He also knows his football, so when talk turns to the possibility of joining Meyer's staff, he doesn't hesitate to answer with a quiet “No” before the question can even be fully asked.
“I think for me, I serve my university in a more important capacity than being a football coach,” he said.
“And not that that's not important, but I've made promises that I intend to keep until I'm dead. Those promises were to Steph and many other people at Ohio State, and to myself.
“If ever I were to coach, it would be for him because I believe in the guy so much and what he stands for. But I think I serve our university in a more important capacity with my involvement with the fundraising for The Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research.”
Two friends, each dedicating their lives to the university in different ways, but both thrilled to be doing so.
“It's something that you embrace,” Spielman said.
“I think it's just awesome to watch and see. I know what it means to be an Ohio guy and be able to take upon this responsibility and what an honor it is, and I know he'll treat it like one.”

According to the ozone.net here are some possibilities for Urban Meyer's Coaching Staff

Greg Studwara (47, Ohio): Has been the offensive line coach at LSU since 2007. Was recently promoted to offensive coordinator for the 2011 season. Served as the offensive line coach at Bowling Green under Meyer 2001-02 and became BG offensive coordinator under Gregg Brandon when Meyer left in 2003.
"We're going to attack people. We're not going to be passive on offense,” he told The Times Picayune.

“We want to attack people. Takes shots and, at the same time, be physical and run the football.”

Born in Fostoria, Ohio, he played offensive tackle at Bowling Green (’84-87) and started his coaching career at Cincinnati. Also served as a offensive graduate assistant at Ohio State in 1997.

Chad Morris (43, Texas): In his first season as the offensive coordinator at Clemson and has already made a drastic difference. After being at the bottom of every offensive category last season, the Tigers ranked No. 2 in the ACC in total offense and scoring offense this season. They were the No. 1-ranked passing offense and Tajh Boyd quickly became a household name, throwing for 3,300 yards and 28 touchdowns as a sophomore.
Morris took over as Tulsa’s offensive coordinator after Gus Malzahn was hired at Auburn in 2009. Like Malzahn, Morris was a high school football coach before he cracked into the college game as an offensive “guru.” He won 82 percent of his games as a high school coach in Texas and led Lake Travis High School to back-to-back, undefeated (16-0) state championship seasons. He coached a number of high-profile quarterbacks in high school, including Garrett Gilbert, Jevan Snead, Kody Spani, Andrew Smith and Scott Elliott. His experience there could help Ohio State crack into the state of Texas for recruiting.

Paul Petrino (44, Montana): Has no real history with Meyer, but he knows the spread offense and is considered to be one of the brightest offensive minds in college football. Meyer said he plans to recruit the best assistant coaches in the country, and Petrino is suddenly available after Ron Zook was let go at Illinois. Was the offensive coordinator under brother Bobby Petrino at Louisville and Arkansas. Also coached receivers for Atlanta Falcons. Led the nation in total offense (539.0 ypg) and scoring offense (49.8 ppg) at UL in 2004 and his offenses at Arkansas and Illinois have ranked among the best in the country.
Gregg Brandon (55, Colorado): In his first season as offensive coordinator at Wyoming after two seasons as OC at Virginia. Was Meyer’s OC at Bowling Green from 2001-02. In 2002 the Falcons’ offense set 17 school and seven MAC records and led the nation in red zone efficiency (96.8 percent). Took over as BG head coach from 2003-08 after Meyer left.

Scott Loeffler (37, Ohio): Currently in his first season as the offensive coordinator at Tempe. Was the quarterbacks coach for Meyer at Florida from 2009-10, where he worked with Tim Tebow. Also coached the quarterbacks at Michigan from 2002-07, where he worked with Drew Henson, John Navarre and Chad Henne. Before that, he spent two seasons as a student assistant (1996-97) and two more as an offensive graduate assistant (1998-99) in Ann Arbor, where he worked with Brian Griese and Tom Brady. He graduated from Michigan in 1998, but was born in Barberton, Ohio.
Mike Sanford (56, Calif.): Was the offensive coordinator at Louisville under Charlie Strong, who was Meyer’s defensive coordinator at Florida. He was relieved of his duties back in October, but Sanford was Meyer’s offensive coordinator at Utah from 2003-04.
Utah, which finished last in the MWC in scoring offense in 2002, ranked third in the nation in 2004 at 43.3 points per game, third in total offense at 499.75, third in passing efficiency (173.41) and boasted Heisman Trophy finalist Alex Smith, who went on to become the top pick in the 2005 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers.

Sanford also worked as the quarterbacks coach at Notre Dame from 1997-98 while Meyer was the wide receivers coach in South Bend. A former quarterback at USC is familiar with the spread offense along with recruiting in California.


Stan Drayton (40, Ohio): After one season as the receivers coach at Ohio State, Drayton could return to his natural coaching position under Meyer. He coached the running backs at Florida under Meyer from 2005-07 and again in 2010. In between, Drayton coached the running backs at both Tennessee and Syracuse. After playing running back at Allegheny College in Pa., Drayton was running backs coach at Villanova and Mississippi State prior to Florida. He is a native of Cleveland and took a job at Ohio State to be closer to his family.
Tim Hinton (51, Ohio): In his second season as the running backs coach at Notre Dame. Hinton worked as the running backs coach and recruiting coordinator at Cincinnati under both Mark Dantonio and Brian Kelly. He was a graduate assistant at Ohio State alongside Meyer in 1986. He graduated from Wilmington College in Ohio in 1982 and got his masters degree from Ohio State in 1987. He knows Ohio high school coaches as well as anyone, having been the head coach at Zane Trace (87-88), Van Wert (89) and Marion Harding (1993-2003).

Zach Azzanni (35, Michigan): In his first season as the offensive coordinator at Western Kentucky after one season as the wide receivers coach at Florida under Meyer in 2010. He was also an offensive graduate assistant under Meyer at Bowling Green from 2001-02.
“He is a tireless worker, relentless recruiter, and a great teacher of fundamentals,” Meyer said when he was hired at Florida.

“He is also very familiar with our philosophy and will be a good fit with our players and staff.”

In the past 10 years, Azzanni has been called a “relentless” recruiter by Meyer. He has most notably been a staple in the recruiting areas of the state of Florida, in particular the Miami/Fort Lauderdale areas.

Billy Gonzales (40, Colorado): In his second season as the receivers coach and passing game coordinator at LSU. Coached the receivers under Meyer at Florida from 2005-09, where he was also Meyer’s recruiting coordinator from ’08-09. He served as Meyer’s receivers coach and special teams coordinator at Utah from 2003-04 and held the same position under Meyer at Bowling Green. Gonzales was also a receiver and return man at Colorado State under Earle Bruce when Meyer was a graduate assistant. He has a masters degree from Kent State and coached the Flashes from 1995-2000.
Gonzales left Florida in 2009 to take the position at LSU. Meyer said he wished he hadn’t gone to a rival SEC team.

Zach Smith (27, Ohio): In his first season as the special teams coach at Temple, where he followed former Florida offensive coordinator Steve Addazio. This is Smith’s first full-time coaching job. He worked as an offensive and special teams graduate assistant at Florida under Meyer from 2007-09. He was also a quality control assistant and recruiting evaluator for the Gators from 2006-07. He is a native of Dublin, Ohio and the grandson of former Ohio State head coach Earle Bruce.

John Peterson (43, Ohio): The 2011 season was his eighth season as Ohio State’s tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator. Peterson is a member of the Middletown High School Hall of Fame and he played offensive line for the Buckeyes from 1987-90. His freshman season at Ohio State’s was also the last for Earle Bruce as a head coach and Urban Meyer as a graduate assistant. Peterson himself went on to become a graduate assistant for the Buckeyes from 1993-94. He also coached the offensive lines at both Akron and Miami University (Ohio).
Tim Hinton (40, Ohio): Has coached a number of different positions in his career, including wide receiver, tight end and defensive line. Could be added to the staff as either a running backs coach or tight ends coach.

Greg Studwara (47, Ohio): If Studwara is hired as the offensive coordinator, he would likely also coach the offensive line at Ohio State, much like Jim Bollman has done since 2001. Even if they go a different direction for coordinator, it’s still possible Studwara could reunite with Meyer as the offensive line coach.
John Peterson (43, Ohio): It is possible that with his experience both playing and coaching the offensive line, Peterson could be reassigned to that role. He has already been working with the offensive tackles at Ohio State.

College Basketball Top 25
November 28th, 2011

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3 Syracuse (1) 6-0 701 5
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4 Duke 7-0 691 6
Last Week: Def Tennessee 77-67 (11/21), Def No. 15 Michigan 82-75 (11/22), Def No. 14 Kansas 68-61 (11/23)
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5 North Carolina 5-1 628 1
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7 Wisconsin 6-0 530 11
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10 Connecticut 6-1 456 4
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