Buckeye Newsstand, March 12

Take a look at the best stories that weren't done by us. Come along as we take a trip around the 'net for all the Ohio State news that you can handle.

Saturday, March 12
The Ohio State men's basketball team advanced to the semifinals of the Big Ten tournament Friday afternoon by outlasting a game Northwestern squad in overtime. The Columbus Dispatch, Toledo Blade and The Associated Press (via the Mansfield News Journal) have game recaps.

Bob Hunter of the Dispatch has a column on patience paying off for Jared Sullinger.

Dave Hackenberg of the Toledo Blade has a column on how freshmen at this time of year are no longer newcomers.

Friday was Pro Day at Ohio State, and the Dispatch and Cleveland Plain Dealer have stories on a fast day for the former Buckeyes.

The Plain Dealer has a story on the revelation that Terrelle Pryor and DeVier Posey were the current players who had their names redacted on the e-mails received by Jim Tressel. The Dispatch, Plain Dealer and The Associated Press (via the Akron Beacon Journal) have stories on an ESPN report with the name who e-mailed Tressel, former Buckeye football player Christopher Cicero.


Friday, March 11
The Ohio State men's basketball team begins play in the Big Ten tournament this afternoon with a noon tipoff against Northwestern. The Columbus Dispatch has a story on the Buckeyes being conditioned to play lots of minutes.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer has a story on the stabilizing influence pingpong has had on the OSU men's basketball team.

It is Pro Day at Ohio State, and the Dispatch has a story on a former Minnesota Golden Gopher coming to Columbus to try to impress scouts.

Rob Oller of the Dispatch has a column on how men's basketball success at Ohio State could help fans deal with the recent controversy engulfing the football team.

The Dispatch reports linebackers coach Luke Fickell could be the stand-in for Tressel while the head coach serves his suspension in the fall.

The Associated Press (via the Dayton Daily News) has a story on Ohio State football fans who stand behind Tressel despite the recent controversy.

Mark Katz of the Dayton Daily News has a column on the Tressel story.

Terry Pluto of the Plain Dealer has a column on how the Tressel story is a heartbreaker for fans.


Thursday, March 10
The attorney who sent Jim Tressel warning e-mails in April and June 2010 has been identified as Christopher Cicero, a former Ohio State football player who lettered in 1983. The Columbus Dispatch broke the news and has a story on Cicero and his checkered past. The Cleveland Plain Dealer and The Associated Press (via the Dayton Daily News) also have stories on Cicero.

The Dispatch has a story with a timeline of events leading up to Tressel's suspension. The Dispatch also has a story on the reaction of national media to the Tressel story.

Bud Shaw of the Plain Dealer says the NCAA should be concerned by the attitude of Ohio State president E. Gordon Gee at Tuesday's press conference. Bill Livingston of the PD thinks Tressel deserves a harsher penalty.

Michael Arace of the Dispatch says the NCAA may not be lenient on Tressel.

The Big Ten men's basketball tournament begins today in Indianapolis. Top-seeded Ohio State has a first-round bye, but the Dispatch still has a story on what the tournament means for other teams in the conference. The Associated Press (via the Lima News) also has a story on the tournament.

Finally, the Dispatch has a story on OSU athletic director Gene Smith getting back to work on heading the NCAA men's basketball tournament selection committee.


Wednesday, March 9
Not only will the Ohio State football team be without quarterback Terrelle Pryor and several other players as they serve suspensions to start the 2011 season, but now the Buckeyes will be without head coach Jim Tressel for the first two games of the campaign. Tressel was suspended and fined by the university on Tuesday for failing to notify OSU about e -mails he received claiming two of his players were selling memorabilia to a person at the center of a federal drug-trafficking case. There are a ton of stories out there with the details of a press conference held Tuesday night, with the Columbus Dispatch, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Lorain Morning Journal, Toledo Blade, The Lantern and The Associated Press (via the Dayton Daily News) among them.

Many people have weighed in on the issue. Among them:
- Bob Hunter of the Dispatch thinks the press conference "sometimes ... seemed like an NBA game where the screaming PA announcer, loud music and gaudy pyrotechnics seem designed to distract us from the drab product that is the real purpose of our visit."
- Rob Oller of the Dispatch says "some of the sine has rubbed off the Tressel armor."
- Doug Lesmerises of the Plain Dealer says the incident leaves a permanent stain on Tressel's legacy.
- Bill Livingston of the Plain Dealer says Tressel was not proactive.
- Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal says Tressel cannot stop lying.
- Stewart Mandel of Sports Illustrated isn't buy Tressel's explanations.
- Jim Naveau of the Lima News says Tressel's explanations seem unlike him.
- Grant Freking of The Lantern (Ohio State's student newspaper) says Tressel should be fired.
- Ray Ratto of CBS Sports says Ohio State doesn't care about your outrage.

The Dispatch has a story on Tressel's performance on the hot seat.

The Mansfield News Journal has a story on local football coaches reacting to the news.

The Plain Dealer has video of the press conference in case you somehow did not see it. The Plain Dealer also has a timeline of events concerning this issue.

Finally, in other OSU news, the Dispatch has an OSU basketball insider notebook and a story on the men's lacrosse team's victory against Lehigh.


Tuesday, March 8
The Ohio State football team finds itself in the midst of another controversy, this time stemming from a Yahoo! report that alleges that Jim Tressel knew last spring that several of his players had sold memorabilia to a local tattoo parlor. The Columbus Dispatch, Cleveland Plain Dealer and The Associated Press (via the Lorain Morning Journal) have stories on the report.

Bill Livingston of the Plain Dealer weighs in on the situation, as does Stewart Mandel of SI.com.

Tim May of the Dispatch reports that there is a meeting schedule for today "among some major members in the OSU athletic department."

Turning to basketball, Ohio State freshman Jared Sullinger was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year and a first-team All-Big Ten pick. The Dispatch and Plain Dealer have details on the conference honors. Bob Baptist of the Dispatch posted his all-conference ballot.

Members of the Ohio State beat media were permitted to watch a 6 a.m. workout at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center on Monday, and the Dispatch has the details. The Plain Dealer has a pair of videos from the workout.

Finally, Michael Arace of the Dispatch has a column on how March is a great month for sports fans.


Monday, March 7
The Ohio State women's basketball team completed an impressive run to the Big Ten tournament title Sunday with a win against second-seeded Penn State. The Columbus Dispatch, Centre Daily Times of State College, Pa., and The Associated Press (via the Cleveland Plain Dealer) have the details.

The men's basketball Buckeyes also claimed another trophy Sunday. They technically won the conference title outright on Saturday when Iowa beat Purdue, but the Buckeyes took care of business in blasting Wisconsin and avenging one of their only losses of the season. The Dispatch, Wisconsin State Journal, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Toledo Blade and The Associated Press (via the Mansfield News Journal) have game recaps.

Bob Hunter of the Dispatch has a column on Thad Matta's team creating buzz. The Dispatch also has a story on freshman Aaron Craft shutting down Wisconsin's Jordan Taylor and its weekly Bracketology with Bill Rabinowitz.

Doug Lesmerises of the Plain Dealer has four thoughts from the OSU-Wisconsin game, and Bill Livingston of the PD has a column saying Ohio State can win it all this year. The Plain Dealer also has video from senior day, the Deal With It pregame video, a Big Ten Insider notebook and a national college basketball notebook.

John Kampf of the Lorain Morning Journal says Ohio State is top-seed material.


Sunday, March 6
The Ohio State women's basketball team will play for another Big Ten tournament championship today thanks to its hard-fought win Saturday night against top-seeded Michigan State. The Columbus Dispatch and Lansing State Journal have game recaps.

The Buckeyes face Penn State for the championship. The Nittany Lions beat upset-minded Illinois in the semis, and the Centre Daily Times of State College, Pa., has a game recap.

The Ohio State men's basketball team won the Big Ten regular season championship Saturday thanks to Iowa's upset of Purdue. The Dispatch has a story on the Buckeyes' seniors leaving with distinction. The Cleveland Plain Dealer has a story on senior center Dallas Lauderdale.

The Associated Press (via the Lorain Morning Journal) has a story on how revenge is not on the Buckeyes' minds.

The Dispatch catches up with former Ohio State lineman Andrew Miller, who is leaving football behind.

The Dispatch also has an article stemming from a jailhouse interview with Art Schlichter.

Finally, the Dispatch has an OSU roundup, led with a note on a season-ending loss by the men's hockey team.



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