Buckeye Newsstand, Sept. 3

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, September 3
After a long and difficult offseason, it's finally game day at Ohio State. There's plenty of pregame coverage, but we'll start with the Columbus Dispatch. The Dispatch has a story on the focused Buckeyes, notes on today's game, predictions from staffers and other celebrities and a Bob Hunter column on Luke Fickell's efforts to put the focus on football.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer has a feature story on the friendship between Fickell and new OSU linebackers coach Mike Vrabel, a look inside the game, a story stating that some traditions started under Jim Tressel will continue and a Bill Livingston column on Ohio State's quarterback situation.

The Toledo Blade and The Associated Press (via the Dayton Daily News) have stories on the start of the season.

Jon Spencer of the Mansfield News Journal has an alphabetical look at the 2011 Ohio State football team.

Jim Naveau of the Lima News has a column on the gift the Buckeyes receive in starting the season against Akron.

Finally, the Indianapolis Star, Dispatch and The Associated Press (via FoxSportsOhio.com) have stories on Tressel's new job as a game-day consultant with the Indianapolis Colts.

Zooming In On The Zips
The Akron Beacon Journal has a story on the Zips as they come to Ohio State as a big underdog.


Friday, September 2
Three more Ohio State football players will be sidelined for Saturday's season opener against Akron because of one-game suspensions. Two starters and a reserve will miss the game because they took impermissible benefits at a charity event. The Columbus Dispatch, Cleveland Plain Dealer and The Associated Press (via the Canton Repository) have the details.

The Plain Dealer has plenty of stories in its 2011 college football preview.

The Dispatch posts its first Gameday+ page of the year. The Dispatch also has a story on DeVier Posey's efforts with the young group of receivers that will try to pick up his slack during Posey's suspension and a story on Luke Fickell the day before his first game as OSU head coach.

FoxSportsOhio.com, the Lima News, Dispatch and The Associated Press (via the Dayton Daily News) have breakdowns of the OSU-Akron game.

Zooming In On The Zips
The Akron Beacon Journal has a story on the Zips as they prepare to invade Ohio Stadium.

The Plain Dealer has a feature story on Akron's "Iron Man," Brian Wagner.

The Dispatch has a story on a trio of players from Central Ohio who will suit up for Akron this weekend.


Thursday, September 1
The Columbus Dispatch has its college football preview section up today, featuring more stories than you can shake a stick at.

The Dispatch also has a feature story on the men who work as officials at Ohio State football practices, one on the young talent on the OSU defense, an OSU notebook and a Rob Oller column on hot topics for the upcoming college football season.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer has a story on the defensive mentality of Big Ten coaches, an OSU notebook and a story on Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Charlie Batch voicing his support for Terrelle Pryor.

The Lorain Morning Journal has a story on Luke Fickell leading Ohio State's charge this season, one on OSU's suspended players, an OSU notebook and a John Kampf column comparing Braxton Miller and Pryor.

Zac Jackson of FoxSportsOhio.com has a story on Fickell downplaying his big moment.

The Associated Press (via the Mansfield News Journal) has a story on how things won't look that much different this season under Fickell.

Finally, the Dispatch has a story on Thad Matta's recruiting efforts for the Ohio State men's basketball team.

Zooming In On The Zips
Akron center Adam Bice is the subject of a Dispatch story.


Wednesday, August 31
Game week officially kicked off Tuesday afternoon when Luke Fickell held his first weekly press conference as head coach. The Columbus Dispatch has a story on Fickell's decision to play both Joe Bauserman and Braxton Miller. The Dispatch also has an OSU notebook, a Bob Hunter column on Fickell and a flashback with OSU historian Jack Park looking back at Ohio State's first season opener.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer has an OSU insider notebook stemming from Fickell's press conference, a story on senior center Michael Brewster and a note on a wall in the Woody Hayes Athletic Center honoring former OSU coach Jim Tressel.

The Lorain Morning Journal has a story on the announcement that Bauserman will start against Akron as well as an OSU notebook and an Associated Press story on the new coaches in the Big Ten.

The Lima News has a story from Fickell's press conference, as does the Mansfield News Journal, Dayton Daily News and The Associated Press (via the Canton Repository).

The AP (via the Canton Repository) also has an OSU notebook.

The Toledo Blade has a 2011 season preview story, a story on how the Buckeyes will look the same despite the departure of Jim Tressel and one in which the team says the suspensions for four key players has not been a distraction.

Zac Jackson of FoxSportsOhio.com has a story on Ohio State's decision to rotate captains this fall and five lingering questions heading into the start of the 2011 season.

Finally, The Associated Press (via the Toledo Blade) has a brief story on Ohio State's top financial officer recommending that the university hire independent firms to review campus compliance programs.

Zooming In On The Zips
The Akron Beacon Journal has a story on the end of Akron's preseason camp and the release of the Zips' first depth chart.

The Dispatch has a profile story on new Akron quarterback Clayton Moore.

The Lima News has a story on Akron left tackle, and Lima Senior product, Jarrod Pughsley.


Tuesday, August 30
The Columbus Dispatch has a story on the ways Luke Fickell is challenging his players after taking the head coaching job. The Dispatch also has an OSU notebook and a story on Ohio State trying to make Ohio Stadium more green.

Ohio State's depth chart for the Akron game was released on Monday, and the Cleveland Plain Dealer notes that redshirt freshman Bradley Roby appears to have won one of the starting cornerback positions alongside junior Travis Howard.

Tom Archdeacon of the Dayton Daily News looks at the depth chart and suggests that freshman Braxton Miller will be Ohio State's top quarterback before mid-season.

Bill Livingston of the Plain Dealer caught up with former Ohio State coach John Cooper, who had some good things to say about Fickell and his team and some not-so-good things to say about Michigan and Michigan State.

The Dispatch has a story on the buyer's market for Ohio State football tickets. The Toledo Blade also has a story on how there are tickets available for both the Akron and Toledo games.

Finally, the Toledo Blade has a story on Ohio native Urban Meyer, who will be a part of the ESPN broadcast team in Columbus on Saturday.

Zooming In On The Zips
The Akron Beacon Journal has a Mid-American Conference notebook stemming from the MAC coaches' teleconference on Monday.

The Dispatch also has some notes on the Zips in its Ohio College Football Insider notebook.


Monday, August 29
The Columbus Dispatch continues its look ahead to the 2011 season with a story on the Buckeyes' secondary.

Rob Oller of the Dispatch also has a column on how history says OSU should expect an 8-4 season.

Doug Lesmerises of the Cleveland Plain Dealer answers some OSU questions in his Hey, Doug! mailbag.

The Canton Repository catches up with local product and OSU freshman defensive lineman Steve Miller.

The Associated Press (via the Mansfield News Journal) has a story looking at OSU's 2011 defense.

Zooming In On The Zips
The Akron Beacon Journal has a story on Akron's new defensive coordinator Keith Cosgrove, who is hoping to turn around his unit's 2010 fortunes.

FoxSportsOhio.com has a story on how the Zips are embracing the chance to play the Buckeyes.


Sunday, August 28
Todd Jones of the Columbus Dispatch has an essay on the popularity of college football in the face of scandals and arrests.

The Dispatch catches up with former Ohio State quarterback Kirk Herbstreit and got his thoughts on the upcoming season. The Dispatch also has a Bob Hunter column on what could be the beginning of a new era at Ohio State and a story on the new NCAA rule that would take away touchdowns on celebration penalties.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer has a story on Ohio State's 2011 offense and an story on a event honoring Cleveland Glenville football coach Ted Ginn Sr. that former OSU coach Jim Tressel attended.

The Lima News has a season preview story, a story on all the changes in the Big Ten during the offseason, capsules on the conference teams and a Jim Naveau column on Fickell's task in following Tressel.

The Mansfield News Journal has a story on new linebackers coach Mike Vrabel and his relationship with his players.

The Associated Press (via the Lorain Morning Journal) has a story on Ohio State's 2011 defense.

Brian Kollars of the Dayton Daily News writes that Ohio State should go with local product Braxton Miller at quarterback.


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