Doug Lesmerises of the Cleveland Plain Dealer has five thoughts on the defensive backs: Devon Torrence looks like a corner, Orhian Johnson looks like the next Anderson Russell, safeties Russell and Kurt Coleman make the corner job less critical, fans shouldn't forget about freshman Corey Brown and Russell's new bald look is a good one.
The Canton Repository has a feature story on recent College Football Hall of Fame selection Chris Spielman.
The Columbus Dispatch has a feature story on Ohio State's new synchronized-skating team and its hopes to gain varsity status.
Finally, The Associated Press (via the Canton Repository) has a story on former Buckeye Chris "Beanie" Wells as he begins his NFL career with the Arizona Cardinals.
Friday, May 1
Buckeye linebacker great Chris Spielman was named to the College Football Hall of Fame on Thursday, and the Columbus Dispatch, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Canton Repository and The Associated Press (via the Dayton Daily News) have stories on the honor.
The Ohio State baseball team begins a big weekend series tonight vs. Michigan and the Dispatch has a story on the diamond rivalry.
The Dispatch also has a story on OSU sprinter Matt Comer, who hopes to lead his 1,600-meter relay team to the NCAA Championships in June.
Doug Lesmerises of the Plain Dealer continues his thoughts on the Ohio State offensive line on his blog. He thinks J.B. Shugarts will start somewhere on the line, Jim Cordle would prefer to be a center, the starters need to be picked sooner rather than later and Justin Boren has the look.
Bob Hunter of the Dispatch has some OSU related notes in his weekly Rumblings column.
Ohio State men's basketball walkon Mark Titus declared for the NBA draft on his excellent blog recently, but the Indianapolis Star and Plain Dealer are reporting the NBA told him to remove his name from consideration.
Finally, the Dispatch has a note on Ohio State walkon tailback Bo DeLande being charged with drunken driving this week.
Thursday, April 30
Ohio State defensive end Nathan Williams pled guilty to a reduced charge this month stemming from his December 2008 arrest at a Dayton-area mall, reports the Columbus Dispatch. In other legal news, the Dispatch has a note on former Buckeye and reigning Super Bowl MVP Santonio Holmes' arraignment on a misdemeanor marijuana charge. The Associated Press (via the Dayton Daily News) also has a story on Holmes' arraignment.
Doug Lesmerises of the Cleveland Plain Dealer has five thoughts on the OSU defensive line: it could be OSU's best since 2003, a 3-4 look fits the defense, Cameron Heyward has been a star out of the Class of 2007, the line could have depth and not just one star, Solomon Thomas was not just a one-jersey scrimmage wonder. Lesmerises has also started five thoughts on the offensive line with his belief that the line will miss Alex Boone for a while.
The Ohio State men's volleyball team plays Loyola Chicago tonight in a semifinal of the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association tournament at St. John Arena. The Dispatch has a story on how the match will bit brother vs. brother.
Around the Big Ten
Indiana quarterback Kellen Lewis was dismissed by the football team on Wednesday, and the Indianapolis Star has the details.
The Detroit Free Press has a story on Michigan State football recruiting. The Free Press also has a story on former MSU safety getting a chance to make the Detroit Lions and a story on Mark Dantonio downplaying MSU's quarterback battle.
Michigan's football recruiting class of 2005 is the subject of another Free Press story.
The Centre Daily Times of State College, Pa., has a feature story on men's volleyball player Max Holt.
Finally, the Minneapolis Star Tribune has a story on Minnesota's club sports.
Wednesday, April 29
The Ohio State men's basketball program introduced John Boals as its newest assistant coach. The Columbus Dispatch and Cleveland Plain Dealer have stories on Boals' move from Akron to OSU.
Ken Gordon of the Dispatch has an blog update on the legal issues surrounding defensive end Nathan Williams. Gordon also has a blog note on Terrelle Pryor, and Bob Hunter of the Dispatch has a column on how Ohio State will continue to shoot for perfection under the BCS rules.
Doug Lesmerises of the Plain Dealer has five thoughts on Ohio State's receivers: OSU will miss Brian Robiskie and Brian Hartline Lamaar Thomas will see time in the running game, DeVier Posey will be a key to the unit's success, the unit could make a lot out of a little and the tight ends look like receivers.
Freshman Storm Klein is the subject of a Lorain Morning Journal story.
The Toledo Blade has a story on Ohio State's linebackers.
Finally, the Plain Dealer has a story on how spring football is here to stay.
MLive.com has a story on MSU head basketball coach Tom Izzo, who has a date with a hair clipper soon.
The Lafayette Journal & Courier has a story on how recent men's basketball singee Sandi Marcius is what Purdue needs.
The Lansing State Journal has a story on Michigan State's quarterback competition.
The Capital Times of Madison, Wis., has a story on Wisconsin head football coach Bret Bielema.
Tuesday, April 28
Ken Gordon and Tim May of the Columbus Dispatch have a spring season wrap-up. The Dispatch also has a story on former Buckeye Todd Boeckman, who will try out for the Cincinnati Bengals this weekend.
The Dayton Daily News also has a story on Boeckman's tryout.
Doug Lesmerises of the Cleveland Plain Dealer has a blog entry on how the spring season changed his outlook on the 2009 football team. The Plain Dealer also has a recap of the second day of the draft, as well as a blog notes on the departures of Brian Robiskie and Brian Hartline and on several Buckeyes who will get NFL tryouts.
The Cincinnati Enquirer has a story on roster moves by the Bengals on Monday, including the release of former Buckeye Mike Doss.
The Dispatch has a feature story on former Ohio State men's basketball player B.J. Mullens as he prepares for the NBA draft.
Around the Big Ten
The Ann Arbor News and the Detroit Free Press have stories on former Michigan quarterback Steven Threet, who announced on Monday that he will play for Arizona State. The Free Press also has a story on Michigan's 2010 recruiting targets.
The Boston Herald has a story on Michigan potentially opening the 2010 football season with Massachusetts.
Michigan State also made scheduling news on Monday when it was announced that the Spartans will start a home-and-home series with Alabama in 2016. The Lansing State Journal has the details.
The Capital Times of Madison, Wis., has a story on former Badger, and new New York Jet, Dustin Keller.
The Iowa City Press-Citizen has a story on Baltimore linebacker Jim Poggi, who recently committed to Iowa.
The Centre Daily Times of State College, Pa., has a story on Penn State soccer goalkeeper Erica Walsh.
The Lafayette Journal & Courier is reporting that Purdue is a top candidate for Miami (Fla.) quarterback transfer Robert Marve.
The Indianapolis Star has a story on recent Purdue men's basketball commit Sandi Marcius.
Monday, April 27
The NFL draft ended on Sunday with rounds four through seven. The Columbus Dispatch has a feature story on the a mixture of good and not-so-good outcomes for Buckeyes who left school early (and those who did not). Four Buckeyes were taken on day one, and three more went on day two.
Receiver Brian Hartline was one of the Buckeyes taken on Sunday. He was drafted by the Miami Dolphins, and the Canton Repository has a story on the Canton native. The Miami Herald and South Florida Sun-Sentinel also have stories on Hartline.
The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that Ohio State had the second most players taken in the draft, behind only USC. The Plain Dealer also has a blog entry on Hartline and Kansas City-bound Donald Washington, as well as a blog note on the futures of former Buckeye lineman Alex Boone and Michigan State quarterback Brian Hoyer.
Washington is also the subject of a story by the Kansas City Star.
The Dayton Daily News has a story on area college football players taken on Sunday, including former Buckeye Marcus Freeman.
The Ohio State baseball team fell to Northwestern on Sunday in its bid for a sweep. The Dispatch has a story on the team's pitching rotation concerns.