The Ohio State football team was ranked No. 11 in the initial USA Today coaches poll. The Columbus Dispatch, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Chicago Sun-Times and Lorain Morning Journal have stories on the rankings.
The OSU football program announced some coaching staff reshuffling on Thursday, naming Dick Tressel the special teams coordinator and Paul Haynes the co-defensive coordinator. Tressel and Haynes will also remain the team's running backs and safeties coaches, respectively. The Dispatch and Plain Dealer have the details.
The Associated Press (via the Canton Repository) reports that Ohio State has recalled the "JT" wristbands some of the football players had been wearing.
Finally, the San Francisco Chronicle has a story on former Ohio State defensive back Donte Whitner, who signed with the 49ers.
Thursday, August 4
Ohio State's freshman football class met the media for the first time on Wednesday, and the Columbus Dispatch, Cleveland Plain Dealer and The Associated Press (via the Mansfiew News Journal) have stories on how some of the new Buckeyes are honoring Jim Tressel.
Michael Arace of the Dispatch has a column on how the ambition of OSU's freshman is a good thing.
Finally, the Oklahoman has a Q&A with former Ohio State quarterback and current ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit, who calls Tressel a good man.
Wednesday, August 3
The Columbus Dispatch has a story on the organizers of Hineygate creating a new pregame party at the Varsity Club.
The Associated Press (via the Dispatch) has a college football notebook, led with a note on the Big East considering expansion.
The Sporting News has a story asking whether Nebraska will be an immediate Big Ten title contender.
Athlon Sports has compares the NCAA scandals at Ohio State and North Carolina.
AnnArbor.com has a story on how scandal and coaching changes have affected the Ohio State-Michigan rivalry.
Finally, the Detroit Free Press has a feature story on former Ohio State defensive lineman Quinn Pitcock, who is trying to restart his NFL career with the Detroit Lions.
Tuesday, August 2
National championship-winning quarterback Craig Krenzel spoke to the Toledo Blade while in the Glass City for a fundraiser and talked about the quarterback situation at Ohio State.
Pat Caputo of the Oakland (Mich.) Press has a column saying Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio, a former Ohio State assistant, went too far in his defense of Jim Tressel at the recent Big Ten Media Days.
The Daily Herald in Chicago has a story on former Ohio State receiver, and undrafted free agent signee of the Chicago Bears, Dane Sanzebacher.
Finally, the Fort Wayne (Ind.) News-Sentinel has a note on three new players joining the Ball State football team, including former OSU linebacker Jonathan Newsome.
Monday, August 1
Omar Kelly of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that the Miami Dolphins would be interested in Terrelle Pryor if the former Ohio State quarterback is allowed to enter the NFL's supplemental draft.
The Detroit News has a story in which members of the 2011 Ohio State football team said offseason turmoil will motivate them this season.
Finally, the Toledo Blade has a story on Toledo Whitmer defensive end Chris Wormley, who committed to Michigan this weekend after once considering Ohio State.
Sunday, July 31
The Columbus Dispatch has a feature story on the No. 1 constant in an ever changing Big Ten, Penn State head coach Joe Paterno.
The Dispatch also has a story on how television money helped lure Nebraska to the Big Ten.
Gannett's Mike Lopresti has a story, running in the Mansfield News Journal, on the challenge facing Ohio State head coach Luke Fickell.
Jim Naveau of the Lima News has a column with news and notes from the recent Big Ten media days.
Finally, Zac Jackson of FoxSportsOhio.com has a column on what's new and what's the same in the Big Ten.