News Links - 12/28/06

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OSU tackle drops NFL bid - Akron Beacon Journal
Ohio State junior offensive tackle Kirk Barton, who had filed the paperwork to make himself available for the NFL draft, announced Wednesday that he will return for his senior season in 2007.

Ohio State 'mom' keeps the family strong - Bucyrus Telegraph
Debbie Johnson isn't a soccer mom. She's even busier than that. You would be too if you had more than 100 boys playing football for Ohio State. "I have a thing about football," said Johnson, whose son, Jay Richardson, is a starting defensive end for the top-ranked Buckeyes.

Hartline still living BCS dream - Canton Repository
Kids fantasize about playing in the big game. Making the tough catch. Laying the crushing hit. Scoring the winning touchdown. Brian Hartline has dreamed about it, too. In a few days, he will wake up in Glendale, Ariz., with his chance to live that fantasy.

Earle's tree in BCS bloom - Canton Repository
Way back, when Earle Bruce donned a fedora and paced Ohio State's sideline, who would have thought he would sprout a coaching tree?

Everyone but athletes get piece of pie - Columbus Dispatch
Good thing the NCAA wasn't in charge of the Ohio State Buckeye Parents Fundraiser Spaghetti Dinner in Akron, or everyone in attendance would have been served porridge.

Robiskie grows up on, off the field as Buckeye - Columbus Dispatch
Parents always hope their kids are hanging out with the right crowd. Terry Robiskie had the same hope for his son, Brian. The receivers coach for the Cleveland Browns sent Brian to Ohio State to get an education and play football.

NFL can wait: Barton will return to school - Dayton Daily News
Ohio State offensive tackle Kirk Barton will return to the Buckeyes for his senior season in 2007, passing up a chance to enter the NFL.

Pitcock, Patterson leaders on OSU defense - Dayton Daily News
Back in August it seemed a long shot that Ohio State would have a quality defense; the Buckeyes had two returning starters surrounded by nine gaping holes.

Gators' task: Slow Smith - Elyria Chronicle Telegram
Twelve teams this year have tried and failed to shut down Ohio State's Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback, Troy Smith.

Barton staying put - Cleveland Plain Dealer
For one more season, Kirk Barton's NFL experience will be limited to sitting with his uncle and his cousins in the Dawg Pound.

Speed in feet of beholders - Toledo Blade
Brandon Mitchell has heard the endless drumbeat of comments before, that the athletes from a certain part of the country are so much faster than their counterparts.

OSU winning the battle against Holmeslessness - Newark Advocate
At the start of this football season, Roy Hall might have needed his degree in marketing to sell Ohio State fans on a receiving crew without All-American Santonio Holmes.

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